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Saiyuki Gaiden  
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500 years before the story of Saiyuki, a heretic child with golden eyes is brought into Heaven. He is given into the reluctant care of a minor deity named Konzen, the nephew of the Merciful Goddess Kanzeon Bosatsu. Konzen eventually gives the child the name "Goku". Goku becomes friends with two other minor gods, Marshal Tenpou and General Kenren of the Western Army of Heaven. He also meets a strange little boy who seems to be his own age, the War Prince Nataku. Although Goku is happy in his new home, Heaven is not kind to heretics. There are those who would use Nataku and Goku as tools in an attempt to seize the throne of Heaven, and Konzen, Tenpou, and Kenren may not be able to save them.


Related Series
Saiyuki (Sequel)
Saiyuki Ibun (Sequel)
Saiyuki Reload (Sequel)
Saiyuki Reload Blast (Sequel)

Associated Names
Saiyuuki Gaiden

Groups Scanlating
Dragon Voice Project
Easy Going Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.14 by Easy Going Scans & Rose Scanlations (14d ago)
v.2 c.14-15 + Omake by MangaTraders (473d ago)
v.2 c.11-13 by Dragon Voice Project (1962d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Ends at Vol 1 Chap 1

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (247 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 21st 2014, 6:49pm PST



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Original Publisher
Ichijinsha (2005)
Square Enix (2000. 1 Vol.)

Serialized In (magazine)
Zero-Sum Ward (Ichijinsha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

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On 385 reading lists
On 495 wish lists
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take out tissue paper and get ready to ball your eyes out   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TheAlmighty
April 18th, 2010, 10:03am
Gaiden, I promise you, will make you ball your eyes out. As it is a prequel, I would always suggest reading the sequel first. The feeling of nostalgia, call me masochistic, but it makes the overall feeling even better. It's not BL, but their bond is something that I think everyone will love.
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Different from everything   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Suzusan
June 22nd, 2011, 4:51pm
Well, if you're searching for something like poetry in form of manga, THIS is the manga for you.
You'll surely be able to learn something from this story... :-)

P.S.Not necessary, but higly suggested to read the main story, Saiyuki (gensoumaden) to fully appreciate it!

... Last updated on June 22nd, 2011, 4:54pm
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Great. I cried at the end.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GoJ
May 19th, 2011, 11:54pm
I have watched Journey to the West original version (Chinese film) since I was small and I loved the story, although Sanzo in that story is a bit (or a lot?) dumbfound. In the original story, Son Goku held great loyalty toward Sanzo, the other two are not described well enough for me to love.

I admit that when I came upon this series, all of my childhood memories come back vividly. I love the art, I love angst, I love twists, that's why I love this manga although it has no concern with the original work.

I have re-watched the Journey to the West series in all version, read this manga, and I always have great melancholy toward Son Goku's past. He was naive, was childlike, but at the same time, he was kind and generous to all of his loved one, but the Heaven couldn't allow such reckless act.

I have always asked myself as I watched the film, is being a bit childish are not allowed in the world of adults?

Since the past is the past, and in the original, all of past events ended with Goku being banished from Heaven, I think this piece of work won't be brought back again in the Sequel. And I think, with three of them died, one exiled, Heaven would be back to order, so there is nothing much to develop.
=> Which mean there is no Sequel special for Gaiden I suppose.

I'm looking foward to Saiyuki Ibun, as I know, Sanzo's part are being told in detail in the original script as well.

Personally, I think Sanzo/Goku makes a perfect pairing bigrazz
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Heart Wrenching...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by firefly084
January 10th, 2010, 4:45am
I just finished, and it was absolutely unbelievable. I has everything; characters, politics, violence, beautiful art, beautiful relationships, tragedy, hope...oh my goodness, I can't even get over the ending. Whomever is reading this review: you will not be sorry you read this. Truly one of, if not Minekura's best works. If I could rate it higher than a ten, I would.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sasuke149
July 8th, 2011, 5:47am
This manga was beautiful. The characters, the story.. everything was absolutely beautiful. The ending was so good!! And tragic... T_T Aaaaa! It was so wonderful!! The art is not much to my taste but the scenes were amazing. The relationships between the characters were touching. It was a good read. smile
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Saiyuki Gaiden   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by may888
November 2nd, 2010, 6:13am
As TheAlmighty has already mentioned, you should read at least one of the sequels first before you read this. The feeling of nostagia really adds to everything. But I also agree with calstine that the sequels are a bit disappointing and fairly repetitive.

However, if you really want a kick out of this, read as much of the sequels you can, then slowly enjoy the gaiden. Doing this makes you feel much more emotion towards the story and appreciate the gaiden just that much more. The Saiyuki Gaiden ending made me cry, TT^TT but gives you that half-sad-half-happy feeling because you know it's not over for them yet (obviously because there are sequels), but they will not be the same.

This is definitely recommended.
Read the sequel(s) before reading this (Saiyuki Gaiden).
And personally I think Goku is cuter with long hair ^^

... Last updated on November 16th, 2010, 1:42am
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Awesome! <3   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Feliona
February 12th, 2011, 10:34am
Yesss. I understand why everyone below my comment said that you need to read the sequel first.
Personally, i think that sequel are less fun than the prequel or Gaiden. (part of this is because Goku is my fav character and he's like the main actor in Gaiden, with a long hair that makes him look even cuter!!! ♥♥♥)

I mean I like the main first story (Saiyuki) but Gaiden is even better, even tho it didn't end very happy (but you know that it doesn't just end like that coz there are sequels)
The art is great, especially the lovely Goku XD, the plot well done. It is full of emotions that made me cry. I havn't cried for reading such a good manga in a long time
Another reason why i said to read sequel first becoz Sensei draw the sequel before actually draw the prequel. However, the prequel is much more fun, so if you read the prequel first, you will surely disappointed with the sequels(Gensomaden and Reload)

Just try this, like everyone have said and you will love it!!!

... Last updated on February 12th, 2011, 10:40am
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Very Nice   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by calstine
December 18th, 2009, 9:32am
This is such a wonderful story- short but sweet, with a lot of tragedy mixed in with some really heartfelt moments that made me feel quite saddened and sympathetic towards the fate of the foursome as well as Nataku. Not many things can bring a lump to my throat, and the prequel to the Saiyuki saga (of which I am not a fan) was the last manga I expected to be able to do that- so I was quite taken aback when it did.

Still, I do feel that the political side of the story was slightly underdeveloped. The talks of power-play and corruption among heaven's administration were enjoyable- though the details were rather sketchy. I would have liked to see more on the subject; it definitely would have made this manga more intriguing.

However, much to my disappointment, I found that the sequels of Saiyuki Gaiden failed to evoke any emotion whatsoever within me. Konzen, Tenpou and Kenren, as well as Goku's childhood self were, to me, much more likable than Sanzo, Hakkai, Sha Gojyo and 18-year-old Goku ever will be.
I tried both Gensoumaden and Reload, finding them to be incredibly boring. It's a shame none of the sequels even remotely live up to the standards of the prequel...After all, there's no point in reading this if the follow-up is so plot-less and repetitive. sad

... Last updated on May 14th, 2010, 1:51pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by maho2magic
May 8th, 2013, 7:14pm
Despite being the shortest, I think it's the best in the Saiyuki series. Maybe it's because it had a wonderful ending, unlike Saiyuki (because we haven't even reached Gyumao yet :/) and a great many mangas out there. Gaiden had an emotionally satisfying ending. By that, I meant that I wouldn't have ended it any other way. It was an ending that brought a great series to a great close.

Of course, it's not really the end because if you haven't yet, there are still 20 volumes of Saiyuki to read through smile Which actually brings me to my next point. I think Gaiden is a great standalone manga but read the Saiyuki or Reload first for better enjoyment. You already know what needs to happen to the main characters in the end for the original series to happen but you're powerless to do anything about it. It's more emotionally charging than reading this first then reading the original series.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
P.S. Don't know if this should be in spoilers but I'll put it in anyway. The final panels/pages of Goku in his cell was one of the loneliest pages in manga I have ever seen. You can just feel how lonely Goku was in that cell, all alone, for five hundred years. I've always felt sad about Goku's back story in Saiyuki but until I saw it like that, I have never realized how heart-wrenching it actually was.

TL;DR: Just read it. It's beautiful.

... Last updated on May 8th, 2013, 7:16pm
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My say   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by letterbee96
April 17th, 2013, 10:59am
When I first found out there was prequel, I didn't waste any time to read it.

Oh, how I regretted... Don't take this the wrong way! I regretted it because after reading this absolutely stunning manga, I can never look at any manga the same way again. My standard went up so high, nothing could satisfy me at all!

And like what everyone said, this manga is terribly heartbreaking. To take the only friend and family of Goku was...too much for any of us to handle. What made me cry the most was when (spoiler) the goddess hugged him and said on Konzen, Kenren, and Tenpou's behalf, "I'm so happy to have met you." THAT LINE I WAS BAWLING MY EYES OUT SHIT.

So like everyone else, I very much recommend this manga. Just prepare a box of tissues or something...
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