The Sanzo Ikkou continues its westward journey, on a mission to prevent a demonic resurrection. As Genjo Sanzo, Cho Hakkai, Sha Gojyo, and Son Goku fight their way to their goal, their path is fraught with internal strife. When they encounter a formidable pair of adversaries from the west, the cohesion of the group -- and the fate of the mission -- may be at stake.
Bad – worser -WORST! Yes, I know it's not grammatically correct, but it is by far the most appropriate way to describe this trilogy. By the time got to the 3rd installment, I was pretty much fed up and over this series. I don't see the point of watching a series that has no REAL point or purpose...I never read the manga, but it's pretty obvious this anime went completely off the track and ran amuck! I dropped the series! I refuse to listen to Goku say he's hungry and argue with Gojyo over meatbuns for another episode.
The art is the same as part two [Reload], which as I've stated before is pretty OK. Nothing jaw-droppingly amazing or anything. If I wasn't so fed up with the series and the way they adapted the artwork from the original designs...I might have been OK with it. But watching something that had sooooooo much potential to be way better than it currently is just brings up strong feelings of revulsion. The art is nice, maybe if they have another project to draw I can truly to appreciate it. The animation still sucks though. Same cheap f/x and animation shortcuts....especially for an “action anime” that's very disappointing.
Goku's voice is like nails on a chalkboard by this point. Does he have balls? Why does he whine so much? Hakkai is as gay as ever [not that I have issues with gayness...obviously!] Like I said in my Reload review, Sanzo and Gojyo have decent voices. The cast is a mixed bag of good and bad....the music for this series is pretty decent.
Scooby-Doo! That's what I felt like I was watching. There is ZERO progression with the story, ZERO plot or character development, ZERO entertainment! The show became completely stagnant [YES, I said STAGNANT] and straight-up ridiculous! I mean when I got to the board-game episode, that which was an obvious rip of the movie “Jumanji” I kinda barfed in my mouth a little bit and called it quits for this series. And I dare anyone to tell me that episode wasn't bullshit. This whole installment was a waste, what happened to the Merciful Goddess, Nataku and all that drama that was going on in Heaven? What happened to all the angst and darkness that was so pronounced and almost so very palpable in the first installment? That's what made this show worthwhile in the first place....it's SUPPOSED to be IRONIC or didn't anyone get that? Saiyuki is supposed to be about beautiful guys with very ugly and twisted pasts, and yet, somehow it became this watered-down shonen crappola! Also I don't know if anyone else noticed but in part one the [lesser] demons were kinda more like raving mad monsters foaming at the mouth affected by the evil miasma spreading across the land or whatever it was that's supposed to be driving them crazy but eventually they just became these generic, foul-mouthed henchmen who attack people just for the sake for attacking people.
At this stage, I wanna kill Goku! I wanna shove my hands down his throat and rip out his vocal chords. The chronic “I'm hungry, I'm hungry” whining of his ISN'T funny anymore! Actually it never was.....and why do anime creators think gluttony [over-eating] is soooo fucking hilarious? It's not, it's cliché not to mention gross. I love Goku's look, physically he's very cute [not sexually – I'm not a hentai freak or anything, I'm just saying as far as anime bishounen designs go, he's nice looking]. Actually all four main characters are nice looking....but something about Goku's and Hakkai's personalities really grate on my nerves by this 3rd installment of the series. I admit that Hakkai was a little on the meek and soft-spoken side from part one of the trilogy but secretly he was a beast, he had a very dark side and is probably second strongest to Goku.....but you'll never guess it from watching Reload or Gunlock, because by then he's like the group's bitch he does the cooking and the cleaning and his voice is equally irritating. I'm also fed up with all the same slapstick, 3-Stooges routines going on between all the characters: Goku and Gojyo fighting over food and whatnot and then Sanzo saying he's gonna shoot them, it gets very tiring.....I hope by the end of the series, he actually shoots them! [not that I intend to stick around for the end of this farce of an anime!]
Look, I will always love my Saiyuki wall posters and calendars....and I'll more than likely buy and read the manga, provided it's a completed work of course. However this anime is simply WRETCHED! This gets a  simply because of the art and the bishounen factor and because I do think the Saiyuki franchise may hold a lot more potential than this current rubbish.
Hopefully they redo the whole thing like they redid FullMetal Alchemist!read more
I wanted to write this tommorow ( June 11th 2007 ) but i felt abit bored and decided to write it now.Again im surprised no one has wrote a review on this well.....GREAT anime.
The story continues with Genjo Sanzo with his Revolver, Son Goku with his Joystick, Sha Gojyo with his Chain Sickle and Cho Hakkai with his Energy Balls and Shield.Same old weapons..................
Kougaji has been brainwashed, oh no!.. (Actually i don't really know what happened to him), and new enemies have risen.What is Sanzo and his gang gonna do about it? Now this final chapter of the Saiyuki Series is certainly the best, with more thrilling action and lots of blood!!!
Two people from the West have come to a town where they met Sanzo and his gang.They identified themselves as Hazel and Gatto,Hazel's power is to suck the souls of dead demons and use them to either heal Gatto if he's injured or revive dead humans,but there's a side effect,the humans that have been recarnated will kill all the demons on the planet at all cost ( And obviously if you look into their eyes, you can see that the pupil is a golden-yellowish colour).
Hazel is killing demons like mad because he thinks that it was the demons that killed his Master,but he was wrong all along,it was actually him that killed his master.But he did not realize it until Gatto told him before he died and Hazel was out of ammo,he couldn't heal him at all.
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock is one of the best anime ever. This review refers to my feelings towards Saiyuki Reload Gunlock, and partially refers to people who have watched Saiyuki Reload but haven't watched Saiyuki Gunlock yet.It gives them an idea of how the storyline would be.
More reviews coming soon.................................hahaha