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Saiyuki Complete Collection

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Once demonkind and man lived together in harmony. But when a band of rogue demonic forces seeks to resurrect a diabolical monster, a dark spiritual energy begins to cover the land. Now, it's up to a renegade priest, a monkey kink, a lecherous water sprite and a sympathetic demon to stop the resurrection and return harmony to a dangerous land. Enter the world of Saiyuki! A unique universe of beauty and betrayal. Where sacred scrolls battle enchanted weaponry and where dragons can transform into jeeps. A land where four reluctant heroes are just as concerned about having a good time, a stiff drink, and a beautiful woman as they are about saving the world.

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  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
  • Run Time: 1250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BKBCLGY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Bagneski on May 17, 2007
Format: DVD
OK, this is the first anime series I ever purchased, so I am a bit biased. Only after seeing other series - and a few episodes of Saiyuki Reload, do I think my bias is not entirely misplaced. Rumor has it that women are the biggest fans, so I guess, I'm guilty. I understand why women like the program. The plot is pretty simple: 4 somewhat flawed, handsome young men with attitude trying to save the world. And the whole concept of the "bad guys" being sympathetic is something I agree with and rarely see. The characters are interesting.

I've read some other reviews that say Sensomaden Saiyuki does not have enough character development. I would somewhat disagree. My flippant answer would be to say, "It's a lightweight action, comedy series, how much do you need?" Then I would ask, "Did you not listen to the Merciful Goddess who points out continually that no matter how many times these souls are reincarnated, they do not change? They continually live their lives as they choose." Here's a hint though, there are some small changes in "Reload". Spend these 50 episodes enjoying the journey and look at the subtleties in the relationships between characters.

Visually the first two or three episodes are a little rough, but things smooth out before you get to the second disc.

Since it was my first series, I am guilty of watching them over and over. I find I can take them seriously or view them as fluff. It has inspired an interest to read "Journey to the West", which I think should be a compliment.

Seasons 1 and 2 were Dubbed in English by ADV Films. While the translation may not be perfect, the voice casting was excellent.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D. E. H. on November 2, 2006
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Saiyuki is one of my favorite anime series, but I was disappointed in this collection for one reason -- none of the extras from the earlier release have been included. This is particularly unfortunate for the Cultural Notes which add a lot to the viewer's understanding of the legend that the series is based on. The collection does include all of the 50 episodes in a box that won't take up much room on your shelf and for a very reasonable price. But I would have been willing to pay a little more and have the extras included also.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vanyel Demonsbane on October 18, 2012
Format: DVD
Saiyuki takes place in an alternate version of feudal Japan, where human civilization is struggling to survive in a land plagued by demons and gods, neither of which think too highly of them. A certain faction of demons has made plans to resurrect... Something... I don't know, some kind of mega-demon... and a disgruntled, cynical priest named Genjyo Sanzo has been sent on a journey west in order to stop them. Somehow. I know it's explained in there somewhere, but god help me if I ever needed to remember it.

If I were to describe the plot of this anime to a friend, I'd tell him it was about four bad-ass anti-hero characters travelling across the desert and doing bad-ass things. Because that's really what it is that you get with this anime. The intended plot, if you must know, is an adaptation of a Chinese Folk tale called Journey to the West. There's some back story about collecting scrolls and saving the world, but it's rarely ever referenced in the story. It's nothing more than a MacGuffin, and it only serves three purposes;

1: Explain why the characters are travelling
2: Create friction between the characters
3: Prevent them from lingering in one place for too long, and thus from dwelling on any one story for too long.

The only thing you need to know, or even absorb about this plot is that there are four bad-ass characters travelling west and doing bad-ass things.

Since I'm already on a negative note, I may as well get my comments about the animation quality out of the way. The budget for this anime was extremely small, and the people behind it weren't nearly as good as the creators of Berserk at trying to cover up this issue. Still frames will drag on way too long, with only the characters lips moving.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music and Anime Fan 12 on August 22, 2007
Format: DVD
Wow talk about never getting bored. Saiyaki is one of those animes IMO you like from the first few minutes of it. It's so colorful and with an COOOL story to match. Saiyuki is also for adults. So make sure the young kids don't walk in the room while watching it.
Back to the story one word AWESOME! Sometimes when I'm watching a TV show I get bored and I watch the clock, I can honestly say that didn't happen watching this Anime! Everytime a esp ended I just watched the next one wanting to see what would happen next!
Oh and the music is so catchy! My favorite is the second season opening theme song. The series is Very Funny and Action Packed! =) And BRAVO to the Dubbed cast ADV did a GREAT job with this one! Everybody matched their character perfectly! This is what anime is all about! ^_^
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jason Adams on December 28, 2006
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Having watched a few episodes of this series we became intrigued. I purchased from a seller associated through Amazon here, but got the product brand new, unopened for less than half the price. Shipping was prompt.

The quality of the DVDs seem very good. Sound a picture are excellent. The thin packaging is a boone! However, it has only 3 language settings and every one displays subtitles! We attempted to change the settings on multiple DVDs and still could not rid ourselves of the subtitles which is incredibly distracting and ruins the enjoyment of watching the show.
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