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Miaka Yuuki is an ordinary junior-high student who is suddenly whisked away into the world of a book, "The Universe of th Four Gods". There she becomes the priestess of the god Suzaku, and is charged with finding all seven of her Celestial-Warrior protectors.
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I Love The Memory.
I think a lot of us like the memory of this manga/anime rather than the actual manga/anime which is why we have such mixed feelings about it. Likewise, I read this in junior high and now a junior in high school I've gone back to the story, but it just wasn't as great as when I first read it.
The suspense, love, action and all that jazz just didn't appeal to me as much as it did in junior high. Maybe it's because I was so simple-minded back then. I remember fan girl squealing at everything, but now I'm just "meh." I suppose we've all grown up a bit and we prefer to reminisce in something we once loved, though we can hardly see the appeal anymore. (I'm not speaking for everyone.)
However, no matter how old you are, I think if it's your first time reading or watching Fushigi Yuugi you'll really love it, but if you try reading or watching it a second time or even third time around you might be put off by it or be like me and skip around to your favorite memorable moments.
Still, give it a shot. There's a reason we liked it so much in the pastXD
The BEST series ever!
I was first introduced to Fushigi Yuugi (the anime version) in middle school by a friend. Only a few minutes in to the first episode and I was immediately hooked. The anime follows the manga very closely, although some small details have been omitted and changed (for the better in my opinion). I highly recommend the anime if you don't want to sit through all 18 volumes.
Our heroine, Miaka, is a 15 year old glutton who is clumsy, dull-wit, and overly naive. She's just your average school girl struggling to pass the entrance exam for high school. After she enters the Universe of the Four Gods, at the request of Hotohori, she decides to become the Priestess of Suzaku to wish for her acceptance into Jonan Academy along with her best friend Yui. As the story progresses, Miaka falls in love with one of her seven seishi, Tamahome, and together, in her quest to summon Suzaku, overcomes various hardships and obstacles and learns the importance of responsibility, courage, and self-sacrifice.
Unfortunately for Miaka, her best friend Yui was also sucked into the book and was manipulated to become her enemy. Determined to take revenge on Miaka, Yui becomes the Priestess of Seiryuu to summon the beast God to grant her wish to go home and to take Tamahome away from Miaka. Can Miaka stay together with her love Tamahome and save her frienship with Yui before Seiryuu seishi Nakago takes over both the book and the real world?
A lot of people complain how Miaka is weak and always needs her seishis to save her, but that's not true. She never backs away from the face of danger and despite being physically weak, throws herself at the enemy as bait just so her friends can escape. Miaka has the strongest will out of all the four priestess. Her belief in her love with Tamahome and in her friendship with Yui never wavered. Although overly naive and innocent, it is precisely these qualities along with her carefree cheerful nature that attracts four of the Suzaku seishi (Tamahome, Hotohori, Noriko, Tasuki) and one Seiryuu seishi (Amiboshi) to fall in love with her.
Everyone compares Miaka to Takiko in Genbu Kaiden. Yes, there is a world of difference in their maturity level. After all Takiko is the oldest of the four priestesses to enter the book. However, Miaka is without a doubt the strongest out of all four which shows at the end because she wasn't devoured by the beast god. Her character is more relatable as she's just your flawed, average 15 year old kid. Takiko is a very unrealistic heorine as she is just too perfect to be true and therefore, has no character development.
All in all, Fushigi Yuugi trumps Genbu Kaiden anyday. While I loved Genbu Kaiden, I find it boring compared to FY, although the art in Genbu Kaiden is WAY WAY WAY better. If I were to describe the plot twists and story development for Genbu Kaiden vs Fushigi Yuugi, then I would say Genbu Kaiden progresses linear whereas original FY is zig zag. There's just a lot more twists in the story in FY than GK, because we have an extremely smart and powerful antagonist Nagako from the Seiryuu side who calculates like 10 steps ahead of the Suzaku seishis.
Summary: - Characters: Fushigi Yuugi (more comedic) = Genbu Kaiden (more mature) - Art: Fushigi Yuugi (meh~) < Genbu Kaiden (WAY more beautiful) - Story: Fushigi Yuugi (way more plots twists and drama) > Genbu Kaiden (a bit boring)
So overall, it's different strokes for different folks. The plot and story in Fushigi Yuugi is SO SO SO MUCH better than the story of Genbu Kaiden. On the other hand, the art in Genbu Kaiden is SO SO SO MUCH better than in Fushigi Yuugi. Fushigi Yuugi is also very comedic while Genbu Kaiden is very sad and dark. They're completely two different stories. It just depends on what kind of story you like. I personally like a great story with comedy sprinkled throughout, so my pick is DEFINITELY Fushigi Yuugi. Genbu Kaiden is a fantastic prequel and beautifully written, but in my heart, its story will never surpass or come close to Fushigi Yuugi (which is a classic in my opinion).
... Last updated on May 3rd, 2013, 4:52pm
I suggest those that hate the heroine of this but like the story can just go ahead read the genbu version much much better. more mature romance, a heroine that can save herself and actually has a priestess power.
It seems Krysic is confused...
To Krysic: This IS THE ORIGINAL STORY. Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden was a prequel; a simple glance at the years should already tell you so: this was done in 1992, while Genbu Kaiden followed in 2003, more than 10 years after this.
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And the guardians you referred to were not the Genbu Celestial warriors but those of Byakko's. The only Genbu Celestial warriors who were shown here were Hikitsu and Tomite. So yeah, Watase Yuu got nothing wrong. Sorry, but... you did.
So having said that, I think it's only fair that we shouldn't compare this with Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden. Rather, it should be the other way around. 10 years is a lot of time for a mangaka to improve.
This was a very entertaining read. It was a nostalgic experience for me, having watched the anime more than a decade ago. Not a big fan of shoujo, but this makes me want to explore Watase's other work. It's definitely not perfect, but a manga doesn't have to be perfect to entertain.
And I agree with spiritedaway, Miaka is a strong woman. Yes, she's an idiot glutton who doesn't know how to fight... but she has a strong sense of self-sacrifice. Countless of times she'd rush the enemy as bait... just so her celestial warriors, who are obviously much more able than her, could get away safely. Stupid? Maybe. But as they say, there's a fine line between stupidity and courage.
the men i tell you seriously, the men
It's been years since I started reading manga and this happened to be the first manga/anime I read. If I'm reading this now, I'd hate it, but at the time, it was something new and different from the Famous Five and Harry Potter books. I'd say if you're a sucker for cheesy romance this is perfect.
It's a girl's fantasy come true. Every nice guy falls for her and the guys she loves says that she is his life all the time. And Miaka, really I can understand people here, she is the most annoying girl ever on earth. The ever useless damsel in distress. I guess that was why Tamahome liked her that much? He does have a 'needing' issue going on.
On the other hand, as slow as character development was, once she starts maturing, much much much later on, she's more bearable. and lets face it, she does grow on you after the large number of chapters/episodes. In fact, in the OVA I thought 'THAT'S more like it' even though she does retain her annoying weakness. At least she's not screeching Tamahome at every turn.
Apart from the main leads, ie. Miaka and Tamahome, everyone else are just simply HOT. Wonderful characters that will make you fall in love within seconds. Hotohori, Tasuki, Nuriko, hell even the 'evil' guy Nakago. They are characters that I will always love.
well i saw bother the anime and manga and if you really think about it all they ever talk about is sex and its a little childish. And yea you see her mature but idk it i read it along time ago back when i was young and still in middle school, and i thought it was really good, but now... im in high school going to junior year anytime soon and now that i think back to this manga i think its boring because there are many mangas that are similiar, im more interested in like skip beat and nana, but its only my opinion.
zettaikareshi, you are so funny, but that is pretty much true.
I didn't think Miaka was too terribly bad when I watched the anime. Actually FY was my favorite for about 3 months (That's a long time for something to be on my favorite list) Then I realized..What a second. I'm better than Miaka! And that is saying a whole lot!!
You have to love the bishounens though! Amiboshi! Suboshi! *sigh* Tasuki........
This is Totally Unforgettable
I would totally agree with the comments on FY's anime which shows exaggerated flashbacks and so on. The shouting stuffs like "tamahome!" "miaka!!" thats so stubborn. But that's way back a decade ago. Who knows what kind of famous trends back then, and if you watch it now, some of new generation would hate it because of yes the weak and worse heroine. But why wont we focus on the positive sides? indeed the growing relationship between miaka and the suzaku seven is THE BEST FRIENDSHIP FOR ME. The humor and comedy stuffs is totally the best. Nuriko is totally (for me) who pulled off the whole thing. You wont notice him or pay attention to love him since he is always there and here in the series but when there's this chapters starting to tell stuffs about him, the whole thing spreading alot. I totally love him, no matter what. Its the same with the other characters, all the suzaku and seiryuu is so distinctable and uniquely different from each other. For the critics from the commentors are probably have a mature mind and lot of expectation through out everything, well for us fushigi lovers we tend to enjoy every moment of the anime, and the characters as well. This anime would be perfect, but in the end seems Watase leave the fact that the other Suzaku Seven needs to be with miaka too, why she only give happy ending to miaka and tamahome? why wont tasuki and nuriko and so the others reincarnated in the real world? that would make sense but it didn't. This is the classic needs a spin-off. If this anime was made at 2000's probably watase's point of view, she'll balance the Romance and the Friendships. I think its really unfair since im not a big fan of miaka and tamahome, but a big fan of Nuriko
for those who like cheesy romance. i enjoyed reading it when i was young and i actually liked miaka, i thought she was cute. the art is good and theres a lot of hot guys and funny parts. the plot is also interesting and i think its supposed to be basically like a put-yourself-in-heroine's-shoes fantasy, with all the guys falling in love with you and stuff. if you arent into cheesy stuff this is not for you.
... Last updated on February 1st, 2013, 11:18am
Didn't like it.
Yuu Watase does a good job of making a girl's most wanted fantasy come true: Tamahome. And the girl to have him in the end was: Miaka, a dense, constantly-hungry, attention-craving, high school idiot girl who every man wants besides her Tama-man; Tasuki, Nakago, Hotohori, and even the great older-twin-brother Amiboshi. This reverse-harem crap that Watase does for every of her series is stupid and a waste of time to read. Yes, her artwork is cute, but it's not something I'd waste my time trying to copy.
For this story, one little problem turned big always come up and it happens so often that I lose track of how the story started, how it's supposed to go, and how it's gonna end. This series doesn't hold my attention as tightly as even Dogs could, to be honest.