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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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*bangs head* Ugh...
Oh my god, Miaka is so annoying!!!! I'm pretty sure everyone else agrees since all of the other comments say the same thing, which Miaka really, really needs to grow a backbone. It's sorta pathetic that during the whole series, she does not develop at all in terms of strength of character. She's supposed to be a priestess, meaning she needs to actually do something. I mean, even Kagome is better. She at least fights and can kill stuff. And she doesn't get seduced every other chapter...
I give this manga a 5/10 due to the fact that it does have a unique concept about a girl who entered The Book of 4 Gods and become the priestess of suzaku and the seishi's are just omg HOT especially Hotohori. Well this was what I thought when I 1st pick up this manga which was ages ago...like 14 years ago...
Anyway I have to admit I never liked the heroine or the love triangles in this manga. It's annoying that I remember throwing the book on the wall after reading it and saying that it's BS. But I've finish reading it anyway. It didnt take me long to finish it cos I keep skipping the pages...those dragging parts....those lame drama...
Lastly...honestly is there a need for the stories in Vol. 14-18? I think it could have been done in 7 chapters or in just one volume instead.
But if you guys love fantasy genres manga and at the same time doesn't mind the lame smutty moments and Miaka ...well give it a try.
... Last updated on February 22nd, 2008, 10:38pm
the only reason why I would consider this manga a good one is because it creates a sense of nostalgia for me; my cousins and I used to glue ourselves across the tv screen every afternoon just to watch the anime. and for some reason, I actually enjoyed it at the time. but now, having grown older and developed a better common sense, I've come to realise that other than giving me a chance to walk down memory lane, this manga is actually kinda, for lack of better words, yucky. the thing that turns me off about this is the over-displayed intimacies between Tamahome and the much-loathed, Miaka. honestly, if you want to show how much you love each other, find another place to do it! not when you're in battle! another thing that just makes me want to tear my ears (besides my eyes) out is the out-of-this-world screaming of Miaka. you know, the one where she runs with tears running down her cheeks and goes "TAMAHOMEEEE!!". yowza! if you play that pitch of hers in the right frequency, you can break every window in your house.
but then, you have to give credit to Yuu Watase. her artwork has matured very, very much since this dismal of a manga. FYGK is testimony to how much she's developed in terms of her art and story-making. I certainly enjoyed the sequel (technically, it's a prequel) to this particular Fushigi Yuugi.
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.
Why, Oh EFFIN Why, Did I, Give This Mess A Try?
Yeah, the title was my own little attempt at a limerick. Anyways, the title says it all. Miaka made me despise the ENTIRE CONCEPT of the damned "Universe of the Four Gods" right down to the flipping celestial beast she was supposed to summon.By the end of it, I wanted Yui and Nakago to kill all of them. The only reason why I finished it was to honor Nuriko's memory [he was the only one I could stand]. I mean,when I went into this series, I was perfectly aware of the fact that Yuu Watase has a tendency to create main heroines that 1) Are Push-overs 2) Have some kind of willpower but are submissive anyways 3) End up with the last guy you would figure she would pick 4) Have all the remotely nice looking male characters chopping each others limbs for a chance to be with her. Miaka just happened to be the one that had all 4 traits in excess......don't get me wrong, I've read other Watase works and have indeed enjoyed them immensely......Imadoki Nowadays was really cute, Ayashi no Ceres was awesome, and Alice 19th superb! I mean, yeah sure, the heroines in these were kinda sorta cut from the same cloth as Miaka, but at least they made decisions that weren't changed by the murmur of a hot guy. Honestly, I KNOW this is INTENDED to be and IS a fantasy, but seriously, in which fantasy world are girls and women that submissive, powerless, annoying, whiny, etc? I mean, even fantasy mangas are supposed to be relatively consistent with the real world, be it out of the pages of a comic book, or everyday life. The only thing I can say good about this series is that it creates a nice world for Takiko and Limudo/Rimudo to be in for Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden. For those of you that don't know this, FYGK is the "prequel" FY, even though if you read it first you will be out of the loop for a while. Honestly, Takiko is the type of female lead Watase needed to create: strong-willed, not afraid to hold a weapon, mature, etc. Though it is the prequel, FYGK is what will save the whole Universe of The Four Gods tale from extinction. Well that's my review, let the flaming begin!
kinda long...sometimes I felt it was a lil corny!
seems to me the main male character always get seduced by the bad guys....not all the way, but pretty much seduced....
Soap opera warning
Another airhead schoolgirl who gets in over her head... And then 7+ hot guys come to her aid. Predictable love triangles/squares/whatnot, and characters don't seem to develop -- Miaka is always a really dumb and lovestruck airhead throughout the whole series. Not too bad, but why are both she and Tamahome so obnoxious?
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.
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.