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Synonyms: Gensomaden Saiyuki
Japanese: 最遊記
English: Saiyuki
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 9
Chapters: 56
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 18, 1997 to Jan 18, 2002
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy
Serialization: GFantasy
Authors: Minekura, Kazuya (Story & Art)


Score: 8.001 (scored by 64056,405 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7532
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1025
Members: 17,675
Favorites: 840


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Volumes: /9
Chapters: /56
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Saiyuki 1
Volume 1


Since its creation, Tougenkyou has been a place where both humans and youkai live in peace. However, following the breach of a taboo in an attempt to revive the villainous youkai Gyuumaou, the "Minus Wave" unleashes throughout the land. With this ghastly force at large, the youkai begin to lose their self-consciousness, causing them to devour the townspeople.

Tasked by the Three Aspects—the messengers of the heavens—to stop Gyuumaou's resurrection and restore peace, Sanzou Genjou rounds up three old comrades, none of which resemble the definition of ordinary. Being half-human, Gokuu Son, Hakkai Cho, and Gojou Sha are the only youkai with the power and spirituality to withstand the Minus Wave. Despite being skeptical about trusting them due to their mixed blood, Sanzou heads to the west with his companions to eradicate the growing threat.

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Saiyuuki was published in English as Saiyuki by Tokyopop from March 2, 2004 to July 12, 2005, and by Kodansha USA as omnibus volumes from February 18, 2020 to January 5, 2021. It has also been published in Spanish, German and Polish.

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Sep 12, 2008
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 ...
Sep 16, 2010
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Feb 22, 2016
Just a shitty yaoi manga with a poor excuse of a storyline. Incest is involved too, so it appeals to a lot of people, heh. Shallow yaoi faingirls who are into the typical pretty boys, drama, scandal and incest will eat this up. The action sequences are so crap. I had no idea what they were doing. And the "powers" and "abilities" are so mediocre but the characters act like they're super awesome. For people looking for a good series, this is not for you. Turn back and stay well away from this pathetic excuse of a manga. Wish I could give it a zero ...

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