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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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
In the revolutionary Meiji period, Japan is undergoing enormous political change. It is a time when vagabonds and terrorists will use any method to prevent the modernization of their country, even if it means trampling on the innocent in the process. In such a time, Himura Kenshin, a wandering samurai, has dedicated his life to protecting the weak and desperate peasants from those who would oppress them. However, Kenshin has a dark past which threatens to destroy the values he is fighting for. When he meets his new friends Kaoru, Sanosuke, and Yahiko, and tries to build a peaceful life with them, events conspire against him. Can Kenshin overcome the demons within and without, and finally ensure the peaceful future that Japan deserves?
rurouni kenshin and fushigi yuugi both have a somewhat similar plot seeing as they both take place in a not yet modernised setting and they both have some good looking guys beating the shit out of 'bad' guys. secondly they both brought about a very similar atmosphere their light heartedness mixed with a good story and a dab of romance (although i will admit fushigi yuugi does have a bit more than a 'dab")