Gensoumaden Saiyuuki


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Alternative Titles

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: 7.541 (scored by 2163921,639 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #17312
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2971
Members: 55,889
Favorites: 800

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Episodes: /50


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)

Characters & Voice Actors


Date, Hayato
Director, Storyboard
Tsuru, Toshiyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Yamazaki, Takashi
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Watanabe, Kenichirou
Episode Director


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 8, 2021
It should be noted that I have not read the manga so this review is based on the anime so if I write something out of place I'm sorry.

Gensoumaden Saiyuuki is an anime that for the long duration (episodes) you can expect something good but the reality is that there are 50 episodes in which you see practically the same thing (except for some episodes in which it tells the past of each character or something that is of interest to the story) as in each chapter are the same dialogues (Gokuu all the time saying that he is hungry and Sanzou scolding him or ...
Nov 7, 2020
Mixed Feelings
There's so many good review already, mine would be extra and might not help much but I can't seem to find anyone have a complete list of story order around the net though, it took me some time, I hope it helped anyone who interested ... Enjoy ...

- Saiyuki Watch Order -

0. (1999) Saiyuki Premium | 2 Episodes (Original)
1. (2011) Saiyuki Gaiden | 3 Episodes (Before They Reborn?)
2. (2007) Saiyuki Reload Burial | 3 Episodes (Before They Team)
3. (2000) Gensoumaden Saiyuki | 50 Episodes (After They Team)
4. (2001) Gensoumaden Saiyuki Requiem | Part 1 Movie
5. (2002) Gensoumaden Saiyuki Kibou no Zaika/A Sin of Hope | ...
Nov 9, 2023
Preliminary (5/50 eps)
I will keep it as short and as simple as possible.

I never care about animation or quality, I've seen countless animes where people in chorus complain how terrible the animations were, yet I never saw anything wrong at all. But Gensoumaden Saiyuki is the first anime where the animation is so lacking and rudimentary that I can't help but call it "BAD", because it is. Most visible in fighting scenes that look so poorly animated it's almost painful to look at.

What I mean is there is barely any animation whatsoever. Just static images moving around the screen with some flashy background. One example is ...

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