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Fushigi Yuugi - Genbu Kaiden   
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From Viz:
When schoolgirl Takiko Okuda attempts to destroy her father's translation of The Universe of the Four Gods, she is instead literally sucked into the story, becoming the Priestess of Genbu in an epic journey to find the seven Celestial Warriors.

Also included is a side story (Ayashi no Ceres Gaiden) in Vol. 6 that covers events after the end of the Ayashi no Ceres series where Aya dreams of Ceres' past.


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Associated Names
Ayashi no Ceres Gaiden
Fushigi Yugi : La Légende de Gembu
Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden
Huyền Thoại Genbu
Huyền Thoại Huyền Vũ
Mysterious Play: The Legend of Genbu Unfolds
Quyển Sách Kỳ Bí -Truyền Thuyết Huyền Vũ-
The Tale of Genbu
Таинственная Игра: История Генбу
ふしぎ遊戯 玄武開伝
不思议游戏第2部 玄武开传
梦幻游戏 - 玄武开传

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v.12 c.40 by Snowshill Scans over 9 years ago
v.12 c.39 by Snowshill Scans over 9 years ago
v.9 c.29 by Snowshill Scans over 10 years ago
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by moonmystery
December 25th, 2017, 11:17am
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
This is better than the original Fushigi Yuugi, but it's still terrible. There are too many characters introduced all at once for people to keep up, and the main character is strong but definitely still very much a stereotype.
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by xheike
November 9th, 2016, 10:30am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
i think Genbu Kaiden is how the series should be. The first series, Fushigi Yuugi focused too much on the romance,and the romance wasn't even that good (with Miaka ALWAYS being the damsel in distress and Tamahome being the prince charming that saves her).
In Genbu Kaiden, Takiko is strong, spunky and selfless. She puts the people of Hokkan before herself. She and Uruki were partners, equals in what they do. Though, there are also times when Uruki had to save her, she is in no way helpless on her own. She thinks and doesnt wait for help to arrive. Uruki respects her decisions even when it causes him heartbreak. You can really see the love they have for each other (whereas FY is more of physical attraction and hormones haha).
Uruki is my favorite FY love interest. His character is more 3D and had a lot of growth compared to Tamahome. He went from a bitter fugitive to
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an emperor dearly loved by his people.

I also really liked the sichi seichi here, though i also liked the suzaku warriors (Especially nuriko and tasuki). I think both series had good side characters. And this has some of the saddest stories for the side characters
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King Temudan. Hagaasu. And Soruen why did you have to diiiie

And the ending! It was perfect! Sad things happened and it was kinda bittersweet but it really tugs on the heartstrings ❤️ ❤️❤️

... Last updated on November 9th, 2016, 10:51am
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An improvement but you should read FY first anyways  
by starikun
December 19th, 2013, 12:33am
Rating: N/A
Watase Yuu has definitely improved in terms of art and writing
This story was so much more dark and mature without using stupid themes
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like rape, love triangles, etc. again and again to further the plot like in FY.
I loved the fact that this used less of "we will use the power and friendship to overcome this ordeal"
I should have realized the author doesn't hesitate to
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kill off her main characters OTL I really wanted everyone to be happy

Did anyone squeal like I did when I realized Tomite and Hikitsu were
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actually the guardians of that gate in FY? (appeared in the beginning of vol 9 to be exact) though they look vastly different obviously due to the art improvement
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I Can't Believe I Cried X(  
by Imsexyandiknowit328
June 8th, 2013, 11:52am
Rating: N/A
This story is so amazing and sweet, and I bawled my eyes out at the end. It was funny, intense, bittersweet, and incredibly sad. I wasn't very happy with the ending just because
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it seemed like all of the people who died were my favorite characters.Also, everything was wrapped up, but I can't help but wish it had a "happily ever after" in THIS life, not the next.
But yeah. It's way better than the other Fushigi Yuugi.
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So Much Better  
by P_O_C_K_Y
May 29th, 2013, 12:28pm
Rating: 8.5  / 10.0
It's not strange at all for the prequel to be better than the sequel. I mean, with a bloody bimbo like Miaka for the "heroine" how can one not be put off. Plus, Watase Yuu's writing has really grown between the time she wrote FY and the sequel. Then you get Takiko which must be the product of Watase listening to how annoyed her fans were with Miaka because Takiko is such a far cry from that buffoon.(Still love that idiot Miaka though).

Anyway, this was a tear-jerker, but in a good way. I don't like sad endings, but it was appropriate and set the stage for the next manga. Even if you know what's going to happen because you read the original first, you will still bawl your eyes out.

Bloody brilliant, but though I loved it, it still wasn't as memorable as FY. No matter how much I complain about that manga, I still love the great memories I had reading it as a kid. It was one of my favorite animes and mangas. Both deserve respect and to be given a shot.
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no words needed  
by BleuBonBon
May 6th, 2013, 6:57pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
This is an absolutely amazing piece of work. I love it so much, every time I think about it, I get tears in my eyes. The ending is very realistic, even though
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I bawled my eyes out at the end. I hate the ending, but love it at the same time.
This shouldn't even be compared to its predecessor, FY. They are worlds apart. This is like the sky, and FY is like the ground, the dirt ground. I tried to read FY before, but just gave up because of the heroine. Takiko, is an intelligent girl with her head properly set on her neck. Just read this right now!!! You won't regret it, it's so memorable. Even after the long hiatus, I had no need to reread the story- that's how memorable it is.
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Amazing prequel that sets an example  
by FYforever
May 2nd, 2013, 4:23pm
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
This prequel was written by Yuu Watase some 10 years after the original Fushigi Yuugi and took another 10 years to complete. As a fan of the Universe of the Four Gods, I was especially thrilled when the mangaka decided to come out with Genbu Kaiden, the prequel to story of the priestesses of Suzaku and Seiryuu.

Her art has since improved substantially and the tone of the story is a lot more mature compared to her older work. Pacing is a lot faster, action is more violent and intense, and the story itself is really beautifully tragic. It also helps that Rimudo is a hot hunk! I love him and Tamahome equally. I really wish this one would also be made into an anime in the near future and can't wait for Byakko Gaiden to come out! Rumor has it that Yuu Watase has planned the Byakko arc for 2015.

Takiko's fate has already been revealed in the original FY. Even though I already know what to expect for the ending, I'm still balling my eyes out. It speaks volumes if a mangaka can make a story about a stone (literally) be a tear-jerker. Yuu Watase's knack for story telling has definitely improved and matured over the last two decades. For those who were fans of the original FY, I highly recommend Genbu Kaiden.

That said, I still love the original Fushigi Yuugi more as it's a classic. Takiko is too perfect as the heroine. There's not much character development for her because she starts and ends the same way: brave, strong (having been trained to fight with a naginata), understanding, and self-sacrificing. Where Miaka's strong will is driven by her love for Tamahome and her friendship with Yui, Takiko's selflessness comes from her desire for acceptance (as she faced rejection from her first love and her father). While the story of Genbu Kaiden was written beautifully, a perfect protagonist is just not realistic. In terms of plot development, there isn't as much conflict/drama and plot twists as in the original FY. It's not super boring, but I think Yuu Watase could have added more to make the story more intense and engaging.

All in all, Genbu Kaiden is a very well written manga and another success by Yuu Watase. I only wish I can read Byakko Kaiden right now to round up the Universe of the Four Gods.

... Last updated on May 3rd, 2013, 6:23pm
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by QueenTashaOfNarnia
January 4th, 2012, 4:10pm
Rating: N/A
I love this one better than FY because while I loved FY, it wasn't serious enough for me. FYGK seemed like a better told story cause the art improved (I like the new one, old one was too something) it's more focused on the story and less on the romance (compared to FY) and I think there's more pull to this one rather than FY.
Now the only thing I need is Fushigi yuugi:Byakko.
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much better  
by caitnap
December 20th, 2011, 11:03pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
I agree that this is much better than FY
I don't like female heroine that always need help, i must say this has more mature plot
I don't have much love for comedy,so this one is better for me.
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better than FY - Suzaku/Seiryuu but...  
by dearest88
December 12th, 2010, 7:48am
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Yuu Watase's drawing has improved and changed tremendously, so are her story plots.
The story contains romantic/bitter sweet love, action and tragedy. Even FY had tragedy... Well, I find the Fushigi Yuugi's love plot very creepy. This story is just way better, the love story is not creepy and stupid. Yuu Watase's plot style also has changed tremendously (now compared to 1990's). But I still hate the fact that she makes so many of her characters die.

However, after FYGK hiatus, I must say that her drawing has again changed tremendously. I'd say that the guys are still handsome, but 'uglier' than before. Moreover, the inside manga columns fit "shounen" genre art, not shoujo. This is because she took way too long pause of "2 years" of hiatus for this story. I really wish her old art was back. This new art in late FYGK is very unpleasant to the eye. She should have put Arata or Sakura Gari on hiatus instead of FYGK.

I really think it's unfair for Takiko, while Miaka (stupid girl) gets all the happiness in the end.

My opinion (may contain spoilers):

Because FY was written before this story, a part of FY Genbu was also described in FY; because Takiko's father's diary was found. Basically, it has stated that FY Genbu would have a tragic ending. And I know Yuu Watase can't change that. All I have to do is accept this (future) tragic ending TT_TT (This is sad... FY Genbu is much more fun and romantic than FY)
In Fushigi Yuugi, it is said that the Genbu no Miko is devoured by the beast, but before she's devoured completely, the father kills her, then himself. Truth to tell, I would prefer Miaka to be devoured rather than Takiko. In FY, it's also stated that if the Miko's will is strong, she wouldn't be devoured. Takiko's will is so strong! How can she be devoured? I guess the Phoenix God was just being merciful toward Miaka, but the Turtle (Genbu) God wasn't as merciful.

... Last updated on February 26th, 2011, 6:31am
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