Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque : La Série Abrégée ("Saint Seiya: The Abridged Series"), often referred to as "CDZA", is a French Abridged Series created by StateAlchemist in 2009, based on the Saint Seiya series. It holds the honor of being the very first French abridged series, and is still the most popular and well-known one among French viewers to this day.
The series focuses on the "Twelve Zodiac Temples" arc, and spans over thirteen episodes; each of the first twelve episodes focuses on a specific Zodiac Temple, with the thirteenth and last episode concluding the story arc with the battle between Seiya and the Pope. Most of the humor of the series revolves around character exaggeration, pop-culture references, jabs towards the French localization of the show, and especially non-stop wordplay.
The series ended with the release of the final episode in April 2014. Since then, StateAlcheimist has moved onto other projects, most notably a series parodying old Marvel cartoons, titled Marvel Comique.
CDZA provides examples of the following tropes:
- Accidental Misnaming: Milo of the Scorpio in his episode's Cold Open. Seiya confuses him with "Tristan (Satomi), of the BEE HIVE".Milo: I'm not Tristan of the BEE HIVE, I'm Milo of the Scorpion!Seiya: The German band?*Milo uses Scarlet Needle**Opening credits*
- A God Am I: Virgo Shaka:Seiya: If you're so strong, tell me, who is the strongest between Lemmy and God?Shaka: Oh, the answer is simple. *prepares attack* Me.
Shaka: No, just Buddha's reincarnation.*Beat*
- And later against Ikki:
- Adaptational Villainy: Scorpio Milo technically isn't more of a villain than his mainstream counterpart, but he is much more of a sadist and heals Hyoga mainly for the pleasure to see him suffer more at the hands of the other Saints.
- All Up to You: Shaka revives Ikki's cloth and sends him to aid Seiya against the Pope by his own. When Ikki asks why none of the Gold saints are coming with him, Shaka says that their self-esteem is on the ground after being defeated by five Bronze Saints.Aldebaran: We really suck!
- And There Was Much Rejoicing: Saori is very relieved when the villain finally dies.Saori: Oh man, I thought he would never die, this motherf-
- Anyone Can Die: Invoked:Shun: I can't believe Shiryu literally left this earth. Do you realize what this means?Seiya: I'm taking his room!Hyoga: I'm taking his girlfriend!Shun: No, you vultures! It means that any one of us can be killed off, even if we're the main characters!
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Ikki boasts about having survived the Island of Death, Hell and the french dub's errors.
- During his first fight with Camus, Hyoga thinks he's going to die and will finally be reunited with his loved ones: his mother, Crystal (his mentor) and... René of Les Musclés.
- Bait-and-Switch: Saga does one in the final episode.Saga: You will witness the Gemini Saint's most powerful move, an explosive attack of galactic proportions!Ikki: Oh no, he means-Saga: Another Dimension!Ikki: Wha-? But that's not your most powerfu- *gets hit* Aaaah! It's actually not that bad!
- The Beard: June agreed to be Shun's while in Andromeda Island, but Shun is not very convincing.
- Big "NO!": Twice in the first episode, with the same shot of Seiya running towards the screen in Slo Mo while crying. He also does the same thing when saying yes between the two no's.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters often comments on the bad localization of the show, the non-canonicity of the OVAs, or the author of the Abridged Series being late.
- Brick Joke: After Shun stays with Hyoga in the Libra temple to defrost him, Seiya and Shiryu realize why Shun insisted so much to stay behind and realize that "Shun will touch Hyoga's little rabbit". Fast forward to the final episode, during the scenes where Saga is naked, an image of a cartoon rabbit hides his crotch.
- Broken Aesop: Spoofed in the Pisces episode.Shun: What about weaklings like the children, the elderly and the Silver Saints? Is the strongest always in the right?
Aphrodite: Yes, and I'm going to demonstrate it now!
Shun: That is so wrong! I'm going to prove it by beating the crap out of you!
- Buxom Is Better: Many jokes have been derived from the golden arrow being right between Saori's breasts. In the first episode, the group (sans Shun) got distracted by it and in the last episode, Saga dies after commenting on Saori's big bosom.Saga: Oh, my dear goddess, after failing to live as a saint, let me die in your arms... (He puts his head against Saori's chest, then looks at her). Oh, I say, it's soft, are they C cup?
Saori: D cup.
Saga: Good God, when I think I wanted to plant an arrow there.
- Camp Gay: Shun. It was inevitable given his costuming.Hyoga: Come on, we even brought a girl!Shun: Oh, it's more complicated than that, you know... Even when I was a kid, when I watched Candy Candy, I...Hyoga: Shun, I was talking about Saori.Shun: ...I'm blushing right now, aren't I?
- Camp Straight: Pisces Aphrodite is even more effeminate than Shun, yet unlike him, he isn't gay; just metrosexual.
- Canada, Eh?: For some reason, Pisces Aphodite speaks with a Québec accent.
- Catchphrase: Seiya's "Plaît-il ?"note , which is a shoutout to the french dubbing of the original series, in which Seiya said it a lot.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The Great Pope just loves to gloat about how evil and awful he is.
- Character Exaggeration: As with every Abridged Series. Seiya is Good Is Dumb to the point of being The Ditz, Shiryu acts like The Ace but each and every one of his failures is emphasized by a "wha wha" music, Shun is Camp Gay etc.
- Continuity Nod: Apparently, if someone says that a Gold Saint is not worthy of his armor, the armor will just take itself off. Shiryu did it with Cancer Deathmask and in ends up saving his hide against Capricorn Shura.
- When it happens again against Saga, Shiryu denies having something to do with it.
- Crooked Contractor: Mu of the Aries. He is even known in-universe for charging a lot for the repair of damaged cloths.Aldebaran: I know your pricings, it's going to cost me the right horn to repair the left one.
Hyoga: This must be why he could afford a full cloth made of gold.
- Even Hyoga lampshades it.
(thinking) So, 5 complete Bronze cloths, plus small usual supplements, it makes it 2000, 3000...
- In the last episode, Mu only teleported Shaka and Ikki back after Shaka promises to pay him and after Saori is saved, Mu is only thinking about how much he's gonna charge to repair all the destroyed cloths.
- "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Discussed in the final episode. After 12 hours of violent fights, the Old Master calls telepatically to the remain Gold Saints to tell them who's behind the attempted murder of Athena, and Milo asks why didn't he just tell them before this bloodbath happened.Old Master: (telepathically) I'm 261 years, kiddo, it is good enough that I do not forget to breathe. (pauses to then breath in panick)
Milo: Okay, I understand.
- Didn't See That Coming:Ikki: Don't worry, blondie. We're going to save Athena.Shaka: Wait, what ? Save who?Ikki: Athena, the goddess of warfare we all believe in.Shaka: The goddess of ... Holy shit guys, when you see a brother with his eyes closed praying the wrong god, you could at least tell him he's in the wrong place!Mu: Sorry.Aiolia: It was just too tempting.Milo: We all wanted to see how much time you'd take to notice...
- Disability Superpower: Zigzagged. Shaka keeps his eyes closed to accumulate cosmos, something that Ikki catches up so he allows him to take his five senses to get stronger than him. But Shiryu, who was actually blind for a longer time than Ikki didn't get any stronger, so he says such thing is bullcrap.
- Distracted by the Sexy: Seiyar and his pals spend at least ten seconds giggling around Saori... Watching the golden arrow firmly planted between her breasts.Saori: Stop peeping and move it! I'm dying, damnit!
Great Pope: Oh, look! An unmasked female Saint!Aiolia: Uh ?! Where?
- Also, this is how the Great Pope distracts Leo Aiolia long enough to have him Brainwashed and Crazy:
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Mu. Played for laughs since he has a gravelly voice and regularly insists that he is a man. He lampshades it at his first appearance:Mu: Hi kids, I am Mu, the Aries saint. And despite my character design, I am a man.Tatsumi: Who is this charming young lady?Mu (with a gravely voice): Fuck off.Tatsumi (seduced): Charming, really charming!
Foot soldier: Hand over the girl and nobody will be hurt.(camera focus on Mu) No, I mean the other one.Mu: Are you done yet ?!Kiki: I told you to grow a moustache.
- The show itself confused him for a girl, a few minutes later.
- Drugs Are Bad:
- When Seiya sees that Aioria is acting strange, like if he's possessed by demonic powers, he looks at his eyes and concludes he must be high.
- When Shaka introduces himself to Ikki as Budda's reincarnation, Ikki says he must be high on something really strong.
- After being attacked by Camus' Philtre Cooler Aurora, Hyoga says that the guy who translated the names of the attacks must be on drugs.
- Epic Fail: As a Running Gag from Shiryu, and often emphasized with "wha wha" horns.*Finds himself on the opposite side of a Bottomless Pit separating him from the rest of the team**wha wha horn*
Shiryu: Now that I have broken your left arm, you cannot use your attack anymore!*Shura rises his other arm*Shiryu: ... Unless you use your right arm. Fuck.
- Against Shura of the Capricorn:
- Even the Guys Want Him : Pisces Aphrodite. Just looking at him makes Seiya claim he switched sides and he takes any opportunity to swoom over him. Funnily enough, Shun is utterly immune to Aphrodite's look because he looks like a girl.
- Evil Gloating: The Gemini Saint and the Great Pope never zip it, making his gloating both evil and stupid. Great example after he trapped Hyoga and Shun in a parallel dimension :Gemini Saint: You'll never escape this parallel dimension created by the team who made the movie TRON! All your hopes are flying away... Oh, and Hyoga too. He'll drift in this dimension forever... Unless he manages to land in another of the twelve Temples, but he's gotta be a lucky son-of-a-gun for that! And you're now going to join him, Shun, like a neon pink Sputnik. Oh, by the way, it takes a little while to start, so it would be great if you don't do anything for the next 20 minutes, thank you.
- Evil Is Hammy: The Great Pope, big time.
- Extremely Short Timespan : Hyoga vs. Camus of the Aquarius, second round.Hyoga : I'm not the same as I once used to be... earlier this afternoon.
- Failed a Spot Check : All the gold saints are guilty of this, lampshaded by Aiolia:Old master : The pope impersonator is actually the Gemini saint, Saga.Aiolia : Saga? the gold saint who disappeared at the same time the Great Pope showed up with a different size, voice and hair color?Old master : Yes!Aiolia : Who would have believed that?
- False Reassurance: "Oh, don't worry, I'll be as innocent as a new born psychopath". Said by Saga's evil side
- Fate Worse than Death: When Shaka redirected Ikki's Mind Rape tecnique, Ikki had to face the truth: His brother is a sissy who likes to watch Candy Candy.
- Fridge Logic : In-universe example.Shiryu (to Cancer Deathmask) : No, seriously, why did they give you a gold cloth ? Your name is Deathmask, you decorate your house with corpses and your attack is called the Hades Wave ! Are those who give armors stupid or something ?Cancer Deathmask : Indeed, that's a pertinent question...
- Gender Bender: Discussed in episode 12. Seiya starts to ask Aphrodite something but Aphrodite responds before Seiya's even done asking that no, hot water doesn't have any effect on him.
- Genre Savvy:Shiryu: *while Seiya tries to call the Sagittarius cloth, thinking it will allow him to wear it while it's really pointing its arrow at him* No, Seiya, the OVAs are non-canon
- Hyoga and his speech about hope and friendship, lampshaded by Shiryu and Seiya as "the most terrifying attack of the Shounen Manga Hero"
- Gilligan Cut : kind of.Hyoga: (after being hit by Milo's Scarlet Needle) This sting will be the last one! I carefully observed your technique, and everyone knows a same attack never work twice on a knight.Milo: Scarlet Needle! (Counter: 2) Scarlet Needle!! (Counter: 3) Scarlet Needle!!! (Counter: 4)(Hyoga is blown across the room and lies on the ground)Milo: Sorry, what were you saying?
Shun: Oh don't exaggerate, I wasn't that bad.
- Albiore calls Shun the worst trainee Andromeda Island ever had.
(cue scene of Leda beating Shun)
- Gratuitous Spanish: Shura peppers his sentences with some spanish words here and there, culminating in a magnificent "Pedazo de hijo de la gran puta!" note when Shiryu tells him that the Ultimate Dragon tecnique can't be stopped.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: The heroes -bar Shun- play it often, adding "in complete frienship" at the end of every sentence they find suspicious.Hyoganote : Risking his life, he stuck to me, he craddled me, he petted me, he squeezed me tight on his heart... And all this in complete friendship.
- Here We Go Again!: The series finishes with Tatsumi informing Saori about Julian Solo inviting her to his birthday party. She accepts, after all he sounds like a nice guy.
- Heroes Fight Barehanded: Shiryu tell a story (one of many others) that the Old Master told him about saints being forbidden to use weapons except for the Libra saint, despite Seiya and Shun naming in between fake coughs at least two Bronzes (one being Shun himself), two Silvers and a Gold saint that use weapons.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Seiya during his fight with Saga:Saga: Come on, Pegasus, you can't possibly be stupid enough to think you can defeat me with this attack!Seiya: Obviously you don't know me!
- Hurricane of Puns: Most of the humour comes from french word plays that are pretty hard to translate in english. Many of the puns contained in an episode are related to the Golden Saint the episode focuses on.
- Hypocritical Humor : Seyar during a flashback.Kid!Seyar : They keep on saying eastern people can't become knights and wear sacred armors ! I'm sick of those homosexual moussaka eaters and their prejudices!
- I Am Your Father: Or master in this case.Hyoga: [Crystal] was my master.
Camus: No...I am your master!
Hyoga: No...that's not true! It's impossible!
Camus: Read the manga, you know it's true.
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Shun accepts to take care of frozen Hyoga...and then he starts to get creepy.
- Jerkass Gods: Shiryu tells Shura that Saori is Athena's reincarnation who will bring peace to the world. Surely, she's a little pretentious, despotic, self-centered and because of her many fights have happened...but isn't that proof that she's a deity?
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Shaka when Ikki is about to use his self-destruct move on him.Shaka: Do I at least have something to say about this? No, becau-(atomic explosion)
Jabu: Jabu, Saint of the Unicorn!Nachi: Nachi, Saint of the Wolf !Geki: Geki, Saint of the Bear!Ban: And me, I am-Jabu: Yeah, and we'll beat you down!
- It is also the gimmick of Ban of the Lionet, a background character (because of this, his sign and even his name are never told within the abridged series).
- Kneel Before Zod: Parodied with Shaka and Ikki.Shaka: Now kneel before me!Ikki: You think I don't see where you're going, you disgusting pervert?
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: In the final episode, Saga explains to Seiya how he intends to use Athena's shield and staff to overthrow Hades in the Underworld, Poseidon in the Sea, and the Care Bears in the Sky.
- Last-Second Chance: Shun being Shun, offers to Aphrodite one under certain conditions before he kills him with the Nebula Storm. He'll save Seiya from his poisoned roses, return to serve the true Athena, apologize for killing his mentor, and finally...he'll admit he resorted to plastic surgery.Aphrodite: ... That, never.
- Laughably Evil: The Great Pope. The guy might be evil, but he is also incredibly hammy and a Cloud Cuckoo Lander even by this show's standards.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Invoked against Shaka of the Virgo. Shiryu and Shun try to just go around him silently while he's meditating, but Seiya just jumps him without a second thought while screaming the trope.
- Memetic Loser: In-universe example with the Silver Saints.Seiya: The last one arrived is a Silver Saint!
- When Aphrodite declared that strength means justice, Shun asks what about "the children, the elders and the Silver Saints".
- Mr. Fanservice: Hyoga.Shun: *as Hyoga is thrown in a parallel dimension by the Gemini Saint* No! Hyoga, if you're gone, we won't have any female viewers anymore! Not that it bothers me. BUT STILL!
Shura: Let's please the Señoritas, shall we? (cuts Shiryu's cloth apart, leaving him shirtless. Cue a shot of fangirls squeeing histerically).
- Also, Shiryu during his fight against Shura:
- Meta Guy: In the first episode, Hyoga was able to recognize the born of a Running Gag (Shiryu's "wha wha wha" everytime he fails something) and Kiki being comic relief.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Pisces Aphrodite's roses:Aphrodite (after turning invisible): Yes, my roses allow me to do that as well... I won't lie to you, I am just as surprised about it as you are.
- Not Actually the Ultimate Question: In a short video, Shun asks his companions why they are here and Seiyar starts to answer philosophically.
- Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: Near the end of episode 12, The Pope has a very good (and hilarious) monologue about how, with the Bronze saints dead and Athena joining them soon, the sanctuary is his now. Cue Marin, showing up in the stinger.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Great Pope/Saga spends most of the series doing few things beside sitting on his throne, Chewing the Scenery and gloating about how evil and diabolical he is. When Seiya actually get to him, however, he easily makes both him and Ikki bit the dust.
- Not What It Looks Like: Shiryû, when a picture of him sleeping next to Kiki pops up at the end of the first episode.Shiryû: I Uh... This image is taken out of context!
- Obviously Evil: Deathmask. Lampshaded, by Shiryu, as seen in the Fridge Logic entry.
Ikki (To Shaka): Why does someone like you serves someone as malevolent as the Great Pope?
- Also lampshaded with the Great Pope:
- Oh, Crap!: From Saga in the last episode.Saga: What does it changes ? You're just one of the Knights of the Zodiacs. You'll never defeat an anime Big Bad like me.Saori: That's your mistake, Saga. Because the Original version is named ... Saint Seiya !Ikki: Okay ! Music please *cue Pegasus Fantasy playing in the background*Saga: I ain't gonna lie, I'm ''way'' less arrogant now !.
- Actually, many Gold Saints have one, better examples being Shura and Aphrodite.
- "Oh, Crap!" Fakeout: Shaka does one during his fight with Ikki.
- Only Mostly Dead: Saori has to constantly remind the guys that she's not dead whenever she talks with them via cosmos, no matter how much she seems like a ghostly apparition when she does so.
- Only Sane Man: Hyoga and Shiryû have shades of it. Shades.
- Pedophile Priest: Defied by the Great Pope's good self when he invokes this trope as the reason he can't escort Seiya to the autel of Athena."I would come with you, but if the new spreads that a clerk escorted a 14-years-old boy in a holy place, tongues will wag again."
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Shun's "Who sows the winds will reap the storm...Nebula Storm!".
- Psychopathic Manchild: The Pope verges between this and For the Evulz. The reason why he killed Shun's master ? He refused to come to his birthday party.
- Pun: Ripe with them. They're all in French, so they're pretty hard to translate correctly, but one of the easiest is:Shiryu: Knight of the Cancer, you make me sick!Cancer Deathmask: Oh yeah, nobody ever told me that one.
- Real Men Dont Cry: On Episode 9, Seiya and the others find Aioros's will. They're so moved by his dedication even after dead that they're left in tears...but quickly decide to go watch football while drinking beer, especially after Shun finds beautiful that men cry so heartfelty.Shun: Oh guys, I swear!
- Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: Hyoga, Shun and Shiryu were ready to bail out and leave Saori to die and "escape the clutches of the Foundation" if it weren't for Seiya wanting to give her a burning funeral, and therefore stopping them long enough for Saori to regain conciousness.
- Softspoken Sadist: Milo, when he isn't getting hammy with his Scarlet Needle.Milo: Yes, I let you live so you can face thousands of horrors, endure a thousand of pains, see your loved ones die in front of you one by one and finally, die a horrible and painful death. Isn't it... Exciting? *Beat*
Milo (with an amused voice): *chuckle* Yeah, I know.
- Shout-Out: To Tomb Raider, Naruto, One Piece, Ai Shite Night, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and many, many more...
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Ikki delivers a particularly epic one to Shaka after suffering an attack intended to send him in Hell:Shaka: So, my friend, in which Hell did you fall?Ikki: In the shut the Hell up! (attacks him)
- Spell My Name with an "S": Seiya is called "Seiyar" like in the French dub of the series. The original dubbers probably felt a name ending in "a" was too girly.Shaka : Let's open the Six Realms of the Mepensi... Me... Er, wait- of the Metspems... Oh, screw it! Let's open the Six Realms!
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Lampshaded by the Old Master's speech in Episode 13, where he mentions how the Gold saints shall rise again and take over the subsecuential spin-off series and most of the merchandise.
- Staying Alive: The saints are going through the 12 houses not in order to get the pope to heal Saori but to avenge her death. She keeps insisting that she's not dead. despite appearing in all their near-deah experiences.
Milo: Oh, who is this guy? Liquid Snake?
- The Pope/Saga just keeps breathing, even after a combinated energy attack.
- Stock Footage: Mocked during the fight between Seiya and Saga:Seiya: PEGASUS RECYCLED ANIMATION!
- Strictly Formula: Lampshaded by Aphrodite when Shun awakes his seventh sense.Aphrodite: What is this cosmos worthy of a Barbie doll? Wait, you're dying, your cloth is destroyed, we're approching the end of the episode...(Shun activates seventh sense) *scream*
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: Used by the Pope during the flashback about Aioros and Athena escape.Pope: Help! Guards! There's a traitor in the Sanctuary and I swear it's not me!
- Taking You with Me: Ikki does that to Shaka:Shaka: Uh, wait, stay Zen! if you continue, you're gonna blow up!Ikki: That's the idea!Shaka: Oh, okay then. WHAT?!
- Talk to the Fist : Camus to Hyoga, in his house, closing an Ennio Morricone montage.
- Tempting Fate:
Seiya: And don't you dare turn evil while I have my back turned!
- Seiya does this when leaving Saga's good side behind:
Saga (having just defeated Ikki): And now, I will just kill Pegasus, who couldn't have possibly seized the occasion to... (notices Seiya is gone) SON OF A BITCH! WHERE DID HE GO?!
- Saga himself does it later:
- Hooray, Shun has the Andromeda Cloth and can reunite with his brother again; sure their reunion would be a warm and non-violent reunion.note
- That Came Out Wrong: In Episode 13, Marin saves Seiya from the field of poisoned roses. Seiya, exhausted, askes if she can give him a ponyride, which Marin refuses.Seiya: Aw, but I've so many blisters on my feet, like if I ran a marathon through the Elyseum field! I let Shun ride me, and I didn't complain! (Marin stops walking to look at him) Wrong wording, I know.
- Transparent Closet: Shun. He tries to act straight, but fools no one.Shun's Master: I was referring to your secret about your incredibly powerful cosmos.Shun: Oh, sorry! I thought you mean my secret about me being gay!Shun's Master: Is that supposed to be a secret?
- Stranger Behind the Mask: Played for laugh with the Great Pope:Seiya (after the Great Pope's Dramatic Unmask): Oh my God! You are someone we never saw before! You bastard, you hide your game well- Ee, Wait! You are someone we never saw before?!Great Pope: Yeah, I don't get either why the writers were so obsessed with hiding my face until the finale. I mean, do I have something in my teeth, or what?
- Unexplained Recovery: Played for laugh with Shaka.Mu: Shaka?! Didn't you get atomized?Shaka: Yeah, but I got better.
- Unhand Them, Villain! : Seiya, when facing Aldebaran of the Taurus note *Seiya is lying on the ground, while Aldebaran towers him*Seiya: Put the foot down!*Aldebaran tries to crush him under his foot*Seiya: You didn't have to take it litterally! :note
- Villains Out Drowning: During a violent storm, Mu looks at the Pope's temple and wonders "what evil schemes the Pope is planning". Cut to a shot of the Pope slowly submerging himself into his bathtub with the drowning music from Sonic.Pope *In a panicked tone*: Help, we're being flooded! I'm drowning, I'm blblblblbl-
- Waxing Lyrical:
Shiryu: Everything in this house was just an illusion. Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ah, ah.
- After getting out of the Gemini house:
Shiryu: Capri! It's over!
- While defeating the capricorn saint.
- With Friends Like These...: Seiya abandons Shiryu at the House of Cancer at the mercy of Deathmask.Seiya: (running out) Don't worry Shiryu, I will avenge your death!(Beat)Shiryu: I need to find myself better friends.