Seeing as many of you have been asking about this light novel and to clear up some details, let’s have a proper post about it.
What is it?: A exclusive “online only” light novel by Kazuya Minekura, posted on Ichijinsha’s Zero-Sum website HERE. On their usual way to the West, the guys realize they’re near the vicinity of “the Famous Maakou Town”, Shangri-La’s equivalent of “Las Vegas”. Although reluctant at first to waste more time with yet another distraction, Sanzo agrees they all go into the city as he needs to have his Smith & Wesson serviced.
it an Alternate Universe (AU) story?: No, it’s not. This is one of the
many side stories/adventures that take place on the way West. In other words, it’s one of the many delays
the Three Aspects keep complaining about!
Where does it fall in the series?: Although Minekura-sensei has been working on this while already releasing “Saiyuki Reload Blast”, this story takes place during “Saiyuki Reload” as the guys have NOT reached India.
Is the story finished?: No. It currently stands at four chapters as of November 2013. One day she will finish it, but due to on-going health conditions it’s unpredictable when she might be able to pick up this project. Originally this was intended for her as a way to continue producing material for Saiyuki in a lighter form as her health conditions can limit how much time she can spend in the manga or even go into the office for work.
Okay, got all that. What about translations? “Konnyakuhonyu“ from Livejournal translated the first three chapters of the story. See the links below:
Chapter One: The Sleepless Town.
Chapter Two: The Famous “Maakou Town…”
Chapter Three: “You Wouldn’t Think this was the Same Shangri-la”.
What about Chapter four?: It’s currently untranslated. If you or anyone else would like to volunteer to translate this chapter you can view & download the Japanese script HERE. Sometimes when opening the file it tends to give an error. Try clicking on it a second time and it should open. It also has some extra color art on it as well.