The official Twitter account for Saiyuki Reload -ZEROIN-, the television anime of the “Even a Worm” arc from Kazuya Minekura‘s Saiyuki Reload manga, posted the anime’s first full promotional video on Sunday. The video announces additional cast members and the January premiere for the anime.
さらに新たに本PV第1弾も公開しましたので、放映まだ楽しみにお待ちください！！https://t.co/2xtgFPomMv#最遊記 #最遊記ZEROIN pic.twitter.com/BvIrc6FFIg
— 【2022年1月放映】TVアニメ「最遊記RELOAD -ZEROIN-」公式 (@saiyuki_re) August 29, 2021
The new cast members in this anime are:
Kouichi Toochika as Hazel Grouse, a bishop who arrived from the west, and who is critical to the story arc
Rikiya Koyama as Gatti “Gat” Nenehawk, who works with Hazel
Houchu Ohtsuka as Ni Jianyi, a Sanzo practitioner with Muten Sutra and a scientist on Gyumaoh’s side
The four main cast members of the previous Saiyuki, Saiyuki Reload, Saiyuki Gunlock, and Saiyuki Reload Blast television anime are reprising their roles:
LIDEN FILMS is animating the project.
Saiyuki, the original 1997 “fantasy road movie” manga series loosely inspired by the Chinese novel Journey to the West (Saiyuki in Japanese), has spawned the Saiyuki Gaiden and Saiyuki Ibun manga spinoffs. The Saiyuki Reload Blast sequel manga launched in Ichijinsha‘s Comic Zero Sum in 2009, but Minekura slowed down her publication of the manga in 2013 due to her health. The manga franchise as a whole has 25 million copies in circulation worldwide. Tokyopop published the original manga, and Kodansha re-released the manga.
The various manga series also inspired four television anime series, an anime film, three original video anime (OVA) series, and several stage musical productions.
The Saiyuki Reload Blast anime premiered in July 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and Funimation offered a simuldub.
Source: Comic Natalie