While reading "The Universe of the Four Gods", best friends Miaka and Yui are mysteriously transported into a strange world full of magic and unfamiliar faces. As if their arrival was determined by fate, Miaka is revered as the Priestess of Suzaku, the savior of their warring country, who was destined to arrived in a flash of light, from a land far away. Betrayal, love, and heartache accompany this fantasy-filled tale of friendships torn apart, and hope that never fades.
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.
With war on the horizon, the lives of the students at Tristain Magic Academy are in for a change. As the students train for battle and prepare to join the fight, Louise is determined to protect her childhood friend, now the Queen of Tristain. As her familiar, Saito is sworn to protect Louise and so must ready for battle himself... but with the abundance of pretty girls around, it's a toss-up as to whether Saito should be more worried about enemy attacks or Louise's own jealous rages! Can Saito and "Zero" Louise stand up to the challenge and protect their friends and country?
Being transported to another world, discovering you have magical powers, defeating evil and love interests no one can give either main character a break, if its love triangles or evil intentions flying their way, theirs no stopping them.