I absolutely adore Fushigi Yuugi. However, the English version was mutilated beyond repair, so I special ordered my copies of the OAV's in Japanese. While the first tape is confusing at first, there is more to it than meets the eye, and it does satisfactorily explain by the end of the third episode. I loved the Fushigi Yuugi Special- the trip to the hotsprings... I recommend going back to the first tape after seeing all of the episodes- it is more easily understood. I found the OAV's to portray more depth of character than the series did, a fact for which I am immensely grateful. Overall, tape 1 was well put together, well animated, and fairly thought provoking- you couldn't just veg out in front of it and still follow the story. Kudos, once again, to Watase Yuu for her brilliance, and for taking the opinion of her fans into account.
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