Saiyuki

Alt title: Gensou Maden Saiyuki

TV (50 eps)
3.645 of 5 from 4,920 votes
Rank #1,725

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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  • Go to the West / To the Distant West image

    Episode 1

    Go to the West / To the Distant West

  • First Game / A Guide to the Netherworld image

    Episode 2

    First Game / A Guide to the Netherworld

  • His God, My God / Where the Gods Are image

    Episode 3

    His God, My God / Where the Gods Are

  • Crimson / Crimson Tears image

    Episode 4

    Crimson / Crimson Tears

  • Pure Assassin / A Beautiful Assassin image

    Episode 5

    Pure Assassin / A Beautiful Assassin

  • Rancorous Exchange / Unnatural Talismanic Monk image

    Episode 6

    Rancorous Exchange / Unnatural Talismanic Monk

  • Goodnight / A Twilight Farewell image

    Episode 7

    Goodnight / A Twilight Farewell

  • Confront / The Man Who Foretells Death image

    Episode 8

    Confront / The Man Who Foretells Death

  • Lethal Trap / Fight Party image

    Episode 9

    Lethal Trap / Fight Party

  • Fake the Face / False Saviors image

    Episode 10

    Fake the Face / False Saviors

  • Tragic Revenge / The Laughing Grim Reaper image

    Episode 11

    Tragic Revenge / The Laughing Grim Reaper

  • Wandering Destiny / Battle Against the Darkness image

    Episode 12

    Wandering Destiny / Battle Against the Darkness

  • Crude Counterfeit / Fruit That Summons Death image

    Episode 13

    Crude Counterfeit / Fruit That Summons Death

  • Sweet Client / Their Promise image

    Episode 14

    Sweet Client / Their Promise

  • Fated Guys / The Binding Spell of Crimson image

    Episode 15

    Fated Guys / The Binding Spell of Crimson

  • Be There / An Ode to the Living image

    Episode 16

    Be There / An Ode to the Living

  • Eden / Eternal Paradise image

    Episode 17

    Eden / Eternal Paradise

  • Vice or Justice / The Truth of Justice image

    Episode 18

    Vice or Justice / The Truth of Justice

  • Don't Go Alone / Maidens of Sorrow image

    Episode 19

    Don't Go Alone / Maidens of Sorrow

  • Sandstorm / The Quicksand Trap image

    Episode 20

    Sandstorm / The Quicksand Trap

  • Selfish / Berserking Toward Destruction image

    Episode 21

    Selfish / Berserking Toward Destruction

  • Devastation / The End of the Battle image

    Episode 22

    Devastation / The End of the Battle

  • Scapegoat / The Price of Submission image

    Episode 23

    Scapegoat / The Price of Submission

  • Mother / Crimson Bond image

    Episode 24

    Mother / Crimson Bond

  • Tomfool! Tomboy! / Horrifying Assassins! image

    Episode 25

    Tomfool! Tomboy! / Horrifying Assassins!

  • Calling / The Cry That Does Not Reach image

    Episode 26

    Calling / The Cry That Does Not Reach

  • Advent / The War Prince Descends image

    Episode 27

    Advent / The War Prince Descends

  • Lonely War / The Launch of a Rebellion image

    Episode 28

    Lonely War / The Launch of a Rebellion

  • Unexpected Defeat / The Fall of Houtou Castle image

    Episode 29

    Unexpected Defeat / The Fall of Houtou Castle

  • Undertaker / An Invitation to Hell image

    Episode 30

    Undertaker / An Invitation to Hell

  • Ambition / The Arrogance of the Gods image

    Episode 31

    Ambition / The Arrogance of the Gods

  • Fake Star Strike Back / The Pride of Clowns image

    Episode 32

    Fake Star Strike Back / The Pride of Clowns

  • Faraway Dream / Dried up Tears image

    Episode 33

    Faraway Dream / Dried up Tears

  • Second Contact / The War Prince Once Again image

    Episode 34

    Second Contact / The War Prince Once Again

  • Solitude / Solitary Soul image

    Episode 35

    Solitude / Solitary Soul

  • Brotherhood / Crimson Flower image

    Episode 36

    Brotherhood / Crimson Flower

  • Taciturnity / The Smile That Was Locked Away image

    Episode 37

    Taciturnity / The Smile That Was Locked Away

  • Fleeting Vision / Unfulfilled Promise image

    Episode 38

    Fleeting Vision / Unfulfilled Promise

  • Misty Rain / Rain image

    Episode 39

    Misty Rain / Rain

  • Twilight / The Irate Sun image

    Episode 40

    Twilight / The Irate Sun

  • Collage / Quiet Expulsion image

    Episode 41

    Collage / Quiet Expulsion

  • Festival / Unforgettable View image

    Episode 42

    Festival / Unforgettable View

  • Tears / False Town image

    Episode 43

    Tears / False Town

  • Plunderers / Scripture Stolen image

    Episode 44

    Plunderers / Scripture Stolen

  • Glorious Days / Before Dawn image

    Episode 45

    Glorious Days / Before Dawn

  • Chaos / The Trembling Earth image

    Episode 46

    Chaos / The Trembling Earth

  • Guilty or Not Guilty / Kaizai image

    Episode 47

    Guilty or Not Guilty / Kaizai

  • Absolutely Heaven / Door to Freedom image

    Episode 48

    Absolutely Heaven / Door to Freedom

  • Missing Desire / Shining Paradise image

    Episode 49

    Missing Desire / Shining Paradise

  • Alone / Westward image

    Episode 50

    Alone / Westward

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sothis's avatar by sothis on Dec 12, 2006
Score 6.5/10

Story
This ain’t yo’ mamma’s fantasy series! In a land filled with demons, gods, and jeeps, four men set off to India to defeat the ultimate demon. Along the way they encounter people to save, demons to defeat, and situations that help them to grow and reflect.

As a fantasy tale, Saiyuki doesn’t have much to offer. In the same vein as Kenshin or Inuyasha, the majority of... read more

mdchan's avatar by mdchan on Jun 1, 2014
Score 8.5/10

I'll start off by saying that if you don't like slow paced anime, you won't like Saiyuki.  That said, it's one of the most brilliantly written pieces of work.  Even the filler episodes are interesting and worth watching at least once. Though, I did have to dock points off of the Story for not including the Kami-sama arc (even though they did instead use a rather interesting anime exclusive arc, so I... read more

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