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Viz Media published the original manga in English under the title Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. ADV Films released Toei Animation's anime adaptation with an English dub under the title Knights of the Zodiac, and later released it unedited under the title Saint Seiya. New Video Group later also released the series on DVD.
Acting as a remake of the beloved anime franchise of the same name, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac takes the original idea for the series, adds some glossy CGI into a fleeting 6 episode series with mixed results. The story does reasonably well to adapt the characters and ideas but the animation feels jarring and lacking heart compared to the original 2D counterparts.
KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC: SAINT SEIYA is an anime series about the dutiful warriors known as knights. These heroes serve and protect the goddess Athena and the world from an evil plot by a shadow army for world domination. The series follows Seiya (voiced by Bryson Baugus), an orphan in search of his lost sister. One day, Seiya awakens his inner power and is chosen to become a knight. He travels to Greece to participate in a fighting tournament with the other knights in the hopes that his new path will lead him back to his sister.
This anime remake takes the original 80s series and repackages it in a lighter and more kid-friendly adaption. Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya is much more fast-paced -- sometimes this can be jarring as episodes seem to jump ahead years at a time to new events without any explanation of what is going on or how the characters got there. This can make the story feel rushed at times, which takes away from the tension as events seem to finish almost as fast as they arise. The art and animation of the knights are well done, and fights feel fluid, however, there's a lot of reused animation that begins to feel repetitive.
It's an understatement to say that fans of the original 80s anime series Saint Seiya (a.k.a. Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac or simply Knights of the Zodiac) are not happy with the look of Netflix's upcoming reboot. The decision to go for a computer-generated animation style over the traditional hand-drawn original is not a surprising one, but seeing it in motion still came as quite the shock. The first trailer is here, and for folks who have never seen the original, it does an okay job at setting up the basics of the story. But any newcomers are being drowned out by those who are directing criticism at the new take.
As Screendaily notes, GFM Films is reportedly boarding sales on the project at the American Film Market and is providing funding alongside Toei Animation Co., Sola Entertainment and A Really Good Film Company. Based on the work of mangaka Kurumada Masami, the manga launched in 1986 from Shueisha and carried over through 1990 at Weekly Shōnen Jump. Morishita Kōzō Morishita and Kikichi Kazuhito respectively directed their episodes for the original 114-part series before Saint Seiya would live on through multiple spin-off anime and manga works, and up to five animated features to date.
The news comes after more than a year of developing updates pertaining to a CG-animated Netflix series remake of the original anime from director Ashino Yoshiharu and writer Son which may very well bow in 2019 as well.
The series plays with tons of classic anime tropes, tournament arcs, evil siblings, characters who are reincarnations of other characters, ascending power levels, villains increasing to comical scale, et cetera. Seiya is a classic anime of its time, with one interesting exception. Unlike most of the big shonen mainstays of today, Saint Seiya has a satisfying ending. Its a complete story, one that serves as an inspiration to its peers and deserves respect for its pedigree. Respect, however, is often denied by the challenging adaptations that have emerged in the decades since the original show. With the most ambitious project in the franchise to date on the horizon, perhaps Saint Seiya could get introduced to a new audience by a new take.
After being substantially delayed, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the production is now almost wrapped after being in development for a number of years. Sean Bean will play the founder of the Knights, Alman Kiddo, who is responsible for recruiting orphan Seiya and mentoring him on a quest to conquer the Greek armor of Pegasus and choose a side in an epic battle. The original manga story follows The Saints, a group of warriors who draw their power from the constellations of the zodiac and are entrusted with the protection of Athena, who has been reincarnated and under threat of other gods who want to take over Earth. The story was recently adapted into the animated series, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac on Netflix.
The series was adapted into an anime series in 1986, three months before the first manga volume was published. The anime series was produced more quickly than the manga; therefore, Toei Animation created original stories to fill in the gaps between story arcs. These original stories were not featured in the original manga.
The Saint Seiya manga is composed of three sagas Sanctuary, Poseidon, and Hades. All three sagas were then divided into different story arcs. As previously stated, the original 1986 anime series featured original stories that were not featured in the manga and were only made specifically for the anime series.
After achieving great success internationally in French, Portuguese and Spanish-speaking markets, the original anime series was brought to English audiences in the early 2000s. One of those attempts included an edited dub produced by DIC Entertainment, which received only a partial home video release. Over the years, this dub has become infamous for its poor visual editing, primarily with the blood being recolored into something else other than red, questionable dialogue changes, with removing almost any mention of death in the series and replacing it with terms related to sleep being a notable example, and Stuart Stone's role as Cygnus Hyoga (Swan Hyoga in the DIC dub) being too out of character and sounding too similar to that of a stereotypical surfer boy.
Nearly 20 years after the DIC dub aired, the original anime, as well as an entirely new dub, produced by Sentai Filmworks, was released on Netflix between 2019 and 2020, making it the first one to dub the whole series in English. Both the series and the third dub are no longer available on the platform as of December 2021. 2b1af7f3a8