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This is a little spotlight on Nuriko from Fushigi Yuugi.

When introduced she's part of the ignored harem of the Emperor of Konan, and she's deeply in love with and devoted to the Emperor. She is also one of the seven chosen guardians for the Priestess of Suzaku (as is the Emperor), and she has the gift of super human strength. We later discover she's Assigned Male at Birth... And the characters after this point vary in how they treat her.

The text itself, really confuses the line between gay drag queen/okama, and trans woman... owing part to different cultural norms, and just the general confusion that people have on the issue. Presented here are some early scenes dealing with her outing... the reason behind her feminine presentation, and her ultimate fate... warning for some homophobic, and transmisogynistic content.





For this part read left-to-right





Miaka is replaced by an evil mirror duplicate who outs Nuriko





Much later Nuriko tells her story to Miaka, and Tamahome (for the rest of the post read right to left)







Later still Nuriko cuts her hair and starts wearing men's clothing









Nuriko fights one of the rival Seiryuu Guardians over a holy relic, almost bleeding out in the process, and then moves a huge boulder to allow the Suzaku team to get the relic which pretty much finishes the job.







Being a supernatural story this isn't quite the last we see of Nuriko, and she does get a female reincarnation. But yeah...

This series had a big impact on me as a teen, though at the time I was pretty uncomfortable with Nuriko since I was not comfortable with myself... and now I have some mixed feelings on how the character is handled.
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