The second installment of the FUSHIGI YUGI OVA series, "Memories," finds Miaka and Tamahome sorting out the troubles that Tamahome's memory loss has caused their relationship. Unfortunately, before they get a chance to resolve anything, … see full wiki
If you have no idea of what Fushigi Yuugi is at all, then I recommend going back and watching the series. Yes, all 52 episodes of it (hey, thats nothing compared to other series!). If you dont, you will have no idea of who the characters are, what theyre talking about, why theyre getting sucked into this book, where all the angst comes from, etc. etc. In short, youll be staring at the screen, head cocked to one side going Huh? Especially since this starts the continuation of the first OAV. Yeah, confusing aint it?
Having said that, there are 3 OAVs: the first (3 episodes) and second (6 episodes) are connected, leaving the third (4 episodes) on its own. This VHS tape is what they decided to call volume 2, though its really episodes 1-3 of the second OAV. Making sense yet? I know, its kind of weird I really need to see the Japanese version and get it all lumped together. Makes life so much easier.
Beware, reading ahead will reveal a few spoilers from OAV #1, as these all connect.
1. Enchantment's Quickening After sealing away Tenkou, Miaka and Yui went home. After sealing away his memories, Tamahome was reborn into Miakas world where theyve met his name is now Taka and he and Miaka are dating. Happily ever after, right? Wrong. A strange boy named Shigyou obviously knows Takas background but why is he in their world? Keisuke, Tetsuya, and Taka have started a little club focused on ancient research, and now a pretty girl has joined, who believes their story about The Universe of the Four Gods a little too easily. After Miaka and Taka both get notes telling one another to meet each other on the roof, theyre attacked by classmates and end up somewhere else, meeting old friends and once again leaving Yui, Keisuke, and Tetsuya to figure things out.
2. Child of Silence After escaping the destruction at Mt. Taikyoku, everyone is scattered back to their homes, all except Tasuki, Miaka, Taka, and Chichiri. They decide to start their search for Takas Jewels of Memory at Konan Palace. When they go to see Houki, Hotohoris wife, they are shocked to see the saddest looking Hotohori trying to touch her face, but his hand goes right through her. It turns out that both Houki and Boushin, their son, havent spoken at all since Hotohoris death 2 years ago. Everyones got a lot more problems than just that because demons just keep popping up everywhere
3. Manifestation of Rebirth Well, theyre back (again). The next day Taka gets attacked while on his way to check on Miaka, Tetsuya goes to Yuis house to see her, and Keisuke goes to buy some beer. They were right to worry about that Shigyou guy because Miaka is about to meet him. And here we go again into the book (and since when does Nuriko have another sibling?)
Right after the first episode, just like last time, I have problems with several things. First off, Yui used the power of all four Beast Gods to seal away the book, so just how is anyone able to go back into it? Guess the Beast Gods arent that good at granting wishes. I still would like to know how Yui was able to summon anything in the first place. Then there are the Jewels of Memory that Tamahome/Taka had his memories sealed away in to become Taka. The others just start forking them over? I thought Taiitsukun said that he couldnt have those memories to exist in Miakas world, so why is he allowed to have them now? And at the end, we see who the bad guy is, and Id like to know how he escaped and Id also like to know that if the book was sealed, how are his lackeys getting out to do his dirty work? Its just like suddenly all the rules surrounding that book have disappeared and people can come and go as they please and just where did that scroll come from?? And just because Tamahome doesnt get the jewels and the bad guy does, hell disappear? Whats the basis for that?
Yeah, so there are a lot of weird places in this already. There are a lot of little things that bug me, but I think the biggest problem happens to be the pacing things just go chugging right along and you dont get any time at all to think about whats happened or why it happened.
On the good side, the second episode, after going, Whoohoo!! to Tasuki, later made me want to cry. Haha, no, really, thats good. It was done so well, I felt so bad for Hotohori and his wife and child. Ive always really liked Hotohori and I really was hoping that somehow hed get the chance to come back to life. He looked so sad, its a really strong awwww inducing moment. The appearance of Nyan-Nyan and seeing her in action was a nice bit of fun too. I was hoping shed become an interesting part of the team, but then she disappeared after episode 2.
Lastly, after each episode there isnt a mini-story like last time, but there are still extras theyre sort of like outtakes, or ridiculous alternate scenes. Theyre not as funny as the first three, but theyre enough to make you chuckle a little, or to make you stare at the screen and think, What? and then laugh because its weird.
The music, animation, and voices are, as usual, very well done and enjoyable. I really like the opening song "Star" by Akemi Satou, and "Yume kamo Shirenai" by The S.H.E. as the ending theme is pretty jammin too. Oh, and guess who I noticed? Steven J. Blum whoohoo! He happens to be Rokou, which is sad because hes kind of a chicken. Oh well. Yuis hair is long, Miaka doesnt always have her hair in those dumb buns, and I totally love Tasuki, which is why the next volume makes me bonkers (in a good way).
On a final note to parents, no nudity this time, but there are some demons and blood involved, and very mild swearing (not a whole lot at all).
The Series (VHS format; English only):
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 1 - The Universe of the Four Gods
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 2 - Trials of the Heart
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 3 - Separation
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 4 - The Priestess of Seiryu
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 5 - The Dying Land
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 6 - Dark Reunion
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 7 - Goodbye, Tamahome
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 8 - Summoning Suzaku
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 9 - The Seiryu Seven
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 10 - Nuriko
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 11 - The Quest for the Shinzaho
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 12 - Illusions of Love
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 13 - The Ties that Bind
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 14 - Summoning Seiryu
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 15 - The Fading Light
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 16 - The Last Page Turned
The Series (DVD format; dual language):
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 1
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 2
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 3
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 4
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 5
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 6
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 7
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 8
Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play Special Vol. 1: Illusions
Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play Special Vol. 3: Reflections
Fushigi Yugi Eikoden
Viewing Format: VHS
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