Monday, January 1, 2001

Fushigi Yuugi OAV

Genre: Shoujo
Parental Guidance Recommended
1995, Watase Yu, TV Tokyo, Emotion, Tomodachi Anime, Pioneer.

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Cover Description:
The mystical book, The Universe of the Four Gods, was finally closed when Miaka made her last wish, or so everyone had thought. But old enemies have returned from beyond the grave to claim their revenge, and this time it is Tamahome who is drawn into the book... to become one of the Seiryu Seven ?!

Now Yui, Keisuke, and Tetsuya must discover how the book was opened, while Miaka and Tamahome, now known as Taka, race to relearn how to survive in the Mysterious Play!

NOTE: Some of the reviews were written sometime in 2001 and was recorded in the classic Otaku Fridge as ??.??.2001. Unfortunately the database would not accept non-numerical values, so this review is now dated January 01, 2001 by default.

You should watch this if you really love Fushigi Yuugi >>> by firesenshi
Otherwise, you'd be better off just watching the FY TV Series instead. This could be the sequel you've been waiting for. That's right folks, a SEQUEL! If you know the TV series and didn't like how it ends, it's because the remaining versions of the manga are in this OAV. And if you, like me, wish to see how it really ends, I would really get this one. BUT... is it any good? The artwork is still great and the favorite characters we love, such as Hotohori, Chichiri and even some other Seiryuu folks with special appearances, are in there. But to me, there are many conflicting, even contradictory concepts that are in the TV Series that are once introduced in this OAV. The greatest contradiction being Tamahome. Short of giving you spoilers, I just need to tell you that I don't get why Miaka loved the Tamahome that I didn't know in the TV series.

There are many other things that I don't entirely get here. Sometimes I feel like all of the things I know and loved in the TV Series were replaced with new concepts now introduced into the OAV. To give credit of course, there aren't a lot of things that are dismissed from the TV Series entirely. The fact that as in the ending of the TV Series, the idea that reincarnation is a possibility was already introduced. Still, I think you must see this OAV to see what I mean. There were new ideas added really that I just can't get.

More so... that my favorite characters such as Hotohori simply ended up to be well... that way. His story was in fact touching. But if you love him as much as I do, you have to see this OAV to at least see what happens to him. But don't expect happy endings ... for Hotohori at least. This will have a happy ending as probably what Yuu Watase wants. It will tell you what happened to the characters after and you will sense some sort of closure BUT... what happens here are mere justifications of a happy ending for the main characters. For someone like me who doesn't like Miaka and Tamahome as much, this is not the ending I wished.

Individual Rating: Art/Animation 10; Story 7; Characters 9; Sounds 8

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