- Ass Pull: During the climax, the Pope summons a giant Anubis-like statue to fight the surviving Gold Saints.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Deathmask's Villain Song upon his introduction feels like one.
- Heartwarming Moments: The Stinger, with the Bronze Saints throwing a birthday party for Saori.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Remember the first version of the Saggitarius Gold Cloth◊, which had a helmet covering almost the entire face? As the second trailer shows, in this movie the helmets of the Bronze Saints (And some of the Golden Saints as well) do the same thing.
- It Was His Sled: Gemini Saga is alive and well — oh, and he's the real villain behind everything. Although, granted, it is done in a more subtle way than in the original manga and anime, which gave it away so clearly that it was barely a mystery by the third Temple.
- It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Many fans weren't exactly thrilled with another revisit to the Sanctuary arc.
- Never Live It Down: Aphrodite and Death Mask still get the short end of the stick in the movie.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
- Saori. She is nicer toward the Bronze Saints than her manga and anime counterparts, and unlike in previous versions the arrow in her heart gradually weakens her rather than putting her in a coma, meaning she is still awake for most of the movie and actually tries the best she can to help them directly. Not that she can do much beside healing them and trying to reason with the Gold Saints, but still, the effort is appreciated.
- Her butler, Tatsumi, is much more likable here than his manga counterpart, where he is a Gonk child beater and a Jerkass towards anyone but Saori and Mitsumasa Kido.
- Seiya is much less annoying compared to the anime and manga, thanks to his more modern (and even Adorkable at some points) dialogue and more jovial personality making him more charismatic, reinforced by his well-animated facial expressions and body gestures.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The reaction to some of the new redesigns of the characters, particularly the Gold Saints.
- The Gender Flip of Milo caused this reaction among several fans of the character and purists fans of the original Saint Seiya.
- Deathmask's redesign not only looks like Jack Sparrow, but his house also had singing faces and disco lights and showcases a Villain Song. Again in case: A. VILLAIN. SONG.
- Saga turning into a giant monster in the climax. Wut?!
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
- Aphrodite, an interesting villain in the original manga and anime and had a cool fight. In the movie, he goes KO after two lines and doesn't even throw a single punch.
- A lot of non-Japanese fans weren't pleased to find that Ikki didn't have a super-badass Moment of Awesome, like he usually did in both the previous movies and the series as a whole.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: After seeing the second trailer, the online expectations for the movie were far more positive, mostly due the impressive CGI.
YMMV / Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary