Martin D. Pay <martin....
@excalibur.ukf.net> wrote in news:firstname.lastname@example.org:
> Oh, *that* e-mail... I sort of went blank there for a moment,
Not a problem, it was easily mis-interpreted.
> Sounds like fun...
Yep, here's my summary so far:
What I did last night was sit down and watch Tenchi Muyo episode 4, the
one where they go to the hot springs. Hayashi said in his interview a
while back that the hot springs episode was originally a BGC idea that
was rejected. As an amateur artist and writer, I know that I re-use
earlier concepts, modified for changes in subject. So, in this case, I
believe I can pull out scenes which Hayashi originally intended for the
Sabers. If I'm wrong, no big deal- hopefully they'll respond to my e-mail
once I compose it. I'll give everyone a few more days on this group, just
in case someone else thinks something up.
1. Tenchi dealing with a massive pile of luggage- Replace Tenchi with
Mackie, and it sounds about right. In TM!, Ryoko causes the luggage to
fall on Tenchi. Perhaps in the original, the luggage became unbalanced
and did the same.
2. Tenchi's Dad talks about peeping, Ryoko spots him, he falls down.
Well, let's say it was Mackie who was doing the peeping. Priss could have
spotted him, and he could have fallen over as a result, but there would
have been more cheesecake shots in the meantime.
3. Tenchi is brought into the women's baths. What if, instead of falling
back into the men's baths, Mackie falls forwards into the women's baths.
Alternatively, he could have fallen back into the men's baths, and been
out of the show until the end.
4. Tenchi nosebleeds [at Ayeka], and faints. Mackie spots Linna,
nosebleeds and faints. In TM! Sasami looks after him, in BGC, how about
Nene [in a towel]
5. Monster approaches, out of control. Well, obviously Priss cannot
summon boomers, but this is likely where the boomer goes berzerk.
6. Ayeka and Ryoko run from demon; Tenchi told to get sword [Sasami
assists]. How about: Priss and Linna running from demon, Mackie and Nene
run to get some equipment.
7. Tenchi's dad is caught by old woman. Alternate ending- Mackie fell
back into the men's baths, and at the very end of all the fighting, is
brought in by the old woman, asking Sylia "what's the meaning of all
8. Sasami has a nightmare about Kagato. Sylia has a nightmare of Largo
Based on this, my theory of the original plot runs thusly:
This episode is a bridge between Episode 8 of Bubblegum Crisis and
Episode 1 of Bubblegum Crash!
The girls [and Mackie] go to a hot springs on vacation. Mackie is the
baggage porter. The hot springs are divided between male and female. He
tries to peek over the wall at the girls bathing [all of them]. Let's
call Priss and Linna nude. Priss spots him, he falls towards the water,
spots Linna, and faints after a blood fountain. Nene helps him up.
At this point, a boomer malfunctions, and chases Linna and Priss. Mackie
is helped by Nene to go seek out either equipment or Sylia. If Sylia is
present, she goes with Nene and Mackie to get some equipment of some sort
to fight the boomer.
Priss and Linna run from the boomer, keeping it occupied. They return to
the springs itself, where Sylia/Nene/Mackie are waiting. They blast the
I have no clue what happens afterwards, other than our heroes/heroines
win, and Sylia has a nightmare about Largo.
The problem I have is that this really was an effective bridging episode.
It would have eliminated a lot of the plot problems between the end of
Crisis and the start of Crash! There would have been no corny year long
break with reformation of the team and assorted nonsense. It would have
made the show flow properly.
At the same time, it was all fanservice, and many would object to the
episode being mere pandering. The bridging could have been accomplished
in a less fanservicey way, but a bridge was absolutely necessary.
That's my theory. As I said before, if anyone else wants to add a few
questions before I fire off my e-mail, please do so.
>>I think I'll expand the picture to include Mindy and Nene2040.
> <stuffs tissue up nose to stop blood dripping onto keyboard>
> Martin D. Pay
> Bah. Summer time ended last night/this morning. Which accounts
> for me being awake at 5.00am... :(
Well, one nice thing about daylight savings is that I get to sleep in an
hour later. Then again, it just put off for an hour waking up to the
aftermath of the blizzard that went through my city. Take heart, others
in the world sympathize with your situation with respect to crummy
Of course, if I had my way, it wouldn't snow until December.
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