English: Mysterious Play
Synonyms: Fushigi Yugi, Curious Play
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 1995 to Mar 28, 1996
23 min. per episode
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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Characters & Voice Actors
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)
Though by some standards today, the story may seem a bit cliché, but for its time in the mid-1990s, it wasn’t really that much of the norm. So the Alice in Wonderland concept may not be something that will appeal to everyone since you’ve already seen it in more semi-mainstream animes in comparison to this one such as 12 Kingdoms, Inuyasha, and Escaflowne which came out after Fushigi Yuugi though this was the anime that did it before it became something semi-common. Even though this is primarily shoujo, the well diverse but archetypical cast do have mass appeal.
Each character for the most part has their own unique use and contribution to the story and they are presented in ways you get to know them. The characters or heck, maybe even one character will grow on you as you watch from start to finish. I would explain this, but it would be a significant spoiler, and if you’ve seen this anime, you know what I’m talking about. Whether that character is good or bad, you’ll love them. Hell, my favorite character Nakago is the primary antagonist and even Yuu Watase, the original manga-ka has admitted that Nakago is her favorite character.
The anime will hopefully satisfy men and women. The story overall is very diverse with its appeal, but it went a little longer than it should have, but it ends in a way where everything is resolved and the characters wonderfully develop. It has romance, adventure, excitement, comedy and action, which I will further get into. However, what will annoy male and female alike is the interaction between Tamahome and Miaka when they really get romantic with each other. It kind of drags and we don’t need that much hugging even if we can appreciate how much they love each other.
Well, the character design today doesn’t really stand out in comparison to most shoujo out there for the most part. The costume designs are a little flamboyant for the setting, but even so, they still compliment the character designs very well where it helps make them stand out a bit more. The action is well coordinated, technical and raw which will appeal to male viewers. The city settings captures the heart of ancient China very captivatingly and truly represents their culture at that time period where they gathered to worship the emperor. However, with the modern day settings, you get a different approach to the school uniform with the blazer and ribbon design you see in lets say Evangelion, than the more mainstream sailor uniform which I thought was unique to anime in the mid-1990s with Magic Knight Rayearth and Sailor Moon being the rage back then with those designs, so its nice to see something different. It is also unique to point out in the real world in Fushigi Yuugi, nobody has crazy color hair, but in the book, you got the typical crazy color anime hair which was somewhat of the intention of Watase and the staff at Studio Pierrot. So overall, the art may be descent, but the character design 100% stand out, but the action, costumes, and scenery makes up for it.
The dub of Fushigi Yuugi does have some credible names, but I don’t think the dub was good. First off, Tamahome is played by David Hayter who you may know as the voice of Solid Snake from MGS. When you hear that voice in relation to Tamahome’s image, it just doesn’t match. He makes Tamahome sound gruffy, though it’s not the voice he uses for Solid Snake, but when he does scream, he does scream like Snake. This kind of casting is to me, for the sake of casting a big name and you’re giving him a character he’s not appropriate for. However, this was a role I thought perfectly suited his Japanese counterpart, Midorikawa Hikaru, the voice of Heero Yuy from Gundam Wing, and Rukawa from Slam Dunk. Granted Midorikawa has played character opposite from Tamahome, he had a different kind of cool that Snake has, but he still has that passion and soft side that really captures him. As a matter of fact, Watase actually wanted him to play Tamahome because he had him in mind when he created the character.
I also enjoyed Kae Araki the voice of Sailor Chibi Moon as Miaka. She does sound annoying with her high-pitched voice, but it was at a certain tone where it really captured the character with all of these emotions whether sad, happy, concerned, or excited. And Seki Tomokazu, my 2nd favorite seiyuu who has played Miyata in Hajime no Ippo, Domon in G Gundam, Kamui in X The Movie, and many others was great as Chichiri, my 2nd favorite character. He is so multi-talented and he demonstrates it very well when you get to know his character more. Overall, the cast is just top notch and they all have great chemistry. Even though the romantic tension between Tamahome and Miaka gets annoying, their seiyuus truly make it believable.
The opening theme song Itoshii Hito no Tame Ni does open with this more traditional approach and then at the right moment, transitions to a more energetic J-Pop song. It’s very unique to me because it captures the cultural and romantic atmosphere of the series. And the ending theme Tokimeki Doukasen has a different kind of energy that is generic but still catchy and semi sexually suggestive in a more innocent sense. The background music is well orchestrated in every sense. Such as traditional Chinese music, more traditional cinematic.
Anyway, I think this is an anime I believe you should try to give a chance even if it may not be your taste. There are all kinds of good qualities this anime has that does make up for its bad ones. Even so, the bad qualities are still there but if you concentrate and stick to what you like, you’ll forget about them. I remember during the days of VHS fansubs, I used to talk to people who cried watching this series. It has all of these great themes such as love, friendship, loyalty, and betrayal and they are presented in a very realistically approachable manner. And believe me, there are moments where you might and I’m not ashamed to admit I have watching this series. The only anime that has achieved me to react like this since is the Kimura vs Mashiba oav of Hajime no Ippo. read more
After seeing so much anime in my time, I can say that Fushigi Yuugi might have inspired a lot of anime that came in when it ended. These days there are so much anime that are about the main character/s sucked into another dimension and they are the chosen ones to fix the problems of this so-called dimension (Kyo Kara maoh, Escaflowne, Izumo. etc)
Although it is one of my favorite series, there are some parts that to me are considered unsatisfactory. I feel a bit sorry for Chiriko because he was one of the lesser important seishis (the other would be Mitsukake). I am not a fan of Chiriko or Mitsukake, but I do think that they could've used more screen time.
I also noticed some discrepancies. It could be due to translation errors, but I'll say it anyway. There was an episode where Keisuke and Tetsuya go to the Genbu shrine. They went there to see the Byakko miko. One question: why is the Byakko miko in the Genbu and not the Byakko shrine?
I have to mention that I watched the english dubbed version, because I found certain voice dubbers annoying. I hate Tomo's voice - it is the most annoying voice I have ever heard in my life. Whoever thought of making Tomo's voice sound that way was nuts and should be locked up in an asylum. Miaka was also a bit annoying. I cringe whenever she would cry out Tamahome's name.
And now for the positives. I love the story - I think it is well thought of. It was able to mix in elements such as love, friendship, deceit, war, etc. into something really decent and worth watching. I first watched the show 6 years ago, and when I watched it again last month I find myself obsessed once more.
The visuals weren't bad either - although I can't say if I prefer seeing genitals on Yui and Miaka. Seeing naked people is bad enough. However, the show is filled with bishonens throughout the show. My personal favorite is Nuriko of course. He is my god. The wonderful art shown at the end of the show via the ending theme was beautifully made and I never grew tired of it.
The music wasn't bad - most of it were mid 90s music, so I can't say I'm a huge fan of it. I do like the ending song, "Tokimeki no Doukasen". It's another one of those nostalgic song for me - everytime I hear it I can't help but feel reminiscent of the year when I first watched Fushigi Yuugi. Some of the insert songs weren't bad either. Again they were mid 90s styled, but they're not so bad. I did get tired of the opening song after a while. Hearing "Maiagare Suzaku" for more than 10 times tends to get on my nerves.
I think one reason why the show was suspended on Filipino free TV was because of mild sex and vulgar language. This is definitely not for kids, but I would say it is a must - see for the 16+ crowd (mostly because I saw the show when I was 16). read more
Brought to us by the same guy who made Ayashi no Ceres, and basically following the same formula to the point I will reuse text from the review I made for it. It another one of those sappy melodramatic shows that made some impression at their time but were otherwise forgotten fast after several other better shows came about.
Romance is a very specific genre. There is not much variation to how “boy and girl meet” and usually everyone expects the exact same thing to happen in the conclusion. That is why to spice things up, the conditions under which the boy and the girl meet or the ordeals they are going through need to be different each time, in order to at least make the world around the otherwise one-track romance to appear interesting.
Take this series for example. We have quite the usual fuss. Naive good girl meets mysterious pretty bad boy and falls in love with it 0.13 seconds after they first meet. Why? Well, she is naive, he is a boy, he is pretty, and apparently being bad is quite fascinating if you spent your life pampered and see this as a way to get wild before you grow old and wither away in boredom with some fat, bald poor business man who cares more about football than you. Ok, I understand; it’s been like that in most corny shoujo and it still sells today no matter the stupidity of the whole deal. For more information, check out the success of frakking Twilight .
STORY SECTION: 6/10
Analysis: Premise 2/2, Pacing 1/2, Complexity 1/2, Plausibility 0/2, Conclusion 2/2
But that is now and this is, what, twenty years ago; a time when romances were to the most part not happening in space, in the past, or in magic fairylands. Very common today, very rare back then. This anime did not receive its fame because of its romance, which to be honest is following the book of corny romances to the letter. It is about the world around that romance.
-Let’s have the girl being the reincarnation of a celestial maiden, whose mystical powers can control the forces of the world.
-Let’s have her knight in shining armor be a super warrior in a magical land and part of her elite followers.
-Let’s have her best friend tuning out to be her worst rival, because fate requests it and because the villain in the show exploits her emotions.
-Let’s add a hundred other people trying to exploit, survive or just have fun with all that.
-Let’s add flashy superpowers. Lots of them.
-And tears. Lots of tears.
-And let’s always end the most important episodes with a cliffhanger.
Yeah, sounds great already.
So I’m not going to lie, the premise of this anime is amazing, despite being so old. You can focus on different aspects to it instead of just seeing it as yet another corny romance (which it is by the way).
But let’s try to see a bit deeper than that and check out some things most fangirls … err… viewers don’t notice. The pacing for example has always been the most overlooked aspect of most stories, being left alone to read books home while bijinism and extravagant are out partying like crazy all night with naivety and suspended disbelief. If this poor champ would be noticed for some weird to imagine reason, he would tell you that this series (as well as most others for the same matter) is suffering from tuberculosis. It has a very formulaic way to present its story, some parts are damn boring, some others are hardly affecting the overall, and the finale is a five year old writing Tolkien fanfiction on a napkin… with its mother’s crayon.
Of course, nobody ever listens to poor old pacing as the fang… fans of such shows are too busy yelling “Kyaaa, Tamahome is so dreamyyyyy!” This example can expand to pretty much any romance by the way, with the only difference being the name yelled. But in some alternative reality of the multiverse where his voice is heard, everyone would agree that the way the story unravels is far from “as dreamy as Tamahome”.
-Most side stories are hardly affecting the overall plot and yet they are there to slow the pacing. Just imagine four teams of warriors, each one having seven members and yet only one or two in each one matter. And the way the fated couple keeps copping with their ordeals looks too silly at best.
But it’s not like the story is complete boinkers either. Its main idea expands further beyond the main duo and shows how circumstances can turn an average person to a savior and charismatic leaders being manipulated by shady people to do things they never intended. It is also full of emo characters with colorful personalities and sappy personal drama along with supernatural fights in the likes of Naruto or Bleach. And to its core, it is still a romance, ideal and corny enough to follow with your ears gone out of order because of the constant screams of those fang… fans of romances.
Bottom line, it is a good story with a messy presentation. It may sound epic at first but it plays out like a soap opera with magic, slapstick humor and mediocre fan service. I consider this anime the forefather of The Twelve Kingdoms, which a decade later managed to gain far more fans by having far more mature presentation (it is was sadly left incomplete).
ART SECTION: 5/10
Analysis: General Artwork 1/2, Character Figures 1/2, Backgrounds 1/2, Animation 1/2, Visual Effects 1/2
Yup, the visuals are as weak as a harem lead next to a pair of panties. All the attempts at showing cinematics seem poor even considering the age they were made. And the character figures have quite simplistic anatomy and facial structure, being separated only by their hair color or clothes. Of course, this being a romance most will probably only care about how pretty the guys and the gals look (or better say the same guy and gal with different wig and uniform) and won’t give a frakk about the awful way they move… or don’t move at all and stay frozen with a flapping mouth. The manga version could get away with its fluent lining and rather stiff body positions but the anime version is guilty as charged.
SOUND SECTION: 7/10
Analysis: Voice Acting 2/3, Music Themes 3/4, Sound Effects 2/3
This part is rather ok. Voice acting is fine (considering how annoyingly sappy the characters are meant to sound) and the songs are ok to listen to many times without feeling fed up with them. At the same time, there is nothing amazing about it either.
CHARACTER SECTION: 7/10
Analysis: Presence 1/2, Personality 1/2, Backdrop 1/2, Development 2/2, Catharsis 2/2
The cast is actually quite interesting on paper as there is a plethora of different people with different goals and demeanors and most of them do change or mature or simply get killed. As far as variety goes, there is lots of it and their behaviors are very well excused through their backdrop stories.
What ruins it is the way they mature / develop, etc. It feels generic in the least and eventually it is all about following what the priestess said. A monologue by some good guy is enough to change one’s worldview immediately while inhuman villains try to look sympathetic to us ten minutes before they kick the bucket. I’m sorry; it’s too sudden to mean anything. As it is with all those characters who seem to matter for one or two episodes and afterwards become nothing but stunts in the team and stall time in the battles.
Some minor bickering can be said about the main characters as well for being to the most part irritating stereotypes. They do eventually develop of course but considering the amount of air time they get, it feels slow and vein popping to the most part.
-Miaka for example has nothing special to remember her about. She is aloof and frail when it comes to some hunk near her. She either gets saved by pretty boys or gets super powerful when they are not around; so she survives no matter what happens. She also has a real problem in staying dressed or not being chased around by rapists every ten minutes. And lol at her superpowers going away if she is no longer a virgin; this alone guarantees her purity remaining intact for the whole show.
-Tamahome is to the most part the stereotypical hunk the heroine is after from the first second they met. He is simply so blunt in whatever he is doing and even most of that has to do with running after Miaka or desperately trying not to deflower her although he really digs her ass.
-Yui is basically the evil side of Miaka, manipulated by the villain who is basically an evil Tamahome. That’s right, the main antagonists are the dark counterparts of the heroes. What, you expected something more? Anyways, Yui is also a blockhead for becoming her best friend’s nemesis for something she never did. Furthermore, how much of an idiot can you be for not knowing if you got raped or not?
VALUE SECTION: 3/10
Analysis: Historical Value 1/3, Rewatchability 1/3, Memorability 1/4
Um, not much. It is ok the first time you watch it, with those cliffhangers constantly making you yearn for more. But the second time you will most likely skip most of it, since to the most part it plays out as a corny shoujo with corny shounen action. And the premise in general has been used numerous times in later shows with better animation; so tough luck even there.
ENJOYMENT SECTION: 1/10
Analysis: Art 0/1, Sound 0/2, Story 1/3, Characters 0/4
Good concept, bad pacing, bad animation, irritating personalities. Gets 1 out of 4. But if you are one of those Banshees, you will like it a looooooot more.
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Fushigi Yuugi, originally a manga written by Yuu Watase, is a classic anime, that became so popular, it inspired 3 OAV series', and encouraged Watase to write the prequel to the series, more than 10 years later.
Fushigi Yuugi: The Mysterious Play, is about a 15 year old girl Miaka Yuuki, and her best friend Yui Hongo. Miaka and Yui are in the library when Miaka sees a mysterious bird lead her to the restricted room of the library. There, Miaka finds a mysterious book, and her and Yui are pulled into the world. Miaka and Yui meet a mysterious man who saves them from slave traders, but Yui is thrown back out of the book, and the man has left, leaving Miaka all alone in this Ancient Chinese world. Miaka meets with the man again, and they end up at the palace, and through circumstances, Miaka is charged with the duty to gather together the seven senshi of Suzaku, and save Konan from destruction!
I know that makes no sense, but in a nutshell, Miaka fell into Konan, an Ancient Chinese world, where the whole world lives on the idea of the Four Gods in Chinese Mythology. Miaka is in the south, where Suzaku, the Red Bird (Pheonix in some translations) protects the country. Each God has 7 constellations (or in this case, the 7 senshi). So the constellations have taken the form of 7 warriors, and Miaka needs to gather them to summon Suzaku, who will grant her 3 wishes.
The animation itself is smooth, and well done, until about the second season (ep 27+) where the animation seems to take a bit of a plunge at times. The colouring is also very vibrant at times, but others, it's very muddy looking, and monotone, because everything seems to be in the brown colour tone, except the hair of Miaka's senshi. The most remarkable thing in the animation, however, is the eyes. When the animators but their mind to it, they draw some beautiful, bright, colourful eyes.
The music in this falls into an olden style theme, mostly Chinese sounding. However, they have their theme, and ending theme that do not fit that theme. And one thing you need to know about Fushigi Yuugi, is if you want to hear more of it's music, be prepared for trumpets. Lots of trumpets.
Anyways, the theme song is fairly slow at first, but then seems to almost have dance feel to it. It's nothing remarkable. The ending theme, however, is a dance song, but also has a fairly sad tone to it, fitting the series well, I feel.
The voices, English and Japanese, I have to mention, are wonderful. I love it in both languages. The voices fit the parts perfectly.
There is a whirlwind of characters. Be prepared to remember some names. The main characters are essentially Miaka, Yui, Tamahome, and Nakago, but you have the supporting cast (that consists of atleast 12 senshi, only including the Suzaku and Seiryuu), and about 13 more characters I can name off the top of my head.
While most characters have well-done development, because of the mass amount of characters, some of these character appear almost personality-less, most notably two of Miaka's senshi, Chiriko and Mitsukake, and two of the Seriyuu senshi, Tomo and Miboshi (I'm not counting Ashitare because he practically never talks, and well... if you want to sure, he has no personality I suppose). Watase herself never really developed these characters, so they continue to suffer, even onto OAV's, and even in their songs. But for the characters she does focus on, they are all very different, and it's not hard to pick a favourite.
For all the bad things I have said, this series has an amazing fanbase, and I personally think it has high replay value. Everytime you watch the series, you find something you missed, but I remember the first time I saw this, and I was an addict, most literally. I couldn't wait for them to release the next VHS (and boy did they have alot... 14). I know of people that do dislike this series, but for the most part, everyone has something about this they liked, and it usually lies in the characters themselves, particularily the senshi.
C'mon, for a series that spawned so much merchandise, character songs, OAV's, etc, how can it not be enjoyable?
Well yeah, the OAV's aren't enjoyable, but the series itself is fun to watch over and over again.
Overall / My Comments / My Feelings
The story is a bit different from the manga, and justifies this beginning a bit more. Miaka and Yui are pulled in to the book world, but they both return (in the anime, it's only Yui). Miaka gets in an agruement with her mother, and runs back to the library, getting pulled into the book again to set her free of the pressures of her real life. The manga honestly has a stronger beginning, and gives you more sympathy for Miaka as the protagonist.
Even though my above comments aren't the best, this is me looking at it critically. If you don't, and just watch it for enjoyment, I can guarentee anyone who loves the romance genre of anime will like this.
Yes, Miaka and Tamahome can be terribly annoying. They are my least favourite characters after all... But the first time I watched the series, I LOVED those two, it's just been 9 years since my first watching, and I've developed a series dislike for their constant crying for each other.
I know I sound negative, but I do recommend this series to anyone. Anyone. It's a classic, and for it's time, it was an incredibly original plot. (Yes, we know in Inu Yasha that Kagome travels between worlds, however, Fushigi Yuugi predates Inu Yasha quite a few years. Fy being originally published in the '92 region and manga, while Rumiko was making Ranma 1/2 still at that time (she published the first Ranma in '93) so it's not possible that InuYasha could be more original than FY, because it wasn't made at the same time. It's possible Rumiko could have gotten ideas at that point (I can't find the year for InuYasha)).
ANYWAYS, just watch Fushigi Yuugi. I'm going so off track here, because I like talking about how original the series is, and how much I love the characters. (Me? I'm a Tasuki fangirl) 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 InuYasha you will like Fushigi Yuugi
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.
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... :)
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 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...
You've got one girl trying to save the world with the help of seven handsome guys. Both are fantastic.
Both Have Magical Girl Reverse Harem Attributes to them.
Both Reverse Harems give the same feeling. A strong yet weak at times heroine is protected by a group of handsome guys with special powers. Both heroines are very similar to each other personality-wise and they both fall in love with one of their protectors, not to mention their love for food and their comical situations.
If you've watched one then you will most probably like the other one, though personally Fushigi Yuugi is much better in all aspects (ie: characters, plot and art wise).
in both the main character is a girl, and somehow have protectors. they are both on a mission and have funny moment
Both are about a young girl who as to save the world with the help of her guardians/warriors, one of whom she falls in love with. They also both have the betrayal of a close friend and are heavily concentrated on the romance.
both are about a girl who has multaple male companions that fight with or help her save the(or a) world.
in Fushigi Yuugi Miaka is taken into a book called The Universe of the Four Gods to become The Prestes Sakura and has to find her 7 Sakura Warriors.
In Pretear her own world is in danger and her companions find her.
both have a romance that builds between the main girl and one of the companions that makes it interesting.
(The only thing is Fushgi Yuugi has a lot more to it and is more complex)
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