Taka (technically Tamahome) and Miaka are now happily married and only six months before their new family would be born, but an obessed girl named Mayo would do anything to make Taka hers. She enters the world of the Four Gods, determined to win Taka's heart and be the new priestess.
It is every fanfiction writer's dream to have his or her story made into anime. We all dream about how our stories would look on celluloid. It's normal. It's healthy. And in defense of fanfiction, I have read some stuff good enough to actually make the cut. Hell, I've read some stuff better than the original canon. It's few-and-far between, but it's still there.
This is not an example of the latter.
"Eikoden" was originally somebody's fanfiction that became an officially-published novel, and then somebody else decided that making this catasterfuck into an OVA would be a good idea. I'll openly admit that the original "Fushigi Yuugi"
had (more than its) fair share of gratuitous shoujo angst and Mary Sue reverse-harem elements. "Eikoden" is worse. It's just... bad. Like eye-rollingly, make-you-wince bad.
The crux of the whole story is Tamahome's True Love(R) for Miaka and this psycho bitch in his gym class who finds the "Four Gods Sky and Earth" and uses it to get herself pregnant with the baby Miaka is pregnant with, go into Konan, and then threaten suicide (and the baby's resulting death) if Tamahome does not start loving her instead of Miaka. Sure. This is going to work. So Tamahome goes back to Konan to meet with New Friends and Old (R) while Miaka stays barefoot in the kitchen, or something. In the few scenes she has, she's even more of an obnoxious Mary Sue than in the original anime, eternally forgiving and oozing the Power of Love and Faith(R). In the end we all learn that you can't force somebody to love you and that true love conquers all. Or something.
If you're an absolute die-hard Fushigi Yuugi fanatic, especially a Miaka/Tamahome shipper, you may enjoy this more. Chichiri was the only redeeming quality for me. I love the man. Otherwise, don't bother.
If you want to see what a OVA looks like, look for the following:
1) An unlikeable heroine
2) An unoriginal story
3) Was originally a fanfiction
Trust me, there are good fanfictions out there that would be good enough to be a pretty decent spin off of some kind. However, FY Eikoden is a terrible fanfiction.
Mayo Sakaki is very unlikeable. Now girls would be able to relate to her more if she wasn't so god damned psycho while having this crush on Tamahome. Yui was more believable, but Mayo is downright psycho. Threatening to commit suicide because some boy doesn't like you? Geeze, and I thought Yui
was jerk. Yui was believeable in the sense that she was:
1) Extremely heart broken
2) Wanted revenge for being left behind by who she thought was her best friend
3) Admitted that she was wrong when she found out that Nakago was only lying to her.
I really felt that I could relate to Yui more then Mayo. I don't know who said that Mayo was believable but trust me, you're wrong.
The story could've been way better. At first, it would seem interesting. Espeically when you're all "oh, a new girl gets into the book? I'd like to see how this turns out." But then you're set up for disappointment.
The story would've been interesting to read as a fanfiction by itself. Espeically if the writing itself if good. But as an anime, it's just unenjoyable.
And moving onto the fact that it was originally a fanfiction. I have read better fanfiction then this crap. Way better. There are so many fanfictions that deserve to be published and turned into an anime; which is rather depressing.
FYE has all the traits of not only a bad fanfiction but also a bad anime. I loved the first Fushigi Yuugi indeed, but this is just a mockery.
I have been a fan of Fushigi Yuugi for a decade now (mostly fandoming Genbu Kaiden) and although I've seen this load of crap before, a recent reviewing inspired me to write a review. The reason I sat through this horror again in my life is because I had made piratemirage watch this OVA for the enjoyment and LULZ. Anyway, onward to the review.
Terrible. The emphasis of the whole "return" is focused on a new character, Mayo, who is pretty much the summation of every entitled, sob story, hateful, whiny, clingy, vengeful and annoying fangirl who has ever watched the series and lusted after
Taka/Tamahome while wishing they could push Miaka out and place themselves into the book. That pretty much sums up the whole plot of this OVA, I kid you not. Mayo - the embodiment of this - goes into the book as the new miko and even becomes the pregnant container of Tamahome and Miaka's love child. Evil is present, some non-canon plotlines are introduced and completed and Suzaku is summoned for like the fourth time. The end.
The animation itself is pretty good. The CGI is TERRIBLE and takes away from the good that was the animation.
Fushigi Yuugi always has had good music.
Mayo is a prick. All the Suzaku Seishi lose their coolness (by a lot) when they forgive Mayo for being a prick.
Because we laughed AT the OVA, the enjoyment is rated very highly. I mean, come on. How can you not laugh at the CORNINESS that is Chibi!Mitsukake speaking with a man's deep voice, Baby!Chiriko talking as if he was a child (it is frightening to behold) and the inconsistencies like Hotohori's spirit arising from a sword during a fight despite the fact that he had already been reincarnated. Horohori's man pose, and the "fight" scene with his "brother" were also legen, wait for it, dary.
Seriously, take this thing with the mentality of making fun of it and OMG, will you have a field day.
Having read Fushigi Yuugi recently, a friend of mine suggested watching this for laughs and I have to say that it was incredibly dreadful.
The character of Mayo was horrendous. She felt like a complete Mary Sue, only inserted because they wanted to make more money off the franchise. She was whiny and not appealing at all with how much hatred she had. The other characters weren't incredibly bad, seeing as Miaka was not very active in this.
The story was lacking. They made up back story to characters and completely broke canon. It did not make any sense. They should have just left it off
where it had ended before.
Then, there was the CGI. I have seen a few things that were animated and had CGI thrown into them and this was just like them. It looked cheesy and did not need to be in there. They should have just taken it out all together.
The only good thing was that it was good for laughs, not because the story is funny, but as long as you have a good sense of humor, you can pick out the little things that make no sense to laugh at.
Overall, I feel as if this was a waste of time watching. There were very few redeeming qualities to it.
In the early-mid 2000s, US licensing companies were involved in numerous anime Production Committees. It didn't go so well for them. This year, several US licensors are trying their luck on Production Committees again. Will it go better this time?