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Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 Vol. 10 by Oh!great (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

January 2, 2013 by  



Action-wise, “Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 vol. 10” is one of the most violent, mature chapters yet of the manga series.  But for those who have been reading this series and loving the crazy and chaotic action will enjoy volume 10!  Probably the most complex volume and setting up the final two chapters, for those who love fighting video games and anime series, will surely love this manga series!

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MANGA TITLE: Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 Vol. 10

STORY AND ART BY: Oh!great

FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: Shueisha, Inc.

PUBLISHED IN USA BY: Viz Signature/VIZ Media, LLC

RATED: M for Mature

Available on December 18, 2o12

By popular demand, an all-new publication of a fan

Knuckle-busting brawls, badass babes, and the toughest student body ever to mix it up under one roof. Welcome to Todo High, where the only rule is: get strong or get schooled.

Mitsuomi and Bunshichi square off, not to see who dies, but to see who lives! The epic clash is more than Masataka can bear to watch, but Mitsuomi’s committed to the outcome and offers his brother a terrible choice. Meanwhile, the supernaturally awakened Nagi battles Kabane, the strongest of the Red Feathers. The struggle takes an unexpected turn as red ki envelops Soichiro and he’s forced to put all his strength into his fists in order to resist his fate. As Amaterasu slumbers, Tsukuyomi awakens and Susano-o is reborn—the gears of fate thunder on toward a shattering end!

We have read the build-up of the making of a supreme warrior.  We have seen heroes who have been subjected to constant challenges but also torture.  Some who have grown stronger, some who have perished.  And now, all hell has broken loose!

In the first part, Bunshichi has seemed to lost his fight against his friend/rival Mitsuomi.   But out of nowhere, the soul of Maya has arrived, and it inspires Bunshichi to rise and use all his power to find Mitsuomi.  But will Bunshichi have what it takes to continue this fight or will he also die in the battle?

The second part features the post-battle between Bushichi and Mitsuomi.  After Masataka (younger brother of Mitsuomi) has now seen how his brother is in battle, and has seen how Mitsuomi has no care in the world for his friends.  Masataka has had enough and wants to put his life on the line to fight against his older brother.

Meanwhile, as Souchiro Nagi goes to find out what is happening at school, he is prevented to go upstairs by Hirohiko Myoun and Nui Kabane.  Myoun is the Takayanagi Rising Phoenix Red Feather Holy General who is able to fight Souchiro but not for the sake of killing him, but for the sake of letting his Souchiro’s deceased father Sohaku Kago return and try to use Souchiro as a vessel to become a god.

And now Susano-o has been reborn.   And the world, will never be the same again.

What is “Tenjo Tenge”?

In 1998, the mangaka known as “Oh!Great” (known for his manga and video game work and creating series such as “Air Gear”, “Burn-Up W” and “Burn Up Excess”) released his manga series “Tenjo Tenge” which would go on for 22 volumes before ending the manga series in 2010.

The manga would later be adapted into a 26-episode TV anime series in 2004, a two-episode OVA in 2005, followed by a film in 2006.

And while the manga series was released in the United States by CMX, the manga was heavily censored for its sexual content. But now the manga has been licensed and released via Viz’s Viz Signature featuring their “Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1” series (featuring two graphic novels per volume) and featured in all of its uncensored glory. Sex, violence, it’s all there!

The series once revolved around a group of friends who attend Todou Academy, an academy that hosts the best fighters in the area. A few of these friends belong to families which are among the six Red Feather families.

Bad boys Souichiro Nagi and his friend Bob Makihara are attending their first day at the Todou Academy and learn that their fighting skills used at other schools, will definitely be put into great use as everyone in the school can fight. But the two will need to join a fight club.

But the most powerful club at the school is the Katana Group headed by Shin Natsume, the president of the Executive Council who has the power of the dragon eyes, but is slowly starting to lose his composure and becoming insane the more he uses them.

Shin has a busty sister named Maya (who has the ability to shrink herself to an 8-year-old) and also a busty younger sister named Aya (who also possessed the dragon eyes, but allows her to see the past, present and future and see and listen to the dead). For some reason, Shin and Maya have this bond, in fact…a bond that suggests that Shin may be in love with his sister.

But with Shin most of the time is his busty girlfriend Mana Kuzunoha, a girl who was assigned to be Shin’s girlfriend in order for her to collect data for the Takayanagi family. She is also responsible for helping Shin start the Katana group. Despite how insane Shin is, she finds herself falling for him.

But as Shin’s jealousy for his sister Maya becoming close with Mitsuomi Takayanagi, it led to his death.

But unfortunately, for Mitsuomi, the awesome power and strength soon got to his head which led to the deaths of many crime families and now many under the power of Mitsuomi. And Mitsuomi is wanting the Reiki sword that belongs to the Natsume family.

Meanwhile, the Jyuken Club is now ran by Maya, along with her sister Aya and her boyfriend Souichiro, Souichiro’s best friend Bob Makihara, Kagesada Sugano and Masataka Takayanagi (Mitsuomi’s younger brother).

In “Tenjo Tenge” Vol.5 and 6, the group fought Sohaku Kago’s group known as F (the new leaders of the 12 Founding Families), but in the process, a few were severely injured, while Souchiro Nagi was kidnapped.

“Tenjo Tenge” Vol. 7 focuses on Maya trying to recuperate from her injuries and broken arm with hopes that she can end the hundred-year war. As Maya goes out to search for Souchiro, Souchiro is being kept under the watchful eye of the Red Feather Faction leader, Sohaku Kago and being pitted against other warriors in hopes that Souchiro will take the first step into metamorphosis into the Black Dragon.

Meawhile, Tessen Ishiyumi, head of the Ishiyumi family has gone crazy since Souichiro sealed Tessen’s “Dragon Gate” and disabling his chakra. Now, he has become a madman and wants revenge against those who have made fun of him for losing his power, including Katsumi Kabato, head of the Kabuto family.

The second half of the storyline features Mitsuomi and Madoka Mawari teaming up with Maya and Souchiro (along with the help of Shizura Kamura) to enter the Forbidden Souls Echoes Gate go against Sohaku Kago (head of the Kago family and true leader of F, and also the father of Souchiro Nagi) and his most trusted subordinate, Tetsuhito Kagiroi.

Volume 7 also reveals the history of Soichiro’s mother Makiko Nagi and his father Sohaku Kago. We learn of why Makiko has lost her arm and what Sohaku had done to her. Meanwhile, Maya and Tetsuhito Kagiroi fight to the death.

With volume 8, Maya succumbs to her injuries against Tetsuhito. With the Dragon Eyes from afar, Maya witnesses her sister’s possible death. Fearing for the worse for her sister and her love for Souchiro, Maya needs to make sense of all this fighting. Until she is taken to the past to learn about Sohaku Kogo and what he was trying to accomplish then and what he is trying to accomplish now. Many secrets are revealed in this latest volume, including how one can be alive for centuries.

And with volume 9, Todo High’s tournament battle for which club will become “Executive Council” begins! With the Juken Club down to a few members due to injuries or tragedy, will they even have a chance this year?

And volume 10, leads us to the battle for the “Executive Council” and as Mitsuomi tries to fight for dominance and others hoping to defeat him, the Red Wing feather clan plans to bring a rebirth of three gods who were born to fight against death.  Ama-Terasu, Susano-o and Tsuk-yomi.

Where do I begin with “Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 Vol. 10”.

Best known for its fighting violence and sexual content, typically I’m not too surprised when we see crazy things happen in this series.  From people being killed or people having sex, it’s just the nature of “Tenjo Tenge”.

But with volume 11, mangaka Oh!great definitely went all out to give readers more violence, more sexy and the most chaotic situation that he could come up for readers and I’m not even sure what will happen in volumes to come.  With one final volume left in the series, what we get with vol. 10 is a battle between Bunshichi and Mitsuomi. Two incredibly powerful people and I believe that Bunshichi always has an edge, but there is one thing that made him different from Mitsuomi, Bunshichi was never a killer.  So, how would this battle-to-the-death play out between both men.  This battle eventually leads to Mitsuomi’s  younger brother Masataka to see his brother’s true side.

And with Masataka practicing his fighting techniques, to see brother vs. brother was going to be exciting.

But behind the scenes, it’s what happens to Souchiro Nagi that becomes crazy, chaotic and a little confusing.  What happens when the red feathers use their power to envelop Souchiro?  The reader is thrust to this troublesome and chaotic setting revolving Souchiro that part of the storyline is exciting and surprising, but the other side of this storyline is confusing because of the number of characters featured (and some tend to have similarities in character design) and the story gets so complex, you’re left going back pages and asking yourself, who is this character?  Was this character featured in past storylines?  Because part of you feel as if you missed out on something significant.

Suffice to say, if you are a “Tenjo Tenge” fan,vol. 10 which is chapters 19 and 20 really goes all out in fast action and sexuality.  Women are naked, people are having sex, people are killed and the violence and sex is really at its highest with this volume.  But people expect that already, what people want to see is how the action plays out.  And in this case, the action is the highlight.  Bunshichi vs. Mitsuomi, Masataka vs. Mitsuomi, Souchiro vs. the Red Feathers and so many characters that were featured in the series are brought out for this ultimate battle between good vs. evil.

And I can’t wait to read the conclusion of “Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2.-in-1 vol. 11”

Overall, “Tenjo Tenge” is a pretty awesome manga series that will attract fans who love fight club storylines, especially fighting video games such as “King of Fighters”, “Rival Schools”. There is plenty of action and teenage angst in this manga series but obviously targeted to male readers as the women happen to be overly well-endowed, appear to enjoy being bra-less, wearing short skirts to expose their panties and often having sex with a few of the male characters (or in this volume, having fun with themselves).

Oh! Great’s artwork for “Tenjo Tenge” is beautiful, well-detailed and he puts so much into each page of his manga series. I’m quite impressed. Most fighting manga tend to not focus on the story, if anything, they tend to rely on the characters (especially if they are based on a popular video game series). In the case of “Tenjo Tenge”, it’s a complex series with a lot of characters, but you feel that with each volume, you’re getting your money’s worth. Very good character development but you have to stay with it and not miss any volumes, because something big always happens in each chapter!

Overall, for a mature action-driven, fighting manga series, “Tenjo Tenge” is one of the craziest manga series I have ever read.  If you are looking for a mature fighting, all-action manga series with a lot of sex and violence, “Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1” is for you!

Recommended!

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