Fushigi Yugi: Priestess (The Mysterious Play, Vol 1)
Fushigi Yugi Priestess - The Mysterious Play, Vol 1 Author:Yuu Watase From the author of the popular Ceres, Celestial Legend, winner of the 43rd Shogakukan Manga Prize comes the first volume of the most popular shojo manga in America. In this adventure, the discovery of a mysterious book transports Miaka and her best friend Yui into a strange new world reminiscent of ancient China. They set out to find and befrien... more »d seven Celestial Warriors, including dashing mercenary Tamahome and wannabe empress Nuriko. Only then can Miaka summon the power of the god Suzaku, find her true love, and get home safely.« less
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As a man, I can say that this is one of the few wholly shoujo (girls) manga out there that a guy can really enjoy... and NOT because of fanservice, because there's none - the very scarce nudity always serves a purpose, it's not gratuitous.
It's a mostly uncomplicated love story with excellent artwork, fanciful but believable characters, and enough action to convince you that the author would make a top-notch shounen (boys) mangaka.
Some may not find it interesting that the lovers get together almost right away, but the challenges they face and overcome together during the 18 volumes of this series really drive home the subtle and oh-so-true undertone coursing through them all: it really is easy to fall in love, but making a relationship work always takes EFFORT.
That's why every time I read it, it reminds me - just a little - of my wife and myself :)