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Movie version of Genso Maden Saiyuki coming

posted on 2001-01-18 11:52 EST
Following the popularity of their TV/OVA adaptation, Studio Pierrot is working on a theatrical adaptaion of the Manga.

Source: Anime News Service

Japanese Animation studio Studio Pierrot is currently producing an Anime theatrical feature adaptation of Gensōmaden Saiyuki.

Studio Pierrot has already created successful OVA and TV series adaptations of the manga by Kazuya Minekura. Gensōmaden Saiyuki, commonly referred to as Saiyuki, is yet another adaptation of the popular chinese legend of The Monkey King.

Humans and demons share a state of peaceful co-existance In the land of Togenkyo, after the attempt of the use of chemistry and magic to resurect Gyumao, a powerful demon who was sealed and buried by Nataku Taishi (one of the five gods who rule heaven), Genjyo Sanzo is called to Shayou Choan Palace. Sanzo, a sanzoboshi (highest ranking monk), is assigned to travel west, investigate the situation, and stop to the resurection. Traveling with him are Son Goku, Sha Gojyo, and Cho Hakkai, whom Sanzo is assigned to work with by Kannong Bosatsu (the goddes of mercy and one of the five gods of heaven).

Production staff for the movie, which is set to be released later this year, includes much of the staff from the TV series.

Seiyu Staff include:
Sanzo - Seki Toshihiko (Duo - Gundam Wing)
Hakkai - Ishida Akira (Kaoru - Evangelion)
Son Goku - Hoshi Souichiro (Aiba - Ryvius)
Sha Gojyo - Hirata Hiroaki (Digimon Adv.)

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