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Saiyuki Volume 1: v. 1 (Saiyuki Reload) Paperback – 9 Mar 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop; paperback / softback edition (9 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591826519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591826514
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 920,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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In my opinion this is possibly the best volume of the Saiyuki series up to this point, and one of my personal favourites. Sanzo fans will be pleased if not by the cover alone than definitely by the last storyline of the book which sees Sanzo poisoned by a scorpion demon. Also, we get an indepth look at the Ikkou's past and how they all met (and for the information of all Gojyo fans, we see him here with SHORT HAIR!) This is a rather emotional volume and Minekura's artwork seems to have really settled into its final style here (if you compare the first four to the last four there's a clear difference.) Basically refer to the title for my feelings on this volume. It's definitely a must have. (I took this to a camp this summer and, without having read any of the other volumes, about 5 people got hooked on it. Need I say more?)
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