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Saiyuki Reload Blast Chara Info (1/2)

Character info pages on the Ikkou from Reload Blast! Minekura Kazuya gives us stats like blood type, shoe size, even eyesight, as well as more fun tidbits like hobbies, habits, and what animal or thing they think the others would be.

Genjo Sanzo 【玄奘三蔵】
Birthday/Sign: November 29 (tentative; good meat day*)/Sagittarius
[*It’s a verbal pun. 1=i(chi) 2=ni 9=ku, so 11/29 = ii niku = good meat (いい肉). Every month has a meat day, but only November has a Good meat day ^^]

Blood Type: A (tentative)

Age: 24 (almost 25)

Height/Weight/Shoe Size: 176.5 cm [5’9”] (according to him)/64 kg [141 lbs]/27 cm [conversion chart]

Hair Color/Eye Color/Eye Sight: Hair is gold/ Eyes are purple/ Both eyes are 0.5 (slightly refrangible farsighted)

Occupation/Post: 31st priest of the Toua line, Genjo Sanzo. The highest ranking monk, in charge of protecting the Seiten Sutra and the Maten Sutra. Concurrently the director of the Keiun Temple.

Background: He was abandoned into the river just after being born. He was picked up by the previous generation Sanzo Priest (a natural idiot) and given a strange education for gifted children. When he was a child of 11, he was forced to succeed as the next Sanzo Priest, witnessed the murder of the previous Sanzo, and even had stolen from him one of the two scriptures he was entrusted with. For four years he searched for the scripture, his dismal kill-or-be-killed lifestyle degenerating both his body and his soul. Following the directions of the Three Aspects, from whom he sought a lead, Sanzo stayed at the Keiun Temple and received both cigarettes and enlightenment from the abbot, Jikaku. When Jikaku died, Sanzo took over his post. While fulfilling requests from the Three Aspects in exchange for information about the scripture, he picked up a little monkey, and met a sinner and a red-haired punk. Undertaking a reckless order form the Three Aspects to stop the Incident in Shangri-la, he sets out to the West. <- We’re here now

Family Structure: Parents unknown. The master who raised him (Koumyou Sanzo) is deceased. Currently supporting a parasitic monkey.

Licenses/Qualifications/Special Skills: Qualified only as a Sanzo Priest. By the way, “Toua” is the title given to the holder of the Seiten Sutra, so Genjo Sanzo doesn’t actually hold the license he succeeded to. Physically he’s a normal human, but he can manipulate religious techniques and the Founding Scriptures of Heaven and Earth.

Weapons: The Maten Sutra draped over his shoulders. The small silver gun (S&W-M10). The paper fan.

Nicknames: “Sanzo-sama” <-He really hates it when the ‘-sama’ is written in katakana*. “San-chan” <-He’s called this sometimes when he’s not around.
[*Writing the honorific ‘-sama’ in katakana (サマ) as opposed to in kanji (様) is sarcastic, rather than polite.]

Special Techniques: His skills with a gun and with a paper fan are top-notch. He’s rather good at singing, but since he won’t let go of the mic when he’s drunk, his companions don’t like it when he sings. At first glance he may look frail, but thanks to his survival lifestyle he’s quite resilient; among the Ikkou he has the second best constitution, after Goku (but that doesn’t mean he likes camping out). He can sleep anywhere, as long as there’s something he can use as a pillow. He’ll even sleep sitting up.

Personality: He’s one to ignore people around him and do as he pleases. He’s a man who believes in taking his own path, no matter what his surroundings are. While he has a sharp gaze that sees through everything and a rough charisma, he also has the childish traits of being a bad loser and being selfish. Briefly put, he’s a “stubborn old man”.

Hobbies: None. He doesn’t hate detailed work like taking care of guns. If you put a jigsaw puzzle in his room, he’d be the type to silently complete it.

Habits/Common Phrases: Habits->He squints when he looks at things. He closes his eyes when he speaks. He clicks his tongue. He laughs through his nose. Common Phrases->”Die” “I’ll kill you” “Do what you want” “Who cares” “So what” “Pointless” ... what does that say about him as a person?

Favorite/Least Favorite Foods: His favorite foods are sweets (especially Japanese-style sweets). Possibly also flavorful things. Recently he seems prone to heartburn, and has changed his personal bottle of mayo to Kewpie Half [1/2 the calories]. He’ll eat just about anything because of his long-continuing survival lifestyle, but recently he confessed that he hates cilantro.

Favorite/Least Favorite Things: He likes... cigarettes. Karaoke. Comforting sounds like wind chimes and bells.
He dislikes persistent rain. All things unpleasant and tiresome. People who can’t think and act on their own. People who push their responsibilities off onto others. He’s gotten pissed off at the mosquitoes flying near his pillow and aimed his gun at them. He’s slightly anemic and grouchy if he doesn’t get a good sleep (but since his life is being targeted he’s become a light sleeper). You should stay back when he first wakes.

Favorite/Least Favorite Seasons: He likes Autumn, because it’s cool and relaxing. He dislikes Summer because it’s hot as hell and uncomfortable.

Favorite Color: White or black. (what is he, Zebra Man?) ...He doesn’t really have one. He doesn’t like patterned things.

How He Spends Free Days: He reads books and looks up information. Because he was alone growing up, he studied and gained the education and learning appropriate for a high-ranking monk. He’s a surprisingly plain effort-maker.

Specialty Dishes: He cannot cook. I laugh to think of Sanzo in the kitchen. “...Sanzo (you’re in the way so) can you go sit at the table?”

Things He Likes/Dislikes About Himself: Nothing in particular that he likes. But there are things he doesn’t hate, and maybe that counts. An example would be his voice.
The things he doesn’t like are the droopy eyes he’s often teased about, and his girly face. And, although he’d never say it aloud, he hates how his hair looks like it’s thinning because of the color (...it has to be because of the color).

Things He Likes/Dislikes About Companions: The good thing is that if left alone, they’ll survive. The bad thing is that if left alone, they’ll worry and get annoying.

Favorite Pastime: Reading in a relaxing atmosphere while sipping hot coffee or tea. He’s such a recluse.

Current and Future Desires: The Seiten Sutra. And when he’s retrieved that, he waits for the day he’ll be freed from pain-in-the-ass things. He secretly wishes for a car or a motorbike, since they’re convenient.

Favorite Animal: He pretends to have no interest in cats, but he doesn’t hate them.

If His Companions Were Animals/Things: Goku -> a ball, Gojyo -> a triangle drill, Hakkai-> a cube.

First Impressions of Companions: “Idiot” “Villain” “Hypocrite” (I get the feeling they haven’t changed at all.)

Son Goku【孫悟空】
Birthday/Sign: April 5 (tentative)/Aries

Blood Type: O (tentative)

Age: 19 (almost 20......!?)

Height/Weight/Shoe Size: 165 cm [5’4”] (I think he’s exaggerating)/ 61 kg [122 lbs]/ 26 cm [conversion chart]

Hair Color/Eye Color/Eye Sight: Hair is brown/ Eyes are gold/ Both eyes are 2.0 better than normal

Occupation/Post: As the legendary being Seiten Taisei, he is under the guardianship of Genjo Sanzo. At Keiun Temple, he has the title of Sanzo’s attendant (!?) for appearances.

Background: He was born from a stone egg at the top of the Flower and Fruit Mountain, where the spirit of the Earth collected. He lived as a feral child on the wild mountain, but was taken to Heaven because his golden eyes signified misfortune. The calm days spent with Konzen, Kenren, and Tenpou, whom he met there, could not continue for long, and he committed a grave sin when caught up in a power struggle in Heaven. His friends surrendered their lives during the search for sanctuary in the Lower World, and Goku was sentenced to 500 years of loneliness and the erasure of his memories as penance. After spending 500 years in the Five Elements Mountain stone prison, the seal was broken by Sanzo’s hand and Goku went to live at Keiun Temple. While chasing down a mass murderer, he became close to said sinner (and a shady-looking guy), and in the midst of happily spending fun days together, Sanzo was ordered to the West and Goku tagged along. He’s maturing as a man as he fills his once empty head with everyday things. <-We’re here now

Family Structure: He was born of a rock, so naturally he has no blood relatives. A blunt monk is his owner.

Licenses/Qualifications/Special Skills: No qualifications. The demon power limiter on his forehead is a special item made by the gods. When Seiten Taisei’s power is released, he can use a god-like power to manipulate even nature itself.

Weapons: “Nyoi-bo”, classified as a holy treasure. It can elongate and shrink, and it can also turn into a three-segmented staff.

Nicknames: “Idiot Monkey” “Mini Monkey” etc. They call it like they see it.

Special Techniques: He has bottomless stamina and athleticism on par with that of a wild animal. His leaping abilities especially are excellent. His five senses are sharper than normal; he can hear running water from far away, and is also sensitive to smells. He’s surprisingly immune to psychic phenomena, but his extrasensory perception is strong. That’s why he has a delicate side that makes him want to puke in places where the magnetic field is bad or there are strange illusions.

Personality: He’s brash and broad-minded, with a curious and straightforward soul. You could also say he’s pure. He dislikes crooked and dirty things, and he’ll openly attack when he’s not satisfied with something. He switches emotions quickly, so sometimes he appears rather cold. He’s actually not as much of an idiot or a kid as he thinks.

Hobbies: Eating. Moving. Sleeping like a log. If you were to leave a jigsaw puzzle in his room, he’d be the type to try really hard to put it together at first, but part way through he’d get distracted and forget about the puzzle.

Habits/Common Phrases: Habits->He’s always moving something (he can’t relax). He links his hands behind his head. His mouth opens when he’s spacing out. Common Phrases->”Ain’t it?” “It is” “I mean...” *
[*The first two (jan ka じゃんか; jan yo じゃんよ) are something like suffixes that modify the tone of the sentence, so they’re rather hard to translate without the preceding words. Sorry about that.]

Favorite/Least Favorite Foods: He’ll try anything. He likes most foods. He still can’t handle wasabi. He won’t touch anything that smells bad. He doesn’t really care for fermented foods that wild animals wouldn’t eat, but recently he’s gotten used to them. As is expected, he gets a stomach ache if he has too much caffeine.

Favorite/Least Favorite Things: He likes... the outdoor air. The sky that fills his vision. Delicious things. Fun things. His companions.
He doesn’t like latticed things. Small places. Lying. Cowardly people. He used to really hate being alone, but he’s okay with that now too.

Favorite/Least Favorite Seasons: He likes Spring, Summer, and Autumn. Recently he hasn’t hated Winter either, so he likes them all. He just thinks rain is a pain while traveling. He likes squalls.

Favorite Color: He thinks nature colors (the sky, water, green) are all pretty.

How He Spends Free Days: When he was in Chang’an (although this doesn’t have much to do with vacation days) he would go by himself to Gojyo and Hakkai’s house to play while Sanzo was busy, and later he would walk around town with Sanzo. He enjoyed going out because there were a lot of new things and he could eat yummy foods.

Specialty Dishes: Up until now he’s specialized in eating, but he’s started to think that once they return to Chang’an he’ll really try to learn to cook.

Things He Likes/Dislikes About Himself: ...He’s not too sure what he likes, but he doesn’t dislike himself. Depending on the situation he’s learned to lie a little, and he doesn’t like that. He also doesn’t like his baby face and his height, that make others quick to call him a kid. He’d like his voice to be deeper too. Like Sanzo’s. (<-He’s probably better off without that.)

Favorite Pastime: Meals everyday. He gets excited when meeting new foods.

Current and Future Desires: Height! Height!! Height!!! And muscles. He wants a ginormous refrigerator in Sanzo’s office when they get back to Chang’an.

Favorite Animal: He loves animals!! But he plays with them too much, and they don’t like him so much. He’s a little kid in that respect.

If His Companions Were Animals/Things: Sanzo-> mayonnaise, Gojyo-> ketchup, Hakkai-> yuzu* pepper
[*Yuzu is a citrus fruit similar to a lemon]

First Impressions of Companions: “Shiny” “Burning” “Swaying”

Gojyo and Hakkai's info coming soon! posted here



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Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for always translating things like this! I always love seeing what Minekura has to say about them, especially the little details that don't come up in the manga.
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
I love when Sensei does articles like this ♥ They're so much fun
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Aug. 4th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Always happy to help bring Minekura Sensei's awesomeness to English-speaking fans!
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:28 am (UTC)
hey, thanks for sharing :3

Is the paper fan is a weapon? lol
sanzo so funny :P

Goku's age is around 500 years right? haha..
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Don't underestimate the power of the paper fan! XD
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:32 am (UTC)
Thank you for translating these! Some of these were hilarious. and some -- like Sanzo being a menace in the kitchen, and Goku wanting to learn to cook -- confirmed what I already thought.
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Hehe, I can just see Sanzo trying to put mayo on everything he cooked...
Aug. 3rd, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Huzzah! These are so great -- thank you!
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
You're welcome (^_^)
Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
This is so awesome! I love learning little tidbits like these about our boys.

Thanks so much for sharing these!
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
I wish Sensei would write more of these tidbit things; they're so much fun (^_^)
Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
You're welcome (^_^)
Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Such precious info!!! Thank you!!!

Aug. 4th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
You're welcome (^_^)
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Aug. 4th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Whoops, that was a typo. It actually says 12... Wonder if the original page had a typo too...? Thanks for pointing it out!
Aug. 3rd, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
Thank you for the translation! ^^
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
You're welcome(^_^)
Aug. 3rd, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for these! I smiled at Goku's profile-he's sooo cute! haha

I can't wait to Gojyo's X3 (and Hakkai of course...)♥
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Goku's just plain adorable!

As soon as I type up my notes I can post the other two
Aug. 3rd, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
He’s rather good at singing, but since he won’t let go of the mic when he’s drunk, his companions don’t like it when he sings.

This right here had me snorting root beer out my nose and my bf turning and asking "WTF ARE. YOU. LAUGHING. AT?!" Priceless...

Thanks for the info, can't wait to see Gojyo and Hakkai.
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
Hehe, have you heard the drama CD with drunken karaoke!Sanzo? There's a translation over here: http://konnyakuhonyaku.livejournal.com/20581.html
Aug. 3rd, 2010 07:35 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for translating!
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
You're welcome (^_^)
Aug. 3rd, 2010 07:43 am (UTC)
thank you so much for sharing the infos with us! :D
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
You're welcome (^_^)
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Aug. 4th, 2010 12:24 am (UTC)
There was a typo that sarene pointed out to me: It says Sanzo was 12 when he became Sanzo... but I always thought he was 13 when that happened?
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