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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.

  • Saiyuki Reload (Manga) Review

    Saiyuki Reload Manga Review

    Saiyuki Reload
    Manga Cover

    Sayuki Reload is a continuation of The Sanzo’s Party through Shangri-La. It starts off right where Saiyuki leaves off. There are of course new characters and new bad guys involved in the story. Koukaiji and there group rarely show up in this series.

    Saiyuki Reload Plot

    Saiyuki Reload
    Hakkai and Goku

    Like I said, Saiyuki Reload picks up from the end of Saiyuki. Sanzo, Goyjo, Hakkai, and Goku are traveling in Shangri-La to stop Gyumaohs awakening. This will bring peace to the Shangri-La area and to humans and Youkai alike. This series mainly focuses on Sanzo and a past enemy Ukoku.

    A man named Hazel and his body guard Gat, go around to towns and clean up the youkai and the mess they make. He brings people back to life. These people will have yellow eyes and have a strong dislike of youkais. This causes a problem with Sanzo’s three friends. When they find out who is behind it they challenge Hazel and Gat. Soon they travel the same paths but generally not together.

    Ukoku is actually a friend of Hazel. He tells Hazel that Goku is a very strong being, not youkai or human. Ukoku tries to stir things up by attacking Goku. He is sending a message to Sanzo. Sanzo leaves his party and travels with Hazel and Gat for a while trying to find Ukoku. The two parties are always close together but never meet until the end of the manga. They all face Ukoku for a final battle and revenge.

    Saiyuki Reload Characters

    Saiyuki Reload
    Hakkai, Hazel, Sanzo, Goku, Goyjo, and Gat

    Saiyuki Reload contains basically every main character from Saiyuki. The main group consists of Genjo Sanzo, Goyjo, Hakkai, and Goku. Sanzo is a Buddhist high priest, Goyjo is a brash ladies man, Hakkai is a thinker, and Goku is a money god. They are all really different but work together well.

    The characters of Saiyuki Reload is Hazel, Gat, and Ukoku. Hazel is a western priest. He has the ability to bring people back to life by using youkai souls. Gat is Hazels body guard. He is the only human killed by Hazel and therefore Hazel feels responsible for him. He constantly brings him back to life. Ukoku was given the Muten scripture but never the name of Sanzo. He feels resentment for this and thus he is a very cold character. He has a good personality surprisingly enough and can talk his way into anything.

    Saiyuki Reload Scriptures

    Saiyuki Reload
    Muten Scripture at Work

    In Saiyuki Reload there are scriptures that were given to different priests of the buddhist religion. These scriptures are very powerful together but not so destructive apart. These priests are called Sanzos, the scriptures are called Tenchi Kaigen Kyoumon. There are a total of five sutras. They are called the Maten, Seiten, Muten, Uten, and Kouten. The Maten is the scripture over evil and yin and is held by Genjo Sanzo. Genjos Sanzo also carries the Seiten scripture which is over holiness and yang. The Kouten is held by Sharak Sanzo and has the power over the unkown and infinite. The Uten scripture has the power over life and existence and is held by the Gyumaoh side. The Muten is held by Ukoku and has the power over death and nothingness.

    Saiyuki Reload is a great travels tale. The story only gets better with each series for sure. I would recommend reading this manga if you are a fan of any Samurai or Buddhist manga.

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    Overall Grade 8/10