Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play, Vol. 1 – Priestess
Author: Yuu Watase
Series: #1 in Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play
When best friends Miaka and Yui open the pages of an ancient Chinese book, they are transported into the Universe of the Four Gods, a parallel world to ancient China. Now, to escape schoolwork and family problems, Miaka flees to the parallel world, only to find a lot more danger and romance than she bargained for.
So this is the first time I have ever attempted to read a Manga, and i’m fairly confident that it probably won’t be the last. As a form of book, it has intrigued me, especially with the wide variety that I see whenever I go to Books A Million, but since I don’t really know anyone personally who reads it, I didn’t know where to start – and I didn’t want to just pick anything and hate it – to find out that it is a bad representation of the genre. But anyones, I ran across a recommendation for Yu Watase’s on Goodreads from someone who reads Manga fairly regularly and decided to try it.
I will admit that it did take some getting used to – reading a book from back to front and right to left – and there were a few times that I read parts in the wrong order and was totally scratching my head thinking what the heck…but about half-way through, it clicked and I was able to pick up the pace – i mean, I’m normally not that slow of a reader, but I felt slow trying to get my brain around the different reading style.
The story itself was intriguing and I liked seeing the glimpses into contemporary Japanese life (and if our high school kids think they have it hard, they should go and live in Japan…) – but the time-travel parts at first seemed a bit disjointed and I was only just starting to get into the story when the book ended. Which means, that I am going to have to pick up book 2 and see what happens next…and if its similar, I might as well just grab the entire series…yeah, I’m that much of a dork.
Anyways, the art work was fabulous – i am totally jealous of any person who can write and draw like that. It did remind me of quite a few covers from books that are released by Dreamspinner Press – so I would be interested to know if their cover artist has a background in Manga. And the little sidebars put in by the author, just added to the authenticity of the book – they were quite funny to read. Overall, I’d give it 3 stars, because I did enjoy it and want to pick up the next one. I think that this would probably be a good one for newbies to pick up. Does anyone out there have any other recommendations?