Chimaki Kuori’s Saint Seiya spin-off manga, Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō, will be getting an anime adaptation. Champion RED magazine, where the manga launched, had been teasing a big Saint Seiya announcement, and this is it! There’s no further details on when or in what form the anime will be released yet though.
Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō is a spin-off of Saint Seiya, taking place between the end of the Sanctuary arc and the beginning of the Poseidon arc. Rather than following Seiya and the other Bronze Saints, though, Saintia Shō follows a new group. This is the Saintia, a group of female Saints who are Athena’s personal bodyguards. The protagonist is the Equuelus Saintia, a girl named Shō (funnily enough).
I’m a big fan of Saint Seiya, but I’m not familiar with Saintia Shō at all. I haven’t read the manga, so it’s possible the reservations I have about this announcement are entirely unfounded, and I would love for the anime to prove me wrong. I can’t help but have mixed feelings about this series though. There are a lot of Saint Seiya spin-offs by now, with some certainly better than others, but this one takes place directly in main series, and that’s always a worry for me.
Especially when it’s introducing a big new concept that has no trace in the original. There are also already female Saints, who aren’t Saintia, and the Saintia appear to be Bronze Saints, so I have a lot of questions about the Saintia as an actual group and what their role is.
Still, I’m pleased that Saint Seiya continue to thrive, what with the recent release of Japanese phone game Galaxy Spirit too, and I’ll definitely give this a try!
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