Gensoumaden Saiyuuki


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Synonyms: Gensou Maden Saiyuki
Japanese: 幻想魔伝 最遊記
English: Saiyuki
German: Saiyuki
Spanish: Saiyuki
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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: Pierrot
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: MythologyMythology
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.551 (scored by 2128021,280 users)
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Ranked: #16002
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2842
Members: 54,365
Favorites: 785

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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.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors


Date, Hayato
Director, Storyboard
Yamazaki, Takashi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation


Opening Theme

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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
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 ...
Feb 17, 2019
Mixed Feelings
I got into this one because I heard it had a similar vibe to Yu Yu Hakusho, another fantasy series revolving around a four man main cast. For the most part, I think Saiyuki does not quite reach the heights of storytelling that series did, but it does distinguish itself in ways both good and bad.

Firstly, the plot is mostly episodic in nature, with copious episodes that succeed at establishing characterization and worldbuilding, but otherwise do not move the plot significantly. It is filler, but pretty good filler in my opinion, since it really gets the viewer immersed in the world. This is an old-school ...
Feb 14, 2010
Preliminary (25/50 eps)
Where do I start......I couldn't even finish this crap, only mad it 25 episodes in. The character animation was fine but stills during fight scenes were terrible. There was no character development and even though it has a long complex story they came across to me as stand alone. Their attempts at humor just seemed lackluster and homosexual at best. Wouldn't recommend this for anyone. 3 is probably a high rating for this and I'm ashamed to say that i spent $70.00 on this garbage. To make it worse the place I bought it wouldn't let me trade it in......guess ...

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