Get the Run Down # 9 Fushigi Yuugi

Fushigi Yuugi Episode 46 Tamahome, Chichiri, and Tasuki
Fushigi Yuugi Episode 46 featuring Tamahome, Chichiri, and Tasuki. © 1995 Studio Pierrot

One of the great classic Isekai Fushigi Yuugi is an amazing love story. But is this old anime worth watching? Let’s find out by diving into this 90’s gem.

Fushigi Yuugi’s Details

  • Number of episodes: 52

  • Genre: Shoujo, Romance, Magic, Comedy, Adventure

  • Hidden Gem, Popular, or Lesser-Known: Hidden Gem

  • Dubbed or Subbed: Both versions are available. Miaka’s English voice is better than the Japanese voice. So I prefer watching the show English dubbed.

  • Modern or Classic: Classic.

  • Aired: April 6, 1995 to March 28, 1996

  • Production Information:

    • Directed by Kamegaki, Hajime He is famous for his directing: Air Gear, The World is Still Beautiful, Sonic X, Naruto: Shippuden Movie 1, Hanasakeru Seishounen
    • Created by Studio Pierrot which is famous for Tokyo Ghoul, Bleach, Black Clover, Naruto Shippuden, GTO, Yuu Yuu Hakusho, Urusei Yatsura, Kingdom, 12 Kingdoms, Yona of the Dawn
  • Where You Can Watch: Crunchyroll, Asiancrush, and Retrocrush

Fushigi Yuugi’s Major Themes

Friendship

Reality vs Fantasy

Man Vs Man

Being True to Oneself

Growing Up

Friendship| Reality vs Fantasy | Man vs Man | Be True to Oneself | Growing Up

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.

  1. I was invested and curious to see where this story ends.
  2. Miaka and Tamahome’s relationship interested me.
  3. 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.

Common Answers to Important Questions about Fushigi Yuugi

The art style is your typical 90’s anime look. Fushigi Yuugi does not stand out with its style. As long as you can tolerate the 90’s hand-drawn anime it will not be a distraction.

The Suzaku seven are constantly in conflict with the Seiryuu Seven thus fighting occurs in show. The majority of the action sequences are similar to Sailor Moon. In that anime the character who be shown about to attack and in the next scene you would see the attack hit the target.

There are a few instances where the action scenes have an uncut fight between different characters.

Besides that, you get many scenes of the two groups using their powers in a wide range of scenarios.

While this show does compare to the action of DBZ you might some moments that share aspects to it.

The main romance in this anime is between Miaka and Tamahome. This does turn into several love triangles involving the members of the Seiryuu Seven and Suzaku Seven. If you enjoy stories where you have constantly evolving love triangles then this anime is for you.

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There are several scenes where both Miaka (15 years old) and Yui (15 years old) are naked. There are only a few times where it’s frontal nudity. But the scenes are not there to get your attention or to purpose give you lewd thoughts. The nudity makes sense in context much like in Sailor Moon where Serena was fully naked when fighting Sailor Galaxia.

A large portion of this anime is Miaka having your typical love dubby conversations with Tamahome. Things like “I love Tamahome” or “I am not sure if this can work” etc. These conversations are not the main part of the story. The ones that you need to pay attention to is when the smarter characters explain what is going on.

On the service level, the plot is easy to understand. It does get complicated when certain events occur. The ending may cause you to have to look up what happened.

Yes but not often it is over 40 episodes.

This anime is one of my favorites of all time. I loved it so much that I watched the three OVAs that continue the story. Not many people love classic Shoujo like me. But for those that do this is anime that you cannot miss.
Tamahome embracing Miaka Fushi Yuugi Ep 4 At 20mins7seconds
Tamahome embracing Miaka Fushi Yuugi Ep 4 At 20 mins 7 seconds.
© 1995 Studio Pierrot

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