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YMMV: Fushigi Yuugi
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Most of the bad guys have gotten this at some point.
    • Nakago can be your average revenge-driven Big Bad, or he can be mentally unhinged. The second is highly plausible, considering what he had gone through.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Miaka shows remarkably few psychological aftereffects from the multiple sexual assaults she endures over the course of the series, although one could argue she expends enough angst over Tamahome that she doesn't have any left to spare.
  • Anti-Sue: Mayo from the Eikoden OAV.
  • Base Breaker: Nakago has proved to be an extremely controversial character on this very wiki. He's a Magnificent Bastard and sympathetic Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds for some, a Villain Sue for others. There's very little in-between.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: There are still a lot of people who remember the series only for the innocuous amounts of Fanservice and gratuitous nudity.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Miboshi is a Creepy Child appearing member of the warriors of Seiryu who is truly far older than he appears. Miboshi's MO is to possess his victims and turn them against their friends, forcing the friends to experience the pain of betrayal and delighting at the agony he causes to his host by forcing them to harm the ones they love the most.
    • The Emperor of Kutou acts as the commander of the Big Bad Nakago until Nakago opts to overthrow him. We soon learn the reason that the villainous Nakago always hated him. A sleazy Smug Snake who sent his armies on campaigns of extermination and conquest, Nakago saw his people slaughtered and his beloved mother being raped by the Emperor's soldiers before his powers awakened and he accidentally killed her and the soldiers. The Emperor decided to use Nakago as a tool from then on, knowing his potential. Captivated by his beauty, he opted to keep him as a Sex Slave as well despite Nakago being only a little boy.
  • Creator's Pet: Nakago. To the point that this is on the YMMV page only due to formality, since as mentioned before, Yuu Watase herself confessed he's her favourite character and tended to favor him because of it.
  • Damsel Scrappy: Miaka.
  • Designated Heroine: We're meant to sympathize with Mayo? Really?
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Nakago has done atrocious deeds, but lots of fangirls love him and handwave his evil actions just because he's OMG SO PRETTY. The fact that he's Watase's personal favourite character doesn't exactly help.
    • Suboshi also gets this treatment due to several woobifying events in his background. His more rabid fans seem to think that the fact Nakago manipulated him means that he can be absolved of any real fault for his murder of Tamahome's family...
  • Ear Worm: Go ahead. Just try to get that ending cliffhanger music, and the song it led into, out of your head.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Chichiri, who's easily one of the most popular characters in the story by a long shot. Nuriko and Tatsuki also gained a considerable amount of popularity from fans.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Nakago and Soi.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Eikoden and the first OAV series are basically regarded as non-canon by fans. The character novels are also highly unpopular with fans, largely due to accusations of retconning.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Suboshi is far more popular a love interest for Yui than Yui's canon boyfriend, Tetsuya.
  • Foe Yay: Nakago/Tamahome. Even creator Yuu Watase is all over that!
  • Ho Yay: Nuriko's feelings for Hotohori and Tomo's for Nakago, both canon. Plus, the aforementioned Tamahome/Nakago Foe Yay.
    • And there was apparently enough Tasuki/Nuriko going on that they became the basis for one of the earliest yaoi doujinshi out of the gate. It doesn't really help either that their English seiyuu got married.
    • Suboshi/Amiboshi, even lampshaded when Miaka sees them together and compares it to a romantic movie with the same person playing both parts.
    • There's also that scene where Taka and Tasuki inexplicably go take a nap together.
    • How about Miaka's brother Keisuke with Tamahome? Just look at how the former gushed at the latter once he woke up.
  • Memetic Mutation: "TAMAHOME!" "MIAKA!"
  • Moe: Nyan-Nyan, Boushin, Chou Kourin and Yuiren.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Suboshi violently killing Tamahome's father and little siblings.
    • Nakago encouraging Suboshi to kill Tamahome's family (which keeps being forgotten/handwaves by his fans) and, at different times, making Yui and Miaka believe they had been raped.
    • In Eikou Den, Mayo stealing Miaka's unborn baby and trying to erase her from existence.)
  • Narm Charm: A lot of moments in the English dub of the anime come across as either of these two. The main two that come to mind are Episodes 4 and 5 of the second OVA: Tasuki's Near-Rape Experience with Miaka is dramatic until you remember what other roles Daran Norris has had, and Hikou's death is an absolute Tear Jerker... right until you hear the sound effect they use. In fact, the whole scene can be seen as Narm because of the music they're using.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Miaka's hatedom just loves to do this to her so they can pair themselves/their Mary Sue with Tamahome instead.
  • The Scrappy: The anime's portrayal of Miaka tends to get her slammed as a Purity Sue. The manga portrays her in a more realistic way. Ironically, Mayo Sakaki from Eikoden fits the Mary Sue bill more, technically speaking, and actually replaced Miaka as the Scrappy in the eyes of some fans with the release of Eikoden. Ashitare, Yui and Tomo have also gained a degree of Scrappydom.
    • In fact, Miaka is one of the most hated female characters in anime/manga — to the degree when fans used a "Level of Suck" meter to measure other shoujo heroines. "At least she's not a Miaka".
  • Tastes Like Diabetes
  • Villain Sue: Nakago, if you ask a good chunk of fandom.
  • Word of Gay: Yuu Watase seems to get a big kick out of Tamahome/Nakago shipping and has also said at a con that if she ever wrote a doujinshi for her series, it would probably be Tamahome/Tasuki.

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