History TearJerker / Saiyuki

30th Mar '15 5:32:17 PM YnK
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** That entire arc is a TearJerker once you've seen all of it, from the reveal that Yakumo kept killing youkai children who went insane, to Yakumo himself going berserk, to Goku almost asking Sanzo what would he do if Goku went berserk and Sanzo calmly replying to the unvoiced question "I'll kill you". And the way Goyjo and Hakkai react to the tragedy makes it clear that they're aware that, being youkai themselves, any of them can end up like this at any point.
30th Mar '15 5:09:25 PM YnK
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** For that matter, Gojyo [[spoiler:trying to revive Hakkai]] in the aftermath of that incident. Crosses firmly into the Awesome territory, because it's plainly obvious that Gojyo is ''completely freaked out'', yet unlike Sanzo he actually attempts to do something useful -- even though he has no healing powers like Hakkai, no resurrection powers like Hazel, and quite possibly no past experience at performing CPR, either. What makes it worse is that [[spoiler:the first thing Hakkai asks upon regaining consciousness is "how is Goku?". Granted, Goku did almost die shortly before that, but really...]]
---->"...Why are you making that face?.. :)" \\
"Sh-shut up... Just stop talking."
25th Aug '14 9:34:58 AM MeiwakunaBoku
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** The [[DownerEnding whole ending of Gaiden]], [[spoiler:just as Konzen and Goku finally made it to Earth's entrance door, the door was really close to being closed shut but Konzen used his body to keep it open so Goku can get through. He ends up getting crushed to death and Goku is left [[HeroicBSOD frozen for several days straight]] before having [[LaserGuidedAmnesia his memories sealed away by Kanzeon Bosatsu]] and imprisoned for 500 years.]]
*** The last shot of the OVA shows the whole Sanzo-ikkou's backs, then a sakura petal lands on the screen to make it ripple and they turn into Konzen, Kenren, and Tenpou
24th Jun '14 5:31:51 PM MeiwakunaBoku
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* Pippi's death. At first you think her fate will be left implied, but otherwise ambiguous, having kissed Goku and ridden off to a hopeless war. But right when we were starting to recover from this, Minekura goes and makes it explicit with the distant explosion and the look on Goku's face... That's just cold.

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* Pippi's death. At first you think her fate will be left implied, but otherwise ambiguous, having kissed Goku and ridden off to a hopeless war. But right when we were starting to recover from this, Minekura goes and makes it explicit with the distant explosion and the look on Goku's face... That's just cold.cold.
* Hazel at the end of Reload, unlike [[GeckoEnding Gunlock]], he gets amnesia and when his caretaker hands him Gato's headband, he breaks down into tears.
1st Jun '13 4:42:16 PM Greenygal
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* Sanzo's prayer for the living

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* Sanzo's prayer for the livingliving.
* Lirin, of all people, gets one when Yaone finds her staring at Kou's frozen mother, wondering if maybe she'd love Lirin even though Lirin's not her kid--unlike her biological mother, who she knows doesn't love her at all.



** Goku and the bird. It's a dead bird. And you will cryyyyyy.



** Goku and the bird. It's a dead bird. And you will cryyyyyy.
28th Aug '12 8:23:48 PM WizardOutOfOz
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*** "Be strong, Genjo Sanzo"
25th Apr '12 10:56:09 PM Thenakedcat
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25th Apr '12 10:55:40 PM Thenakedcat
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* The Burial Arc is extremely intense emotionally. Particular Tearjerker moments:
** The flashback to the first time Sanzo ever killed a man, at age 14: [[spoiler:he shot the man who was threatening to rape him at point-blank range. He's still having nightmares about it 4 years later.]]
** Abbot Jikaku's [[spoiler:death, which echoes Koumyou's.]] In ''Saiyuki Ibun'', we see Jikaku actually knew Koumyou (then named Houmei) before he ever became a Sanzo.
** Goku and the bird. It's a dead bird. And you will cryyyyyy.



** Sanzo also gets one, when stripped of the sutra he's supposed to be protecting, and the last link with his master, horrifically injured and in no state to get out of bed, he continues to try to crawl out of bed to go kill Kami-sama and get it back. But the kicker is him insisting they don't call him Sanzo as he does it. Because thats not his name after all, it's a title, given to the keepers of the sutras, and he's lost not one, but TWO sutras now. For his entire adult life, he has defined himself by his title and his quest to recover the Seiten sutra. In fact, he always introduced himself by his full title until Goku showed up and shortened it to Sanzo. So without the Maten, Sanzo DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS ANYMORE. He is literally no one until he gets it back.

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** Sanzo also gets one, when stripped one when--stripped of the sutra he's supposed to be protecting, protecting and the last link with his master, horrifically injured and in no state to get out of bed, he even stand up--he continues to try to crawl out of bed to go kill Kami-sama and get it back. But the kicker is him insisting they don't call him Sanzo "Sanzo" as he does it. Because thats that's not his name after all, all: it's a title, given to the keepers of the sutras, and he's lost not one, one but TWO sutras now. For his entire adult life, he has defined himself by his title and his quest to recover the Seiten sutra. In fact, he always introduced himself by his full title until Goku showed up and shortened it to Sanzo. So without the Maten, Sanzo DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS ANYMORE. He is literally no one until he gets it back.
25th Apr '12 8:19:02 PM Thenakedcat
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* The ending of ''Saiyuki Gaiden'', especially [[spoiler:Kenren, Tenpou, and Konzen's deaths]].



* Oh, god, ''{{Saiyuki}}''... where to begin?
** Just about anything to do with Koumyou Sanzo, mostly due to one we see early on:
-->Sanzo: I couldn't save him...

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* Oh, god, ''{{Saiyuki}}''... where to begin?
**
Just about anything to do with Koumyou Sanzo, mostly due Koumyou, because you know how it's going to one we see early on:
-->Sanzo: I couldn't save him...
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** Sanzo's prayer for the living
** The ''entire'' manga chapter "10 Years Ago."
** In the manga, after [[spoiler: Gojyo leaves alone to go after Kami-sama, Hakkai gets into an actual argument with Sanzo.]] After reading seven full volumes of him alternating between StepfordSmiler mode and cold-anger mode, watching him [[spoiler: shout]] is like watching your mom [[spoiler: shout]]; it's scary and not right and you want it to stop. Now, please?

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** * Sanzo's prayer for the living
** * The ''entire'' manga chapter "10 Years Ago."
** * In the manga, after [[spoiler: Gojyo leaves alone to go after Kami-sama, Hakkai gets into an actual argument with Sanzo.]] After reading seven full volumes of him alternating between StepfordSmiler mode and cold-anger mode, watching him [[spoiler: shout]] is like watching your mom [[spoiler: shout]]; it's scary and not right and you want it to stop. Now, please?



** Sanzo also gets one, when stripped of the sutra he's supposed to be protecting, and the last link with his master, horrifically injured and in no state to get out of bed, he continues to try to crawl out of bed to go kill Kami-sama and get it back. But the kicker is him insisting they don't call him Sanzo as he does it. Because thats not his name after all, it's a title, given to the keepers of the sutras. and he's lost not one, but TWO sutras now. Since the death of his master, and his acceptance of it in burial, he has defined himself by his position. In fact, he always introduced himself by his full title until Goku showed up and shortened it to Sanzo. So without the Maten, Sanzo DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS ANYMORE. He is literally no one until he gets it back.
** ''Gaiden.'' When Nataku is ordered to kill Goku, just as Goku has finally been given a name and had been looking forward to telling it to him. Also the scene where Goku is stuck in his SuperPoweredEvilSide, and Konzen, despite having three trained soldiers nearby, refuses to back away, kneels and clutches Goku, pressing their foreheads together and declaring that ever since Goku put his hand in his, he hasn't been able to let go. Also ''also,'' Kenren, Konzen and Tenpou explaining a PinkySwear to Goku, and they all swear that they'll be together forever on Earth. This series makes an ''amazing'' use of ForegoneConclusion, because even as you're getting attached to the pre-incarnations of these characters you already love, you know that they HAVE to die for the rest of the story to be possible... even though they're all so happy! And devoted to each other!
** Especially the ending of Gaiden

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** Sanzo also gets one, when stripped of the sutra he's supposed to be protecting, and the last link with his master, horrifically injured and in no state to get out of bed, he continues to try to crawl out of bed to go kill Kami-sama and get it back. But the kicker is him insisting they don't call him Sanzo as he does it. Because thats not his name after all, it's a title, given to the keepers of the sutras. sutras, and he's lost not one, but TWO sutras now. Since the death of For his master, and his acceptance of it in burial, entire adult life, he has defined himself by his position.title and his quest to recover the Seiten sutra. In fact, he always introduced himself by his full title until Goku showed up and shortened it to Sanzo. So without the Maten, Sanzo DOESN'T EVEN KNOW WHO HE IS ANYMORE. He is literally no one until he gets it back.
** * ''Gaiden.'' When Nataku is ordered to kill Goku, just as Goku has finally been given a name and had been looking forward to telling it to him. Also the scene where Goku is stuck in his SuperPoweredEvilSide, and Konzen, despite having three trained soldiers nearby, refuses to back away, kneels and clutches Goku, pressing their foreheads together and declaring that ever since Goku put his hand in his, he hasn't been able to let go. Also ''also,'' Kenren, Konzen and Tenpou explaining a PinkySwear to Goku, and they all swear that they'll be together forever on Earth. This series makes an ''amazing'' use of ForegoneConclusion, because even as you're getting attached to the pre-incarnations of these characters you already love, you know that they HAVE to die for the rest of the story to be possible... even though they're all so happy! And devoted to each other!
** Especially the ending of Gaiden
other! And when those deaths come, it is ''raw and brutal''.



* Sanzo's reaction when [[spoiler: Ukoku gravely wounded Goku. We've always seen Sanzo hurt and Goku losing his shit over him, but to see it finally reversed and see Sanzo COMPLETELY lost it is heartbreaking, especially since he's rarely lost his cool no matter what crises hits the group.]]
* Pippi's death. At first you think her fate will be left implied, but otherwise ambiguous, having kissed Goku and ridden off to a hopeless war. But right when we were starting to recover from this, Minekura goes and makes it explicit with the distant explosion and the look on Goku's face... Thats just cold.

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* Sanzo's reaction when [[spoiler: Ukoku gravely wounded Goku. We've always seen Sanzo hurt and Goku losing his shit over him, but to see it finally reversed and see Sanzo COMPLETELY lost lose it is heartbreaking, especially since he's rarely lost his cool no matter what crises hits the group.]]
* Pippi's death. At first you think her fate will be left implied, but otherwise ambiguous, having kissed Goku and ridden off to a hopeless war. But right when we were starting to recover from this, Minekura goes and makes it explicit with the distant explosion and the look on Goku's face... Thats That's just cold.
8th Apr '12 1:19:33 PM PomRania
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** The giant bear Nataku resisting his orders just the tiniest bit at the urging from Kenren and [[spoiler eating him entirely, and not leaving anything for evidence to use against him posthumously]] Kenren urging him on to the tiny act of defiance, even as he is dying, and sympathizing with his murderer... No wonder Gojyo has the biggest heart of any of the ikkou.

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** The giant bear Nataku resisting his orders just the tiniest bit at the urging from Kenren and [[spoiler [[spoiler: eating him entirely, and not leaving anything for evidence to use against him posthumously]] Kenren urging him on to the tiny act of defiance, even as he is dying, and sympathizing with his murderer... No wonder Gojyo has the biggest heart of any of the ikkou.
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