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Anime: Saint Seiya Legend Of Sanctuary
Save your Athena... Again.
"Young men... I entrust Athena to you."
— Sagittarius Aeolus

Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary is a 3D animation movie, inspired by the Sanctuary arc from the original Saint Seiya manga and intended as a Continuity Reboot of the anime series. Directed by Keiichi Sato (Tiger & Bunny, Karas), the movie was released in Japan on June 21, 2014.

The film follows Saori Kido, a young girl troubled by her mysterious powers. Upon being saved by Pegasus Seiya from an assassin sent to kill her, she learns that she is the reincarnation of Athena, the Greek God of Warfare who comes back to Earth to fight evil every time it threatens mankind. She should be aided and protected by her army, the Saints; however, when Saori's powers started to awaken, the Saints' leader, the Pope, deemed her a fake and ordered her assassination.

Seiya gathers his friends, fellow Bronze Saints, and follows Saori into Athena's Sanctuary, where they intend to confront the Pope and discover his true intentions. On their way to him, however, they will find themselves face to face with the most powerful Saints, the Gold Saints Sanctuary's guardians, who protect the Pope and believe his claims.

The movie provides examples of:

  • Adapted Out: All but one of the Silver Saints. In the original manga and anime, the Pope sends more and more of them as assassins to kill Saori and the Bronze Saints before they eventually decide to fight back and take the battle to Sanctuary; in the movie, the only Silver Saint he sends is Sagitta Ptolemy (the final Silver assassin to appear in the manga and anime), who leads a group of foot soldiers.
  • Adaptation Distillation / Compressed Adaptation: Considering the original arc took several volumes of the manga...
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Shiryu has brown hair as opposed to his usual black, Virgo Shaka has red hair instead of blond hair.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Capricorn Shura. In the manga, he was aware of Saga's Evil Plan and backed him up because he believed that Might Makes Right. In the movie, he didn't know and joins the Bronze Saints upon The Reveal.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Although he is revealed to have been the Big Bad of the Sanctuary Arc all along in the manga too, Gemini Saga had dissociative identity disorder; part of him was a good man and wanted to back down, but was a prisoner of his own evil self. In the movie, he was once a good man and then he became corrupted and evil, while still believing himself to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist at heart.
  • Age Lift: At least the heroes are confirmed as slightly older than their manga and anime counterparts, with Athena's rebirth having happened sixteen years ago, instead of thirteen. If the age variations between the heroes are the same as in the manga, that would make Seiya and Shun sixteen, Hyoga and Shiryu seventeen and Ikki eighteen.
  • All-CGI Cartoon
  • All Your Powers Combined: While countering Saga's Galaxian Explosion near the end, Seiya claims to not be fighting alone and summons a gauntlet made up of his friends' armor designs to punch the huge energy sphere away.
  • Alternate Continuity: The movie takes adapts the Twelve Temples arc of the original series, but pragmatically and with some twists and turns.
  • An Ice Person: Hyoga and Camus.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: For Saori, near the end of the movie, as the Sanctuary and herself finally recognize her as the true Athena.
  • Badass Beard: Leo Aiolia and Cancer Deathmask have mild versions of it in this version.
  • Battle Aura: Cosmo, as usual.
    • The movie goes a little further by making the Saint's aura to materialize in the shape of their bodies before shaping into their signature attacks
  • Big Bad: Sanctuary's Pope. But not the real Pope, who was murdered by Gemini Saga years ago. Saga is secretly the Big Bad Pope.
  • Big Heroic Run: It's the Sanctuary arc, so it's a given.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Deathmask's Villain Song upon his introduction feels like one.
  • Blasting Time: Aurora Excecution.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Leo Aiolia after confronting the Pope about Athena. Virgo Shaka eventually saves him.
  • Bullet Time: Any time a Gold Saint gets in combat to show how faster they are to the Bronze Saints
  • Butterfly of Death and Rebirth: Butterflies are always seen every time a character is about to die.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Say it with me: "PEGASUS RYUSEI KEN!"
  • Canon Foreigner: The false Athena. In the original series, the villain merely claims Athena stays inside her temple and forbids others from entering.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Even more with the new artstyle.
  • Circus of Fear: Cancer's Temple aesthetics lean towards this style, with its bright yet grotesque discord of colors, light and music. Deathmask even makes his entrance by descending with the help of a bunch of balloons.
  • Continuity Reboot: Billed as this by the creators.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The Main Bronze Saints.
  • Cool Mask: The Pope now wears one that looks like a combination of a skull and an Incan headress.
    • The new motuh-plated helmets give this feel too.
  • Damsel in Distress: Saori, as per tradition. Considerably less so than in the original manga and anime, though.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Mortally wounded, Gemini Saga has a sort of Heel Realization when Saori still tries to help him despite everything he's done to her. She forgives him and he dies, seemingly in peace.
  • Demoted to Extra: Pisces Aphrodite, who had a rather larger role in the manga. Libra Dohko and his Cloth also qualify, since the former gets only a quick mention and the latter doesn't appear at all.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: The Big Bad turns out to be the Saint who seemingly died in the opening scene.
  • Dual Wielding: Shun with his Andromeda Chain.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Pisces Aphrodite, even more than in the original series.
  • Elemental Eye Colors: Hyoga keeps his blue eyes and his ice powers.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: Seiya gets to use the Sagittarius Cloth against Saga's monstruous transformation at the end.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Gemini Saga dons a half-gold, half-black Cloth. The golden pieces are ornate and slightly round, whereas the black pieces are sleek, sharp and edgy.
  • Gender Flip: Scorpio Milo is a man in the original manga and anime, but a woman in the movie.
  • Glowing Eyes: All the Saints have them whenever they ignite their cosmos. Some them even bear rather different colors whenever they do; like Shiryu, whose brown eyes turn into golden.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Gemini Saga, while acting like a Well-Intentioned Extremist, finally admits by the end that this is the last straw that made him snap: he was widely considered (by himself, even) the best Saint there is, but the Pope chose the humble Sagittarius Aeolus over him as his successor. Saga didn't take it well and found a way to have both the Pope and Aeolus killed before his choice went public.
  • Healing Hands: Saori/Athena's cosmo mostly manifests as an ability to heal, though by the end she's able to pull Super Empowering to charge up an arrow to defeat Saga.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Both played straight and subverted. The trailers show that the Bronze Saints lose their helmets eventually, but they do wear them in the beginning and in this universe they cover more, having face plates.
    • Collapsible Helmet: It helps that helmets are retractable, so unlike the anime they can be snapped into and out of place reflexively, so no need for characters to constantly have them punched off or removed. The heroes actually put them on and off at various times.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy Saga has Seiya on his knees, wounded and completely stationary, yet the closest shot he takes at him just barely hits his armor's shoulder.
  • Large Ham: Cancer Deathmask. So. Much. For starters, his temple has singing heads on the walls and floors that help him put on a musical number about the inevitability of death. Then there's the whole pscyho Blood Knight thing played with happy-go-lucky camp.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Gold Saints are the antagonists of the movie, and their very color scheme represents light.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Shiryu's Dragon Shield, even from a Gold Saint's punch, as shown in the trailer.
  • Mr. Exposition: One scene has Shiryu name each of the temples and go on to explain who are the people the Bronze Saints are up against... only to realize Seiya and the others are sneaking away at comically high speeds.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Most of the cast, especially Shiryu, who has been shown to lose most of his armor (and his shirt) during the movie.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Cancer Deathmask, who looks even more evil with his Cloth's Spikes of Villainy and his Beard of Evil.
  • Out of the Inferno: So far the only seen from Ikki in the trailers.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Seiya in the Sagittarius cloth.
  • Power Glows: The Gold Cloths and Cosmo in general.
  • Psycho for Hire: Cancer Deathmask again.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Seiya's Pegasus Ryusei Ken and Aiolia's Lighting Plasma.
  • Red Is Heroic: Seiya keeps his red shirt under his armor, though it looks kind of brown because of the artstyle, hence...
  • Real Is Brown
  • Scenery Porn: From what we seen, the movie will be gorgeous.
  • Save the Princess: Saori, again.
  • Shirtless Scene: The second trailer briefly displays Shiryu, though its not surprising.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Milo is the only female Gold Saint, all the other eleven being male.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Capricorn Shura and the Silver Saints.
  • Stellar Name: Not the given names, but all Saints and their respective Cloths represent one constellation.
  • The Stinger: It features the Bronze Saints throwing a birthday party for Saori, mirroring and confirming the statement she made during her Awesome Moment of Crowning That before being powerful warriors, they're ultimately kind and generous people.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The second trailer showed Seiya in the Sagittarius Cloth, something that didn't happen in the original manga.
  • Transformation Trinket: In this version the cloths transform into what seems to be dog tags, for transportation.
  • Tron Lines: The movie versions of many Cloths have this.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Gemini Saga dies on the line of duty in the opening scene. Or so it seemed.
  • The Worf Effect: That arrogant jerk Ikki who is played up as stronger than the other Bronze Saints shows up near the end just to help Shun and the others like he always did in this series' past movies. Except he gets easily beaten up off screen this time.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Upon deciding he has absorbed enough of Athena's cosmo, the Pope decides that he doesn't need the Gold Saints anymore and kills Pisces Aphrodite.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: We have purple (Saori, Aries Mu), green (Andromeda Shun, Aquarius Camus) and, of course, blue (Pisces Aphrodite).
  • Zeppelins from Another World: Seen flying over the Sanctuary. They go along well with the futuristic yet antique aesthetic that it permeates all over its new design.
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