Awesome / Saint Seiya

  • Some awesome music has been created for the series. There's the fan cover of Soldier Dream featuring Yama-B (ex- Galneryus, Gunbridge) and Rodrigo Rossi of Opus V, and then there's the official song of the 2014 CG movie, Hero, composed and performed by none other than Yoshiki Hayashi.
    • And some of the OP and ED's for the original series are performed by Hironobu Kageyama
  • The Italian dub in general. They had to convey the same sense of awe and mystery Classical Mythology did with the Japanese and being hammy with viewers that are both extremely familiar with Classical Mythology and from the hammiest people in the world. They succeeded.
    • Despite some problems with name pronunciations and how many of the actors there were either new to the VA scene or not familiar with anime dubbing until then, the original Latin-American Spanish dub is pretty nice as well. There's a reason why many of the performances eventually became Star making roles.

Sanctuary Arc

  • The very first episode, the Establishing Series Moment. After a brief scene with Jabu and Ban duking it out in the Galaxian Wars and Saori wondering where Seiya is, we get:
    • Athena's Pope detaling what Seiya and Cassios got through for the right to a mere Bronze Cloth;
    • Cassios taking advantage of Seiya gaping at his goal to slug him and gain the upper hand (without rebuke from anyone but Marin for the underhanded attack), only for Seiya to get free by hacking his larger opponent's ear off and start pummelling him.
    • The flashback of Seiya learning about Cosmo: at his third year of training Seiya chops a rock but fails to even scratch it, Marin chastises him for being at his third year and failing such a basic task as she grabs the rock and pulverizes it with a squeeze, then she gives her iconic explanation about Cosmo and has Seiya repeat the exercise. He punches a rock on the ground-and makes a crater.
      • This scene is played differently in the manga, as it's Seiya trying to escape from training on the eve of his fight with Cassios-and falling down from the sky like a meteor after Marin tossed him around and rising unharmed. Then Marin shows up and threatens that if he doesn't get back to training she'll kill him as a deserter, he replies he doesn't need training, and demonstrates with the punch on the ground. Marin deems it acceptable, and takes him back to their home to rest.
    • In hindsight, Cassios taking the beating Seiya gave him before going down. Here's what basically amounts to an upper tier Bronze Saint pummelling him, and not only it takes a few minutes and a Pegasus Ryuseiken to take him down, the only permanent damage was the loss of his ear.
    • When Seiya tries to leave and go back to Tokyo, Shaina confronts him with full intent to kill him-and quickly puts him in his place, even counting how many times he can strike in a second-as she parries each and every punch before she sends him flying.
      • Seiya was firing 85 punches per second. Eighty-five.
    • Seiya (or any Saint on-screen) putting on the Cloth for the first time-and turning the tables on Shaina. And then, Shaina starts taking him seriously, and knocks him down. Turns out Seiya can't use his Cloth well yet, and taking on a far more experienced opponent is out of his abilities.
    • Shaina lets her soldier finish off Seiya after she softened him up. Except Seiya is still a Bronze Saint and has figured out how to properly use his Cloth during the beating. Cue the soldiers being casually defeated... And Shaina getting her mask broken by an attack too fast for her to follow. That's when Shaina relents and lets him go, with a warning that next time she'll be wearing her Cloth too.
  • Pretty early in his career (episode 5, to be exact), Seiya punches Shiryuu so hard that Shiryuu's heartbeat stops. And then, despite being terminally wounded, punches him again to restart Shiryuu's heart.
    Seiya (almost collapsed due to blood loss, pretty much about to miss): No... I never wanted the fight to be like this... I'm not letting him die... not... die... DRAGON! YOU WILL NOT DIEEEEEEEE!!!
  • Ikki's first and most extreme Curb-Stomp Battle. Wolf Nachi confronts him and prepares to fight, but Ikki just raises his punch near his forehead and Mind Rapes him, before making him fall with a poke. To add to Ikki's awesomeness, he did all of this without even looking.
    • Let's not forgot Ikki taking on Seiya, Hyoga, Shun and Shiryu at the same time in the 1st arc of the manga. It takes Seiya being protected by The Sagittarius Gold Cloth, Shun's Chains, Shiryu's shield and Hyoga's ice to bring him down.
    • While we're talking about Ikki. His return in the anime against the Saint of Fire. The Saint fought Shun, and seeing that his chains were too good of a defense to defeat him, he engulfed him in fire and waited. The gigantic fire actually resurrected the Phoenix. The Saint of Fire tries using fire against Ikki cue Mind Rape.
  • You think Andromeda Shun is a wimpy, waifish, whiny boy? In one of the earliest episodes of the Sanctuary Saga, the Dark Knights mini-arc... When his Evil Twin of sorts Black Andromeda has both him and a poisoned, dying Seiya against the ropes (one extremity of Shun's Adromeda chains is keeping Seiya from falling off a cliff, the other serves as Shun's only defense against Black Andromeda's chains that turn into poisonous snakes) and Seiya pulls a sort-of Heroic Sacrifice by cutting the chain wrapped around his arm and letting self fall, Shun gets pissed off and tells Black Andromeda that upsetting him was a big mistake. The next moment? The Andromeda chains attack at full force, destroying the serpents *and* instantly killing Black Andromeda.
    • Don't forget that this is the same boy that was willing to put his Cosmos on the line in order to help Hyoga revive after his fight with Camus. A boy this caring and gentle doesn't need to be on this team, but damn if he isn't a great asset anyway.
  • Episode 20 of the anime has the one fight that should have been in the manga but never was: Ophiuchus Shaina versus Pegasus Seiya, both wearing their Cloths and going all-out, and it's made of awesome for both fighters:
    • For Seiya, because he went against a Silver Saint out for his blood, and actually gave her a run for her money.
    • For Shaina, because she mauled Seiya, and by the time they're finished she's a bit winded while her opponent is bleeding and defenseless.
    • For both, because their final exchange literally shattered the Earth and sent a group of guards flying with the shockwave of their attacks meeting.
    • And for Marin for saving Seiya under Shaina's nose, giving him a fake beating with the excuse it was her duty to kill Seiya because she had taught him while she told him about the Crystal Saint being after Hyoga's life-and when Shaina realizes the situation she has Seiya run and keeps her fellow Silver Saint from giving chase, also keeping her from reporting what really happened by pointing out she would have got in trouble too.
  • Seiya vs. Misty in the manga because the closest Seiya gets to a deus ex machina finale is merely that his cloth is brought to him just at the start of his first fight with Misty. The second fight features him throwing a 'Comet' punch, actually damaging a hefty chunk of Misty's Cloth, followed by throwing back Misty's signature move, then finally grabbing him and torpedoing him to the bottom of the sea and finally wining.
  • While in the Anime Marin is considered a Faux Action Girl, this doesn't stop her at all from curbstomping the Psychic Silver Saint Canes Venatici Asterion. Note that Asterion effortlessly defeated Seiya with his Psychic Power and Million Ghost Attack. Marin, who had been knocked out by the physically stronger Silver Saint Cetus Moses regains consciousness, proceeds to save herself from the inverted crucifix she's put in, and then proceeds to No Sell Asterion's mind-reading, along with the same Million Ghost Attack that Canes used on Seiya. She then unleashes her own original technique, Eagle Toe Flash to near effortlessly defeat Asterion, who couldn't read Marin's mind the second time around, since she managed to make her mind completely empty and impervious to his powers, cue Oh, Crap! reaction. Still a crowner because she could pull that after having taken a beating from Moses and being in aforementioned inverted crucifix.
  • Episode 39 has one for Cancer Deathmask: sent to force Dohko to explain why he's not answering the Sanctuary's summoning, he's confronted by Shiryu... And inflicts on him what goes beyond a Curb-Stomp Battle. Multiple times:
    • First he casually dodges a Clothless Shiryu's attacks by running in circle around him, then mauls him with the shockwave of his punches (that he's actually pulling), and when Shiryu appears to be about to finally hit him with a flying kick Deathmask decides to drive home how superior he is by blocking it with one finger. With whom he then nearly kills him by shooting a beam of Cosmo at him, also throwing him in the nearby falls.
    • After surviving the above beating, Shiryu comes back for the second round wearing his Cloth (something that catches Deathmask completely by surprise, as he thought Shiryu had either been killed by his attack or drowned), and, thanks to his fury after overhearing Deathmask explain his Social Darwinist ideology, inflicts him a Rozan Shoryuha that actually moves back the Gold Saint... And enrages him enough to get half-serious, at which point he starts creating a black hole. Had Mu not arrived there, Shiryu would have died there, messily. But as he would have to fight two Gold Saints to finish him off, Deathmask decides to retreat... And starts walking away in mid-air, before disappearing somewhere else.
      • The black hole terrified Dohko. Deathmask scared a Gold Saint far stronger than he was, one who survived the war against Hades.
    • What Deathmask did doubles as awesome for all the Gold Saints: aside for the black hole and the disappearing trick, everything he did was in a Gold Saint's normal realm of abilities.
  • In spite of his small screentime, Sagitta Ptolemy has one: he mortally wounded Saori after she awoke her divine Cosmo, and under four opposing Saints' noses to boot. Thus started the Twelve Temples Arc: to save Saori from what he had done her.
  • Dragon Shiryu gets his Moment of Awesome during his second fight with Gold Saint Cancer Deathmask. After he uses his telekinetic powers to grab Shiryu's adoptive sister and possible love interest Shunrei and throw her into the Rozan cascade, a near death Shiryu that has been reduced to a soul and drained of fighting spirit makes the biggest come-back ever from the literal gaping mouth of Hell, glowing cosmos and furious "The Reason You Suck" Speech included as he beats the freaking crap out of Deathmask, while at the same time asking him why he tried so hard to push his ONLY Berserk Button. Then, as Deathmask tries to go to the counterattack, he finds out that his own armor is so ashamed of his owner's evil actions that it refuses to protect his body, which lets Shiryu kill him.
  • Saori Kido/Athena gains a pretty good one in the anime when she uses her cosmo to disrupt Virgo Shaka (the most powerful psychic among the Golden Saints, alongside Aries Mu) and block him from assisting his disciples Agora and Shiva, who are fighting Ikki to keep him from joining the fight in the Sanctuary. And she does this while having her chest pierced by a Golden Arrow. Wow.
    • A more subtle one, overlapping with Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: when after she and Seiya take a Suicidal "Gotcha!" to escape Shaina and another Silver Saint anf gain time, she faces a very upset and jealous Shaina with all the tranquility of the world, ignoring her insults and pretty much telling her "I cannot fight, yes, but no way I'm abandoning Seiya after he got himself almost killed for me". This is a sweet girl without any fighting skills, who is facing a very arrogant and strong Dark Action Girl without even batting an eyelid, in a situation where almost any other girl would faint out of fear. That proves that Saori's got huge balls, erm, Boobs of Steel, dammit.
      • Even more meaninful when you recall that one of Shaina's insults was asking Saori "Where did you learn to do that?!" when she caught her leaning on Seiya to kiss him. Yeah, Shaina basically slutshamed Saori. And yet Saori didn't take the bait.
  • Cygnus Hyoga is walking Awesome already, but the particular example comes in his rematch with Gold Saint Aquarius Camus: After having his own Bronze Cloth frozen and shattered into dust by his master, Hyoga counters Camus' ultimate technique Aurora Execution with his own, projecting power matching and exceeding Camus' own even after falling unconscious in his battle stance. Even Camus realizes the astonishing drive in his student's heart, conceding who is the best between them, before falling over frozen to death.
    • His battle with Camus' best friend, Scorpio Milo isn't bad either. This is the battle Hyoga turned into a Seiya level determinator by surviving everything Milo throws at him including Antares.
    • Back during the Galaxian Wars/Black Saints arc, he was the one Saint who could have taken out Ikki in a straight fight. Ikki himself admits that Hyoga would have killed him with the Aurora Thunder Attack, had Black Swan not managed to forewarn him.
      • The forewarning is one for Black Swan: almost completely frozen and dying, he burns all his Cosmo to send Ikki an image of the attack held either in a fragment of his helmet (anime) or in his own eye that he ripped out just to teleport it to Ikki (manga), and causes an explosion in the process to try and kill Hyoga-or at least distract him from his real goal. And while Hyoga is unharmed, Black Swan successfully passed Ikki the information he needed to survive the Aurora Thunder Attack.
  • Pisces Aphrodite in the Sanctuary Arc has one for sheer smarts: he anticipated the Saints would try and have someone keeping him busy while the other continued to run, so he planted his roses on the stairs behind his temple to act as Deadly Gas. By all rights, he had won with mocking ease. He only lost because of Marin, who then gets her moment - she appears, puts her mask on Seiya which allows him to recover from the poison even when it poisons her as well, and that gives Seiya enough time to get up and destroy the roses, clearing his path to the top.
  • Shun has a second one when he fights Aphrodite and reveals his wind powers for the first time, and we discover that whilst for every other Saint their armor is an amplifier, for Shun it's played as a safety cut-off, he can actually be much MORE powerful when not wearing the armour.
    • Debatable on why it was a bad idea: there's the chance he had awakened his Seventh Sense before the series started and got scared by his own power, using the armor as a safer option. Without those he had to surrender or cross the Godzilla Threshold, and as surrender was not an option he finally unleashed his Seventh Sense and his wind powers.

Asgard Arc

  • A couple more at the beginning of the Asgard filler arc. The Brainwashed and Crazy Polaris Hilda attacks with a a lightning powered silver bolt. Cue all the Bronze Saint jumping out of the way, and when it seems that Saori is going to be hit she calmly unleashes her own golden bolt attack to protect herself. A little later, while Saori is acting again as a Barrier Maiden to prevent the northern ice cap to melt due to Hilda neglecting her duties, the God Warrior Thor attacks her with his Mjolnir (which is basically a double axe that works as a boomerang). The blade comes a hair width from Saori's throat, and then gets pushed back to the sender by her cosmos. Thor himself is impressed and says "she really deserves being named Athena". And in both moments, Saori does this without even batting an eyelid.

Poseidon Arc

  • Seiya fighting with Smug Super Sea Horse Baian. After taking Baian's two strongest attacks, Seiya is quick to put the General back in his place by pointing he's far from any Gold Saint's power. He then proceeds to crush his defense with his trusty Ryuseiken before Baian goes on a very sweet Villainous Breakdown. Awesome points for revealing for the first time his Golden Bronze Cloth, and actually using experience from his previous battle with Misty.
  • Shun's third CMOA comes in the Poseidon arc. When facing Scylla Io, the Mariner general used an attack that was actually six in one on a "low" setting to taunt him. However, since It Only Works Once and Shun's chains are stated as early as the first tournament arc as being hyper adaptive to enemy attacks, Shun proceeds to counter each of his attacks differently, destroy his armor, and bind him in chains.
    • Io himself qualifies for being willing to perform what would be a Heroic Sacrifice for his own cause, but here shows a very strong example of Villainous Valour, cementing strongly his credentials as a Noble Demon, who even gives a dying warning to Shun that his kindness will one day be the death of him.
  • Shiryu for realizing that he is too dependent on his Golden Bronze Cloth and shield, and casting it away so he can awaken Excalibur and take down Krishna's Golden Lance.
  • Ikki as he unleashes a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Lymnades Kasa in an epic Punctuated Pounding Curb-Stomp Battle. The most awesome part is that Ikki is jut in Tranquil Fury the whole time, moving leisurely, and punching the guy for every single of his True Companions that he dared Mind Rape. He even scores a near Flawless Victory, if only for the fact Kasa figured his weak point but was already dying and could not actually turn it against him. If anything, it makes Ikki even more awesome since it shows he still has a human side deep down.
  • Everyone assisting Seiya to fire his arrow at Poseidon, in such a strong display of Determinator Heroic Willpower that even Poseidon can't control it.
  • Seiya, Shiryu and Hyoga doning Gold Cloths, and taking down Poseidon with their first Combined Energy Attack ever, and reiterating the fact by breaking the Main Breadwinner pillar supporting the whole temple, that the Libra weapons could not even scratch.
  • A bit of a Meta example but every Poseidon episode animated by Araki and Himeno is a Crowner if only for the sheer drawing and animation quality.

Hades Arc

  • One of the most famous example in the saga: Douhko's old body starts to crack like a shell, and a younger body emerges from the old one. The young Libra Dohko has returned!.
  • The entire fight between Shaka and the three Spectres and ex-Gold Saints, Saga, Camus and Shura. Shaka nearly defeated all three with his most powerful attack, Tenbu Hōrin, to the point that they have to use a forbidden technique, the Athena Exclamation (its power is equal to the Big Bang) to kill him. Turn out that Shaka has planned all this since he already had the Eighth Sense (The very reason why he's called the closest man to God) and go in the Hell alive.
  • The clash of the two Athena Exclamation (Saga/Shura/Camus versus Mu/Milo/Aiolia). The anime added Seiya, Shiryu, Hyoga and Shun burning their Cosmo to push back the energy towards Saga and his group. Then they surrounded the exclamations in order to stop them, claiming they understood what was happening and what the renegade Gold Saints were really feeling, chiding the other Gold Saints for not believing each other more. Then the four Bronze Cloths turn gold, with the four Saints using their techniques to push the energy, sending the exclamations skywards, exploding with no casualties.
  • Ikki, alone, defeats Aiacos, one of three strongest Spectres.
  • Shun when he is pretty much Hades's vessel, but manages to actually throttle Hades from within his body to give his brother Ikki a chance to kill them, and end any chance of Shun's body being used for evil. Too bad Ikki couldn't take it.
  • A villain example. Thanatos is easily able to destroy five Gold Cloths, something that had never happened in all the millennia the Cloths had existed.
  • Athena has her moments, too. When Shaka is given the order to kill Athena with Pandora's trident, he takes the opportunity to chuck it back at him, and Athena (who hadn't previously been able to do this) catches it in midair. When the trident is given back to Hades and he tries to take off her head as per agreement, she stops it again, with her bare hands touching the blades, and tells him to take her life only after the lives of everyone else on Earth have been ensured. Lady of War, thy name is Saori Kido.
  • When Ikki is at the mercy of Thanatos after both the Leo Cloth and the Phoenix Cloth have been stripped away from him, who comes to his aid? Shun, who has regained the Andromeda Chain and subdues Thanatos' arm. Ikki has saved Shun many times over the course of the series, and now Shun's able to return the favor for his beloved elder brother.

Movies

  • A Meta example: The Legend of the Crimson Youth is a crowner for animated movies for its time. It has absolutely gorgeous Scenery Porn, Crowning Music of Awesome all over the place, and a level of animation quality that involved an insane budget for the time. It is to this day remembered very fondly, as it even surpasses the 200x Hades OVAs and the 2004 Tenkai-hen movie in quality.
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