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Fushigi Yuugi Review by calf - DALnet #anime



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Added by calf on February 19, 2001
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Overview

This anime is basically about a young girl (14 I believe) who opens a magical book that sends her back to ancient China and she must accomplish certain tasks to save the land she fell into, Konan. This series is more geared towards females.
Oh and on a side note, if you prefer dubs, i believe they released this with the title "Mysterious Play" but I'm not sure.

Storyline

Fushigi Yuugi Picture 1 It's really hard to write about this story without spoilers because there are so many different parts, but i suppose i can reveal stuff that happens in the first 4 episodes.
The main character, Miaka, is told that she is the Suzaku no Miko, which means that she can call on the guardian of Konan, Suzaku, and get three wishes granted; however, she must first gather the 7 Suzaku seishi to enable her to get her wishes granted by Suzaku. Konan, needs a wish for proection from it's neighbor, and miaka needs a wish to get back home.
More complications come along as Miaka's best friend Yui is in the real world reading the book and can experience things that Miaka does.
The land that is fighting with Konan, named Kutou, also has a guardian which is Seiryuu, but they do not yet have a Seiryuu no Miko, so they send out some of their collected seishi to try and stop Miaka from calling on Suzaku to grant her 3 wishes.
The story is quite moving and the villians are charming yet evil. There is also humor thrown in which makes it a really good series.

Characters

Fushigi Yuugi Picture 2 Miaka is your typical young anime japanese girl. She is constantly thinking about food and eats a ton and slacks off in school and also falls in love. She's pretty amusing, in one part she tries to fend off a gang of street smart men and actually does a pretty good job. She's feisty and the real "good guy" of the story, most of the emotion of the storyline is based around her.
Then there is her best friend since they were 5, Yui, who is kind of the opposite of miaka, she's really smart and works hard in school and is usually quite serious.
And you can't forget the seven Suzaku seishi, Tamahome, Hotohori, Nuriko, Chichiri, Tasuki, Mitsukake, and Chiriko, all sworn to defend the Suzaku no Miko.
There there's the seven Seiryuu seishi Nakago, Suboshi, Amiboshi, Soi, Ashitare, Tomo, and Miboshi who are out to stop miaka from calling on Suzaku to grant her the 3 wishes so that they can call on Seiryuu first.


Animation

I really enjoyed the animation. All the Seishi are very cute/sexy, and Miaka is quite an animated character. The character designs are more unique i think, especially Chichiri

Voice Acting

I haven't seen the dub, but I'm sure it's horrible since almost all dubs are. The sub was well done and the voices were pretty typical yet went well for the characters, I love Chichiri's voice since he is such a fun character.
The music is good too. I love the opening.

Likes

I love the idea of living out a story in a book, and Chichiri's character (can't you tell?) since this series has 52 episodes the story can really progress into something fantastic.
I also love how this anime has a lot of strong male characters which isn't something you find very often in a commical anime about a young girl.

Dislike

Well, nothing really bad stood out to me as i watched this. none of the characters were annoying, the only thing that was odd is that Miaka (a japanese girl) falls into a world like ancient China and there are no language barriers, but i suppose that would have been pretty hard to explain. Miaka does have problems with her clothing, money, and gum (very funny scene) seeming odd to the people in that world so that was done well.


calf's Fushigi Yuugi Review Scores
Story :8/10Animation :7/10
Characters :9/10Voices :7/10
Overall Score 80% : Excellent



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Firefly Angel11 Concerning the dubbed version... 08/21/03 05:04:32
Sandy lin Just for those who may want to watch 10/11/03 04:59:43
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