Copyright: © 1995 Yu Watase / Shogakukan Shojo Comic / TV Tokyo / Studio Pierrot, © 1998 Pioneer Entertainment
Director: Kamegaki Hajime Original Story: Yu Watase Character Design: Motohashi Hideyuki Series structure: Urasawa Yoshio
Miaka Yuki is will be completing her third year of middle school this year, and plans to apply to Jonan Academy... as long as she doesn't keep daydreaming about food during classes. But Miaka wasn't expecting to be literally drawn into a story when she accompanied her friend, Yui Hongo, to the National Library. After all, Yui was only there to return a book!
But when Miaka follows the faint rustlings of a beautiful flame-red bird into the reference room, the pair discovers an ancient Chinese book -- a book whose first pages are the incantations of a spell that allows the reader to become characters in the story itself... and suddenly, Miaka and Yui find themselves within the story of Shijin Ten Sho, and into the heart of medieval China! Things get even worse when the first people they meet aren't members of the local tourist bureau, but are a pair of slave traders. But just when things look hopeless, a mysterious gentleman appears, rescuing them from their horrible fate... a man with the Chinese character for 'ogre' emblazoned on his forehead.
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