Fushigi Yūgi Storyline to End With Current Byakko Senki Manga

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Creator Yuu Watase cites her health as reason

Yuu Watase reported in the author's note for her first Fushigi Yūgi: Byakko Senki manga volume (seen right) on Tuesday that the manga will be the last story in the Fushigi Yūgi's "Four Gods" storyline. She explained that she is watching her health and stamina, and added that she will work hard to finish the story.

Watase launched the manga in Shogakukan's Monthly Flowers magazine last August. She previously published a 51-page one-shot manga titled Fushigi Yūgi: Byakko Ibun (Fushigi Yugi: Curious Tales of the Byakko) in Monthly Flowers in February 2015.

Watase serialized the original Fushigi Yugi manga in Shogakukan's Shōjo Comic (Shocomi) magazine from 1992 to 1996, and Shogakukan published 18 compiled book volumes. She then drew Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden from 2003 to 2013. Viz Media published both of these earlier manga and other works by Watase in North America.

The original manga inspired a 52-episode television anime series in 1995-1996. The manga also inspired three original video anime series. Geneon Entertainment first released the television series and three OVAs in North America. Media Blasters later re-released the television series on DVD in 2012-2013, and again in 2015. Media Blasters also released the three OVA series on DVD in 2013.

Crunchyroll began streaming the television series and three OVAs in February 2016.

Fushigi Yûgi has also inspired three stage play productions, as well as a stage musical, the latter of which ran in April 2016. A new stage musical will debut in October.

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