Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya

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Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya
Knights of the Zodiac Saint Seiya poster.jpg
Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya poster
Japanese title
聖闘士星矢
ナイツオブザゾディアック
(Seinto Seiya: Naitsu obu za Zodiakku)
Based onSaint Seiya by
Masami Kurumada
Screenplay byBenjamin Townsend
Shannon Eric Denton
Thomas F. Zahler
Joelle Sellner
Travis Donnelly
Thomas Pugsley
Saundra Hall
Shaene Siders
Patrick Rieger
Story byEugene Son[1]
Directed byYoshiharu Ashino[1]
Voices ofEmily Neves
Bryson Baugus
Patrick Poole
Blake Shepard
Luci Christian
Adam Gibbs
Opening theme"Pegasus Seiya"
by The Struts[2]
Ending theme"Somebody New"
by The Struts[2]
Composer(s)Yoshihiro Ike
Country of originUnited States
Japan
Original language(s)English
Japanese
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Kōzō Morishita
Takashi Washio
Hiromi Kitazaki
Producer(s)Joseph Chou
Yoshi Ikezawa
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)Toei Animation
Toei Animation USA
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19) –
present
External links
Website

Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya is a Japanese-American animated webseries based on the 1980s Japanese manga series Saint Seiya by Masami Kurumada.

Production[edit]

The series was first revealed to be in the works in December 2016 at CCXP in Brazil.[3] On August 2, 2017, Cinematoday.jp published an article which revealed that the project was a collaboration with Netflix to make a new adaptation of the manga and anime classic series. Yoshiharu Ashino was announced as the director, and Eugene Son among others as the writers. The first six episodes were released on Netflix on July 19, 2019, and loosely adapts the "Galaxian Wars" and the "Black Knights" arcs from the manga.[4][5] Another six episodes that loosely adapt the Silver Saints arc were released on January 23, 2020.[6][7]

Plot[edit]

Seiya, a young teen, is recruited by Alman Kiddo to become a fabled Bronze Knight (青銅聖闘士, Buronzu Seinto). The series follows the Bronze Knights as they fight prolific warriors in the quest of becoming Goddess Athena warriors, while Seiya at the same time is looking for his missing sister.[8][9]

Voice cast[edit]

Character
(Japanese name)
Cast
English[10] Japanese[11]
Sienna Kiddo / Athena
Saori Kido / Athena
Emily Neves Fumiko Orikasa
Pegasus Seiya Bryson Baugus
(Original)
Crocket Groves
(Child)
Masakazu Morita
(Original)
Yukiko Morishito
(Child)
Cygnus Magnus
Cygnus Hyōga
Patrick Poole Hiroaki Miura
Dragon Long
Dragon Shiryū
Blake Shepard Takahiro Sakurai
Andromeda Shaun
Andromeda Shun
Luci Christian Satomi Satō
Phoenix Nero
Phoenix Ikki
Adam Gibbs Katsuyuki Konishi
Unicorn Jab
Unicorn Jabu
Leraldo Anzaldua Hideo Ishikawa
Bear Geki Adam Noble Kohei Fukuhara
Hydra Ichi Justin Doran Masaya Onosaka
Eagle Marin Maggie Flecknoe Fumiko Inoue
Ophiucus Shaina Katelyn Barr Yuka Komatsu
Lizard Misty Corey Hartzog Hisafumi Oda
Whale Morris
Whale Mozes
Courtland Johnson Tetsu Inada
Hound Asterion Nathan Wilson Ryohei Arai
Crow Jamian Justin Doran Junji Kitajima
Kerberos Dante Joe Daniels Eiji Hanawa
Perseus Argol
Perseus Algol
Austin Tindle Ryosuke Kanemoto
Aries Mu John Gremillion Takumi Yamazaki
Leo Aioria
Leo Aiolia
Greg Cote Hideyuki Tanaka
Sagittarius Aiolos Yusaku Yara
Virgo Shaka Scott Gibbs Yūji Mitsuya
Scorpio Milo Alejandro Saab Toshihiko Seki
Dohko John Swasey Hiroshi Iwasaki
The Grandmaster
The Pope
David Matranga Ryotaro Okiayu
Cassios Andrew Love Toshitsugu Takashina
Guilty David Harbold Masafumi Kimura
Esmeralda Juliet Simmons Shino Shimoji
Kiki Kira Vincent-Davis Umeka Shoji
Shunrei Hilary Haag Haruka Terui
Patricia
Seika
Lillian Jones Yukiko Motoyoshi
Mylock
Tatsumi
Ty Mahany Hisao Egawa
Alman Kiddo
Mitsumasa Kido
Axel Lutter Katsuhisa Hōki
Vander Graad James Belcher Hideaki Tezuka
Narrator Marty Fleck Hideyuki Tanaka

Episode list[edit]

Season 1
No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Seiya"Yasuhiro TanabeShannon Eric DentonJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
2"Burn Your Cosmo"Yasuhiro TanabeThomas F. ZahlerJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
3"Enter The Dragon"Yasuhiro TanabeBenjamin TownsendJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
4"Nebula Chain"Hiroshi KimuraJoelle SellnerJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
5"The Black Knights"Hiroshi KimuraTravis DonnellyJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
6"Phoenix Rising"Hiroshi KimuraBenjamin TownsendJuly 19, 2019 (2019-07-19)
Season 2
No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
7"The Silver Knights"
Yasuhiro TanabeThomas PugsleyJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
8"The Rising Tide"
Yasuhiro TanabeSaundra HallJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
9"To Fight For Athena"
Hiroshi KimuraShaene SidersJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
10"The Challenge"
Hiroshi KimuraPatrick RiegerJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
11"The Prophecy"
Yoshiharu AshinoEugene SonJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)
12"One War Ends, Another Begins"
Yoshiharu AshinoEugene SonJanuary 23, 2020 (2020-01-23)

Reception[edit]

The Review Geek rated the series 3.5 out of 10;[12] Ready Steady Cut gave a 2.5 out of 5 rating and called the show "dull and uninspiring".[13] Initial backlash to the series began before it aired, when it was revealed that Shun, a male in the original manga and series, was changed into a female character. The writer of the series, Eugene Son, justified this change after thinking the Knights needed more female representation. He explained that while the original show had some excellent core concepts, the one thing that bothered him about it was that “the Bronze Knights with Pegasus Seiya are all dudes”. However, this decision received backlash from fans of the original series, as the existence of female Saints is in stark contradiction with the canonical lore. One example includes the complete erasure of explanation for Marin's mask. The gender swap of Shun, who was the only main male character of the original series who did not fit in the stereotype of the male hero - slightly effeminate, sensitive and opposed to fighting - was seen as special interest pandering by some and a heteronormative move by others.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Netflix's CG Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya Remake Anime Premieres Next Summer
  2. ^ a b English Band The Struts Performs Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya CG Anime's Theme Songs
  3. ^ Dennison, Kara (December 6, 2016). "President of Toei Announces Plans for CG, Live Action "Saint Seiya" Movies". Crunchyroll.com. Crunchyroll. Retrieved August 2, 2017. According to Morishita, plans are currently under way for both a CG film and a live-action adaptation.
  4. ^ "Netflix's CG Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya Remake Anime Premieres Next Summer". Anime News Network. November 26, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Netflix Posts Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya CG Anime's Japanese-Dubbed Video". Anime News Network. March 23, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.
  6. ^ ""Saint Seiya" reanimation! Produced as Netflix original CG animation". Cinematoday.jp. Cinema Today. August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 2, 2017. In the first season of "Knights of the Zodiac (Saint Seiya (Tentative)" which will be produced as Netflix original animation this time, "Galaxy War Story" to "Silver Saint Warrior Hen" will be planned. It is scheduled for about 30 minutes in 1 story with 12 episodes in one season. Directed by Yoshiharu Asui of "Azuki-chan" (drawing director), "D.Gray-man HALLOW" (directed). The script will be written by Eugene Son and Hollywood script writer team. Toei animation is in charge of animation production.
  7. ^ Sherman, Jennifer (December 6, 2019). "Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya CG Anime's 2nd Part Premieres Worldwide on January 23". Anime News Network. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Saint Seiya: Knights Of The Zodiac – Netflix Season 1 Review". The Review Geek. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac Season 1 Review: Adaptation Is Dull And Uninspiring". Ready Steady Cut. Retrieved July 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Seiya". Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya. Episode 1. USA: Netflix. Event occurs at Closing credits, English Language Cast.
  11. ^ "Netflix's Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya CG Anime Reveals Japanese Cast". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  12. ^ "Saint Seiya: Knights Of The Zodiac - Netflix Season 1 Review". The Review Geek. 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  13. ^ "Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac Season 1 Review - Netflix Anime Series". Ready Steady Cut. 2019-07-19. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  14. ^ "Netflix's 'Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya' is a perfect example of the problems of representation in media". meaww.com. Retrieved 2019-08-09.

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