Fushigi Yugi OVA: Eikoden

OVA (4 eps)
2001 - 2002
3.46 out of 5 from 2,360 votes
Rank #7,165

Married and with a child on the way, Miaka and Taka couldn't be better. That is, until an obsessive young girl enters the universe of the four gods, with her heart set on using Suzaku's power to not only steal Taka, but Miaka's baby as well! Taka must now return to the world of his past to not only save his family, but the rest of the kingdom as well!

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The Legend Unfolds

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The Legend Unfolds

Desert Quest

Episode 2

Desert Quest

Rebirth of the Seven Stars

Episode 3

Rebirth of the Seven Stars

The Advent of Suzaku

Episode 4

The Advent of Suzaku

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Based on the two Eiko Den light novels, Fushigi Yuugi OVA 3 is easily the weakest entry in the series. The story is all right, if a little confusing, I'll give it that, and don't get me wrong, I like seeing all my favorite characters again, but this OVA has one fatal flaw that completely breaks it: The 'protagonist', Mayo Sakaki, is completely and utterly unlikeable. It upsets me that she is not listed on the character list for this anime, because I wanted her to be the first character I added to my hated list. Seriously, by the end of the OVA, you dont want things to turn out all right for her. You just want to see her rot in the hole she's dug for herself. She's selfish, petty, cruel, and has next to no redeeming qualities. Another problem with this show is that the plot is rushed. Then again, I can't take off too many points for that because I mean they did have to condense two books into a really short OVA. Also, almost all of the series' humor is completely drained away, leaving it a little, I don't know how to put this, dry and shriveled. Honestly, I think where they messed up in making this OVA was the choice of source material. There are around fifteen Fushigi Yugi light novels to choose from when it comes to finding new content to adapt into an OVA, and I think many of them would have been better suited than Eiko Den. Honestly, the only thing Eiko Den has going for it is that it's the only thing that's set chronologically after the events of OVA 2--Most of the novels are set before the beginning of the series, and two others are set between the main series and the events of OVA 2. The music, as usual for the series, is pretty decent, but even that's weaker than it was in the other installments. The animation is smooth and nice-looking, and usually makes sense. The one quip I'd have with the animation is just that there were several instances in which Chichiri's mask breaks off and then in the very next shot he's wearing it again, even though there was clearly not enough time for him to find a spare and put it on, and it's just kind of distracting. So, overall, this OVA is so-so and has a really terrible main character that you will probably want to punch repeatedly in the face. If you're a die-hard Fushigi Yugi fan, I'd say you should probably still watch it anyway, because there are a few scenes worth watching in it, including some very nice backstory on how Hotohori met Houki. But if you're NOT a die-hard Fushigi Yugi fan, then you'd probably be better off avoiding it because it's really not worth wasting several hours of your life over.

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