Saiyuki Reload ZEROIN
OtakuFeed found from Comic Natalie that the official Twitter account for Saiyuki Reload ZEROIN, the anime of the “Even a Worm” arc originating from Kazuya Minekura’s Saiyuki Reload manga, posted the anime’s very first full promotional video. The video shows off the brand new cast members and the January Broadcast for the anime.
The brand new cast members are:
Kouichi Toochika as Hazel Grouse, a priest who came from the west and is quite critical to the story arc
Rikiya Koyama as Gatti “Gat” Nenehawk, who is a co-worker of Hazel
Houchu Ohtsuka as Ni Jianyi, a Sanzo practitioner with Muten Sutra and a scientist on Gyumaoh’s side
The four prominent cast members of the previous Saiyuki, Saiyuki Reload, Saiyuki Gunlock, and Saiyuki Reload Blast television anime are reprising their roles:
- Toshihiko Seki as Genjo Sanzo
- Sōichiro Hoshi as Son Goku
- Hiroaki Hirata as Sha Gojyo
- Akira Ishida as Cho Hakkai
LIDEN FILMS is animating the project.
Saiyuki, the original 1997 “fantasy road movie” manga series loosely inspired by the Chinese novel Journey to the West (Saiyuki in Japanese), has spawned the Saiyuki Gaiden and Saiyuki Ibun manga spinoffs. The Saiyuki Reload Blast sequel manga launched in Ichijinsha’s Comic Zero Sum in 2009, but Minekura slowed down her manga publication in 2013 due to her health. The manga franchise as a whole has 25 million copies in circulation worldwide. Tokyopop published the original manga, and Kodansha re-released the manga.
The various manga series inspired four television anime series, an anime film, three original video anime (OVA) series, and several stage musical productions.
The Saiyuki Reload Blast anime premiered in July 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funimation offered a simuldub.