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?
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.
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.
When Makoto saw Kotonoha on the train one day, he fell in love at first sight. Luckily, his classmate Sekai’s nosy personality ensures him an introduction to his crush, and soon the two begin to date. However, Kotonoha isn’t the only one with eyes for Makoto - a fact that any horny teenager would be delighted with. With endless temptations, lies and heartbreak at every turn, Makoto and Kotonoha’s relationship will soon be put to the ultimate test...
School Days and Tale of Genji both share a male lead that gets in a bit over their head due to their own actions with women. While one is political and the other is more modern in tone, both share a tragic sense of storytelling and the consequences of ones actions. Tale of Genji shows a classical view of one of the first representations of a novel and a hero (save for older publications such as the bible) while School Days shows us a modern version of an unfaithful romance and what can happen in a visceral sense. Genji is haunted by the loss of his mother for every romance that he succumbs to, while Makoto seems to not be able to maturely cope with what it really means to be in a relationship with a woman, decending into masogeny. I enjoyed the emotional contents and social relavence of both stories and am better off because of the morals implied in both.