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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

Groups Scanlating
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

User Reviews


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)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #854 increased(+10)
Monthly Pos #1391 increased(+574)
3 Month Pos #2563 increased(+362)
6 Month Pos #3329 increased(+43)

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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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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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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Valkyrenschwester
February 4th, 2009, 10:57am
I love all of saiyuki. But this prequel is the best. the story, the characters and especially the graphics XD
only awesome!!!
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The prequel...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kirbychan813
July 7th, 2008, 8:28am
Saiyuki Gaiden is wonderful. The story is great, the art is beautiful, and the fights are epic.
This manga makes me very emotional. It's heartbreaking...the interactions between Nataku and Goku;;;what is inevitably going to's all very heart-wrenching.
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Best One   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tasi
January 11th, 2008, 9:41pm
I think this is the best of the three Saiyuki manga. The fighting is really amazing and you get to see what made our beloved foursome into...well our beloved foursome. A must read for Saiyuki fans and for anyone who loves action and a great plot.
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Saiyuki Gaiden   
Rating: N/A
by shakylla
September 4th, 2007, 6:22am
the graphics are freaking awesome! the fighting scenes left me breathless. i'm amazed at how so much detail is given! definitely worth a read! no doubt.

... Last updated on September 4th, 2007, 6:23am
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