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Fushigi Yûgi [VIZBIG Edition] Volume 1

February 13, 2009

Fushigi Yûgi [VIZBIG Edition] Volume 1
by: Yuu Watase
published by: Viz Media
Fushigi Yûgi [VIZBIG Edition] Volume 1
Story:
Miaka is a junior high school student studying for entrance exams for Johan High School, the top school in the city. Not academically inclined, Miaka would rather forget studying and spend more time eating snacks–her favorite pastime–but she’s cramming for the exam to please her mother. While studying at the library with her best friend Yui, she finds an old book called The Universe of the Four Gods. Upon reading the book, the girls are transported to a land resembling ancient China. Immediately on their arrival, a pair of bandits attempts to abduct Yui! A mysterious young man with the kanji for “demon” on his forehead comes to their rescue, but now he wants to be paid for his act of heroism! (from Viz)

So, in case you didn’t know, VIZBIG is the Viz line of omnibus editions of manga. They are 3 volumes in one, and are fucking massive. Seriously, this thing is a behemoth!!! It’s 600 pages, a truely massive manga. But on the other hand, the price tag is not so massive. While the cover price for VIZBIG editions is $17.99, I only paid $14.03 for it on Amazon. Which is $15.94 less than you would pay for the first three volumes of this series if you bought them singularly. So that is a huge plus!!! Especially since I’d wanted to read Fushigi Yûgi for a long time, but wasn’t really looking forward to buying all 18 volumes of this behemoth of a shojo classic (I seem to like the word behemoth today, don’t I? lol). Seriously, it’s going to be a savings of almost $100 to buy the series this way. : D

Insert: I freaking hate fire alarms that go off at random times in residence halls. :[ Ok, so it isn’t raining/snowing/sleeting and it isn’t 30 degrees outside, but it’s still not cool!!!

Back to the review:
This is printed on amazingly nice paper! I don’t think I’ve seen a nicer print quality in a manga. The binding is also really well done. The cover itself is of a slightly higher quality than normal, and has flaps folded to the inside with really nice illustrations. Speaking of illustrations, one of my favorite parts about this book is that it has a rather sizeable color image gallery in the back. : D There are 11 full-color illustrations included (there are 13 pages of color in the back, some of which are 2-page spreads, so I only counted those as one illustration). There are also some color pages at the front, but they’re not really anything important.

Something that you probably can’t tell from the cover image is that the words, “Fushigi Yûgi” are gold foil (also on the back and side of the volume), which is cool. those on my copy are all scratched, but since I got it through the mail, I’m honestly not too surprised.

On an slightly bad note, it is incredibly hard to read this, since it is so big… :/ But so far, everything else that I like about this has outweighed this one slight fact. :]  Ok, so after finishing reading it, really the only times it was hard to read were when I was reading pages in the front and the back, in the middle of the book it was fine.

On the subject of the story, I really like it so far! I’ve always heard there’s a lot of “Tamahome!”s and “Miaka!”s, and it’s not a lie, there really are a lot of them, but I don’t see what the big deal is… Compared to Watase’s newer works like Absolute Boyfriend and Arata Kangatari (a shonen series that’s not yet licensed), the art is a lot, well…crappier…. But even Watase herself says that her style wasn’t complete and that she was still waiting for it to transform.

But even so, it’s not like the art is terrible, and I have a soft spot for Watase, since Alice 19th was what got me into manga. Ok, technically, it was Sailor Moon, but there was a period of a few years between me reading Sailor Moon and Alice 19th in which I had completely forgotten about manga, so it really was Alice 19th.

If you haven’t read Fushigi Yûgi, the VIZBIG edition is definitely a great way to start. :]

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. warriorhope permalink
    February 14, 2009 11:18 am

    I want to get a copy too.

    Her art is still nice back in the day though.

    Alice 19th is love.

  2. February 14, 2009 11:42 am

    I highly suggest it! : D

    Yeah, her art’s definitely not bad, just nowhere near as developed as her more recent works.

    Alice 19th is definitely love~! <3

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