Saiyuuki is an anime with the usual features of a straight fantasy story but driven more by the characters than the actual plot. The story is simple, the characters are interesting and highly original, the fighting system is intuitive and exciting, and a good bit of humor is sprinkled throughout. It is basically the ultimate shounen fantasy with an epic and action-filled story that will entertain any fantasy fan.
However, being a fantasy staple, Saiyuuki has some great things about it, along with a fair amount of mediocrity that holds it back. It comes off as somewhat generic because the monsters of the day theme and the group of adventurers who get caught up in the conflicts of the supernatural world setting are nothing new that hasn’t been seen before in other anime. Despite its rather unoriginal overall theme, this show is still extremely well done.
If you are thinking of giving Saiyuuki anime series a try, here’s a guide to help you watch it in the correct order.
Saiyuuki Watch Order:
1. Gensoumaden Saiyuuki
Alternate Title: Saiyuki
2. Gensoumaden Saiyuuki OVA
Alternate Title: Saiyuki Premium
3. Gensoumaden Saiyuuki: Kibou no Zaika
Alternate Title: Saiyuki Interactive
4. Gensoumaden Saiyuuki Movie: Requiem – Erabarezaru Mono e no Chinkonka
Alternate Title: Saiyuki: Requiem
5. Saiyuuki Reload
Alternate Title: Saiyuki Reload
6. Saiyuuki Reload Gunlock
Alternate Title: Saiyuki Gunlock
Note: Saiyuuki Reload Gunlock also has a remake titled Saiyuuki Reload: Zeroin. It has better animation.
7. Saiyuuki Reload: Burial
Alternate Title: Saiyuki Reload: Burial
8. Saiyuuki Gaiden
Alternate Title: None
9. Saiyuuki Gaiden: Kouga no Shou
Alternate Title: None
10. Saiyuuki Reload Blast
Alternate Title: Saiyuki Reload Blast
Saiyuuki is a fantasy adventure anime series adapted from a popular manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Kazuya Minekura.
Synopsis: Tougenkyou is a place where humans and demons live in harmony. But the peace ended when demons tried reviving Gyumao, an evil demon imprisoned for thousands of years. The attempt to unleash Gyuma discharged Minus Wave throughout the land. It turned ordinary demons into barbaric creatures that started ravaging human towns. Now it’s upto Genjo Sanzo, a rogue priest, and his followers, three demons: Sha Gojyo, Son Goku, and Cho Hakkai, to stop the resurrection of Gyumao and bring balance between humans and demons.