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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: B-
- Packaging Rating: A-
- Menus Rating: A
- Extras Rating: N/A
- Age Rating: 13 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 24.98
- Running time: 150
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play
Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play Vol. #6
By Mike Dungan
August 19, 2005
Release Date: May 17, 2005
What They Say
Illusion and doubt plague the recovery efforts for the Shinzaho of Genbu. Both ancient warriors and the deceitful methods of the Seiryu Seven have our heroes struggling to discover the truth while ensnared in this tapestry of lies. However, the unshakable devotion of Miaka and Tamahome combined with the surprise assistance of one long thought dead are able to find the light - at least temporarily.The Review!
In the sixth volume of Fushigi Yugi, sex becomes a weapon both for and against our heroes.
The sound quality is good, if not spectacular. Both the Japanese and English dubs are getting on in years, but they make up in charm what they might miss in technical sophistication. The Japanese dub sounds just a bit muffled, as if the audio came from a video tape. The English is clearer, probably due to its more recent vintage.
The video quality stands up quite well. The colors are beautiful and lush, employing a lot of softer earth-tones that illustrate the fantasy setting of this mythical ancient China very well. There are still some minor instances of scratches or dust on the video, but it's hardly noticeable.
The Emperor Hotohori graces the front cover. It's a rather unusual choice, since he doesn't even appear in this volume. It's half of a larger image which continues on the back cover and features Miaka in a beautiful Chinese gown. However, the image is not split at the spine, but at the case opening. It means that if you take the cover out of the case and look at it, the right half of the image is on the left, and the left side is one the right. Odd. The inside cover is an image of Nakago and Tamahome. The insert is a foldout. On the front is the image of Nakago from the inside cover, and on the back is character info for two of the Genbu Seven; Tomite and Hikitsu. Inside it is the full image of Hotohori and Miaka that is split on the front and back covers.
The menu is beautifully designed, making full use of the ancient China motif. Episodes are accessed right on the main page, with a scene access menu if one
prefers it. There are no animations, making load time quick and painless, and no music to annoy you if you can't get to your remote in time. It's easily navigated and is an excellent example of less is more.
There are no extras.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the death of a Suzaku warrior in the previous volume, the remaining warriors and Miaka must continue their quest to recover the Shinzaho. With it, they will be able to summon Suzaku and grant Miaka her wish. A difficult trial awaits Miaka when the finally reach their goal, however. But as soon as they get it, they lose it. Miaka is told by the old priestess that there is one way to get the Shinzaho back from Nakago. Sex. If she were to have sex with him, it would affect his chi enough for her to get it back. Unfortunately, he's aware of it and traps her. Tamahome's rage at what happens to Miaka leads him to exhibit some extraordinary new powers, enough to get even Nakago's attention. Miaka, horrified at what's happened to her, can barely speak to Tamahome. It was her decision to go to Nakago and sleep with him, and her shame and guilt is overwhelming. Even with Tamahome's understanding and love, she can't face him and runs away. She's found by an old adversary who seems to have lost his memory, and now lives with and old couple who treats him as their own child.
Meanwhile, the rest of the warriors are lost in the desert, living in a fantasy world created by Tomo, one of the Seiryu Seven and a master of illusions. Using Soi, another of the Seiryu Seven and Nakago's bedmate as bait, he lures Tamahome into believing that she is Miaka. Soi's intent is to drug Tamahome, sleep with him, and steal his chi. Tomo also has an illusion prepared for Miaka, where she's at home and going to school with Yui and the boy she likes is confessing his love to her. Miaka must overcome this illusion before she can continue on her journey to summon Suzaku. And to do that, Tamahome is going to have to rely on an old enemy to defeat Tomo and Soi.
Sex, and especially rape, becomes the focus of these six episodes. Sex as a tool for recovery, sex as a tool for gaining power, sex as a tool to drive people apart. Everything but sex for love. Considering the subject matter and the surprising amount of nudity, the 13 and up rating may actually be a bit too low for this volume. There are some very powerful moments in this volume, with Miaka dealing not only with what's happened to her, but the decision she made that led to it. With the rest of the Suzaku warriors lost in the desert, Miaka and Tamahome are much more in the spotlight. Nakago's plans are getting more and more cruel, and Yui's heart is getting more and more cold. In many ways, this may be the most disturbing volume of Fushigi Yugi yet.
Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles
NEC CT-2510A TV, Pioneer 440 codefree DVD player