fushigi yugi 9

Fushigi Yugi, Vol. 9: Lover

by Yu Watase

Spoilers ahead and trigger warnings for rape and attempted rape

I hate this volume so much. So I won’t be doing a summary I’ll just go right into the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The good: The warriors are trying to deal with Nuriko’s death. Tamahome is a little harsh with Miaka but he is upset too and he does apologize. He gets a few points for that. I also really liked seeing two of the Genbu warriors.

The bad: Suboshi forcing his feelings on Yui was annoying. He only backed off when she talked about being assaulted. She should not have had to do that to get him to behave.

The ugly: I am so angry and I remember being so angry when I read this the first time. I also mentioned in a previous volume that I’d save some ranting for when something is actually revealed. This is that volume. It’s revealed that Yui wasn’t raped. Nakago’s line, “Unfortunately for you her eminence was never raped.” Garbage. All levels of garabage. Here’s the thing, Yui would have known. The same for Miaka in this sequence. Nakago tricks her into being alone with him and he knocks her out and implies that something happened. Miaka would also have known. So basically, this whole thing was played for plot tension. We are supposed to think that Miaka can’t summon Suzaku now. I do not have the patience to coherently articulate any further.

This is why I hesitated to write this post at all. But I’m doing the whole series.

2 thoughts on “Thoughts: Fushigi Yugi Vol. 9

  1. I wish more leading men were genuinely good guys who treated their girlfriends well, I can’t understand for the life of me why being ‘possessive’ and ‘not taking no for an answer’ are considered attractive traits. And yeah, thumbs down for sexual assault as a cheap plot device! 😦

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