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Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 Vol. 4 by Oh!great (a J!-ENT Manga Review)

February 6, 2012 by  



Sex and violence is the basis of “Tenjo Tenge”. Mix in some “Fight Club”, overly endowed women, sex and various characters that you love in fighting video games and you get “Tenjo Tenge”. Volume 4 is the deepest volume yet as characters are killed off.  Who will live and who will survive?  Check out “Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 vol. 4” to find out.

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MANGA TITLE: Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 Vol. 4

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 20, 2011

Mitsuomi and Maya team up to fight in the Imperial Martial Arts Tournament, an all-out series of bloody battles to determine the strongest fighter in Todo Academy. The tournament is held by Mitsuomi’s father, the patriarch of the Takayanagi family, with the secret intent of awakening the “True Warrior” and bringing that power under his control.

He’s pinned his hopes on Shin, but his machinations backfire when Shin finally plunges into madness, unleashing his terrifying destructive force. Mitsuomi steps forward to stop him, and an epic confrontation between the two friends begins.

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!

A background of what “Tenjo Tenghe” is about so far:

The series would typically revolve around a group of friends who attend Todou Academy, an academy that hosts the best fighters in the area.

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.

Meanwhile, we are also introduced to several other characters who are friends but also rival to Shin as everyone has incredible abilities. But is there anyone who is strong enough to defeat Shin?

“Tenjo Tenge” Vol. 4 continues where the last volume left off, the fourth round of Todo Academy’s fighting tournament to find out which club will be the leaders of the executive council.  Meanwhile, Shin hasn’t shown up for the tournament.

It appears that Master Dogen wants to unleash Shin’s uncontrollable powers and they know that to get to him, they would have to use Maya as an example.  So, Master Dogen has his violent assassin Fu’Chien roughing up Maya as badly as he can.

And now, enraged Shin has unleashed his uncontrollable power of the Dragon Eyes to take on Fu’Chien and others who have hurt his sister, meanwhile Mitsuomi goes to find them.

Shin has absolutely lost it.  No one, friend or foe can get close to him and all he cares about is being close with his sister Maya.  But when Mitsuomi finds her, she tries to have him escape in time but it is too late, Shin releases his power and tries to kill Mitsuomi (a friend but also a rival for Maya’s affections).

But while Mitsuomi was able to survive the attack, it has presented a conundrum.  The blast that Shin gave him has elevated his heart and has made him invincible for three minutes, but because of the amount of beating his heart takes in that state, anything longer than three minutes will kill him.

But Shin has warned his sister Maya that he will hurt everyone she has a connection with.  Meanwhile, Mitsuomi has announced to Maya that in two months time, he will take on Shin in a battle.

It’s a battle to the death between these two friends and rivals.  Who will live and who will die?

“Tenjo Tenge” is a thrilling manga series for adults and with volume 4, not only do readers get the usual sex and violence but the plot becomes much deeper as Shin and Mitsuomi fight to the death.

Many characters are killed in this latest volume and needless to say…  prepare to be shocked!

I have to admit that “Tenjo Tenge” may not be the easiest manga series to write a synopsis for. Mainly because there are so many characters featured, there’s not really one protagonist and it can get a bit confusing with people who have similar names.

But it’s this world of fight clubs, people who specialize in different martial arts for this high school and this world that mangaka Oh!great is slowly trying to build overtime. It requires time, character development and by the time you read the chapter, you know the characters, but to explain it to someone who hasn’t read it, it’s not easy.

But the best way to describe this manga series is the game “the King of the Mountain”. I remember being in high school and wrestling practice and our job was to see if we can take down the top guy and make him fall. Well, at this high school, Shin is the king of the mountain. All these fighters of different clubs want their shot to beat the #1 man, so their martial art or club can be the top dog and be the leaders of the Executive Council. They call the shots at the school and let people know of their dominance.

But unknown to many people, Shin is like a demon. Slowly going insane because of his Dragon Eyes in combination with holding onto the Reiki sword, it’s amplifying his power to the point where he’s starting to lose his sanity. The Reiki, which is a sword which entraps all power of the evil Buddhist ceremonies enhances ones power. And for the weapon, it’s reliant towards those who wield it and for Shin, it makes him the most deadliest person on the planet.

So, with volume 4 and “insane” Shin has declared that he will destroy anyone who has a connection with Maya.  And there is only one person who has a connection with her, fellow classmate and sparring partner, Mitsuomi.

While Shin is unbeatable with his Dragon Eyes, we know that Mitsuomi has some mysterious power within him.  But when Shin unleashes the Dragon Eyes on Mitsuomi, it also has given him superhuman abilities to add on his current abilities.  Which may enough for Mitsuomi to fight against Shin in the battle to the death.

But… there is a caveat to Mitsuomi’s new special ability.  He has only three minutes to use it, otherwise, anything longer will kill him.

The fourth volume feature manga graphic novels vol. 7 and 8 and the first half features on the Mitsuomi-Maya-Shin storyline, while the second half finally brings back Souchiro Nagi and Bob Makihara, as they become the newest members to the Juken Club and once again, it’s a new year of the Academy’s tournament of who will lead the Executive Council.

But as mentioned, be prepared to be shocked as character die in this latest volume.  One death, I never saw coming and was shocked.

Similar to the other volumes, this volume definitely features a lot of sex! Granted, it’s not a hentai manga as sex is not focused on, but there is nudity and sex plus a lot of violence, so it’s a mature title.

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. Granted, the sex and fan service is not a big part of the overall storyline but it’s there.

“Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1 vol. 4” is the deepest volume yet but it’s rather important to see how things are going to be this time forward as many changes are in store for these characters. Recommended for those who love their manga with all-out action, violent brawls and sexual themes.

 

 

Overall, for a mature action-driven manga series, it definitely delivers in action as well as sex. If this is for you, then definitely give “Tenjo Tenge: Full Contact Edition 2-in-1” a try!

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