The BEST Episodes of Monkey

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2019

Network: NTV (JP)

Monkey is based on the 16th century Chinese story "Hsi Yu Chi" ("Journey To The West"). It tells the story of the Buddhist priest Tripitaka, and his three disciples Monkey, Pigsy, and Sandy, as they travel from China to India to fetch the Buddhist scriptures. They have been sent by Buddha, and getting these scriptures will bring peace to the people of the world. Dubbed into English and shown in November 16, 1979 on UK and later Australian television, it proved to be quite popular.

Monkey Meets the Demon Digger

#1 - Monkey Meets the Demon Digger

Season 1 - Episode 15

While climbing a mountain, the pilgrims discover a man who's been digging a tunnel through the mountain for the past twenty-two years, to provide an easier route for travellers. Ever-helpful Tripitaka tells his reluctant disciples that they must all stay and help dig the tunnel until it's finished. When Monkey uses his magic to help speed things up, Tripitaka is furious and dismisses him. Without Monkey around, the pilgrims fall into grave danger.

star 8.67
6 votes
Directors: Yusuke Watanabe
Writers: James Miki
Give and Take

#2 - Give and Take

Season 2 - Episode 17

While Tripitaka and his disciples sleep, The Illiterate Vampire appears and plans to bite Tripitaka. The others wake, and chase him away. The next day, the pilgrims see a display of wanted posters - the king is rewarding people for killing monsters, 10 gold pieces per monster. Pigsy meets a blind girl selling flowers in the street, and becomes fond of her. To raise 100 gold pieces for an operation to cure her blindness, Pigsy goes into business as a monster-killer.

star 8.67
3 votes
The Difference Between Night and Day

#3 - The Difference Between Night and Day

Season 1 - Episode 11

An invisible wall separates the land of night from the land of day. The blood-sucking Queen of Night terrorises the inhabitants of her land, while everyone in the land of day is forced into slavery by their merciless king. Tripitaka finds the task of reuniting night and day very difficult, especially when Monkey becomes hopelessly besotted with a pretty girl and Pigsy falls for a lady of the night.

star 8.50
6 votes
Writers: Elizaburo Shiba
Pearls Before Swine

#4 - Pearls Before Swine

Season 1 - Episode 12

The once-prosperous land of Codslow is ruled by three animal-strength immortals, and its enslaved people are dying of hunger. The immortals depend on pearls, paper and wine for their magical powers. The pilgrims offer to help a young girl and her family restore their land to its former glory. When lovesick Pigsy almost becomes roast pork, Monkey hatches a plan to end the immortals' reign of terror.

star 8.50
4 votes
Writers: Elizaburo Shiba
What is Wisdom?

#5 - What is Wisdom?

Season 2 - Episode 12

Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy and Tripitaka are on their way to the palace in The Land of Search for Understanding; the king insists on interviewing all pilgrims who pass. Following an argument, Monkey stays behind, and an evil magician turns him invisible. Posing as a Taoist priest, the magician persuades the naïve king to hold a contest between him and reluctant Tripitaka to determine which is better - Taoism or Buddhism. The magician plans to take over the kingdom - will he succeed?

star 8.50
2 votes
A Shadow So Huge

#6 - A Shadow So Huge

Season 2 - Episode 15

Chen-Gold, the world's richest man, is advertising for a husband for his only daughter, beautiful Mai-Sun. Possessed of the Spirit of Greed, he eats gold in order to turn himself golden. To feed his habit, he enslaves men to work in his gold mines. When Sandy tries to help an escaped slave, he becomes enslaved himself. Meanwhile, Pigsy puts himself forward as a possible husband for Mai-Sun. Tripitaka wonders where Pigsy and Sandy have gone, and sends Monkey to investigate.

star 8.50
2 votes
Keep On Dancing

#7 - Keep On Dancing

Season 2 - Episode 16

A young goblin, Yung-Hu, is desperately in love with a married human woman called I-Ling. I-Ling and her husband, Kwo-Fong, are excited that the pilgrims are approaching, because they want to learn about Buddha. Tripitaka is deeply offended by I-Ling's awful Buddhist dance, and the pilgrims leave. The goblin father disguises himself as a priest and convinces Kwo-Fong to join Tripitaka's pilgrimage to India, to become a Buddhist. With Kwo-Fong out of the way, Yung-Hu goes to see I-Ling.

star 8.33
3 votes
The Tenacious Tomboy

#8 - The Tenacious Tomboy

Season 2 - Episode 22

Mt. Sekigutsu, famous for the flowers that bloom on its rocks, is ruled by a fearful demon called Seisai, who has the power to turn anything into stone. A young stonemason from Ushizokoku called Kokanshi climbs the mountain and falls prey to the demon's magic rays. Two years later, Kokanshi's overzealous fiancée Airen travels to the mountain to rescue him, and tricks Tripitaka's disciples into helping her fight the demon. Meanwhile, Seisai abducts Tripitaka and plans to eat him...

star 8.33
3 votes
Monkey Swallows the Universe

#9 - Monkey Swallows the Universe

Season 1 - Episode 4

Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy, Tripitaka and the horse enter a land ruled by the demonic Golden Horn and his wife, Silver Horn. Bewitched by a beautiful lady, Pigsy discovers that all is not what it seems. An old woman proves too much to handle even for Monkey. Tripitaka and Sandy find themselves a bit tied up when left to their own devices. When a mysterious Taoist magician causes Golden Horn to lose his bottle, things start to look up.

star 8.31
13 votes
Writers: Hiroichi Fuse
Village of the Undead

#10 - Village of the Undead

Season 1 - Episode 22

In a deserted village, the evil male demon Wun-Lung and three beautiful witches await the arrival of Tripitaka, Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy. If they can make the four travellers believe in them, they'll be brought to life. They plan to capture Tripitaka and his disciples one by one, and convince them of their existence by killing them. Who'll be the first pilgrim to fall into the trap?

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Toshi Aoki
Writers: Koici Fuse
Two Little Blessings

#11 - Two Little Blessings

Season 1 - Episode 23

Forty years before the pilgrims' journey to India, two lovers Chun-Ying and Yu-Lee disobey the God of Fertility Ju-Lee by eloping together - love is forbidden in his country. As punishment, he separates them and turns the young Yu-Lee into an old woman, the Keeper of the Well of Small Blessings. To regain her youth and her man, she must make Tripitaka drink the magic water. Things get very strange indeed when Pigsy and Sandy drink the water and become pregnant.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Jun Fukuda
Writers: Motomu Furuta
You Win Some, You Lose Some

#12 - You Win Some, You Lose Some

Season 2 - Episode 3

A powerful man called Shotenki and his demon master, Kokufki, lure all the men from surrounding villages to their casino in Ittakudo, where they spend all their time gambling. Tripitaka offers to help the desperate wives and children of one village, and sends Pigsy and Sandy to bring the men back to their senses. When their attempt fails, Sandy asks Monkey for assistance in finishing off Shotenki for good.

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Akikazu Ohta
Writers: Hirokazu Fuse
Monkey Turns Nursemaid

#13 - Monkey Turns Nursemaid

Season 1 - Episode 2

Buddha sends a messenger, the Boddhisattva Kuan-yin the Compassionate, to find a holy man to make the journey from China to India to fetch the large vehicle scriptures. She chooses the boy priest Hsüan Tsang, and bestows upon him the name Tripitaka. Joined by the irrepressible Monkey - with his magic wishing staff and magic powers - and a talking horse, this could be a journey to remember...

star 8.15
13 votes
Directors: Jun Fukuda
Writers: Mamoru Sasaki
Monkey Goes Wild About Heaven

#14 - Monkey Goes Wild About Heaven

Season 1 - Episode 1

Mischievous King Monkey is summoned to Heaven, where he steals the heavenly peaches, and eats them to gain immortality. He fights two of the Emperor's officials, and all three of them are expelled to Earth. Monkey gets imprisoned under a mountain of rocks, while the other two are transformed into a pig monster (Pigsy) and a water monster (Sandy). Buddha says that a holy man must be sent to fetch holy scriptures from India, to save the world.

star 8.03
35 votes
Directors: Yusuke Watanabe
Writers: Mamoru Sasaki, Isoa Okishima
The Beginning of Wisdom

#15 - The Beginning of Wisdom

Season 1 - Episode 7

Desperate for water due to the intense heat, the pilgrims find that the nearest village is completely dried up. The local water monster, who has a taste for the souls of boys, had cursed the village with a drought, because the villagers had no boys left to sacrifice to him. With Monkey's cloud out of action, brave Pigsy volunteers to make the ultimate sacrifice.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Yasutaka Tanaka
Writers: James Miki
The Great Journey Begins

#16 - The Great Journey Begins

Season 1 - Episode 3

Tripitaka and the ever-impatient Monkey begin their perilous journey. Arriving at a village terrorised by a greedy and lustful monster, Monkey thus faces the wrath of Pigsy and his deadly muckrake. To cross the Mighty River of Flowing Sands, they must first pass the cannibalistic water monster Sandy. A sandstorm, an army of tiger ghosts - will Tripitaka end up as cat food, or will Monkey save the day?

star 8.00
10 votes
Writers: Tetsuro Abe
Catfish, Saint and the Shape-Changer

#17 - Catfish, Saint and the Shape-Changer

Season 1 - Episode 14

The pilgrims enter a volcanic land that is plagued by earthquakes caused by the frequent quarrelling of two local demons; a catfish demon and a faceless shape-changer demon, who can take on the shape of anyone. The holy priest San-Chung tells Monkey, Pigsy, Sandy and Tripitaka that one of them is the shape-changer. Unable to cope with this revelation, they go their separate ways.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Yusuke Watanabe
Writers: Kei Tasaka
Land for the Locusts

#18 - Land for the Locusts

Season 1 - Episode 18

As the pilgrims continue their journey, Monkey sees that a nearby village is being terrorised by swarms of locusts, and they're coming in their direction. Led by the power-hungry Demon Queen Grasshopper, the locusts follow the magic Lake Lok-Nor as it moves from one place to the next. Everywhere they go they bring death and destruction. Can the pilgrims stop them, or will the Queen turn everyone into pigs?

star 8.00
5 votes
Writers: Yoichi Onaka
The Vampire Master

#19 - The Vampire Master

Season 1 - Episode 19

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Buddha's Law invites Tripitaka and his disciples to stay as his honoured guests. He tells them of the difficulty in controlling the black magicians, shape-changers and bandits who live in the nearby mountains. Tragedy strikes when Tripitaka becomes critically ill with Tibetan Fever. Meanwhile, Pigsy leads the guards in a search for the vampire responsible for a girl's murder. He makes a shocking discovery.

star 8.00
4 votes
Better the Demon You Know

#20 - Better the Demon You Know

Season 2 - Episode 14

After wandering through endless wilderness, Tripitaka and his starving disciples find themselves in a small town in the middle of nowhere. For two years, ever since her son and his human bride abandoned her, the bloodthirsty demon Kari-Temo Hanja has been appearing at weddings in the town and kidnapping the brides. Monkey goes to seek help from Senju Kannon Bosatsu, the Bodhisattva of endless fulfilment, who was once the demon's master. Meanwhile, Tripitaka decides to pay the demon a visit...

star 8.00
3 votes
The Fake Pilgrims

#21 - The Fake Pilgrims

Season 2 - Episode 19

While taking a rest from their journey, the pilgrims are confronted by four sorcerors who are impersonating them. They plan to assassinate Tripitaka and his followers, to improve their ranking in the sorcery community. By wreaking havoc on villages, the imposters ensure that the real pilgrims are blamed and made unwelcome everywhere they go. Monkey decides that Tripitaka should continue alone for a while. The disciples split up, and become targeted by their clones. Will Tripitaka ever see them again?

star 8.00
3 votes
Hungry Like the Wolf

#22 - Hungry Like the Wolf

Season 2 - Episode 24

After losing their way, the pilgrims find themselves heading towards Mt. Blue Wolf, a place where hideous wolf demons swagger like peacocks. Their leader, Blue Wolf Demon, craves human flesh, and sets his sights on the tasty Tripitaka. While looking for food, Dragon falls off a cliff. He is rescued by a farmer called Ri Shishin, who turns out to be a wolf in sheep's clothing; Blue Wolf Demon makes him an offer he can't refuse to hunt down Tripitaka.

star 8.00
2 votes
Monkey's Yearning

#23 - Monkey's Yearning

Season 2 - Episode 25

While having lunch, the pilgrims catch a mischievous young boy called Chou trying to steal food from them. Monkey takes him home, and falls instantly in love with his mother, Shugyoku. Chou's father was killed by the fire-breathing Tiger Demon two years earlier, but Shugyoku detests violence, and insists that Monkey should not get involved. Monkey takes a break from the journey to India, and stays with Shugyoku and Chou. Will Tripitaka and the others ever see Monkey again?

star 8.00
3 votes
At the Top of the Mountain

#24 - At the Top of the Mountain

Season 2 - Episode 26

Tripitaka has an ominous dream that his mother is dying, and becomes very preoccupied the next day. Concerned about his master, Monkey cloud-flies back to China, and finds Tripitaka's mother, Wing-Chow, infected with a deadly plague. Just before dying, she tells Monkey that her son, original name Hsüan Tsang, must continue his journey to India. Monkey returns and impersonates Wing-Chow, to pretend she's alive, fearing that Tripitaka would stop his journey and return to China if he knew the truth.

star 8.00
3 votes
Even Monsters Can Be People

#25 - Even Monsters Can Be People

Season 1 - Episode 6

When Monkey kills a girl and her elderly parents, Tripitaka is left with no choice but to punish him and send him back home to his mountain of fruit and flowers. No one believes Monkey's story that the people he killed were red, blue and yellow demons disguised as humans. When the pilgrims later discover that Monkey was telling the truth, Tripitaka finds himself in grave danger, and wishes he'd never denied the demons' existence.

star 7.90
10 votes
Writers: Yu Tagami