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Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 1: Priestess

(Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play #1)

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When best friends Miaka and Yui open the pages of an ancient Chinese book, they are transported into the Universe of the Four Gods, a parallel world to ancient China. Now, to escape schoolwork and family problems, Miaka flees to the parallel world, only to find a lot more danger and romance than she bargained for.
Published August 1st 2005 by Gollancz (first published May 1992)
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Nov 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Kay by: fake chinese history
The artwork is gorgeous, but other than that, I didn't enjoy this manga very much. The protagonist is very weak, and gets pushed around and fondled by this guy and that. But despite it all, she still maintains that Mary Sue complex in which she unfailingly attracts the attention of all. If that's not enough, this is another one of those "The One" stories where the heroine has to find and lead seven celestial guardians to some great purpose or another.

So, not only is she a Mary Sue that everybod
I will admit that I only purchased a copy of this manga because I loved the anime so much. I have been a fan of that series for the longest time and whenever I go back to watch it, it never disappoints.

In "Fushigi Yûgi, Volume 1: Priestess" we are introduced to Miaka Yuki who is an ordinary junior high-school student, suddenly whisked away into the world of a book, "The Universe of the Four Gods". There she becomes the priestess of the god Suzaku, and is charged with finding all seven of her Ce
I remember reading a little bit of Fushigi Yugi back when they were first being released, but never finished off the series. I remember why now. The art is really, really, really pretty, enough that it bumped the rating up a whole star for me. The actual plot itself seems pretty interesting, and is off to a fairly good start. But the romance is lackluster and rushed. There's going to be a bunch more volumes for Miaka to realize that she's falling in love with Tamahome, so why start now? And Miak ...more
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved this one! The ancient culture stuff was really fascinating, and there are some great characters. The artwork is brilliant, and it's an intriguing storyline that's quite unique. ...more
AℳYⒾ ♔♚♛Cofounder of Teens against YA books♛♚♔
Is it too early to hate Miaka? I can't stand her, but gotta love her Tamahome. Reverse harem in sight! ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Manga lovers would definetely find this appealing
Recommended to Teresa by: Self
I did not like this book, obviously from my one-star rating. I am sorry for you manga lovers, but I did try to like this book. But...just, no. The only good thing that came out of this series is the artwork. The creator is not a very good storyteller, but well, hell, she's got talents when it comes to the art department. Sadly, that's where my compliments end. You know, in the hands of a capable storyteller, this manga could have been great. I mean, I found the idea behind the plot appealing. I ...more
I read this a while ago, so my memory's foggy, but I do remember going, "meh" to this book and then being very glad the library didn't have any of the other books in the series.

The main character is what's known as a "hapless heroine sue." In other words, she's so "normal" (or what is considered "normal" of a girl in Japan when this was written). In other words, she's a total wimp. She's got the brain the size of a peanut. She gets manhandled a few times. All she does is whine and scream for hel
Ever wondered what would happen if you and your best friend got sucked into an ancient/cursed book you found in your local library? Well thanks to Yuu Watase's Fushigi Yugi, that question is answered by Miaka and Yui's experiences inside a book called The Universe of the Four Gods. I have wanted to read this manga series since I was a teenager. After so many years of wanting to read this classic manga, I have finally finished Fushigi Yugi. I'm not going to delay this further, let's jump right in ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Welcome to a new manga recap session! Today's docket is Fushigi Yugi (aka The Mysterious Play, waaaay back when this was originally translated and released by Viz) volume 1: Priestess.

Meet Miaka Yuki, an average Japanese middle school student cramming for her exams. Meet Yui Hongo, an above average student who is (supposedly) Miaka's Bestie. They find a forbidden book called "The Universe of Four Gods" and the power it contains. Miaka goes back, cause hey easy Street am I right?, and Yui is more
Jessica Patzer
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Sep 22, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fushigi Yugi is a great Manga series for fans of girl's romance. Its got a slew of memorable characters, plenty of action and of course a love triangle (or square or... you get the idea). It gets a little weird towards the end, however it is worth a read. Try any of Yuu Watase's fantasy stories. ...more
Reread #500000000 (Not really but I did read this volume a lot when I was younger.)

I might do a full review of the series when I finish it, but I will say right now that volume 1 isn't as good as I remember it being.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it liked it
It’s a bit hard for me to rate Fushigi Yugi objectively for several reasons. First, it was a foundational manga for me as a manga/anime fan, and I’m always going to view it with some level of nostalgia. Two, it’s very much a product of its time, in both fortunate and unfortunate ways. But, here is my take on volume 1.

Fushigi Yugi has beautiful art. Yu Watase is such a talented artist. Her characters are expressive, and the world she draws is stunning. I also thought that considering how many cha
Feb 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-manga
I am sure the vast majority of people that have read this book would give it 3-5 stars. But I just couldn't even get through it. I thought I'd like it because I enjoyed the anime as a teenager, but as an adult, I can no longer stand female main characters that are idiots. The classic Sailor Moon strong of heart, but little brains, idiotic female lead character.

I'm okay with female lead characters that are do not know much (a.k.a. ignorant of knowledge), but I just can't stand ones that are idiot
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
In middle school, this manga and anime was my jam. My friends and I would wait each month for the next videotape (TAPE) to come out that only had four episodes on it and I think were $30 a pop. We'd have a viewing party at one of our houses or pass them between each other.

I wanted to revisit this as an adult and see if it has the same magic. Even in middle school, I remember hating Miaka and Tamahome as a couple and was annoyed with how everyone and their dog would fall in love with Miaka. But t
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once I found out that Takiko Okuda's story was out, I was literally on pins and needles.

We knew (if you have read Fushigi Yuugi) of what happened to the first girl to open the Universe of the Four Gods, but not much else.

Great story, and the ending was as expected. Since the priestess of Byakko's story is up; lets see what happens next!
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Re-read from my childhood. I cant believe I haven't picked this up in years. Looking back her artwork has come along so far in the past few years. But I have to say this is one of my favorite stories and favorite protagonist. ...more
The art is gorgeous but it was disappointing... I thought I picked up “Fushigi Yūgi: Genbu Kaiden” but picked “Fushigi Yūgi: The Mysterious Play” up instead... it wasn’t what I was expecting and not what I wanted so maybe it deserves more stars 🤷‍♀️
Nicki ⍣
Jan 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
The art style is pretty. Cute story that’s very reminiscent of Chinese historical romances that I love. This was a buddy read with Nat for our podcast so if she’s good with reading another volume I would be too.
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a story! The fantasy, action and romance mixed into this series is great making the whole story really enjoyable to read. 4.5 stars for sure, I'm so excited to read more of this series! ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Leslie Jonsson
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait to read the second volume in this series "Fushigi Yugi." ...more
Raygun ∆ Gothic
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best time travel Manga series of books I've seen & read. Enjoyed reading the entire series of manga. When I finished reading, I passed the collection of manga to my niece who loves manga. ...more
Patricia Batubara
oh the nostalgia i miss this world so much
The OG shojo manga that got me hooked on shojo manga way back in the day. Still as tropey and cringey and totally awesome as ever.
Just as wonderful as I remember.
Som reading 24x7
Loved the storyline, the lead characters well each and every character
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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

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Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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  • 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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