Tenjho Tenge: Round One
Welcome to Todo Academy, a place of learning for
those skilled in martial arts. Enter Souichiro and Bob, two first
graders who think they can kick arse and take names from the outset and
rule the school. Boy are they in for a shock! Right from the outset they
are shown that they have a lot to learn in the school, not just from the
The funny thing about this title is that punishment
is meted out by students, not the teachers and as Bob and Souichiro
learn first hand early on in the piece, it can actually be quite brutal.
So they join the Juken club and the battle then begins in earnest for
control of the school.
The presentation of this disc is pretty tight with
some nice action sequences providing eye candy for fans of anime fight
flicks. There was some concern that the translation from the manga to
anime would tone down the ferocity of the fights and this has occurred
only a little bit thank goodness. For the most part, its an enjoyable
romp that is full of flying fist action.
Whilst over the top action prevails, there are a LOT
of laughs in Round One with Souichiro being the victim of a love
interest and other antics as the Student Council try to govern the
school with an iron fist. Itís great to watch and I think that most
people will revisit this title to check out the little bits and pieces
that you might have missed the first time round.
In terms of the audio, I must say that I preferred
the Japanese audio to the English one. The voices didnít quite make it
as far as I was concerned and lacked some of the authenticity of the
Japanese edition. However, having said that, I am a bit of a purist and
would say that about almost any release.
The extras on this disc are very light on and didnít
do anything for me really, there could have been a lot more thrown in as
I would have loved to see the creative process behind the whole
Round One is a lot of fun though and fight
fans will get a kick out of it. Or a punch anyways!