Gensoumaden Saiyuuki


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Alternative Titles

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


Type: TV
Episodes: 50
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 4, 2000 to Mar 27, 2001
Premiered: Spring 2000
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 18:30 (JST)
Producers: TV Tokyo, Dentsu, Group TAC
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Studio Pierrot
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, DemonsDemons, DramaDrama, ShounenShounen, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.581 (scored by 1745617,456 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #13522
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2434
Members: 47,243
Favorites: 837
Ranked #1352Popularity #2434Members 47,243
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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Date, Hayato
Director, Storyboard
Yamazaki, Takashi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Yokote, Michiko
Shimokawa, Mikuni
Theme Song Performance


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)

Jul 30, 2008
Ranivus (All reviews)
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)

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
Nov 9, 2006
Chelle (All reviews)
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
May 13, 2008
yoohoodelilah (All reviews)
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
Aug 20, 2012
angelsreview (All reviews)
Well, I have to say that this is one of my favorite shows even if it does have some flaws. We open with one of the most epic narrations by Sanzo and then get into the bad ass additude as he attacks Goku. The why the show introduces the characters is actually one of the reasons why I really like this show. We see each character in their ‘element’ so to speak and not all at once. It also doesn’t give us a whole lot of narration about these characters because they don’t really need it this early in the show. We get small tastes read more

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