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Saiyuki (OAV)

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Alternative title:
Gensōmaden Saiyuki (Japanese)
幻想魔伝 最遊記 (Japanese)
最遊記 (Japanese)
Themes: demons
Plot Summary: On present day Earth, the brotherhood of humans and demons (youkai) has been broken. A corrupt and evil demon, Gyumao, is performing experiments that combine human science and youkai magic, causing all demons to go crazy. Now, Genjo Sanzo, a trash-taking Buddist monk, is given a mission: Deliver a sacred scroll, the Maten Scripture, to India. For the journey, he is teamed up with Son Goku, a 500-year-old demon, Sha Gojyo, a red-eyed half demon human, and Cho Hakkai, a school teacher turned demon. Together, the four of them must travel to India, but the road ahead will surely be full of speed bumps, and demon attacks. (from manga, K. Minekura)
User Ratings: 69 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: 6 votes (dub:3, sub:3)
 Excellent: 6 votes (sub:6)
 Very good: 12 votes (sub:8, dub:3, others:1
1 Portuguese subtitled
 Good: 18 votes (sub:17, others:1
1 Spanish subtitled
 Decent: 16 votes (sub:15, dub:1)
 So-so: 6 votes (sub:5, raw:1)
 Not really good: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Weak: 1 vote (dub:1)
 Bad: 1 vote (?:1)
 Awful: 1 vote (sub:1)
 Worst ever: 1 vote (sub:1)
Seen in part or in whole by 296 users, rank: #3035 (of 9527)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 6.841 (Good), std. dev.: 1.9532, rank: #4478 (of 9641)
Weighted mean: 6.787 (Good−), rank: #4529 (of 9641) (seen all: 6.87 / seen some: 6.28 / won't finish: 6.72)
Bayesian estimate: 6.904 (Good), rank: #3735 (of 7238)
Number of episodes: 2
Vintage: 1999-04-23
Release dates: We have 4
Opening Theme:
"Shangri-la" by Kikuchi Takashi
This 1999 OAV is the earliest adaptation of Saiyuki made by Tokyo Kids. DO NOT confuse it with Saiyuki TV and its sequels made by Pierrot or the new OAV released on 2007-04-27. Note that 3 out of 4 main casts are different, with the exception of Akira Ishida as Cho Hakkai remained the same in the TV series.
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Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Director: Takashi Sogabe
Reiko Yoshida (eps 1-2)
Storyboard: Tsukasa Tarunaga
Episode Director: Tsukasa Tarunaga
Original Concept: Cheng'en Wu (Journey to the West)
Original creator: Kazuya Minekura
Art Director: Tadashi Kudo
Animation Director: Toshiko Sasaki
Sound Director: Shigeru Chiba
Director of Photography: Hiroshi Kubo
Executive producer:
Kengo Kimura
Yukinobu Chida

Color design: Sanae Kimura
Key Animation:
Kazuhiko Abe (ep 1)
Motoki Yagi (eps 1-2)
Mechanical animation Director: Akira Takeuchi
Monster Animation Director: Makoto Furuta
Supervision: Kazuya Minekura
Theme Song Arrangement: Yuriko Nakamura
Theme Song Composition: Yuriko Nakamura
Theme Song Lyrics: Ikki Matsumoto
Akira Ishida as Cho Hakkai
Kōichi Yamadera as Sha Gojyo
Kōsuke Okano as Son Goku
Wataru Takagi as Genjo Sanzo

Shiho Takano as Mifa
Shinichirō Miki as Ensui
Tomoko Ishimura as Jeep / Hakuryu

Ai Orikasa as Sanbutsushin
Banjō Ginga as Narrator
Hikaru Miyata as Sanbutsushin
Junichi Kagaya as Sanbutsushin
Masashi Sugawara as Dokugakuji / Sha Jien
Sakura Nogawa as Lirin
Tomoko Ishimura as Yaone
Yuki Matsuda as Kougaiji
Yumi Touma as Gyokumen Koshu

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