First serialized in Monthly G-Fantasy in 1997, Kazuya Minekura’s fantasy adventure manga Saiyuki is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with an exhibition displaying original manuscripts and drawings; merchandise will also be available.
The exhibition begins its long journey first in Osaka at Namba Marui from December 30, 2022 to January 15, 2023, followed by Yurakucho Marui in Tokyo from May 12 to May 28 and Hakata Marui in Fukuoka from August 11 to September 3. Additional events in other regions are also planned.
Loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West, the Saiyuki manga reportedly has 25 million copies in circulation worldwide as of 2021. The series inspired multiple anime adaptations, including a 2000 50-episode TV adaptation produced by Studio Pierrot and the recent SAIYUKI RELOAD BLAST sequel that’s available to watch on Crunchyroll.
Kodansha USA, who publishes the manga’s official English version, describes the series as such:
Genjo is a Buddhist priest in the city of Shangri-La, which is being ravaged by yokai spirits that have fallen out of balance with the natural order. His superiors send him on a journey far to the west to discover why this is happening and how to stop it. His companions are three yokai with human souls. But this is no day trip—the four will encounter many discoveries and horrors on the way, and on the road, Genjo will wonder … can he really trust his supernatural companions?
Source: Comic Natalie
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