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Feature 6.0
Video 9.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 7.7
Distributor: AV Channel
Running Time:
100 minutes
Classification:
PG
Reviewer:
Felix Stacia

7.7


Saiyuki Reload
Season One

This on-the-road-let’s-fight story is about a band of four adventurers and their magical jeep are on their way Westwards, entrusted with re-establishing harmony between the demons and the humans. They encounter both hospitable small-towners and aggressive demons. The scene of the fights is invariably the village, not the boring, plot-less country-side in between. 

Based on the Chinese ‘Monkey’ tale in the 1590 novel Journey to the West, the four characters are: the monk Genjyo Sanzo, the monkey deity Son Goku, the half-demon Sha Gojyo and the demon Cho Hakkai. Their camaraderie is infectious. You feel like you want to be around them, to watch them in action. They have a very enviable self-assurance and they fight with unimaginable confidence. 

The show does not take itself seriously, providing quite a few opportunities for us to laugh. The solution to the problem ‘how shall we defeat this enemy’ is not always straightforward but always entertaining and surprising. 

My one bone to pick is that amongst all this frivolity, the episodes are dreadfully formulaic and hence predictable. They have double-distilled the art of conflict-resolution based narrative… with bland results. 

Felix Staica






 
 



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