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...
Otaru Mamiya is just an ordinary teenage boy living on Terra 2: a planet inhabited by only men, on which women have been replaced by lifelike yet emotionless robots called 'marionettes.' But his life changes forever when he meets Lime, a spunky marionette with the mind of a child and--amazingly enough--the emotions of one as well! Soon, the demure Cherry and the outgoing Bloodberry join him as well, but he'll need all their help if he is to stop the evil Faust, ruler of Gartland, from taking over their beloved kingdom of Japoness!
Once, male angels known as the saint beasts protected both heaven and earth. Two rebelled and were cast down; now only four remain to fight heaven's new enemy. With the goddess on their side, and the powers of the dragon's sword, the turtle's shield, the phoenix's dart and the tiger's armor, the saint beasts appear invincible. But the goddess asks much more of them than vanquishing their enemies. Not only must they protect humans and guardian angels, rein in wandering angels and cook tasty meals, but in the final battle, they must also face those whom they hold most dear.
Thirteen years ago, the demon Kazan placed a curse on the continent of Arad, causing legions of demons to sprout from the earth. One young man named Baron also suffered its effects and is cursed with a demonic left arm. Baron now travels the land with Roxy, the spirit who resides in his sword, in the hopes of finding a cure. They are soon joined by self-proclaimed ‘Gunner of Love’ Capensis who literally falls from the sky; freakishly strong fist-fighter Ryunmei; and troublesome young mage Ixia. As they traverse a world of underground fight clubs and axe-wielding demons, will the party be able to find a way to remove the jinx on Baron’s arm, not to mention survive Ixia’s attempts at using magic?
Though initially it may not seem like Slap Up Party and Saiyuki have all that much in common, both series centre on a quartet travelling to fulfil their goal - and kicking some demon butt along the way. While Saiyuki seems to focus more on the fighting and Slap Up Party more on the comedy, if you enjoyed one, it may be worth checking out the other.
Thousands of years ago, in 11th century BC, an eminent conflict brews between the immortals in the heavens and demons who dwell on the earth. Zhou, the wise ruler of the Yin Dynasty of humanity, has been put under a spell by the evil Dakki and his empire is slowly starving to death. Unable to sit by idly, the immortal sages task the brash Taikoubou with vanquishing the souls of 365 demons, including Dakki. Together with his trusty beast and a powerful weapon bestowed upon him by his teacher, Taikoubou reluctantly sets forth to complete his task, helping others, finding new companions and sealing away enemies along the way.
Soul Hunter and Saiyuki are incredibly similar, from their tone and feel to the characters, to the overlying Chinese elements. While based on different stories they both take place in ancient China with a mix of new and old technology. Saiyuki is FAR superior, but fans of one still should at least appreciate the other.
Aya, Omi, Ken and Yoji are four seemingly normal high school boys, who make up an elite assassin group known only as Weiss. The hits involve taking out corporate businessmen and corrupt politicians; however, trouble arises during a routine job, when Weiss clashes with a rival gang of assassins, Schwarz. With Schwarz in the way, they will reach the limits of their elite skills while trying to defeat their ultimate target: the Takatori family...
Both series follow the premise of wandering souls kept from going forward in life by their horrible pasts.
Many of the characters in Weiss have very similar additudes to those in Saiyuki. Aya/Sanzo the anal-retentive "leader" , Schulidich/Gojyo resident flame-haired cocky know-it-all. Both series also share voice actor Seki Toshihiko.
However there are also many difference between both series which make them enjoyable for any viewer. While Weiss has a generally serious tone with occasional laughs from random flowershop fangirls or Youji's incessant flirting, Saiyuki has rather dramatic shifts from histerical laughter to extreme drama. Both series have great back stories for each of the main characters which is probable the greatest simlarity between the series. There also seems to be quite a few fans which intently follow both series.