Saint Seiya is an anime that is revered world wide as one of the must see and must read series, both the manga and the animated series have story lines that may concur on many points but also take literal freedoms when needed.
The animated series was reborn in recent years with the long awaited Hades Saga, then an OVA Tenkai Chi, after during San Diego Comic Con to my own surprise it was announced that Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas was to air in Japan, and of course old school fans like myself rejoiced and lost our minds when we found out that it would be based on the holy war that took place before the original series. Sadly this well produced and beautifully animated series was cancelled due to it’s poor reception in Japan, even though everyone else in the world fell in love with the series. Now in it’s place we have Saint Seiya Omega, or as I would like to rename it as Saint Seiya Harry Potter Pokemon Anime, and I can fully justify this title.
The series is set 25 years after the original story of Saint Seiya, at this point Seiya the saint of pegasus is now the new gold saint of Sagittarius, which is to no surprise of anyone who are fans of the series. Now the series revolves around Kouga the new saint of Pegasus, which to be honest we all suspect he is the son of Seiya and Saori, and again if you have watched the previous series then you know how much potential this character has as far as cosmos and fighting techniques he has.
Within the first 5 episodes of the series most of the premise is established and the main story elements are explained, with the exemption of what exactly happened to the armors since the last war and why the sudden need for elements from all saints as well.
The series took on a Sailor Moon esk animation style vs the more detailed look of Lost Canvas, also one of the reasons I can tease the series is that now there is a school for young bronze saints that reminds me of Hogwarts school of wizardry, also on top of that you have the elements that work much like Pokemon, Fire types are weak against Water types and so on.
In all honesty as a fan of the original series and the Lost Canvas I am having a hard time to fall in love with this new series for all the changes that have not been justified to the viewer, not only that but the enemies are referred to as Martians and they all seem to use Darkness as an element and Kouga uses Light, so it just seems like young Kouga will always have an advantage over main enemies in the series.
One of the other issues I cannot get passed is the armor now really looks like cloth, in fact through most of the series so far they only equip an arm of the armor for training purposes. So it seems like lazy animating since the parts of the episode that show more than 3 or 4 saints in one scene they will either be in matching school uniforms or in gym sweats with the one armlet equipped.
They do start to reference more and more about the previous Saints but with the little ammount of information given so far it makes it hard to understand what exactly happened that made the large crated armors into small jewels that they wear or why the sudden need to learn an element, much like Ichi the Serpent from the previous series is now stuck in the school for being the only Saint from the previous guard who has yet to discover his element and be able to graduate the school and continue on as a Bronze Saint.
The reason this anime can be referred to as a Harry Potter like story is because Kouga is the newest student who for some unknown reason had never even heard of the school and yet he was trained by Shyna of the Cobra a silver saint from the previous series and also the woman who was infatuated with either loving or killing Seiya, so now we as viewers get to learn about the school and it’s inner workings along side of Kouga. With friends like Ryuho the Dragon son of Shiryu the Dragon from the previous series he has a lot to learn about his cosmos and how the life of Saint is nothing more than to protect Athena.
The series does have it’s moments of excitement, in fact one of the best parts of the series are the fights and in fact that is where Saint Seiya has always shined, they are well animated and the banter between characters is also well written much like any other angsty teen anime. Overall the series still has some promise but it will take some serious twist and turns to make it appeal to old school fans, with the promise of further explanation of what happened to the previous saints and the future of the enemies they will face the series might still stand out as a must watch but that all still remains to be seen.