Saiyuki (manga)

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Saiyuki
Saiyuki Volume One.jpg
The cover of the first Saiyuki volume.
最遊記
(Saiyūki)
Genre Adventure, Shenmo, Fantasy, Comedy, Supernatural
Manga
Written by Kazuya Minekura
Published by Enix
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly GFantasy
Original run February 18, 1997January 18, 2002
Volumes 9
Original video animation
Directed by Takashi Sogabe
Music by Yuriko Nakamura
Studio Tokyo Kids
Released April 23, 1999August 27, 1999
Episodes 2
Manga
Saiyuki Gaiden
Written by Kazuya Minekura
Published by Enix
Demographic Shōnen (1999-2003)
Jōsei (2003-2009)
Magazine Monthly GFantasy (June 1999-February 2003)
Monthly Comic ZERO-SUM (November 2003-July 2009)
Original run June 1999July 2009
Volumes 9
Anime television series
Gensomaden Saiyuki
Directed by Hayato Date
Produced by Ken Hagino
Tetsuya Watanabe
Tomoko Gushima
Written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa
Music by Motoi Sakuraba
Studio Studio Pierrot
Dentsu
Licensed by
ADV Films (2003-2009)
AEsir Holdings (2013-present)
Network TV Tokyo (2000-2001)
English network
Original run April 4, 2000March 27, 2001
Episodes 50
Anime film
Gensomaden Saiyuki Requiem: A Requiem for The One Not Chosen
Directed by Hayato Date
Produced by Ken Hagino
Tetsuya Watanabe
Tomoko Gushima
Written by Hayato Date
Music by Motoi Sakuraba
Studio Studio Pierrot
Dentsu
Licensed by
ADV Films (2005-2009)
Released August 18, 2001
Runtime 95 minutes
Manga
Saiyuki Reload
Written by Kazuya Minekura
Published by Enix
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly GFantasy
Original run March 28, 2002June 27, 2009
Volumes 10
Original video animation
Gensomaden Saiyuki: A Sin of Hope
Studio Studio Pierrot
Dentsu
Released September 19, 2002
Anime television series
Saiyuki ReLoad
Directed by Tetsuya Endo
Music by Daisuke Ikeda
Studio Studio Pierrot
Dentsu
Licensed by
Network TV Tokyo (2003-2004)
English network
Original run October 2, 2003March 2, 2004
Episodes 25
Anime television series
Saiyuki ReLoad GunLock
Directed by Tetsuya Endo
Music by Daisuke Ikeda
Studio Studio Pierrot
Licensed by
Madman Entertainment
Network TV Tokyo (2004)
English network
Original run April 1, 2004September 23, 2004
Episodes 26
Original video animation
Saiyuki Reload: Burial
Directed by Koichi Ohata
Written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa
Music by Daisuke Ikeda
Studio Studio Pierrot
Arms
Dentsu
Released April 27, 2007May 21, 2008
Runtime 30 minutes per episode
Episodes 3
Manga
Saiyuki Ibun
Written by Kazuya Minekura
Published by Enix
Demographic Jōsei
Magazine Comic ZERO-SUM special edition WARD
Original run December 28, 2009 – ongoing
Volumes 10
Original video animation
Saiyuki Gaiden
Directed by Naoyuki Kuzuya
Written by Hajime Sasaki
Studio Anpro
Licensed by
Released March 25, 2011November 25, 2011
Runtime 30 minutes per episode
Episodes 3
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Saiyuki (最遊記 Saiyūki?) is a manga series by Kazuya Minekura which was serialized in G-Fantasy from 1997 to 2002. It spawned multiple manga sequels, anime adaptations, video games and other media. The story is loosely based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West.

Plot[edit]

Saiyuki is the story of four anti-hero-like heroes: the monk Genjyo Sanzo, the monkey king Son Goku, the half-demon Sha Gojyo, and the man who turned into a demon Cho Hakkai (formerly known as Cho Gonou). They have been dispatched by the Sanbutsushin (the Three Aspects of Buddha, who relay the orders of heaven) to travel to India to stop the possible resurrection of the Ox-Demon-King, Gyumaoh. Along the way they are beset by inept assassins, bad weather, and their own tragic personal pasts. Meanwhile, the villains, two unlikely confidants, Gyokumen Koushou (Gyumaoh's concubine, a demon) and a mad scientist, Dr. Nii Jianyi (a human), continue their attempts to restore the long-dead king. These experiments, a forbidden mixture of science and magic, spawn the "Minus Wave", infecting all of the demons in Shangri-La with madness, shattering the fragile peace that once existed between humans and demons.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The Saiyuki manga comprises five separate series. The original series comprised nine volumes, and was serialized in the manga magazine Monthly GFantasy from February 18, 1997 to January 18, 2002.[citation needed] The second series began in June 1999, and was called Saiyuki Gaiden. Saiyuki Garden also comprised nine volumes and ran for ten years in the Japanese shōjo manga magazine Zero Sum Ward.[citation needed] This second series takes place in Heaven, 500 years before the first Saiyuki series. The plot is based around the four main characters of Saiyuki in their past lives, and details exactly what it was they did to get thrown out of heaven. In 2002, a third series was made entitled Saiyuki Reload that lasted 10 volumes long. The third series was serialized in the monthly Japanese Jousei manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum and completed its run in 2009 in the August edition.[citation needed] The third series spun out a fourth series called Saiyuki Reload Blast which is currently being serialized in Monthly Comic Zero Sum.[citation needed] The fifth and final series made titled Saiyuki Ibun started in 2009, and is currently running in Zero Sum Ward.[citation needed] The fifth series follows Priest Koumyou Sanzo in his days before inheriting the Sanzo Title.

Anime[edit]

The first adaptation of Saiyuki was a two episode OVA by Tokyo Kids. The first episode was released on April 23, 1999, while the second episode was released on August 27, 1999. A television series was created by Studio Pierrot and Dentsu entitled Gensomaden Saiyuki (幻想魔伝 最遊記 Gensōmaden Saiyūki?). The series aired on TV Tokyo from April 4, 2000 to March 27, 2001 on Tuesdays at 18:30, spanning 50 episodes. Another series, Saiyuki Reload (最遊記RELOAD Saiyūki RELOAD?) was created by the same companies and it adapts from the manga of the same name. It aired on the same network from October 2, 2003 to March 25, 2004 on Thursdays at 18:30. A sequel titled Saiyuki Reload Gunlock (最遊記RELOADGUNLOCK Saiyūki RELOAD GUNLOCK?) was also created by the companies and aired on the same network from April 1, 2004 to September 23, 2004 on Thursdays at 25:30. ADV Films licensed Gensomaden Saiyuki and the movie. The sequels Saiyuki Reload and Saiyuki Reload Gunlock are licensed by Geneon in North America, and consist of 25 and 26 episodes respectively. Saiyuki Reload is faithful to the manga from the fourteenth episode and onward, having deviated from it for the first 13 episodes. Saiyuki Reload Gunlock also starts off deviated from the manga, until midway into the series, but strays from it during its finale.

Enoki Films holds the US license to Gensomaden Saiyuki under the title Saiyuki: Paradise Raiders. There has also been a movie (Saiyuki: Requiem) adapted into English that is also licensed by ADV. A new OVA has been released by Studio Pierrot, which covers the "Burial" arc of the Saiyuki Reload manga; it is called Saiyuki Reload: Burial.

Live Action Musicals[edit]

Saiyuki Kagekiden & Saiyuki: Dead or alive, which had the same cast, & a man in drag playing the role of Kanzeon Bosatsu. The third musical, Saiyuki: God Child, has only the actors of Ginjo Sanzo, Son Goku and Dr. Ni being the same.

Video games[edit]

Saiyuki Reload Gunlock game cover

On March 18, 2004, a Saiyuki Reload role-playing video game was released by Bandai for the PlayStation 2. The player is an original character who journeys with Genjyo Sanzo, Son Goku, Sha Gojyo and Cho Hakkai. The player commands the four in menu-based battles that allow for attacks, special attacks, and combination attacks. The game tells an original story, and Bandai included a bonus Saiyuki Reloaded voice CD for those who pre-ordered.

Saiyuki Reload Gunlock was released in Japan on August 5, 2004, by Bandai for the PlayStation 2. This fighting game features a total of eight playable characters including Sanzo, Goku, Gojyo and Hakkai as well as Kougaiji, Chin Yisou, Kamisama, and Hazel. Playable game modes include traditional single and multiplayer modes, as well as Practice Mode, Watch Mode, and a story-akin Dramatic Mode.

Reception[edit]

During its premiere as a television series the Saiyuki manga sold more than 3,200,000 as of Volume 6 estimation by ComiPress.[1] Meanwhile, Saiyuki Gaiden and Saiyuki Reload continued to be at the top 10 weekly Japanese ranking chart whenever a manga volume debuted. In 2000 Genjo Sanzo won the best Male Character for an Anime at Animage Grand Prix. In 2006 Saiyuki Reload was listed by PUFF (also known as Manga Oscars) known by many fans as one of the definite study guides for those who appreciate manga, as 10th in Long Stories categories. Gensomaden Saiyuki won the Animage Anime Grand Prix Award in 2000.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic Shoujo Manga Circulation Numbers". Comipress.com. 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 

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