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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.

'''Beware that this page contains SPOILERS.'''

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!!This manga presents examples of:

* ActionGirl: Takiko, who quite knows how to use the ''naginata''.
* 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 [[BadassFamily 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.
* BladeOnAStick: Takiko has, like many girls in Japan had/have, Naginata training. When she gets sucked into The Universe of the Four Gods, she has one constructed for her.
* 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]]!]]"
* [[spoiler: 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.]] [[spoiler: 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!
* 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.
* [[CooldownHug Cooldown Hand-Pat]]...with [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan SMACKS]] included: Hikitsu on Tomite.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Think this is ''FushigiYuugi'' from [[RecycledINSPACE two hundred years ago]]? Think again.
* DesignatedParents: [[spoiler: Hikitsu and Inami]].
* [[DyingMomentOfAwesome Dying Moments of Awesome:]]
** [[spoiler: Soruen]]: LastStand, TakingYouWithMe
** [[spoiler: Hikitsu]]: [[TakingTheBullet Taking the Arrows]], YouShallNotPass
** [[spoiler: Tomite]]: AlmostDeadGuy
* 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.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[spoiler: Firuka. She's Uruki's cousin.]]
* EyepatchOfPower: Subverted as an Eyepatch of Anti-Power. Hikitsu's eyepatch hides his powerful [[MagicalEye right eye]], which on one occasion [[spoiler:sends Takiko back to the real world]].
* {{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).
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling / SiblingYinYang: [[spoiler: The Urumiya Brothers]]. Older brother [[spoiler: Tegu]] is responsible, calm, thoughtful, and friendly, while younger brother [[spoiler: Hagas]] is the foolish one and reacts to issues in the extreme manner. In his case, a cold concealed persona, along with extreme aloofness.
* 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''.
* IllGirl: It is later revealed that [[spoiler:Takiko caught tuberculosis from her dead mother Yoshie.]]
* 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 to Takiko.
--> '''Uruki:''' "Now I realize...that I..."
--> '''Tomite:''' "Hikitsu, wait!"
* 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.
* LoveTriangle: Mr. Ohsugi/Takiko/Uruki and Tomite/Takiko/Uruki.
* NaginatasAreFeminine: Takiko took naginatajutsu classes during her time as an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. When she becomes TrappedInAnotherWorld she has a naginata made for her.
* NamesToKnowInAnime: The Drama CD's have quite the stellar cast. Check to the [[Characters/FushigiYuugiGenbuKaiden character sheet]] to see for yourself.
* 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.
** 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.
* PersonalityPowers: Subverted with Tomite as AnIcePerson while holding a plucky {{Hotblooded}} personality.
* 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.
* PluckyGirl: Takiko. She [[GreaterNeedThanMine works so hard]], that this is the reason why all of the joined seishis began to like her as their [[AFatherToHisMen boss]], and have hope in saving the world.
* 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.
* PrecociousCrush: Takiko's longtime feelings for her first love, Mr. Ohsugi, who is married ''and'' has a daughter [[spoiler: (Suzuno, who'd become the Priestess of Byakko a few years later)]]. She eventually grows out of this when she realizes her love for [[SecondLove Uruki]].
* [[spoiler: RagsToRoyalty:]] Takiko.
* 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.]]
* {{Retirony}} [[EventFlag Death Flag Speech]]: Tomite's promise with [[spoiler: Aira.]]
--> '''Tomite:''' [[spoiler: "Aira, just you wait! Once this war is over, you, me, with Hikitsu and my mom, we're all gonna spend the rest of our lives together!"]]
* RequiredSecondaryPowers: In order to use his power, Uruki has to [[GenderBender turn into a woman]].
** SuperGenderBender: Rimudo has the ability to switch between male and female forms (he usually stays male), but his Celestial Warrior abilities are only available when he's in his female form.
* 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.]]
* SecondLove: Uruki, for Takiko.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* WarriorPrince: Uruki.
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