Saiyuki

(Gensoumaden Saiyuuki)


Distributor: ADV Films
[Saiyuki]
Once, demons and man lived together in harmony. But when a band of rogue demonic forces sought to resurrect a diabolical monster, dark spiritual energy began to cover the land and the demons decided mankind was no longer friend, but food. Now, it's up to a renegade priest, a monkey king, a lecherous water sprite, and a sympathetic demon to stop the resurrection and return harmony to the dangerous land.
TV Series: 50 episodes

Average Rating

Average Ratings: 50
Number of Review Sites: 8
Average

Review Links

Vol. 1-2 - "Just when I had gained some hope about the state of anime in the U.S., I had to lose it when I experienced the wretched Saiyuki."
Anime Jump! (Darius Washington) - 1 1/2 stars (out of 5)

"Effectively it takes a truly classic story, pumps if full of angst and brooding bishounen, and let's it rip. "
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - watchable

Vol. 1 - "Saiyuki’s not bad so far and it has some hooks that will keep me interested..." (Chris Beveridge) - B-
Vol. 2 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B-
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - C+
Vol. 4 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B
Vol. 5 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B
Vol. 6 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B
Vol. 7 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B
Vol. 8 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B
Anime on DVD

Vol. 10 - Read the review (Don Houston) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 2 - "Not bad, if not as solidly made as some of ADV's big hit shows like Neo Ranga, RahXephon, or Noir." (Don Houston) - 3 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Don Houston) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 4 - Read the review (Don Houston) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 5 - Read the review (Don Houston) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 7 - Read the review (Don Houston) - 2 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 8 - Read the review (Don Houston) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 9 - Read the review (Don Houston) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
DVD Talk

Vol. 10 - Read the review (Sandra Dozier) - 85 (out of 100)
Vol. 12 - Read the review (Sandra Dozier) - 90 (out of 100)
Vol. 8 - "The stories were a bit of an emotional roller coaster: slapstick one minute, tears the next." (Sandra Dozier) - 85 (out of 100)
Vol. 9 - Read the review (Sandra Dozier) - 90 (out of 100)
DVD Verdict

Vol. 1 - "...Saiyuki isn't as exciting as it could be."
Science Fiction Weekly (Tasha Robinson) - C+

Vol. 1 - "...it promises to be quite an adventure indeed." (Sheena McNeil) - 9 (out of 10)
Vol. 2 - Read the review (Barb Lien-Cooper) - 8 (out of 10)
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Barb Lien-Cooper) - 8 (out of 10)
Vol. 4 - Read the review (Rebecca Henely) - 4 (out of 10)
Vol. 5 - Read the review (Alysson Wyatt) - 8 (out of 10)
Vol. 6 - Read the review (Barb Lien-Cooper) - 8 (out of 10)
Sequential Tart

"Once in a while, you get this deep conviction that anime scriptwriters spend too much time in karaoke bars and too little time thinking up good storylines. "
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Enoch Lau) - 3 stars (out of 5)