Alakazam the Great

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Synonyms: Saiyuki, Journey to the West
Japanese: 西遊記
English: Alakazam the Great
German: Alakazam: König der Tiere
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Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 14, 1960
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Studios: Toei Animation
Source: Novel
Genre: AdventureAdventure
Duration: 1 hr. 28 min.
Rating: G - All Ages


Score: 6.281 (scored by 993993 users)
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Ranked: #72742
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Popularity: #8830
Members: 2,588
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Upon a mountain, a monkey is born from stone—nameless, parentless, and friendless. That is, until one day, he encounters a young female monkey named RinRin, who offers to be his friend. Through RinRin's encouragement, he becomes king after a test of bravery; however, his personality sours. When RinRin tells him that humans are the most intelligent creatures on Earth, the monkey vows to become smarter than them. He leaves RinRin behind and trains with a mountain hermit who gives him the name Son-Goku.

Following Goku's imprisonment for using his newfound powers to steal a celestial fruit from heaven, he is rescued by a monk. In exchange, he is asked to accompany the monk on a journey to India. This journey will prove to be yet another challenge for the monkey to overcome.

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Tezuka, Osamu
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Sugii, Gisaburou
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Jun 20, 2010
Lolita_Flora (All reviews)
Saiyuki fans the world over, if you have not watched this than there is something missing from your fan obligations that need be filled in immediately. This beautifully animated film from 1960 depicts the famous “Journey to the West” in a classic style that has set the foundation for generations to come. The legendary Story of Son Goku: The Monkey King in his epic adventure “Journey to the West” has been retold many times over since its publication 1590 and since then has generated much popularity. Everything from Dragon Ball to Forbidden Kingdom has draw inspiration from this amazing story. The Monkey King/ Alakazam read more
Mar 22, 2011
lostpuma (All reviews)
I've seen this anime about 30 years ago. I still remember watching this movie on a Sunday afternoon. It was part of the Sunday matinee on TV. At the time I had no idea it was a Japanese cartoon, but the story and artwork was pretty good. I'm not here really to review this anime, more like rant nostalgically about an entertaining and well-done anime. If you ever have a chance to see this anime, do not pass it up if you believe you are a true fan of the sub-culture.
May 6, 2012
jonahthefurious (All reviews)
Based off the Monkey King character from the classical Chinese epic novel Journey to the West (Journey of the West being the inspiration for other cartoons like Dragon Ball Z), this is the story of Alakazam the Great and his journeys after becoming king of the monkeys. I watched it not expecting much after seeing a lot of low-budget early anime, but I was surprised by the great characters like Alakazam, and especially the pig Sir Quigley, whose character design is straight out of John and Joy Halas' Animal Farm.

The American dub was really well-done, and actually pretty funny at some times. The movie read more
Mar 24, 2016
Ricequake (All reviews)
Let me begin my review by stating that I did not see this movie as a kid, and therefore have zero nostalgia goggles to work with. Saiyuuki, for lack of a better term, is not a very spectacular movie. The music is, for the most part, forgettable, and doesn't always work. The musical numbers are unneeded. The visuals are passable, but nothing special. The voice work is okay: again, nothing special.

One of this movie's huge problems is getting me to care. I didn't care about the journey. I didn't care about the characters. In fact, I HATED most of the characters. The female love interest read more


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