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Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

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Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon

Life can be tough when you're a teenager. Enter Tsukino Usagi, an average, if somewhat clumsy, junior high student whose voracious appetite for sweets and capacity for tears are offset by her enthusiasm for life. Her normal existence is suddenly turned upside down when a talking cat named Luna comes into her life. Suddenly, Usagi finds herself with the ability to transform into the superhero known as Sailor Moon. Fighting the occasional monster may be the least of her worries, though...

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NekoRocket
Sailormoon and Fushigi Yuugi both follow the actions of a likeable, mildly gluttonous young heroine as she is faced with a destiny she can't escape. With love, death, and magic galore, each series is an emotional ride you won't forget.
wolfangel87

Both Sailor Moon and Fushigi Yugi have the same kind of elemental/spiritual power associated with each of them. There seems to be a deeper meaning behind the series as well as an association with higher beings. The main heroines in the series are very strong willed and fight for what they believe in, although both heroines also have a whiny side to their character.

chii

Love is one special emotion. These 2 female leads will do anything for the ones they love. Especially for the man of their dreams. If you liked one you'll like the other.

bebe4styll

Friendship and hardship were never better portrayed than in these two animes, as well as sense of duty and courage. The protagonists of them, Miaka as well as Usagi resemble in a lot of ways, starting with the fact that they both simply love to eat and are both day-dreamers and ending with the inspiration and courage they give to the people around them. They experience love and pain while on their way to save the world they're in, with the help of true friends. FY and SM show amazing stories which will simply enlighten your heart.

Legend of Basara

Legend of Basara

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.

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Shizuka2
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.
kamirura
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.
chamomille

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.

X TV

X TV

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?

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Prisoner1138

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.

icyglaze
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.
4EverDreamer

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.

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Angelique - Shiroi Tsubasa no Memoire

Angelique - Shiroi Tsubasa no Memoire

Angelique is the queen of the cosmos in a lush fantasy world, with nine strong and handsome guardians at her command. What started as a simple reunion between friends turned into a nightmare when the recently deceased Arios came back from the dead with a sinister plan to kill both queens! Can the gang come together to save not only themselves, but Arios himself?

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lovelykag

Both Fushigi Yugi and Angelique center around a normal girl who's suddenly thrown into the middle of a handful of loyal and amazingly good-looking guys, all while taking the role of the "savior of the earth" of the planet they're thrown into.

Chances are that if you're a fan of one, you'd like the other.

Maskelle

FY and Angelique tell the story of a young girl who falls into a new world, and gets very handsome guys to help her in her quest. Angelique is maybe lesser quality than FY, but if you like one I think you'd like the other.

Full Moon wo Sagashite

Full Moon wo Sagashite

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.

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MaximusThrax
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.
KiraRin

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.