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  • Breakdown: Saiyuki Franchise

    Breakdown: Saiyuki Franchise

    The Saiyuki franchise is not quite so big as others, but it can still get confusing. So here is a layout of Saiyuki and order in which they belong.

    Manga Series

    The entire series was created by Kazuya Minekura.

    Saiyuki

    The first series in the franchise, containing nine volumes. It was serialized in G-Fantasy from 1996 to 2002. It follows the story of Sanzo and how he is ordered to create a group and go to the west. They must figure out why the Shangri-La youkai are going crazy.

    Saiyuki Reload

    This is the sequel to Saiyuki. It was serialized in Monthly Comic Zero Sum from 2002 to 2009. It continues the story of Sanzo and his group from defeating a powerful enemy.

    Saiyuki Reload Blast

    The manga’s first chapter began in Zero Sum and ran in the February 2010 issue. It is currently on a hiatus due to Kazuya Minekura’s illness. The group has finally arrived in India.

    Saiyuki Gaiden

    This series began in 1999 and ran to 2009. It had a total of nine volumes and ran in the Zero Sum Ward magazine. The series takes place 500 years before the original Saiyuki series. It tells how everyone meets everyone in the group.

    Saiyuki Ibun

    This manga series began in 2009 and is currently running in the Zero Sum Ward magazine. The story follows Koumyou Sanzo and how he inherited the Sanzo Title.

    Animated Adaptions

    There are several different animated adaptions to follow.

    Saiyuki Premium OVA

    The earliest OVA series created in 1999 by Tokyo Kids and ran from April to August of 1999. There was a total of two episodes. It is not related to the TV series in any way. The story follows Sanzo and the group to stop Gyuumaoh from resurrecting.

    Gensoumaden Saiyuki

    Directed by Hayato Date, this was a 50 episode TV series that ran on TV Tokyo from April 2000 to March of 2001. Sanzo and his gang are once again searching for a way to stop Gyumaoh from resurrecting.

    Saiyuki Requiem

    A 95 minute movie by Hayato Date, was released August 2001. Sanzo and the gang come into contact with the House of Dougan. They are lured by a mysterious girl to a shrine. There they must get out alive.

    Saiyuki Reload

    Directed by Tetsuya Endo, TV Tokyo ran the 25 episode series from October 2003 to March 2004. It is a sequel to the 2000 Gensoumaden Saiyuki. The series follows Sanzo and the group on a quest to stop Gyumaoh, but stop to deal with tension in the group. They come along another powerful enemy as well.

    Saiyuki Reload: Gunlock

    Directed by Tetsuya Endo, a sequel to Saiyuki Reload that ran on TV Tokyo from April to September of 2004. There were a total of 26 episodes. The story follows Sanzo and the group on their mission to defeat Gyumaoh. They are stopped by a pair from the west.

    Saiyuki Reload: Burial OVA

    An OVA series directed by Koichi Ohata. The three episode series released in April of 2007. The series covers the Burial Arc. It focuses on Sanzo and his master Ukoku as well as Goku first meeting Sanzo.

    Saiyuki Gaiden OVA

    Kazuya Naoyuki directed this OVA series. It was a three episode series that followed with one special episode in January of 2012. It follows Sanzo and the others and how they began their journey to the west.


  • Breakdown: Dragon Ball Franchise

    Breakdown: Dragon Ball Franchise

    Dragon Ball was a manga created by Akira Toriyama. Almost everyone has heard about this anime, whether they are anime fans or not. The series contains many movies and special episodes as well.

    Dragon Ball

    This series is based after the first 194 chapters of the Dragon Ball Manga. It appeared on February 26 1986 on Fuji Television. There were 153 episodes. It follows the exploits of a boy named Goku and his journey to find the Dragon Balls.

    Movies (English Titles)

    Curse of the Blood Rubies: December 20, 1986

    Sleeping Princess in Devil’s Castle: July 18, 1987

    Mystical Adventure:July 9, 1988

    The Path to Power: March 4, 1996

    Dragon Ball Z

    Akira Toriyama was asked to come up with a new name for the second half of the series. Dragon Ball Z covers the remaining 325 chapters. It first aired on Fuji Television as well in April 26, 1989. It ran for 291 episodes. This series continues the exploits of Goku as an adult and his son Gohan and later his other son Goten.

    Movies (English Name)

    Dead Zone: July 15, 1989

    The World’s Strongest: March 10, 1990

    The Tree of Might: July 7, 1990

    Lord Slug: March 19, 1991

    Cooler’s Revenge: July 21, 1991

    The Return of Cooler: March 7, 1992

    Super Android 13!: July 11, 1992

    Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan: March 6, 1993

    Bojack Unbound: July 10, 1993

    Broly – Second Coming: March 12, 1994

    Bio-Broly: July 9, 1994

    Fusion Reborn: March 4, 1995

    Wrath of the Dragon: July 15, 1995

    Battle of Gods: March 30, 2013

    Resurrection of F: April 18, 2015

    Specials (English Titles)

    Bardock – The Father of Goku: October 17, 1990

    The History of Trunks: February 23, 1993

    Episode of Bardock: December 17, 2011

    Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans: August 6, 1993

    Side Story: Plan to Eradicate the Super Saiyans: November 11, 2010

    Dragon Ball GT

    This series is a continuation of Goku’s story. It aired on Fuji Television on February 2, 1996 and ran for 64 episodes. Dragon Ball GT is a non manga canon series that follows Goku story once again. This time he is turned into a boy and must find the Dragon Balls to fix himself. Trunks and his granddaughter Pan help him along the way. Akira Toriyama did design the characters and say it was a side story to the series.

    Movie (English Title)

    A Hero’s Legacy: March 26, 1997

    Dragon Ball Kai

    The series aired in February 2009 on Fuji Television. It is a remastered version of the original Dragon Ball Z series. This was done so the story and art could be closer to the manga. Scenes are cut and made to look more fast paced.


  • Breakdown: Bubblegum Crisis Series

    The Bubblegum Franchise

     

    Bubblegum Crisis was a well known cyberpunk anime in the 80s. With a lot of remakes and spinoffs, you can get lost trying to figure this series out. So here is a list of all things related to the original Bubblegum Crisis anime.

    Bubblegum Crisis

    A series created in 1987 and completed in 1991. It contained 8 episodes. The series and it’s predecessors were strongly influenced by Blade Runner.

    A.D. Police Files

    A prequel OVA tot eh series Bubblegum Crisis series. It was created in 1990 and is set five years prior and focuses on the A.D. Police.

    Bubblegum Crash

    Bubblegum Crash was a three episode OVA released in 1991. There has been a constant attempt to finish the final five episodes, but the attempts were fruitless. It is a sequel to the Bubblegum Crisis series.

    Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040

    This 26 episode series was a remake to the original 8 episodes. It ran from 1998 to 1999.

    A.D. Police: To Protect and Serve

    The anime is set in 2020 making it a prequel to A.D. Police Files. The anime was created in 1999 and lasted 12 episodes.

    Parasite Dolls

    The anime OVA is about a secret division of the A.D. Police, Branch. It is 3 episodes long and was created in 2003.

    Scramble Wars

    This is a massive crossover of the animes Bubblegum Crisis, A.D. Police, Gall Force, Riding Bean, and Genesis Survivor Gaiarth. It was released with Ten Little Gall Force.

    Live Actions:

    Holiday in Bali special

    Hurricane Live 2032

    Hurricane Live 2033


  • Breakdown: Tenchi Muyo Franchise

    The Tenchi Muyo Franchise

    Tenchi Muyo is a very well known anime among the early Toonami generation of Americans. It is known for the sci fi and the women of the series. The Tenchi Muyo Franchise has three main timelines which can often confuse the new watchers. So here is a way to ease the confusion, a guide to the Tenchi Muyo Franchise.

     

    The Timlines of Tenchi Muyo

     

    Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki

    The original OVA series from Tenchi Muyo. It lasted 20 episodes and was followed by Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar.

     

    Tenchi Universe

    This Tenchi Muyo! series is a remake of the first story arc of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki. It lasted 26 episodes and is followed by the movies Tenchi Muyo in Love and Tenchi Forever.

     

    Tenchi in Tokyo

    This Tenchi Muyo! is set in a different timeline from the other two series.

     

    OVAs

    Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki was the first OVA created by Masaki Kajishima. It was divided into three parts.

     

    Novels

    Masaki Kajishima has also writen several novels based after the franchise. The series includes Shin Tenchi Muyo! Yosho, Tenchi Muyo! GXP, Shin Tenchi Muyo! Washu, Shin Tenchi Muyo! Jurai, and the Paradise Wars.

    Another writer, Naoko Hasegawa, wrote thirteen light novels based after Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki.

     

    TV series

     

    Tenchi Universe

    AIC began the series in 1995 after the growth of demand for more Tenchi. It was created by Hiroshi Neishi and produced by Pioneer.

     

    Tenchi in Tokyo

    The series aired in 1997 and artisitic differences as well as concept differences could be seen.

     

    Ai Tenchi Muyo!

    This series in new to the Tenchi franchise. It is a commemoration for the 20th anniversary of Tenchi Muyo! and the city of Takahashi, Okayama is sponsoring it. The series will have fifty episodes each only five minutes long.

     

    Films of Tenchi Muyo

     

    Tenchi Muyo in Love

    Created by Hiroshi Negishi, it continues the Tenchi Universe series.

     

    The Daughter of Darkness

    This movie is an adaption of Naoko Hasegawa’s novels.

     

    Tenchi Forever! The Movie

    This is a sequel to Tenchi Muyo in Love. The movie was also adapted into a manga called Tenchi Muyo! In Love 2: Eternal Memory.

     

    Manga

     

    No Need for Tenchi

    A series written by Hitoshi Okudo and published by Kadokawa Shoten. It is based after the OVA original series.

     

    The All-New Tenchi Muyo!

    Another series written by Hitoshi Okudo and published by Kadokawa Shoten.

     

    Other Forms of Media of Tenchi Muyo

     

    Tenchi Muyo! Game Hen

    A video game for Super Famicom.

     

    Tenchi Muyp! Ryo-Ohki Manatsu no Carnival

    A radio drama.

     

    Himitsu Nabe Tenchi Muyo Special

    A 30 minute live action special included on the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki DVD Set.

     

    Spinoffs of Tenchi Muyo

     

    Magical Girl Pretty Sammy

    A series where Sasami is the main character.

     

    Magical Project S

    The sequel to Magical Girl Pretty Sammy where Sasami is the main character.

     

    Photon: The Idiot Adventures

    A series related to the recent series Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar.

     

    Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure

    It is related to the original series due to the usage of the term “Lighthawk Wings”. It is also an alternate story version for Tenchi Muyo! Universe.

     

    Tenchi Muyo! GXP

    This series takes place during the OVA continuity by Kajishima. One of Tenchi’s friends is main character.

     

    Battle Programmer Shirase

    A spin-off of Pretty Sammy OVA and TV series.

     

    Sasami: Magical Girls Club

    Another series where Sasami is the main character.

     

    Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar

    This is the most recent spin-off series where Tenchi’s half brother is the main character.