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[[caption-width-right:250: Welcome to the Legend that started them all.]]
'''''Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden''''' is a prequel written by Creator/YuuWatase to the popular manga/anime series ''Manga/FushigiYuugi''. The series premiered on April 14th, 2003 and has a total of 12 volumes. Soon spinned into 5 volumes of Drama [=CDs=] depicting the first 5 volumes of the manga, and a video game, ''Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Gaiden ~Kagami no Miko~'' for PS2, PSP, and Nintendo DS, marking the first ever video game adaption for a Yuu Watase work.

In [[ImperialJapan the year of]] [[TheRoaringTwenties 1923]], roughly 60 years before [[FushigiYuugi Miaka encountered the book]], novelist Einosuke Okuda came back to Japan from China obtaining the original Chinese version of an ancient ceremonial scripture called ''The Universe of the Four Gods (Shi Jin Ten Chi Sho)'' where he worked tirelessly translating them into Japanese and bind them into book form. Neglecting his [[IllGirl ill wife]] Yoshie and stressed daughter Takiko Okuda, who recently moved from Tokyo to Yoshie's hometown for her mom's further care, has to put up with [[NewTransferStudent a new school life]], and being constantly teased by her classmates for having a sick mother.

Onto the moment when [[MissingMom Yoshie actually died]], the father and daughter went into a quarrel that led to Einosuke having an IHaveNoSon spit out towards Takiko. Grieved of loneliness, and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness uselessness]], Takiko took the translated book from her father and was going to rip it apart until the book suddenly starts to shine bright and absorbs her into the book, becoming the legendary Priestess of Genbu.

The seven Celestial Warriors' backstories and point-of-views play an important part in the storytelling of this work. According to Watase, compared to the previous work, the viewpoints are more evenly distributed around the interactions between teammates as to just the heroine's character/love development POV. Therefore you might notice some surprising tropes that can only be found in the [[Characters/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden character sheet]].

The ending chapter was published in Flower Magazine's Spring Issue in February 14th, 2013, and the final volume in May 17th, 2013. This marked the end of the story spanning 10 years of publishing.

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'''[[LateArrivalSpoiler Late Arrival Spoiler Warning:]]''' [-'''Unmarked spoilers will be present''', for those who haven't read the story, '''please self-advise'''. This author is known for her rather harsh manipulative tendencies towards her characters, so for your sake of sanity, we strongly recommend you to ''NOT'' flip those spoiler blanks until you have completely read through the story yourself.-]
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!!This manga presents examples of:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Takiko for Uruki, and [[spoiler: Firuka for Hagas]].
* BadassCrew / TrueCompanions: The Genbu Celestial Warriors along with their miko, being the first miko out of all four, and team of all 28 seishis of the world to appear. Compared to the future Suzaku and Seiryuu Teams, they are on average, dangerously powerful and [[BadAss badass]] to the near extreme. Their miko can wield a weapon, the majority of the warriors work very close together as a group, and their relationship is more like a [[SuperFamilyTeam family unit]]. Literally all bare ElementalPowers, and whom all has to pave way through the hells of prejudice, suppression, and [[FantasticRacism racism]] to make a better status for the future seishis to come. [[spoiler: And this trope pretty much sums up the whole story...]]
** Since these peeps work so tight together, they would often overlap each other's responsibilities, but each member's ''standard'' positions are as follows:
*** [[AFatherToHisMen The Boss]] / TheTeamNormal: Takiko
*** TheCaptain: Uruki
*** TheLancer / TheHeart: Tomite
*** TheSmartGuy / [[spoiler: TeamMom]]: Hikitsu
*** TeamDad: Inami
*** TheBigGuy / TeamPet: Namame
*** TheMedic / [[BarrierWarrior The Group Emergency Shelter]]: Hatsui
*** EleventhHourRanger: Urumiya ([[spoiler: Tegu]])
* BettyAndVeronica: [[PrecociousCrush Mr. Ohsugi]], Takiko's first love (Betty) and [[TroubledButCute Uruki]] (Veronica).
** [[HopelessSuitor Tomite]] (Betty) and Uruki (Veronica).
* BigBrotherMentor: Soruen towards Uruki, Hikitsu towards Tomite.
* BigDamnHeroes: Hikitsu and Tomite pulled it off, ''twice''. First was to save their crew plus lots of other people from a big fire, second was to save Uruki and Takiko's ass from soldiers.
* BittersweetEnding -> EarnYourHappyEnding: Yes, [[spoiler: both Takiko and Einosuke did die in the end,]] but [[spoiler: before Takiko reached her moment of death, ''two'' Emperors of Hokkan [[note]]Tegiru, then Temudan.[[/note]] managed to go down in just minutes of time, in which allows Uruki to ascend to the throne as Emperor. Eventually giving their country, Hokkan the peace and prosperity they wanted. To thank their priestess and king on their sacrifice of relationship, the people of Hokkan wished for generations in hopes to have Takiko and Uruki reincarnate and live HappilyEverAfter.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: The Celestial Warriors' consequence of summoning a beast god, in this case, Genbu. [[spoiler: For the duration of their priestess's chant to summon the beast's physical appearance, all seven warriors have to surrender their powers onto the priestess, and are at their most vulnerable state. This is the main reason why Tomite and Hikitsu did not survive, because they fell victim from the enemy's undercover attack during the summon.]]
* CallForward: These two guys chuckled over this conversation at the time, but little do they know [[spoiler: they would be the ones to fulfill that...]]
--> '''Hikitsu:''' [[spoiler: "...Even if you say that, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming I don't think we'll have the chance to meet The Suzaku Warriors anyway.]] This country (Konan) is peaceful now."]]
--> '''Tomite:''' [[spoiler: "Haha true. [[ForeShadowing If we're a few hundred years before them]], [[TearJerker surely we'll be dead by then]]!"]]
* CastFullOfPrettyBoys: And only the Fushigi series out of the whole genre/industry is capable of keeping the fangirls demanding MORE of them!
* ColorCodedElements
** Uruki's scarf is [[WindIsGreen green]].
** Tomite's [[WaterIsBlue navy blue]] tribal outfit.
** Hikitsu's [[WaterIsBlue light blue]] tribal outfit.
** And Namame's purely made of yellow dirt.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The ''Genbu Kaiden'' pictures tend to have a green theme going on, as the example picture above proves. The Genbu marks are black and most of them are depicted wearing black clothes, with Genbu's heavenly light being shown with silver.
* CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds / PairTheSpares: It seems [[spoiler:Tomite]] is headed there with [[spoiler:Hikitsu's sister [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Aila]].]]
* CompetitiveBalance: If you think about it in another way, this arc is pretty much just a fantasy {{RPG}} between the seven warriors themselves.
** JackOfAllStats: Tomite
** GlassCannon: Uruki and Inami (a weaker offense but slight stronger defense than Uruki).
** LightningBruiser: Hikitsu
** MightyGlacier: Namame
** StoneWall: Hatsui
** SuperpowerLottery: Urumiya.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Think this is ''FushigiYuugi'' from [[RecycledINSPACE two hundred years ago]]? Think again.
* [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Dying Moments of Awesome:]]
** [[spoiler: Soruen]]: LastStand, TakingYouWithMe
** [[spoiler: Hikitsu]]: [[TakingTheBullet Taking the Arrows]], YouShallNotPass
** [[spoiler: Tomite]]: AlmostDeadGuy
** [[spoiler: Takiko]]: [[spoiler: Manages to summon Genbu and make two of her three wishes ''when not only she's dying of illness AND being absorbed by Genbu, but also suffering the effects of Einosuke's MercyKill''.]]
* ElementalPowers: The first four are the resident FourElementEnsemble.
** [[BlowYouAway Wind]]: Uruki. Can also use the RazorWind method.
** [[AnIcePerson Ice]]: Tomite. [[spoiler:Hikitsu will [[ForegoneConclusion power expand]] later.]]
** [[MakingASplash Water]]: Hikitsu
** [[DishingOutDirt Earth]]: Namame. And by itself is also a stone-made ShapeshifterWeapon.
** [[ExtraOreDinary Metal]]: Hatsui
** [[DeadlyGas Smoke]]: Inami... yeah, it looks elemental alright.
* FamilyOfChoice: Due to Takiko and each celestial member [[ParentalAbandonment lacking in various family elements]] due to their country's discrimination and ill fate, have made them unite into one BadassFamily of their own.
** BashBrothers / VitriolicBestBuds: This is what Uruki and Tomite are if you take out the LoveTriangle thing between them. The two of them are the closest in age [[note]]Less than two weeks apart, mind you.[[/note]] [[SiblingRivalry and shoves a similar brash of hot temper onto each others' faces]]. But in the end they did proved to be very close, trusting, and depending on each other throughout various obstacles.
** BloodBrothers / HeterosexualLifePartners: Hikitsu and Tomite. And not only are they bond brothers, [[Creator/YuuWatase Word Of God]] said that [[spoiler: both of them "[[InTheBlood came from the same ancestor]]!]]"
*** In Tomite's case, his dad died early in his childhood, but came into contact with Hikitsu at the same time. So not only does he admires Hikitsu as this [[BigBrotherWorship cool big brother]] to have, but also looks up to him as a [[ParentalSubstitute substitute Father figure]].
*** While Tomite was having his heartwarming moment of sealing his brother pack with Hikitsu [[note]]By holding their ancient ritual of serving water for each other.[[/note]], [[spoiler: Uruki and Hatsui just joins the fun [[note]]In self-serving the same water from the pond those two were drinking from[[/note]]]]. Which serves as an indirect acknowledgment of the bond they all share together.
** DesignatedParents: [[spoiler: Hikitsu and Inami]].
*** [[spoiler:Inami lost both her husband and her unborn child when she was a young adult, therefore it comes naturally for her to fill in as a ParentalSubstitute towards all of her fellow teammates, since most of them are not even half her age]].
*** [[spoiler: Hikitsu on the other hand was ditched by his entire tribe, leaving him with only his little sister. Therefore he's forced to mature very early and has to hon all the nurturing and survival instincts to help him and his sister survive]].
** LikeBrotherAndSister: According to WordOfGod, this is how Takiko and Tomite are, ''despite'' the fact that it's pretty clear that Tomite was developing some [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited romantic feelings]] for Takiko through their [[AlmostKiss two almost kisses]], his [[TheRival rivalry]] (and a bit of [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter inferiority complex]]) with [[OfficialCouple Uruki]], and how he mutters that he guesses he didn't have a [[HopelessSuitor "chance"]] when Takiko tells Tomite that she is in love with someone else from her world in Volume 4.
* {{Fanservice}}: This is a Yuu Watase work we're talking about here so we're guaranteed to get some. She gives them out ''generously'' providing packages full of [[ShirtlessScene shirtless scenes]] and ''[[NakedFirstImpression beyond]]'' for BOTH genders of her characters.
** To be specific, here's what some of our characters are known for:
*** NakedFirstImpression: [[spoiler: Uruki and Takiko.]]
*** [[ShirtlessScene Shirtless]] BandageBabe: [[spoiler: Hikitsu]]
*** [[ShowerScene Bucket Tub Scene]]: [[spoiler: Tomite. The tub's so small that the water inside barely covers his butt!!]]
*** [[ShowerScene Other Shower Scenes]]: Shigi and Takiko separately.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The country of Hokkan is a spinoff of Mongolia (both inner and outer Mongolia).
* ForegoneConclusion: Since this is a prequel, the reader goes into the manga knowing that [[spoiler: [[AllThereInTheManual Hikitsu, Tomite]], Takiko, and her father Einosuke will not survive]].
* TheFourGods
* HiddenDepths: Out of all characters, it is [[spoiler: Hikitsu]] that you have to be cautious of. By far, he has the [[spoiler: most tropes in the character sheet]], and he never showed the [[AllThereInTheManual majority of them]] within the storyline ''at all''.
* ImperialJapan: Takiko lived in the TheRoaringTwenties (more exactly, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taisho_era Taishou Jidal]] aka Taishou Era), so this applies.
* InterruptedDeclarationOfLove: Uruki [[CannotSpitItOut failed to spit it out]] to Takiko thanks to Tomite minding his own business.
--> '''Uruki:''' "Now I realize...that I..."
--> '''Tomite:''' "Hikitsu, wait!"
* LoveTriangle: Mr. Ohsugi/Takiko/Uruki, and Tomite/Takiko/Uruki.
* OutdoorBathPeeping: Tomite came charging into his tribe's hotspring attempting to notify them that the enemies are near when Takiko just started drying herself from her bath. But then his [[MamaBear mom]] just went out for his blood instead.
** Uruki and Tomite (again) also did this move while Takiko was bathing in the second premium drama.
** Takiko ''really'' only spied on Shigi bathing in a river ''by accident''. She noticed at this point that Shigi [[spoiler: was an eunuch]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Actually, all of the main crew have this background.
** Takiko's mother Yoshie dies of tuberculosis in the ''first'' chapter, and her father Einosuke is never around because [[spoiler:he was researching the Shi Jin Ten Chi Sho to find a way to save his wife]], not to mention the fact that he never wanted a daughter to begin with. [[spoiler: He apologizes for the last part, though.]]
** As for Uruki, it was prophesized when he was born that when Genbu was summoned he would [[spoiler:kill his father]]. As a result, [[spoiler:his father]] is after his life, even going so far as to ally himself with the force trying to destroy his own country, even though he is a [[spoiler:member of the royal family]]. It is these actions that lead many to believe that this will turn out to be a SelfFulfillingProphecy.
** In literal terms, Hikitsu [[spoiler: and his sister]]. His whole entire village ditched [[spoiler: them]] because his powers were too powerful and horrifying to his tribe, and his tribe believed in the superstition that he as a Celestial Warrior was a curse upon them.
** Hatsui and Urumiya's parents have been dead since their childhood.
** Even though he's the most luckiest dude of the group with a very supportive mom all alive and well, and was raised up with a comedic personality, remember that Tomite's dad died when he was a kid too.
* PluckyComicRelief: Tomite, the one and only comic relief there is. And we all should really thank [[Creator/YuuWatase GOD]] for [[spoiler: not [[ShooOutTheClowns killing him]] till the very darn ''second-to-last'' chapter]], otherwise all readers would really become [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds blood-thirsty monsters]] on the author.
* PowerTrio:
** BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Hikitsu (Blonde), Tomite (Brunette), Uruki (Redhead).
** TheThreeFacesOfAdam: Tomite (Adventure), Uruki (Authority), Hikitsu (Wisdom).
** In terms of executing their Priestess' plan, Uruki would be TheCaptain, Tomite will be Uruki's [[TheLancer Lancer]], while Hikitsu would be Uruki's NumberTwo.
* RefusalOfTheCall: Would you wanna come out of the closet when it's said that being selected as Celestial Warrior is doomed as a complete curse to mankind and all people of your entire country will discriminate against you? ...We think not. Literally every single Genbu Seishi that Takiko encountered openly refused to join her as their initial reaction once she introduced herself as the Priestess of Genbu. [[spoiler: Except for the very very last one.]]
* RoleReprisal: As of the Drama CD and Game franchise, NobuyukiHiyama and TetsuyaIwanaga from their FushigiYuugi act are both back for Hikitsu and Tomite respectively.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Uruki and [[spoiler: Firuka.]]
* ShoutOut: The journey to [[FushigiYuugi The Konan Country]] sure is a lot of fun for the gang.
** Uruki and Hikitsu wore the same kind of top, but Uruki gets even with one unbuttoned just like some future Suzaku seishi guy name Tamahome.
** The owner of the fabric store where the Genbu gang purchased their local clothing is [[spoiler: Nuriko's ancestor]].
* SoapOperaDisease: [[spoiler:Takiko and Hagas.]]
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The American manga originally spelled names to Limdo, Hagus, Chamka, Ayla, Anlu and even used chinese names sometimes, like Twulan, Zy and Fei'yan for Touran, Shigi and Hien respectively. Later releases went with the Japanese names for them and opting for romanization as Rimudo, Haagasu, Aira, Anruu and Chamuka.
* SpyFiction: Takiko's undercover arc into the Hokkan Palace, [[spoiler: top it with Hikitsu's [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands secret agent abilities]] to play it out perfectly.]]
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Shigi and Hien.
* WorldHealingWave: Two of these take place, [[spoiler: as the two wishes Takiko manages to make before dying]]:
** First, [[spoiler: Hokkan is about to be consumed not just by the upcoming war with Kutou, but by [[KillItWithIce a glacial era]] that would be a MASSIVE disaster since Hokkan itself is made of steppes and plains. Takiko tells Genbu "Return spring to this land once more", Genbu accepts and the climate changes accordingly, saving the country from being covered in ice for what could be centuries.]]
** Second, [[spoiler: the wish that follows is basically one "for all the living things of this country to be restored to what they once were". Genbu fulfills it via a miraculous water that spreads through the country, healing wounded soldiers (which makes both sides of the Hokkan/Kutou war stop their fighting) and melting the snow away...]]
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