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Saiyuki is one of the first manga that I owned. The art is gorgeous, the plot engrossing, and the characters fully-developed with complex backstories & motivations. The underlying mystery is signposted just often enough to keep your attention, but not so often as to frustrate the reader. In short, the premature cancellation of the English manga release of Saiyuki Reload is a crime.
With such a predecessor, it would be a tall task for whichever production company nabbed Saiyuki to create a faithful adaptation. In brief, they ended up whiffing. As with many anime, the visuals are smoothed out and made more generic. Some plot-relevant details about the characters are ignored (no, pink hair will never look like blood), and the complexity diminished into more typical action protagonists. There are some bright spots - particularly the opening music - but while I try not to be That Person who prefers manga over anime (a Person just as bad as the one who tells you to read the book rather than watch the movie) in this case I just can't recommend the various anime beyond the fact that they may be the only way Westerners see the end of the story. Caveat: I gave up quickly, so perhaps the anime improves over time.
Clarifying my rating system: Obviously I am constrained by the reality that the typical SIMKL user doesn't rate below 8 if they liked the show. My number key below is an attempt to parse the small differences between 7 and 8, 8 and 9, & 9 and 10. When I rate, I consider my own enjoyment, the characterization, the plot, the appearance of the animation and occasionally the soundtrack - in roughly that order. A show will lose at least 1 point for presence of deal-breaker tropes (for example, comedic pedophilia), and more if the trope(s) ruined my enjoyment. On the other hand, it will gain at least 1 point for artistry in animation or sound.
1-6: I would never rewatch/finish watching, or recommend. Further clarification: 1-3 is pure excrement, and I would rather be getting un-anesthetized surgery for the entire running time. 4-6 is the kind of thing where I would sincerely rather be doing chores, but could survive sitting through it if a friend begged me to. Differences within those ranges relate to non-plot details (ex. beauty of animation) or presence of specific deal-breaker tropes rather than general badness.
7: There are two types of 7s. 7A: I watched at least part of it, and may have stopped due to not liking the plot twists, character derailment, etc. In this case, it started out with a higher score and slipped over time. 7B: I watched the whole show, but recognize deal-breaker tropes in it, and I'm unlikely to rewatch. It just wasn't enjoyable enough to forgive its flaws. For both 7s, there would be huge caveats to any recommendation.
8: There are two types of 8s. 8A: Not my thing, but usually I at least respect it. Generally, I didn't like it enough to think I would rewatch it, but also didn't see huge problems in the plot, characterizations, etc. and thought it was worth finishing. 8B: I had a good time watching it, but it didn't move me the way a 9 or a 10 does; it's possible that over time I would upgrade it to a 9 if I liked it more on reflection. I'd consider it mostly harmless to view, with the occasional caveat. For both 8s, I would recommend the show to the right audience.
9: I enjoyed very much. It may have had one or two issues, but not enough to diminish enjoyment. It's possible that over time I would downgrade it to an 8 (changing tastes) or upgrade to a 10 (realize it's never left my mind). I'm likely to rewatch, and likely to buy the DVDs. I'd recommend it to most audiences.
10: Virtually flawless. I'd definitely rewatch, and definitely want to buy DVDs. I would shill to anyone.
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