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Fushigi Yûgi, Vol. 1

(Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play #1-3)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  960 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Fifteen-year-old Miaka Yuki is transported into an ancient Chinese kingdom by an old book, The Universe of the Four Gods. Following the legend in the story, Miaka becomes the Priestess of Suzaku and must find her seven Celestial Warrios before she can save the kingdom and return home.

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Paperback, VizBig Edition, 600 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by VIZ Media LLC
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Lorryn Woodward
The idea behind this is totally my thing. However, the characters kill it. I wanted more action/adventure less everyone fawning over each other.
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I was first introduced to Fushigi Yugi over 10 years ago. My husband had to be at meetings every Tuesday night until quite late, and so I was left to myself. One night, I was flipping through channels and came across the International channel and started watching midway through some show. It turned out to be Fushigi Yugi, and while it was ultra dramatic at times, I found myself completely absorbed into the story and looked forward to it each Tuesday evening. I hadn't discovered manga yet, so I d ...more
Lindsay Deacon
Feb 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I first got into Fushigi Yugi through the anime about 10 years ago. I was instantly hooked. But in terms of the manga, I was always waiting for a complete set of volumes (like this) instead of the individual books. I am so thrilled they have finally compiled them into "big books" and now 10 years later, I think I love the series even more. I've read a lot of manga and seen even more anime, but this by far has always been my favorite series. ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, manga
First time going through this series and, so far, I love it. The art is very beautiful and the story very interesting. I wasn't expecting the sudden dark turn it took towards the end of volume 3! D: ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
... this series used to be quite dear to me. Lemme tell you - would bingewatch the FANSUBS on VHS! And not just any tapes, oh no.. these were from the special distributor famous for their purple tapes! (yeah, the good shit.. 90s otaku know what I'm talkin about)

...and... uh.. as a grown-up now... boy of boy did this series not age well.
Plot wise - hello 90s reverse~harem tropes galore. The pro-tag has the attention span of an ADD-riddled goldfish, and is a glutton to boot. Of course she is. The
Elizabeth Hopkinson
I cannot tell you how much I fell in love with this manga series (and with the beautiful and tragic Hotohori). It has definitely influenced my stories and will continue to influence me for the rest of my life.
Mar 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I've always love this anime. The manga does not disappoint in the least.

Now I've got to go buy the remaining volumes.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I watched the anime years ago and loved it, but the manga is just so much more. I can't wait to continue reliving this story again. ...more
Today's post is on Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play, Volume 1: Priestess by Yuu Watase. It is 197 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. The cover has the two main characters on it facing the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes historical fantasy, high fantasy, romance, and shojo stories. There is mild foul language, mild sexuality, and violence in this story. The story is told from third person close of the main characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Wh
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Watase Yuu inspired me to draw more and to study more about ancient history.
I think these two reasons are both ample for appreciating this 3-in-1 omnibus.

In the past, I had a specific agenda never to review any manga, ever, because I said there are plenty of other more edifying books in the sea, but I revised it as I started to feel better, as my migraines have started to resolve themselves. Besides, this is Fushigi Yuugi. If it never existed, then many of the animanga series I cosplayed from i
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Indulging in a bit of nostalgia, I went back 15 years... this might be the first anime I ever watched so I thought I would pick up the manga to see if my memory of the story was correct. That did not work so well. The drawings were detailed - I liked that enough - but I simply don’t get the heroine or the other characters all that well. They were incredibly native so much so that the premise of the story, which was decent, was completely marred by the lack of complexity in character motivation. ...more
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not what I expected but in a good way!
I thought this was going to be a serious shojo adventure story but it’s actually got a lot of humor!
Miaka is hilarious. She’s ditzy, naive and always hungry but she’s also caring and would do anything for her friends.

It gets dark in volume 3 and of course, this causes two best friends to be on opposing sides. But Miaka still has hope to fix everything....
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic, manga
* miaka’s mom is such a bitch????
* yall she really ruined vol 1 because she is in love with tamahome after less than one week wtff
* conclusion: everybody is so horny
* art style: hard to distinguish anybody because they all look the same
* we stan nuriko in this house
* i understand yui better now

Jeff Thomas
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
interesting concept, but I struggled with all the names, and to me, the characters were'nt always drawn consistently, which made it hard to follow. the story and the dialogue was pretty good, but it felt like things jumped around a little too much. Probably won't go find Vol. 2 ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mangas
3.5 almost 4☆
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Re-read for the nostalgia. Just as corny as I remember.

Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is shaping up to be a really great series. It's still missing a little je ne sais quoi but I'm pleased so far! ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fushigi Yûgi was the first manga I ever read, waaaaay back when I was 14. It has a special place in my heart, so I am very biased. I couldn’t even say how many times I have read it through, but it has been a little while. I decided to start collecting these multiple volume editions on kindle to give my 19yr old paperback copies a break. I am thoroughly enjoying the re-read!
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting! Thrilling! Exciting! 😄 This book never ceases to amaze me even if it is a 90's classic! The anime is okay but the manga is sensual and directed to adult women who can handle mature content. I am overjoyed to have read this volume even if the series debuted in 1992. ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, manga
This is shojo, through and through. So of course it will have a heroine who is lovable to everyone around her. Of course it will have a sudden and intense romance between its two teenage heroes. (Although reading Watase's note in a side column, about how she wanted Miaka to be a "one love" kind of girl, made me look with a fresh perspective at how she handles romance in this series, rather than blow it off.)

Fushigi Yuugi was my thing as a middle/high school student. I LOVED this series. Sure, as
Soobie's scared
Well... That was weird!

I mean, I've read the Italian translation of this manga. It was published in 36 volumes back when I was in uni and I remember that I absolutely loved it. I loved the art, I loved the story, I had a sweet spot for Tamahome...

Reading Fushigi Yûgi after so many years was a different experience. I still love Yuu Watase's art and I'll probably develop a soft spot for Tamahome as well. The story, however, didn't seem so appealing as it used to be. I didn't remember the insta-lo
Nov 17, 2016 rated it liked it
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Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
After hearing all the "omigawd, the best manga/anime EVER!!!", I read this series years ago; didn't live up to the hype. Nice artwork, interesting idea, but went a little overboard with the goofy comic-relief (got annoying and distracted from the story) and I didn't feel any chemistry between the main characters who seem to fall passionately in love for no apparent reason (except that they initially hate each other, which we ALL KNOW means you are in LOVE). The collecting of the celestial warrio ...more
Jan 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Usually I don't write reviews on manga but I thought I'd give it a shot this time. It was interesting to say the least. As with all manga Love developed with in like the first 60 pages. And I was kind of bothered by Yui's complete character flip towards Miaka.
I mean she was reading the book with Miaka in it so obviously she should have been able to see that time was flowing differently. And also I know she went through and hard time and but even if Miaka was there it wouldn't have stopped thos
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot for stories where a person travels either back in time or into a fictional world, so this was right up my alley.
It's pretty cliche, but a whole lot of fun anyway. Maybe not quite as good as some of my favourites, but if you are just looking for a little mushy romance and a bit of an adventure then this fits the bill. Although the main character could use a backbone now and again, I really did like her anyway with her quirky personality and funny moments.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2014
This was one of my favorite anime series when I was a teen. I found this at the library and checked it out to see if it lived up to my memories. It kinda did.

I had a bit of a hard time tracking who was saying what. Sometimes a person is speaking that isn't in the frame, and there isn't any direction for where the words are coming from. And I think I would have gotten a lot more confused if I didn't already know the story and what was happening.
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, shojo, classic
Just keep in mind when I say a classic, I don't just mean the art and storyline, I mean the references such as VCR. Still. Very funny, cute Yu Waatase book. A little dark with some lighthearted parts. ...more
Chloe Simpson
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
It is most likely my general lack of taste for manga, but I did not find Fushigi Yugi to be interesting enough to read any other volumes. If you are a manga fan then this particular rating will likely not be helpful. Manga just does not appeal to my personal taste, perhaps it is an acquired taste.
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
It really is the work of a growing artist. I've seen the anime 10+ years ago and it blew my mind. The manga can be a little disjointed but the art is beautiful and I know the story gets much better. ...more
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A Japanse shoujo manga-ka. She is known for her works Fushigi Yūgi, Alice 19th, Ceres: The Celestial Legend, Fushigi Yūgi Genbu Kaiden and Absolute Boyfriend. She likes all music, except heavy metal and old traditional music.

She received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo for Ceres, Celestial Legend in 1997. Since writing her debut short story "Pajama de Ojama" ("An Intrusion in Pajamas"), Wata

Other books in the series

Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 1: Priestess
  • Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 2: Oracle
  • Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 3: Disciple
  • Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 4: Bandit
  • Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 5: Rival
  • Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 6: Summoner
  • Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 7: Castaway
  • Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 8: Friend
  • Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 9: Lover
  • Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 10: Enemy

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