Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas

Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas

  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.3  (1,685)

Saint Seiya: the Lost Canvas is a Japanese anime that lasted 26 episodes across two seasons. The series takes place more than two centuries prior to the events of the main series, simply titled "Saint Seiya," in Italy, during the eighteen century. The central element of this series is how the orphan protagonist Tenma discovers his calling as one of the Saints, eighty-eight warriors who serve the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, Athena. This calling quickly evolves into a major conflict, as Tenma's best friend, Alone, finds himself awakening as the reincarnation of Hades. The very same Hades who serves as the dark Greek god of the underworld and whom is an archenemy of Athena. This forces Tenma to look beyond his former friendship and confront the threat that Alone now poses to humanity. Tenma and Alone's paths diverge at the very start of the series, with Tenma leaving with his mentor Libra Dohko to become a true Saint while Alone seeks to become a master painter. The goddess Pandora finds Alone and claims that since Alone is the purest human on the planet that he will become the vessel of Hades. As the years pass, Alone realizes that everything he paints eventually becomes destroyed, possibly a manifestation of his powers as Hades. Understanding this occurrence, Alone's ultimate plan is to paint the "Lost Canvas" into the sky. The Canvas is a massive painting which depicts the entire planet and thus, will result in the destruction of all life on Earth upon its completion. After Tenma and several other Saints pass through several Demonic Temples within the partially completed Canvas, it becomes revealed that Alone is not completely overtaken by Hades, just merely using the god's powers for his own end. The Saints battle with Hades' agents, known as Specters, with Tenma ultimately left to battle Alone in single combat. The outcome of this battle leaves the two surviving Saints, Libra Dohko and Ares Shion, to plan for a future conflict with the agents of Hades.

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Seasons
Let You Be Yourself
13. Let You Be Yourself
July 20, 2011
Hakurei finally defeats and seals Hypnos' soul by using his most powerful technique, the Seikishiki Tenry?ha, with the aid from his deceased fellow Saints from the last Holy War. However, Hakurei is murdered by Hades just as he was about to destroy the dark barrier.
How Many Months and Years
12. How Many Months and Years
July 20, 2011
Hakurei ventures into the Cathedral alone, protected by a blade blessed by the previous incarnation of Athena. He tears apart the opposing Specters until he reaches the center of Hades's dark barrier that permeates the castle and hinders the Saints.
Time of Bloody Battles
11. Time of Bloody Battles
July 20, 2011
With the four Dream Gods finally vanquished, Hypnos's divine barrier is lifted, and Athena's forces are free to march forward into Hades's Cathedral. Hakurei gives them a rousing speech posing as Sage, then enters the Cathedral alone to fulfill his deep-seated vengeance against Hypnos, who killed his comrades in the previous Holy War.
Sacred Sword
10. Sacred Sword
June 22, 2011
Athena enters Sisyphos's dream. There she finds that Sisyphos torn by guilt over taking her away from Alone and Tenma. He thinks he ruined her life, and caused the Holy War. Athena risks her life to attempt to persuade him to open his heart and rise from darkness.
The Path of Righteousness
9. The Path of Righteousness
June 22, 2011
Tenma and El Cid are helpless before the combined might of Oneiros and his fellow Dream Gods: Phantasos, Icelos and Morpheus. But Athena appears in the Dream World in order to save Sisyphos.
Beyond the Dream
8. Beyond the Dream
May 18, 2011
With one of the four gods down, El Cid finds himself confronted by Icelus. The beastly god continues to overpower El Cid with his dimensional abilities, but the Capricorn Saint is determined to rescue Sisyphos.
Prison of Dreams
7. Prison of Dreams
May 18, 2011
Nearing Hades's Cathedral, Tenma suddenly finds himself standing before his village, seemingly undamaged. He can't shake the feeling something is wrong as Alone and Sasha - who appear as their children selves - tell him everything up until now has been a dream...
Lonely Sword
6. Lonely Sword
April 20, 2011
Hypnos gathers his subordinates, the Four Gods who control dreams. One of them, the beastly Vision Icelus, appears in the Sagittarius Temple, avoiding Capricorn El Cid's attacks, and steals the soul of the unconscious Sisyphos.
I Just Want You to Live
5. I Just Want You to Live
April 20, 2011
Manigoldo sacrifices himself in order to destroy Thanatos' physical body, leaving the god an exposed soul before Sage. Thanatos tries to possess Sage but finds himself trapped when the Pope reveals that he is wearing Hakurei's Altar Cloth.
Valueless
4. Valueless
March 18, 2011
Cancer Manigoldo finds the location of the twin gods, but is helpless before the might of Thanatos, the god of death.
Gods and Pawns
3. Gods and Pawns
March 18, 2011
Tenma, Yato, and Yuzuriha are surrounded by Veronica's zombies, only to be saved by the Cancer Saint, Manigoldo. Manigoldo had come to protect Tenma at the Pope's orders.
If I Could Return to That Day
2. If I Could Return to That Day
February 23, 2011
Upon entering the Forest of the Dead, Yuzuriha is separated from the others. She is confronted by her brother Tokusa, who she thought died years ago. His voice sends her back to the past.
Forest of the Dead
1. Forest of the Dead
February 23, 2011
Pandora seals away Alone in his quarters so that he can focus on the creation of the Lost Canvas, and completely awaken as Hades. In the shadows, Hades's councillors Hypnos and Thanatos, worried about the Pegasus Saint and his connections to Hades, begin to take action.
Description

Saint Seiya: the Lost Canvas is a Japanese anime that lasted 26 episodes across two seasons. The series takes place more than two centuries prior to the events of the main series, simply titled "Saint Seiya," in Italy, during the eighteen century. The central element of this series is how the orphan protagonist Tenma discovers his calling as one of the Saints, eighty-eight warriors who serve the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, Athena. This calling quickly evolves into a major conflict, as Tenma's best friend, Alone, finds himself awakening as the reincarnation of Hades. The very same Hades who serves as the dark Greek god of the underworld and whom is an archenemy of Athena. This forces Tenma to look beyond his former friendship and confront the threat that Alone now poses to humanity.

Tenma and Alone's paths diverge at the very start of the series, with Tenma leaving with his mentor Libra Dohko to become a true Saint while Alone seeks to become a master painter. The goddess Pandora finds Alone and claims that since Alone is the purest human on the planet that he will become the vessel of Hades.

As the years pass, Alone realizes that everything he paints eventually becomes destroyed, possibly a manifestation of his powers as Hades. Understanding this occurrence, Alone's ultimate plan is to paint the "Lost Canvas" into the sky. The Canvas is a massive painting which depicts the entire planet and thus, will result in the destruction of all life on Earth upon its completion.

After Tenma and several other Saints pass through several Demonic Temples within the partially completed Canvas, it becomes revealed that Alone is not completely overtaken by Hades, just merely using the god's powers for his own end. The Saints battle with Hades' agents, known as Specters, with Tenma ultimately left to battle Alone in single combat. The outcome of this battle leaves the two surviving Saints, Libra Dohko and Ares Shion, to plan for a future conflict with the agents of Hades.Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (39 episodes). The series first aired on February 16, 2011.

Where to Watch Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas

Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas is available for streaming on the TMS EntertainmentLtd. website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas on demand at Amazon Prime and Netflix.

  • Premiere Date
    February 16, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    8.3  (1,685)