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Saiyuki, Vol. 9 (Saiyuki universe #9)

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Feeling down in the dumps about losing in the battle against "God", Goku attempts to raise everyone's spirits with a game of Mahjung (sp?). He wins match after match until he scolds them all to snap out of it and shape up, leading to them playing a whole day straight of the game. Ready for another round, the gang approaches "The God's Castle", where they run into a bit of ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 12th 2005 by TokyoPop (first published March 27th 2002)
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Sarah Hayes
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-lns-misc
That was just a really good, solid volume and works really well as the conclusion to the first proper arc of the series. I'm looking forward to starting Reload sometime soon and seeing how it picks up all the plot threads set up by these first nine books.
Ruben Monteiro
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not very interested in the sidetracking, but still fun.
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This volume always makes me sad, partly because it's the last of this part of the series (Saiyuki Reload takes a little different direction, but is great in its own right) and the plot with Kami-sama makes me feel so sorry for him. No spoilers, but the reveal of what happened to him and how he became what he is, makes me feel so terribly sad for him. That's the power of Ms. Minekura's storytelling abilities.

Ms. Minekura outdid herself in these chapters. The story introduces a new character but a
Jody Mena
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Awsome book, a great ending to the series, (as well as a great setup for the sequal!) The artwork, as always, was decadently beautiful, the setting was enchanting, the characters were all as wonderful as ever - not just my favorite adorably degenerate heroes, but the villain was also deliciously deranged! The cliffhanger of seeing that Ni Jiyani was 'kami-sama's teacher and a former sanzo priest was quite shocking, that was the last thing I'd expected. I loved the mahjong sequence, who knew Goku ...more
Miss Ryoko
Jun 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
My jaw was on the floor in the biggest reveal in Saiyuki history! Amazing end to the first part of the series. Seriously, Minekura-sensei is a bloody genius!

Update (October 10th, 2012)
Boy... this volume surely is amazing! There is just so much greatness going on! I love when (view spoiler)
Leila Anani
Dispondant in their defeat it takes Goku's suggestion of a Mahjong marathon to rekindle the team's fighting spirit. They head up to the bogus Sanzo's castle to face off once and for all. This concludes the 'god' story arc and what a finish! We learn just who is behind the crazy Sanzo and manipulating behind the scenes.

What's interesting is major plot-wise we're exactly back where we started - the friends are united and ready to set out to investigate the minus wave one more. Kou has had his hear
A solid ending. I liked seeing the gang defeated in the last volume, but it was neat seeing them rebound and attack again. I didn't mind the tangent, since it seemed to be a natural progression of adventure for them. I am intrigued by Dr. Nii's ultimate role in this story, and am interested to see what happens in Reload with him, as well as Kou.
Emily G
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, action, books-2012
The conclusion of the Kami-sama arc. The Sanzo party pull together to defeat the would-be God, and we find out the puppeteer behind the puppet...

Definitely not my favourite story of Saiyuki but it does give you more character insight, especially where Ni Jianyi is concerned.
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
Goku never cease to amaze me. thought he's just a simpleton bakazaru, but he's a gem inside. a nice ending for the arch, Sensei... can't wait to read Saiyuki reload. tapi abis ngintip sedikit malah pengen baca Gaiden duluan deh... masih kangen sama Goku.
Ariel Murray
Sep 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, own
Loved it! ^ _ ^
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Kazuya Minekura (峰倉かずや Minekura Kazuya, born March 23, 1975) is a Japanese manga artist most known for the Saiyuki series. Her other manga series include Wild Adapter, Shiritsu Araiso Koto Gakko Seitokai Shikkobu (Araiso Private School Student Council Executive Committee), and Stigma. Stigma is notable for being a full-color work, unusual as manga is generally drawn in black and white.

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Gojyo: I've gotta keep my temple sculpted or the ladies of the world will cry.”
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