Saiyuki Volume 1: v. 1 (Saiyuki Reload) Paperback – 9 Mar 2004
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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;
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!
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!
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!
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 ^_~
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The package arrived quickly nicely packed, and the item itself was as described. Very happy with it.Published 18 months ago by Tamara Loborec
well writted, well illustrated, addictive and sexy! buy it, you won't regret it!Published on 23 Jan. 2010 by N. River
THIS IS THE BEST READ EVER!!!! Seriously, i'm manga mad and this is great for girls because of the characters and both because of the storyline. Read morePublished on 7 Sept. 2006 by Sunaca
When I read this volume almost straight after reading volume 1, I could hardly believe that it was the same series! Although volume 1 is good, this one is EXCELLENT. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2006 by J. Turner
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... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2006 by J. Turner
This is one of my favourites of the Saiyuki series, and not just because it focuses on Gojyo more than usual. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2006 by J. Turner
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. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2006 by J. Turner
this is an AWESOME book! i'm half way through collecting them all and it is really worth it. Its funny, dramatic and action packed all at the same time. Read morePublished on 26 Aug. 2005
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