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Anime Profile: Saint Seiya

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USA Info
Japanese Info
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Title
Saint Seiya Saint Seiya(聖闘士星矢) Saint Seiya
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Knights of the Zodiac  
Released
114 TV episodes 114 TV episodes
Dates
   
Company
DiC, A.D. Vision Toei Animation
Creator
  Masami Kuramada
Director
  Masami Kuramada
Genre
Martial Arts Martial Arts
Characters
Aldebaran Aldebaran
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Hyoga Hyoga
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Ikki Ikki
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Mu Mu
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Princess Sienna Saori Kido
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Anime Nation and Amazon.

Anime Characters: Saint Seiya

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Aldebaran Aldebaran Saga Saga
Hyoga Hyoga Seiya Seiya
Ikki Ikki Shaka Shaka
Mu Mu Shiryu Shiryu
Princess Sienna Saori Kido Shun Shun

Anime Description: Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya is a story from Masami Kurumada about warriors called 'Saints' whose task is to protect, and to fight against evil forces. There are also evil Saints in the story who are on the hostile side. It is said that every 200 years an evil will come back to Earth and try to rule the world, and at the same time, the Goddess Athena will be reincarnated to prevent the evil from accesion to power on Earth.

The story has five main chacters: Seiya the Pegasus Saint, Shiryu the Dragon Saint, Shun the Andromeda Saint, Hyoga the Cygnus Saint, and Ikki the Phoenix Saint. The task of these Saints is to protect Athena, the Goddess of peace, and to defeat the evil forces.

The Saints wear special armour, which each has deserved after years of hard training. Their armour not only protects them from external impacts, but also gives them special abilities. The armour represents a star constellation, from which a Saint also gains his power, called 'cosmo'. The cosmo of a Saint is like an aura. According to the story, everyone has a cosmo, which he/she is able to discover.

The story consists of 114 episodes made for TV, and can be divided into six main parts:

  1. The tournament for the gold armour of the Saggitarius
  2. In search of the stolen parts of the gold armour of the Saggitarius
  3. The Battle against the silver Saints and other kind of close encounters
  4. The Combat at the Sanctuary
  5. The Fight in Asegard
  6. The Battle in Poseidon's Kingdom

Saint Seiya brings the subjects of "friendship" and "holding together" to you in an amazing way. The feature also demonstrates that the "bad guys" can have their good sides, and needn't be only mad, dumb, and ugly. The enemies are not just there acting as "cannon-fodder", but they are fighting for an ideal they believe in, thus they have a reason to be. This makes them just as interesting and enoyable as the main characters.

Saint Seiya has now been released in America by DiC, in two versions: a version of the series edited for television under the name "Knights of the Zodiac" (this is incidentally the title of the series as seen in Europe under various languages), and an uncut version released only on video (though A.D. Vision) which retains the original "Saint Seiya" title.

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