manga04_jpg login_tab_left_jpg
Username:   Password:    Forgot Password?
App
Try out our new iPhone application!
App
Manga Poll
Do you spend more time on anime or manga?
I do both, but more anime
I do both, but more manga
About the same amount of time for both
I don't watch anime at all
I don't read manga at all
 
See Old Polls

Manga is the Japanese equivalent of comics
with a unique style and following. Join the revolution! Read some manga today!

Coded in ConTEXT

Join #baka-updates @irc.irchighway.net

RSS Feed
 
center_left_tab Manga Info center_right_tab
 
ALL    A    B    C    D    E    F    G    H    I    J    K    L    M    N    O    P    Q    R    S    T    U    V    W    X    Y    Z   
Saiyuki Gaiden  
Login to add items to your list, keep track of your progress, and rate series!
Description
From Anime News Network:

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.

Type
Manga

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

Associated Names
最遊記外伝
Saiyuuki Gaiden

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.14-15 + Omake by MangaTraders (372d ago)
v.2 c.11-13 by Dragon Voice Project (1861d ago)
v.2 c.9-10 (v2) by Dragon Voice Project (1861d ago)
Search for all releases of this series

Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
N/A

Forum

User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (242 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.65 / 10.0
10
 56% (135 votes)
9+
 17% (40 votes)
8+
 14% (35 votes)
7+
 5% (13 votes)
6+
 2% (5 votes)
5+
 2% (4 votes)
4+
 0% (0 votes)
3+
 0% (1 votes)
2+
 0% (1 votes)
1+
 3% (8 votes)

Last Updated
February 10th 2014, 2:18pm PST


Genre

Categories

Category Recommendations

Recommendations

Author(s)

Artist(s)

Year
2000

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

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

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1100 increased(+89)
Monthly Pos #1842 increased(+305)
3 Month Pos #2701 increased(+334)
6 Month Pos #3193 increased(+48)

List Stats
On 381 reading lists
On 483 wish lists
On 410 completed lists
On 34 unfinished lists
On 154 custom lists

Sponsored Links
Game advertisements by <a href="http://www.game-advertising-online.com" target="_blank">Game Advertising Online</a> require iframes.

Note: You must be logged in to update information on this page.

Forum Posts
No topics currently in the forum, view the forum or add a new topic now.

tickmark preloadxmark preloadxmark preload
User Comments [ Order by time added ]
 

You must login to comment for this series! Register an account.

avatar
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.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
avatar
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
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
avatar
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
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
avatar
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.
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
avatar
Beautiful...   
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
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
avatar
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.

Summary:
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
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
avatar
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
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
avatar
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
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
avatar
Sorry guys but....   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
February 16th, 2014, 11:11pm
I know this is an uncommon opinion, but this manga honestly only made me bored and exasperated. Now, it's not that I'm desensitized and unable to connect with the world. I just couldn't suspend my belief while reading this.

The panels of each page are crammed, with multiple guys that look the same as one another. The tale is also hard to follow for those unfamiliar with the original story (aka Me)

I could not share my sympathy for any of the characters like I did in many other stories.

... Last updated on February 16th, 2014, 11:12pm
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
avatar
Lovely   
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
Was this comment useful?  Yes tickmark  No xmark    
  Pages (2) [ 1 2 ] Next Page
Show  entries per page 


You must login to comment for this series! Register an account.
Manga Search
MANGA Fu
MEMBERS
TEAM-BU


footer