Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play - Limited Edition|
Boxed Set 3, Eikoden
Genres: Anime & Manga, Animation
The third adventure set in "The Universe of the Four Gods" is a convoluted follow-up to the initial 52-episode broadcast series. Teenage Mayo nurses a gritty crush on Taka (né Tamahome), who's married to Miaka. She trave... more »
More fushigi yuugi?! REJOICE!
chelsea | United States | 09/08/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I must say, fushigi yuugi is one of my all time favorite animes! While at the otakon, I got a free DVD catalog from pioneer and I saw Fushigi Yuugi Eikoden on it. Thinking "hmm... probabaly just another anime with a similar name" I didn't watch it right away, but I decided to check it out anyway. I was so excited when I found out what it was about! I have already searched the net and found a complete story line of what happens, but being the nice person that I am, I won't give it away.Well, Taka and Miaka get married, but there is a reason for the rush of the wedding, Miaka is pregnant! To make things worse, yet another girl has become infatuated with Tamahome, her name is Mayo(she is the kind of character you love to hate! omg i really do hate her!). She finds the Universe of the Four Gods and enters it and becomes the new priestess of Suzaku with the goal of stealing taka for herself. Not only that, Miaka's baby is inside of Mayo now! Taka enters the book so he can find the suzaku warriors and so he can bring back Mayo and "reclaim" his baby. And I'm not gonna give anymore away than that.My friend got a copy imported from japan, it had only chinese subtitles with a japanese audio or english audio, so i was forced to listen to the horrible dub (it is painful to listen too, it really is!) i found it not to be quite up to par with the tv series, and it did have it's share of corny moments (like all shoujo anime does i suppose) but all in all, i liked it.The difference between the limited edition and the normal edition is that the limited one comes with 10 mini pencil boards.i would really recommend this if you are a FY fan!"
And then there were four..
Carl Cheng | Sunnyvale, CA USA | 10/13/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"So many incarnations of this series. While I love Watase Yu's stories and this one was the one that sparked my love for anime, I think.. there should be no more additions to Fushigi Yugi. This Mysterious Game should just end. Well, this new OAV series was brought to my attention two years ago at Anime Expo and was a big shock for me. After 52 Episodes, a 3 episode OAV, and another 6 episode OAV, comes 4 more episodes of another OAV titled "Eikoden."This story sort of starts like the other OAVs have. Normal life between Miaka, Taka, Yui, etc. except Miaka is pregnant! All the Suzaku Warriors have been revived/reincarnated. Well anyway, the Universe of the Four Gods keeps popping up and causing trouble. In this chapter of the story, the antagonist, Mayo, is a high school student who is infatuated with Taka. She's very similar to Yui in the TV series in how she wanted Taka/Tamahome and would do anything to take him away from Miaka and stuff like that. For some reason, she has the book and enters the world in Konan and becomes the second Priestess of Suzaku. The first twist in this whole story is that she didn't take just herself to Konan, she took Miaka's baby..Being an anime that has not even been a year old, the animation quality is very nice. It keeps true to the original drawings that fans have been accustomed to in the past. The lines are very clear and the colors very bright.The packaging for this DVD box set is probably its strongpoint. It follows a trend for the past DVD box sets that come with a slip cover. The cover for this set has Suzaku over a green granite background. The color contrasts with Suzaku very well. The lettering will probably be gold and shiny. Like past DVDs, this will include a full-color booklet spanning 28 pages filled with information about the story and characters. Also, the benefit for buying this limited edition set is the pencil boards. You don't just get one pencil board, you get TEN of them. They feature Miaka, Yui, and the Seven Suzaku Warriors, as well as one with a picture of characters from Eikoden. On one side, the characters are behind beautiful cherry blossoms. On the other, they are holding flowers in their hand. Red flowers for Suzaku and Blue for Yui (Seiryu). This is an incredible treat that is worth the extra dollars.Final Note: Fushigi Yugi is my favorite anime but still, I feel that all these new additions are lessening my love for it. I love seeing all my favorite characters again but I felt it was good enough on its own. I'd rather more of her new series come out. I am eagerly awaiting Alice 19th, Watase Yu's current manga, which is extremely well written.And also, the reason Pioneer is my favorite DVD distributor still is because of the fact that they treat fans well with the extras that come in their packaging. It's the icing on the cake, and the wrapping paper for a present."
An overall review of all Fushigi Yugi...
Niko | 07/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will try to write a review of the entire Fushigi Yugi series so that you can have a complete (and overall) picture of this wonderful anime. Therefore, if you don't want to know what happens next then please stop reading the specific section because spoilers will be included all over in the review that is to follow.
Apart from it, I will try to maintain an overall review so that to inform the reader as much as possible without giving too much away.
Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play - (Boxed Set 1, Suzaku)
Two fiends, Miaka and Yui - the typical Japanese high school girls- will come across a book called the `Universe of the four Gods' and will be drawn into it (SPOILER! The book basically presents itself to be something like a gate to a parallel universe with the difference that the gods of this parallel universe are the ones who `choose' whom to allow to enter and why, something that will be implied latter on, in the second box set).
There, the two girls will be confronted with a world that is divided into four kingdoms and resembles Ancient China, but each of the girls will end up in a different kingdom as a priestess of the kingdom's god; and their goal will be to gather the seven `holy' warriors in order to summon the god. The catch: the girls will be enemies. On top of that, Miaka will deeply fall in love with one of her warriors, Tamahome, who will love her deeply as well but: Yui will want him two; the emperor will love Miaka etc.
The first arc, deals more with the story and character development, the viewer learns a lot about the world/kingdoms, the citizens agony etc. Of course all this will be accompanied with a lot of action as well.
Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play - (Boxed Set 2, Seiryu)
This is the continuation of the first arc. Now that the viewer has gotten into the anime, the story takes off. After failing to summon Suzaku, the warriors will have to find two holy ornaments in order to achieve it. The story starts to get darker and darker, very emotional and the actual conflict between the two parties of holy warriors takes place, and the true feelings of the love triangle (Tamahome-Miaka-Emperor) will be tested; is their love destined to fail? Additionally, characters that you will learn to love, from the first arc already, will die (be it children, men, women, warriors, emperors or whatsoever)... Last but not least, the final battles will also occur not only in the Four Gods Kingdoms but also in our world as well, because the universes will start to collide (may sound confusing but once you watch the anime it is easy to understand, it is just if I will start to explain it I will give the story and twists away, sorry guys). What will be the end?
Fushigi Yugi :The Mysterious Play OVA Boxed Set
Tamahome is now Taka (well, re-incarnated) and lives together with Miaka in our world. However, trouble occurs once a very powerful and dark force tries to escape from the world of the four kingdoms and wants to come and to destroy our world. Now again, the couple will be drawn back into the book, travel forth and back into the universes, the Suzaku Seven are gathered again and hell brakes loose; because the love of Miaka and Tamahome is in serious danger (not to mention the worlds as well).
Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play - Eikoden
This is, for the time being, the last of Fushigi Yugi that is out there. In these OVAs, Tamahome and Miaka are married and she is pregnant. However, a girl named Mayo will enter the book of the four gods as a new priestess of Suzaku and will try to: steal Tamahome from Miaka, who will fall into a coma, kill the Suzaku Seven, take the child of Tamahome and Miaka as her own etc. Tamahome will enter the book but the world he once knew is starting to fall apart...
Overall opinion about the series:
Personaly, I believe that this anime alongside with Escaflowne, tops every other anime in the Fantasy genre. It is very emotional, has strong character development, solid and very interesting story with way too many twists and will keep you hooked up till the end (that is something that will happen for sure hehehe)
As for the animation:
The first arc has a fair animation but still a good one (in order to get a picture, the animation is something like crave of the fireflies). The second one is updated (something like Trigun). In the first OVAs the animation is definitely updated (something like FMP). Last but not least, in the last OVAs the animation remains in the same level as the previous OVAs but the creatures' animation is something like the ones you see in Digimon (well, personally I preferred the way they used to be in the previous OVAs).
The music, no matter arcs or OVAs, opening or ending, is very - very good and emotional. You will love the music in it.
Worth buying or not?
I will be honest. Personally I love these series and bought all of them. However, the price may present itself to be an obstacle (took me two years to buy the complete show). Therefore, if you can afford it than buy it for sure and you will not regret it; if not, than try to rent it if possible because these shows are definitely worth watching. Not to mention the fact that the series all together are very long (something that I liked).
Well, I hope that I could help you by presenting you with an overall picture of Fushigi Yugi. If so then please click on the yes button below ^_^
the_enchanted | OH United States | 01/18/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"First of all the description. The continuation of Fushigi Yugi-Eikoden is a story about a girl Maya who is secretly in love with Taka is enveloped in jealousy and hatred. Her twisted emotion climaxed during Miaka and Taka's wedding. Accidentally seeing the book-The Universe of Four Gods in a dump, she found out the past of Miaka and Tamahome and how Taka is the reincarnation of a character in a book. She then decided to open the book again and find her own adventure and possible love. However, the book itself has turned into hole for negative energy craving for another legend to ensure its own survival. Maya thus become the puppet of the negative energy. Her entering the book caused Miaka to fall into a coma. In addition, Miaka's baby magically disappeared and somehow, Maya now carries her baby. Desperate, Taka decides to go into the book again in order to save Miaka. The adventure thus begins...(not like i haven't spoiled enough, but lol)It was a huge disappointment for I am a die hard Fushigi Yugi fan ever since I saw the Manga about 6 years ago. The origanal 52 episode of this anime itself is magical as it draws me deeper and deeper into it. However, this continuation is a disgrace for Fushigi Yugi. It not only has a lame plot, its character designs and even voices have been changed and conducted differently. Supposely, Eikoden so much newer than the original Fushigi Yugi, but the graphical art is extremely dull, the movement of the character is very unreal and awkward. Eikoden completely ruins the beauty of Fushigi Yugi. It is not worth buying even if you are a devoted fan of FY. If you really wanna see it, rent it from somewhere. Despite the disapointment, the opening music is quite satisfying. Very beautiful, romantic beat."