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Anime / Saint Seiya Knights Of The Zodiac

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The Pegasus rises once again!

Netflix's reboot of Saint Seiya, created in collaboration with Toei Animation, directed by Cross Ange's Yoshiharu Ashino and produced by Avengers, Assemble!'s Eugene Son. This show was the series' second foray into all CGI animation after Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary. Season one was released in July of August 2019 with 6 episodes. The series is a loose retelling of the events of the manga, featuring an original villain.

Every few centuries, the Gods are reincarnated onto Earth and fight over who shall have control over the planet. Amongst them is Athena, a goddess who works to defend mankind. Alongside her are her Knights, legendary warriors who can wield the power of the cosmos in order to aid Athena in her quest.

The Knights are led by the organization Sanctuary, who are ordinarily allied with Athena, but this incarnation of Athena was born with a prophecy that she would fail and bring about humanity's destruction. There is also Vander Guraad, a man who wants to liberate humankind from the will of the gods by using technology to destroy them and any Knights who stands against him.


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  • Adapted Out: So far, Miho is nowhere to be seen. Also, the original Black Saints (which looked like evil doppelganger versions of the main characters) are replaced by completely different characters, with Cassius replacing the role of Black Pegassus.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Vander Guraad is a new villain created for the series, and this is also one of the very few times the Bronze Boys fight against an army using traditional weaponry.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Just like in Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary, Mylock's horrible abuse of the Saints during their childhood is omitted and the most unpleasant aspects of his personality are removed.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the original manga/anime, Geki Bear actually causes some trouble to Seiya during their fight. Here, Seiya only needs a couple of seconds to defeat him.
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  • A God Am I: This is how those who side against Sanctuary view Vander Guraad's plans.
  • All-CGI Cartoon: The second entry in the franchise that is fully animated with CGI.
  • The Artifact: Marin's mask stands out a lot more as female Saints no longer have the rule of having to hide their faces like in the main continuity.
  • Canon Foreigner: Vander Guraad didn't appear in the original manga and anime.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Seiya's sassiness is played up in this adaptation.
  • Dub Name Change: All over the place. Seiya is in the minority for having his original name. Except for other dubs, like in France, Latin America or Japan where everyone kept their original names.
    • Ikki is named Nero.
    • Not only is Shun a girl but she's named Shaun.
    • Saori is Sienna, like in the Viz manga and the Knights of the Zodiac adaptation.
    • Hyoga is named Magnus.
    • Shiryu is named Long.
    • Seika is named Patricia.
    • Mitsumasa is named Alman.
    • Tatsumi is named Mylock.
  • Fight Clubbing: The tournament takes place underground this time around.
  • Gender Flip: Shun is a girl in this adaptation. Everything else about his/her backstory is the same.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Half of Vander Guraad's face is badly burned and he's blind in one eye.
    • Phoenix Nero's scar on his forehead is more obviously visible than his Ikki counterpart's, which bordered on Informed Attribute
  • Idiot Ball: After Long is told that using his ultimate attack creates a brief gap in his otherwise perfect defense, and Seiya proves that he's fast enough to exploit that gap - twice - Long uses the same attack again, with the same result. It nearly kills him.
  • I Want Them Alive: Vander Guraad wants Seiya alive and Athena dead, a rare inversion of what usually happens in this franchise.
  • Kick the Dog: Nero's teacher murdered his daughter (who was Nero's love interest) in front of him to get him to embrace The Power of Hate.
  • Lighter and Softer: The violence from this series is much, much less gory than the one from the original manga and anime (Case in point: In this version of the story, Seiya doesn't cut Cassius ear.)
  • Long-Lost Relative: Just like in the original series, Seiya was separated from his sister at a young age and he hopes he can find her by fighting for Athena. This time she was explicitly rescued by a Gold Saint because Sanctuary was abducting children who displayed signs of Cosmo. Since Seiya hadn't awakened his powers yet, he was left behind.
    • Andromeda Shaun believed that her brother Nero died while training. Turns out he survived and acquired the Phoenix armor. Bad news is, he's now full on Power Of Hate, working with Guraad and more than willing to kill his "weakling" sister.
  • Screw Destiny: Vander Guraad's ultimate goal is to kill the gods so humanity can take control of their own fate. If this were a JRPG, he might've been the hero.
  • Shooting Superman: The military wastes tons of bullets shooting the Knights, and we're explicitly shown bullets bouncing off.
  • Spared By Adaptation: Mitsumasa/Alman is still alive in this series. In the manga and the original anime, he was already dead by the time the story starts.
  • Teach Him Anger: Nero's master uses this training method, and he goes to great lengths to unleash Nero's hatred.
  • "With Our Swords" Scene: Seiya manages to defeat Nero, despite being out of Cosmo, thanks to his teammates supplanting him with their Cosmo and armor pieces.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Both Sanctuary soldiers and Guraad's men are willing to murder a child if it means eliminating witnesses.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Seiya points he expected Shaun was meaner and tougher than the others, since she's the only girl around. Shaun subverts that, showing she's actually kind and polite, if laidback. She's not behind the boys in terms of power, though - she just prefers to fight defensively.


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