Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya

  • TV-PG
  • 1986
  • 6 Seasons
  • 8.5  (9,272)

Saint Seiya is a episode anime adaptation which closely follows the manga (Japanese comic book) of the same name across the span of over 100 episodes and three major story arcs; Sanctuary, Asgard (only told within the anime), and Poseidon. The series was produced by Toei Animation and was directed by Kozo Morishita and then by Kazuhito Kikuchi (during the "Asgard" and "Poseidon" story arcs later on). The Sanctuary story arc involves a Japanese youth, named Seiya, tasked with obtaining the "Pegasus Bronze Cloth" from Greece's Sanctuary. This cloth is actually a suit of body armor worn by the 88 warrior "Saints" of the goddess, Athena. When Seiya obtains his cloth, it awakens his inner spiritual essence; a force hearkening back to the Big Bang. Seiya quickly assumes title of Pegasus Saint and enters into a tournament, known as the Galaxian Wars, where all Bronze Saints fight for the supremely powerful Sagittarius Gold Cloth. If Seiya wins the tournament, he will not only win the Cloth, but also be able to search for his missing sister. While the Galaxian Wars seem to be the first major conflict, the actual trouble begins when the Phoenix Bronze Saint, named Ikki, appears. Ikki seeks to stop these contests of champions, where every contender is an orphan from a massive catastrophe prior to the series' beginning, by separating the Sagittarius Gold Cloth armor into pieces. Seiya and a few other Saint friends take Ikki on in a dramatic battle. Eventually Seiya and his friends Hyoga, Shiryu, and Shun, defeat Ikki. Worried that other Saints might rebel against Sanctuary, the Sanctuary's Pope sends a squadron of Silver Saints to eliminate the Bronze Saints before they become too powerful. The Sanctuary arc concludes with Seiya and friends traveling across the globe to investigate twelve temples of the Zodiac, ultimately to save his still-living sister from Saga, the Gold Saint Gemini. When the series jumped to North American shores, under license by DIC Entertainment, it was renamed Knights of the Zodiac. Only the first 32 episodes made it to air, with all content, like blood, heavily edited.

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Episode 114
16. Episode 114
 
With Shiryu and Hyoga also clad in gold, Athena's Bronze Saints finally defeat Poseidon. But not even Libra's Shield can destroy the central pillar.
Episode 113
15. Episode 113
 
Not even the golden arrow of Sagittarius can touch the divine Poseidon. Seiya perseveres as Shaina and Shiryu sacrifice themselves to protect him.
Episode 112
14. Episode 112
 
Having given his final burst of energy, Shun destroys the South Atlantic pillar. Seiya, clad in the Sagittarius Gold Cloth, challenges Poseidon again.
Episode 111
13. Episode 111
 
Seiya faces Poseidon at last, but Seiya's attacks are thrown back at him. His Bronze Cloth gleams with golden light, but Poseidon destroys it easily.
Episode 110
12. Episode 110
 
At the House of Poseidon, the Mariner General Sea Dragon appears before Ikki, who is certain he has felt the man's powerful energy somewhere before.
Episode 109
11. Episode 109
 
Isaac knocks out the unresisting Hyoga and begins stomping on young Kiki. Seeing Isaac's cruelty, Hyoga no longer hesitates to fight his old partner.
Episode 108
10. Episode 108
 
Determined not to let emotions sway him in battle, Hyoga heads to the Arctic pillar and finds Isaac, his training partner under the Crystal Saint.
Episode 107
9. Episode 107
 
Shun's assailant is not Ikki, but the Mariner General Ca├ža, who used his transformation ability to deceive and defeat both Seiya and Hyoga.
Episode 106
8. Episode 106
 
Though Krishna's lance lies broken, his secret technique flummoxes Shiryu. Camus, who died in the Battle of the 12 Houses, appears before Hyoga.
Episode 105
7. Episode 105
 
During the battle with Io, Shun notices his Bronze Cloth glowing with greater power. In the Indian Ocean, Shiryu struggles against Krishna's lance.
Episode 104
6. Episode 104
 
Shun's versatile chain counters Io's beasts. Elsewhere, Poseidon tells Saori about the day he learned of his destiny as the divine ruler of the seas.
Episode 103
5. Episode 103
 
Though Seiya is victorious, he cannot even scratch the North Pacific pillar. Meanwhile, Shun faces the Mariner General Io in the South Pacific.
Episode 102
4. Episode 102
 
Saori can only be saved by destroying the seven pillars, which are guarded by Mariner Generals. First, Seiya fights Baian at the North Pacific pillar.
Episode 101
3. Episode 101
 
As Poseidon's rains threaten the world, Saori enters the central pillar supporting the seas to give humanity a chance by taking on the water herself.
Episode 100
2. Episode 100
 
Saori wakes after being swept away by a wave and is shocked to see the man who once asked her to marry him now standing before her -- as Poseidon.
Episode 99
1. Episode 99
 
Seiya wields Balmung to free Hilda from the evil power of the Nibelung Ring. But Asgard is crumbling, showing the destruction of the world is at hand.
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Saint Seiya is a episode anime adaptation which closely follows the manga (Japanese comic book) of the same name across the span of over 100 episodes and three major story arcs; Sanctuary, Asgard (only told within the anime), and Poseidon. The series was produced by Toei Animation and was directed by Kozo Morishita and then by Kazuhito Kikuchi (during the "Asgard" and "Poseidon" story arcs later on).

The Sanctuary story arc involves a Japanese youth, named Seiya, tasked with obtaining the "Pegasus Bronze Cloth" from Greece's Sanctuary. This cloth is actually a suit of body armor worn by the 88 warrior "Saints" of the goddess, Athena. When Seiya obtains his cloth, it awakens his inner spiritual essence; a force hearkening back to the Big Bang. Seiya quickly assumes title of Pegasus Saint and enters into a tournament, known as the Galaxian Wars, where all Bronze Saints fight for the supremely powerful Sagittarius Gold Cloth. If Seiya wins the tournament, he will not only win the Cloth, but also be able to search for his missing sister.

While the Galaxian Wars seem to be the first major conflict, the actual trouble begins when the Phoenix Bronze Saint, named Ikki, appears. Ikki seeks to stop these contests of champions, where every contender is an orphan from a massive catastrophe prior to the series' beginning, by separating the Sagittarius Gold Cloth armor into pieces. Seiya and a few other Saint friends take Ikki on in a dramatic battle.

Eventually Seiya and his friends Hyoga, Shiryu, and Shun, defeat Ikki. Worried that other Saints might rebel against Sanctuary, the Sanctuary's Pope sends a squadron of Silver Saints to eliminate the Bronze Saints before they become too powerful. The Sanctuary arc concludes with Seiya and friends traveling across the globe to investigate twelve temples of the Zodiac, ultimately to save his still-living sister from Saga, the Gold Saint Gemini.

When the series jumped to North American shores, under license by DIC Entertainment, it was renamed Knights of the Zodiac. Only the first 32 episodes made it to air, with all content, like blood, heavily edited.Saint Seiya is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (114 episodes). The series first aired on October 11, 1986.

Where to Watch Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya is available for streaming on the TV Asahi website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Saint Seiya on demand at Netflix.

  • Premiere Date
    October 11, 1986
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (9,272)