Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

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Kyo Kara Maoh! R

Kyo Kara Maoh! R

Time has passed since the incident with Shinou and Soushuu, and Yuuri has returned to Shin Makoku to resume his normal duties as Maoh. But being the Demon King has its drawbacks as life is never simple; from dealing with enraged dragons to love testers, Yuuri must try to solve each problem that comes his way whilst trying to keep his sanity intact. Soon Yuuri meets the mysterious young king of Small Shimaron, but his new acquaintance appears to have an agenda of his own. Will Yuuri’s ability to see the good in people and his attempts to make alliances with other countries through friendship be enough to get him through this situation?

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Estuko Estuko says...

These series both take you to a different world, literally. They are funny, serious, lovely, dramatic and filled with action and plots that tkae your mind to new heights. If you liked one, you are sure to love the other too.

Basilisk

Basilisk

Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?

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Aznslacker Aznslacker says...

Allow me to state first that in my opinion these two Animes are among the BEST in terms of producing a coherent romance story among the animes I have watched.

The sentimentalism between both Fushigi Yugi and Basilisk contains an engrossing, heart-wrenching tale at multiple aspects, whether you choose to characterize them by feelings of betrayal, emptiness following the death of a loved one, or even the uncertainty of the upcoming journey, these two animes are series you could consider as those classics you read as a high school student in AP English.

First off, allow me to provide a sufficient explanation regarding the similarities between the two animes.

As an art style, both Fushigi Yugi and Basilisk do something excellent in terms of character development. And although Basilisk's characters are done in a somewhat more... "rushed" manner, you can still see a full kaleidoscope of characters, painted in a manner that utilizes subtle symbolism consistently.

The storyline: both are adventures that contain many twist and turns in just about every step along the way. The only reason you'd find one incompatible with the other is in the depressing and more mature tone of Basilisk. Even though this is the case, Fushigi Yugi also has its fair share of tears.

Both series contain magical aspects in regards to the abilities of the characters, and although Basilisk is set in a more realistic setting of 1614 Japan, both animes contain a vivid world that comes to life, though less in Basilisk in comparison to Fushigi Yugi.

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Maihitoyo~

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Maihitoyo~

Akane wonders if she really belongs in the land of Kyou when there is so little she can do to protect the city she loves like her friends and guardians, the Hachiyou, do. A chance encounter in the rain with a nameless man leads Akane on a search for the past he has forgotten, a past mysteriously tied to the cursed Sairyou dance, a dance said to kill any who attempt it. But there is much more to the kind man than Akane can imagine. As she begins to care for the lost stranger, Akane’s friends worry that she cannot summon her true strength to seal a spirit that haunts Kyou. Will Akane be able to unlock the power within her to finally bring peace to Kyou and to the man she grows to love?

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Estuko Estuko says...

These two anime's will move your heart in ways you don't expect. If you liked one of them because of the intense emotions displayed in it, you will love the other equally much.

Kanon (2006)

Kanon (2006)

It's been seven years since Yuuichi Aizawa returned to the city he once lived in as a child. Though many things happened to Yuuichi in his past, he can only remember bits and pieces. His parents left Yuuichi in the care of Akiko once again, and this time, he will attend the same school as his cousin Nayuki. Many different girls appear before him, and some of them seem to know him from his past. Yuuichi must now recover his memories of the dark secrets that he erased from his heart, before he loses his precious ones.

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Larkawolfgirl Larkawolfgirl says...

Both these shows are about love. Also both are about people being thrown into different situations they are not used to.

Tale of Genji

Tale of Genji

Hikaru Genji is a son of the emperor, born on the wrong side of the sheets. A commoner at birth, he works as a retainer for his father. Though his good looks ensure him the attention of the ladies of the court, the love of his life happens to be his father's wife; and that's where things become a little more complicated. Forced to seek love elsewhere, he leaves no stone unturned; but can he ever find what he truly wants?

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Saphiro01 Saphiro01 says...

Fushigi Yugi and Genji no Monogatari (The Myserious Play and Tale of Genji respectively) have some interesting paralells that may or may not be complete coincidense. Genji being a tragic character in some respects and a hero in others can paralel the classical elements in Fushigi Yugi as well as the romantic aspect of both in the history and the relationships of the characters. While Fushigi Yugi can be accused of being a reverse harem show with a lot of comedy, Tale of Genji gives a direct practical and visceral example of what that kind of behavior was really like 1000 years ago. Tale of Genji is a much slower pacing by comparison to Fushigi Yugi and Fushigi Yugi takes place in Imperial China rather than Japan supposedly, however both are close enough to not be able to ignore the similarities. That and Hotohori's character in Fushigi Yugi could even be the equivalent of a lampoon of Genji. I enjoyed both overall.