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Having been assigned by the human elders the mission of stopping a mystical plague that has afflicted the Youkai with madness, Genjyo Sanzo assembles his team of Youkai warriors, desperately hoping that the disease will not affect them. He sets up qualifying tests that will help him determine the loyalty and worth of Cho Hakkai, Son Goku and Sha Gojyo. The team then journeys west to rid the land of madness.
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Loved it !
I absolutely loved this series. I'm not sure why everyone thinks otherwise. There's so many things that hold so much meaning and depth. I love how it takes the simplest concepts and having it represent an even deeper meaning. It's so epic, hahah.. The fact that it didn't even need much romance to be so good says it all for me. (because i usually am drawn to romance, this is one of the first pure action series that actually stick to me)
All and all, I would definitely rate it 10. The overall struggle for the meaning of life and their own existence, individual problems from the past, and overcoming in the end.. pretty much sums up this amazing series. Ahh, there's so much to this series I can't really think to say right now lol. I loved it !
To be brief, this story is good and I love it. I probably rate it 8
but among Saiyuki Ibun, Gaiden, Saiyuki Gensomaden(this one) and Reload, the Gaiden, which is the prequel that sensei draw later, is the best ever!. So i suggest you read follow the sequence: Gensomaden Saiyuki(this one), Reload, Ibun, and Gaiden ))
A wonderful manga.
I love this series. I find the characters wonderful...their personalities play well off each other. The story of "Journey to the West" has been retold to many times in so many ways, yet it is still interesting here. The dialogue is witty, and despite their extended trip, it never gets boring. The little "sidestories" are particularly funny (they get sidetracked quite often). All in all, this is probably my favorite manga.
i think its the stylish atmosphere that brought me reading this. the cocky bishies, the cool fights, the arrogant words - overall leave a positive impression. though the art is not the best, the part that matters (ie sanzo's hair) look great so it can be forgiven. theres not much known even after 9 volumes, but there are sequels, so i guess everything will be answered in due course.
This was the manga I started off with. I read up to volume 8 of reload in two days because I just couldnít put it down. I love everything about it. The dynamic between the characters is great and I enjoy the continual teasing between them. The artwork is great and improves and becomes a lot more consistent as the series develops. I love how this series combines plot, character development, humour and action. The story and characters have depth but it doesnít take itself too seriously with things like the addition of modern technologies (jeeps and credit cards) adding to the charm.
I have re-read it now so many times and I still canít get enough of it. I canít recommend it enough.
... Last updated on August 5th, 2010, 9:25pm
About the art of the series.
I have to say, for the overall series, I don't think I've ever seen such a magnificent progression of art. Comparing the first chapter of Gensoumaden to the most recent chapter of Ibun or ReBlast is like comparing a child's drawing on the fridge to a painting in the Louvre. A lot of mangaka will outright change their art style completely or sometimes get progressively worse due to time constraints or health issues. Well, Minekura did have health issues (she had a hysterectomy AND had to get prosthetics after half the bones in her face were removed to get at a tumor. Poor sensei! T_T) & still every panel of what she draws now is like a f***ing masterpiece. So good you get distracted from the story itself.
To be honest, I found it tedious and boring, which is really disappointing considering how much I enjoyed Saiyuki Gaiden and that I actually enjoyed the anime of Gensomaden Saiyuki which I watched way back when. I was really looking forward to Saiyuki the manga.
The progress of how ridiculously weak Kougaiji became in the very second fight, after he had been so overwhelmingly powerful in the first fight also turned me off, as it just didn't make any sense. And of course all those nonsensical moments involving Sanzo becoming incredibly resilient or powerful (e.g. when he is poisoned in the desert and can still move, despite the disbelief of the professional medic on the team, Hakkai; and how he can actually hit/fight Goku in his true form when all the other team members as well as Kougaiji and Dokugakuji are easily floored despite being the least competent hand-to-hand fighter on the team etc)
I strained as far as second volume and it is still as boring. Definitely shoujo. In graphics as well as in dialogue. More gorish then average prince&princess, but still hard to read.
more style than substance
i like reading this series but it feels that the beautiful illustrations are what draws me back rather than the plot, i think the storytelling is a 5 but since the drawing is a 8/9 i'll bump my overall personal rating to 6.
to be fair calstine the journey to the west saga is just as boring go to a new location priest get kidnapped monkey save him after visiting 2-50gods and a couple of budhas repeat repeat repeat however i totaly agree this is very boring and it is very strange too me how this became so popular long anime tv shows and even a new ongoing manga