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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: 175
  • 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. #7

By Mike Dungan     August 23, 2005
Release Date: July 16, 2005

Fushigi Yugi - The Mysterious Play Vol. #7
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
After dealing with the Genbu, our heroes come across the Byakko warriors and Miaka's love is tested again. On top of that, the Seiryu Seven show up and now Chiriko must stand up and show what it means to be a warrior of Suzaku! If things don't go well, Seiryu will be summoned and all of their pain and suffering will be for naught. What would they do then? Return to the real world...?

The Review!
Warriors of Suzaku, Seiryu, Byakko and Genbu are all dying under the machinations of Nakago. Only Chichiri has a clue to what his ultimate goal is.

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. As with all the previous volumes, the opening credits are in English, and the ending credits are all in Japanese.

The Seiryu twins of Suboshi and Amiboshi make the cover of volume seven, wearing blue against a field of yellow. The back cover is simply the rest of the image extended across the opening of the DVD case, rather than the spine. The back cover features a full listing of the episode numbers and titles, with technical details across the bottom. The inside cover shows Yui in her rather sexy ceremonial garb she wears for summoning Seiryu. The insert features the same image on the front, and character info for Tomo and Miboshi on the back. Open it up, and it's the full image of the front and back covers. It all looks quite nice and well in keeping with the style of the previous volumes.

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)
Miaka is now firmly under the illusion spell of Tomo of the Seiryu Seven. He knows that Miaka wasn't raped by Nakago, so he's decided to do the job himself by making her believe she's back home and he is her boyfriend. But Amiboshi is able to help out his former enemy in time. Tamahome has been found by his former master of the martial arts, who it turns out was one of the Byakko Seven more than 90 years ago. He remembers when the Priestess of Byakko, a young woman from Miaka's world, came to their world, and summoned Byakko. Her wish was to remain in the Universe of the Four Gods with Tatara, a warrior of Byakko she had fallen in love with, but it was the one wish Byakko could not grant. Knowing the pain of their parting, he warns Tamahome to break up with Miaka now before it's too late.
Back in Miaka's world, Miaka's brother and a friend of his are researching the Universe of the Four Gods, and discover the identity of the Priestess of Byakko is still alive. With the help of several people who believe in the book, the find her just in time to learn just how strong the power of love really is.
Back in the book, the breakup is short lived as Miaka finds the second Shinzaho being guarded by Tatara himself. Unfortunately, Yui and Nakago are also there, and Miaka is captured. The Suzaku warriors are confronted by the head of the monastery where the Shinzaho is hidden. He appears to be a child, but is actually a member of the Seiryu Seven. He has the ability to summon demons, and to transfer into the bodies of other people. Which he does, taking over one of the Suzaku warriors. It's a struggle to the death, and an especially painful one to watch.
It's all for nothing, though, as Yui summons Seiryu and is granted three wishes. With Nakago firmly in control of her, he launches a full-scale war on Konan. With no powers and an army one-third the size of Kutou's, the Suzaku warriors go into battle. When Yui sees Miaka with Tamahome on the battle field, she uses her powers to send her and Miaka back home, so she can finally break up Miaka and Tamahome. It doesn't quite work that way, though, as somehow, Tamahome is brought to Miaka's world as well.

In Summary:
I'm a big fan of Yuu Watase's sprawling romantic fantasy set in ancient China, so it's no wonder I'm enjoying the anime based on it. The storyline stays very faithful to the manga. Of course, for those that have read the manga, that means there aren't any surprises in store. And yet, it's still gripping drama. I find myself on the edge of my seat more than a few times, and there are some genuinely laugh-out-loud funny moments. It's a good thing the story is so captivating, because there's nothing else here to keep you entertained. No extras at all. Not even a list of the voice actors in either language. This is about as bare-bones as a release gets. But because I find it highly rewatchable, I still consider it good value for money.

Japanese 2.0 Language,English 2.0 Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
NEC CT-2510A TV, Pioneer 440 codefree DVD player


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