Anime Review: Saiyuki Gaiden OVA

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I’ve been a big fan of the Saiyuki series for years, so I was really excited when I heard a Saiyuki Gaiden OVA was being made. Saiyuki Gaiden is a prequel to the Saiyuki series, based on the manga by Minekura Kazuya. Saiyuki Gaiden is a short, action/drama OVA that focuses on the characters Goku, Konzen Douji, Kenren Taisho, and Tenpou Gensui and their plan to escape from Heaven. This is a beautiful anime, with fascinating artwork astoundingly accurate to Minekura’s art in her manga. While I don’t wish to give anything away, I must say that this anime, although somewhat rushed, is packed with emotion that will make your eyes tear up with both wonderful joy and horrible sadness.Although it isn’t necessary to watch or read Saiyuki before watching Saiyuki Gaiden, I recommend watching Saiyuki first. The reason for this is because watching or reading Saiyuki first allows the…

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