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Written and illustrated by Yuu Watase, Fushigi Yûgi originally appeared in serial form in the monthly manga magazine Shōjo Comic. It premiered in the May 1992 issue and ran for over four years, with the final chapter appearing in the June 1996 issue. The series was simultaneously published in eighteen collected volumes by Shogakukan, with new volumes being released on a quarterly schedule.

In 1992, Viz Media licensed the manga for an English language release in North America. The series was originally released in a flipped trade paperback format, starting in August 1998. Several characters have both Japanese pronunciations and Chinese pronunciations. In 1998 Watase visited the United States and met with Viz staff members at their San Francisco headquarters. Viz kept the original Chinese names of characters at the request of Watase. Bill Flanagan, the editor of the English version, asked Watase if he should use the Chinese names for popular characters such as Tai Yi-Jun (Taitsukun) and she also asked for the Chinese names to be used there. The characters with names remaining in Japanese in the English version are the characters such as Tamahome who have Japanese pronunciations of ancient constellations; there was never any intention of them having Chinese names.

This caused some confusion for fans as the anime version uses the Japanese names. For example, in the manga, Hotohori's country is named "Hong-Nan" rather than the "Konan" found in the anime series.4 After eight volumes, Viz stopped publication of Fushigi Yûgi, reviving it in June 2003 when it released the first two volumes in unflipped standard manga size volumes. The remaining volumes were released on a quarterly schedule, including the remaining ten volumes. The final volume of the series was released in April 2006. The dates and ISBN numbers given for the first eight volumes in the table on the link above are for the second edition releases.

Viz also serialized Fushigi Yûgi in their manga anthology magazine, Animerica Extra, starting with the October 1998 debut issue and running until the December 2004 issue, the magazine's final issue. In January 2009, Viz is slated to re-release the series as part of their "VIZBIG" line, which usually combines two or three individual volumes of the original release into a single, larger volume.

Volume 1
Japanese Release Date: May 26, 1992
North American Release Date: November 1, 2003
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Priestess
Volume1cover
Volume 2
Japanese Release Date: August 21, 1992
North American Release Date: April 1, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Oracle
Volume2cover
Volume 3
Japanese Release Date: November 26, 1992
North American Release Date: June 1, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Disciple
Volume3cover
Volume 4
Japanese Release Date: January 26, 1993
North American Release Date: October 19, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Bandit
Volume4cover
Volume 5
Japanese Release Date: April 26, 1993
North American Release Date: January 4, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Rival
Volume5cover
Volume 6
Japanese Release Date: July 26, 1993
North American Release Date: April 12, 2005
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  • Summoner
Volume6cover
Volume 7
Japanese Release Date: October 26, 1993
North American Release Date: July 5, 2005
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  • Castaway
Volume7cover
Volume 8
Japanese Release Date: January 26, 1994
North American Release Date: October 11, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Friend
Volume8cover
Volume 9
Japanese Release Date: May 26, 1992
North American Release Date: October 29, 2003
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Lover
Volume9cover
Volume 10
Japanese Release Date: April 26, 1994
North American Release Date: March 17, 2004
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  • Enemy
Volume10cover
Volume 11
Japanese Release Date: October 26, 1994
North American Release Date: June 30, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Veteran
Volume11cover
Volume 12
Japanese Release Date: January 26, 1995
North American Release Date: October 5, 2004
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Girlfriend
Volume12cover
Volume 13
Japanese Release Date: April 26, 1995
North American Release Date: January 4, 2005
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  • Goddess
Volume13cover
Volume 14
Japanese Release Date: July 26, 1995
North American Release Date: April 12, 2005
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  • Prophet
Volume14cover
Volume 15
Japanese Release Date: October 26, 1995
North American Release Date: July 5, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Guardian
Volume15cover
Volume 16
Japanese Release Date: January 26, 1996
North American Release Date: October 11, 2005
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Assassin
Volume16cover
Volume 17
Japanese Release Date: April 25, 1996
North American Release Date: January 10, 2006
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Demon
Volume17cover
Volume 18
Japanese Release Date: July 26, 1996
North American Release Date: April 11, 2006
Chapters English chapter titles Title Cover







  • Bride
Volume18cover

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