The boys of Saiyuki are coming back to the screen in the Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN- anime, and an update has arrived via the project’s official website. The latest TV anime adaptation of Kazuya Minekura’s fantasy action manga series is based on the Even a Worm story arc, which will make its debut when the anime hits the airwaves in January 2022.
The four main voice cast members from previous adaptations—including Toshihiko Seki as Genjo Sanzo, Soichiro Hoshi as Son Goku, Hiroaki Hirata as Sha Gojyo, and Akira Ishida as Cho Hakkai—will reprise their roles in the Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN- anime. Beyond that, new cast members include Koichi Tochika as Hazel Grouse, Rikiya Koyama as Gatti “Gat” Nenehawk, and Hochu Otsuka as Ni Jianyu.
Check out the first full promo:
— 【2022年1月放映】TVアニメ「最遊記RELOAD -ZEROIN-」公式 (@saiyuki_re) August 29, 2021
Here’s how Kodansha describes the Saiyuki manga:
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: Press release