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Yuu Watase Continues 'Fushigi Yuugi' Series with New Manga [Update 1/29]

by tsubasalover
Jan 28, 2015 4:16 AM | 25 Comments
March's issue of Shougakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine announced that a new manga by Yuu Watase, titled Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Ibun, will debut in its next issue releasing February 28th.

The Fushigi Yuugi series is loosely based on the legend of the Four Gods from China. The original manga told the stories of the priestesses of Suzaku and Seiryuu, and spanned 18 volumes released between 1992-1996. A prequel series following the priestess of Genbu then began in 2003, titled Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden. The new series, Byakko Ibun, will cover the fourth priestess of Byakko, and its timeline falls between the original story and prequel Genbu Kaiden.

Multiple anime adaptations have been made of the series, including a 52-episode TV anime and three OVA series totaling thirteen volumes. A series of light novels were also published, primarily describing the characters' lives before the original manga series aside from the final two volumes.

After completing the first manga, Yuu Watase began serializing Ayashi no Ceres, which was subsequently adapted to anime as well. While primarily a shoujo mangaka, Yuu Watase's has also penned a few shounen series, including Arata Kangatari which received an anime adaptation in Spring 2013 and is still ongoing.

Source: Mantan

News submitted by ichigo_daisuki

Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Ibun on MAL

Update January 29
According to Yuu Watase's blog, the new manga will be a 51-page one-shot instead of a series.

Source: Yuu Watase's blog

News submitted by Daisuki

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I just want an adaptation for Genbu Kaiden...

Oh well, I will probably read this anyway.

Feb 1, 2015 7:45 AM by Miya_F_Exia


Fushigi Yuugi anime in 2015 here we go. No wait, that would be way too soon.



Jan 30, 2015 4:59 AM by zetsu_shoren

I wasn't a fan of Fushigi Yuugi but I found Genbu Kaiden to be much better and engaging. I'm a little disappointed this is going to be a one-shot, but I look forward to seeing how she concludes the story of the four priestesses.

Jan 30, 2015 12:28 AM by caramellatte

been reading her works for the sake of nostalgia since I grew up watching Fushigi Yuugi. Genbu Kaiden was good and a fun read. I'm actually excited to read about Byakko Kaiden since they were only mentioned in passing in the original series.

I'm a bit sad now that it's just a 51-page one-shot instead. I was hoping for the series. Though I'm pretty sure it'll be similar to the previous Fushigi Yuugi, I still can't help but feel excited. XD

Jan 30, 2015 12:22 AM by mknsenko

Woderful news. Hope to read it when its release

Jan 29, 2015 9:46 PM by AnimeFan500

I only watched the first 3 episodes, then did 2 or 3 "jumps" without finding anything interesting and then watched the last episode... and still didnt like it.

The reasons i didnt like this series is its ultra-boring / bad script, silly characters and the animation style. Also i dont really like anime where the dudes are a bunch of jerks.

Jan 29, 2015 5:11 PM by Amiluhur

I'm looking forward to it. I enjoyed Genbu Kaiden.

Jan 29, 2015 10:56 AM by soulless4now

Not really fan of her manga , And I watched the anime with OVAs , it was kind boring :x sorry

Jan 29, 2015 8:06 AM by Haine

Now these are some nice news! =D
I really like Fushigi Yuugi, it's one of her best works so far and I only need 4 Volumes to have all books in my bookshelf. =u=
I still haven't read Genbu Kaiden, but I'm looking forward to read Byakko Ibun although it's just a one-shot. I hoped it would be a new series. XD lol

Jan 29, 2015 5:17 AM by Lorax

Right Genbu finished, guess I should pick it up sometime.

Jan 29, 2015 2:02 AM by ReaperCreeper

Looking forward to the continuation.

Jan 29, 2015 12:14 AM by gefyhl

It's been 8 years, here we go.

Jan 28, 2015 11:46 PM by Mizusi

Good for the fans~
I have known this Anime since forever, but was never a fan.
An Anime remake from the start would be cool.

Jan 28, 2015 11:20 PM by Tengai

Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Shoujo, Harem, Gender Bender

Gender Bender??? wkwkwkwkwkw Hell NO~!!!!!!

Jan 28, 2015 4:54 PM by Shunaria

When I read the title, I thought "she's going to continue the Suzaku series?? LET IT DIE!!". Then I read this and I am like, "okay this should be interesting".

Jan 28, 2015 4:11 PM by Confucius

Not fan of her manga. but good news for fans

Jan 28, 2015 1:05 PM by AllenVonStein

The first Fushigi Yuugi series was ok to me, but Genbu Kaiden was definitely one of the best manga I've ever read!!! (I just hope it'll have an anime adaptation) So I'm going to try this new series, I hope it'll be as good as Genbu Kaiden or better. :)

Jan 28, 2015 11:17 AM by leetin08

After all these years she will continue this? If the wants and fans accept it.

Jan 28, 2015 10:04 AM by minimiau

Not sure what to think about this...
I mean, maybe it would be better to finish Arata Kangatari first, because I fear that it will be put on hiatus :/

Jan 28, 2015 9:43 AM by Haiji

Never seen or read about the series before. I might try it sometimes although I'm not a big fan of these type of manga.

Jan 28, 2015 9:12 AM by Stark700