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12
Haiten
2017-09-20
Will the Sanzo party be able to defeat the War God Prince Nataku?

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11
Raid
2022-11-15
Because Prince Nataku had awakened after five hundred years and was the original person to defeat Gyumaou, Sanzo and his party were relieved of continuing their journey west.

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10
Imperial Order
2022-11-15
Sanzo was badly hurt after his battle with Kougaiji and was still asleep three days later. However, Sharak and Sanzo then received a message summoning them to have an audience with the Sanbutsushin...

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A Chance Encounter
2017-08-30
Sanzo and Kougaiji continue their battle as Sharak continues the spell to put the barrier back up. Hakkai worries about what might be happening to Gojyo, and Dokugakuji thinks back about the first time he met Kougaiji.

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8
Barrier
2018-04-12
The barrier that Sharak Sanzo had erected to protect the surrounding area has been breached. Demons pour in to attack the villages and the Kouten temple.

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Kouten
2022-11-15
Sanzo, Gojyo and Hakkai start feeling the effects of altitude sickness as they travel further west. They are attacked by demons when a man named Hassan saves them.

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6
Promise
2017-08-09
Goku's true power is revealed and Konzen, Kenren, and Tenpou are deemed traitors for protecting him. With no other choice, the four make a run for it, and try to get Goku safely down to Earth before any harm can come to him.

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5
Flower Banquet
2017-08-02
Goku continuously tries to see Nataku to tell him his name, but is refused every time. Tenpou and Konzen talk about Nataku's true origins and how Goku's existence may be a threat to Li Touten.

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4
Nataku
2017-07-26
500 years ago in Heaven, Konzen Douji is suddenly put in charge of taking care of a heretic child named Goku, who has golden eyes.

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3
Sky Burial
2018-04-12
Continuing west, the Sanzo party are climbing a nearly vertical cliff face. During their cruel rock climbing, a band of demons attack.

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2
Cloud Mirror
2022-11-15
Running out of food and tobacco, Sanzo and his followers come upon a lake with a beautiful, mirror-like surface

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1
Squall
2017-07-05
Continuing west, the Sanzo party are climbing a nearly vertical cliff face. During their cruel rock climbing, a band of demons attack.

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Saiyuki is a captivating and adventurous anime series that depicts a surrealist interpretation of the Chinese literary work "Journey to the West". Broadcasted from 2000-2001, it takes viewers on an exhilarating journey across vibrant landscapes filled with mythical creatures, mystical powers, and high-stakes battles.

The story unfolds in an alternate universe where humans coexist with demons. It is in this realm that myths and religions also blend seamlessly, evoking elements of Buddhism, Taoism, and Shintoism. In this world, the balance is disrupted when demons start to lose control due to the resurrection of an ancient demon lord, Gyumaoh. As chaos ensues, the gods call upon Genjo Sanzo, a revered monk, to halt the resurrection process and restore equilibrium.

Accompanying Genjo Sanzo on this perilous mission is a diverse cast of characters, each uniquely modeled after the four main characters in the original "Journey to the West" story. This group, known as the Sanzo Party, comprises of Sanzo, the grumpy yet good-hearted monk, Goku, the energetic and naive demon possessing a powerful weapon, Hakkai, a scrupulously polite demon who can control his own demon nature, and Gojyo, a half-human, half-demon who carries deep emotional scars. The bond these four share, while initially complicated with conflicting personality traits, grows stronger as they encounter numerous trials along their journey in the West.

Saiyuki stands apart with a beautiful blend of revamped mythology, sublime character development, and poignant exploration of philosophical themes. In a way, it’s a buddy/road trip story that uses the compelling chemistry among the main foursome to delve deeply into their individual pasts, their evolving relationships, and their shared determination in facing their mission's formidable challenges head-on. It also has comedic elements that lighten up the series' overall dark and philosophical tone.

At its heart, Saiyuki is a battle shounen anime, so it naturally dishes out an array of breathtaking action scenes. The characters don't resort to magic just to beat their opponents. Rather, they use a multitude of weapons, intelligence, teamwork, and determination in their battles as they journey through varied landscapes. This gives the battles in Saiyuki a unique flavor that keeps the viewers hooked.

The show has a prominent episodic format, allowing every episode to be a new adventure with different dangers, obstacles, and lessons. Over time, these adventures cleverly tie together and build to a grand narrative that grants an intricate depth to the characters and the world they live in. Flashbacks are effectively used to supplement personal histories, allowing viewers to fully appreciate the complexity and depth of its cast.

The artwork and animation reflect the series' charm and depth, capturing the essence of ancient Eastern aesthetics within a fantastical context. The quality is outstanding for its time, with detailed characters, vibrant landscapes and impactful fight scenes. Complementing the visuals, a stirring and intense soundtrack enhances the series' emotional resonance.

In its thematic depth, Saiyuki is not merely dedicated to fights and adventures, but it broadly touches upon themes such as friendship, loyalty, guilt, redemption, and the struggle against one’s inner demons. These elements are cleverly interwoven into the narratives, painting a poignant and thought-provoking portrait of heroism and fortitude.

Saiyuki confidently weaves together an engaging and memorable narrative - its layers of intrigue, drama, and adventure provide an almost addictive viewing experience. At the same time, it encourages viewers to ponder fundamental human conflicts and challenges. For lovers of action, fantasy, and traditional narratives served with an exciting twist, Saiyuki delivers a ride bursting with wit, style, and heart.

Saiyuki is a series categorized as a ended. Spanning 4 seasons with a total of 140 episodes, the show debuted on 2000. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 7.4.

Channel
Other
Rating
7.4/10
Cast
Akira Ishida, Braden Hunt, Monica Rial
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