Saint Seiya is an original anime, produced and distributed by Netflix, which traces the beginning of the history of the Knights of the Zodiac. Making its debut on July 19 on the most famous streaming platform in the world, the work is destined to divide the public between those who will laugh and those who will cry. In total, six episodes have been released, lasting about twenty minutes each, covering a very large time span for an anime. So let's proceed with order and discover all the elements that can raise more than one eyebrow.

The acronym of Saint Seiya

The episodes open with the inevitable theme song, worthy of every anime, which winks to the fans. This is the historical "Pegasus Fantasy", with an English text that led to a change of title, absolutely superfluous. An appreciable effort, even if there was no need for such a waste of budget when the franchise already had wonderful acronyms.

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A first episode ... particular

I admit that when I saw firearms, special forces soldiers appear, I honestly thought I was wrong. Saint Seiya has always treated the world of men as something far away, to be mentioned and shown in passing following powerful cataclysms. The world of the Saint was a hidden world, where whole gods and pantheons battled far from the gaze of the world.

This series partly differs from this concept, giving us battles against squadrons of soldiers, helicopters, missiles and tanks. How the villain in the series thinks this can be effective against armor forged by mythological beings remains a mystery.

Seiya, in particular, manages without any training to launch a martial arts blow by channeling the cosmos. I don't understand how the writers thought it was a good idea.

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The series is soon back on track

After the fantasies of the first episode, the writers retraced their steps and presented us with Seiya's classic training to get Pegasus' armor. We immediately notice how hasty the fights are, condensing the equivalent of hours of original anime in five or six minutes per battle. Being obviously a franchise that has built its fame on the clashes, it is difficult to enjoy the new adaptation. The elements are all there where they need to be, but they are presented as quickly as possible. We cannot but advise those who do not know history to approach this world starting from this adaptation.

The issue of Saint woman and masks

Anyone who knows the first series of Saint Seiya will well know that women, in addition to not having particularly complex armor, are forced to wear masks. On this is based the fact that Seiya is being trained by her lost sister, the one who has been searching for years, without recognizing her. Since all women have this imposition, it is not strange that Castalia has a mask on.

After the 2000s, however, with the arrival of new series and various projects related to the world of Saint Seiya, this rule has failed. The end result is obviously a plot hole the size of a house, since we find Tisifone and Shaun (the new Andromeda) fighting without a mask and Castalia who, undeterred, insists on putting it. Obviously this does not generate questions whatsoever. For the same reason, they were also forced to remove the scene of the destruction of the mask of Tisifone, particularly important for the character. It is not clear why the armor of Andromeda is so rich in details and pieces, while that of Tisifone and Castalia is not.

The problem of Andromeda woman

Leaving aside the fact that they took the most sensitive, emotionally fragile and pacifist of the knights to make them a woman (because they are not sexists, we would miss them) the series proves not to be forward-looking. As those who have seen the Hades series well know, in fact, Andromeda is none other than the incarnation of the god of the underworld. I cannot understand how they will justify a male god, so taken by himself, in a female body.

Swinging Italian adaptation

Although the Italian adaptation wants to strongly recall that of the original series, which has added so much compared to the other versions, there are some choices that amaze. Some names have been translated, while others are not, and in the course of the series the latter change in turn. Seiya at some point becomes Pegasus, Phoenix undergoes the same treatment. I wish they were oversights but, at this point, I don't even know what to believe. The Italian adaptations commissioned by Netflix are opening a crisis in the sector, or at least they should open it if there was some kind of reception of criticism.

A weak antagonist

The antagonist of the series, introduced thanks to a flashback, is one of the least credible characters ever. After all, having found on a mountain a knight in golden armor, with a little girl in his arms, who talks about gods and holy wars, the thing you can't "believe" is that Athena can save you. Obviously. I'm glad they wanted to delve a little further into the history behind the Black Knights, but this is foolish and exaggerated. Sending an army armed with rifles and helicopters against Bronze Knights, who can easily destroy them, how should it prove that you are able to defeat Poseidon and Hades?

Athena's new "prophecy" is truly ridiculous

In the original story, Athena is initially believed to be an impostor from the Great Temple, which has a girlfriend of hers to impersonate the goddess. Obviously we know that it is not true but, if nothing else, it is explained why the Knights of Gold believe they are fighting in the interests of good. In this new adaptation, however, it is explained that a prophecy announced the defeat of Athena by Poseidon or Hades, therefore the Great Temple wants the head of the goddess. Thinking about it for a moment, I find it really foolish that the Golden Knights see a prophecy announcing the LORO defeat as the fault of a divinity.

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If nothing else there is the drain

The most successful character in the series, so far, is a talking manhole cover. I believe that the production has to run for cover and I hope that, in view of the processing of the other episodes, they will seriously get to work. This adaptation has the flavor of a homework, done out of duty, but in which no heart beats. The CGI is embarrassing, the questionable plot choices and the fights are made in a hurry. What's the point of releasing such a product?
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