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Alt titles: Gensou Maden Saiyuki

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In the mystical world of Shangri-la, demons and humans live side by side, watched over by a parthenon of ancient Chinese gods. But when normally-civilized demons start to go berserk, the gods require the services of Genjou Sanzo - a Buddhist priest with a magical gun, an evil-banishing scripture and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Aided by the ancient monkey god Son Goku, the half-demon Sha Gojyo and the demon exterminator Cho Hakkai, he sets off on a treacherous journey westward, with armies of demons, dark mages and angry gods all standing in his way...

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Saiyuki OVA OVA 1999 Same Franchise
Saiyuki Requiem Movie 2001 Same Franchise
Saiyuki Interactive OVA 2002 TBD
Saiyuki Reload TV 2003 Sequel
Saiyuki Reload Gunlock TV 2004 Same Franchise
Saiyuki Reload: Urasai DVD Special 2005 Same Franchise
Saiyuki Reload: Burial OVA 2007 Side Story
Saiyuki Gaiden OVA 2011 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Saiyuki 1997 TBD
Saiyuki Gaiden 2000 TBD
Saiyuki Reload 2002 TBD
Saiyuki Reload Blast 2009 TBD
Saiyuki Ibun 2009 TBD
Name Role
Yuji MORIYAMA Character Design
Hayato DATE Director
Motoi SAKURABA Music
Kazuya MINEKURA Original Manga Creator
Ken HAGINO Producer
Tomoko GUSHIMA Producer
Tetsuya WATANABE Producer

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Saiyuki sothis 6.5/10 Dec 12, 2006
Gensou Maden Saiyuki sothis 6.5/10 Dec 12, 2006
Saiyuki Masakari 7.5/10 Aug 6, 2005
Gensou Maden Saiyuki Masakari 7.5/10 Aug 6, 2005

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Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.

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Inu-Yasha and the three of the main characters of Saiyuki share a common trait, they are both demons. Both shows focus heavily on questing and demon hunting with many comedic interludes. An interesting comparison between the two shows would be the differences between the two monk characters, one is a badass who keeps to himself, while one is a lecherous creep.

they both have demons (and half demons ^_^) and ofcorse humins they both are - action, adventure, comedy etc... they are bothe verry good & if you like one you will most likely like the other


Both tell an epic journey to stop an evil demon (Naraku-halfdemon) from taking over the world. Along the way collecting items (Inuyasha-sacred jewel shards Saiyuki-holy scriptures) so that they can't be used for the other's dark purposes. Each containing humor and side journeys of some of the characters.

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Since he was a child, Kantaro Ichinomiya has had the ability to see demons; but one day, the young Kantaro was told of a goblin so powerful that it could vanquish any foe with ease. Intrigued, his search began. Now, in the present, Kantaro works as an exorcist, banishing demons who have possessed human bodies; yet still he searches – that is, until one day, he touches a mysterious seal and releases the legend itself! His name is Haruka, he's good with the ladies, and he can kick demon butt like no other; but can he help Kantaro raise enough money for his rent?

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Banishing evil spirits your favourite kind of anime? Than you should watch Tactics & Saiyuki. Both animes have some cool fighting scenes along with exorcising of evil spirits which will leave you breathless at the end of every episode craving for more.


Femal fans of Saiyuki will love Tactics, plenty of pretty boys to oggle over and lots of fighting evil spirits. Both provide these in spades.


Saiyuki and Tactics both have a fairly good, if somewhat meaningless story, and are both of good length. Tactics is a bit less guilty of the story culminating in a manner that makes one wonder if the story really needed to exist at all, and as an added bonus you won't feel the urge to kill the writers when it ends . . . because it doesn't have a sequel that is absolute garbage.

I can't really say I'm overly fond of the ED on either, but you get used to it after a few episodes in both cases -- and the mystery/boy-love theme is prevalent in both, without ever providing a decent fan-service moment in either (so people tested by the boy love in one won't be further tested by the second).

Over-all Tactics, I think, was slightly better, but both are very good.



Fifteen-year-old Ichigo Kurosaki is a typical teen with fighting skills, two caring sisters and a special trait: he can see ghosts. However, when Ichigo and his family find themselves under attack by a huge beast, Ichigo discovers that there’s more to the supernatural world than the everyday specter. Vengeful spirits known as Hollows roam the world in search of devouring souls, and Shinigami – soul reapers – work tirelessly to defeat them and guide normal ghosts into a place called Soul Society. Ichigo valiantly fights the Hollow that threatens his sisters, but on the verge of defeat a Shinigami named Rukia gives him her powers, turning him into a Shinigami himself. Ichigo must now adjust to his new life of both vanquishing and saving souls for the sake of Soul Society.

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Both Saiyuki and Bleach are good to watch if you're into action and adventure anime. The fighting scenes of both anime are so great. Both anime also contain funny scenes that can make you laugh even if watched many times.


Both Saiyuki and Bleach are spirtual in nature, as well as in comedy, action and adventure. Each focuses on certain things like from their pasts, wanting to become stronger, or the critical problem at hand. Each also has a funny scene that no matter how many times or memorized you'll still laugh. Also there characters has great emotional past that you just can't help but watch.

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Get Backers

Get Backers

Ban Midou and Ginji Amano are the Get Backers. With a 99 percent success rate in returning lost or stolen property to its original owners, they will do anything for the right price. Midou and Ginji often get hired for seemingly ordinary jobs that turn out to be more difficult than they appear; and whether it’s finding a doll for a girl, retrieving a stolen rare violin or getting mixed up with the mob, they have many adventures with plenty of petty squabbles along the way!

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these animes fallow the similar friend friend almost gay plot, with lost of fighting action.

once again friends are working together to get through hardships and troubles,creating many funny scenes with the difference in their personalities.all hiding tragedic memories in their heart and dictancing themselves from others.but slowly they begin to open their hearts ,overcome their past and find a new life and new family.

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.

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Both Saiyuki and Samurai Champloo are quest stories - a group of people with unusual abilities go on a journey to find something important. Both have enough butt-kicking to please action fans, and enough character and drama to please plot fans. Most of all, the series are similar in tone - both use anachronism and humor to carry a more serious plot, and both have moments of significant drama and emotional tension as well as moments that are flat-out funny. In addition, Mugen and Son Goku are similar, and Jin has elements of both Sanzo and Hakkai, so those who like the characters of either of these series have a good chance of liking people in both.

in both animes friends with different and sometimes opposite personalities are gathered to journey through many different lands facing wierd,painful,funny and all kind of events .they may have oppiste personaities but for the exact same reason they make a great team and slowly they turn into a family.

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