Fushigi Yuugi OVA 2

Fushigi Yuugi OVA 2

Tamahome has been reborn into Miaka’s world, but he has lost all of his memories as Tamahome and knows only his life as Taka. Taka meets Miaka in the real world and they start dating. Miaka seemingly knows this is Tamahome’s reborn form, but since he has no memories of that time she tries to treat him as Taka. The trouble begins in the real world at Miaka’s school. A new kid has come along named Shigyou, intent on becoming the Student Council president. Soon after his arrival, the other kids at school start acting strange. They corner Taka and Miaka on the roof with plans to kill them both. As one student throws Miaka off the roof, Taka jumps off to grab her. A red light appears and just as they’re about to hit the ground, they are conveniently transported into the Universe of the Four Gods.

They soon discover that they have to retrieve Taka’s memories as Tamahome or Taka will disappear forever. Tamahome’s memories have been put into seven jewels and scattered and they have to collect all seven to restore Taka’s memories.

Ah, OVAs. So unpredictable. Some do well to complement the original storyline and run alongside it. Some are just full of cliches and excuses to see old characters and the plot is weak and serves only as a vague transition between mini-storylines and cameos from characters long past. Unfortunately, the Fushigi Yuugi OVAs appears to be the latter.

Despite realising this at an early juncture, I was still keen to continue watching.  This is a longer story than the first OVA, focusing on Miaka going back into the book to retrieve all of Taka/Tamahome’s memories that have been put into jewels and scattered across the world. Cliche perhaps, but Fushigi Yuugi at least does it well, so I decided to go along with it. This was mainly because the storyline indicated that we’d go back through all the pasts of the remaining warriors. I wanted to see more of Hotohori, Nuriko, Chiriko, Mitsukake and Tamahome. I wanted to take a look into their pasts and see some episodes that truly focused on them without the whirlwind of melodrama that usually follows Miaka sweeping them along as usual. But that didn’t happen. Not really.

Things started off well with a touching story about Hotohori being reunited with his sick wife and his mute son, then things focus slightly on Nuriko and his somewhat pathetic older brother not being able to get over his sibling’s death even though he died over two years ago. Then we very briefly see a storyline that elaborates on the story of Chichiri and the best friend that he ‘killed’. Then it’s back to collecting Taka’s memories and fighting Tenkou, the big bad of his particular story. Oh, and also a lot of elongated screaming of each others names, but at least there’s a bit of variety this time as Miaka screams “TAKA!” to his echoing “MIAKA!” this time around instead of “TAMAHOME!”.

The little skits at the end were mildly amusing – ‘The Mysterious Play-ing Around’, I think it was called – and this consists of little outtakes where the writers make fun of the melodrama and the tragedy that Fushigi Yuugi is known for. It’s nice to know that things are taken with more of a pinch of salt this time around. There’s a particularly hilarious one at the very end of the series which actually made me laugh out loud!

I didn’t think the ending was as strong as the first OVA, but I would say that it was a satisfying enough ending considering everything that happened. It was nice to see the Suzaku Seven altogether again, even though things were a bit vague as to why the members of the group that died in the original story were back for such a long time, were able to be caught in enemy traps despite their non-corporeal bodies and yet were decidedly ghost-like when it suited. But I guess you can’t have a Fushigi Yuugi story without the whole gang back together. Perhaps the potential for OVAs is why not so many anime characters actually end up dying. Just in case they’re needed for another arc, perhaps?

Overall, it’s an entertaining watch. As long as you don’t scrutinise the character’s personalities too much and examine the Fushigi Yuugi laws and law too closely and think “Wait a minute, that shouldn’t have happened…” or “But wait… why does the big bad already have those gems?” and “What’s the point in…?” and so on and so forth. In my opinion, it’s better than its predecessor. As a stand-alone story, it’s worth watching – especially if you’re a die-hard fan of the series and have just sat through the first OVA.