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Fushigi Yuugi (ふしぎ 遊戯, Fushigi Yūgi, lit. Mysterious Play) also known as Curious Play is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuu Watase. It was originally serialized in Shōjo Comic from May 1992 through June 1996. The manga series was given an English language release in North America by Viz Media, which started in 1999. Spanning eighteen volumes, Fushigi Yuugi tells the story of two teenaged girls, Miaka and Yui, who are pulled into "The Universe of the Four Gods", a mysterious book at the National Library.

Anime

The series became very popular and was later adapted into a 52 episode anime series by Studio Pierrot. The series originally aired from April 6, 1995 through March 28, 1996 on the anime satellite channel Animax and the regular cable channel TV Tokyo. The anime series was followed by three Original Video Animation releases, with the first having three episodes, the second having six, and the final OVA, Fushigi Yuugi Eikoden, spanning four episodes. A thirteen volume Japanese light novel series also followed Fushigi Yuugi. The novels were published by Shōgakukan from January 30, 1998 to September 26, 2003. On October 25, 2003, Watase began releasing a prequel to the manga series, Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden.

Manga

Main Article:Manga


Volume 1
Japanese Release Date: May 26, 1992
North American Release Date: November 1, 2003
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 001. The Young Lady of Legends
  • 002. The Boy With the Demon Star
  • 003. The Priestess of Suzaku
  • 004. The Seven Constellations of Suzaku
  • 005. Dangerous Love
  • 006. Hidden Love







  • Priestess
Volume1cover
Volume 2
Japanese Release Date: August 21, 1992
North American Release Date: April 1, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 007. The Aimless Heart
  • 008. A Dark Invitation
  • 009. Awakening Memories
  • 010. The Seven Constellations of Suzaku
  • 011. Longing For You
  • 012. Reaching Out







  • Oracle
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Volume 3
Japanese Release Date: November 26, 1992
North American Release Date: June 1, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 013. The Invisible Enemy
  • 014. Let Me Protect You
  • 015. Captive Women
  • 016. The Priestess of Seiryu
  • 017. Souls Drifting Apart
  • 018. Only You







  • Disciple
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Volume 4
Japanese Release Date: January 26, 1993
North American Release Date: October 19, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 019. Wo Ai Ni
  • 020. Wolf of the Fortress
  • 021. Illusion's Embrace
  • 022. City of Resurrection
  • 023. In the Darkness
  • 024. A Battle of Anguish







  • Bandit
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Volume 5
Japanese Release Date: April 26, 1993
North American Release Date: January 4, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 025. The Music of Meeting
  • 026. Remote Reunion
  • 027. Love Trap
  • 028. A Prelude to Love
  • 029. A Heart Torn Asunder
  • 030. A Duel without Mercy







  • Rival
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Volume 6
Japanese Release Date: July 26, 1993
North American Release Date: April 12, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 031. The Way to Goodbye
  • 032. To Protect You
  • 033. Never Leave You
  • 034. The Final Embrace
  • 035. The Treacherous Tune
  • 036. The Decisive Flame







  • Summoner
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Volume 7
Japanese Release Date: October 26, 1993
North American Release Date: July 5, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 037. Forbidden Love
  • 038. The Night of the Star-gazing Festival
  • 039. Frail Smile
  • 040. Vow on a Grave
  • 041. The Mystery of 'The Universe of the Four Gods
  • 042. Reminiscence of the Future







  • Castaway
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Volume 8
Japanese Release Date: January 26, 1994
North American Release Date: October 11, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 043. The Sealed Castle Wall
  • 044. The Spark of Combat
  • 045. Heartland
  • 046. Maelstrom of Fear
  • 047. Watching You Always
  • 048. Sorrow in the Snow







  • Friend
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Volume 9
Japanese Release Date: May 26, 1992
North American Release Date: October 29, 2003
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 049. Valley of Tears
  • 050. Ice Guardians
  • 051. A Hazardous Bargain
  • 052. Mirage of Hell
  • 053. Defiled Love
  • 054. The Depths of Love







  • Lover
Volume9cover
Volume 10
Japanese Release Date: April 26, 1994
North American Release Date: March 17, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 055. Dawn for the Heart
  • 056. Ominous Eyes
  • 057. Counterfeit Memory
  • 058. Dangerous Love
  • 059. Counterfeit Love








  • Enemy
Volume10cover
Volume 11
Japanese Release Date: October 26, 1994
North American Release Date: June 30, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 060. Ray of Resurrection
  • 061. A Sad Fate
  • 062. The Unbreakable Wall
  • 063. The Truth Revealed
  • 064. Imminent Parting
  • 065. Tragic Battle







  • Veteran
Volume11cover
Volume 12
Japanese Release Date: January 26, 1995
North American Release Date: October 5, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 066. Embracing Evil
  • 067. Matrimony
  • 068. The Dividing Light
  • 069. Real/Unreal Boy
  • 070. Surge of the Heart
  • 071. To Live For You







  • Girlfriend
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Volume 13
Japanese Release Date: April 26, 1995
North American Release Date: January 4, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 072. Requiem to the Sky
  • 073. The Ceremony
  • 074. Even if It Takes My Life
  • 075. Bye-bye
  • 076. Miracle Wings
  • 077. A New Story







  • Goddess
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Volume 14
Japanese Release Date: July 26, 1995
North American Release Date: April 12, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 078. The Call to Begin
  • 079. The Open Door
  • 080. The Lost Heart
  • 081. Seven Destinations
  • 082. The Quickening of Evil








  • Prophet
Volume14cover
Volume 15
Japanese Release Date: October 26, 1995
North American Release Date: July 5, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 083. The Gathering Gloom
  • 084. The Young Sorcerer
  • 085. The Silent Child
  • 086. Laughter from the Darkness
  • 087. A Feast for Puppets
  • 088. Sentimental Tears







  • Guardian
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Volume 16
Japanese Release Date: January 26, 1996
North American Release Date: October 11, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 089. The Crushed Passage
  • 090. Miiru
  • 091. The Mystic Fang
  • 092. The Broken Plan
  • 093. The Gulf of Courage
  • 094. A Dream Drawn for You







  • Assassin
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Volume 17
Japanese Release Date: April 25, 1996
North American Release Date: January 10, 2006
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 095. Captain of Ruin
  • 096. Overflowing Doubt
  • 097. The Night Wandering
  • 098. Blaze of Camaraderie
  • 099. The Tragic Transmigration
  • 100. The Ephemeral Reflection in the Water







  • Demon
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Volume 18
Japanese Release Date: July 26, 1996
North American Release Date: April 11, 2006
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover
  • 101. Tamahome's Shadow
  • 102. Souls Seeking Their Mates
  • 103. The Eternal Vow
  • 104. The Red Wave of Love
  • 105. The Final Battle
  • SPL. Everlasting Wo Ai Ni







  • Bride
Volume18cover

Plot

The plot revolves around fifteen-year-old Miaka Yuuki, a typical high school girl whose main concerns are boys, food, and shopping. Living with her single mom and college aged brother, Miaka attends junior high school, barely passing her classes and being constantly reprimanded by her best friend and resident genius Yui Hongo. When Yui goes to the library one afternoon, Miaka tags along. In the restricted room of the library, the two girls come across a book titled, "The Universe of the Four Gods." They begin to read it, and magically they are sucked into ancient China. Eventually Yui is able to leave the book, leaving Miaka alone in a strange world with a greedy stranger known only as Tamahome. Miaka is then taken to the emperor of the empire she landed in and is told that she is the savior they've been waiting for, the Priestess of Suzaku who will summon the Beast God and save Konan. As it turns out, each Priestess has seven warriors that were born to protect her, Tamahome, and the Emperor Hotohori, being two of them. Now Miaka must embark on a quest to find the remaining warriors and then she can save the world


Naturally the road is never easy, and some fairly predictable situations occur. Love triangles, rivalries, concerned older siblings, and typical young love blossom through out the fifty-two episode series. Despite some standard clichés that come with the "teenaged girl saves the world" scenario, there are some moments of genuine, gut wrenching story telling. Each character has a very elaborate back story, and while not every character has tragic origins, each one is the way they are because of the events of their past. Only a handful of the back stories are told, some of them evoking pure emotional responses from the view. Other time it's not so much their past, as their present that makes the view reach for a box of tissues.


Differences in the anime adaptation

The anime only follows part one of Fushigi Yugi. Part two was covered in a series of OVAs (see below)



Cast and Characters


Minor Characters

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