The story exists because of a book...
Miaka and Yui are two normal high school students, no difference from you and I. All they care about is exam, until one day when they go to the library. As they are studying, Miaka discovers an unlocked private room in the library. Miaka quietly sneeks into the room, with Yui following her. They discover that the room is actually a storage room for valuable books. Suddenly, there is a tiny earthquake, and a book falls down. Miaka picks it up and finds it pretty interesting, thus asks Yui to come over and read it. The name of the book - The Four Gods of the Sky and Earth ¥|¯«€¯Ša®¯.
"This is a story of a girl, who gathers the Seven Seishi of Susaku,
receives all of the power, and have her wishes come true...
The book itself is a spell. Whoever finishes reading it will experience what the girl does, which are: receives all of the power, and have the wishes fulfilled.
As the pages are flipped, the story has already become the truth, and begun..."
Suddenly, there is an earthquake. Both Miaka and Yui are too scared to notice the changes happening around them, until they realize that they are not in the library room. It looks like ancient China. A gang of bullies see Yui and think they can sell her for a good cost. Miaka tries to save Yui, but end up having herself being caught. Luckily, they are saved by a young man. When Miaka wants to ask him where they are, an earthquake happens again, and they are back into the room. Before they can recall what has just happened, they are discovered by a library staff and are kicked out of the room.
Miaka can't stop thinking of the young man who has saved them, and writes it down into her diary. Unfortunately, Miaka's mother reads her diary and is very angry about it. She has a big arguement with her mother. Miaka runs to the library without knowing why. She thinks it will be a good idea to continue to read the book, and therefore goes into the room.
"a young man with the word 'Ogre °'
on his forehead...
When the girl saves her friend, a young man with the word 'Ogre °' on his forehead appears..."
"What?!" This is Miaka's first reaction
after reading that paragraph. She can't believe that she and Yui are in the
story. All of a sudden, lights
shines out from the book, and Miaka disappears after a few seconds. A sentence appears on the book:
"The girl finally opens the door of the exterior world in the legend, and begins her story..."