Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

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Pretear

Pretear

Awayuki Himeno is a normal schoolgirl who is in a bind: her father’s remarriage yielded two new cruel stepsisters, and to top it off, she meets seven men who call themselves Liefe Knights. They reveal to her that she's a Pretear, someone who can lend powers to them when their powers aren’t enough to defeat the evil creatures called mayouchuu. Now, she has to fight the ambitious Fenrir, whose only purpose is to leech the life force from all living beings. Can Himeno save the world and find a way to deal with her growing feelings for one of the Liefe Knights?

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kamirura kamirura says...

Brought to another world and caught up in a known story...... Just like Miaka is trapped into another world the girl in this series is too. Himeno is trapped in another world and ends up pretty much like Miaka. She falls in love with a character of the story just like Miaka. This is another wonderful romance series, and you better check it out if you liked Fushigi Yuugi.

Nanashi Nanashi says...

When seven soldiers come knocking at her door, Himeno is suddenly thrust into the role of being Pretear. Hmm...seven soldiers fighting with one chosen girl to defeat evil? Where have I heard this storyline before? Reguardless, it is a storyline that I enjoy in countless renditions and fans of Fushigi Yuugi should pick up on the story of Pretear very quickly and enjoy it as I did.

mimiguille mimiguille says...

Both heroines in Fushigi Yugi and Pretear have a partner who has a cold and grumpy facade but actually is very warm and gentle at their core . Both guys harsh most of the time to the heroines. So if you like that love-hate relationship where the heroine is often times the one who comes out stupid (^__^), careless and very cute/charming, I recommend these series.

lllbisouslll lllbisouslll says...

I think Fushigi Yugi and Pretear are very similar, minus the time travel element I suppose. Attractive boys protect a girl with undiscovered abilities, and there is a girl who is willing to rise to the occasion.

SailorStarDancer SailorStarDancer says...

These two anime are the same in the basic structure; characters transcend worlds, and everyday girls accept responsibilities and become extraordinary heroines. Both Miaka and Himeno have that off-beat character design that makes them achieve for goals we see aren't in reach; for instance Himeno's existence in the upper class family and Miaka's entrance into an elite high school. Then, we see them becoming lovely maidens with servants to help and be protected by. And of course, the love affair between servant and master is always a juicy one.

rosedyedred92 rosedyedred92 says...

Both animes have a heroine who is asked to take on a responsibility to save the world. In both animes, the heroine has many people that assist her (all males) of whom she wouldn't be able to accomplish her mission without. Both animes also have a romance between the heroine and a member of the group assisting her, though in Fushigi Yuugi the romance is more defined and goes further.

chamomille chamomille says...

Both anime are about a girl who tries to save the world with the help of several friends. They are both well animated. Bothseries combine romance, fun, magic and action.They follow really about the same progression, although Pretear is too short to be as developed as Fushigi Yugi.

mahpara mahpara says...

Pretear and Fushigi Yugi are similar in many ways:

  • Both are based on a female lead who fiqures out there feelings throughout the storyline
  • Both females are selected as some sort of Priestess/fighter and have 7 warriors/knights to protect them
  • They allow strong emotions such as love, anger, sadness, and betrayal to merge together

Throughout the anime, I also had the gut feeling that both of these animes were alike. I believe that if you like one of these, you will definitely like the other.

GrnEydDvl GrnEydDvl says...

The style of each show is the same in that they are shojo-type romances full of action and adventure.  They also throw a normal, high school girl into a magical setting where she is the "chosen one" destined to complete a mission that will save people from destruction.  They are also both reverse harem shows with all the love traingles that go with them.  The main characters in both shows are very similar: clumsy, brave when they need to be, dedicated to their mission, and just a little more dedicated to getting the guy they want.  The villians in each are similar too-no one really wants to hurt them because they are not who they seem to be.  Overall the shows had a very similar feel and if you liked one I really think you will like the other. 

MikaShinigami MikaShinigami says...

Fushigi Yuugi was honestly an amazing show, yes, it might have been girly but each character had screen time and there were so many emotional parts. Pretear is similar, in the way there's a lot of guys and one girl but it, too, has a different touch on your feelings. If you enjoyed watching either, then you should watch the other . It'll be an enriching anime experience <3 8D 

Saiunkoku Monogatari

Saiunkoku Monogatari

In an ancient and mythological land called Saiunkoku, the people have begun to recover from a period of war and famine; thus, when an official from the imperial court offers the impoverished and beautiful Shuurei more money than she could ever dream of in return for a favor, she jumps at the chance. What she doesn’t count on, however, is being asked to become a concubine to the recluse Emperor and help him transform into a better leader. What’s more, the Emperor shows little intelligence, seems to have no interest in ruling, and is rumored to prefer men. One thing’s for certain: Shuurei has her work cut out for her!

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xxshadow xxshadow says...

Both Saiunkoku and Fushigi have historical settings, even though they take place in different worlds. Both main characters are headstrong feminists who are surrounded by bishonens.

Canal Canal says...

Both FY and SM take place in a country that is similar to ancient China. The main heroines do their best to help the people of this country and they're surrounded by many handsome guys, including the emperor himself.

yukichii yukichii says...

Both stories center around a girl who can save the country. The characters and their relations are very similar. I should tell you that there are many bishounen characters in these series. The stories are very well developed as well in both. I felt like Alice in Wonderland while watching these series, so I think you'll like this anime a lot too if you liked FY.

xoSushi xoSushi says...

If you liked Saiunkoku Monogatari, then you'll like Fushigi Yugi The Mysterious Play. The settings are almost the same, and the characters are somewhat similar to each other. It's also a reverse harem, where there are lots of boys falling for one girl.

kamuriakane kamuriakane says...

The heroines in Fushigi Yugi and Saiunkoku Monogatari become more than they believe possible with the help of some very pretty bishonen men. In a fantasy world that resembles ancient China, a young girl is called upon to help save the country from destruction. In addition to the similar story, they both share many of the same top-notch seiyuu!

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

Similar ancient Chinese setting, both reverse harems and they have similar "feel" to them. Only Fushigi Yugi was dubbed all the way through, however.

lewcuifang lewcuifang says...

both stories have a female who was aided by lots of bishounen in their quest in a historical setting 

Kyo Kara Maoh!

Kyo Kara Maoh!

Upon trying to save a friend from bullies, Shibuya Yuuri finds his head in the unlikeliest of places -- the toilet. Like a flash, Yuuri is then inadvertently sucked in, transporting him somewhere else! In this unfamiliar world of flying skeletons and magic, he is informed by a group called the Mazoku that he is to be the next Maou -- ruler of the kingdom! With harrowing and embarassing situations ahead, can our hero swallow his pride and lead a war against the common people when he can't even tell the difference between a slap in the face and a marriage proposal?

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RG RG says...

Both Kyou Kara Maou! and Fushigi Yuugi tend to have an ordinary teenager enter a strange world where they end up having loyal warriors/servants at their side.

crimsoneyes crimsoneyes says...

Both the main characters, Miaka and Yuri, are taken into another world where they are offered a very important role of helping to protect the country. Both of them have romance, comedy and action. If you like one, you're bound to like the other.

Shirono Shirono says...

Fushigi Yuugi and Kyo Kara Maoh follow the adventures of a youth who falls into another world of which they are an important figure. In FY, Miaka is a high Priestess and in KKM, Yuri is a Demon King. Both are about the protagonist journey into adulthood and growing of character as they come to navigate their new, foreign world. Both are on the comedic side with their serious moments, and feature legions of bishounen for the girls to oogle at.

KiraRin KiraRin says...

All throughout Fushigi I felt myself reminiscing back to Kyou Kara Maoh. The main character being thrust into an unknown world and into a position of power from their usual highschool setting.KKM is funny. KKM is *very* funny. This is what carries the series through, keeping you laughing all the way. FY instead has comedic moments, but also seems to confuse genres and suddenly turn very dark with a moralistic story.However, the stories are very similar and I definitely think FY fans would like KKM, although maybe not so much in the other direction. Always worth a look though ^^

AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

A seemingly ordinary Japanese student gets swept away into another world, filled with beautiful scenery, magic and colorful characters to help along the way as said student is given a position of great importance and sets out to save the world. That's the story of both Kyo Kara Maoh! and Fushigi Yugi. We can forgive the overused plots devices simply because the series are both so much fun to watch. The stories are well written and properly thought out and the mix of comedy and drama is well balenced. Fans of high fantasy especially will most likely enjoy both shows (and their accompanying manga).

darkside90 darkside90 says...

While Fushigi Yugi holds more of a romantic hold as well as a female lead, it is very similar to Kyo Kara Maoh.

-The main reasons they are similar is: stranger in a new world (also they do go back and forth between worlds).

-Main character has similar character devolopment.

-Main character surrounded by loyal subjects.

-Similar vibe

Note that Fushigi is a bit more driven towards female audiance however the male audiance will also find it spectacular if given a chance. It is also more of a controlled fantasy while Kyo Kara Maoh has more fantasy-elements.

Both are animes that need to be taken with a open mind and allow the characters of the story to be flawed but unique and enjoyable.

Yona of the Dawn

Yona of the Dawn

King Il of Kouka, a land said in legends to have been founded by four dragons, has only one remaining heir, a daughter named Yona. She lives a happy life in the palace with her cousin Soo-won, who she loves in spite of her father's opposition to them marrying. Her life is turned upside down when Soo-won murders her father and steals the throne. Yona, with her childhood friend and bodyguard Hak, must retreat to gather allies and reclaim her place as ruler of the kingdom.

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AnnaSartin AnnaSartin says...

These series have a lot in common. Fantasy, drama, romance, tragedy, war and a cast of memorable characters. In a world resembling ancient China that is governed by four gods, a long-haired pretty-boy emperor causes a young maiden to go on a journey seeking powerful warriors chosen by the gods to come to her aid and save the nation. That's the basic story for both shows, although in Yona's case the cause of her journey was very tragic. The creater of Fushigi Yugi was inspired by her love for the Three Kingdoms Era of ancient China (which the environment and garments worn by the characters in Fushigi Yugi reflects) while Yona's creater was inspired by the Three Kingdoms Period of ancient Korea, but both shows tend to have a similar feel. 

Tempey Tempey says...

Two of my favorite anime :) reverse harems with strong female leads and characters you can get attached to :)

kisuitha kisuitha says...

The first thing that came to my mind when watching the first episode of Yona was Fushigi Yugi. They have a similar vibe in style. Both are reserve harem. Some of the characters even look kinda of similar. (Hak-Tamahome and Soo-Won-Hotohori)Both of the female leads are in search of strong warriors.They also have a serious/emotitional plot with a touch of humour.

zlancs zlancs says...

They are both set in an alternate universe and the personalities are very similar in both character and setting. 'Powers' are involved.

LadyFate LadyFate says...

Similar fantasy plot elements, as the main character is searching for special "warriors" to help her accomplish a goal. I have long since been a fan of Fushigi Yugi, but Yona of the Dawn arguably has a stronger female lead, and is less romantically dramatic and more historical. If you enjoy one, you would probably enjoy the other.

El-Hazard: The Magnificent World

El-Hazard: The Magnificent World

Ever been mistaken for a member of the opposite sex? For Makoto, this embarassing situation becomes reality when he and two classmates are inadvertently transported to a magical world full of castles, royalty, and giant armored bugs. There, he is mistaken for Fatora, a missing princess, and quickly becomes entangled in a seven day quest to find her, all the while fending off female advances and trying to clear his name!

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sothis sothis says...

El Hazard is another fantasy series, with far less cheese and more comedy. No cries of "Tamahome!!!" every 2.5 seconds, although, a villian character who is almost as annoying ;)

kamirura kamirura says...

Tasukete!! hehe El Hazard is another humoristic and cute love story with alot of magic and dramatic sequences. Just like Fushigi Yuugi two girls is warped to another world and has to save the kingdom from falling appart. And the way there is not that easy trust me. As they say it's easier sad than done. A series filled with fantasy and love so if you enjoyed El hazard be sure to check out Fushigi Yuugi

miaka miaka says...

If you did like Fushigi Yûgi then you should see El Hazard. both got this travel to a nother world story and two classmates fighting eatchother (FY = best friends, ELH = rivales in school too). both series is filled with magic and while the characters are traveling in the fantasy world they meet alot of new fiends that come along the way. in El Hazard there is a boy that have the main character while in Fushigi yûgi there is a girl that tarvels to this fantasy world. In fushigi Yûgi the girl comes alone to the fantasy world or have to disscover the world alone, when in El Hazard the boy comes with alot of people from school.

Prettykitty20034 Prettykitty20034 says...

These are both stories about school kids being transferred to another realm. There are a few other similarities as well, such as the cheesy humor, the warrior woman/dude entourage, and the animation style. If you really liked one, the other is worth a watch.