Fushigi Yugi

(The Mysterious Play)

Distributor: Geneon Animation
[Fushigi Yugi]
This is the story of a girl, who made her dreams come true after she came to possess the seven stars of Suzaku, and many powers were bestowed upon her. The story itself is a spell. The one who reads it through will be given the powers and granted a wish like the girl in the story. Because... the story begins and becomes real... The moment the first page is turned.
TV Series: 52 episodes

Average Rating

Average Ratings: 67
Number of Review Sites: 12
Above Average

Review Links

"This isn't usually my sort of anime, but it was good enough to keep me interested..."
Akemi's Anime World (Marc Marshall) - 3 (out of 5)

Vol. 1-3 - "... a highly intoxicating mix of action, romance, and comedy."
Anime Jump! (Mike Toole) - 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)

"... many will find the author's preference for humor, even in the midst of tragedy, quite painful and cheapening of the whole experience. "
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - watchable

Vol. 2 - Read the review
Anime News Network (Carlo Santos) - B-

Vol. 1 - "...a good series and one I'm enjoying a great deal." (Chris Beveridge) - A
Vol. 2 - "Very entertaining and easily recommended." (Chris Beveridge) - A-
Anime on DVD

"What can I say except WOW."
Animetric (Rowena Lim Lei) - 5 stars (out of 5)

Vol. 2 - Read the review (Don Houston) - 2 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 5 - Read the review (Todd Douglass Jr.) - 4 stars (out of 5)
DVD Talk

Vol. 2 - "Part teen romance, part historical epic, part fantasy action, Fushigi Yugi tramples into practically every single anime genre, except one: good anime." (Adam Arseneau) - 56 (out of 100)
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Adam Arseneau) - 59 (out of 100)
DVD Verdict

"A storyline like [Fushigi Yugi] deserves way better than flat frame rates, muddy coloring, and overall shoddy worksmanship ... and entire episodes are composed of nothing but flashback stock footage ... it can't be a classic, by a long shot."
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Christina Ross) - 3 stars (out of 5)

Ep. 1 - Read the review (Akio Nagatomi) - 2 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 2 - "Despite its low production values, the incredibly well-timed use of SD characterisations, slap-stick comedy and right-on-the-mark delivery made this one of the most enjoyable shows I've watched this year." (Akio Nagatomi) - 4 stars (out of 5)
The Anime Cafe

"...can probably best be described as The Neverending Story meets El-Hazard."
The Anime Critic (Pete Harcoff) - 4 stars (out of 5)

Vol. 1 - "FUSHIGI YUGI doesn't have a great first episode…however, the second episode picks up…by the end of the fourth episode, I was hooked."
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - A-