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!
I went into this not knowing anything about this universe and it's characters. I happen to have this lying around and never seemed to watch it all the way. I acquired it and just never got around to it I guess, but I took the time tonight to watch it. The story was pretty good, I did like the plot of the entire thing and where it was going. It was kind of rushed and I guess the main character that was caused all the issues learned some lesson...maybe? She did a lot of crying, so I'm going to say yes. "-) Also the boss fights could've been a little longer/better. Animation and sound were great. I always like the older style of animation, not too much detail, but enough to look good and still nice and bold. Opening and ending themes were good. I personally like the opening better with the traditional Japanese music style. Usually I want to know more about the characters and would like the background on as many as I can get, but with this being OVA 3 I will look past this since everything is explained about them in the series. Overall I did like this one and now I probably want to watch the series and the other OVA's. =-)
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.
I hated this OVA. The first 52 episodes were perfect, mirroring the manga, up to about book 14, and leaving the audience happy with how Miaka did what she did and rescuing both the book world and the real world. Season 2 was easy to get along with, being the other half of the manga series up to the last one (18). This horrible cash in ruins the entire story! I hate it and I hate how it ruins everything that the characters (and the audience) went through.
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