Written by: Adrian Andulan Published on: September 09, 2021 at 15:00 PHT (GMT+8)
The classic anime returns to television with the latest adaptation of the "Saiyuki Reload" manga. The announcement came from the official Twitter account of the anime releasing the first promotional video for the show.
Titled "Saiyuki Reload - ZERO IN", the anime will adapt the "Even a Worm" arc of the manga and will see the return of the familiar four main characters of ""Saiyuki Reload". Below are the voice actors who will play the iconic roles:
Akira Ishida will play Hakkai Cho ; the mild mannered human-turned-youkai, and healer of their group
Hiroaki Hirata will play Gojyo Sha ; a red-haired half-youkai who is always fighting with Goku
Sōichiro Hoshi will play Goku Son ; an ancient monkey youkai who was freed by Genjo
Toshihiko Seki will play Sanzo Genjo, the gun-totting priest and leader of the trio of youkai
Voice actors Kouichi Toochika, Rikiya Koyama, and Houchu Ohtsuka were announced to join the cast, and will voice the new characters to join the story. LIDEN Films will be responsible for the animation of the series.
The show is slated to be released for January 2022
"Saiyuki" is a manga series released between 1997 to 2002, written by author Kazuya Minekura. It is a reimagining of the classic story of "Journey to the West" from Chinese and Japanese folklore. The story is centered on Sanzo Genjo, a priest living in a world where human and youkai lived in peaceful coexistence. But when youkai turned on humanity and planned to unleash a great evil, Genjo must work with three other youkai to prevent it from happening.
The original manga series was followed by the sequel series "Saiyuki Reload" which continues the adventures of the four heroes, running from 2002 to 2009. This was soon followed by "Saiyuki Reload Blast" which has been in publication since 2009.
The original manga run was animated in 2000 to 2001 by Studio Pierrot, going on for 50 episodes. It was then followed by the adaptation of the Reload manga named "Saiyuki Reload" and "Saiyuki Reload Gunlock", running from 2003 to 2004. In 2017, the series returned with the adaptation of "Saiyuki Reload Blast".