Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 47-52

The grand finale(ish)!
A close-up of a teenage girl in a battered school uniform, looking determined, her hair flaring out around her. She glows with a red light.

Part 8 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Vrai, Caitlin, and me! As gods rise, characters fall, and the TV series comes to an explosive conclusion, the team discusses the highs and lows and argues for the show’s place in the anime canon. We’re not completely done (there’s still the OVAs to tackle), but I hope you’ll permit me a little sappy nostalgia even so.

Highlights include: Tasuki and Chichiri having their Helm’s Deep Moment, Nakago’s BackstoryFail, and Miaka and Tamahome getting by with a little help from their friends.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 41-46

Hope you got your umbrella ready for this plot downpour.

A short-haired girl in a school uniform, looking exasperated, points over her shoulder at a girl with medium-length hair wearing the same uniform. This girl is kneeling on one knee, a mirror clutched to her chest and a rose held out in one hand as if she's trying to woo someone. In the foreground is the back of a man's head.

Part 7 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Caitlin, Vrai, and me! With the badlands safely behind us, we can return to the show’s usual mixed bag of big adventure and even bigger emotions as the series heads into its action-packed home stretch. It’s a wild ride, but a largely entertaining one, with a few dollops of emotional resonance and forced dramatic bullshit on the side. It just wouldn’t be Fushigi Yugi without both, would it?

Highlights include: Geriatric Celestial warriors, various folks meeting various makers (not necessarily their own), and Miaka continuing to be a delightfully thirsty protagonist.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 35-40

Welcome to the badlands, folks.

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Part 6 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Vrai, Caitlin, and me! This week we find ourselves in a desert both literal and figurative, as the series subjects us to a repetitive, joyless hell where our only escapes are headcanon AUs, visual novel tangents, and Riff Raff impersonations. Grab some margaritas, ’cause you know we got the salt (…and some of the margaritas, too), and we’ll all get through this wasteland together.

Highlights(?) include: The episode that won’t end, the hole that keeps on giving, and the ensemble cast that time forgot. Content warning for depictions of attempted rape and sexual assault. (Like, a ludicrous amount of it.)

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 28-34

Fushigi Yugi: You will have an emotion” has never been a truer tagline.

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Part 5 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Caitlin, Vrai, and me. Emotions run high as the team grapples with the loss of a beloved character and the many, many problems with the story’s handling of gender and sexuality. Meanwhile, I struggle to balance my emotional reaction with my analytical one, and fail pretty spectacularly. But hey! it also features one of my favorite goofs, so it ain’t all gloom ‘n’ doom, eh?

Highlights include: Tamahome and Miaka slowly fusing into a single being, hilaribad (and sometimes just bad) gender essentialism, and Nuriko discourse. Lots and lots of Nuriko discourse. Content warning for phobia, erasure, and just generally terrible handling of trans issues.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 21-27

One last celebration before we hit the rocky trail.

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Part 4 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Caitlin, Vrai, and yours truly! In another strong week, the ensemble cast shines and even the romantic beats land… but there are storm clouds on the horizon, and we ain’t just talking about Soi’s lightning powers. Highlights include: Unintentional ace power fantasies, the fine line between emotional resonance and emotional manipulation, and Chichiri giving me a lot of feelings. Buckle up, homies. 

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 15-20

Two monster movies, a spy caper, and an action-packed throwdown? It’s fun for the whole family!

Three chibi figures are piled awkwardly atop each other in a tree: On top is a man with flyaway bangs and smiling eyes wearing a tunic; below him is a girl with her hair in two buns, teeth gritted and eyes squinted; and at the bottom of the pile is a redhead in a dark jacket, looking below him with a wide-mouthed look of shock

Part 3 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Caitlin, Vrai and me! We recorded this one late on a weekday evening, so if you listen closely you can hear the sleeplessness slowly consume us! It’s another fun batch episodes as Miaka wraps up her road trip and my favorite duo takes their comedy show on the road. Highlights include: Resurrected ‘shipping wars, a new tag line for the DVD box sets (you’re welcome, Discotek), and Tasuki being a very good boy.

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Podcast: Fushigi Yugi Watchalong – Episodes 8-14

My boys are back in town!

A chibi man with flyaway bangs wearing a tunic and prayer beads smiles wide and pulls off a mask that looks identical to his current smiling face. Next to him, a girl in a modern school uniform watches with bugged-out eyes, sweatdropping.

It’s Part 2 of the Fushigi Yugi watchalong with Vrai, Caitlin, and yours truly! This week, the series hits its stride as an engaging fantasy adventure and tackles some difficult topics, with… mixed results. Highlights include: Questionable decisions from teenagers, the introduction of my favorite anime character in the history of anime characters, and a pair of trash banditz I wasted years of my life not ‘shipping together.

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