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Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 2: The Return Home

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Hajime Kamegaki

Miaka travels back the Universe of the Four Gods to save her old pal Yui, who is trapped within the world of the mysterious book. She returns to find the countries of Konan and Kutou in the midst of warfare. Miaka finds herself up against another priestess … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Anime
Director: Hajime Kamegaki
Release Date: 1998
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol....

Best friends are not forever.

  • Jan 13, 2007
Rating:
+5
Pros: Hotohori, Chichiri, music box goodness - and Japanese voices!

Cons: The beginnings Miaka's idiocy and Yui's ignorance

The Bottom Line: I never liked Yui.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Welcome back inside the Universe of the Four Gods, - or rather, the anime of Fushigi Yugi. Getting sucked inside of a book leads to good fun. I’d like for it to happen to me, but then again, I’m not normal. Watase Yuu is the creator of this anime, and those responsible for transforming it into this did a great job. Expect a good time.

There are 52 episodes on a total of 8 volumes, significantly less than if you were to get them on VHS. Half, in fact. At least this way you get both English and Japanese versions. And how do you beat that?!

The Deal In This Volume:
Miaka’s return home is shadowed over by the disappearance of Yui. When Miaka finally realizes where Yui must have gone, she finds out that months have passed within The Universe of the Four Gods and Konan is on the brink of war. Miaka must summon Suzaku in order to save Konan and Yui. But she is more determined to search for Yui in the enemy land of Kotou. Her search may lead to the discovery of other celestial warriors of Suzaku and her return to the strong arms of Tamahome. But can she bear the strain of so many people suffering on her account? And will she be able to find Yui and rescue her? Or will things go horribly wrong? What happened to Yui that we don’t know about?

Music, Animation, Voices:
The music is as old as the series, do don’t expect to hear some super-awesome stuff. It makes me giggle a little, actually. Some old school saxophone, electric guitar, things like that. The opening and closing songs are upbeat and catchy, the female singers having a grand time with their nice, clear voices. If you listen to them enough you can start to sing along. I do. Shut up – that does not make me lame. I like the music box piece in episode 11. Music box tinkering is always sweet. Even if the music is older, it still goes just fine with the series, so no worries.

Animation is true to its form and going to stay that way the entire time. Bright colors, a few weird hairstyles (Chichiri must use some awesome hair gel), and what you’d expect from a good anime series. No slacking anywhere whatsoever. Bright eyes and fabulous details. Ok, maybe not fabulous, but still pretty darn great. Right down to Chichiri’s mask and Tamahome’s hairstyle. Of course there are the exaggerated bits here and there for fun and laughs, but they’re always in appropriate places so they don’t ruin whatever mood may be going on at the time. Besides, they come and go quickly and easy to transition with.

Voices are still great. New characters coming in are working out fine. English voice actors were always fairly good, though Chichiri may take some getting used to. I like his Japanese voice better. Nakago’s Japanese voice wins over the English one too. In the end it’s left up to you. So far I prefer the Japanese version.

What You’ll Like:
Chichiri is bound to be a favorite Suzaku warrior of yours. He’s impossible not to like. I like him much better with his mask off, but he’s still cute even with it on and that goofy voice of his. Tamahome has his cute side too, as well as Miaka when she’s being a goof. Nakago is also a pretty interesting guy and shows a lot of promise. Were you waiting for the super badass guy? That’s him. Overall, a lot of the characters are easily loveable. It’s one of the best aspects of this anime. And if you’re like me, you’ll just enjoy the idea of getting sucked into a strange land inside a book.

What Will Annoy You:
The way Miaka acts when it comes to Tamahome and their relationship has good reason to get under your skin. She has a tendency to run away from him without any decent reasons. It won’t be the last time she does it and it gets more annoying every time, so brace yourself for that.

The other thing has to do with Yui. Even if what happened to her happened to me, I still wouldn’t bring myself to do what she did to both herself and Miaka. Then again, that’s easy for me to say. Different people do different things, but I still seriously doubt attempted murder. Besides, she’s pretty ignorant when it comes to knowing herself. Women of the world will know what I mean. It’s a hard thing to miss. So instead she’s decided to go on her little rampage which can also bug you.

Warning! A warning for all you parents out there – I don’t know what you allow your child to see and not see, so I’ll just point out that there is a tiny bit of swearing, violence (blood, death, etc.), a bit of cross-dressing (although that was basically in the first half of the series), and some nudity/sexual content. It’s up to you.

Volume 2:
8. Brief Parting
9. Enemies Unseen
10. Looking For Yui
11. Priestess of Seiryu
12. Only You
13. For The Sake Of Love

NT

Want a more in-depth look at the episodes? Start here with the VHS:
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play Vol. 1 - The Universe of the Four Gods

Fushigi Yugi Series
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 1
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 OAVs
Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play Special Vol. 1: Illusions
Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play Special Vol. 2: Memories
Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play Special Vol. 3: Reflections
Fushigi Yugi Eikoden

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Viewing Format: DVD

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