History Literature / JourneyToTheWest

1st Mar '16 8:19:30 PM Gairyuki
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* AdaptationSpeciesChange: Probably due to some form of LostInTranslation. Sha Wujing was originally a demon dwelling in a river of sand. When the story was brought over to Japan, it seems the part about the river being sand got left out, and so Sha Wujing, now Sha Gojyo, was turned into their river-dwelling man-eating (ish) monster, the kappa, hence why all Japanese references to Sha Gojyo at least give him kappa traits.
17th Feb '16 8:08:45 PM ZeroWizard
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In the novel, Xuanzang (also called Tripitaka, a Chinese-Sanskrit [[BilingualBonus bilingual pun]] that can't be explained concisely in English), at the request of the bodhisattva Guan Yin, is accompanied by three supernatural beings who have been assigned to guide and protect him as penance for past misdeeds. Zhu Bajie, pig-like in appearance and a greedy hog in behaviour, and Sha Wujing, a river monster whose fierce appearance belies his thoughtful nature, are former heavenly dignitaries exiled to their current existences. The third companion is Sun Wukong.

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In the novel, Xuanzang (also called Tripitaka, a Chinese-Sanskrit [[BilingualBonus bilingual pun]] that can't be explained concisely in English), at the request of the bodhisattva Guan Yin, is accompanied by three supernatural beings who have been assigned to guide and protect him as penance for past misdeeds. Zhu Bajie, pig-like in appearance and a greedy hog in behaviour, behavior, and Sha Wujing, a river monster whose fierce appearance belies his thoughtful nature, are former heavenly dignitaries exiled to their current existences. The third companion is Sun Wukong.
16th Feb '16 5:53:08 PM PaulA
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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: The Journey would not have taken nearly so long if Xuanzang didn't insist on helping everyone they met along the way. Though as pointed out in CharacterDevelopment this is part of the point of the journey (More than part of, as we find out a certain number of trials is demanded by the Buddha as part of their quest to reach enlightenment, and he even adds an extra one after they've finally gotten the scriptures and are on their way back because he realized they're still one short).

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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: The Journey would not have taken nearly so long if Xuanzang didn't insist on helping everyone they met along the way. Though as pointed out in CharacterDevelopment However, this is part of the point of the journey (More than part of, as journey; we find out a certain number of trials is demanded by the Buddha as part of their quest to reach enlightenment, and he even adds an extra one after they've finally gotten the scriptures and are on their way back because he realized they're still one short).short.
16th Feb '16 8:33:22 AM starofjusticev21
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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: The Journey would not have taken nearly so long if Xuanzang didn't insist on helping everyone they met along the way. Though as pointed out in CharacterDevelopment this is part of the point of the journey (More than part of, as we find out a certain number of trials is demanded by the Buddha as part of their quest, and he even adds an extra one when they've gotten the scriptures and are on their way back because they're still one short).

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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: The Journey would not have taken nearly so long if Xuanzang didn't insist on helping everyone they met along the way. Though as pointed out in CharacterDevelopment this is part of the point of the journey (More than part of, as we find out a certain number of trials is demanded by the Buddha as part of their quest, quest to reach enlightenment, and he even adds an extra one when after they've finally gotten the scriptures and are on their way back because he realized they're still one short).
16th Feb '16 8:29:10 AM starofjusticev21
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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: The Journey would not have taken nearly so long if Xuanzang didn't insist on helping everyone they met along the way. Though as pointed out in CharacterDevelopment this is part of the point of the journey.

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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: The Journey would not have taken nearly so long if Xuanzang didn't insist on helping everyone they met along the way. Though as pointed out in CharacterDevelopment this is part of the point of the journey.journey (More than part of, as we find out a certain number of trials is demanded by the Buddha as part of their quest, and he even adds an extra one when they've gotten the scriptures and are on their way back because they're still one short).
14th Feb '16 4:40:24 AM Ryulong
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''Journey to the West'' has been adapted to television many times - especially in Japan, where the story is called ''Saiyuki'' and the characters are Genjo Sanzo, Cho Hakkai, Sha Gojo, and Son Goku. Many anime series have at least one ShoutOut, and some go for outright plunder (from ''[[Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gensomaden Saiyuki]]'' to, of all things, ''Manga/DragonBall'' - yes, ''that'' Son Goku was inspired directly by ''this'' Son Goku, as they even have the same exact name in terms of character usage). One Japanese live-action adaption of the 1970s, and its thoroughly gender-bent cast (the role of Xuanzang/Tripitaka/Genjo Sanzo is traditionally played by a woman), is still fondly remembered simply as ''Series/{{Monkey}}'' in English-speaking countries from the irreverent (almost GagDub) [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] translated version, with its annoyingly catchy disco theme-song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iUMWy4hqAg "Monkey Magic"]] (directly taken from the Japanese broadcast where it was also sung in SurprisinglyGoodEnglish). The most recent TV adaptation is ''Series/{{Journey to the West|2011}}'' of 2011.

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''Journey to the West'' has been adapted to television many times - especially in Japan, where the story is called ''Saiyuki'' and the characters are Genjo Sanzo, Cho Hakkai, Sha Gojo, and Son Goku. Many anime series have at least one ShoutOut, and some go for outright plunder (from ''[[Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gensomaden Saiyuki]]'' to, of all things, ''Manga/DragonBall'' - yes, ''that'' Son Goku was inspired directly by ''this'' Son Goku, as they even have the same exact name in terms of character usage). One Japanese live-action adaption of the 1970s, and its thoroughly gender-bent cast (the role of Xuanzang/Tripitaka/Genjo Sanzo is traditionally played by a woman), is still fondly remembered simply as ''Series/{{Monkey}}'' in English-speaking countries from the irreverent (almost GagDub) [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] translated version, with its annoyingly catchy disco theme-song [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iUMWy4hqAg com/watch?v=-zOFAD6e9Bk "Monkey Magic"]] (directly taken from the Japanese broadcast where it was also sung in SurprisinglyGoodEnglish). The most recent TV adaptation is ''Series/{{Journey to the West|2011}}'' of 2011.
17th Jan '16 5:12:04 PM apocavis
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While it is popular in Japan, it's omnipresent in its native China. For example, there was a 1980's ''Journey to the West'' TV series in China that was so popular, it's said that to this day there's always at least one television station rerunning it anywhere in the nation. The show is amusing even if you don't understand Chinese. Jeff Lau's ''Chinese Odyssey'' films renewed the popularity of the novel for young Hong Kong audiences during the mid-'90s.

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While it is popular in Japan, it's omnipresent in its native China. For example, there was a 1980's ''Journey to the West'' TV series in China that was so popular, it's said that to this day there's always at least one television station rerunning it anywhere in the nation. nation (and also in Vietnam, where it's just as famous and widely loved.) The show is amusing even if you don't understand Chinese. Jeff Lau's ''Chinese Odyssey'' films renewed the popularity of the novel for young Hong Kong audiences during the mid-'90s.
8th Jan '16 6:41:51 AM MagBas
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* KarmaHoudini: The nine headed bird demon, who survives his battle with Wukong, and flees but [[spoiler: loses two of his heads in the process.]] [[DeathByAdaptation He is killed by Erlang Shen in the 1986 and 2011 TV adaptations]].



* LivingForeverIsAwesome: There are no end to mortals who 'cultivated their conduct' and/or 'refined their spirit' to become immortal and love it. The Wuzhuang temple has a community of immortals because of a tree that produces life extending fruit and are extremely protective of it. It's TruthInTelevision, sort of, as this was the goal of real life Taoists. The Buddhists, of course, [[CessationOfExistence disagree.]]

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* LivingForeverIsAwesome: There are no end to mortals who 'cultivated their conduct' and/or 'refined their spirit' to become immortal and love it. The Wuzhuang temple has a community of immortals because of a tree that produces life extending fruit and are extremely protective of it. It's TruthInTelevision, sort of, as this was the goal of real life Taoists. The Buddhists, of course, [[CessationOfExistence disagree.]]



* ZergRush: Wukong can create numerous clones of himself. Given that this is Mister GodModeSue we're talking about here, a Zerg Rush of Wukong clones is nothing to sneeze at. This doesn't work with the Yellow Wind demon (who blows the clones away like straw) and the Gold Horned King and Red Boy (who both torch the clones into oblivion).

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* ZergRush: Wukong can create numerous clones of himself. Given that this is Mister GodModeSue we're talking about here, a A Zerg Rush of Wukong clones is nothing to sneeze at. This doesn't work with the Yellow Wind demon (who blows the clones away like straw) and the Gold Horned King and Red Boy (who both torch the clones into oblivion).
2nd Jan '16 6:14:06 PM ZeroWizard
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14th Oct '15 9:22:25 AM fruitstripegum
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* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Wukong finally meets his match with Buddha, who imprisons him for 500 years.


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* DoNotTauntCthulhu: Wukong finally meets his match with Buddha, who imprisons him for 500 years.
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