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Saiyuki Volume 1: v. 1 (Saiyuki Reload) [Paperback]

Kazuya Minekura
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9 Mar 2004 Saiyuki Reload (Book 1)
A set of twins barge in our heroes, one which is transformed into a monster. While Goku and Hakkai are sucked into the twin's magical gourd, Sanzou and Gojyo set off a hunt for the twin. They find that the demon twins escaped from their village and were taken under the wing of "God", a mysterious figure who granted them whatever they wanted. However, as punishment for one of the twins, Ginkaku, wanted to run away, he transformed him into a monster and convinced his brother to kill "bad guys" in order to return him to normal. In the end, "God" appears to finish off the two of them, because he considers them "toys" which he free to do whatever he wants to them. Deeply disturbed by the murder of the two innocent boys, Gojyo runs off without the others the next morning. The last chapter of the volume gives a sneak peak into the past of our main characters from ten years ago. Goku trapped in his stone cage, Gojyo being ignored by his insane mother, a sullen Hakkai in an orphanage, and Sanzou with his first gun.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop; paperback / softback edition (9 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591826519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591826514
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 12.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 980,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this series, or regret it forever... 9 Jun 2006
Format:Paperback
I have to agree with the other customer reviews on this one:

volume 1 is great - but just teaser, compared to the rest... Saiyuki is possibly the best manga i've ever read.

It's got everything;

stunning art,

amazing action,

delcious humour,

some of the bext character i have ever encountered in manga -

and a message.

What kind of message, i hear you ask? ^_^ Your gonna have to find that one out for yourself.

I urge you to read the rest of this series too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The strangest group of heros you'll ever meet 9 May 2005
Format:Paperback
Gensomaden Saiyuki is a absolutely amazing series!~ , and Minekura is a fantastic manga artist!!!
The story takes on the old legend of Saiyuki: Journey to the West, with Genjyo Sanzo (the grumpest monk alive ) having being ordered by heaven to stop the reserection of a Demon King. To do this he must seek the help of Gojyo: a preverted half breed of human and youkai(deamon) Cho Hakkai: a gentle soul who was turned into a youkai after mass murdering 1000 youkai, and Son Goku: the monkey king born from the earth itself. The only problem is that these four don't always get along and hold the weight of the world on their shoulders, thats if they dont kill each other first..
Saiyuki is the type of manga that'll make you laugh out loud, cry and become addicted after book one! and the series is still growing with Saiyuki Reload as a second series and Saiyuki Gaiden (the prologue to Gensomaden).
It's a well worth buy ^_~
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5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 4: Darker and even more brilliant 13 Jan 2006
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Volume 4 is where things really start getting good! This one focuses almost soley around Hakkai and his past. We find out the horrific events that happened to him and how he turned from human to youkai. These memories are brought back by the (totally creepy) Chin Yisou, who knows all about Hakkai's past crimes and who targets the Ikkou one by one in order to torment Hakkai. This is a really exciting volume as we see the four companions really suffer a lot! (Hee hee!) The artwork is great and the plot starts showing its hidden undertones and the characters' dark pasts. But, ultimately, it ends on a positive note and will make you want to read volume 5 ASAP.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saiyuki just gets better and better 12 Jan 2006
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In this, the eighth volume of Kazuya Minekura's brilliant Saiyuki, we see Gojyo seeking Kami-sama alone, and the rest of the Ikkou beginning to fall to pieces without him. As you would expect, this volume contains brilliant artwork, high emotion, fantastic fight scenes and of course more bishounen than your eyes can take in. As a Gojyo fan I particularly love this volume as it delves further into his painful past and shows a new side to him. It's very, very sad! This volume is easily one of the best so far and any Saiyuki fan's collection would not be complete without it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The start of something great! 13 Jan 2006
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This is the first volume of Kazuya Minekura's awesome SAIYUKI, although this volume itself is probably the worst. That's not to say it's bad: it introduces us to the unconventional group of pilgrims known as the Sanzo-ikkou, made up of Genjyo Sanzo, a smoking, drinking, murderous priest, Son Goku, a 500-year-old monkey god who acts like a hungry kid, Sha Gojyo, a lecherous kappa, and Cho Hakkai, the always-smiling converted youkai. It's probably the characters that will get you interested at this point, although their quest is also introduced: they are journeying west in order to prevent the revival of the demon Gyumaoh.
However, if you're interested in SAIYUKI (and I really can't recommend this series highly enough) then my advice would be to buy 1 and 2 in one go. Although 1 is good, volume 2 is EXCELLENT and is, in my opinion, the start of the series itself. Volume 1 feels a bit more like an introduction. That saying, it has some great moments (deducting points from a youkai assassin for his every fault) and if you read this, it will get you started on something you really won't want to stop reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Volume 3 of Saiyuki 13 Jan 2006
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I would have bought this one for the front cover alone! However, this is also a really good volume. In this one we see Sanzo confronted with a figure from his past, and the Ikkou meet the Kou-tachi properly (we didn't really get to know them in volume 2). This brings to light a revelation that one of the Ikkou members is connected to one of the Kou-tachi. As well as this, there are cool fight scenes, loads of bishounen and the story's starting to get going. Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introducing Kami-sama 13 Jan 2006
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This is one of my favourites of the Saiyuki series, and not just because it focuses on Gojyo more than usual. This is an exciting volume that starts the Kami-sama story arc that will continue to the end of book 9. It has all the things we have come to expect from Minekura: the art, the humour, the emotion and the bishounen. This is where the story really starts getting good- and it ends on a cliffhanger, so you'll want to read 8 right away!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new take on an old story 11 Jan 2004
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Saiyuki is a take on a Buddhist legend about the quest of a monkey spirit. It features your average chain smoking, gun totting buddhist monk and his three demon companions on a mission to retrieve a stolen sutra and discover why demons all over the world are going crazy and killing humans.
I first discovered Saiyuki before it was licenced and read five fan scanlated volumes of it. Though the initial motivation for me to read it was the attractive cover design, the action packed story line and interesting characters kept my attention. The four main characters (Sanzo, Goku, Hakkai and Gojyo) have widely differing personalities and deep back stories that are slowly revealed throughout the series and so they contrast each other greatly. Sanzo is the quick-tempered and agressive priest, Hakkai is a kind big-brother figure with a tragic past, Gojyo is a lady's man and gambler and Goku is young and obcessed with food. Although many aspects of the plot are very serious, the interaction and conflict between the characters gives it some humour and so the two balance each other out perfectly. The manga is also incredibly well drawn and every pannel is extremely detailed. I would tell anyone who calls themselves a fan of manga to read this!
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