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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.


    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.

  • Dragon Ball (Manga) Review

    Dragon Ball Manga Review


    Recently I finished the manga Dragon Ball. Dragon Ball’s manga encompasses the entire Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z anime series. Of course I found that there are many fillers in the anime versus the manga, but the anime rarely leaves anything out from the manga. This makes the anime very faithful to the manga which is sometimes hard to find. The manga was created by Akira Toriyama and ran from 1984 to 1995.

    Note: I will be using the American names while reviewing this manga. There are major and minor SPOILERS


    Dragon Ball Plot


    I am sure everyone knows the plot of the series, but I will go over it anyways.  The first 194 chapters follows a young boy named Goku. He meets up with a young girl named Bulma which only wants the glass ball that Goku’s grandfather (Gohan) left him. What he does not know is that there are six more of these dragon balls and when gathered they grant any one wish you desire. So they begin to search for them. A lot happens throughout these chapters and alot of characters are introduced.

    The last half of the manga ( chapters 195-519) follows Goku as an adult. Now he has a child and several of his friends. The story no longer focuses on the journey of finding the dragon balls but instead on Goku and his fellow friends saving the Earth multiple times.
    I have a lot of problems with the last part of the manga. The first part actually focuses on a set journey and destination (not that the last part does not). It seems to be more focused on the story and the fun of writing/drawing the manga. The characters all play an important part and Goku seems to grow as a person as well. The last part, however, seems rushed and just attempting to get a story out there for the fans. Goku does not grow as a person at all. The other characters play a part, but nothing really special.


    Dragon Ball Characters


    There are a lot of characters throughout the series. Some show only a few times, while others appear often. Due to this I only want to go over a select few characters. Basically the ones that play a big part.


    Goku being the main character should grow. Like I said, in the first part he does grow as a character. He is a young child so it would be weird if he did not develop as he grew older. He is naive and a happy person. What you would see in any shonen manga. He eats a lot, laughs at serious moments, and always saves someone at the last minute. As the manga goes on and you begin to get the Dragon Ball Z arc of the manga, his development stops. He seems to be the same person and just becomes annoying. *SPOILER* At the end of the manga he comes to fight at the Tenka’ichi Budōkai. He really only shows up to find Boo’s reincarnation (Uub) and take off with him, leaving his family alone AGAIN *SPOILER END* That was another thing that annoyed me about Goku. He seems to really only care about himself and fighting. Even at this point Vegeta would rather stay with his family, that is just sad.


    Which brings me to my next point, Vegeta. Vegeta is one of my favorite characters. He grows as a character (enormously) and becomes a great constant rival for Goku. I really have no problems with his character. He seems to be more ruthless in the manga than in the anime more towards the Saiyan and Namek arcs. *MAJOR SPOILER* I though that his true colors showed when he committed suicide trying to kill Boo. It really showed how his character developed from wanting to destroy the Earth to saving it *END SPOILER* He has one goal in mind, to get stronger than Goku.


    Of course, Dragon Ball would never have the story without Bulma. Bulma is the person who prompted Goku to find the Dragon Balls and is a driving force throughout the series. She is a genius and filthy rich due to her parents and the creation of capsules (which her father created). She is just like any other teenage girl, hates the outdoors, wants to be pampered, and is looking for the perfect guy. Even her character grows more than Goku’s. She starts as a snobby girl that wants her way and runs from any danger. Towards the end she calms down alot and even goes to the fighting sites of many of their enemies.


    I wanted to talk about the children of Goku at once. Gohan is not that big of a disappointment in the manga… well except for Great Saiyaman. That was a fail for me. Gohan does not seem to be that whiny in the manga. Goten on the other hand was a little annoying. I could see the importance of his character, but he was nothing serious to me.


    Trunks is a different story. Future Trunks is another favorite character of mine. He was similar to the Cell arc Gohan and therefore I liked him a lot. He is compassionate, but knows when he must fight. He is basically the same in the anime. The actual timeline Trunks was even just as good. In the anime he annoyed me a little, well a lot. I am not sure why though. In the manga he was not so annoying.


    Krillin, Master Roshi, Yamcha, Tien, and Piccolo all play an important part as side characters. Krillin is just as annoying as he is in the anime and dies just as often. He never catches a break. Master Roshi is extremely perverted. Yamcha surprised me even more in the manga than in the anime. He really trains hard and tries to catch up even though he can not. But hey, at least he tries and that is more than some people can say. Tien shows up a lot in the first part of the manga, but he seems to take a back seat in the last part, especially the Boo arc (which he is shown like one time). Piccolo grows as a character basically along the same lines as Vegeta. They both just develop way more than the first character.


    The other characters throughout the series all play important parts, but like I said there are so many to go over. Even the villains are hard to go over, so I want to just sum them up together. Basically all the villains have one goal, World or Universal dominance. They are all ‘really strong’ until Goku comes out of left field and throws a wrench in their plans. Many times it is not even intentional like the Red Ribbon Army. The villains in the first part are more of a joke than those in the second part. The Dragon Ball villains consist of humans and then eventually Piccolo. The last part of the manga has villains that are from other planets so they are more serious in their conquest.


    Dragon Ball Artwork


    Akira Toriyama was pretty consistent with his artwork throughout the series. The first part is a little more sloppy in some ares, but it is still very well drawn out. The paneling selection works out for this manga as well. Mostly the manga is filled with action scenes due to the genre type. In most mangas I read that have many fight scenes, the artwork begins to get sloppy and you start to jumble things up. It gets annoying, but Toriyama seems to keep his clean and this helps with the enjoying the manga a lot more. He seems to like to draw out the characters and takes time in their wardrobes. A good example is Bulma. He hair changes often as well as her outfits, making her character more believable as a  typical girl.

    Dragon Ball Overall


    Overall I did enjoy the Dragon Ball manga. I did get a little bored when I began the DBZ arc, but that is only because I have watched almost all of the anime. Like I mentioned earlier, the anime follows the manga panel to scene almost (except when fillers come along). Even though I enjoyed the manga, I would recommend people to read the Dragon Ball arc, but actually watch the Dragon Ball Z arc. You will get more enjoyment out of it that way.
    There are many things this manga can teach you, mainly perseverance. There were many times that everyone was sure to die or fail, but they kept pushing to get to the end. It may have been a fun journey at first, but it becomes more life threatening towards the end.


    Overall Grade: 7/10

  • 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.

  • Behind the Scenes: Saiyan’s of the Dragon Ball Series

    Saiya-jin Race

    Saiyan Race

    Homeworld: Unknown planet, later Planet Vegeta
    Average Height: Similar to the average Human
    Diet: Omnivorous
    Sapience Level: Sapient



    Saiyan Race

    Naturally aggressive, Saiyans are a warrior race which are almost destroyed by Frieza. The name of the race is actually an anagram of Yasai, Japans word for vegetable, and Yajin, Japans word for wild man. Most Saiyans in the series are named after vegetables as a pun. They live in rocky homes on Planet Plant. This is not their home world which is rumored to be destroyed, but possibly still out there as well. They renamed Planet Plant to Planet Vegeta after their leader King Vegeta.


    Military Force

    Saiyan Race

    The Saiyan race has an extremely powerful army. Age 737, that army came under the control of Nappa. He is said to be the most powerful general of the army. Frieza used the Saiyan army to conquer a lot of planets when they were employed under the Planet Trade Organization. There are several ranks in the army based mostly on the Saiyan’s power level. Only two ranks are ever mentioned: Elites and Low-Class.Toriyama did confirm that there is another rank called Mid-Class in an interview. The Low-Class rank makes up most of the Saiyan army while there are only about ten Mid-Class rank spaces. King Vegeta and Prince Vegeta are teh only two Saiyan Warriors classified under Elite rank. Saiyan’s can be promoted within the army, granted their power level rises. Frieza destroyed what is known as teh last of the Saiyan race with the exception of Prince Vegeta, Nappa, and Raditz. Of course, secretly Goku is a survivor as well.



    Saiyan Race

    The Saiyan race has always been a very violent. They are constantly getting into fights with other races and taking over. The legend of the first Super Saiyan is the oldest tale told by the Saiyan race. A thousand years before the Namek Saga, a Saiyan held the Super Saiyan form only while in the Big Ape Transformation. He gave into his primitive self and destroyed everything in sight. He destroyed himself in the end.
    In the Age of 550, Saiyans had found a planet worth calling home, Planet Plant. They shared this planet with the Tuffles. While the Saiyan’s stayed in the wasteland areas, the Tuffles were better fitted for city life. The Saiyans may have become jealous and eventually attacked the Tuffes, vowing to take their city and destroy their race. This war lasted ten years. King Vegeta was the commanding hero who brought the Tuffles down. The planet was renamed to Planet Vegeta.

    After the war with the Tuffles, the Saiyans were approached by the Arcosian race. They came to them to hire them to take over a suitable planet for them. In exchange they gave them money and the taught them how to use the Tuffles technology. Over the years the Saiyan race became smarter, but still held onto their destructive lust.

    The Planet Vegeta came into Frieza’s control about a year after the war with the Tuffles. They became part of Frieza’s military. Since they were an extremely powerful and destructive race, Frieza used them as mercenaries and important missions. Frieza became concerned with their ability to become powerful quickly. Even worse, he feared the legendary Super Saiyan. This eventually led to the Saiyans destruction in the Age of 737. The three known survivors were lied to and told an asteroid took out Planet Vegeta. Goku finally avenged the Saiyan race by defeating Frieza on Planet Namek. Future Trunks eventually finished Frieza off not too long after on Planet Earth.

    Other known survivors are Turles, Paragus, Broly, Tarble, and Onio.


    Physiology and Tail

    Saiyan Race

    Saiyans are very similar to humans in outward appearance. They do have a larger build, both male and female, and of course their signature monkey tail. Their hair are mostly black with the few exceptions of brown, blonde, and blue. The Pure-Bloods hair stays the same from the day they are born according to Vegeta. They can, however, cut their hair as Nappa and Vegeata are shown doing. Facial hair can grow on a Saiyan.
    Their tails are very sensitive. They are usually the brownish style of a monkey. They can train their tail to be less sensitive. If they do not, the tail can cause great pain and even immobilize them if grabbed or harmed. They can also use the tail to grab things. Most Saiyan warriors keep their tail wrapped around them. If they do not do this, they can lose balance if the tail is cut off.
    Their tail is very unique to the Saiyan race. It gives them ability to transform into the Great Ape. This only occurs when exposed to the full moon’s Blutz Waves. The only way to stop them is either wait it out or cut the tail off. Their tail can grow back unless it is surgically removed like Goku’s and Gohan’s. It is said that if the Saiyan is in danger, their tail will grow back quicker.


    Personality Type

    Saiyan Race

    Saiyan’s share a common personality. They would rather be fighting and creating chaos than have peace. Goku has a strong taste for fighting himself even after having amnesia. He uses it as a sport rather than an instinct though. Other Saiyans are extremely hot-headed, aggressive, and even hard-headed. Sometimes they just battle for fun with each other. They make rash decisions due to the fact they let their emotions get in the way. They are egotistical as well. Other than the royal blood line, romance and marriage are not really a thing for the Saiyans. Their are a select few who actually care such as Bardock, Goku’s father.



    Saiyan Race

    They are naturally a strong race, especially since fighting is in their blood. An average Saiyan has a power level from 400 to 660. They can have a power level from 1,200 to 18,000 though. They can lift more than ten times their own weight with no problem. Planet Vegeta is a high gravity planet and therefore they develop their strength quicker. They can level up quickly by tough training sessions. Their body compensates if theyare close to death and recover by becoming even stronger. They can heal at a faster rate than humans as well.
    They can manipulate ki energy very easily. They use it to fly and create attacks that are energy based. They can also lend energy to fellow fighters when needed. They can regain their lost energy in a short time.



    Saiyan Race

    They also have great agility and speed. Their reflexes are faster than most humans so much so that they can avoid a bullet with no problem. They are extremely quick and can not be seen by an average human. Since they are so fast, most of their battles are hand-to-hand combat.



    Saiyan Race

    The average Saiyan has a huge appetite. They can eat between 30 to 40 meals a day on average. Since they use so much strength and power, it is easy to see why they have such a huge appetite. It is often shown in the anime, Goku eats plate after plate without feeding his hunger. Their appetite can be a bad thing though. If they go too long without eating, it weakness them enormously.


    Lifespan and Growth

    Saiyan Race

    Saiyans live on average 70 to 90 years. Their peak, however, is much longer than humans. They remain in their prime much longer since they are built for fighting. Their physique keeps them young. This is greatly seen in Dragon Ball GT when Pan, 1/4 Saiyan, is 100 years old and is still strong as ever with only a few grey hairs. Their lifespan is longer than humans, but since they are an aggressive race they die younger. Goku is a great example of their growth rate. He looks considerably younger that Chi Chi in Dragon Ball GT (before he was turned into a child).



    Saiyan Race

    Humans and Saiyans can interbreed as shown originally with Gohan. Since all the remaining Saiyans are mostly males, this is useful in continuing the race. Their offspring usually possess the same abilities as a Saiyan only sometimes weaker. They lack instinct for combat and the drive for it as well. As far as we know, Gohan is the only hybrid shown with a tail. The others could have been removed at birth though. Those that are born without a tail, like Pan, cannot transform. This is called into question with Goku Jr and Vegeta Jr being able to transform into a Super Saiyan.

    The hybrids have their special abilities though. The three to transform into Super Saiyan did it at younger ages than Goku and Vegeta. The latter two treated it as a child’s play thing though. Gohan surpassed Goku by reaching Super Saiyan 2 first as well. If they do not use their power continuously, they can lose it.



    Great Ape

    Saiyan Race

    With the help of their tail, the Saiyans can transform into a giant ape like creature. They possess a strong lust of destruction. They have tremendous power and size as well. This all occurs when looking at a full moon. Of course they have to have their tail attached as well. They have limited control in this state and can only be stopped by daylight or cutting the tail off.

    Saiyan Race

    A Golden Great Ape appears in Dragon Ball GT. It is a far powerful state and they appear to be golden. Goku, Vegeta, and Baby Vegeta are the only Saiyans to achieve this form.


    Super Saiyan

    Saiyan Race

    The Super Saiyan is a very powerful state. Their speed, energy, and strength all increase when they transform. There are several different Super Saiyan stages, each stronger than the last. The stages have different appearances as well, mostly in hair. A female Super Saiyan has never been seen.


    List of Saiyans

    Full-blooded Saiyans




    One of the survivors of the Saiyan race. His name was once Kakarot.


    Bardock and Gine


    Goku and Raditz parents.




    He is the brother of Goku and the first Saiyan to contact Goku. He is killed by Goku and Piccolo.


    Bardock's Team

    Bardock’s Team Members: Borgos, Fasha, Gine (former), Shugesh, Tora




    He is Goku’s greatest rival and Prince of Saiyans. He has a huge ego.


    King Vegeta

    King Vegeta

    He is the father of Vegeta and Tarble. Frieza kills him.




    He is Vegeta’s brother and is excommunicated for not having a fighting spirit.




    One of King Vegeta’s subjects.




    He is the Legendary Super Saiyan.




    He is Broly’s father and is killed by him.




    He is Vegeta’s partner and the General of the Saiyan military force. Vegeta ends up killing him.




    He is a Saiyan that appeared in the manga Nekomajin




    He bears a striking resemblance to Goku.


    Partial Saiyans




    1/2, Vegeta’s Daughter




    1/2, Goku’s Oldest Son


    Goku Jr.

    Goku Jr

    1/16, Goku’s Great-Great-Great Grandson




    1/2, Goku’s Youngest Son




    1/4, Gohan’s Daughter




    1/2, Veget’s Son


    Vegeta Jr.

    Vegeta Jr

    1/16, Vegeta’s Great-Great-Grandson