Ranked #987

Gensoumaden Saiyuuki

Alternative Titles

English: Saiyuki
Synonyms: Gensou Maden Saiyuki
Japanese: 幻想魔伝 最遊記

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2000 to Mar 27, 2001
Premiered: Spring 2000
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo, Dentsu, Group TAC
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Manga
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 7.721 (scored by 12,226 users)
Ranked: #9872
Popularity: #1406
Members: 28,707
Favorites: 667
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Synopsis

Many years ago, humans and demons lived in harmony. But that unity ended when demons started attacking humans and plotted a mission to unleash Gyumao—an evil demon imprisoned for thousands of years. Now, Genjo Sanzo, a rogue priest, must team up with three demons—Sha Gojyo, Son Goku, and Cho Hakkai—and embark on a perilous journey to the west to stop these demons from resurrecting Gyumao and restore the balance between humans and demons on Earth.

(Source: ANN)

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Characters & Voice Actors

Genjou, Sanzo
Genjou, Sanzo
Main
Seki, Toshihiko
Japanese
Seki, Toshihiko
Son, Gokuu
Son, Gokuu
Main
Hoshi, Soichiro
Japanese
Hoshi, Soichiro
Cho, Hakkai
Cho, Hakkai
Main
Ishida, Akira
Japanese
Ishida, Akira
Sha, Gojyo
Sha, Gojyo
Main
Hirata, Hiroaki
Japanese
Hirata, Hiroaki

Staff

Date, Hayato
Date, Hayato
Director, Storyboard
Yokote, Michiko
Yokote, Michiko
Script
Shimokawa, Mikuni
Shimokawa, Mikuni
Theme Song Performance
Minekura, Kazuya
Minekura, Kazuya
Original Creator

More episodes Episodes(0/50)

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Opening Theme

#1: "For Real" by Hidenori Tokuyama (eps 1-26)
#2: "Still Time" by Hidenori Tokuyama (eps 27-50)

Ending Theme

#1: "Tightrope" by Charcoal Filter (eps 1-26)
#2: "Alone" by Mikuni Shimokawa (eps 27-50)



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Ranivus
Jul 30, 2008
::QUICK REVIEW::
Story: 5 (another "Journey to the West" spinoff)
Art: 6 (Pretty above standard fare for its time)
Sound: 7 (English voice acting was impressive don't miss it)
Character: 8 (first male team that didn't make me feel gay)
Enjoyment: 9 (Main characters made this show great)
Overall: 35/50 = 7.0 (Didn't mean to make the score look like that)


::FULL REVIEW::
Ever since Dragon Ball, there have been a large influx of anime basing themselves on the "Journey to the West" epic piece. It's storyline is perfect for an anime iteration, but then again, any idea can become an anime. Well what I'm getting at is that this is another read more
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Chelle
Nov 9, 2006
Saiyuki is one of those animes that just grabs you from the very first episode, and won't let you go, even though, it is an episodic anime. Most of the storylines only take 1 to 2 episodes to tell, as you follow these 4 travelers, sent by the gods, to prevent the reawakening of an old, extremely dangerous demon.
My only complaint about this anime would be the animation. There are a lot of "still shots" used during the battle scenes, but you can overlook that. The animation is also not as clean as I would like to be, but I think, maybe, read more
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yoohoodelilah
May 13, 2008
What is there to say? For one, Saiyuki has quickly crawled to the very top of my "favorite anime" list, and I don't believe it will be leaving anytime soon.

Story: Based on an old Chinese story, the story of Saiyuki is addicting and entertaining. The simple idea of four total opposites finding a way to travel together on a journey to "save the world" is kind of hilarious. Now, the story itself isn't quite as interesting as the comedy or the characters, but with an "evil" group trailing the Saiyuki boys, a few crazy demons here and there, and a huge secret from the past read more
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phantom234
Oct 27, 2014
The characters are brilliant, but also cliche. The music is awesome, but the voices are awkward. The design is wonderful, but the animation is clunky.

Ultimately, this show somehow became one of my favorites.

The story is one of the most important parts of an anime, and to be honest, it's a bit lacking. Many individual episodes stand on their own, and sometimes it's hard to discern what is filler and what is driving the plot forward. The ending felt rushed. However, where it fails in tying together a plot, it succeeds in creating characters you want to root for, which is my second point....

The characters are read more
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Both contain characters sent on a mission, great battles, and have characters with powers. 
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Both are about long journeys. And the most frequent phrase of main heroes in these animes is "Hara heta" - I'm hungry. 
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Anime: Dragon Ball
The stories are somewhat based on the same legend, especially both Goku's (two monkeys). At first I thought that Saiyuki's Goku was a ripoff of Dragon Ball. Saiyuki is meant for older audience than Dragon Ball, but it still has a bit of humor and the feeling that the good guys will always save the day. 
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Anime: Hellsing Ultimate
They both have great battles. Saiyuki has character that fight demons, while Hellsing Ultimate has them fight with vampires. Both are fighting great evils. 
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