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
Looks like youre just like me cant stop yourself from coming back for more, eh? For the newcomer, you know, if youre 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? Were 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 Suzakus 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 theyre peppy and when you decipher a few lyrics its fun to sing along a little to. Episode #33 was a little different though didnt have much of a closing song at all but theres a reason for that, and Im 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, youll get the same color, detail, and goofy exaggerations (when necessary of course). Admittedly, its older anime, and there are a few times when you can see it, but its acceptable. An interesting bit is when Tamahome goes all Super Saiya-jin on us. And its also really interesting to see Nuriko dressed like the guy he is. Good stuff. Id still hook up with Horohori or Tasuki. ^_^
I also havent realized any problems with the voices. Sometimes I wonder about the translating, but its 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, its just that her voice didnt 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, its your choice on which one you feel up to watching.
What Youll Like:
Aside from the Man that totally sucks unexpected twist (which was still a daring move I think, but I liked it), theres still plenty of adventure to go around. The fun part now is that Miakas 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 its still well done.
What Will Annoy You:
What is up with anime and the recap episodes? Ah well. Skip it if you dont need it. Aside from that, once again we get some of Yuis irritating nonsense again. Why didnt Tamahome just clock her and drag her back with him? Thats letting the enemy get away, duh. And why doesnt Yui ever change out of her school uniform?? Ugh. I hope shes getting it washed often otherwise thats kinda gross.
And I dont really buy how everyone keeps falling in love with Miaka. Especially since shes only 15 or so. I mean geez, by the end of this whole series and stuff, the only ones that havent declared their love for her are Mitsukake, Chichiri, and Chiriko. Whatever.
That bit in episode 33 (trust me, youll know what Im 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 dont know what you allow your child to see and not see, so Ill 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. Its up to you.
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
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
Viewing Format: DVD
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