English: Mysterious Play
Synonyms: Fushigi Yugi, Curious Play
Apr 6, 1995 to Mar 28, 1996
23 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisWhile visiting the National Library, junior-high students Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo are transported into the world of a mysterious book set in ancient China, "The Universe of The Four Gods." Miaka suddenly finds herself with the responsibility of being the priestess of Suzaku, and must find all of her celestial warriors for the purpose of summoning Suzaku for three wishes; however, the enemy nation of the god Seiryuu has manipulated Yui into becoming the priestess of Seiryuu. As enemies, the former best friends begin their long struggle to summon their respective gods and obtain their wishes...
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Opening Theme"Itooshii Hito no Tame ni; For My Darling" by Akemi Satou
Ending Theme#1: "Tokimeki no Doukasen" by Yukari Konno (eps 1-32,34-51)
#2: "Kaze no Uta" by Chika Sakamoto (ep 33)
#3: "For Epilogue…" by Yukari Konno & Akemi Satou (ep 52)
I began really liking this anime, and was ready to give it a big ol' ten, alas...
I feel I may give away SOME of the story line so read at your own risk.
(Yes it's true, I don't doubt for a second Inuyasha is based off this, so I thought this could be the stronger of the two and I think initially it really seemed that way.)
Later in the series I realised something so forgive me for getting a bit spoilery but, the girls are under the constant threat of rape, that really started to grate.
Another pattern which was a common theme is that the couple kept getting separated for no good reason, which was true of another anime released around that time and as a fan of romance it drove me crazy. I feel if less time was focused on them running away from each other focus could've gone on what I think would've made this series stronger. Parts of the story did use the rinse/repeat method so we see our heroes make the same mistakes and it gets pretty frustrating to watch.
Also a point I found lacked lustre is one of the main sevens power seemed like a good plot device to aid the gang. Only so little of them was seen that it came increasingly apparent this was not an option.
I really thought as we were little by little introduced to the rest of the seven they'd become a merry gang, using their special powers as if they were a tag-team, for me I'd have found this more enjoyable, but it was not to be.
Again closer to the ending of the series the heroes are faced with great peril and unless I missed something, despite the threat having the upper hand just seemed to go 'meh' and leave them be. Some other little things around that time aren't explained very well.
Pretty good, no complaints.
Great theme song. VAs were good. One in particular must of been the inspiration for aforementioned anime.
So they're the band of seven...only about two of them are given next to zero screen time after their introductions and another increasingly less. I thought this would be remedied later in the series after some circumstances, but not so. One in particular just ends up being sort of there.
I also found it odd that initially Miaka seemed pretty spunky and seemed a physical match against the average joes who attacked her. Only, increasingly she became the damsel in distress, so for me she lost her appeal. Though she did show her strength in other ways.
The main villains motives were only explained in the last few episodes so in one way it really turned things on their head, in another, for the most part they seemed really one dimensional.
The characters we did see more of were really loveable and a joy to watch.
Enjoyment/Overall: By all means it wasn't all bad and I'm glad I stuck it out as I did consider dropping it. Though I realise I haven't sold it well... I enjoyed the ending enough that I may grudgingly watch the OVA's. read more
Honestly, this is the anime that started it all for me. Although I believe the first anime I've seen has to be Pokemon. This was the first title I've actually seen through to the end (and 3 OVAs after). I really should have rated it higher, but as of now, that I'm reviewing it from memory, it would have probably been a disservice or filled with Nostalgia Points.
Story-wise, it really was unlike anything else my young impressionable self has seen. But it also probably geared me away from harems in general. Whenever I look back on it now, I just realize how messed up it kind of is. But that's not for this review to disclose. It's a wild ride, definitely, so you better get settled in. The characters are unforgettable. Years and years after watching this, the characters are going to be what sticks with you. Their quirks, their personas, really. More than just the lead couple themselves. If you're new to anime or if you're a young viewer, they should serve as your primers to the different archetypes you'll be dealing with in other anime shows. Other characters from different shows might not be as vibrant or as exaggerated though.
Of course, the sound, too. It was distinct enough that whenever I hear of the OP and ED, or even anything that sounds remotely like it, I just start thinking back to those days where I watch and rewatch and obsess over this show. They're really great.
I am unsure whether I will enjoy this series as much as I did back then when I was still new to the whole anime scene. But for the nostalgia factor alone, I rated it with 8 points for enjoyment. It definitely has the comedy down pat.
Maybe I should give it a rewatch and revisit/revise this review when I have the time? read more
This is a story about a girl who is chosen to be able to change the world she is in and go to ancient China. there she meets a man named Tamahome whom she falls in love with. But, everything that happens to her in Ancient China happens to her best friend Yui. Although I haven't watched everything of it, I love it!
Story: 10/10- The story is unique and filled with humour and romance. The main character gets transported through time with her best friend at first but then she is left all alone in an unknown world. When her best friend gets sent back to the present world she begins to read a book. Everything that she reads in that book happens to the main character.
Art: 6/10- The art work in in no way shabby, it's just not modern. it is obvious that this anime art style is from the 1990's. But even though its old it is still clear what is happening on screen.
Sound: 6/10- The voice acting can sound a bit sarcastic at time due to how the voice actors are trying to sound shocked but it isn't to bad. I hardly notice the music in the background but it is appropriate and good.
Enjoyment: 10/10- This anime was definitely one of my favourites! It is hilarious and has romance! It is my ideal anime to watch.
Overall: 10/10- I definitely recumbent this anime to you! I think you will have a great time watching it! read more
I first watched it when I was still an Elementary Student. Back then it was very very popular. I watched it a lot of times after that.
Story: The main plot is actually really unique (especially that time). It's something that most of us are fantasizing about, going in a different world, go on adventure with those handsome boys lol. The beginning was great although it became a bit cheesy in the middle but still, it will not change the fact that it's still very enjoyable. I don't know how many times this anime made me fell in love,cry and laugh. The only thing I didn't like is how at the end everything seemed rush.
Art: The art was very good. Although there were times when the characters look weird but all in all it was really good.
Sound: I think this anime has one of the best sound effects and ost. The opening theme of this anime is something that you will never want to skip, even though you hear it every episode. The ending theme is also really good, especially whenever it start while the characters are still talking, I also like how they show what happened in that episode.
Characters: I think one of the good things about this anime are the characters, especially the Celestial warriors. Miaka and Tamahome the two main lead can be very annoying at times, especially Miaka. Sometimes she is funny but very annoying. She wants to help but most of the things she does ended up making more trouble for everyone.
Tamahome is really cool at the beginning until he thought of nothing but Miaka.
But all in all the characters will still make a place in your heart.
Overall it's good anime to watch. Something you can watch more than once. read more
Both are similar because they involve a modern girl who gets transported to alternative feudal Chinese world. They also appear to have some of the same historical Chinese myths and legend occasionally. Both are fantasy anime but Fushigi Yuugi seems to involve more dramatic plot turns, deeper romance between the main characters, and occasionally serious subject to bring depth to the character and expose their psyche. Overall Fushigi Yuugi and Inu Yasha both have good characters and are both humorous and entertaining anime.
Both are Are "Magical Girl" (Mahō shōjo) Animes and Mangas, with the main character being transported into a "Fudal Era" alternate world. I prefer Fushigi Yuugi over InuYasha for the fact that all though it is a long running series, the series does come to a conclusion! In both the Manga and Ainime...
in both of them there are priestess that have a mission and role to complete and on their journey they both make friends with some more people.
I think they are both similiar in such a way and maybe in the plot, another thing is that the both priestess came to this world by a magic entrace and live in their own modern world.
I think Fushigi Yuugi contains much more romance and cuteness and I liked it so much, if you liked Inu Yasha and want something with a little more romance Fushigi Yuugi is the Anime for you :)
The girl goes back in time and falls in love with someone from there.
Its a must watch for girls!!! They both have adveture, romance and lots of action!!!
THEY ARE SOOOOOOOOO SIMILAR ITS CRIMINAL!!!!!
Magical item to past: Well(Inuyasha) Book(Fushigi Yuugi)
Inuyasha: Tama Home
ITS got the whole "you are a priestess who will save us" thing and the whole forbiden love and 2 lovers for Inuyasha thing. The dub is better but thats for you to decide. There isnt very much bad language in this as there is in Inuyasha but they are sooooooo similar i think i will die! there arnt as many episodes in this but its still awesome!!!
The show is in feudal time Japan. It has many different genres like action, romance, fantasy and more! This is my favorite anime and Fushigi Yuugi remind me so much about it. (There's a monk in Inuyasha too; Except he doesn't say "You know" a lot but he rubs girls butts enough!) Please watch Inuyasha AND Fushigi Yuugi they're both REALLY good animes!
Both of these titles have a female lead character who travels back in time and falls in love with a guy from the past. They also have a following of people helping them out. The key difference between the two is most likely that Inuyasha is less "romantic" than Tamahome, and Kagome can actually fend for herself, unlike Miaka.
Well, in both there's a girl who travels to a different world. Also, there are some similarities in the plot if you watch them both all the way through. Also two of the main characters have a thing going on.
Here's a tip about animes: wait until at least the 5th episode or so until you make a finaol disision on whether or not to finish an anime.
The female leads live in modern day Japan and then enter ancient times through different means to different places, however, the main characters still deal with an ancient evil that needs to be exterminated only by journeying throughout this ancient domain with their newfound friends that they meet along the way. The female leads each find a romantic interest that keep them tied to their new found realities. They also juggle their lives in modern Japan and journey back into ancient times.
both have comedy, fantasy, drama, action, adventure. They are about a girl who went to another epoca and found her love there.
They both have the same plot. A girl falls into Ancient times, both fall in love with an ancient character from back then, both are clumsy and weak, and both are very loyal and loving to their friends. Only fushigi yuugi came first before inuyasha.
Both animes have a girl who is capture by a powerful magic and goes to a "different world"! They are both Mikos, with a important role to do in that world... Have, also, a love triangle, fights and comedy.
Both of these anime have a high school girl transported back in time. Both also have a lot of love triangles, squares, and pentagons. One of the only differences is that there a more demons involved in Inuyasha and the main character Kagome doesn't try to become a priestess but she is the reincarnation of one. Other than that its pretty much the same!
They bouth have a girl that is going back to time. Have fantasy and romance. InuYasha is longer and it has less romance then Fushigi Yuugi but they are really similar. I am sure if you liked Fushighi Yuugi you will like InuYasha
The story line of an average school girl being dragged into a much more fantasy like world or situation is similar to that in fushigi yuugi. This is also a reverse harem anime, much like fushigi yuugi. The romance in this and the love triangle and obstacles are also similar in the two shows.
Both were beautifully done by Yu Watase and also have very unique stories in both of the series. Lots of fantasy with a mixture of romance in each of the stories. Enjoy!
Even without remembering that Yuu Watase was the same magnaka for both series, I was already picking out similarities between these two animes within the first two episodes. The way romance is approached, art style and high dramatic appeal is pretty much identical. If you liked one, you'll probably like the other.
Directed and written by the same respective director and writer. One is more naturally-paced than the other but both needs a lot of tissue boxes.
They're both created by Yuu Watase so the characters look very much alike and the mood of the series have a similar feel. They also both have this "you and me agains the world" theme and they each have their share of tragic, tearjerking moments. If you also like the track Wakatteita Hazu from FY, then you gotta check Scarlet from AnC. They both have a sad yet beautiful melody.
Yuu Watase has made both of them so they both have a love triangle, lots of drama and romance, and such :)
They have a similar story line and were both written by Yuu Watase.
Both anime's are created by anime aclaimed author Watase, Yuu. The graphics and designs of characters are pretty similar. A story of risking one's life for the protection of another...Endless mysteries, magical powers, and intense romance.
Same author, same art style. While watching one you'll get the feel of the other. Both are made up of romance and fantasy. The only difference is that Ayashi no Ceres has a more serious atmosphere while Fushigi Yuugi has some comedy thrown in the mix.
Anime by the same mangaka (Watase Yuu). It's less dark but still great. And there will definetely be the right Suzaku Warrior for you.
They are both Yuu Watase's works, so they have similar love triangle, drama, romance and adventure elements.
Same author. Great love story with tear jerker moments. Beautiful characters and love story. A girl has to deal with her unwanted fate at the age of 16. It's also a coming of age story filled with love and sadness.
Written by same author Watase, Yuu, this anime has similar ring to it. Plot is as amazing as the Mysterious Play.. A must watch for Fushigi Yuugi fans... :)
These two shows are extremely similar. A couple of high school students are transported to a "different" world and the girl is chosen as a priestess. No difference! What you need to know are the differences, which are: in Fushigi you have a harem anime with tons of romance and the love triangles/squares/whatever are blatantly obvious, plus lots of comedy. In Harukanaru there is a much more serious tone and much less romance (well, it takes much longer to be revealed and then it's much more discreet). Other than this, the plot is almost identical.
Basically the same show, where a miko travels to a different timeline and is surrounded by handsome protectors, except the miko serves a different god.
Well you have your celestial warriors and then theres your love connections between each one of them to the priestess and well.....
Similar in almost every way. The only difference is the length; HaruToki is shorter with only 26 episodes while Fushigi Yuugi is longer.
Very similar themes - a miko recruiting warriors who are represented by Seiryuu, Suzaku, Byakko and Genbu
They both have a girl that is pulled into another world. They both have the same four gods - Suzaku, Byakko, Genbu and Seiryuu. The girls are both made mikos - Miaka is the Suzaku no Miko and Akane is the Ryuujin no Miko. Both Mikos are surrounded by men and they are both of their GUARDIANS - both have signs (Tamahome and the others have chinese signs, Tenma and the others have jewels). Also, more than one character falls in love with the main character - like Tamahome and Hotohori and Tenma and Yorihisa.
A girl in present time goes back to the ancient world to be a miko. Reverse harem theme. Fushigi yuugi is longer and has more depth, while Haru toki is shorter so you don't get dragging. Similarity: 3 1/2 *
In both Fushigi Yuugi, and Haruka the main girl gets transported to a new world. They become, priestesses to protect the world from chaos befalling the land. Plus they each have several protectors who help them in tight situations.
both of them revolves around a girl from another world n they have many good looking guys who is protecting them so it kinda look similar in many ways. there s also romance involved n adventure..anyway i prefer fushigi yuugi cuz its wayy better but i enjoy watching both of em. gudluck >.<
they are both about a priestess and about 4 gods/people
just like in fushigi yuugi, the main character comes from a different world, but instead of appearing to the feudal era by book its by a well. the two are both priestess who have to search for the celestial warriors who are to help her in her mission to save the world from some sort of disaster. the warriors all have a relationship weather it be romantic or a relationship in which they hold her dear and want to protect her with their lives, just as fushigi yuugi. it is pretty much the same thing- except the romance is dimmed down.
There's a girl who travels through time in both series and she has to collect seven mens to protect her and save the world. And both are priestesses, in Haruka; Ryuujin no miko and in Fushigi Yugi Suzaku no Miko. The theme is actually quite the same!
Girl transported to an ancient world and is the chosen Pristess, has to find her warriors to complete her role as the Pristess.
Both animes are set in Ancient China, and the character design is rather similar. Although Saiunkoku doesn't have an adventurous plot like Fushigi Yuugi, whoever liked the background of Fushigi Yuugi should check Saiunkoku Monogatari.
This anime struck me as very similar from the very begining, Saiunkoku developed its own story line, but the time period is simlar, and the characters are simlar as well. From the loveable emperor, to the distant traveler. Saiunkoku is perfect if you liked everything about Fushigi except for the overly mushy Miaka and Tamahome.
the time and place that revolves around the story is similar. it's also a reverse-harem, bishie infested anime. not only are there a lot of bishies, most of the characters on both anime falls for the main girl. on top of that, both heroines on both anime have some facial similarities.
Fushigi Yuugi and Saiunkoku Monogatari is somehow the same because of its reverse harem type. They make you fall in love with the guy and girl characters too. For me, Saiunkoku Monogatari is better than Fushigi Yuugi because of its story. Saiunkoku Monogatari is more on the realistic/political side with the side dish of comedy and love...
this is similar because there are love triangles, kinda same drawing, and both are ancient time.. ^^
both animes are set in the ancient era...
besides,some of the characters look so much alike...
especiall with emperors hotohori and ryuuki
both have strong women as the protagonist and are surrounded by handsome and reliable men...the art is similar too
They are not alike but -
1. both of them take place in ancient China
2. Hotohori = Ryuuki
3. Shuurei and Miaka kinda looks alike
4. Seiran is a bit like Tamahome.
The differences are mainly -
1. Too much Politics in Saiunkoku while FY focuses on romance and plot.
2. Shuurei is more formal, womanish while Miaka is a simple girl and feels more with her emotion.
3. FY is better.
one similarity between fushigi and saiunkoku is that there are more than one factions on each show
They both happen in ancient china. Both are centred around strong girls. They also have similar character design.
Both story lines involve the semi-innocent tough girl who has to choose between an emperor and a close friend. In Fushigi Yuugi, it gets to the love story much faster than in Saiunkoku, but with them both set in ancient China with the strong hearted heroine, the emotions are extremely similar!
Both shows are historical and fascinating, they both have romance, comedy, magic, and are really strong in characters department.
Fushigi Yuugi although old its one of the best animes I've ever seen, and Akatsuki no Yona its a refreshing anime with breathtaking graphics. Both of them a must watch for sure.
Many similar elements such as weak and clueless girl who have a bunch of strong (and handsome) men protecting her and falling in love with her. Betrayal by a friend who becomes her mortal enemy. Set in a similar historical world, no time traveling in Akatsuki no Yona but the setting is very similar. A legend which drives the plot forward, a prophecy which requires the gathering of some 'destined' heroes to protect our annoying and weak heroine. Ah... what else, oh of course those of you who likes Tamahome in Fushigi will see the exact same thing in Hak. Also the powers 'blessed' to the chosen heroes are rather terrible/useless in both anime and seem to have more cons than pros.
Takes place in the same era. Main female is protected by her guardians. Similar personality. One series she is transported there while the other she isn't. Both of them learn the truth of the world and their fate.
This two animes are one of my favorites. Both have the inverse harem, full of handsome and strong guys to protect the main character. The two protagonists are both weak in the beginning but soon found their inner strength. You also have the fantasy/historical theme (and of course, the comedy) going on which I enjoy very much, although in Fushigi Yuugi you have two universes, and in Akatsuki no Yona is one universe.
Fushigi Yuugi is a much older anime that Akatsuki no Yona, but both have a strong plot and strong characters. Two very distinct animes but at the same time very similar.
I'm sure if you enjoyed Akatsuki no Yona you will enjoy Fushigi Yuugi!
Basically the same show.
Special, 'chosen one,' protagonist with short, red hair? ✓
She's nothing special yet is strong willed and admirable? ✓
Main guy is strong af and unconventional? ✓
Protagonist at first likes prince guy but grows to like the brooding man instead? ✓
Vaguely historic ancient Asia? ✓
Betrayal from friends? ✓
Protagonist and main guy have to go on adventure to find other magic boys? ✓
Harem of guys who might be mystical creatures that must protect her? ✓
The Plot, in my opinion matches up to 60 - 70%!
Girl on a journey to find companions in order to achieve her goal! These companions have supernatural powers and sweet background stories!
- Mediaval scenario.
- Fantasy Story
- A princess/pristess with her magical nakama.
- Good characters as well.
The fantasy elements of these titles are very similar, with each both main characters fairly the same. Beautiful animations from the same studio!
Both of the stories have the same base behind them. A young girl taken away to an alternate world that is unlike their own. With people who protect them and hardships both must face in a new world. Unlike Fushigi Yuugi however, Juuni Kokuki focuses on more then one character and can easily be said to develop their fictional world much more better. It would be wise to take note though that while Fushigi Yuugi has a main focus of romance, Juuni Kokuki does not have too many of these romantic elements present.
Both feature crossing over from "reality" to fantasy land.
The environment is likely Ancient China in both. They also feature a random girl transported to that world and given the role of changing destiny.
Imagine Fushigi Yugi without the love stories and you'll get The Twelve Kingdoms. It has less bishōnen characters and more fighting, but besides that it's almost the same.
A girl who comes to another world to be some kind of "savior". Magic. Similarity: 2 1/2 *
Both series star heroines that are typical high school students who both get wisked away to a fantasy world. Once there, both worlds have an 'ancient China' feel to it and the two heroines go on live-changing journeys. But unlike Fughigi Yuugi, 12 Kingdoms has zero romance, almost no comedy, and its all politics.
both animes are set in an ancient era and has the past-present world crossover...
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