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Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Characters and Story Plot

Updated on October 26, 2014

Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden by Yuu Watase

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden is the prequel to the popular manga series Fushigi Yuugi, the Mysterious Play. The story begins in the northern part of Japan in a small village called Morioka. The year is 1923.

Genbu Kaiden revolves around a young girl named Takiko Okuda. Takiko lives with her mother, her grandmother and her father, who is rarely at home.

Takiko cares for her ill mother who is dying from Tuberculosis. She is not very well liked at school and in fact, has very few friends at all. Her only true friend is man named Takao Osugi. He is an old friend of her father.

Unexpectedly, Takiko's father returns home. He is terribly exhausted from his long journey, but almost immediately after returning home, he starts working on the translation of a book that is written in another language. It's called the Shijintenchisho; The Book of the Universe of the Four Gods.

Takiko does not like her father very much because in her opinion, he has never seemed to care about his family. After returning from a meal one evening she is told that her mother died. Even more than her mother's death, she's pained by her father's lack of reaction.

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Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden
Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Plot

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden continues with Takiko running out of the house being followed by Takao. She admits her love but he rejects her because he already has a family.

After that, Takiko returns back home and together with her grandmother, she prepares her mother's body for her funeral.

During that time, Takiko's father finishes the translation of his book. Takiko angrily storms into his room demanding to know why he isn't helping them. She snatches the book out of his hands and runs out the door.

She eventually confronts her father again, but he keeps evading her questions and when he finally demands that she return the book, Takiko tries to destroy it. Instead, the book opens and Takiko disappears in a bright flash of light.

She finds herself in a mysterious land covered with snow.

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden and the adventures of the Genbu priestess have just begun!

Read a preview of fushigi yugi genbu kaiden , volume 1 on Shojo Beat.

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Art
Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Art

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Takiko Okuda
Takiko Okuda

Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden Main Characters

Takiko Okuda

Seventeen-year-old schoolgirl Takiko Okuda is the main character of Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden. She has no friends at school, but is an excellent student.

The year is 1923 and Takiko's mother has recently died of Tuberculosis. Believing that her father cares more about his work than his family, Takiko attempts to rip apart her father's translation of "The Book of the Four Gods of Heaven and Earth."

Upon opening the book however, she is sucked inside and forced to live out the story of the Genbu Priestess.

Takiko is soon revealed to be the Priestess of Genbu. She is destined to summon the god Genbu, but only after she has gathered together the seven Celestial Warriors.

Takiko is an impulsive and strong willed character, although she feels uncertain and insecure in her decisions at times.

Limdo falls in love with her early in the story and she eventually comes to reciprocate, though they must keep their relationship a secret.

Uruki/Limdo Roun
Uruki/Limdo Roun

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Characters

Limdo/Uruki Roun

"When the Priestess opens the Book of the Four Gods of Heaven and Earth and appears, your son will definitely kill you."

Born under this ill-fated prophecy, sixteen-year-old, Limdo Roun, son of the Qu-Dong emperor, is faced with a unique situation. As well being the Emperor's son, Limdo is also the Genbu Celestial Warrior, Uruki, a woman!

Limdo's powers allow him to control wind, but only while in female form. Not something he is really happy about.

Limdo has no desire to fulfill his role as a Celestial Warrior and at one point even discourages Takiko from taking up her role as the Genbu priestess.

He predicts that it will only lead to despair.

Limdo and Takiko fall in love, but due to uncontrollable circumstances they are forced to keep their love a secret.

Fushigi Yuugu Genbu Kaiden Takiko/Rimdo
Fushigi Yuugu Genbu Kaiden Takiko/Rimdo

Takiko and Uruki

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden montage dedicated to Takiko and Uruki

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Volume 1 - See how it all began

Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden is the prequel to the original Fushigi Yugi.

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden 1
Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden 1

This story of love, hate, commitment and betrayal is a must for anyone who enjoyed the original Fushigi Yugi.

 
Tomite Tan
Tomite Tan

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Characters

Tomite Tan

A master archer at the young age of sixteen, Tomite Tan is a bounty hunter from the Ha tribe.

In Genbu Kaiden, Tomite is the second Celestial Warrior that Takiko recruits on her journey, and Hikitsu's childhood friend.

Like Uruki, Tomite tries to fight his fate as a chosen Celestial Warrior until later in the story.

He uses his power to create ice in conjunction with his archery skills to shoot arrows of ice.

At first he seems to be jealous of the chemistry between Takiko and Limdo. Could he too have feelings for Takiko?

Hikitsu
Hikitsu

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Characters

Hikitsu

Hikitsu's real name is Chen Emutato. He is a member of the Kan clan which lived together with Tomite's Han clan, but then the clan moved to the southern region for the warm weather. Hikitsu decides to stay behind.

He has a younger sister called Aira. His symbol is on his right eye (hence the eye-bandage) and the Chinese character for laddle or dipper.

Hikitsu has two abilities that he utilizes as a Celestial Warrior. His main ability allows him to control water. He forms water with his will and uses it in his attacks as well as defense. He can even freeze the water but he is rather unskilled in that regard.

Hikitsu's second ability is his self-named "Shikyokan". It allows him see into another person's mind and also allows others to participate in the memories of that person.

Hikitsu and Tomite from Fushigi Yuugi
Hikitsu and Tomite from Fushigi Yuugi
Hatsui
Hatsui

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Characters

Hatsui

Hatsui is a twelve-year-old boy whose parents, at their death, leave him a large debt. This causes the villagers to be cruel and mistreat him.

Hatsui finds it hard to trust in others. This mistrust has come from the way the people in his village treat him.

Accidentally killing one of the villagers who are picking on him, he runs away to hide in the woods for fear of his own safety.

When Takiko comes across him, Hatsui is being used to kill the enemies of a female assassin named Fen. (An assassin who was hired by Uruki's father to kill Takiko and the Celestial Warriors).

Takiko makes him understand and accept his destiny as a Celestial Warrior. He follows her on their search to find the others.

Hatsui's skill as a healer proves to be useful many times during the journey.

Namame
Namame

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Characters

Namame

Namame was created from a magical stone called Seimei stone in the stone garden near Iferui. While having the ability to change his looks, he does not have the skill to successfully fool anyone.

His power is over earth and stone. He can use his will alone to form these elements as he pleases and uses them in his attacks. He can also create massive earthquakes with his powers.

His symbol, which appears on the left side of his chest, is the Chinese character for "wall"

He was found and taken care of by the High Priestess Anrou, who is killed in a Kutou attack. Before her death however, Anrou gives Namame to Takiko.

Takiko has not been able to talk with this Genbu Kaiden character.

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Manga - Volumes 2-5

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden 2
Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden 2

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden volume 2

 
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 4
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 4

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden volume 4

 
Inami
Inami

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Characters

Inami

Inami was raised in the imperial harem for the Rowun clan. Because of this, Inami possesses a surprising amount of knowledge concerning the inner workings of the Hokkan imperial court.

When Inami's own existence as a Celestial Warrior surfaced eleven years prior, she is forced to flee in order to protect herself and her unborn child. Although she escapes her attackers, she was wounded and left to freeze-to-death. Inami is rescued by a brothel madam named Shunu and her attendants.

Inami was permanently taken in by Shunu, who presented an optimistic view that "someday they'd all be able to live happily in the sunlight instead of the darkness of the night."

What help will Inami prove to be to Takiko?

Urumiya
Urumiya

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Characters

Urumiya

Haagasu is a subordinate of Uruki's father. His main task is to murder Rimdo in order to save his brother, but he is also is required to kill the Priestess and her other Celestial Warriors.

At first he works as a lone wolf, but soon after he joins with the Kutou army and their special task-force led by a man named Shigi.

Haagasu has the ability to steal the abilities of other Celestial Warriors once they have been used. Although he uses "copy cat" techniques in his fighting abilities, he proves to be a powerful adversary.

Is he really as evil as he portrays? Find out by reading Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Symbols

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Symbols
Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Symbols

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden Manga - Volumes 6-9

Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 7
Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden, Vol. 7

Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden volume 7

 

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      lzlpio90 2 years ago

      I definitely love this story! How i wish they will make an anime out of it! That would be fantastic!

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      Madeline. 2 years ago

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I have seen Fushigi Yuugi cartoon series when I was much younger. This prequel seems interesting.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just finished reading Fushigi Yuugi and what a great book!

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      AlaskaHydro LM 7 years ago

      great review

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Sounds great. I may try.