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Saiyuki Gaiden  
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From: Easy Going Scans

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.


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Associated Names
Saiyuuki Gaiden

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Dragon Voice Project
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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.3-4 by Project Kurai Ryu 9 months ago
v.1 c.2 by Project Kurai Ryu over 2 years ago
v.1 c.1 by Project Kurai Ryu over 2 years ago
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Status 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 (272 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.56 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 24th 2017, 12:24am PST



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

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

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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wintermelon
September 25th, 2013, 5:33am
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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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.

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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   
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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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: 8.5 / 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.

... Last updated on August 29th, 2014, 8:45pm
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