Manga: Saint Seiya Next Dimension
The official sequel to the Saint Seiya
classic series. Currently it is being written, drawn in full color and released by Masami Kurumada
The series is stated to getting an anime release around 2011 or 2012.Please note that if you have not finished the original manga, then massive spoilers follow.
During the final battle between Athena's saints and the true body of Hades in Elysium (or Elysion, if you prefer)
, Hades looked into the eyes of the Pegasus saint Seiya, and remembered how ages ago, in the previous holy war, he was close friends with the previous Pegasus saint. We then cut back to the beginning of this holy war, in which two gold saints are sent by the pope to kill the boy destined to serve as Hades' vessel before the god of the underworld can take over his body. However, they are stopped by a young man named Tenma, who is a gifted cosmo user.
Later on, we cut to the present day—of 1999
. After the final fight with Hades Seiya took a direct attack from Hades's cursed sword
in order to defend Athena and give her the chance to destroy the dark god once and for all. As a result, Seiya inexplicably fell into a catatonic state. Shun, hoping for answers, approaches Saori, who's taken it upon herself to watch over Seiya. She reveals that Hades' sword is still inside of Seiya, and that in three days, it will reach his heart and kill him. In order to save Seiya, Athena and Shun travel to the time of the previous holy war in order to destroy Hades' sword then, so that it may never be used on Seiya in the future.
- Action Girl: Saori/Athena. Well, for a few issues at least. Then back at that in Chapter 61.
- Shaina's still in got it.
- Art Evolution: The women in the book have curves and look quite feminine unlike the classic series.
- Badass in Distress: Seiya.
- Cursed by Hades.
- Callisto even sends Touma to murder him.
- De-power: In two ways. The Bronze Boys lose their God Cloths and are downgraded back to their third version. Saori on the other hand gets reduced to a baby.For a while, at least.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Olympians, just as they were in Greek Mythology. Apparently Athena gets a lot of flak for fighting against her family members, despite this being a result of her simply trying to stop many of them from wiping out humanity.
- '80s Hair: Subverted with the Golds. The characters have shorter and more practical hair. Compare the beauty of Pisces Aphrodite with Pisces Cardinale.
- Played straight with Callisto.
- Fallen Angel: Touma
- Future Me Scares Me: When Dohko sees what his future midget self will look like.
- Generation Xerox: Tenma is Seiya—to the point that Shun sometimes mixes them up. Also, some returning fans are complaining about how Kurumada is reusing many plot points from the original series. See History Repeats bellow.
- Healing Potion: Water when placed inside the cup that forms the Krater Cloth in its totem form.
- History Repeats: A Pope tries to kill Athena; a Gold Saint witnesses said act and flees with the baby, mortally wounded; Pisces Saint is an asshole; Taurus Saint dies standing, while protecting his temple; Gemini's temple is a maze (subverted in that the real Gemini Saint is actually present in his temple).
- I Did What I Had to Do: The gold saints sent to kill Alone before he can become Hades vessel aren't to enthusiastic about the task, and hope that Alone will be able to forgive them. In comes Tenma.
- Suikyo's reason for becoming a Specter is that Hades' followers are holding his little brother's soul hostage.
- Important Haircut: Saori when she uses it to trade with Hecate for directions.
- Impossible Task: The entire mission.
- Living MacGuffin: Saori/Athena after she is turned into a baby. Subverted, as of Chapter 61.
- MacGuffin: Hades' Sword from the 18th Century.
- Mask Power: Touma.
- Meanwhile, in the Future: The story keeps going back and forth between past and present as if happening at the same time. The most jarring exemple being Shun in the 18th century having the feeling that something bad is about to happen to Seiya in the 20th century/ next page.
- Moon Rabbit: Artemis' Satellites.
- No Export for You: It's already been licensed and is being sold in some Latin American countries like Brazil, but not in most English-speaking countries.
- Non-Action Guy: Seiya has been demoted to this, as he's pretty much comatose and dying.
- One-Winged Angel: Touma's scar on his back as well as his armor design.
- Present Day Past: In order to avoid Comic-Book Time and Fridge Logic, the "present day" portions of the story take place in 1999, around when the original manga ended.
- Race Against the Clock: This is Saint Seiya after all, it just needs one like for every one of its arcs. Here, the heroes and Athena have 3 days (probably cosmic days at Chronos' scale otherwise we'd deal with Fridge Logic) to go to the past and break Hades' sword to save Seiya from a certain death due to the curse inflicted by said sword in his chest.
- Rank Up: Kurumada accepted the concept of Athena Saints being able to be promoted to higher Cloth Rankings, Shion and Dohko apparently were Bronze Saints prior the story itself; oddly enough this wasn't brought up in the original series, going by how many times Seiya, Hyoga and Shiryu (and Shun and Ikki next to the very end) wore Gold Cloths, one would think they would be promoted by now.
- The dregs of Shaka's soul outright state to Shijima that Shun is his successor as bearer of the Virgo Cloth.
- Schedule Slip: The switch to all color and Masami Kurumada becoming very ill.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The whole reason they are going back is to destroy Hades' Sword that is in Seiya.
- Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate: Saori believes she can save Seiya, Chronos tells her the fate "of the man in the wheelchair" can't be changed.
- Time-Delayed Death: Virgo Shijima has a white rose in his heart.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Abandon all hope for coherent rules involving the conventions of time travel, ye who read this manga.
- Variable-Length Chain: Shun.
- Visions of Another Self: Seiya and Tenma, the only real example of perfect look-a-like between the two periods... Chekov's Gun for the impossible mission anyone?
- The Voice: Chronos/Khronos
- You Already Changed The Past: Before Saori/Athena was sent to the 18th century, there was no Athena present at this period; yet, in the 20th century's main story in the original manga, we learnt that during the previous war in the 18th century Athena was there with all her Saints. Therefore, Saori had already been taken into account as the Athena of the 18th century when the events are told to us in the 20th century even before we actually see her time travel.
- Which makes no sense, since Hades has his sword in the present day, and the entire reason they're traveling to the past is that they want to destroy it before it gets used on Seiya.
- Thankfully, this has all been resolved as of chapter 62, when kid!Saori tells Cardinale and Shijima that she is not their Athena, and that the Athena of the 18th century should be arriving at Sanctuary shortly.
- You Can't Fight Fate: What Chronos tells Athena before she travels back in time.
- You Shall Not Pass: The 18th century Golds to the Specters.