- Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: The story is well-told and the characters believeable, though as death is a presence over the entire series (and according to Yuu Watase, Life And Death is the theme of the manga), there are some scenes that can come across as being slapped together for drama but ultimately don't leave as much of an impact as they could. Case in point, Hagus' death feels like a cop-out to age up Tegu
- Game-Breaker: Urumiya.
- Iron Woobie: Lord Temudan turns out to be this, since he's been through enormous and horrible pain through all of his life andf yet is still determined to go on in one or another way.
- Nightmare Fuel: Takiko being subjected to TONS of Body Horror, as she summons Genbu and is consumed by him. Hoooooly shit.
- Only the Author Can Save Them Now: The Urumiya arc.
- Strangled by the Red String: Firuka and Hagas.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Shigi. He plays a larger role as part of the Kutou army and is the one who kills Tomite, but what little of his past is revealed makes him all the more interesting. Shigi's hometown was attacked by bandits, his family killed and he was left to starve, going so far as to eat animal bones simply to survive. Eventually he's caught and is made an eunuch, with implications that he was raped before or after the procedure, before he was finally found by Lord Hakei and offered a position of authority and a good life.
- What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Takiko is often used to bash her sort-of predecessor, Miaka. Without taking in account how both girls' lives are extremely different (Takiko is from Imperial Japan, Miaka from the Japan of The '90s), or how without Miaka as The Protagonist of the original... there would be no Takiko to start with.
YMMV / Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden