Monkey Typhoon (アソボット戦記五九 Asobotto Senki Gokū?, literally "Asobot Military History Goku") is a Japanese manga written by Jōji Arimori and illustrated by Romu Aoi. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine between 2001 and 2002.
It was later adapted into an anime series produced by the Avex group and anime studio Studio Egg, which premiered between October 1, 2002 and September 30, 2003 on TV Tokyo. It was broadcast by the anime television network, Animax, across its respective networks worldwide, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, South Korea, and other regions. It contains several steampunk elements, and is loosely based on the Chinese myth, Journey to the West. The music for Monkey Typhoon was conducted by Kōhei Tanaka, and produced by Avex and Dentsu.
Monkey Typhoon tells the story of three asobots — a form of robots whose general title is a portmanteau of the words association and robot — Goku, Tongo, and Joe. They are assisted in their journeys by Sanzo, a human, the son of the creator of the asobots, and Suzie, who joined them after his father was cured from the Destruction Virus. Later on they are joined by their former rivals Miyon and Shiyon. Their quest is to stop their world's destruction by collecting the legendary 49 keys to unlock the Twin Headed Dragon Door. Along the way, the asobots gain the ability to evolve further. Together, in their many voyages, they come across several foes and enemies such as Loki, Professor D., the Quartet, Dobberman King, and many more, as well as grow united in their friendship.
- Goku (五九 Gokū?) Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi
The main character. He is a 1st generation asobot. His mission is to find the 49 Keys of the Apocalypse. (actually he wants to find the treasure where the key is located). He is accompanied with Suzie, Sanzo, Tongo, Joe and later with Miyon and Shiyon. Goku looks mostly human, but he has a face that resembles a monkey, and he gets angry when they call him monkey. He has a robot horse called Skywalker and a magic metal weapon he calls a 'joystick' which lengthens or contracts to his will. Sanzo put a curse on him that will make him weak to all women and children. After he collected 6 keys, his appearance changed and acquired new abilities such as the improved "Easter Wind" and "Fire Vortex Revolution". He likes to chase pretty girls every time he arrives in town, which leads him to get a punch out of the air. In the end, Sanzo took off the curse from Goku. In the end, he choose to go back in past, since Professor D's feather flew in a worm hole to the past and joined by his gang. His name, Goku, is made up of the Chinese characters for five and nine.
- Sanzo (サンゾウ Sanzō?) Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki
The one who forced Goku on the quest, he said he can only remove the curse when they arrive to the last city. He woke up after 1000 years of cold sleep, to stop the world's destruction by collecting the 49 keys. He has a magical harmonica that affects asobots, but not the ones who where infected by the Destruction Virus. He sometimes uses it to heal asobots or power up Goku's attacks. Like Goku, he collected 6 keys, which later on, changed the appearance of his harmonica and can heal asobots even with the virus. His full name is Sanzo Genjō and his hometown is Tokyo. He serves as a big brother to Suzie. He is also the former lover of Rhea, the mother of all asobots. At the last part of the series, he fought off Professor D. along with Goku, Yazu and friends. After the all the keys has been collected, all asobots that have been affected by the Destruction Virus have been cured. His last words (the last words in the series) are "The real treasure is none other than the treasure of the journey."
- Suzie (スージィ Sūjī?) Voiced by: Mayumi Iizuka
Suzie lost her dad in an attack of some infected Asobots did to her city. When she was young, her father was telling her the legend, which leads her to join Goku and his friends to witness it. Although she doesn't have any abilities, she has a flying vehicle. Later she finds a bow which can produce a sound which affects asobots. Only Suzie can use it. At the last part of the series, Suzie is the last person who finished Professor D. by using the bow of sun to rest Professor D.'s soul in peace. It is because she is the only one who understands what Professor D. feels. In the end, she, along with the gang, choose to go back with Goku in the past.
- Joe (ジョー Jō?) Voiced by: Nozomu Sasaki
A worker asobot, but his mouth is never seen because he has it covered ninja style. He needs lots of water to survive or he could die. Goku himself said he is invincible when battling underwater. His weapon is called 'Feather Sword'. Later, like Goku, he collected 6 keys which can change his appearance and which can also change his weapon into 'Feather Blade'. He came back to past along with Goku and friends, since the bandit should never abandon each other.
- Tongo (トンゴー Tongō?) Voiced by: Takeharu Kunimoto
A nurse asobot who looks like a fat cat that likes to eat. His weapon is called 'Chain Hammer'. Later, like Goku and Jo, he collected 6 keys, which can change his appearance and his weapon, making it the 'Megaton Hammer'. At the last part of the series, he fought off Professor D. along with Goku, Yazu and friends. He came back to past along with Goku and friends, since the bandit should never abandon each other.
- Miyon (魅音 Mion?) Voiced by: Minami Takayama
An asobot who looks almost like a human. She is one of Professor D.'s quartet. Later, she joined Goku. Sanzo stated that Miyon has similarities with Rhea. She has a little sister named Shiyon. She has a pet named Saati that can transform itself into a hoverboard which she uses to travel. Most of her attacks are candy based (bubblegum bomb, choco men, etc.). Later in the series, she gets a magical umbrella that she can be used to fly, used as a shield, or used to hypnotize somebody (she did this to escape Goku once but never used it again). At the last part of the series, she and Shiyon were the ones who found Professor D.'s weakness. She and Shiyon came to the past with Goku and friends to find treasures.
- Shiyon Voiced by: Atsuko Enomoto
Miyon's little sister. Like Miyon, she is an asobot and one of Professor D.'s quartet. During her time as part of the quartet she used a Sitar played like a cello. She joined Goku so she can spy them in their journey. After she died due to the Destruction Virus, Sanzo revived her after his harmonica is changed by the 6 keys. She can transform or change into a pretty lady who looks like Miyon, only with blue hair. She has a pet parrot that can transform into a walkie-talkie.
- Yazu (ヤズー Yazū?) Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki
He is a 3rd generation asobot. He is one of Professor D.'s quartet. He dies but later gets revived in episode 33. Yazu is also armed with an elegantly designed scythe. He sacrificed himself for the group when he disagreed with Professor D.'s plans in the last part of the series.
The mother of all asobots and former lover of Sanzo 1000 years before the series started. According to Sanzo, she has similarities with Miyon but Sanzo stated that he can see Rhea more on Goku than on Miyon.
- Professor D. (プロフェッサーD?) Voiced by: Nachi Nozawa
The main villain. He is the rival of Sanzo's father. Like Sanzo, he wants to find the keys for his sinister plans.
- Casper Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi
One of Professor D.'s quartet. He has a violin.
One of Professor D.'s quartet. He has a trumpet.
- Marie Voiced by: Chiemi Chiba
One of Professor D.'s quartet. She has a set of drums.
- With respect to large scoundrel 59 going/participating!
- Fearfully the る should! Ruin virus!
- Dead fighting! Miroku village
- Going on a journey, to Jipang!
- Tongo's Band of Bandits!? (結成!トンゴー盗賊団!? Kessei! Tongō Tōzoku Dan!??)
- Jo, A Sorrowful Past (ジョー、哀しき過去 Jō, Kanashiki Kako?)
- Fearsome Power - Yazu! (恐るべき力・ヤズー!?)
- Red Hot! The Forest of Coral (灼熱!サンゴの森 Shakunetsu! Sango no Mori?)
- Cherry Blossom! Feore Assassin (桜舞う!刺客フィオーレ?)
- Wind - The Hurricane Trap! (ウィンド・竜巻のワナ! Windo Tatsumaki no Wana!?)
- Cursed Festival of the Giant God! (のろわれた巨神祭! Noro Wareta Kyokamimatsuri!?)
- Great Serpent God, Descend! (大蛇神、降臨! Orochi Kami, Kōrin!?)
- Iron fist of 59 anger!
- Horseman Pegasus knight of wilderness
- Super Strength - Elephant Bishop (超怪力・エレファントビショップ Chō Kairiki Erefanto Bishoppu?)
- Tower of ブンガク village memory
- The ちso heaven! ? Cooking village
- The boy who blows the angular whistle
- Sun elephant VS キャットルーク
- The door of the legend which was opened
- Great Vegas Grand Prix (グレートベガスグランプリ Gurēto Begasu Guranpuri?)
- Ghost town longing
- Demoniac Demona of labyrinth
- Protect! ジƒ…モク village
- Messiah 59! ?
- Forest ルコラ kingdom of 摩 heaven tower
- Asobotto 59!?
- Sweetheart of secret
- Crash! ! サイトス VS 59
- Conclusion! ! The strongest winner
- It is business! Goku thief group
- Little Jipang puzzle
- Yazu revives!
- Large game! Military affairs fighting meeting of desert
- Puzzle of village ring of miracle
- Crash! I'll be the one to win!
- 59 thief groups, to north! !
- Infinity! Joystick! !
- Perplexity child of snowfield
- The man who waits for the sun elephant
- Town of meeting again aurora
- Revolution! With guts large battle
- Proud high coming inn enemy! !
- Mamee of the Palace of the Sea Goddess island
- End east, Jipang! !
- Dragon of pair head
- Violin of dazzlement! !
- Trumpet of working stage!
- Quartet of quartet death!
- The key of 49 it does to be even, the time
- Meeting again which exceeds space-time
- Immortal 59 thief groups! !
- Beside You: Boku o Yobu Koe (Beside You: 僕を呼ぶ声?) by BoA (eps 1-25)
- Wo Ai Ni (我愛你(ウォー・アイ・ニー)?) by dream (eps 26-52)
- i WAKE YOUR LOVE! by m.o.v.e (eps 1-13)
- Kasumi Yuku Sora Se ni Shite (霞ゆく空背にして?) by Janne da Arc (eps 14-25)
- BURNING DANCE by m.o.v.e (eps 26-38)
- LolitA☆Strawberry in summer by SweetS (eps 39-51)
- Asobotto Senki Goku no Sekai (アソボット 先規 五九 のせかい?) (ep. 52)
- Monkey Typhoon Official Website (Japanese)
- Animax East Asia's website for Monkey Typhoon
- Animax South Asia's website for Monkey Typhoon
- Monkey Typhoon (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia