History Awesome / Saiyuki

10th Dec '12 11:09:34 AM AngelynxPrime
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** In this troper's opinion this scene was a CMOA for Minakura's storytelling as well. It is the first time since he fully accepted his responsibility as a Sanzo priest and stopped tearing himself apart that he has truly been alone fighting for his life, just like he was for most of his time searching for the Seiten sutra. That experience broke him as a kid, and he only really pulled himself together a little before meeting Goku. This was a scene that asked the question "has he really changed at all or is he just keeping up a front around the people he travels with so as not to appear weak?" and Minekura manages to answer a resounding yes with just two panels: the first a flashback panel to a young Sanzo with his snubnosed pistol pointing at his own temple, and the next a picture of current Sanzo [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou pointing the gun at the audience]].

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** In this troper's opinion this scene was Could be considered a CMOA for Minakura's storytelling as well. It is the first time since he fully accepted his responsibility as a Sanzo priest and stopped tearing himself apart that he has truly been alone fighting for his life, just like he was for most of his time searching for the Seiten sutra. That experience broke him as a kid, and he only really pulled himself together a little before meeting Goku. This was a scene that asked the question "has he really changed at all or is he just keeping up a front around the people he travels with so as not to appear weak?" and Minekura manages to answer a resounding yes with just two panels: the first a flashback panel to a young Sanzo with his snubnosed pistol pointing at his own temple, and the next a picture of current Sanzo [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou pointing the gun at the audience]].


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** (Doubly awesome in that it shows Konzen finally shaking off his boredom and frustration and committing to a cause - getting to the root of the corruption in the Heavens.)
20th Sep '12 4:22:03 PM PomRania
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** Tenpou making a list of things he still needs to do in his head as he fights what he knows to be his final battle. He's pretty much singlehandedly fighting the armies of heaven to distract from Konzen and Goku, and he is making notes in his head about how he needs to buy more cigarettes ([[irony which are thematically associated with life]]). It's not that he's in denial that he's about to die, but more an acknowledgement that even though he's willing to, and he knew the odds when he made the decision to fight, he still didn't come here with the intention of dying.

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** Tenpou making a list of things he still needs to do in his head as he fights what he knows to be his final battle. He's pretty much singlehandedly fighting the armies of heaven to distract from Konzen and Goku, and he is making notes in his head about how he needs to buy more cigarettes ([[irony ([[{{irony}} which are thematically associated with life]]). It's not that he's in denial that he's about to die, but more an acknowledgement that even though he's willing to, and he knew the odds when he made the decision to fight, he still didn't come here with the intention of dying.
28th Aug '12 8:06:57 PM WizardOutOfOz
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* Goku, after nearly drowning, climbing a cliff, wandering around in the woods with a kid, fighting off a whole clan of yokai, destroying the entrance to a cave to save an entire village, and having not eaten that day, comes face to face with a brainwashed Kougaiji, who gets a couple shots in while Goku attempts their usual banter. Confused and exhausted, Goku gets the shit beat out of him for a while, until he realizes that he's waiting for the others to come save him. He decides that is seriously un-cool, and turns the tides of the battle. You only realize how much it's taking out of him, when the others finally do show up, and he only remains standing until they literally tag him out of the fight. Then without hesitation he collapses backwards and passes out.
** The kid he was with also deserves mention. When there is sign of trouble Goku collapses the entrance to the cave he and his village were hiding in to protect everyone living there. The kid, despite the protests of his mother, starts clearing the rocks from the inside of the cave, so that he can go help Goku out, because he'd helped him so much. And he manages to convince the entire village, who had no idea who this Goku guy was who'd trapped them in there, to help.
* Gojyo, faced with the possible death of his best friend, who is also the first person since his brother he ever really cared about, and the only one who never abandoned him, tells Hazel not to touch or try his bringing back to life thing on Hakkai, because Hakkai wouldn't want that. Gojyo, with all his abandonment issues, chooses to let Hakkai die rather than turn him into something (else) he'd hate. Then he manages to revive him anyways.
* Hakkai managing to fight on par with Seiten Taisei probably had something to do with the element of surprise, but it was pretty badass anyways. He would have even managed a fatal blow (not that it would have killed Goku in that state) if Gojyo hadn't stopped him from going too far. Also, DEM VINES.



** At the Emperor's birthday celebration, Tenpou and Kenren getting in a fight with some soldiers on Goku's behalf is pretty damn awesome already. Then Konzen shows up, gives Goku a noogie for running off, and tells the entire assembly that all three (Goku, Kenren, and Tenpou) are his responsibility and WE'RE LEAVING RIGHT NOW. And the three of them fall in behind him without a word as he stalks off. It's the first time Konzen displays this kind of charismatic authority and conviction and it becomes much more apparent in his reincarnation as Sanzo.

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** At the Emperor's birthday celebration, Tenpou and Kenren getting in a fight with some soldiers on Goku's behalf is pretty damn awesome already. Then Konzen shows up, gives Goku a noogie for running off, and tells the entire assembly that all three (Goku, Kenren, and Tenpou) are his responsibility and WE'RE LEAVING RIGHT NOW. And the three of them fall in behind him without a word as he stalks off. It's the first time Konzen displays this kind of charismatic authority and conviction and it becomes much more apparent in his reincarnation as Sanzo.Sanzo.
** Kenren vs Bear Nataku. [[spoiler: After temporarily subduing the monstrous bear, he fights his commanding officer, supposedly to the death. Then, when Bear Nataku gets back up and nearly kills Gojun from behind, he kicks the dragon king down a hole, saving his life and taking the blow. It becomes even more badass when it makes you realize that Kenren wasn't fighting Gojun to the death. He was both stalling for time for the others to escape and giving Gojun deniability at being complicit in the rebellion.]] Then, after taking a [[ForegoneConclusion fatal bite]] he, while bleeding to death, [[spoiler: manages to convince Bear Nataku to commit his own act of rebellion, and instead of leaving evidence (in the form of some of Kenren's body parts) that the biological experiments were conducted by the Gaiden-ikkou and not Li Toten, Bear Nataku at Kenren's insistence eats the god entirely. And reveals himself to be at least partially sentient by crying as he does so.]] A fitting tribute to someone so dedicated to doing whatever he liked. This is also the first time Kenren showed Gojyo's ability to read people and empathize with them. [[spoiler: Gojun dropped his weapon down a shaft (something that must be like pulling nails to an experienced soldier) so that he would have a free hand to salute Kenren after this. Thats how badass it was.]]
** Konzen, who is a bureaucrat and completely useless at fighting, still managing to be useful by protecting Goku with his body. Doubles as crowning moment of heartwarming, especially when he jumps down an elevator shaft to catch the kid, getting horrible burns on his hands from the cable he grabbed, and refuses to let go to save himself. Note that Konzen is not strong and Goku weighs 100K more than he should because of the chains and limiter's put on him.
** Tenpou making a list of things he still needs to do in his head as he fights what he knows to be his final battle. He's pretty much singlehandedly fighting the armies of heaven to distract from Konzen and Goku, and he is making notes in his head about how he needs to buy more cigarettes ([[irony which are thematically associated with life]]). It's not that he's in denial that he's about to die, but more an acknowledgement that even though he's willing to, and he knew the odds when he made the decision to fight, he still didn't come here with the intention of dying.
28th Aug '12 7:25:55 PM WizardOutOfOz
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* Sanzo's fight with many youkai in an underground tunnel in the ''Reload'' manga. Provides some CharacterDevelopment in terms of how Sanzo and Hazel differ in their treatment of youkai and battle philosophy, and an aversion of BottomlessMagazines: In a scenario that reminds him of his years spent hunting for the Seiten sutra, [[spoiler: Sanzo is down to 4 shots and 5 opponents and finishes off at least two of the attackers with a katana that another youkai dropped. It's a rare glimpse of him fighting without his gun and his level of {{Badass}} is undiminished.]]

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** The entire scene is a giant ShutUpHannibal moment delivered to all of the ikkou's (and especially Sanzo's) inner demons that were brought out by Kami's HannibalLecture. Which makes it a ShutUpHannibal moment that still managed to be badass even without Hannibal there...
* Sanzo's fight with many youkai in an underground tunnel in the ''Reload'' manga. Provides some CharacterDevelopment in terms of how Sanzo and Hazel differ in their treatment of youkai and battle philosophy, and an aversion of BottomlessMagazines: In a scenario that reminds him of his years spent hunting for the Seiten sutra, [[spoiler: Sanzo is down to 4 shots and 5 opponents and finishes off at least two of the attackers with a katana that another youkai dropped. It's a rare glimpse of him fighting without his gun and his level of {{Badass}} is undiminished.]] ]]
** In this troper's opinion this scene was a CMOA for Minakura's storytelling as well. It is the first time since he fully accepted his responsibility as a Sanzo priest and stopped tearing himself apart that he has truly been alone fighting for his life, just like he was for most of his time searching for the Seiten sutra. That experience broke him as a kid, and he only really pulled himself together a little before meeting Goku. This was a scene that asked the question "has he really changed at all or is he just keeping up a front around the people he travels with so as not to appear weak?" and Minekura manages to answer a resounding yes with just two panels: the first a flashback panel to a young Sanzo with his snubnosed pistol pointing at his own temple, and the next a picture of current Sanzo [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou pointing the gun at the audience]].
10th May '12 1:24:27 AM Thenakedcat
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* There's another awesome moment of character development/character crystallization in ''Reload'', shortly after the Sanzo ikkou first encounter Hazel. Hazel, who believes that youkai lives are worth less than human lives, has a long, honeyed speech where he coaxes a little youkai boy to let himself be killed to save a human child's life. The other members of the ikkou look in desperation to Sanzo to intercede. Just as Gat is about to kill the little boy, Sanzo says to him, "You're shaking. Why are you scared?" "B-because I want to live." "Louder. '''"I want to live!"''' No pretty words, no complex rationalizations. Just the truth.
* The ending of the ''Reload'' manga has the previously separated ikkou rejoin Sanzo, just in time to keep him from [[spoiler: getting erased by Ukoku's Muten Sutra. With Hakkai healing Sanzo's injuries, Goku and Gojyo attacking Ukoku from two angles at once, and Gat and Hazel temporarily drawing Ukoku's attention, Sanzo gets off one shot Ukoku can't fully dodge, putting out his right eye! Not fatal, but far more damage than anybody else has been inflict on Ukoku. Fired, for some poetic justice, from Gat's gun (which is about 3 times the size of Sanzo's S&W).]] And then everyone collapses on the ground bleeding and giggling and playing Jan-Ken-Pon to decide who has to drag The Luggage (Sanzo) to Jeep. The climax being their first battle directly against Ukoku has a wonderful symmetry with the end of the ''Gensomaden'' manga, where the ikkou defeat Ukoku's disciple Kami-sama and it's first confirmed that Ukoku is [[spoiler: Nii Jienyi]].

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* There's another awesome moment of character development/character crystallization in ''Reload'', shortly after the Sanzo ikkou first encounter Hazel. Hazel, who believes that youkai lives are worth less than human lives, has a long, honeyed speech where he coaxes a little youkai boy to let himself be killed to save a human child's life. The other members of the ikkou look in desperation to Sanzo to intercede. Just as Gat is about to kill the little boy, Sanzo says to him, "You're shaking. Why are you scared?" "B-because I want to live." "Louder. " '''"I want to live!"''' No pretty words, no complex rationalizations. Just the truth.
* The ending of the ''Reload'' manga has the previously separated ikkou rejoin Sanzo, just in time to keep him from [[spoiler: getting erased by Ukoku's Muten Sutra. With Hakkai healing Sanzo's injuries, Goku and Gojyo attacking Ukoku from two angles at once, and Gat and Hazel temporarily drawing Ukoku's attention, Sanzo gets off one shot Ukoku can't fully dodge, putting out his right eye! Not fatal, but far more damage than anybody else has been able inflict on Ukoku. Fired, for some poetic justice, from Gat's gun (which is about 3 times the size of Sanzo's S&W).]] And then everyone collapses on the ground bleeding and giggling and playing Jan-Ken-Pon to decide who has to drag The Luggage (Sanzo) to Jeep. The climax being their first battle directly against Ukoku has a wonderful symmetry with the end of the ''Gensomaden'' manga, where the ikkou defeat Ukoku's disciple Kami-sama and it's first confirmed that Ukoku is [[spoiler: Nii Jienyi]].
7th May '12 10:28:29 AM Thenakedcat
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* There's another awesome moment of character development/character crystallization in ''Reload'', shortly after the Sanzo ikkou first encounter Hazel. Hazel, who believes that youkai lives are worth less than human lives, has a long, honeyed speech where he coaxes a little youkai boy to let himself be killed to save a human child's life. The other members of the ikkou look in desperation to Sanzo to intercede. Just as Gat is about to kill the little boy, Sanzo says to him, "You're shaking. Why are you scared?" "B-because I want to live." "Louder. '''"I want to live!"''' No pretty words, no complex rationalizations. Just the truth.



** Tenpou punching the living shit out of Li Touten, for trying to get Kenren fired and sexually harassing Tenpou (no kidding--Li Touten comments on how pretty Tenpou's face is and then speculates on his preferred sexual positions).

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** Tenpou punching the living shit out of Li Touten, for trying to get Kenren fired and sexually harassing Tenpou (no kidding--Li Touten comments on how pretty Tenpou's face is and then speculates on his preferred sexual positions). The cold fury radiating from Tenpou is the first glimpse we get of just how dangerous he really is.
3rd May '12 2:31:05 AM Thenakedcat
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* Sanzo's fight with many youkai in an underground tunnel in the ''Reload'' manga. Provides some CharacterDevelopment in terms of how Sanzo and Hazel differ in their treatment of youkai and battle philosophy, and an aversion of BottomlessMagazines: In a scenario that reminds him of his years spent hunting for the Seiten sutra, [[spoiler: Sanzo is down to 4 bullets and 5 opponents and finishes off at least two of the attackers with a katana that another youkai dropped. It's a rare glimpse of him fighting without his gun and his level of {{Badass}} is undiminished.]]
** Then he goes back to the town, where things were just on the point of getting ugly between the inhabitants and the others, [[spoiler: fires his last shot off into the air to get the crowd's attention, announces WE ARE LEAVING RIGHT NOW, ''and nobody dares to do anything to him or to the rest of the ikkou''.]]

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* Sanzo's fight with many youkai in an underground tunnel in the ''Reload'' manga. Provides some CharacterDevelopment in terms of how Sanzo and Hazel differ in their treatment of youkai and battle philosophy, and an aversion of BottomlessMagazines: In a scenario that reminds him of his years spent hunting for the Seiten sutra, [[spoiler: Sanzo is down to 4 bullets shots and 5 opponents and finishes off at least two of the attackers with a katana that another youkai dropped. It's a rare glimpse of him fighting without his gun and his level of {{Badass}} is undiminished.]]
** Then he goes back to the town, where things were just on the point of getting ugly between the inhabitants and the others, [[spoiler: fires his last shot off the one bullet he saved into the air to get the crowd's attention, announces WE ARE LEAVING RIGHT NOW, ''and nobody dares to do anything to him or to the rest of the ikkou''.]]



** Tenpou punching Nataku's father.

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** Tenpou punching Nataku's father.the living shit out of Li Touten, for trying to get Kenren fired and sexually harassing Tenpou (no kidding--Li Touten comments on how pretty Tenpou's face is and then speculates on his preferred sexual positions).
1st May '12 4:14:57 AM Thenakedcat
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Then he goes back to the town, where things were just on the point of getting ugly between the inhabitants and the others, [[spoiler: fires his last shot off into the air to get the crowd's attention, announces WE ARE LEAVING RIGHT NOW, ''and nobody dares to do anything to him or to the rest of the ikkou''.]]

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** Then he goes back to the town, where things were just on the point of getting ugly between the inhabitants and the others, [[spoiler: fires his last shot off into the air to get the crowd's attention, announces WE ARE LEAVING RIGHT NOW, ''and nobody dares to do anything to him or to the rest of the ikkou''.]]
1st May '12 4:13:41 AM Thenakedcat
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* Sanzo's fight with many youkai in an underground tunnel in the ''Reload'' manga. Provides some CharacterDevelopment in terms of how Sanzo and Hazel differ in their treatment of youkai and battle philosophy, and an aversion of BottomlessMagazines: In a scenario that reminds him of his years spent hunting for the Seiten sutra, [[spoiler: Sanzo is down to 4 bullets and 5 opponents and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome finishes off at least two of the attackers with a katana that another youkai dropped]]. Then he goes back to the town, where things were just on the point of getting ugly between the inhabitants and the others, fires his last shot off into the air to get the crowd's attention, announces WE ARE LEAVING RIGHT NOW, ''and nobody dares to do anything to him or to the rest of the ikkou''.]]

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* Sanzo's fight with many youkai in an underground tunnel in the ''Reload'' manga. Provides some CharacterDevelopment in terms of how Sanzo and Hazel differ in their treatment of youkai and battle philosophy, and an aversion of BottomlessMagazines: In a scenario that reminds him of his years spent hunting for the Seiten sutra, [[spoiler: Sanzo is down to 4 bullets and 5 opponents and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome finishes off at least two of the attackers with a katana that another youkai dropped]]. dropped. It's a rare glimpse of him fighting without his gun and his level of {{Badass}} is undiminished.]]
Then he goes back to the town, where things were just on the point of getting ugly between the inhabitants and the others, [[spoiler: fires his last shot off into the air to get the crowd's attention, announces WE ARE LEAVING RIGHT NOW, ''and nobody dares to do anything to him or to the rest of the ikkou''.]]
30th Apr '12 3:35:59 AM Thenakedcat
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* Sanzo's fight with many youkai in an underground tunnel in the Saiyuki Reload manga. Provides some CharacterDevelopment, and an aversion of BottomlessMagazines: [[spoiler: Sanzo runs out of bullets and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome finishes off the last youkai with a katana that another youkai dropped]]. Then he goes back to the town, where things were just on the point of getting ugly between the inhabitants and the others, ''and nobody dares to do anything to him''.]]
** He didn't [[spoiler: run out of bullets all the way. He somehow saved the last one until he got to town, then ''used it to get the attention of the mob'' who were just about to turn on the rest of the crew.]]

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* Sanzo's fight with many youkai in an underground tunnel in the Saiyuki Reload ''Reload'' manga. Provides some CharacterDevelopment, CharacterDevelopment in terms of how Sanzo and Hazel differ in their treatment of youkai and battle philosophy, and an aversion of BottomlessMagazines: In a scenario that reminds him of his years spent hunting for the Seiten sutra, [[spoiler: Sanzo runs out of is down to 4 bullets and 5 opponents and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome finishes off at least two of the last youkai attackers with a katana that another youkai dropped]]. Then he goes back to the town, where things were just on the point of getting ugly between the inhabitants and the others, fires his last shot off into the air to get the crowd's attention, announces WE ARE LEAVING RIGHT NOW, ''and nobody dares to do anything to him''.]]
** He didn't [[spoiler: run out of bullets all the way. He somehow saved the last one until he got
him or to town, then ''used it to get the attention of the mob'' who were just about to turn on the rest of the crew.ikkou''.]]
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