Ranked #883
Fushigi Yuugi

Fushigi Yuugi

Alternative Titles

English: Mysterious Play
Synonyms: Fushigi Yugi, Curious Play
Japanese: ふしぎ遊戯


Type: TV
Episodes: 52
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 1995 to Mar 28, 1996
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.781 (scored by 24709 users)
Ranked: #8832
Popularity: #744
Members: 48,517
Favorites: 1,456
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comedy drama fantasy romance shoujo


While 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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Episodes  52 / 52
Aired  Apr 6, 1995 to Mar 28, 1996
Status  Finished Airing

Related Anime

Adaptation: Fushigi Yuugi
Sequel: Fushigi Yuugi OVA

Characters & Voice Actors

Furusawa, Tohru
Furusawa, Tohru
Seki, Tomokazu
Seki, Tomokazu
Sakamoto, Chika
Sakamoto, Chika
Koyasu, Takehito
Koyasu, Takehito


Kimura, Kyotaro
Kamegaki, Hajime
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Motonaga, Keitarou
Episode Director
Shigino, Akira
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Oct 11, 2008
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 read more
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Jun 19, 2007
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 read more
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Jun 14, 2007
Before this series, I've only seen harem anime like Tenchi Muyo and things like that. But it was suggested to me that I watch this series by Yuu Watase. I'm so glad I listened.

The main character, Miaka, got a little annoying at times but I thought she was cute with Tamahome. Many watchers, at least the ones I know got sick over how much they were all over each other. But what do you expect? This girl was in a time she wasn't from. She was always attacked or in danger and she had no one else to really turn to. He was the one read more
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Mar 17, 2007
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 read more
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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. 
reportRecommended by algelic
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. 
reportRecommended by niko2137
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. 
reportRecommended by Kelseyr04
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. 
reportRecommended by AngelLily
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. 
reportRecommended by Crystal
You've got one girl trying to save the world with the help of seven handsome guys. Both are fantastic. 
reportRecommended by horsiegirl210

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)

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