Funimation is bringing out the recent Saiyuki Reload Blastanime season as a DVD/BD combo on July 24th, 2018 and the release hasn’t exactly lit fans hearts on fire with the cover design previously. It’s not bad per se but it doesn’t quite fit for many and wasn’t what they hoped for. Funimation updated their listing for it on their site and that has now revealed the reverse side packaging, which definitely delivers a cover that I suspect many will be flipping it around for. The bilingual release is priced at $64.98 and comes with some promos and commercials along with the clean opening and closing songs.
The show was directed by Hideaki Nakano based on the series composition by Kenji Konuta. Youko Satou handled the character designs and it was animated at Platinum Vision. This marks the second show for the studio with Servamp being their first.
The Japanese cast includes Toshihiko Seki as Genjo Sanzo, Souichiro Hoshi as Son Goku, Hiroaki Hirata as Sha Gojyo, Akira Ishida as Cho Hakkai, Rei Igarashi as Kanzeon Bosatsu, Takeshi Kusao as Kougaiji, Junichi Suwabe as Saitaisai and Chiwa Saito as Taruchie.
The English dub cast includes Greg Ayres as Goku, David Matranga as Sanzo, Ian Sinclair as Gojyo, Micah Solusod as Hakkai, Justin Briner as Tamaro, Kyle Phillips as Tamaro’s Father, Julie Shields as Rei, Bruce Carey as Narrator, Monica Rial as Talche, Aaron Roberts as Saitaisai, and Vic Mignogna as Kougaiji.
This incarnation of the property kicked off in 2009 with Kazuya Minekura working at it through her health issues and it has ten volumes to date, which if this news that a new anime adaptation is coming would mean there’s a decent bit of material to work with.
The opening theme song is “move on! Ibara Michi” from GRANRODEO while the ending theme song is “Refrain” as performed by Luck Life.
Plot Concept: At last, the Sanzo Party has arrived in India. In this foreign land, where the anomaly’s influence runs rampant, their battles only heighten in their violence. And also awaiting them is their tragic fate from 500 years ago. What will they find at the end of their long and treacherous journey?