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Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Suzaku Box (Season 1) (1995-1996)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Pioneer Entertainment, Geneon
Genre: Anime, Fantasy Anime, Shojo
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English, Japanese
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Synopses
Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Suzaku Box (Season 1) (Disc 1 of 4) (1995)
This is the story of a girl who made her dreams come true after she came to possess the seven stars of Suzaku, and many powers were bestowed upon her. The story itself is a spell. The one who reads it through will be given the powers and granted a wish like the girl in the story. Because...the story begins and becomes real...the moment the final page is turned. The Universe of the Four Gods.

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Suzaku Box (Season 1) (Disc 2 of 4) (1996)
This is the story of a girl who made her dreams come true after she came to possess the seven stars of Suzaku, and many powers were bestowed upon her.

The story itself is a spell. The one who reads it through will be given the powers and granted a wish like the girl in the story.

Because...the story begins and becomes real...the moment the final page is turned.

The Universe of the Four Gods.

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Suzaku Box (Season 1) (Disc 3 of 4) (1995)
This is the story of a girl who made her dreams come true after she came to possess the seven stars of Suzaku, and many powers were bestowed upon her. The story itself is a spell. The one who reads it through will be given the powers and granted a wish like the girl in the story. Because...the story begins and becomes real...the moment the final page is turned. The Universe of the Four Gods.

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Suzaku Box (Season 1) (Disc 4 of 4) (1995)
This is the story of a girl who made her dreams come true after she came to possess the seven stars of Suzaku, and many powers were bestowed upon her. The story itself is a spell. The one who reads it through will be given the powers and granted a wish like the girl in the story. Because...the story begins and becomes real...the moment the final page is turned. The Universe of the Four Gods.

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Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Suzaku Box (Season 1) (Disc 1 of 4) (1995)
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Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play - Suzaku Box (Season 1) (Disc 2 of 4) (1996)
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I am going to get some serious hate mail for this... by Ursus February 23, 2006 - 2:13 PM PST
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1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
What happens when the ice in your drink is left unattended too long? It melts, diluting the once tasty libation into a watery mess that is at odds with its former deliciousness. Such is the fate of Fushigi Yugi. Overlooking the obvious lack of depth and dimensionality of the characters, the main issues I take with FY is what I consider the "DBZ" style of repetitive "one-uping" of facing the "greatest evil" only to encounter an even "greater evil" a few episodes down range. The greatest/ultimate evil should ultimately be the greatest and ultimate evil if it is introduced as such (e.g. Freeza to Boo to [insert new evil DBZ character for new toy launch] ad nausea, ad infinitum). This is most evident when the leading lady manages to be saved, yet again, by the door-mat hero followed by the "romantic-saxophone musical cue." The leads spend far too long with their borderline feelings: I love you, I hate you, I want you, but now I hate you again... but I won't ever act on these feelings, EVER! The level of emotional constipation and inaction led this viewer to start rooting for the villians, if only to end the stalemate. I know that love is more complex and laborious than the average adult film would have us believe, nor anywhere near as rapid, but they (the leads) spend more time on the pot than Cheech and Chong did for all of the 70's and 80's.

Moving right along, the other "DBZ" issue I take with FY is the manner in which anxiety or rising action is left hanging in a fatiguingly heighthened state without resolution. Besides uping tension (mine, not the literary kind), such tactics only serve to frustrate and anger, especially when most of the time is preoccupied with pointless dialogue when the solution to said over-hyped anxiety could be solved in the time it takes to pull the trigger in non-bullet time. If only someone had brought a gun through the book so much needless suffering could have been avoided... mostly mine.

This does raise the question as to why I would continue to watch, well, I am always hopeful that a series will make a turn for the better or take a surprising and unanticipated direction. This did not happen, hence this review.

To all of you who think that my heart is nothing but a cold and frozen lump of black anthrocyte (coal) I offer these rebuttals:

His and Her Circumstances- F-ing Brilliant Shoujo! I loved this series, wished like hell there was more of it.
Boys Over Flowers- F-ing Brilliant Shoujo! Well executed, despite art style.
Fruit Baskets-Cute and Funny!

So, in summation, my fellow videophiles, I just don't see it, and I wish that I hadn't.

It's not that mysterious by Fangs February 17, 2003 - 6:42 PM PST
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8 out of 9 members found this review helpful
Fushigi Yugi is about two middle school girls from modern Japan, Yui and Miaka, who accidentally find a book in the library that transports them to the Konan province of ancient China. Once there, they encounter Tamahome, a seventeen year old boy, who saves them from slave traders.

After that, Yui magically returns to the library and starts to read about Miaka's adventures in the book they found. Miaka thinks that Tamahome took Yui, so she sets out after him. Later, Tamahome and Miaka meet the emperor, Hotohori. Hotohori determines that Miaka is the Priestess of Suzaku who, according to legend, will save the kingdom of Konan. She just needs to collect the seven celestial warriors: Chichiri, Tamahome, Nuriko, Hotohori, Chiriko, Tasuki and Mitsukake, then all her dreams will come true.

They encounter the third warrior after a gazebo falls on Miaka and Tamahome. The third "warrior" is Nuriko, one of Hotohori's royal consorts. Nuriko is madly in love with Hotohori. However, Hotohori is in love with Miaka and Miaka is in love with Tamahome. Tamahome, in turn, claims to be in love with money. They spend the rest of the DVD trying to sort out their feelings for each other and send Miaka home.

Fushigi Yugi is fun to watch. The story is interesting but I found the characters to be rather one dimensional. The anime does a fair job of following the manga, but there are some plot discrepancies.

Cliffhanger ending by hneline1 May 2, 2002 - 7:55 PM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This disk contains episodes 21 - 26 and is the end of the first season, with a cliffhanger ending. If you've gotten this far in this series, you must watch Season 2, the Seiryu box. I thought that Season 2 was more exciting than Season 1, with better character development and depth of plot. Season 1 introduces the many characters and sets the stage, and maybe that slowed it down. However, it's still a darn good romantic adventure.

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