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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

related manga

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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Official Editorial Reviews

Title Author Score Date
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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Saiyuki mdchan 8.5/10 Jun 1, 2014
Gensou Maden Saiyuki mdchan 8.5/10 Jun 1, 2014
Gensou Maden Saiyuki angelsreviews 7/10 Aug 6, 2013
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Chrono Crusade

Chrono Crusade

It is the early 1920s, and New York City has a problem of evil proportions – demons. With devil worshipping on the rise, foul spirits and monsters have begun to surface, causing fear and panic in their wake. Combating this threat is the Magdalene Order – a group of religious officials charged with exorcising the evil that is spreading throughout the city. Rosette Christopher is a young nun who takes on missions alongside her contracted partner – a young demon named Chrono. Now it is up to this unlikely pair to wield God’s power – and plenty of holy bullets – to destroy the menace in front of them and confront the demons of their past.

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If you liked Saiyuki,you would like Chrono too because they are both based on lessons of life like religious beliefs, believing in yourself, or making the right decisions at critical times. They have both well-made animation and gorgeous characters. If you want to watch another heartwarming, deep, funny and full of action series, then you're looking for Chrono.

Descendants of Darkness

Descendants of Darkness

Tsuzuki Asato is a shinigami: a guardian of death. Acting as an investigator in Juuouchou, the bureau in charge of ensuring that each soul passes through the cycle of life naturally, his job often involves dealing with those who would disrupt this cycle. His life after death is about to change, however, as he is assigned a new partner, Kurosaki Hisoka, for a case in Nagasaki - a case seeming to involve some sort of vampire. But the two shinigami soon find that something deeper lies behind this blood-sucking menace...

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Descendants of Darkness and Saiyuki both have decent detective stories. Both are fairly predictable, but decent.

For those who enjoy boy-love Saiyuki I think has the better relationship, because the characters are less, well Descendants of Darkness gives the main characters a somewhat flat personality, and it can be a bit of a drawback at times. However, on the same token Descendants of Darkness also has a much more satisfying amount of fan-service (if, as seems to always happen, it does detract from the story a bit, which is a shame).

Saiyuki -is- significantly longer at 50 eps vs. only 13 though, which could be an issue for you if you don't like or you prefer longer or shorter stories as the case may be.

Ultimately though, these two anime are roughly on par with one-another for quality and very similar in content without being too similar.

Another thing to consider is that while Descendants of Darkness is an absolutely beautiful gothic and macabre world, Saiyuki is very much of a kind of. .. illustrious beauty. Alabaster pillars, colorful outfits and so forth permeate the majority of the show. Though by pure quantity and not percentage all of its short moments of the macabre may add up to just as much as is had by Descendants of Darkness heh heh.

Dragon Ball

Dragon Ball

A mysterious monkey-tailed boy named Goku teams up with a teenage computer-wiz girl named Bulma to search for the mystic Dragon Balls. According to legend, whoever collects all 7 Dragon Balls will have any one wish granted. Join Goku in this hilarious anime masterpiece, as he races and battles to save the world from the forces of darkness. Who will find the balls first?

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Both series are based on the same Chinese legend, that being said, I don't really recommend Dragonball for fans of Saiyuki. What I do recommend it for is for fans of the Chinese legend of Xi You Ji. If you want to see your favorite legend take a turn for the worse watch Dragonball. If you want to see it stay in a much truer form, watch Saiyuki again.
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Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

Fushigi Yugi: The Mysterious Play

While reading "The Universe of the Four Gods", best friends Miaka and Yui are mysteriously transported into a strange world full of magic and unfamiliar faces. As if their arrival was determined by fate, Miaka is revered as the Priestess of Suzaku, the savior of their warring country, who was destined to arrived in a flash of light, from a land far away. Betrayal, love, and heartache accompany this fantasy-filled tale of friendships torn apart, and hope that never fades.

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You would like this anime because Sanzo's party of friends and Miaka's party of friends both head off on a journey and there is alot of drama along the way.

Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka

With a history of leading a motorcycle gang and getting bad grades in school, why would 22 year old Onizuka ever want to become a teacher? Is it to educate young minds or spread the joy of education? Sure, if it involves being able to look up high school girls' skirts! Watch as this would-be educator uses his own life lessons and unconstituted methods as a means to control a delinquent class of students -- students who certainly aren't as happy to have him as a teacher as he is happy to be teaching...

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Both these series (Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO) and Gensou Maden Saiyuki) have some great humor (some aimed at males) and have 50+ episodes. They are totally different plots, but the characters can be relaxed at times and show their emotions (like anger) really well at others. GTO is a favorite anime of mine (and many others) and shows a journey through one teacher where Saiyuki shows a journey through group of unique guys kicking demon-arse. For the story-based GTO is the winner while for the action-based Saiyuki is the winner.