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  1. Where can I find descriptions of all the Monkey episodes?
  2. I read in the Multiverse article that the group never obtain the scriptures. Was this deliberate, or did the money run out?
  3. Did they ever reach India?
  4. How does Monkey end?? How does the dubbed last episode end...and how does the undubbed last episode end?? Please help! ~mark
  5. Are scripts of the episodes (especially series one) available on any sites?
  6. Aside from dubbing, are there any differences between Jap. and UK episodes? Thanks
  7. Years ago I compiled an ep. guide from old papers for original & 1984/85 showing. Each only listed 38 episodes, original omits PRETTY AS A PICTURE, repeat MOTHERS. However, I DEFINITELY saw PICTURE twice. Can you confirm screenings?
  8. I know the original version of Saiyuki was dubbed over by David Weir but who were the actors who provided the voices? I read that David Weir added 'British' humour to the English dubbed version but what is the Japanese version like - is it more serious
  9. Hi, I am a huge Monkey! fan and I was wondering what the names of the 13 undubbed episodes are. Also, have the undubbed episodes already been released, am I just reading old news?



  1. Where can I find descriptions of all the Monkey episodes?
    Go to the Monkey Synopses page.
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  2. I read in the Multiverse article that the group never obtain the scriptures. Was this deliberate, or did the money run out?
    I asked this question to NTV in September 2002 - here's my question, and their answer: -- Why did the series end abruptly after 2 series, without the characters reaching India? Was there ever a plan to make a 3rd series? I spoke with a member of the then "Saiyuuki" staff and he told me that when the show was first pitched no one thought it work. However, the reality was that it was a huge success, garnering over 30% ratings. After the first 26 episodes were aired, a continuation of the story was planned, but this time with high expectations in light of the success of the first. However, that was not the case. The second 26 episodes did not do as well as the first and no plans were made for a third series. Also, by the time the first series and second series had aired, the actors became very popular and their schedules filled up quickly. Basically, they moved on with their careers. As for why the group never reached India, perhaps it was because the production group had planned to stretch it out for longer that they may have to gotten to that point in the second series, but because the ratings were not as good for the second series (less than 20%), it just never came to be. But the answer I received was that rather than the goal, the process, the adventure was most important -- fighting evil, helping the poor, etc. -- By the way, in the stories on which Monkey was based, the pilgrims DID reach India. To find out exactly what happens when they reach India, I'd recommend checking out one of the many Monkey Books that are available.
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  3. Did they ever reach India?
    In the series: no. In the books on which Monkey was based: yes. [If you'd like to read the stories on which Monkey was based, see the Monkey Books page.] Basically, the series ended very abruptly without them reaching India. The last episode shown in Japan (the 52nd episode) was the same as the last episode shown in the English-dubbed version of Monkey (the 39th episode). This episode is called "At the Top of the Mountain" and is the one in which Tripitaka's mother dies. NOTE: Some people get confused by the 13 undubbed Japanese Monkey episodes. These episodes aren't 13 episodes after the 39 English-dubbed episodes - they're a selection of 13 episodes from the 26 episodes in season 2 of Monkey. The last-ever Japanese episode was "At the Top of the Mountain", and this was dubbed into English. [For more information the 13 undubbed episodes, see the Monkey Undubbed Episodes page.]
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  4. How does Monkey end?? How does the dubbed last episode end...and how does the undubbed last episode end?? Please help! ~mark
    Basically, the series ended very abruptly without them reaching India. The last episode shown in Japan (the 52nd episode) was the same as the last episode shown in the English-dubbed version of Monkey (the 39th episode). This episode is called "At the Top of the Mountain" and is the one in which Tripitaka's mother dies. I.e. in answer to your questions: 1) The dubbed last episode is "At the Top of the Mountain" 2) The undubbed last episode is "At the Top of the Mountain" NOTE: Some people get confused by the 13 undubbed Japanese Monkey episodes. These episodes aren't 13 episodes after the 39 English-dubbed episodes - they're a selection of 13 episodes from the 26 episodes in season 2 of Monkey. The last-ever Japanese episode was "At the Top of the Mountain", and this WAS dubbed into English.
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  5. Are scripts of the episodes (especially series one) available on any sites?
    Unfortunately not. I have the scripts of all 39 English-dubbed episodes in paper form, and I tried scanning some of the pages in back in 2000. Here's my attempt at scanning in the first 3 pages: Monkey episode 1, page 1 Monkey episode 1, page 2 (dark) Monkey episode 1, page 3 (dark) As you can see, they're a little faint, and not very readable. I need to continue scanning them in when I get time.
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  6. Aside from dubbing, are there any differences between Jap. and UK episodes? Thanks
    Here's some differences I've spotted between the Japanese and English versions of Monkey: 1) The opening titles are slightly different... before 'our opening titles' start, there's a few seconds showing a still photo while playing 'Monkey Magic'. 2) When Monkey pops out of the stone egg, it shows a close-up of him, and he growls! (note: it's not Masaaki Sakai dressed as him - it's someone else in a monkey costume) 3) Before you see the pictures of all the cast, the titles are rearranged slightly 4) During each episode, when you see a character or item for the first time, a Japanese caption appears, introducing the character. As well as introducing each character, captions also appear for Monkey's cloud, and his wishing staff. I suspect this is common practice in Japanese TV shows.
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  7. Years ago I compiled an ep. guide from old papers for original & 1984/85 showing. Each only listed 38 episodes, original omits PRETTY AS A PICTURE, repeat MOTHERS. However, I DEFINITELY saw PICTURE twice. Can you confirm screenings?
    I'm afraid I can't confirm screenings. The only information I have regarding original screenings of Monkey is the episode list on the Marty's Web Pages: Monkey web page. As with your episode guide, it doesn't include a screening date for "Pretty As a Picture" Maybe the BBC could help with this information?
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  8. I know the original version of Saiyuki was dubbed over by David Weir but who were the actors who provided the voices? I read that David Weir added 'British' humour to the English dubbed version but what is the Japanese version like - is it more serious
    Yes, David Weir wrote the English adaptation of Saiyuki. To find out who provided the English voices, please see the Monkey Dubbing page. About the Japanese version of the scripts - I would imagine that it was also very humorous, but in a more Japanese way. Just looking at the visuals in Monkey, you can see that the original version could not have been serious. No, the song "Holy and Bright" was not sung by Masaaki Sakai - it was sung by Godiego, the band who did "Monkey Magic", and most of the other songs in Monkey. See the Monkey Music - Holy and Bright page for full information on "Holy and Bright".
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  9. Hi, I am a huge Monkey! fan and I was wondering what the names of the 13 undubbed episodes are. Also, have the undubbed episodes already been released, am I just reading old news?
    You'll find the names of the 13 unseen episodes on: http://www.monkeyheaven.com/fullepisodemapping.html (look for U1 -> U13 highlighted in red in the episode list) They've already been released in the UK in subtitled / Japanese audio form. Later in 2004, they'll be released in dubbed English form - see this page for more information: http://www.monkeyheaven.com/dvdboxsets.html
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