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Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 4 by Watase Yuu 
18th-Jan-2007 11:58 pm
Watase, Yuu. Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden. Vol. 4. Trans. Lillian Olsen. San Francisco: VIZ Media, 2006.
          Summary: The village where Takiko and her friends are taking refuge gives them up to Qu-Dong..but luckily Tai Yi-Jun is there with a dragon to rescue them after Limdo blows his cover. They then head out to Tomite's ancestral lands, searching for Hikitsu. As it turns out, however, Hikitsu bears a grudge against Tomite for inadvertently trapping his little sister in the ice, and he wants Tomite to free her. Unfortunately, freeing her also frees the bad guys, and in the heat of the battle Takiko finds herself transported back home!
          Comments: I suppose now would be a good moment to confess that I've started but never finished any of Watase Yuu's epic series. Attention deficit, perhaps, stemming from the old Viz's SLO~W release schedule. (And laziness on my part as far as reading it in Japanese went.) So, I never got to the Bêi-Jîa story arc (or whatever it was) in the original Fushigi Yuugi and whatever did or didn't happen in it I can only surmise though inference from what Watase herself says about it here. The fourth volume of the prequel series is the first time this has ever been an issue; apparently the only Genbu Celestial Warriors to appear back then were Tomite and Hikitsu (as ghosts), and this is the volume that explicates their past relationship. Anyway, if I'm missing anything important, I'm not aware of it. *shrugs* And the series continues to read excellently on its own merits.
          Notes: ~B6 paperback, first American edition, 1st printing; first published in Japan in 2004
          Rating: 7/10 - An entertaining shoujo series with a relatively low volume count (thus far) and a slow release schedule. The latter two are, interestingly, an asset these days.
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