The newest entry in the Saint Seiya franchise, began airing in April 1st, 2012.It follows a new generation of Saints, and the main character is Pegasus Kouga, who seems to be very much like Seiya in terms of personality. Seiya himself also appears as a Gold Saint. Saori Kido is still present, as the goddess Athena; she also raised Kouga as a parent. She is kidnapped by the god Mars, leaving Kouga and his fellow Saints to save her. Other Saints include: Aquila Yuna, Lionet Souma, Dragon Ryuhou, Orion Eden and Wolf Haruto.The production staff is composed of big names such as: Yoshihiko Umakoshi (character designer of Ojamajo Doremi, Casshern Sins and HeartCatch Pretty Cure!), Shigeyasu Yamauchi (director of the original series), and others.Following the relative success of Saint Seiya: Sanctuary Battle, Namco Bandai announced that a game based on Omega is on the works. It is known as Saint Seiya Omega: Ultimate Cosmo for the PSP. It will feature many of the characters from the anime and an original story. You can see a trailer hereA second season, with a new story arc, is currently airing in Japan.Page is in desperate case of Needs Wiki Magic Love
Alternate Continuity: Toei immediately placed Omega as from outside Kurumada's canon, despite being set 25 years after the events from the first series.
Anime Theme Song: A new version of "Pegasus Fantasy" is the first of Omega's OPs. This followed by three new songs: "Next Generation", "Saint Evolution", and "Flashing Strings" (the last of which is also the only to not be an Expository Theme Tune).
Artifact of Death: It's said the Equuleus Cloth grants great powers to its wearers, but also curses them to die in the battlefield.
Artistic Age: Creating a contrast with the original series where young characters looked much older, in here the very same characters aged, but now look young instead.
Artistic License - Astronomy: Mars is depicted as about the same size as the moon. However, in reality, Mars is about twice the size as the moon - half the size of the Earth.
Artistic License - Geography: The Palaestra, which is presumably somewhere in either Europe or Japan, is depicted as being one or two days' journey from Saori's house. From there, the kids go to the site of the Twelve Temples in Greece, then a snowy town that's implied to be in Eastern Europe, then a desert landscape that's clearly made to represent Arabia or Central Asia. They're then in a jungle that might be in Vietnam or Thailand, and then in a thriving tourism coastal city that is probably in the Pacific Ocean, and then in a very dry canyon that's suspiciously like the Grand Canyon. After that they make it to Souma's home town, which, in terms of architecture and the appearance of locals, is most-likely Mexico despite him being Brazilian. And then they go to Ryuuhou's place that is explicitly in the rustic part of China, followed by going to the Thunder Ruins that's located deep in a taiga forest, probably in Southern Russia. Save for a short trip in a motor boat to cross an indeterminate amount of water, this is all on foot.
Astrologer: Some saints understandably study astrology, given it influences all saints. Yuna in particular is a learned one.
Badass Grandpa: At 57, Tatsumi is still Saori's personal butler, carries his shinai around and scolds bratty teenagers.
Because Destiny Says So: In a flashback in episode 16, Kouga asks Saori why he has to become a Saint. This is her response.
Berserk Button: Mars remained calm as he beaten his opponent until Seiya arrives and he loses it.
As of episode 78, Seiya of all people reveals a massive one when Chakram Europa openly mocks and insults Athena in front of the main cast. To put it in perspective, he stood there quietly while the cast reacted to the taunts. Then Europa asks if Athena is an idiot. Cue cosmo-powered battle cry and attempted murder via Atomic Thunderbolt. The fandom's reaction was a sight to behold.
Best Her to Bed Her: A variant with the permanently-masked female Saints. Traditionally, if they show their faces to someone they must (a) fall in love with them, or (b) kill them. Now consider the amount of Clothing Damage in a fight between Cloth-wearers and... well, you can see where we're going with this. Yuna deconstructs and eventually defies this - she's not happy about the tradition, and tends to fight at a handicap to prevent her mask from getting broken. Eventually (with a bit of encouragement from Kouga) she decides that it just isn't worth the effort, lets her mask get wrecked to win a fight, and gives tradition a big middle finger from then onwards. There's a reason she's bare-faced in the picture above.
Big Damn Heroes: Seiya returns to save Kouga from Mars at the end of episode 10.
Shun saves Kouga from Hound Miguel.
Seiya saves Yuna and the other Saints from Koga, possessed by Abzu.
Koga saves the world from Abzu.
Bigger Bad: Possibly twice, if you count Medea being revealed as The Man Behind the Man, manipulating Mars so that he'll create a world in which she and Eden will rule. The second time in that case would be Abzu, the god of darkness, who proves to be too much to be controlled by Aria's staff as Medea had planned. Abzu simply breaks the staff rather than be expelled form his host, Koga, as Eden had hoped. Medea winds up getting killed in order to ensure that he doesn't kill Eden, the one person she cared about.
Blind Obedience: On the part of all of Mars' underlings, notably Leo Mycenae and Eden. Though the latter has trouble reconciling Mars' cruelty to Aria with his obedience.
Butt Monkey: Hydra Ichi. A veteran from the original series, never graduating from Academy and generally gets into way too much misfortune for laughs. Even Kouga, a total newbie, makes fun of him and didn't take his seniority so seriously.
Call Back: Episode 19 is a HUGE one to the original series: the heroes go tackle the Water Temple, and it is guarded by Perseus Mirfak, successor to Perseus Algol, one of Shiryu's strongest enemies and wielder of the Medusa Shield. Just like his predecessor, Mirfak petrifies the heroes and it is up to the Dragon Saint to save them.
Canon Immigrant: The fact Athena Saints can be promoted to higher-ranking cloths was introduced in Next Dimension, long after the original series in which this subject was never touched upon, so it seemed a Gold Saint was born to be one and a Bronze Saint could only reach this far, if they weren't lucky enough to have Gold Saints as masters who could lent them the cloths to vanquish evil.
Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Of course. For one thing, Kouga is quite a bit bishier than Seiya and Tenma. And for being Shiryuu's son, Ryuhou got the bishie look of Shun...
In the first season, Yuna helps Kouga get his Darkness Cosmo under control this way no less than three times. Ship Tease? What Ship Tease?
In a rare villainous example, the child-goddess Pallas's Parental Substitute Titan does this to calm her down when she throws a potentially city-demolishing tantrum, serving as yet another sign that he's Becoming the Mask.
Cosmic Keystone: The Elemental Ruins are inversion. They must be destroyed, lest they ruin the Earth. They do left small intricately-shaped crystal trinkets of the appropriate element after they are gone. Someone in Toei Animation must be a hardcoreFinal Fantasy I fan.
Crossover Cosmology: The Greek gods are real, and apparently so is the Hebrew God, which is required by Mars' plan to re-create the Tower of Babel and charging it up with loads of Cosmo from all 7 elements. And then the realBigger Bad turns out to be Abzu, who is basically a Titan from Sumerian pantheon.
Eden's first battle during the Saint Fight pitted him against an experienced foe who had the advantage in Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors (wind over thunder). The match lasted five seconds - one second for Eden to attack, four for his opponent to hit the ground.
A minor one occurs in the next episode when Yuna obliterates her enemy with much ease (not as extreme as Eden's, but still counts), compared to the previous episode whereas Souma received quite a beating despite winning (off screen), and Kouga had to get himself beat up a lot before winning.
The director of Palaestra delivered a brutal to Koga after he discovered that the Athena that is in the Sanctuary is a fake
Which is brought Up to Eleven when Mars decides that he wants to finish Kouga off himself. It's only Seiya in all his Gold Saint glory that saves him.
Episode 11 has Yuna's "fight" against Mars's daughter, Sonia. Seconds after it starts, she's flat on her back with a Combat Stiletto on her throat. Happily, Daddy's Little Villain had other appointments to keep.
Episode 18: Souma fights Sonia and the fight is dead even, with Souma's rage giving his Cosmo enough of a boost to go head to head with her. However, Kouga eventually calms Souma down by reminding him where a Saint's true power springs from. Cue tranquil fury and Souma WIPING THE FLOOR with Sonia, who runs away to save her butt.
Eden regains his crown in episode 20 where he fights Kouga and Yuna in order to get Aria back. They didn't stand a chance.
Harbinger delivers this one spectacularly in his first appearance
Dark Is Evil: Darkness cosmo is ALWAYS a Bad Thing™. Except for Koga, who even after having his darkness cosmo removed by Abzu is still considered a child of darkness by Abzu.
Deal with the Devil: How Mars rose to power. An unspecified catastrophe (which was probably his fault) caused the loss of many of Athena's Gold Saints, forcing the Sanctuary to rely upon him to shore up their power vacuum and keep the world safe. Predictably, it didn't end well.
It's eventually revealed the deal was signed by Medea when she summoned Abzu, the God of Darkness, to help her and Mars in their war against Athena.
Defiant Stone Throw: A village kid against Hydra/Hydrus Ichi when he betrays the heroes. He even smugly blocks the rocks and tells him to go home.
De-power: The curse Mars placed on Athena, it keeps her from using her Cosmo, if she tries to force it out the curse's ill effects will engulf her; also her cloth is nowhere to be seen.
The very same curse does this to most of the main cast of the original series, only in their cases they can still technically burn their cosmo. It just means that doing so will eventually kill them. The end of the first season also has everyone who was cursed this way returned to normal.
Designated Girl Fight: Averted. There are fights between heroines and villainesses, but the battles are too often mixed-gender to really call them 'designated'. In particular, Yuna has more than a fair share of victories against male villains under her belt, whilst Souma's personal grudge against Sonia makes him her most frequent opponent.
The Gold Saint arc actually has the biggest subversion so far: Ryuho and Souma fight, respectively, the females Gemini and Scorpio, while Yuna fights the male Cancer.
When fighting against the Four Heavenly Kings of Mars, Yuna does not fight against the only girl of the group, or at all really.
Determinator: Deconstructed! When Kouga is the only saint able to stand up to a certain Gold Saint named Mycenae who's gone through a Face-Heel Turn, Kouga musters up his Light element, he's the only one left standing, and it doesn't look like he's going to go down...! Only for Mars to show up, say that he's too dangerous, and soundly beat him to a pulp.
It later comes back during his fight against Harbinger, where the Taurus Gold Saint states that he personally broke nearly all of Kouga's bones, but Kouga keeps on going. Eventually Harbinger lets him go, after being tired from beating Kouga too much. This was only the second temple, meaning for the rest of the arc Kouga was fighting with nearly his entire skeleton broken.
Does This Remind You of Anything?: The Silver Saint Musca Fly, a creepy old man who's way too into stealing children's Cloths. The fact that there are perfectly non-sexual (if definitely not moral) reasons for doing so, since Mars has put out a bounty on the things, in no way prevents him from coming across as a walking AMBER Alert.
The way Kiki repairs Kouga's cloth, it looks like he's grabbing his crotch. Squick. Thankfully, he doesn't repeat this with the other bronze saints (which includes the Action Girl Yuna).
Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: There are five basic elements that forms a circle, each one having the edge over the other: Fire -> Wind -> Thunder -> Earth -> Water -> Fire; aside from those there are singular special elements: Light and Darkness, of which Light beats Darkness, and Darkness beats everything else. The supreme rule in Saint combat still prevails though, whoever burns more of their Cosmo will win regardless of element, meaning that yes, regular Saints do still have a chance against Darkness-users if they're skilled/powerful enough.
Evil Counterpart: Pallas's Pallasites are organised quite similarly to Athena's Saints, with Level-1 Pallasites being their answer to Gold Saints, Level-2 being Silver, Level-3 being Bronze, and Level-4 being Steel. Unfortunately for the good guys, they're quite a bit more powerful than their opposite numbers, with a Level-3 being able to give a Silver Saint a run for their money, and a Level-1's borrowed weapon alone being enough to give its wielder a lethal advantage over one of the most powerful Gold Saints.
Expy: Kouga is Seiya, Ryuhou is Shiryu, Yuna has elements of both Marin and Yuzuriha, and Haruto is probably one of Junkers.
Souma has elements of Aioria and Regulus and Eden is Ikki.
Ryuho is closer to Shun than to Shiryu, even if he is Shiryu's son. His character profile on the official site describes him as the sentimental, considerate character. From a different perspective, it's probably like this: Kouga is the new Seiya, Yuna is Hyouga, Haruto is Shiryu, Ryuho is Shun and Eden is Ikki; Souma is a mellowed version of Jabu.
The Yuna/Hyoga comparison is even more enforced now that it's known that Yuna grew up in a snowy place, and her master is a Gender FlipExpy of the Crystal Saint Camus.
Subaru's steel cloth really brings Megaman X to the mind.
Mentioned by Sonia as the Gold Cloths themselves have turned on Athena as well, which is why those who are loyal to Mars are able to wear them. Naturally there are exceptions to this that include Aries Kiki and LIBRAGENBU.
Foreshadowing: Medea constantly mentions that if their plans succeed, that person will remain lost in the darkness forever. It turns out she was talking about Seiya, who was being held prisoner within Mars's darkness.
When Aegir tells the heroes about the holy weapons wielded by the Class-1 Pallasites, five swords are shown despite being only four known First Class Pallasites.
Famed in Story: The five man band from the original series are this, being called the legendary saints. It seems that at some point they had all become Gold Saints between the original series and Omega.
Give Him a Normal Life: Saori raised Kouga outside the Sanctuary, not revealing that she is Athena. She stated that she wanted to give him a normal life, but still allowed him to take training to be a Saint under Shaina's guidance so that he would able to protect those who he loves.
God of Evil: Abzu, the God of darkness, who possesses Koga as soon as they finally manage to find Saori!Athena.
Handicapped Badass: Shiryu may have lost his five senses and is being consumed due to Mars' curse, but his Cosmo is still strong enough to force a GOLD SAINT into retreat.
Hannibal Lecture: Along with a side-order of Lotus-Eater Machine, this is the standard defence mechanism for the Darkness Ruins. In a darkly amusing subversion, though, it's so horrified/disgusted/outraged by Aria's powerful Light cosmo that it doesn't bother with either, and just skips straight to insulting her.
Henshin Hero: The Saints are now this due to the cloths apparently losing the physical sense (no stand-by form) and instead becoming more versatile spandex-looking things.
Infinity Plus One Elements: Light and Dark, though they have more of an emphasis on the 'Plus One' than the 'Infinity'. The reason being that despite their advantages the above mentioned "whoever's cosmo burns brightest wins" still applies. However to date (ep 8) both elements are incredibly rare among saints, and of the known Light element users two are deific the real and 'fake' Athena, one is a reincarntion of one of the five Wisdom Kings and a Gold Saint, Seiya, and the other is the massively gifted Kouga. There does however seem to be a bus load of low level dark element users among the Martian Mooks. The advantages of these elements are that they seem to be Non-Elemental in regards to the standard 5 (but directly counter each other). Dark also seems able to cause a Field Power Drain to non-dark users.
Kill the Cutie: A particularly brutal example in episode 27. Building up Aria for nearly 20 episodes just to ultimately give her the most violent death in the show so far... too heavy.
Lady and Knight: Aria and Kouga in the first season, Saori and Seiya in the second.
Legacy Character: The Dragon Cloth has been passed through close peers for three generations: Dohkonote 240 years ago before he became the Libra Saint, seen in Next Dimension and recent data books (Master) to Shiryu (Disciple), later Shiryu (Father) to Ryuuhou (Son).
Legendary in the Sequel: Seiya, Shun, Shiryu, Hyoga and Ikki are regarded as living legends in Omega, and every saint worth their salt knows about them and respects them.
Let's Split Up, Gang: Done in the second season so that they can find the path in Pallas castle that leads to Pallas. Each path being named after worlds from Norse Mythology and the Saints split up into groups of two-four, while Integra and Ikki go off on their own.
Magic Meteor: A meteor of darkness Cosmo was summoned by Medea to Earth in the middle of the first war against Mars, upgrading everyone's Cloths and giving them Elemental Powers. Sadly, it also upgraded Mars's Galaxy, making him even more powerful than before. The incident also lead to the infant Kouga and Aria inheriting their darkness and light Cosmo from the meteor and Athena, respectively.
MacGuffin: Starting with episode 13 we are introduced to the Cosmo Crystals.
Meaningful Funeral: One is held for Libra Genbu after his Heroic Sacrifice. The main characters don their old Palaestra uniforms, despite having already graduated, as he had been put in charge of the institution and died protecting it.
Million Mook March: Used in the first season by Mars and Medea to keep Aries Kiki from joining up with the Bronze Saints in marching up the new Sanctuary.
Mooks: Crop up only rarely in the first season - the Martians and their Saint allies prefer to use individuals and small groups of elite operatives to get the job done. In Season 2, however, our heroes' new adversaries, the Pallasites, are much more fond of using their numbers as a weapon, and the Saints routinely have to face down a Zerg Rush and We Have Resevers number of nameless Class-4 Pallasites alongside the tougher named ones. That said the number of Class-4 Pallasites are far greater and they on average are stronger than the average Steel Saint.
Narm: Episode 56,you can't watch it with a straight face.
Noodle People: Several characters have this going, a testament of Yoshihiko Umakoshi's art style.
Official Couple: Ryuhou's existence confirms that Shiryuu X Shunrei is canon, at least in this particular universe.
Older and Wiser: Geki, who went from and early (and comparatively easy) opponent for Seiya in the Galaxian Wars tournament to an instructor at Palaestra. Ichi... not so much.
The same for original group from the series. Seiya is much more calm when fighting.
Older than They Look: Due the artstyle you wouldn't say that many of the returning characters are on their mid-thirties to forty. This is a notable inverse of…
Younger than They Look: The mantle the originals carried in their series, now belongs to the new characters. For proof…Haruto is only 13 years old.
Out of Focus: Ryuho and Haruto get the short end of the stick when it comes to screentime, disappearing for entire episodes with little to no explanation at all.
After episode 18, Souma starts to lose focus too, and his role as Kouga's right hand man is given to Yuna for the rest of the season. In the second season however, everyone's screentime is more balanced.
Justified in Haruto's case by basically being a Naruto character in Saint form.
Parental Abandonment: Following Saint Seiya's tradition, most of the main characters are parentless in some way or another. So far the only exception is Ryuhou, with both biological parents known and alive, and that's because Shiryu and Shunrei's Plot Armors are sturdier than Gold Cloths.
Lets list it, Kouga was probably abandoned when the meteorite carrying Abzu came, Aria probably the same for her, Souma only had a father and he was killed by Sonia, Haruto also only had a father, who has more or less disowned him for becoming a saint, Yuna's parents were killed in a war that devastated her hometown and the Eden dear god Eden, he loses pretty much everything. In the start of the series he had his mother, father and stepsister. Too bad they were a family of evil. He first lost his childhood friend Aria to his father, his stepsister who he loved deeply died in battle. He and Kouga beat his father, only for his mother to kill his father. And his mother gave her life to save his
Positive Discrimination: All over the place in Omega, pretty much all of the newly introduced Female Saints (Yuna, Pavlin, Sonia, Paradox) barring Yuna's friends are extremely competent in fighting prowess, intelligence or both, and in some cases they prove to be even more effective than the regular male Saints; this is even more notable with Gemini Paradox, who might be the very first female Gold Saint ever, she wasn't diminished to wear Pisces or Virgo Cloths which could be seen as quite feminine Cloths, she is the Gemini Saint, the Gold Saint who is generally seen as one of the strongest among the Gold Saints, especially in Paradox's case as she is Saga and Kanon's successor, two extremely strong Gold Saints in their lifetime.
Power Crystal: Now each Cloth has one, due crystal pendants being the new vessels for the cloths, they're officially called Cloth Stones.
Pallasvelda is heavily modelled after Florence, and almost every episode set in the city features a recognizable builing or landmark. For example, Pallas' castle is Santa Maria del Fiore.
Red Shirt Army: Along with its heavier use of Mooks, the second season reintroduces this in the form of the Steel Saints, young soldiers equipped with technological pseudo-Cloths who serve to bulk out the numbers of Athena's forces due to the massive casualties the war against Mars inflicted. As one Steel Saint irritably noted, they're at a disadvantage against even their opposite numbers, the similarly feeble Class-4 Pallasites.
With the introduction of retired Saints donning Steel Cloths, this becomes better due to them being able to defeat Class-4 Pallasites with far greater ease.
Retool: Toei is openly taking liberties with Omega, stating beforehand that it doesn't fit in Kurumada's canon, such changes being:
Rearranging some Cloth rankings like Aquila and Orion, orginally Silver Cloths that are now Bronze Cloths.
Expanding upon the requirements to be considered a true Athena Saint, originally by the time the trainees won the right to wear a Cloth, they were already considered as a qualified Saint ready to defend their god; Omega is making this only the halfway point, even with their Cloths in hand they must train more in Palaestra, only after graduating they will be treated as qualified Saints.
With the poor Hydra saint from the original series' time still being unable to graduate, as he still doesn't know how to use his Elemental Powers. It sounds even lamer considering one of the minor bronze saints is now his teacher.
Kouga vs Ryuho is a straight-up Shout Out to Seiya vs Shiryu, though with a different outcome.
Until now the Babel Tower Arc has a lot in common with the Poseidon Arc from the original.
The battle between Yuna and Pavlin has shades of Hyoga Vs Camus. With the teacher facing their respective student to test their resolution in protecting Athena and if they have what it takes to carry on, the main difference is that the former has both ending up killing themselves and in this one is... more ambigous.
Hyoga himself later appears and give Kouga a chance to increase his power, at the risk of being frozen forever. Truely the disciple have become the master, because Hyoga himself once undergo the same treatment from his master... and failed.
Spin-Offspring: In a lesser extent than most examples, though, as only one of the new Bronze Saints is an actual offspring.
Spirit Advisor: Seiya to Kouga. He mentors the new Pegasus Saint the basic of Cosmo Energy from beyond, or from wherever he is now.
Spoiler Opening: The third opening shows a fully grown-up Pallas, and a mysterious character among the Class-1 Pallasites.
The fourth opening is far worse in this regard, showing Kouga and Seiya's new Cloths, Pallas' Chronotector, Tokisada's return as a Pallasite, Subaru's true identity, and the Athena Exclamation between Fudo, Kiki and Shiryu.
Weird Mars: While Mars is slightly smaller than Earth, here it appears to only be about the size of the moon.
Wham Episode: Episode 8. With Sanctuary's "Athena" revealed to be an impostor, Palaestra ultimately just a front to train Saints to serve Mars, the headmaster one of his worshipers, and the entire school being taken over in the last stretch of it.
Around episode 40, Mars had finally realized the error of his ways and it looks like he's going to stop the destruction of earth, it proves too late and earth's cosmo goes to Mars.
Episode 48, which includes Koga finally finding Saori, but falling victim to an illusion of her getting killed by Medea which allows her to get the god of darkness Abzu to posses him. He kills Amor and promptly moves towards Athena.
Episode 49, Abzu manages to curse everyone with the same corruption that causes those who burn their cosmo to be engulfed by darkness, and Eden's plan to use Aria's staff to cleanse Koga of Abzu fails miserably, with Aria's staff being broken and thrown into a seemingly bottomless pit. Then Medea sacrifices herself to make sure that Abzu's attack does not kill Eden. Abzu then continues on her merry way to murder Athena.
The Worf Effect: Sagittarius Seiya to Mars, to show how menacing the new villain is. The former protagonist had to fight for his, Athena and baby Kouga's lives, one special attack from Mars was enough to destroy the arms piece from a Gold Cloth, and Seiya supposedly died fighting him.
Abzu-possessed Koga manages to take out Amor, someone strong enough to bring Eden to his knees, in a single punch.
World-Healing Wave: Freeing the Earth Core resulted in barren farm land sprouting new life.
Wolverine Publicity: Phoenix Ikki appears in all opening sequences, but so far he hasn't shown up at all in the current timeline.
Writers Cannot Do Math: There are only 88 constellations thus only 88 saints, but there seem to be hundreds of students at Palaestra, all of whom are implied to already have their cloths, as summed up by this image◊.
Actually, this can be chalked up as a RetCon, as the show features characters whose cloths are based on obsolete/inactive constellations, as shown by one character who is referred to as the saint of the Reindeer (Rangifer) constellation, thus taking us beyond the 88 active constellations.
In episode 52, Kiki specifically says that the saints are of the 88 constellations.