Take a Look Back at History of “Saiyuki” Series in 18-Minute PV

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of its serialization started in 1997, Ichijinsha’s official YouTube channel has posted a 18-minute special PV to take a look back at history of Kazuya Minekura’s adventure manga series Saiyuki with a newly-recorded narration by Kanzeon Bosatsu (CV: Rei Igarashi). The manga author herself supervised the script.


Saiyuki, loosely based on a Chinese fantasy novel in the 16th century, Journey to the West, originally started as the author’s doujinshi series, then was serialized in Enix’s Monthly G Fantasy magazine from 1997 to 2002. Its sequel series Saiyuki Reload ran in Ichijinsha’s Comic ZERO-SUM from 2003 to 2009, and its story has continued to the ongoing series Saiyuki Reload Blast in the same magazine. As reported, a TV anime adaptation of Saiyuki Reload Blast is set for a premiere in July 2017 in Japan.


“Looking Back at History of the Saiyuki series with Kanzeon Bosatsu” with Japanese subtitles



TV anime “Saiyuki Reload Blast” 1st PV


Main Voice Cast:

 Genjyo Sanzo: Toshihiko Seki (Duo Maxwell in Mobile Suit Gundam Wing)

 Son Goku: Soichiro Hoshi (Kira Yamato in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed)

 Sha Gojyo: Hiroaki Hirata (Sanji in One Piece)

 Cho Hakkai: Akira Ishida (Kaworu Nagisa in Neon Genesis Evangelion)



Main Staff:


 Director: Hideaki Nakano (Aoharu x Machinegun, SERVAMP)

 Series Composition Writer: Kenji Konuta (Aoharu x Machinegun, SERVAMP)

 Character Designer: Yoko Sato (Gintama, SHIROBAKO episode animation director)

 Anime Production: Platinum Vision (SERVAMP)


Teaser visual




CM for the 20th anniversary project


“Saiyuki Reload Blast” manga tankobon 1st and 2nd volume covers


Source: “Saiyuki” 20th anniversary project site


© Kazuya Minekura, Ichijinsha/Saiyuki RB Project