Monkey (1978–1980)
"Saiyûki" (original title)

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Monkey is the story by Wu Ch'êng-ên based on the ancient Chinese legend tracing the origins of Buddhism. It follows the adventures of Tripitaka and disciples Pigsy, Sandy and of course ... See full summary »

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Masaaki Sakai ...
 Sun Wu-Kong (Monkey) / ... (20 episodes, 1978-1980)
Shirô Kishibe ...
 Sha Wu-Jing (Sandy) / ... (20 episodes, 1978-1980)
Masako Natsume ...
 Xuanzang Sanzang (Tripitaka) / ... (20 episodes, 1978-1980)
Peter Woodthorpe ...
 Pigsy (14 episodes, 1978-1980)
Toshiyuki Nishida ...
 Zhu Ba-Jie (Pigsy season 1) (13 episodes, 1978)
Tonpei Hidari ...
 Cho Hakkai (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Shunji Fujimura ...
 Gyokuryû (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Takayuki Akutagawa ...
 Himself - Narrator (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Monkey is the story by Wu Ch'êng-ên based on the ancient Chinese legend tracing the origins of Buddhism. It follows the adventures of Tripitaka and disciples Pigsy, Sandy and of course Monkey, on their journey from China to India to fetch the large vehicle holy scriptures which will save the world. Written by Matt Sephton <u5ms@csc.liv.ac.uk>

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Originally transmitted in Japan as two series of 26 episodes; this was changed to three series of 13 episodes when transmitted in the UK. The final 13 episodes (the second half of series 2) were never translated into English until Fabulours Films translated them for DVD release in 2002. See more »

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Monkey: [after finding out that Buddha was female] I always thought Buddha was a fella!
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21 November 2000 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

'Monkey!' was obviously created, imported, & then overdubbed by mad geniuses. It's cheesey, it's deranged, it's surreal, it's brilliantly, hysterically funny. And it's better now than when I was 9, which is astonishing.


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