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Fushigi Yugi Eikoden (2002)

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Studio: Pioneer
Genre: Anime, Fantasy Anime, Shojo
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Miaka and Taka are now happily married and expecting their first child. Unfortunately, Mayo, a jealous young girl infatuated with Taka finds the Universe of the Four Gods and uses the power of Suzaku to steal their unborn baby! Now Taka must return to Konan to save his new family and save Konan from an unknown menace that threatens to destroy the book and all that live within.

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Cute to see Nuriko and Hotohori reincarnated but... by hneline1 January 2, 2003 - 12:15 AM PST
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15 out of 15 members found this review helpful
Call me jaded, but can't they leave well enough alone? The original Fushigi Yugi series is a wonderful, 52-episode epic action-romance about friendship and betrayal and growing up. The subsequent Fushigi Yugi OVA series brought back the same heroes with contrived premises (although it did have some funny omake). Now, Fushigi Yugi Eikoden tries to continue the story by creating yet another premise -- Miaka and Tamahome are married, and a jealous young teen named Mayo enters the book to become the new priestess of Suzaku, hoping to draw Tamahome away from Miaka. It just doesn't work.

Although Mayo is such a central figure, I could not empathize with her jealousy, declared love, or evil intent -- her motivations are too concocted. She is not a noble villain like Nakago and the Seiryu Seven were, and I didn't feel that she was complex enough to carry the plot. Also, the reincarnated Suzaku Seven don't have enough screen time to recreate the same sense of character depth, Yui is relegated to hand wringing, and Miaka is comatose throughout most of the story. Keisuke and Tamahome seem to be the only two original characters who get to shine and that is just not enough to satisfy this FY fan.

Of course, if you are a fan of the original Fushigi Yugi, you'll probably watch this DVD anyway. It was cute to see Nuriko and Hotohori reincarnated, and I probably would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't distressed that a newcomer was taking Miaka's place as the central female. Be sure to watch the OVA series first to understand why Tamahome is called Taka. And if you haven't seen any Fushigi Yugi, start with the Suzaku Box (Season 1) and then the Seiryu Box (Season 2). Otherwise, a lot of things in this DVD won't make sense.




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