[Jtor community member Sideshow had some great insights into anime's adaptation of a classic piece of Asian literature. We can't wait to see the rest of his series, but in the meantime, check out his introduction and GET HYPE! And if you want to see your words on the front page someday, write something in your community blog! --Josh Tolentino]
It hasn't aged well. It's effects were cheeser then a Power Ranger series. And the second season went almost snooker loopy. Dispite that the 1970's show Monkey will always be a pop culture icon for live action Japanese shows (or if I want to use less words 'tokusatsu'). For those who don't know, Monkey is an adaption of the novel Journey to the West which centered around four pilgrams (a stone monkey, a boy priest, a fish spirit and a pig spirit) on their journey to India for holy scriptures to save mankind. Featuring demons, fighting, life lessons and of course cheap special effects- I mean magic!
Journey to the West has been adapted time and time again throughout the years. From films like The Forbidden Kingdom to anime such as Saiyuki as inspiration to characters like say...Goku and sadly Rule 34...a legitimate, can pay to watch rule 34.
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