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5.0 out of 5 stars "I don't chant sutras for the dead."
This series continues to be a surprise. Unlike much 'adventure' anime, it does not depend on a steady stream of overdeveloped women who need rescuing to bolster its plot. Neither does it rely on 'pretty boy' heroes. Or violence, or... In other words, it creates a new genre simply by ignoring the 'rules' and focusing instead on telling a good story on multiple...
Published on October 28, 2003 by Marc Ruby™

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I don't chant sutras for the dead.", October 28, 2003
This review is from: Saiyuki - Storms (Vol. 4) (DVD)
This series continues to be a surprise. Unlike much 'adventure' anime, it does not depend on a steady stream of overdeveloped women who need rescuing to bolster its plot. Neither does it rely on 'pretty boy' heroes. Or violence, or... In other words, it creates a new genre simply by ignoring the 'rules' and focusing instead on telling a good story on multiple levels.
The first two of the four episodes focus on Cho Hakkai, whose current appearance as a quiet, congenial intellectual are blied by a past where he became a demon by slaying a thousand demons himself, and then promptly turned on humans as he continued to pursue revenge. We learn of his first meetings with both Sha Gojyo and Genjo Sanzo, as well as a bit of byplay with Son Goku. The result is a deeper understanding of all the main characters and a stronger sense of why they are a working team.
Next the team runs into a demon trap, a city where the demonic inhabitants have been turned to stone to avoid having to deal with the call which has created chaos across the countryside. Timelessness, Sanzo demonstrates, is not necessarily next to godliness. Or peace of mind either.
And, finally, Sanzo finds himself in a direct confrontation with a small army of demon hunters who are scouring the country killing anyone that is pointy eared. As usual, the story takes an unexpected turn, delving into the meaning of friendship just when you expected it to turn into another shrine to violence.
Despite strong language and an off color sense of humor, this story is atypical of the standard 15+ rating fare. It deals with real human issues in the context of a retelling of one of China's most popular legends. The quest for the secret sutras that will stop an impending evel is deftly turned into an introspective journey into the minds of four travelers whose sensitivity far outweighs their violence. And this is accomplished without bogging down the plot or typecasting the characters.
The artwork has developed considerably over the series as well. We find ourselves peering from unusual angles at scenes that are framed in unexpected fashions. Color work is also varied, giving the feeling of tight artistic control without any sense of rigidity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe, January 9, 2014
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This review is from: Saiyuki - Storms (Vol. 4) (DVD)
Case appearance is almost perfect. Extra inside case did not come with case. Disc has minor dirt and fingerprints left on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Look Hakkai-Kun is on the cover!, September 30, 2003
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This review is from: Saiyuki - Storms (Vol. 4) (DVD)
This is one of the best Saiyuki disks yet. The goodness starts with Hakkai ( my #1 Favorite character!) and Hakaryu (Called "Jeep" in the manga) on the cover. The first two episodes are my favorites and recount how Hakkai, Gojyo, Sanzo, & Goku first met. And that started out pretty stormy. Of course, When you kill a thousand people you are not very popular. Poor Hakkai. The sanbutsushin had to send Sanzo after him for killing so many! But in the end it turned out Okay! The other two episodes on the disk are no less important, I just don't like them as much. Episode 17 is about a city of demons who were not over come by the "minus wave". Poor Sanzo has to go there all by himself because the others were turned to stone. Episode 18 is about an old friend of Gojyo & Hakkai's named Tawnpu. (Not how it's spelled) who has joined a demon killing army. Poor Tawnpu doesn't know that his old friends are demons.
Any way it is a very good disk. The extras arn't all that cool, but they don't count.
I highly recommend this disk. Go. Buy it. Hakkai commands you!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent episodes, October 3, 2003
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"chiefraz1" (Watervliet, NY United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Saiyuki - Storms (Vol. 4) (DVD)
Being a Saiyuki addict, I very much enjoyed the retelling of how the Sanzo-ikko met. I liked the ecomomy of movement and use use of stills and voice overs. All together a must have.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!, October 20, 2004
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This review is from: Saiyuki - Storms (Vol. 4) (DVD)
So, okay, the animation isn't exactly perfect. They throw in random C.G.I things and they are always using still frames to illustrate battles.

Well...

This doesn't really matter. It HAS improved, ya know.

The point is, the characters are truly lovely.

Hakkai, you rock hard!

Anyway, the characters make up for the animation, so five stars! Go Saiyuki!
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Animation, October 2, 2003
This review is from: Saiyuki - Storms (Vol. 4) (DVD)
I enjoyed the first three volumes of Saiyuki immensely but Vol. 4 seems to be lacking in animation. It looks as if the company decided to try and save money on animation by freezing on images or scrolling on the same image for extended periods of time. I am terribly dissapointed in Vol. 4.
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