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

To start off this review, I would like to remind the reader that this will not be something to bash the Remake series, as mentioned before the remake would be an Elseworlds story, perhaps a Multiverse type of story. Speaking of stories, the pacing is fairly steady, easy for a new fan can get into; unlike the remake, this doesn’t feel rushed or simplified to save time. 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 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.

Saint Seiya Dragon Shiryu Pop! Vinyl Figure

Final Grade:

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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