Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac: Sanctuary Saga Review


Four weeks ago, I reviewed the 3DCG Variation of the Anime, now we’re going back and reviewing the classic 80s anime Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. Starting with the arc titled ‘Sanctuary‘ where we witness the origins of Seiya, Ikki, Cygnus Hyoga, Shiryu, and Shun during their training leading up to the Galaxian Wars, and further into the battles with the Gold and Silver Saints.

Image Credit: Toei Animation

The pacing in this classic is fairly steady and easy for a new fan can get into, unlike the remake. This doesn’t feel rushed or simplified to save time, which is a common problem in most rebooted shows today.

With it featuring elements of Greek Mythology and Astronomy (Constellations), the Bronze Knights are tasked with protecting the Goddess Athena, and humanity from the Evil Gods, and the Pope’s Betrayal. With it being a Shōnen title, it does focus on action and adventure and of course, fighting. But it also focuses on serious moments such as Shiryu nearly on the brink of death (whether it is due to the loss of blood, the danger of using his attack due to it leaving his heart open, etc.) The Silver Saints, unfortunately, felt repetitive at times but it did help emphasize the hero’s differences, like Ikki’s merciless nature, or Seiya’s determination.

Final Grade:

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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