What? I review manga now? Well, yes because for me they count as books, okay? Moving on!
Manga title: Fushigi Yuugi or Fushigi Yuugi: The Mysterious Play or Curious Play
Author: Yuu Watase
Genre: fantasy, isekai, romance
Original run: May 1992 – July 1996
I remember watching the anime version of this when I was younger,around Grade 6 to be exact. I remember having this huge crush at Tamahome.That is why when I got the chance to read the manga version, I decided to go ahead and read it.And oh boy! Before I continue, here is what this manga is about:
The series describes the various trials of Miaka Yūki and Yui Hongo, two middle-school students. While at the library one day, Miaka and Yui encounter a strange book known as The Universe of the Four Gods. Reading this book transports them into the novel’s universe in ancient China. Yui is transported back to the real world almost immediately, but Miaka finds herself the Priestess of Suzaku. Miaka is destined to gather the seven Celestial Warriors of the god Suzaku in order to summon Suzaku and obtain three wishes. She falls in love with the Celestial Warrior Tamahome, who eventually reciprocates and Miaka’s desire to use a wish to enter the high school of her choice begins to shift towards finding a way to be with Tamahome. Yui is also drawn into the book when she tries to help Miaka to come back to the real world; becoming the Priestess of Seiryuu, working against Miaka out of jealousy over Tamahome and revenge for the humiliation and pain she had suffered when she first came into the book’s world. Wikipedia
I have to admit that I forgot almost half of what had happened to the anime version, so reading this is a refresher and for the first time in my life, I started to question my Grandma’s guiding style in regards to what I was watching back then. Note that the version I watched when I was younger was the tagalog dub from GMA. I was watching this with my Grandma. This story involves a lot of kissing and nudity. A lot of it. And Miaka and Tamahome is thristy, not just the two of them, almost everyone in that story is THIRSTY. And speaking of Miaka.
The story revolves around the 15 years old Miaka.Middle schooler. Let that sink in. I know that when I was 15 I also was into the whole, boyfriend thing but Miaka is on a whole different level. She is both annoying and naive and there are instances in the story that I started to question her decision making and why am I still reading all about it. Despite all of it, everybody seems to love her! I was so confused.
The story is fine, I was interested about what will happen in the end. I appreciated the humor that Watase included in each chapter and I was glad that there is no dead chapters. Except the last 2-3 volumes,I didn’t finish reading it since I honestly don’t care about what will happen to Miaka after the events inside the book.
I rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars. There are better chapters, of course but overall it was an interesting read, as long as you are comfortable with a lot of kissing and nudity, go ahead. Bonus points to the art style.
Are you familiar with this story? What do you think? Let me know!
That is it for now. I am planning to read more manga this year, so please look forward to more manga reviews in the future!
Thank you so much for reading, and as always, I’ll talk to you again on my next blog post.