Fushigi Yuugi (FY) is the story of two girls from our world who are sucked into another world through a mysterious book known as "The Four Gods Sky and Earth" and become heroine and villain(ess?) of a supernatural power struggle between two of the gods of that other world. It is widely hailed as one of the most influential shoujo series of the 1990s, and there are few anime fans who have not seen at least one or two episodes of it. Most fans were introduced to FY through another big shoujo hit, Sailor Moon.
FY is known first and foremost as a love story between the two main protagonists, Yuuki Miaka and her seishi Tamahome. For those not a fan of the incessant TAMAHOME!!!!! MIAKA!!!!!! ness, however, there ARE other character relationships and even some fighting action to make the series sufficiently interesting, likeable, and yes, even classic. Some of the themes, such as rape and violent death, touched upon by FY are not appropriate for younger girls, thus making it a good "bridge" anime between the childrens' shoujo series and more adult anime (such as Versailles no Bara, Utena, etc).
The original FY series was a manga by Watase Yuu, licensed in Japan by Studio Pierrot, and broadcasted by TV Tokyo from April 1995 to March 1996. The TV series has 52 episodes, which were followed by 2 OVAs and then another animated OVA
based on one of the FY novels, Eikou Den
. FY was licensed in the United States by Geneon and released in 2 box sets.
This series was my absolute favorite series for the longest time, and it still is one of my all time favorite stories in the world. I'm not a shoujo fan by any means, but FY was my first anime, and you know how that is. I wrote fanfiction for four years for FY like there was no tomorrow (and still do, on occasion). I'll warn you first upfront that I am no Suzaku fan, and all my love and firstborn children are given to the villains of the Seiryuu side. I'll try to be *ahem* fair to both sides in this recap, however.
On to the story!!( charactersCollapse )( Episode One: The Girl From The LegendCollapse )( Episode Two: Suzaku no MikoCollapse )( GoodiesCollapse )