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Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 5

1 rating: 5.0
A movie directed by Hajime Kamegaki

An influential Anim? mahou shoujo (magical girl) fantasy, FUSHIGI YUGI combines many different tones, with equal parts action, romance, and comedy. Miaka and Yui find a bridge into another world through the magical book "Universe of the Four Gods" … see full wiki

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

Always wait for reinforcements.

  • Jan 13, 2007
Rating:
+5
Pros: Some good stuff in this volume

Cons: A few actions by Yui are annoying

The Bottom Line: Bummer.

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

Looks like you’re just like me – can’t stop yourself from coming back for more, eh? For the newcomer, you know, if you’re lazy enough, you would start here. Why? Because episode #28 is a recap episode. If you missed out on the first four volumes, you could skip to here and go on from that point.

There are 52 episodes on a total of 8 volumes, so guess what? We’re at the halfway point!

The Deal In This Volume:
Miaka finally has all Suzaku Seven assembled: Tamahome, Hotohori, Nuriko, Chichiri, Tasuki, Mitsukake, and Chiriko. But because of the loss of Suzaku’s scroll, they must now find the Shinzaho in order to summon Suzaku. The catch is that the Seiryu Seven are also on the hunt for the Shinzaho, having lost a member of their own. Battle and death await Miaka and the others. Will it break them down or only serve to make them stronger?

Music, Animation, Voices:
As per usual we still have our old school music for the time the anime was made. Works well in the series in all the situations. Sad, action, what have you. The opening song and closing songs have been the same for the past four volumes and will be that way for another long while. I like them both – they’re peppy and when you decipher a few lyrics it’s fun to sing along a little to. Episode #33 was a little different though…didn’t have much of a closing song at all…but there’s a reason for that, and I’m sure you can guess.

So far I have yet to find any problems with the animation, and seriously doubt there will be. We are well over half finished with the series, so unless the animators start taking cat naps in the middle of their work, you’ll get the same color, detail, and goofy exaggerations (when necessary of course). Admittedly, it’s older anime, and there are a few times when you can see it, but it’s acceptable. An interesting bit is when Tamahome goes all Super Saiya-jin on us. And it’s also really interesting to see Nuriko dressed like the guy he is. Good stuff. I’d still hook up with Horohori or Tasuki. ^_^

I also haven’t realized any problems with the voices. Sometimes I wonder about the translating, but it’s not off enough to merit any fussing. Soi was a little awkward in the beginning when it came to the English version, but that goes for the majority of them anyway. The actor was very good, it’s just that her voice didn’t seem to match the character. Ah well, it happens. The Japanese voice actors are just fine and dandy. Love them all. I'll forever pick Tasuki's Japanese VA over his English one. So, as usual, it’s your choice on which one you feel up to watching.

What You’ll Like:
Aside from the “Man that totally sucks” unexpected twist (which was still a daring move I think, but I liked it), there’s still plenty of adventure to go around. The fun part now is that Miaka’s brother gets more into the mix than he previously was and we get to learn more about the book Miaka and Yui are stuck in. Oooh, the intrigue! Hehe. Nuriko still cracks me up too. Prancing around like a guy and still acting the way he does. There are all sorts of places to go and people to see – and unexpected things to encounter. Get your tissues. You may not like it, but it’s still well done.

What Will Annoy You:
What is up with anime and the recap episodes? Ah well. Skip it if you don’t need it. Aside from that, once again we get some of Yui’s irritating nonsense again. Why didn’t Tamahome just clock her and drag her back with him? That’s letting the enemy get away, duh. And why doesn’t Yui ever change out of her school uniform?? Ugh. I hope she’s getting it washed often – otherwise that’s kinda gross.

And I don’t really buy how everyone keeps falling in love with Miaka. Especially since she’s only 15 or so. I mean geez, by the end of this whole series and stuff, the only ones that haven’t declared their love for her are Mitsukake, Chichiri, and Chiriko. Whatever.

That bit in episode 33 (trust me, you’ll know what I’m talking about) was really weird. Not annoying so much just as…weird. Was it totally necessary? Because it was odd...

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 5:
27: Tombstone Oath
28: The Ancient Path
29: Mysteries Afoot
30: The Flash of Battle
31: Whirlpool of Doubt
32: To Die for the Star of Suzaku
33: Nuriko, Eternal Farewell

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. 2
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 3
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Vol. 4
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

Recommended:
Yes

Viewing Format: DVD

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