Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden is a prequel written by Yuu Watase to the popular manga/anime series Fushigi Yuugi. 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 the year of1923, roughly 60 years before 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 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 a new school life, and being constantly teased by her classmates for having a sick mother.Onto the moment when Yoshie actually died, the father and daughter went into a quarrel that led to Einosuke having an I Have No Son spit out towards Takiko. Grieved of loneliness, and 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 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.
This manga presents examples of:
Action Girl: Takiko, who quite knows how to use the naginata.
Badass Crew / True Companions: 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 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 family unit. Literally all bare Elemental Powers, and whom all has to pave way through the hells of prejudice, suppression, and racism to make a better status for the future seishis to come. 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:
Brought Down to Normal: The Celestial Warriors' consequence of summoning a beast god, in this case, Genbu. 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.
Call Forward: These two guys chuckled over this conversation at the time, but little do they know they would be the ones to fulfill that...
Eyepatch of Power: Subverted as an Eyepatch of Anti-Power. Hikitsu's eyepatch hides his powerful right eye, which on one occasion 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 shirtless scenes and beyond for BOTH genders of her characters.
To be specific, here's what some of our characters are known for:
Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling / Sibling Yin-Yang: The Urumiya Brothers. Older brother Tegu is responsible, calm, thoughtful, and friendly, while younger brother Hagas is the foolish one and reacts to issues in the extreme manner. In his case, a cold concealed persona, along with extreme aloofness.
Hidden Depths: Out of all characters, it is Hikitsu that you have to be cautious of. By far, he has the most tropes in the character sheet, and he never showed the majority of them within the storyline at all.
Ill Girl: It is later revealed that Takiko caught tuberculosis from her dead mother Yoshie.
Outdoor Bath Peeping: 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 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 was an eunuch.
Takiko's mother Yoshie dies of tuberculosis in the first chapter, and her father Einosuke is never around because 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. He apologizes for the last part, though.
As for Uruki, it was prophesized when he was born that when Genbu was summoned he would kill his father. As a result, 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 member of the royal family. It is these actions that lead many to believe that this will turn out to be a Self Fulfilling Prophecy.
In literal terms, Hikitsu and his sister. His whole entire village ditched 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.
In terms of executing their Priestess' plan, Uruki would be The Captain, Tomite will be Uruki's Lancer, while Hikitsu would be Uruki's Number Two.
Precocious Crush: Takiko's longtime feelings for her first love, Mr. Ohsugi, who is married and has a daughter (Suzuno, who'd become the Priestess of Byakko a few years later). She eventually grows out of this when she realizes her love for Uruki.
Refusal of the Call: 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. Except for the very very last one.