"I don't have much. I'll just say I'm sure I can supervise Beyond by myself."

— Saiyu to the Zodiacs in "Options"

Saiyu (サイユウ, Saiyū) is a Blacklist Hunter[2] and a member of the Zodiacs with the codename "Monkey" ((さる), Saru).[1] He is part of the Defense Team, created in preparation for the voyage to the Dark Continent.[2] However, he is also in cahoots with Pariston to free Beyond during the voyage.[3]


Monkey 2011

Saiyu's 2011 anime adaptation design

Saiyu is a lanky man with a very short haircut, protuberant ears, and a monkey-like face. Part of the hair at the back and on the top of his head was shaved to form two small heart shapes. He wears a headband, most likely a reference to the magical headband of the Monkey King Sun Wukong from the Chinese classic "Journey to the West", as well as a pair of long wristbands, a sleeveless jacket short enough to show his six-pack abs and, on the front of which is the kanji symbol for monkey (申). Near each shoulder is the symbol of a crescent and a 5-pointed star which together may represent "being towards a bright future" and "the five pillars of Islam", these being symbols present on the flags of some Muslim countries. His outfit is completed by a pair of calf-length trousers with orange spirals on the knees and a fake tail on the back and kung fu shoes.


Saiyu is characterized by directness in manner and speech, without subtlety or evasion. He is not afraid of saying unkind or rude things about two powerful fellow Zodiac members like Ging and Pariston while publicly challenging the former.


13th Hunter Chairman Election arcEdit

Zodiac Twelve angry

The Zodiacs reaction to Pariston's proposal

After Netero's death, Saiyu and the other Zodiacs gather to discuss how to proceed without Netero as the Chairman.[4] He, alongside the other Zodiacs, sits within a meeting room waiting for the Rat Pariston Hill. While the Zodiacs talk amongst one another, Saiyu claims that it's unbelievable that Ging actually showed up, because of his tendency to shirk on his responsibilities and he insults Pariston for his tardiness. Ging then questions Saiyu's taunt against him and asks if he wants to die, but Saiyu confidently says he can try if he wants. Pariston then arrives and immediately takes control of the situation and announces his candidacy as the New Chairman of the Hunter Association and proposes they skip the election as a whole; this makes nearly the entire table of Zodiacs infuriated. Though after some discussion and consideration, it's ultimately decided that they will go through with an election and the rules will be chosen via a lottery that was suggested by Cheadle Yorkshire, much to Saiyu's disapproval. With all of the Zodiacs having written down their own set of rules for the lottery Beans is chosen to choose the lottery winner and picks Ging.[1]

Other Zodiacs stopping Kanzai

Saiyu with a staff stops Kanzai from charging at Pariston

In the First Election for the 13th Hunter Chairman Saiyu places in 35th[5] and again in the Second Election for the 13th Hunter Chairman. Despite his animosity of Pariston, during a meeting to decide new rules for the Third Election for the 13th Hunter Chairman, he uses his Priest Staff to stop Kanzai from attacking Pariston.[6] And after the Third Election was held Saiyu places in 27th and another meeting is held discerning the increase in number of absentee voters.[7] On the day of the lecture, Saiyu along with the other Zodiacs all bear witness Leorio Paradinight lose his cool and send Ging flying. Right after the lecture the Fourth Election for the 13th Hunter Chairman was held and Saiyu places in 35th, exuding him from elections for not making the top 16 candidates.[8]

Zodiacs - 146

The Zodiacs surprised by the outcome

Saiyu along with Mizaistom Nana and Gel monitor the voting for the Sixth Election for the 13th Hunter Chairman.[9] Eventually, he attends the final round of the election, guarding one of the exits to ensure no one leaves until a Chairman has been elected.[10] He becomes irritated when, Pariston steps down as Chairman of the Hunter Association, making Cheadle the Vice-Chairman, become the new Chairman.[11]

Dark Continent Expedition arcEdit


The Zodiacs find out about another DVD

As Beans abruptly interrupts a meeting that Cheadle is holding, Saiyu questions if Cheadle will also step down as Chairman, to which she denies. Beans then starts a video to the Zodiacs, featuring the King of the Kakin Empire Nasubi Hui Guo Rou makes a controversial and ambitious declaration for a large scale expedition to the Dark Continent. Saiyu comments that he's surprised that Hui Guo Rou has developed such an economic advancement that he can ignore the contract made by the V5. Though after watching the entire video and seeing that the previous Chairman Isaac Netero's son Beyond Netero will be leading this expedition and the speed Beyond gave was left flabbergasted like the other Zodiacs. Beans confesses that the previous chairman left two DVDs for the Zodiacs to watch in case someone that called himself his son was to appear. Frustrated that Ging and Pariston aren't around and that Ging will be near impossible to find. Cheadle, however, announces that both Ging and Pariston have withdrawn from the Zodiacs and that the V5 has given them a new assignment, that being hunt Beyond Netero.[12]

341 - Beyond's proposal to the Zodiacs

Beyond Netero tells the Zodiacs to get in contact with the V5

The Zodiacs watch a second video left by Netero. In it, the former Chairman prompts them to make an exploration of the Dark Continent even more successful than his son's. The risk is an A, but it must not be considered an order. A discussion concerning the expedition follows. During the discussion about the Dark Continent Expedition, Saiyu raises his hand and asks Cheadle about the idea of doing their own expedition to the Dark Continent in opposition to Beyond's hunt, in which Cheadle responds coldly regarding to the motive of doing the expedition.[13]

Their discussion is later interrupted when Beyond Netero himself calls them. Saiyu, along with the ten remaining members of the Zodiacs, meet up with Beyond, who instructs them to call the V5 for him in exchange for handing himself to them and proposes a "give and take".[13] Beyond is taken into custody, and Cheadle starts questioning him. The other nine Zodiacs listen to the conversation outside the cell.[14] Saiyu is present when Beyond signs the contract with the terms the Hunter Association has set.[15]

Cheadle summons a meeting to introduce the new Boar and Rat, and she starts explaining about the V6, the Five Threats, the difficulty of the mission, which is A, whereas the Chimera Ants were ranked B, and asks if anyone has any questions. Kurapika raises his hand, saying he has many. The first is how many infiltrators on Netero's side the Zodiacs have managed to identify, much to everyone's shock. However, Mizaistom quickly asks Kurapika to talk outside the meeting room and explains to the younger Zodiac about the situation and asks him to keep his theory to himself for the time being.[2]

Chap 348 - Saiyu the Traitor

Saiyu is identified as the traitor by Kurapika

Afterward, the Zodiacs sum up their preparations for the journey, with Saiyu casually claiming he would be fine guarding Beyond by himself. He is put in the Defense Team.[2] It's revealed that when the Zodiacs first began it was divided into several factions. Saiyu was part of the Reformists Hardline faction along with Cluck and Pyon. When Mizaistom calls a new meeting, Saiyu jokingly inquires if Kurapika and Leorio have not been invited because he wants to talk about bullying. Though after hearing Mizaistom's announcement, he seems flabbergasted, by hearing a spy may be amongst them. However, unbeknownst to him, Kurapika is using his dowsing to determine who is lying, and it turns out the person in question is Saiyu.[16]

Succession Contest arcEdit

Like the other Zodiacs, Saiyu agrees to reveal his powers, but states he'll blame them if they are leaked.[3]

Holding cell

Saiyu with Kanzai and Saccho watching over Beyond

In the jail area, Saiyu alongside Kanzai and Saccho stand guard over Beyond's cell. When Kanzai comments that having three Zodiacs watching Netero is a waste of personnel, Saiyu mocks him.[17]

Abilities & PowersEdit

Being a Zodiac, Saiyu is one of the best Hunters, and his authority in the Hunter Association is inferior only to Cheadle's. He is very confident in his abilities, boldly challenging Ging, whom Isaac Netero considers one of the five most skilled Nen users in the world, in combat, although the fight never occurred.[1] Aside from being a Hunter, he is also a martial artist, which means he is a competent close-quarters combatant at the very least.[2] He conjures a staff as his weapon.[3]


Saiyu was seen stopping Kanzai with a rather long,[6] conjured[3] staff when the latter was about to attack Pariston.[6]

Saiyu's Nen Abilities
Type: Conjuration Priest Staff ((にょ)()(ぼう)()()()()()()(), Nyoi-bō—lit. "Wisdom Rod")
Other Zodiacs stopping Kanzai Saiyu's weapon of choice is a conjured staff. He can change its length at will, since it was longer than one meter when he stopped Kanzai, but shorter than Saiyu's arm when he described his power to the Zodiacs.
Type: Unknown Three Monkeys (()(びき)()()()()()()()() Three Nen Beasts)
No image Saiyu's Nen ability allows him to use three monkeys: Mizaru (ミザル, the see-not monkey—🙈), Kikizaru (キカザル, the hear-not monkey—🙉), and Iwazaru (イワザル, the speak-not monkey—🙊). If their attacks connect, the opponent is deprived of sight, hearing, and speech. Once the target is weakened, Saiyu finishes them off with his staff. This technique, aside from hindering the enemy greatly, also has a strong impact on their mind: according to Saiyu, once somebody who is mentally and physically sound loses three senses, they will be unable to maintain their power active.[3]


  • "I use three Nen monkeys: see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. Any idiot would get it."[3]


  • Saiyu's name comes from "Saiyuki" (西遊記, Saiyūki), the Japanese language title of the Chinese classic "Journey to the West". His design is based off the Monkey King from the same novel.

Intertextuality and ReferencesEdit

  • Saiyu refers to his staff as a nyoibo. In the Dragon Ball series, Goku's staff is a nyoibo as well. Both have the ability to stretch. In both cases, the staff was inspired by Sun Wukong's staff on the aforementioned novel.
  • Saiyu's Nen ability is a direct reference to three wise monkeys.

Translations around the WorldEdit

Language Name
The Arab world Flag Arabic ساييو


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 319
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 346
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 349
  4. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 318
  5. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 30, Chapter 320
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 321
  7. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 323
  8. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 325
  9. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 31, Chapter 329
  10. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 331
  11. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 335
  12. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 32, Chapter 340
  13. 13.0 13.1 Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 341
  14. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 342
  15. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 345
  16. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 33, Chapter 348
  17. Hunter × Hunter - Volume 34, Chapter 359


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Former Ging FreecssPariston Hill
Biology GintaCluck
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Science Cheadle YorkshireLeorio ParadinightGel
Intelligence KurapikaMizaistom NanaPyonSaccho Kobayakawa
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