Based loosely on the Chinese classic, Saiyuki (or Journey to the West or Xi You Ji), this manga is a riot!
In this manga version, danger threatens the world as we watch the mad attempts of the jade-face vixen to revive her lover, the demon ox/bull king. Tearing the delicate fabric of co-existence and tolerance between man and demon, she plunges the world in chaos. Instructed by the gods, our 4 friends must now travel to the West to defeat her. But hey, here's were it really deviates from the original classic! The clever and playful monkey king is now a 15 year old boy led by his stomach and cannot remember his past … the high priest Tang San Zang, a meek and mild gentleman in the classic is a swearing gun-slinging foul-mouth? The obedient and faithful Sandy priest is a womanizing gambler and the greedy but endearing pigsy is now a scholarly youth with a VERY dark and bizarre past?? ^_~
Wooh … I love it, devout lovers of the classic, don't get TOO shocked … actually, I hope staunch Buddhists and Taoists don't get too offended too as the Taoist and Buddhist gods are portrayed in a less than reverent manner but it still ain't as much as how Angel Sanctuary (I feel) offends most Christians.
But it's great, I can't even begin to describe what fun this manga is! Bizarre no doubt, but very well-drawn and packed with adventure … guys will love the fighting scenes, girls will droll over the 4 bishounen … wow! I mean, get hold of this, it is THE BEST! I am bugging my comic store for the latest issue every week … sorry Uncle, sorry Alvin … ^__^ and gotta hide my copies, Kit my brother is always swiping them to read in the bathroom ewww …
Released till Volume 9 with one volume for the prologue story.
AUTHOR - Kazuya Minekura
(gotta idolize this gal!)
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Info on the original Journey to the West (may contain some spoilers) and Spoilers (serious spoilers)
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