Saiyuuki Gaiden

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Synonyms: Saiyuki Gaiden
Japanese: 最遊記外伝


Type: OVA
Episodes: 3
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 25, 2011 to Nov 25, 2011
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Anpro
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: MythologyMythology
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 29 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 7.781 (scored by 45144,514 users)
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Ranked: #10262
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Popularity: #5608
Members: 13,803
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In their former lives, 500 years before Genjyo Sanzo and his crew of misfits began their journey west, they were gods, but being godly didn't make them act any more divine. When Goku flies into a murderous rage after seeing his best friend die, Heaven's had enough and wants him dead! But Konzen Douji, Field Marshal Tenpou, and General Kenren are willing to do anything to protect Goku, even if it means turning all of Heaven against them.

(source: Sentai Filmworks)


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Characters & Voice Actors


Kuzuya, Naoyuki
Theme Song Lyrics, Theme Song Performance, Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Arrangement
Minekura, Kazuya
Original Creator
Ledford, John
Executive Producer


Opening Theme

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"Sakura no Ki no Shita (桜の樹の下)" by KOKIA

Ending Theme

"Hikari no Hou e (光の方へ)" by KOKIA


Apr 18, 2012
I highly recommend Saiyuki Gaiden. Story wise the Gaiden arc is amazing and definitely my favorite Saiyuki story. It's by far my favorite prequel and one of the best i've seen. It has a brilliantly touching plot that leaves me crying every time, and the character relationships are heart breaking and beautifully depicted. The Gaiden left a strong impact on me, its the type of story that you keep thinking about hours, even days after you've seen it.

The anime however, is not as good as the manga but still a great watch. The Gaiden arc actually starts in Saiyuki episode 40 and 41. So you ...
Feb 3, 2019
I have not come to give an analytical review. No, that is not why I’m here. This left me sobbing, I’ve genuinely never been such an emotional wreck before. The story is definitely my favorite in the Saiyuki world, the characters are incredibly well-done. Definitely more bloody than most of the series in general, though given the entire arc as a whole, what did you expect?

Given that this was an OVA, the pacing is fast and can be somewhat chaotic if you’re not totally concentrated. Personally, I would recommend watching at least episodes 40 and 41 from the original series. Though if you really want ...
Dec 21, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Let me explain. ... No, it is too much. Let me sum up.

Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki is a fabulous manga, but due to publisher switches and long hiatuses, it has never quite made it to the world of animation without some major confusion.

The manga is composed of four series: Saiyuki, Saiyuki Reload (which continues from the end of Saiyuki), Saiyuki Reload Blast (which continues from the end of Saiyuki Reload), and a Prequel series called Saiyuki Gaiden which stars the previous incarnations of the series' main characters.

Confused yet? We're only getting started.

If you are coming to the Saiyuki anime for the first time, ...

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