Monday, May 19, 2014

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden


In my opinion Watase Yuu is one of the best Shoujo mangaka out there even her work is not as popular as Rumiko Sensei. Just now i finished some of my past backlog which is Genbu Kaiden which is the prequel of Fushigi Yuugi. Overall Genbu Kaiden is not perfect in everything but got very good romance and you can see how Watase Yuu's writing matured over time. Simply to say if the original Fushigi Yuugi got the happy ending then Genbu Kaiden had even better romance in the series by far. As the prequel of the Fushigi Yuugi, Genbu Kaiden tells about the story about the journey of Genbu Miko who is the first out of four Celestial beast Miko summoned to book world in the Kingdom of Hokan. As the first Fushigi Yuugi story had laid out, Takiko the Genbu Miko's life ends in her journey but ended in very meaningful one, without her i don't think the other 3 Mikos are able to fulfill their role.

Takiko probably the best Miko in the Fushigi Yuugi by far since she is not wishy washy as Miaka or Yui. Her romance with Rimudo is very beautiful one because their love is so pure that it moves the heart of their people and captivate the reader. Watase Yuu laid out "Mono no Aware" part in Genbu Kaiden really well which is the primary reason why the story feels very memorable even it is short especially for the romance part. It is a rarity to see a Shoujo manga with such pure love and this alone makes Genbu Kaiden a very good title in this genre. Shortly after i read Genbu Kaiden, i gave Fushigi Yuugi a reread and frankly speaking it turns out very different than what i imagined mainly due to Miaka with her immaturity. I will be looking forward to the Byakko Kaiden which is said to be planned for next year and i believe Watase Yuu sensei would be able to pull it off just as good as Genbu Kaiden.

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