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Fushigi Yuugi OVA

a.k.a. The Mysterious Play OVA

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Genre: Action
Company: Shogakukan
Format: 9 OVA
Dates: 7/25/1996 to 12/18/1997

Finally, some well deserved peace and quiet for Miaka and her friends. On their way to pay tribute to the grave of an old friend, Tamahome suddenly receives a message from inside the book “The Universe of the Four Gods” and is sucked back into the other world! Not only that, but it turns out the book has been stolen from the library. With the “Universe of the Four Gods” gone missing, will Tamahome be lost forever?

summary by Kei

 

Reviewed: 02/02/2005 by
Grade: 70% av-Kei

Highs: Adds some development to old characters

Lows: Too much of the same thing from the series; very predictable; unfocused characters from the main series get no new attention

Just to start off, I would like to say I was extremely disappointed with these OVAs; this coming from a die-hard Fushigi Yuugi fan. While I was watching them, I kept hoping things would get better as the episodes progressed, and yet still the disappointment remained.

On the complete bright side of things, it was just like the main series in some respects: good characters, lots of humor and great, new music. However, on the downside, it was just like the series in its flaws: so-called “major characters” still remain totally undeveloped and both OVA series manage to pull off the “I love you but I can’t love you” theme that bothered me in the television series.

Another large negative I noticed is that both OVA series have very promising plotlines but didn’t give enough time to fully develop them. Also, the ending seemed rushed in both series and left me very confused at times. I think things would have been better had these OVA been a whole new season of the show, just for clarity reasons. However, each episode was worth watching just to see the omake theater at the end; I haven’t laughed so hard in a good while.

If you loved the television series, these OVAs are worth a watch… but please don’t expect something as great as the original lest you be as disappointed as I was.

See also Fushigi Yuugi Eikouden.

 

Fushigi Yuugi OVA can be downloaded legally in the United States as two separate collections HERE and HERE.


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