Yuu Watase debuted in the Shôjo Comic manga anthology in 1989. She won the 43rd Shogakukan Manga Award with Ceres: Celestial Legend. One of her most famous works is Fushigi Yûgi, a series that has inspired the prequel Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden. In 2008, Arata: The Legend started serialization in Weekly Shonen Sunday.
Miaka Yuki was transported into an ancient realm and given the task of assembling the seven celestial warriors of Suzaku. At the same time, Miaka's rival, Yui, is assembling the celestial warriors of Seiryu on the behalf of a kingdom with a despotic ruler. In this volume, which houses volumes seven, eight, and nine of the original series, Miaka and her warriors face ambushes and retreat from Seiryu's forces. Despite the attacks, Miaka finds herself falling in love with Tamahome, one of the celestial warriors. Many readers of the original Fushigi Yugi series should consider purchasing the VizBig editions, which preserve the original right-to-left presentation of the text and include color art extras as well as all of the mangaka marginalia. The artwork is bigger because the page sizes are slightly larger, which may appeal to some graphic novel readers and graphic novel writers and illustrators in training. Verdict This is probably the best known series of shojo fantasy currently available and should be a core title in any shojo manga collection. Recommended for older teen readers because of violence, nudity, some sexuality, and sexual violence.-Christine Gertz, Univ. of Alberta Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.