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From Viz: Miaka Yuuki is an ordinary junior-high student who is suddenly whisked away into the world of a book, The Universe Of The 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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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.
Aww, isn't that cute.
There was never a story that I wanted to kill off the characters more than this one. I'm talking about massive genocidal tendencies that went through me as I read it. An "off with their head" sort of thing just so I can witness their death.
I honest to god tried to give it a chance. Cross that. I gave it 4 chances. 1st chance I got about 1/10th of the way. Dropped it. Picked it up and tried to trudge through it again, because everyone was claiming how much of a classic it was. Rinse and repeat the process several times.
On my 4th try I was in pain through every scene all the while asking to myself, "Why am I doing this?" and saying, "It can't get any worse than this." Well it did.
I cringed every time Miaka uttered, "Tamahome! Tamahome!" Miaka is the epitome of an airhead. When the anime/manga gods created air, they created it in her image.
I started guessing when the next "Rescue Miaka Operation" was going to happen seconds after the 5th or so had occurred. I'd say give or take within the next few pages. And whatdaya know? B.I.N.G.O.
When you're starting to wish that the bad guys would just get their act together and kill off all the heroes already... then you know it's gotten pretty bad. And in the process maybe the bad guys could somehow trip and kill themselves by stubbing their toes... that would be dandy too.
I got about 3/4th of the way before I just gave up.
I'll probably crawl back to this again someday in the future to finish it, just so I can say that I did finish it, but that will be a long time coming. I've still got this massive, permanent distaste for anything with the words "Fushigi Yuugi" in it as of right now.
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........
Fushigi Yuugi is such a good story to read. its almost exactly like the anime, except small parts are cut out. it's full of romance and depression. everything revolving around love or something close to it. there were many conflicts and the story was really long, so that may be why people gave up. they probably couldn't handle reading on to see the same things happening over and over again. there was alot of explanations that didn't seem important if u already knew the story. and there were multiple love triangles. oh, and the enemy in the first part of the story is really annoying. she has a wavering heart and u cant tell if she's being unreasonable or just stupid.
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
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
Complete Damsel is in Distress
It has a setting, it has a story too. But most of it is there so you can have this wishy washy romance. One could give Miaka credit for being brave, or they could give her credit for taking reckless actions that brews up more trouble for the characters.
It's humorous, it's cute, but whatever kind of epic story it was trying to tell was completely ruined the by the pointless separations and angst.
I realize this is a classic, but honestly.
... Last updated on November 3rd, 2013, 11:55pm
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.