Manga: Saint Seiya Episode G
Saint Seiya Episode G (聖闘士星矢EPISODE・G Seinto Seiya Episōdo Jī?) is an ongoing Shōnen manga written and illustrated by Megumu Okada. A side-story and a derivative work of the manga Saint Seiya, which was authored by Masami Kurumada
The story is set 7 years before the events of the original Saint Seiya
manga and 6 years after the death of the Sagittarius Gold Saint Aioros and depicts the battle of the Gold Saints to protect the Earth from the threat of the awakened Titan gods.
After a 2 year break, the series is being resumed.
A character sheet in the works can be found here
This series provies examples of:
- All Myths Are True
- Alternate Character Interpretation: Happens with Cancer Deathmask and Pisces Aphrodite. Are they really just the Card-Carrying Villain or are they just a type of Nineties Anti-Hero.
- Happens as well with Capricorn Shura, better remembered for his Lawful Stupid characterization in the classic anime, and taken even further with his original manga incarnation, where he was among the Gold Saints who stayed loyal to the fake Pope even after finding out the truth.
- Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: Borders in Scenery Porn at times, in spite of being completely monochrome!
- Artistic License – Nuclear Physics: The series opens with Leo Aiolia infiltrating a nuclear power plant that was under the control of a disgruntled cosmo-user who hadn't been given a cloth and deemed a saint despite his power. Expositing government officials explain that if the reactor—cut to an image of a cooling tower, not a reactor—goes critical, it will melt through the earth, to China. Nevermind the fact that critical reaction is actually the normal state of a reactor.
- Big Bad: Kronos.
- Bigger Bad: Gaia.
- Big Damn Heroes: Aldebaran, Camus, Shaka, Milo and Shura.
- Bilingual Bonus: All of the Titan's attacks are in greek.
- Blind Seer: Mnemosyne She's not blind
- Brainwashed: Shura, Saga.
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Applies to both the Golden Saints and the Titans.
- Combat Aestheticist: Pisces Aphrodite.
- Continuity Nod: Several. It even tries to solve some of the Epileptic Trees that plague the original series.
- Cosmic Horror Story: What the Primordial Gods are.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Aiolia's Photon Burst.
- Determinator: Aiolia.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The whole series, considering they're fighting against the primordial gods.
- Dragon with an Agenda: Pontus and Mnemosyne
- Eldritch Abomination: What the Titans basically are, in spite of having human form. Then again, they're probably taking A Form You Are Comfortable With.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: What the Gold Saints originally were in the original series, and the reason why they got their own series in the first place.
- Evil Is Sexy: The vast majority of the 12 Titans.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Pisces Aphrodite and Lizard Misty.
- Foregone Conclusion: Perhaps the biggest drawback to the series, as you already know that *All the Gold Saints* will come out of it alive.
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot
- Let's You and Him Fight: Between Aioria and Mu. Subverted in that it was a ruse to trick the enemy into revealing themselves.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Leo Aiolia breaks Zeus' seal on Kronos' Soma by using his Lightning attacks.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: Deathmask and Aphrodite.
- Noodle People: Part of the very peculiar graphic style of the series ; the other part being a level of detail that borders of visual overload.
- Mauve Shirt: Jon, an American man who helps Leo get into the nuclear power plant at the start of the manga. His introduction suggested that he was going to be the Badass Normal Audience Surrogate of the story, but he pulls a Heroic Sacrifice so Leo can save the day less than two chapters in.
- Plot Armor: The problem with being a prequel to Saint Seiya; Each and Everyone single Gold Saint has it. The only reason why it's not Boring Invincible Hero is because the Gold Saints normally end a bloody mess after the big fights.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Arguably, both Deathmask and Aphrodite, on the fact that they're actually seem to be quite powerful in their fights this time around. They're also portrayed more as Nineties Anti-Hero than straight bad guys.
- Sinister Scythe: Megas Drepanon, Kronos' weapon of choice.
- Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate: A constant theme in the series.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Aioria and Aldebaran are clearly on the Idealism side, while other Gold Saints are on the opposite extreme.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Aioria.
- Taken for Granite: Rhea
- Posthumous Character: Aioros.
- Viewer Gender Confusion: Lithos. Even in-universe.
- Villain Teleportation
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Aioria and Milo.