HIDIVE Streams Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN- Anime's English Dub
HIDIVE announced on Wednesday that it will begin streaming an English dub for Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN-, the television anime of the "Even a Worm" arc from Kazuya Minekura's Saiyuki Reload manga, on February 24 at 11:00 a.m. EST in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Scandinavian countries, and the Netherlands.
The English cast includes:
- David Matranga as Sanzo
- Greg Ayres as Goku
- Ian Sinclair as Gojyo
- Howard Wang as Hakkai
- Blake Jackson as Hazel
- Jovan Jackson as Gat
Shannon D. Reed is directing the English dub.
The show premiered on January 6 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, and BS11. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime, and HIDIVE is streaming the series as it airs in Japan.
Sentai Filmworks describes the story:
When the monstrous Gyumaoh was defeated by the war god Nataku Taishi and imprisoned in Houtou Castle, an era of peace began in the land of Togenkyo. Now, hundreds of years later, those seeking to resurrect Gyumaoh have unleashed a plague upon the world. To save humanity from violent slaughter, Kanzeon Bosatsu sends Son Goku, Genjo Sanzo, Sha Gojyo, and Cho Hakkai to the west in order to prevent Gyumaoh from rising once again.
The four main cast members of the previous Saiyuki, Saiyuki Reload, Saiyuki Gunlock, and Saiyuki Reload Blast television anime are reprising their roles
Misato Takada (unit director for Phantom in the Twilight, Love and Lies) is directing the anime at LIDEN FILMS. Michiko Yokote (Shirobako, Prison School, Cowboy Bebop, Rurouni Kenshin) and Aya Matsui (Dragon Ball Z, Pokémon Journeys: The Series) are overseeing the series scripts, and Noriko Ogura is the character designer, prop designer, and chief animation director. Yūsuke Shirato (Lost Song, Rumble Garanndoll) is composing the music at Lantis. GRANRODEO is performing the opening theme song "Kamino Hotokemo" and Shugo Nakamura is performing the ending theme song "Ruten."
Saiyuki, the original 1997 "fantasy road movie" manga series loosely inspired by the Chinese novel Journey to the West (Saiyuki in Japanese), has spawned the Saiyuki Gaiden and Saiyuki Ibun manga spinoffs. The Saiyuki Reload Blast sequel manga launched in Ichijinsha's Comic Zero Sum in 2009, but Minekura slowed down her publication of the manga in 2013 due to her health. The manga franchise as a whole has 25 million copies in circulation worldwide. Tokyopop published the original manga, and Kodansha Comics re-released the manga.
The various manga series also inspired four television anime series, an anime film, three original video anime (OVA) series, and several stage musical productions.
The Saiyuki Reload Blast anime premiered in July 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funimation offered a simuldub.