Saiyuki

Now Saiyuki is in my personal favourites, as it is a pure adventure based anime, one that has four tightknit friends travel together in order to defeat a terrible demon in the west.Saiyuki is a very old anime that is subbed and dubbed, either one is good but i found the dubbed version had more interesting dialogue. The chronology starts from the present and through a couple of episodes each one of their pasts come to be known and we are placed on an emotional rollercoaster. The world they live in has demons portrayed with pointed ears, and half demons shown to have red hair, and they all once coexisted with the humans. But because of a group of demons wanting to bring back to life an ancient evil demon, the world is thrown upside down  and it is up to the four individuals to fix the world.

Sanzo, though this is not his real name it is his title, he is a sanzo priest who practices buddhism. He follows the Gods orders; the gods who overwatch the world, and because he is a high priest he is tasked with destroying the evil. Comically sanzo is anything but a priest, he smokes, drinks, swear, is violent and most of all threatens his friends.

Goku a seemingly young child, who harnesses an enormous amount of power, though he is a demon he has an innocent and very much large appetites for food.

Hakkai a young man who is considered the most sensible of the group, is the healer as well as the mediator to many of their arguments.

Goyjo a half demon as evident by his red hair, is a pervert and a womanizer who loves gambling and drinking.

hakyruu or jeep, is their pet who can transform into a car, not much is known about his past or appearance to these men but is just as important as a main character.

Similar to this story is the book Journey to the west by Wu Cheng’en, if you like the story of the monkey’s journey then this is the anime for you.

Lucky for you all there is more than one season, saiyuki reload, saiyuki gunlock and the prequel saiyuki gaiden. Dont be dissuaded by the amount you have to watch, in fact take your time to watch it all and enjoy the story that comes with it.

 

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