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Saiyuki Gaiden  
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Associated Names
Saiyuuki Gaiden

Groups Scanlating
Dragon Voice Project
Easy Going Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.7 by Project Kurai Ryu over 3 years ago
v.1 c.6 by Project Kurai Ryu over 3 years ago
v.1 c.5 by Project Kurai Ryu over 3 years ago
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in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)
2 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Ends at Vol 1 Chap 1

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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (289 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0

Last Updated
July 15th 2020, 1:51pm 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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Sorry guys but....  
by moonmystery
February 16th, 2014, 11:11pm
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
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
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by wintermelon
September 25th, 2013, 5:33am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I loved this manga.
It definitely fights for first place on my list of read manga! It gave me such a warm and bittersweet feeling. The art is amazing - there is no amateur feeling to it - really professional and clean. I love the character designs, the clothes they wear, their hairstyles; I loved the plot (which links to the sequels) and I think i like this more than Saiyuki (and the prequels) itself! I am actually amazed at how smooth the storytelling can be, and how powerfully one or two panels can convey certain emotions - for example,
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when Goku was separated from Zanzou, and the depth of pain he felt was expressed by not only a close up on his face, but you see his hands, his body.
The emotions in the scene didn't need words to convey anything - and I found that really smart, because it is true when someone is feeling a deep emotion, it goes beyond words!

You can easily connect with all the characters in the short span of 4 volumes, and every part of the plot works seamlessly together. I loved all the relationships, Goku and Konzen's was really sweet and it is a rich selfless kind of love that I believe everyone would appreciate. Nataku and Goku's friendship is another one that I yearned to see more of,
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particularly a kind of friendship where Nataku was willing to kill himself than to kill Goku.
When the ending came, you really feel for Goku, because you know everything that led him to be there, and you feel his loneliness, and this underlying pain to it all...and then comes the beginning to Saiyuki ^.^

The OVA for this is also nice, I liked it all in colour, but in comparison, the manga is better. The manga is nicer because it has more happy, fun and character-building parts than what the OVA allowed. THE OP AND ENDING SONGS ARE SOOO GOOD IN THE OVA!! *Q* . It really illustrates the emotions in the story!
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i wish they didn't have to die in the end. it really ached to know that these characters died, and the ones in saiyuki are the same bodies (but different memories and responsibilities)...but they didn't really 'die' if they were reincarnated I suppose xD
but yup, it's a great one wink

... Last updated on September 30th, 2013, 7:18am
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by maho2magic
May 8th, 2013, 7:14pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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.

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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  
by letterbee96
April 17th, 2013, 10:59am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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My favorite  
by Angrierthanyou
January 18th, 2013, 6:25pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This manga must be one of the best mangas I have read by far. I'm really not an expert when it comes the business of manga and sure, the scanlations could have been better and easier sometimes, but the art was beautiful, the plot comprehensive and without any bigger holes and the story amazing and unique.

But the thing that puts this manga so absolutely on top of my lists is its emotions. It was just so beautiful, heartwarming, loving and so freaking heartbreaking!! I really ended up crying my eyes out, even though I knew I would see all of the characters again in the sequel. The author really deserves a big prize for the way she touched (and kinda shred) my heart with the story of the lonely monkey king boy that goes to heaven and finds a family. (jesus I'm starting to cry again just writing this, it really must have hit a spot with me *__*)

SO READ IT!!!!!!!!!
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the first that i've ever read that made me..  
by shiro_13
July 24th, 2012, 12:01pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
sorry for the crappy title..
i have enjoyed minakura-sensei's saiyuki ever since i was a child, which brought me to this prequel..
but i had read hundreds of mangas and this was the first that made me cry in one sitting ( i mean i finished reading it from 12:30 am-3am; also there were others that had made me shed a tear,not bawl my eyes out) i've read mangas that i can consider to be so full of drama than saiyuki gaiden, but there was something in its uniqueness that made its way as one of my favorites.
that was so good..
and yet there was a part of me that wanted them alive..not reincarnated, but alive.

amazing. (wait, i still have to sleep. i have my classes.)
what are you waiting for?
read it for yourself to find what all of us are telling you wink
definitely worth of your time.

... Last updated on July 24th, 2012, 12:09pm
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by Sasuke149
July 8th, 2011, 5:47am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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Different from everything  
by Suzusan
June 22nd, 2011, 4:51pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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.  
by GoJ
May 19th, 2011, 11:54pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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Awesome! <3  
by Feliona
February 12th, 2011, 10:34am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
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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