I don't need to tell Saiyuki fans the whole of this story. And since I'm collecting all of them, it's a bit pointless. The anime doesn't do justice to the stories contained in the manga. Fans of the anime need ot read the Manga. That's all there is to it. Basically, the beginning of this volume outlines a few more things that happened while they were all in and around Chang-An temple. It seems like mostly filler, but it details a number of things that you get to wondering about while reading the series. If you're a fan, get it. If you're just interested in seeing what this series is about, start at the beginning, because you will get lost.
I own it, I love it, and I want more!