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Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.
The characters in Fruits Basket and Fushigi Yugi, with their different personalities, are unforgettable. Fruits Basket deals with the twelve animals of the zodiac and the curse placed upon them, while Fushigi Yugi is a story of a priestess who is trying to find the seven Celestial warriors to unlock the power to save Konan. The heroines of the series, Tohru (Fruits Basket) and Miaka (Fushigi Yugi), both have similar personalities to one another. Both series also have surprisingly sad moments and a dramatic plot line that explores the characters' pasts.
Honestly, I'm kind of surprised this isn't a more popular recommendation for each other. Perhaps it's just a gut feeling one then. I found these two shows, not similar in plot, but very similar in their methods of creating character depth and development. Though they are both reverse harem shows- looking beyond the group of bishies that surround each heroine you see that they are much more than just eye candy for the shoujo audience. These two shows sport complex characters and relationships that if you appreciated in one you will also enjoy in the other.
Fushigi yugi and fruits basket go together really well.
They're both fantasy, and they both have the single female hero, who, with the help of her friends, discovers a world of magic, mystery, and curses.
The romance in both is very close, both heros have at least 2 love interests, a little hint of gender bending, and even some fight scenes in each one.
If you like one, I definatley reccomend the other!
Both stories involve a female character influencing the lives of many people in a better way by changing cold hearts into loving ones.Fushigi Yuugi changes the world she is sent to while Tohru changes the Sohma family.
In ancient medieval Japan, the people are oppressed by a brutal emperor and his four children, with no hope for the future… until the prophet Nagi proclaimed that a child born on a day would be their savior. Twins were born that day, a boy, Tatara, raised from birth to be Japan’s savior, and a girl, Sarasa. This is her story: a story of great personal loss, tragic romance, and a resilient unbreakable will.
If you liked Fushigi Yuugi, but thought the romance too often verged on the saccharine... if you believe that the most moving moment of Fushigi Yuugi was its most unexpected death... if you thought the characterization was slower and shallower than it could have been... Try Legend of Basara. Fushigi Yuugi, with a better romance, a better plot, and a whole lot less comedy.
A story of lovers in the old China... Lovers created by fate.. If you liked the cute love between Miaka and Tamahome. Basara contains alot of cute moments and is abit more grown up than Fushigi Yuugi and it takes place in the same time era. Be sure to check it out if you liked Fushigi Yuugi.
Both anime are about love and predestination. The main heroine in both series has to overcome various obstacles so that she could be with her love, which seems to be impossible. At the same time both series contain action, fights. They both deal with the value of friendship. Both are dramatic and well developed.
Kamui has returned to Tokyo with a traumatizing past, but he is not the only one. Many people are returning to Tokyo for the same reason: they play a part in the End of the World. The Dragons of Earth and the Dragons of Heaven now must fight for the destruction or safety of the world. But is this troubled Kamui really the key to saving the world?
While it's a lot darker, X TV does have quite a bit in common with Fushigi Yuugi. And yes, I know that FY was fantasy, and X is set in modern times, but if you don't really care about the setting, keep reading. Basically you have 2 sets of warriors each battling it out while trying to protect someone in the process to either maintain, or change the fate of the earth. With that in mind, you have super powers up the wazoo, loads of people with different personalities that quite often clash, and quite a bit of drama considering they are battling to determine the fate of the world after all. X TV is a bit more action oriented, and definitely not as "kiddie" as FY was at times, but they have quite a few things in common.
Although X TV and Fushigi Yuugi appear to have different settings, the plot is rather quite similar. Friends destined to fight against one another with 7 protectors who have different abilities and personalities. While Fushigi Yuugi has a strong love story weaved into the plot, X TV doesn't really develop the relationships between couples. Individual character development plays a big role in both animes though.
These stories are similar in that there are two teams made up of 7 stars, and even the opposing side has complex and sympathetic characters. As with the 7 Stars of Suzaku, the 7 Stars of Heaven are trying to protect the main character from harm in order to save the world. Each story addresses friendship and betrayal, sacrifice, and forgiveness. Death is also a theme, and dealt in a similar way. While Fushigi Yugi is more upbeat, there is intense drama and tragedy in both.
Twelve year old Mitsuki's desire is to become a singer. She has the talent and a beautiful voice, but she also has a throat tumor which threatens to rob her of her gift of song. As if things weren't bad enough, two shinigami inform Mitsuki that she only has one year left to live. However, all is not lost, for they make a deal that if she goes with them, they will help realize her dream by changing her into a healthy 16-year-old, who is able to sing and apply for auditions.
While these series don't seem have much to do with each other plotwise, (FY is about high school girls taken to a mythic Chinese world and Full Moon is about a 12 year old that can become a 16 year old pop idol) they both have similar art and character design. They are also both very touching and serious at times but very funny and SD at others. Both series also place young Japanese schoolgirls in difficult and mature roles that force them to grow and make hard decisions.
Although these two shows have very differing plots, they both take some adult and sensitive matters and puts them into a cartoonish series. It seems, at first glance, that these are for children. The wide eyed animation style and animated emotions soon give way to some difficult topics that would be better suited to a more mature viewer.
The fantasy feel of Fushigi Yuugi and FMWS is very similar, and I think if you enjoy one, you will surely like the other.
MKR is a Clamp anime about three girls who are taken from Tokyo during a school field trip, and transported into a fantasy world. Hikaru Shidou, Umi Ryuzaaki, and Fuu Hououji must fight a slew of enemies, overcome trials and tribulations, and face their inner demons to save Cephiro, a wonderfully detailed world, from a dastardly evil and powerful Priest, Zagato.
Both of these classic and well-known series feature schoolgirls going to an alternate fantasy world. Fushigi Yuugi takes place in a land based on Chinese mythology, while Rayearth is more of a generic fantasy world tha could be borrowed from any video RPG. While both series are generally action-packed, lighthearted, and feature cute and spunky protagonists, they are also relatively serious for the genre (i.e. be prepared for things like character deaths). Fushigi Yuugi has more romance and soft moments and features harems of bishounen (pretty-boy) characters to appeal to female fans, whereas Rayearth has more fighting action and strong schoolgirl protagonists who don't need any boys to do their fighting for them (go grrls!).
Both these animes have a lot in common, the girls in both stories are transported from their normal lives when the major thing they had to worry about was school to a magical world which they have to save, everyone who has seen one of these episodes will very much like the other, although magic knight rayearth does not have as much romance as Fushigi Yugi.