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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 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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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.
I'd have to agree with whoever said it was a complete soap opera... I dunno, the whole thing with Tamahome and Miaka is just unrealistic. Of course, the whole situation is too, but if you're going to make an unrealistic situation in a manga, at least have the characters act slightly more realistic for a little balance. The only thing that doesn't allow me to give it less than a 6 is the silly side characters and character death... hehe...
one of the few shojo manga i'd read....
well, i guess you all should probably know how this manga fares considering its famous. however, all i can say is this: the jokes translated by viz was a heck of a better job than the ones scanlated by fans. i'm sorry for saying it, and i really don't mean any offense, but thats the whole truth...
Mommy, Make it Stop!!!
I enjoyed the first couple volumes until the story became a melodramatic soap opera. Miaka is probably one of the worst heroines I've encountered in a manga. I have no admiration or sympathy towards her seeing as she's wimpy, obnoxious, pathetic and completely dependent on others. I can't see how the male characters can develop feelings for her when she's such a weak, spineless cry baby. The love triangles are predictable, and the countless rape attempts are enough to make you gag. If you want to read a good shoujo, go check out "Lovely Complex" or "Emma." Don't waste your time with this nonsense.
great story line and awesome artwork. love the characters. a highly recommended shoujo manga
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
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
why is it that I hate all the works by her even when I just started reading, so at the very beginning? Well, I haven't read much of her works (3 or so) but I didn't like any of them.
What I absolutly disliked about Fushigi Yuugi: Stupid main heroine that always thinks about food, only one big love, very predictable, very very stupid heroine(o wait, haven't I written that already?) and... the art. It was just so-so for me. Just for your Information: I've read several volumes of this manga. And I'll probably NEVER finish it. I'll also never finish the other mangas by Watase Yuu I've began!
By the way, I just love Kraust's comment. It's wonderful! I had to laugh so hard.... and I always had to thought: Wow, I think pretty much the same! Even if I just gave it one chance.
... Last updated on December 23rd, 2009, 2:14pm
kinda long...sometimes I felt it was a lil corny!
This was one of the first shoujo mangas I ever read- I was reading the viz books. I stopped around book 6 due to life rather than a lack of interest. I really did love the story at that point. Recently, I decided to finish the story after not reading it for several years. I found it funny, but very soap opera and predictable. Not really worth 18 books of it. If the story ended after book 13, I would've maybe given it a 5 or 6. The last 5 books seem more like the mangaka's attempt to extend the story due to its popularity rather than an actual planned ending to the story.