dangermousie: (Faith OTP by vierran45)


I think I figured out why I adore Faith so. It is pretty much a more adult, smarter version of Fushigi Yuugi, a manga/anime I was obsessed with years ago. Think about it - we have a cheerful heroine who has been transported from modern times to a violent fantasy world. This heroine loves to eat, is viewed as a divine symbol and the King requests her help. Her OTP is a deadly warrior with a tragic past who is beyond obsessed with protecting her. Oh, and the bad guy loves mind games, collects people with powers and has a slashtastic fixation on the hero. See? Fushigi Yuugi. Hopefully minus the death-toll.

Some caps and thoughts )

In other news, I am not watching this week's eps of Gaksital until I find out how the drama ends so, in case it ends badly, I will be prepared.

Speaking of Gaksital - being in both this and Five Fingers is doing Jin Se Yeon no favors because seeing her in two different dramas yet playing pretty much the same character highlights the limits of her range and skill. (Compare it to her Gaksital costar Joo Won - at one point I was watching him in both Gaksital and Ojakgyo Brothers and his two characters and he in the roles were vastly different). It also doesn't help that she is way outclassed by Choi Sira, Joo Ji Hoon and Ji Chang Wook. It kind of makes me wish that they got a more charismatic, experienced young actress with chops - someone like Jung So Min, Seo Woo or Im Joo Eun. I am sure I'll get over it once Gaksital is done though.
dangermousie: (Faith OTP by vierran45)


I think I figured out why I adore Faith so. It is pretty much a more adult, smarter version of Fushigi Yuugi, a manga/anime I was obsessed with years ago. Think about it - we have a cheerful heroine who has been transported from modern times to a violent fantasy world. This heroine loves to eat, is viewed as a divine symbol and the King requests her help. Her OTP is a deadly warrior with a tragic past who is beyond obsessed with protecting her. Oh, and the bad guy loves mind games, collects people with powers and has a slashtastic fixation on the hero. See? Fushigi Yuugi. Hopefully minus the death-toll.

Some caps and thoughts )

In other news, I am not watching this week's eps of Gaksital until I find out how the drama ends so, in case it ends badly, I will be prepared.

Speaking of Gaksital - being in both this and Five Fingers is doing Jin Se Yeon no favors because seeing her in two different dramas yet playing pretty much the same character highlights the limits of her range and skill. (Compare it to her Gaksital costar Joo Won - at one point I was watching him in both Gaksital and Ojakgyo Brothers and his two characters and he in the roles were vastly different). It also doesn't help that she is way outclassed by Choi Sira, Joo Ji Hoon and Ji Chang Wook. It kind of makes me wish that they got a more charismatic, experienced young actress with chops - someone like Jung So Min, Seo Woo or Im Joo Eun. I am sure I'll get over it once Gaksital is done though.
dangermousie: (Faith OTP by vierran45)


I think I figured out why I adore Faith so. It is pretty much a more adult, smarter version of Fushigi Yuugi, a manga/anime I was obsessed with years ago. Think about it - we have a cheerful heroine who has been transported from modern times to a violent fantasy world. This heroine loves to eat, is viewed as a divine symbol and the King requests her help. Her OTP is a deadly warrior with a tragic past who is beyond obsessed with protecting her. Oh, and the bad guy loves mind games, collects people with powers and has a slashtastic fixation on the hero. See? Fushigi Yuugi. Hopefully minus the death-toll.

Some caps and thoughts )

In other news, I am not watching this week's eps of Gaksital until I find out how the drama ends so, in case it ends badly, I will be prepared.

Speaking of Gaksital - being in both this and Five Fingers is doing Jin Se Yeon no favors because seeing her in two different dramas yet playing pretty much the same character highlights the limits of her range and skill. (Compare it to her Gaksital costar Joo Won - at one point I was watching him in both Gaksital and Ojakgyo Brothers and his two characters and he in the roles were vastly different). It also doesn't help that she is way outclassed by Choi Sira, Joo Ji Hoon and Ji Chang Wook. It kind of makes me wish that they got a more charismatic, experienced young actress with chops - someone like Jung So Min, Seo Woo or Im Joo Eun. I am sure I'll get over it once Gaksital is done though.
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
Our local Borders is one of the ones going out of business so I went there to pick over the remains. It was pretty well raided out but I did find five volumes of the Fushigi Yuugi (15-yr-old schoolgirl is transported to magic version of ancient China, must go on quest) omnibus volumes which means 15 regular volumes, at prices that were a steal.

Ah, FY. If you were around my LJ in 2005, you probably remember my obsession (probably it's what primed me for period cdramas, eventually. I even have my ideal version fantasy cdrama cast even if they all skew a bit older than teens :P). I also still love that story to bits in every respect - it has adventure, wall-to-wall angst, shipping to die for, and is very self-referential and tongue-in-cheek when needed.

Anyway, purchasing that made me rather nostalgic. I sort of want to rewatch the anime now but am a bit scared (one of the only two times I had hysterics watching a show involves FY and there were other scenes in it that left me a total wreck). So for now, I am going to satisfy myself by continuing with The Holy Pearl, a.k.a. the cdrama live-action take on Inuyasha, another one of 'modern girl goes through time to fantasy land.'

Have a MV for the secondary OTP from it. No idea who they are but they look cool.



Oh, and as a bonus, FY's opening credits. Oh, how I used to be obsessed with it.

dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
Our local Borders is one of the ones going out of business so I went there to pick over the remains. It was pretty well raided out but I did find five volumes of the Fushigi Yuugi (15-yr-old schoolgirl is transported to magic version of ancient China, must go on quest) omnibus volumes which means 15 regular volumes, at prices that were a steal.

Ah, FY. If you were around my LJ in 2005, you probably remember my obsession (probably it's what primed me for period cdramas, eventually. I even have my ideal version fantasy cdrama cast even if they all skew a bit older than teens :P). I also still love that story to bits in every respect - it has adventure, wall-to-wall angst, shipping to die for, and is very self-referential and tongue-in-cheek when needed.

Anyway, purchasing that made me rather nostalgic. I sort of want to rewatch the anime now but am a bit scared (one of the only two times I had hysterics watching a show involves FY and there were other scenes in it that left me a total wreck). So for now, I am going to satisfy myself by continuing with The Holy Pearl, a.k.a. the cdrama live-action take on Inuyasha, another one of 'modern girl goes through time to fantasy land.'

Have a MV for the secondary OTP from it. No idea who they are but they look cool.



Oh, and as a bonus, FY's opening credits. Oh, how I used to be obsessed with it.

dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
Our local Borders is one of the ones going out of business so I went there to pick over the remains. It was pretty well raided out but I did find five volumes of the Fushigi Yuugi (15-yr-old schoolgirl is transported to magic version of ancient China, must go on quest) omnibus volumes which means 15 regular volumes, at prices that were a steal.

Ah, FY. If you were around my LJ in 2005, you probably remember my obsession (probably it's what primed me for period cdramas, eventually. I even have my ideal version fantasy cdrama cast even if they all skew a bit older than teens :P). I also still love that story to bits in every respect - it has adventure, wall-to-wall angst, shipping to die for, and is very self-referential and tongue-in-cheek when needed.

Anyway, purchasing that made me rather nostalgic. I sort of want to rewatch the anime now but am a bit scared (one of the only two times I had hysterics watching a show involves FY and there were other scenes in it that left me a total wreck). So for now, I am going to satisfy myself by continuing with The Holy Pearl, a.k.a. the cdrama live-action take on Inuyasha, another one of 'modern girl goes through time to fantasy land.'

Have a MV for the secondary OTP from it. No idea who they are but they look cool.



Oh, and as a bonus, FY's opening credits. Oh, how I used to be obsessed with it.

dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)


One of my earlier and still one of my favorite (in the Top 3) anime is Fushigi Yuugi. FY is very famous but for those who don't know, FY is about a 15-year old high school candidate Miaka, a Japanese girl who ends up trapped in a magical and dangerous world of a book she finds by accident in a library. The world of the book is a fantasy take on ancient China and Miaka fits the description of a prophesied priestess (anyone coming through the book of the right age and gender would have worked) who is desperately needed. Can Miaka save the Kingdom in which she ended up by embarking on a dangerous quest and surrounded by seven "warriors of Suzaku" whose job is to protect her? Well, sit back and watch.

I adore FY beyond words. It has everything: hair-raising danger and adventure, a twisty plot, a heroine I like and generally a cast of characters I adore (Hotohori, Nuriko, Chichiri, Tasuki and of course Tamahome, are all among my fave anime characters, period). It has hilarious meta-comentary on itself (it pokes fun and comments on its own drama even as it indulges in the hugest melodrama imaginable), a cheeky sense of humor, even interesting things to say about the entire exerience in a meta way (yes).

But above all (is it any surprise knowing my tastes?), what I love in FY is my OTP: Miaka and Tamahome, who is one of the warriors of Suzaku. Tamahome is the first person Miaka meets in this odd new world. He rescues her from slavers, quite heroically and then...promptly demands payment for his services. From that point on, I knew I would love him. Miaka is brave, selfless, cheerful and strong-willed. She is also not the brightest bulb out there, a glutton, and can be very heedless. Tamahome is heroic and strong, but also money-obsessed and rough-around-the-edges, very 17-yr-old boy.

I ship Miaka/Tamahome quite desperately (but luckily for me, so did the author). They are so imposibly and star-crossedly in love and desperate about each other, and they face so many obstacles, starting from the fact that the Priestess is not supposed to be romantically or physically involved with anyone, and ending with the fact that she is a modern Japanese girl who can't give up her family and her life to live in a book, and he is a book character who cannot exist in her world. And there is the fact that even the successful completion of the quest is likely to leave her dead, and the fact that the chief bad guy, Nakago, who is powerful and smart, will stop at nothing to prevent her winning, not to mention has glommed onto Tamahome as some sort of bizarre emoional and physical guinea pig for breaking.

Anyway, they are pretty awesome. And the best part? FY gives us moments of high melodrama with them, but it also pokes fun at it at the same time. Perfect.

Here is a cool M/T vid I found (youtube has TONS, yay!). The song is super-over-dramatic, which fits just right :)



A word or two of warning if you plan to watch FY: (first a small one) it's an older anime and you can tell in the style (it was done around 1996, I think). That doesn't bother me, but it depends for you. And now a big one: FY is like a Bollywood movie in that it starts feather-light, all puns and fun and funniness and then gradually descends into heart-break territory. There have been episodes which made me cry, and I ended up literally bawling for eps near the end. Some of your very favorite characters may not make it. Do Miaka and Tamahome (separately and as a couple)? Seeing that the resolution of the story was one of my favorite anime moments ever, do you think I'll spoil you?...Of course. Just ask and I will :P

Oh, and another note, though I can't see this would be off-putting to anyone of my flist. There is a lot of slash, both subtext and text. Outside of yaoi and probably Peacemaker, this remains the most slash-friendly anime I've seen.

Another shippy vid )

If you want to read all my ravings about FY, I posted about it a lot. Here are all my posts. I probably have a 100 posts on the show, especially when I first watched it :)
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)


One of my earlier and still one of my favorite (in the Top 3) anime is Fushigi Yuugi. FY is very famous but for those who don't know, FY is about a 15-year old high school candidate Miaka, a Japanese girl who ends up trapped in a magical and dangerous world of a book she finds by accident in a library. The world of the book is a fantasy take on ancient China and Miaka fits the description of a prophesied priestess (anyone coming through the book of the right age and gender would have worked) who is desperately needed. Can Miaka save the Kingdom in which she ended up by embarking on a dangerous quest and surrounded by seven "warriors of Suzaku" whose job is to protect her? Well, sit back and watch.

I adore FY beyond words. It has everything: hair-raising danger and adventure, a twisty plot, a heroine I like and generally a cast of characters I adore (Hotohori, Nuriko, Chichiri, Tasuki and of course Tamahome, are all among my fave anime characters, period). It has hilarious meta-comentary on itself (it pokes fun and comments on its own drama even as it indulges in the hugest melodrama imaginable), a cheeky sense of humor, even interesting things to say about the entire exerience in a meta way (yes).

But above all (is it any surprise knowing my tastes?), what I love in FY is my OTP: Miaka and Tamahome, who is one of the warriors of Suzaku. Tamahome is the first person Miaka meets in this odd new world. He rescues her from slavers, quite heroically and then...promptly demands payment for his services. From that point on, I knew I would love him. Miaka is brave, selfless, cheerful and strong-willed. She is also not the brightest bulb out there, a glutton, and can be very heedless. Tamahome is heroic and strong, but also money-obsessed and rough-around-the-edges, very 17-yr-old boy.

I ship Miaka/Tamahome quite desperately (but luckily for me, so did the author). They are so imposibly and star-crossedly in love and desperate about each other, and they face so many obstacles, starting from the fact that the Priestess is not supposed to be romantically or physically involved with anyone, and ending with the fact that she is a modern Japanese girl who can't give up her family and her life to live in a book, and he is a book character who cannot exist in her world. And there is the fact that even the successful completion of the quest is likely to leave her dead, and the fact that the chief bad guy, Nakago, who is powerful and smart, will stop at nothing to prevent her winning, not to mention has glommed onto Tamahome as some sort of bizarre emoional and physical guinea pig for breaking.

Anyway, they are pretty awesome. And the best part? FY gives us moments of high melodrama with them, but it also pokes fun at it at the same time. Perfect.

Here is a cool M/T vid I found (youtube has TONS, yay!). The song is super-over-dramatic, which fits just right :)



A word or two of warning if you plan to watch FY: (first a small one) it's an older anime and you can tell in the style (it was done around 1996, I think). That doesn't bother me, but it depends for you. And now a big one: FY is like a Bollywood movie in that it starts feather-light, all puns and fun and funniness and then gradually descends into heart-break territory. There have been episodes which made me cry, and I ended up literally bawling for eps near the end. Some of your very favorite characters may not make it. Do Miaka and Tamahome (separately and as a couple)? Seeing that the resolution of the story was one of my favorite anime moments ever, do you think I'll spoil you?...Of course. Just ask and I will :P

Oh, and another note, though I can't see this would be off-putting to anyone of my flist. There is a lot of slash, both subtext and text. Outside of yaoi and probably Peacemaker, this remains the most slash-friendly anime I've seen.

Another shippy vid )

If you want to read all my ravings about FY, I posted about it a lot. Here are all my posts. I probably have a 100 posts on the show, especially when I first watched it :)
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)


One of my earlier and still one of my favorite (in the Top 3) anime is Fushigi Yuugi. FY is very famous but for those who don't know, FY is about a 15-year old high school candidate Miaka, a Japanese girl who ends up trapped in a magical and dangerous world of a book she finds by accident in a library. The world of the book is a fantasy take on ancient China and Miaka fits the description of a prophesied priestess (anyone coming through the book of the right age and gender would have worked) who is desperately needed. Can Miaka save the Kingdom in which she ended up by embarking on a dangerous quest and surrounded by seven "warriors of Suzaku" whose job is to protect her? Well, sit back and watch.

I adore FY beyond words. It has everything: hair-raising danger and adventure, a twisty plot, a heroine I like and generally a cast of characters I adore (Hotohori, Nuriko, Chichiri, Tasuki and of course Tamahome, are all among my fave anime characters, period). It has hilarious meta-comentary on itself (it pokes fun and comments on its own drama even as it indulges in the hugest melodrama imaginable), a cheeky sense of humor, even interesting things to say about the entire exerience in a meta way (yes).

But above all (is it any surprise knowing my tastes?), what I love in FY is my OTP: Miaka and Tamahome, who is one of the warriors of Suzaku. Tamahome is the first person Miaka meets in this odd new world. He rescues her from slavers, quite heroically and then...promptly demands payment for his services. From that point on, I knew I would love him. Miaka is brave, selfless, cheerful and strong-willed. She is also not the brightest bulb out there, a glutton, and can be very heedless. Tamahome is heroic and strong, but also money-obsessed and rough-around-the-edges, very 17-yr-old boy.

I ship Miaka/Tamahome quite desperately (but luckily for me, so did the author). They are so imposibly and star-crossedly in love and desperate about each other, and they face so many obstacles, starting from the fact that the Priestess is not supposed to be romantically or physically involved with anyone, and ending with the fact that she is a modern Japanese girl who can't give up her family and her life to live in a book, and he is a book character who cannot exist in her world. And there is the fact that even the successful completion of the quest is likely to leave her dead, and the fact that the chief bad guy, Nakago, who is powerful and smart, will stop at nothing to prevent her winning, not to mention has glommed onto Tamahome as some sort of bizarre emoional and physical guinea pig for breaking.

Anyway, they are pretty awesome. And the best part? FY gives us moments of high melodrama with them, but it also pokes fun at it at the same time. Perfect.

Here is a cool M/T vid I found (youtube has TONS, yay!). The song is super-over-dramatic, which fits just right :)



A word or two of warning if you plan to watch FY: (first a small one) it's an older anime and you can tell in the style (it was done around 1996, I think). That doesn't bother me, but it depends for you. And now a big one: FY is like a Bollywood movie in that it starts feather-light, all puns and fun and funniness and then gradually descends into heart-break territory. There have been episodes which made me cry, and I ended up literally bawling for eps near the end. Some of your very favorite characters may not make it. Do Miaka and Tamahome (separately and as a couple)? Seeing that the resolution of the story was one of my favorite anime moments ever, do you think I'll spoil you?...Of course. Just ask and I will :P

Oh, and another note, though I can't see this would be off-putting to anyone of my flist. There is a lot of slash, both subtext and text. Outside of yaoi and probably Peacemaker, this remains the most slash-friendly anime I've seen.

Another shippy vid )

If you want to read all my ravings about FY, I posted about it a lot. Here are all my posts. I probably have a 100 posts on the show, especially when I first watched it :)
dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
I. Note to self: Do not read 100% Perfect Girl manhwa while using public transport. You never know when you are going to come across a full-page panel of Jarte (our hero) taking a shower, while you are sitting next to an elderly grandpa. Purely a hypothetical, of course :D

II. Because I am planning a Fushigi Yuugi rewatch, here is a cool (Miaka/Tamahome-centric) vid.

AMV behind the cut )

It's funny, but even after all the anime I've watched since, two of my earliest anime, Trigun and Fushigi Yuugi, remain my number 1 and number 2 favorite animes, respectively. (Ouran High School Host Club snuck in at number 3, though I think a rewatch of Peacemaker might change that).

III. Fangirls. How you amuse me. This said, here are reasons drama fans sometimes creep me the hell out

Reasons drama fans sometimes creep me the hell out )

IV. "What this show doesn't understand is that a male's sexuality is SACRED!! It's a GIFT! A gift from GOD!! Or from the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I forget. Anyway, exploiting it is a sin against nature, and the people who worked on this show should be ASHAMED!!"

These: Links here )

are the best things ever on-line.

Go read them. NOW.

if you have ever seen Firefly or Serenity.

I laughed so hard I felt ill.

Also, I will never be able to call Mal anything but 'Magical Flower' now.

V. So, in addition to starting on Vampire Knight (watched first ep raw since I read the manga), I also watched and loved the first, subbed, ep of Itazura No Kiss (It Started with a Kiss) anime. The story is just as amusing as in the drama, but somehow is less OTT when animated :P

I bring you screencaps! And snark )

I am definitely keeping up with this one.

VI. Powerful Opponents starts next week. And I made a couple of caps from the bit from the drama they showed at the press conf. Yeah, I have no life.

Funniness here )

7. Also, Quiz )
dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
I. Note to self: Do not read 100% Perfect Girl manhwa while using public transport. You never know when you are going to come across a full-page panel of Jarte (our hero) taking a shower, while you are sitting next to an elderly grandpa. Purely a hypothetical, of course :D

II. Because I am planning a Fushigi Yuugi rewatch, here is a cool (Miaka/Tamahome-centric) vid.

AMV behind the cut )

It's funny, but even after all the anime I've watched since, two of my earliest anime, Trigun and Fushigi Yuugi, remain my number 1 and number 2 favorite animes, respectively. (Ouran High School Host Club snuck in at number 3, though I think a rewatch of Peacemaker might change that).

III. Fangirls. How you amuse me. This said, here are reasons drama fans sometimes creep me the hell out

Reasons drama fans sometimes creep me the hell out )

IV. "What this show doesn't understand is that a male's sexuality is SACRED!! It's a GIFT! A gift from GOD!! Or from the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I forget. Anyway, exploiting it is a sin against nature, and the people who worked on this show should be ASHAMED!!"

These: Links here )

are the best things ever on-line.

Go read them. NOW.

if you have ever seen Firefly or Serenity.

I laughed so hard I felt ill.

Also, I will never be able to call Mal anything but 'Magical Flower' now.

V. So, in addition to starting on Vampire Knight (watched first ep raw since I read the manga), I also watched and loved the first, subbed, ep of Itazura No Kiss (It Started with a Kiss) anime. The story is just as amusing as in the drama, but somehow is less OTT when animated :P

I bring you screencaps! And snark )

I am definitely keeping up with this one.

VI. Powerful Opponents starts next week. And I made a couple of caps from the bit from the drama they showed at the press conf. Yeah, I have no life.

Funniness here )

7. Also, Quiz )
dangermousie: (ISWAK first kiss by pinkfactory)
I. Note to self: Do not read 100% Perfect Girl manhwa while using public transport. You never know when you are going to come across a full-page panel of Jarte (our hero) taking a shower, while you are sitting next to an elderly grandpa. Purely a hypothetical, of course :D

II. Because I am planning a Fushigi Yuugi rewatch, here is a cool (Miaka/Tamahome-centric) vid.

AMV behind the cut )

It's funny, but even after all the anime I've watched since, two of my earliest anime, Trigun and Fushigi Yuugi, remain my number 1 and number 2 favorite animes, respectively. (Ouran High School Host Club snuck in at number 3, though I think a rewatch of Peacemaker might change that).

III. Fangirls. How you amuse me. This said, here are reasons drama fans sometimes creep me the hell out

Reasons drama fans sometimes creep me the hell out )

IV. "What this show doesn't understand is that a male's sexuality is SACRED!! It's a GIFT! A gift from GOD!! Or from the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I forget. Anyway, exploiting it is a sin against nature, and the people who worked on this show should be ASHAMED!!"

These: Links here )

are the best things ever on-line.

Go read them. NOW.

if you have ever seen Firefly or Serenity.

I laughed so hard I felt ill.

Also, I will never be able to call Mal anything but 'Magical Flower' now.

V. So, in addition to starting on Vampire Knight (watched first ep raw since I read the manga), I also watched and loved the first, subbed, ep of Itazura No Kiss (It Started with a Kiss) anime. The story is just as amusing as in the drama, but somehow is less OTT when animated :P

I bring you screencaps! And snark )

I am definitely keeping up with this one.

VI. Powerful Opponents starts next week. And I made a couple of caps from the bit from the drama they showed at the press conf. Yeah, I have no life.

Funniness here )

7. Also, Quiz )
dangermousie: (Eklavya: Saif Vidya)


So, to blab on:

You disappoint me, Evil Counsellor.

I kept hoping that with your squinty glare and abundant mustache, you could make our heroes' lives a living hell for at least a few episodes.

But I hate to point out to you, Sir, that your plot has holes the size of a truck at a demolishion derby.

(Oh, [livejournal.com profile] katranna, ep 6 is where the plot kicks in, with assassination attempts, coups, kidnappings and lots of swords).

In which I point out the folly of fictional character's ways, spoilers through ep 6 )

on Ryuuki and Shuurei and other fun things. Spoilers through ep 6 )

Cute screencaps )

I think, so far, even though the animation is prettier (as this is my newer) and Shuurei is much smarter than Miaka, I do prefer Fushigi Yuugi, because FY had that deliciously post-modern tongue-in-cheek vibe where it was poking fun and metaing on itself. And also, FY had a hell of a lot more angst. I can't see how they can top what happens to Tamahome's family in FY or the death-toll (not that I want them too, one day bawling is enough).

It is, however, utterly awesome.
dangermousie: (Eklavya: Saif Vidya)


So, to blab on:

You disappoint me, Evil Counsellor.

I kept hoping that with your squinty glare and abundant mustache, you could make our heroes' lives a living hell for at least a few episodes.

But I hate to point out to you, Sir, that your plot has holes the size of a truck at a demolishion derby.

(Oh, [livejournal.com profile] katranna, ep 6 is where the plot kicks in, with assassination attempts, coups, kidnappings and lots of swords).

In which I point out the folly of fictional character's ways, spoilers through ep 6 )

on Ryuuki and Shuurei and other fun things. Spoilers through ep 6 )

Cute screencaps )

I think, so far, even though the animation is prettier (as this is my newer) and Shuurei is much smarter than Miaka, I do prefer Fushigi Yuugi, because FY had that deliciously post-modern tongue-in-cheek vibe where it was poking fun and metaing on itself. And also, FY had a hell of a lot more angst. I can't see how they can top what happens to Tamahome's family in FY or the death-toll (not that I want them too, one day bawling is enough).

It is, however, utterly awesome.
dangermousie: (Eklavya: Saif Vidya)


So, to blab on:

You disappoint me, Evil Counsellor.

I kept hoping that with your squinty glare and abundant mustache, you could make our heroes' lives a living hell for at least a few episodes.

But I hate to point out to you, Sir, that your plot has holes the size of a truck at a demolishion derby.

(Oh, [livejournal.com profile] katranna, ep 6 is where the plot kicks in, with assassination attempts, coups, kidnappings and lots of swords).

In which I point out the folly of fictional character's ways, spoilers through ep 6 )

on Ryuuki and Shuurei and other fun things. Spoilers through ep 6 )

Cute screencaps )

I think, so far, even though the animation is prettier (as this is my newer) and Shuurei is much smarter than Miaka, I do prefer Fushigi Yuugi, because FY had that deliciously post-modern tongue-in-cheek vibe where it was poking fun and metaing on itself. And also, FY had a hell of a lot more angst. I can't see how they can top what happens to Tamahome's family in FY or the death-toll (not that I want them too, one day bawling is enough).

It is, however, utterly awesome.
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
(inspired by [livejournal.com profile] egelantier).

After all the anime I've seen, Fushigi Yuugi is still one of my favorites. (Second favorite after Trigun in fact). I wrote extensively about it when I first watched it, but surprisingly, after two or so years, my love for it is just as strong.

FY is the story of a 15 year old Japanese schoolgirl, Miaka, who ends up in the world created by a supernatural book, a world rather closely resembling medieval China. This is also a world in turmoil and Miaka ends up becoming a Priestess of Suzaku and going on a dangerous quest, meeting a whole bunch of neat characters, from hot guys to evil monsters, and oh yeah, trying to still study for her entrance exams. And of course, there is always the question of what happens to the chosen Priestess once the quest is over, and also of how to reconcile Miaka's realness, her desire to return to the real world and her family to her love for Tamahome, one of the warriors who protects her, and who can clearly exist only inside a book.

FY is the story that somehow touches on so many archetypal themes (there is a reason why it's so successful): growing up (is this fantastic world Miaka's last gasp for fantasticness of childhood), quest-logic, sacrifice, love, friendship etc. It is chock-full of everything I love in stories: dangerous journeys, fights to the death, humor, star-crossed love, and above all, awesome characters. I adore Miaka herself (I don't care how unpopular that makes me :P) who is not the sharpest crayon in the box but is unfailingly cheerful, effectively pushy, and very good-hearted. Tamahome is my anime boyfriend, no ifs or buts. He is my favorite anime character ever, and I love that he is both someone who can make me swoon at his love or heroism, yet he is not this rarified perfect knight, but demonstrably a 17 year old boy, with all of a boy's awkwardness, and with a hot temper, and a greedy streak, and roughness. And it's not just Miaka and Tamahome themselves. I love so many characters: the self-absorbed yet noble Hotohori, Drama Queen Nuriko, the rough and funny Tasuki etc etc.

And one thing I love almost more than anything is the self-referential humor. With few exceptions (such as Miaka post her belief she was raped), the anime laughs at some of its melodrama/heroic fantasy conventions at the same time as making them irresistable. I watch so many dramas/anime on a dual level, my inner 14 year old swooning, and my outser 29-year old lovingly mocking. It is rare to find an anime that does this with you.

Anyway, I started a rewatch some time back but then got sidetracked. Need to pick it up again. And it still has the best ending of any anime I've seen. My hands literally went to my mouth and I ended up crying and smiling at the same time.
dangermousie: (FY: Tamahome red by jadeicons)
(inspired by [livejournal.com profile] egelantier).

After all the anime I've seen, Fushigi Yuugi is still one of my favorites. (Second favorite after Trigun in fact). I wrote extensively about it when I first watched it, but surprisingly, after two or so years, my love for it is just as strong.

FY is the story of a 15 year old Japanese schoolgirl, Miaka, who ends up in the world created by a supernatural book, a world rather closely resembling medieval China. This is also a world in turmoil and Miaka ends up becoming a Priestess of Suzaku and going on a dangerous quest, meeting a whole bunch of neat characters, from hot guys to evil monsters, and oh yeah, trying to still study for her entrance exams. And of course, there is always the question of what happens to the chosen Priestess once the quest is over, and also of how to reconcile Miaka's realness, her desire to return to the real world and her family to her love for Tamahome, one of the warriors who protects her, and who can clearly exist only inside a book.

FY is the story that somehow touches on so many archetypal themes (there is a reason why it's so successful): growing up (is this fantastic world Miaka's last gasp for fantasticness of childhood), quest-logic, sacrifice, love, friendship etc. It is chock-full of everything I love in stories: dangerous journeys, fights to the death, humor, star-crossed love, and above all, awesome characters. I adore Miaka herself (I don't care how unpopular that makes me :P) who is not the sharpest crayon in the box but is unfailingly cheerful, effectively pushy, and very good-hearted. Tamahome is my anime boyfriend, no ifs or buts. He is my favorite anime character ever, and I love that he is both someone who can make me swoon at his love or heroism, yet he is not this rarified perfect knight, but demonstrably a 17 year old boy, with all of a boy's awkwardness, and with a hot temper, and a greedy streak, and roughness. And it's not just Miaka and Tamahome themselves. I love so many characters: the self-absorbed yet noble Hotohori, Drama Queen Nuriko, the rough and funny Tasuki etc etc.

And one thing I love almost more than anything is the self-referential humor. With few exceptions (such as Miaka post her belief she was raped), the anime laughs at some of its melodrama/heroic fantasy conventions at the same time as making them irresistable. I watch so many dramas/anime on a dual level, my inner 14 year old swooning, and my outser 29-year old lovingly mocking. It is rare to find an anime that does this with you.

Anyway, I started a rewatch some time back but then got sidetracked. Need to pick it up again. And it still has the best ending of any anime I've seen. My hands literally went to my mouth and I ended up crying and smiling at the same time.

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