Fushigi Yuugi is a classic Isekai anime.
Isekai is an anime genre where the main character travels to another world and often serves as that world’s savior or hero.
In Fushigi Yuugi, our main protagonist Miaka a middle school student along with her friend Yui stumbles on a book in the library called the “Universe of the Four Gods”.
They then get transported to the land of Konan which is one of the four countries in this world.
This is the Isekai part of this anime but continuing on with the plot.
Miaka and Yui are attacked by bandits only to be saved by Tamahome an unknown handsome man.
Before Yui is able to continue traveling with both Miaka and Tamahome she travels back to her own world leaving Miaka in this strange land.
Miaka and Tamahome end up run into Hotohori who is the leader of Konan. Miaka and Tamahome are first perceived as threatening so both are taken, prisoner.
After an audience with Hotohori Miaka is revealed to be the priestess of Suzaku.
She learns that there are seven warriors and they all must be gathered by the priestess of Suzaki in order to grant the priestess’s wishes.
Miaka with this in mind starts on her journey to find the seven warriors. Lucky for her Tamahome, Hotohori, and Niroka a servant of Hotohori are all Suzaku warriors.
This leaves only four to find and Tamahome and Niroka go with Miaka.
Not everyone is okay with the idea of Miaka gathering the warriors of Suzaku.
Her foes are Nagako a Seiryuu seven warrior who is gathering the Seiryuu seven to get their wish granted.
Since only one of the four countries can get an opportunity to get their wishes granted, this leads to a conflict between the two groups.
The anime is definitely dated for its time since it was made in the 90s. But I watched last year and was able to look past it.
The story and characters are so good that it does not matter how old the animation is.
I kept watching this series for three reasons.
- I was invested and curious to see where this story ends.
- Miaka and Tamahome’s relationship interested me.
- The excellent character interactions and developments
The romance in this story has many triangles and the conflicts that arise that are interesting and kept my focus.
I felt like I was going on an adventure with these characters. Which made it all sadder at the end. Thankfully they are OVAs to watch after the anime ends.
There is a reason why this anime is up there on my top anime list.
If you enjoy Iseaki anime and romances watch Fushigi Yuugi.
Looking past the art style and dated comedy will allow you to enjoy this greatly underappreciated anime.