The Fushigi Yuugi manga and anime franchise gets Byakko Senki manga continuation in Fall 2023

Cover of Volume 1 of Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Senki.
Cover of Volume 1 of Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Senki. Pic credit: @shojobeat/Twitter

Reliable anime news leaker Manga Mogura RE revealed that the upcoming Monthly Flowers magazine November issue (11/2022) features an illustration of Fushigi Yuugi by Yuu Watase on its cover highlighting the unforgettable characters Miaka Yuuki and Tamahome.

 

The reason behind this is the Monthly Flowers November issue contains an announcement that Yuu Watase’s Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Senki (Mysterious Play: The Chronicles of the Hermit/Wizard) manga will return in Fall 2023 after having gone on hiatus in 2018 due to the mangaka’s poor health.

The Monthly Flowers November issue also published a new one-shot for the Fushigi Yuugi manga in order to commemorate this announcement.

Monthly Flowers November issue cover.
Monthly Flowers November issue cover. Pic credit: @MangaMoguraRE/Twitter

Where can I read the manga Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Senki?

On February 28, 2015, Yuu Watase published a one-shot titled Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Ibun in Shogakukan’s Monthly Flower magazine. On August 28, 2017, Yuu Watase launched the full series Byakko Senki in the same magazine.

In April 2018, the manga’s chapters were gathered into 1 tankobon volume that was published by Shogakukan. The manga’s English version has been licensed by Viz Media for release in North America and in August 2020 published its first volume.

What is the plot of Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Senki?

Byakko Senki is a prequel to Fushigi Yuugi, a sequel to Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden (where Suzuno is briefly seen as an 8-year-old), and the final installment in the Fushigi Yuugi Four Gods storyverse. The story centers on a young girl named Suzuno Ohsugi, and followers her adventure when she’s transported into The Universe of the Four Gods (via the book), and becomes the Priestess of Byakko in the land of Xi-Lang. It also tells the story of her “seishi” or loyal warriors.

The heroine of the Byakko Ibun one-shot was a girl named Ning-Lan, and her companion Nirusha. Ning-Lan is from Xi-Lang and later encounters Suzuno in Byakko Senki.

What is the plot of the original anime series Fushigi Yuugi?

The story begins when two Japanese high school students, Miaka Yuuki and Yui Hongo, stumble upon a strange book during a visit to the National Library, are bathed in a mysterious red light, and are sucked into the book’s magical world. As soon as they arrive they’re in danger from hostile slave traders but are rescued by a young man named Tamahome, who bears a Chinese symbol on his forehead.

However, a moment later the red light returns and whisks Yui away. Miaka is desperate to locate her friend Yui and beseeches Tamahome for help. When the pair encounters the land’s emperor, Hotohori, things get complicated when he’s convinced Miaka is the foretold priestess of the kingdom’s protector god Suzaku.

Miaka learns that by gathering the god’s seven Celestial Warriors, she will be able to summon Suzaku and have all her wishes granted. Hotoshori believes this will save his country and convinces Miaka to take up the role of priestess.

Meanwhile, Yui has been returned to the library in Japan where she is able to read about Miaka’s adventures in the book.

Where can I read the manga or watch the anime Fushigi Yuugi?

From 1992 to 1996, Watase serialized the original Fushigi Yuugi manga in Shogakukan’s Shoujo Comic (Sho-Comi) magazine, and its chapters were gathered into 18 tankobon volumes by Shogakukan. From 2003 to 2013, Watase drew Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden. The English version of the manga Fushigi Yuugi and Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden were licensed by Viz Media for release in North America.

In 1995 to 1996, the manga inspired a 52-episode TV anime series and three OVAs. The English version of the anime series and OVAs were released by Geneon Entertainment. In 2012-2013 Media Blasters re-released the TV anime series on DVD and again in 2015. In 2013, Media Blaster released the three OVAs.

In February 2016, Crunchyroll began streaming the TV anime series and the three OVAs.

Are you looking forward to the conclusion of Fushigi Yuugi: Byakko Senki? Do you hope it will get an anime adaptation? Or would you prefer if Fushigi Yuugi gets a reboot, like so many other popular 90s anime are getting recently? Let us know in the comment section below!

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