The concensus was that this OAV was way too confusing. I found it to be that way too - in fact I had to look up a synopsis for this to understand it.
What confused me the most is the time frame - I am not aware of how much time has passed since the last episode of the TV series. Furthermore, how can Hotohori's great grandchild exist when it's obvious that Chichiri and Tasuki has not aged at all? Well at least that's what I understood from Wikipedia. If it is what it is, then it doesn't make much sense. Yui's hair length is something
to think about as well. From what I understand, it hasn't been too long from the events of the series. Miaka and Yui had just entered high school, so what's with the long hair, Yui?
The music is still the same - not exactly the same. It sounds the same, mid 90s style, that kind of music. I only like the opening song. The background music is definitely in the background. I think that's all I can say about the music.
I still do think that it is worth watching. I am a Fushigi Yuugi fan after all, and I just have to watch every thing related to the series. Besides, there are 3 extras by the end of each episode. It's about the gang (Along with Keisuke and Tetsuya) going to hot springs, and it turns out only women are allowed so the all the guys dress up like women (Yes people, even Nakago and Mitsukake). I do think that this was the high part of the OAV, and for this reason, it should really be watched.
While I was glad to see the gang all back in action, it was a lil too emo for me... the whole "we still can't be together" and "what was it all for" thing kinda bothered me. Seemed like there was a lot of build-up that was resolved within the space of 5 mins. the omake were hilarious. perhaps the minor characters were given more attention in the manga, and so it made sense to bring them back.
hopefully they will continue this line in the next one... seems like so much dragging out tho...
Well, let's see how I can put this. At the beginning I was a bit confused but after seeing the whole entire OVA through I managed to understand what was happening.
Storyline: Basically Tamahome is thrust back into the "Universe of the Four Gods." And while he's in there he's mistaken as Nakago which leads to his eventual mental breakdown. Like I said, at first the storyline is a bit confusing and at parts you don't entirely know what's going on. However as the story progressed I eventually understood what was happening.
The story really had a very realistic feel with Tamahome wondering, "Am I
Nakago or am I Tamahome?" Or was his mind playing tricks on him? Was he going crazy? It also had an extremely emotional feel to it. With Tamahome's breakdown, with Miaka's doubt at losing the memories she cherished in the book, with Yui forced to see her friend succumbed to such a state, and Tetsuya and Keisuke who, without their relation to the book, must stand back and read whatever is going on. Truth to say, I'd give the storyline an 8. Mainly because it confused the hell out of me and it took some time for me to get it straightened out. And the fact that, rather than in the manga, everything seemed to be rushed to a resolution.
Art: Beautiful. Although there was a lude scene in there that didn't exactly need to be placed. Aside from that the drawings were well done and the raw emotion depicted on the characters was breathtaking. All in all, a 10.
Character: We all know the characters if we've watched the series. Everyone has their certain strengths and weaknesses that are depicted in the OVA. Each person was in character, however, at a certain point I often wondered how that person resolved something so quickly. But I suppose within the time limit the creators had for the OVA they had to do something. I rate the characters a 9.5.
Overall: Truthfully I loved the series and knowing that there was also an OVA, I was flipping thrilled. But compared to the manga, everything in this felt rushed and nothing really noteworthy happened. Same thing: Bad guy comes to book, priestesses come to book, celestial warriors fight, bad guy beaten, everything somewhat goes to normal. Despite the cliche, the confusing storyline, and the rushed resolution the OVA was all right. In my opinion it's certainly good to watch if you are an avid Fushigi Yugi watcher. So for my overall impression I give this OVA a 9 out of 10.
Although I was happy that most of the cast came back, it was far too confusing, even for a fan of the series like me.
First of all, I'd like to say that it takes a little bit of reasoning and patience to deal with the storytelling as it switches back and forth between two different settings. It could have gone over well, given that aspect but sometimes the sudden change even left me wondering what just happened. It takes a while to realise what's really going on. Moreover, it's a decent concept but lacks depth.
The same art style that was used for the original 52
episodes is still present here, which makes me smile, the characters still look the same, minus the minor changes in hair length, indicating time.
I thought the opening and ending themes sounded great, and the insert songs fit in appropriately, if you were to look up the lyrics somewhere you'd see what I mean. The only drawbacks that I'd note is that somewhere along the lined is deliberately timed slower. Not that it hurts the overall but in my opinion, it would have been nicer if timed correctly. Oh, and prepare for lots of cheesy lines.
I really must confess that even though much of the old cast returned, there were a few quirks here and there which disappointed me. Though most of the characters were the same as the original series, a few of them were very out-of-character. I also had a problem with the shallow actions of some of the supporting characters.
I must say that I didn't mind watching it but half of me liked the story while the other half wanted to stop and ban it as an insult to the original. Though it is necessary to watch the original 52 episodes first, I would say that when coming to this OVA segment, it would be easier just to stop before watching for those of you with low patience/tolerance levels.