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English: Saiyuki
Synonyms: Gensomaden Saiyuki
Japanese: 最遊記


Type: Manga
Volumes: 9
Chapters: 56
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 18, 1997 to Jan 18, 2002
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Authors: Minekura, Kazuya (Story & Art)
Serialization: GFantasy


Score: 8.071 (scored by 57075,707 users)
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Ranked: #5742
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Popularity: #797
Members: 13,348
Favorites: 866
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Saiyuki 1
Volume 1


Having been assigned by the human elders the mission of stopping a mystical plague that has afflicted the Youkai with madness, Genjyo Sanzo assembles his team of Youkai warriors, desperately hoping that the disease will not affect them. He sets up qualifying tests that will help him determine the loyalty and worth of Cho Hakkai, Son Goku and Sha Gojyo. The team then journeys west to rid the land of madness.

(Source: Tokyopop)


Saiyuuki was published in English as Saiyuki by Tokyopop from March 2, 2004 to July 12, 2005. It has also been published in Spanish, German and Polish.

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Sep 12, 2008
deletemal (All reviews)
To me, Minekura-sama is a god. Her work is beautifully drawn, with deep, intricately real characters, strong page-turning storylines and laugh-out-loud one-liners. A recipe for perfection if ever I saw one. And Saiyuki may well be her best manga so far.

Story: Intense, fast-paced and moving. High-tension battle scenes are perfectly balanced with calm character-interaction moments, and every now and then there's a flashback. Now Minekura-sama can't take full credit for the story, as it's based (quite closely, apparently) on the Chinese "Xiyouji" legend, so it's not like she came up with it. However, since my favourite arc is the "Be There" arc, which is fully read more
May 31, 2008
-Chrissi-chan- (All reviews)
Firstly - I know I would be a little suspicious of a perfect 10 review, but this manga deserves it whole-heartedly (you'll probably be able to tell my enthusiasm by my excessive use of punctuation!!!). Anyway, on with the review:

There are only so many ways you can say, "AMAZING!!!" or "AWESOME!!!" but I'll try my best XD. Saiyuki is, as the synopsis probably told you, based on the ancient legend, though Minekura-sama added some little twists that probably weren't in the original - take Hakuryuu for example, who can transform into a jeep. However, despite the fact that the core storyline - simply: 'go to read more
Sep 16, 2010
Roninski (All reviews)
Saiyuki is a slow to start series. As I started, I was a little confused as to what the hell was going on, thinking that I'd missed something. Too much was happening with no proper character introductions, and no real story.

The story gets better as you go though. By the start of the second volume, I had regained my ground. I knew who the characters were and what they were doing.

Unfortunately Saiyuki's story isn't up to scratch. It isn 't a bad story, it just doesn't go anywhere. By the end of it, realising that it hadn't been completed and that there was an entire read more
Oct 5, 2008
sugaryxtibs (All reviews)
Quite possibly not only the best manga I have ever read, but the best story I've ever read.

Saiyuki is incomparable when it comes to character development, the manga gives you frequent glimpses into all the characters (incredibly sad) pasts, how they all met each other and by the end of the series you feel just like your watching a group of friends you know the characters so well.

The story is very entertaining, however while the description talks about the group heading west ,Saiyuki is definately a lot more focused on the journey, this series is already 8 volumes into the second series and showing read more

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