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. Has now a spin-off, 'Saint Seiya Episode GA'', starring Shura and Aiolia in the future.
This series provies examples of:
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Most of the characters were already handsome in the original manga/anime, but they Bishounen aspect of their design are taken Upto Eleven thanks to the art style of Megumu Okada. Even Aldebaran is affected.
- Adaptational Badass: The Gold Saints in general are much more powerful in this work than in the classic series, being much more durable and having more special techniques.
- Adaptational Heroism: Shura, carrying this from the first anime series. In the classic manga, he willingly supported Saga plans and played a role in murdering Aioros, while in this manga he was Forced into Evil by Saga's Genrō Maō Ken.
- 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.
- Brought Down to Badass: It is eventually revealed that the Titans are this since part of their power remains sealed. It really is a justification for explaining the Gold Saint's Plot Armor.
- Big Bad: Kronos, the leader of the Titans who invaded Earth and wants revenge against the Olympian Gods for his imprisoningment.
- Bilingual Bonus: All of the Titan's attacks are in greek.
- Costume Porn: The armors worn by the characters are extremely complex looking.
- 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 Aiolia can save the day less than two chapters in. Though it gave the Gold Saint motivation to act later in the story, it wasn't needed.
- Plot Armor: Being a prequel to Saint Seiya, every Gold Saint (except Aioros) is Saved by Canon. The only reason why it's not a case of Invincible Hero is because they normally end a bloody mess after the big fights.