From the dawn of time, there have been warriors who protected the Goddess Athena. Once forces of evil appear, these warriors, called the Saints will present themselves.
A young woman, Saori Kido, learns about this force known as "Cosmos" and that she is the reincarnation of Athena, protector of love and peace on Earth. However, the Pope of the Sanctuary, who is in the charge of all the Saints, does not take kindly to Saori, and targets her for usurping the identity of Athena. An assassin is sent out to kill her. Fortunately, one of the Bronze Saints, Seiya, manages to protect her. But will Seiya be able to protect Saori through to the end in the gripping saga of Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary?
This movie is a re-imagination of the basic concept of Saint Seiya. It uses the Zodiac Temples Arc as a base to its plot. So, I'll consider it as an original work for the most part in this review, as I don't like taking something as a bad thing just because it isn't the same as the old one. The problem is, Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary has a big flaw in its concept: you can't fit this Arc in a single movie, no matter how hard you try.
Lot of concepts are left open because the movie doesn't have time to explain it to you. While it settles a new universe in Saint Seiya franchise, it can't expain itself without relying on fan's knowledge.
Due do the movie format, most of the Gold Saints have no personality at all. With the exception of Aldebaran, Aiolia and Death Mask, they couldn't look more like coadjutors. Milo, who was one of the best re-imagined characters, suffered with little screen time. What about Aphrodite? He almost didn't appear at all.
The art was fantastic. The movie's style is a mix of Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, with heavy anime influence, specially in humor scenes. Overall, visually speaking, the battles were very well done. The first appearance of Aiolia created an epic atmosphere. They changed visuals for a lot of characters, Milo even changing gender. I received this all with a positive reaction. Unfortunately, the fights are really short because the movie doesn't have time and the story needs to go on.
The same can be said about the sounds effects. Ambient and movement sounds were very good and matched what we consider an AAA production.
Being honest, I don't think this movie was bad. I enjoyed it. But its pretty clear you can't tell a story like this in one hour and half, and the move suffers from its stupidly fast peace. I would love to see this universe of Saint Seiya in another format like a CG series, even with lower production value. But, at the end, is an 'original' story that can't explain itself.read more
As a huge fan of the original series of Saint Seiya, I was really expecting something incredible before watching it. But now that I think about it, when was the last time Toei made something good?
But let's get to the point, this movie isn't really faithful to the original story.
As expected from a 90-minutes movie, it skips a lot of content (only 5 fights against the gold saints), and needs to adds some bullshit to tie it together.
The movie is really fast-paced and in the end the story doesn't make much sense.
So, this movie isn't for die-hard fans, but it's also so fast that it can't really pander to those who are new to Saint Seiya.
As for the characters, most of them only have a few seconds of screentime. For exemple, the fight "Hyoga vs his master" was really anti-climatic because of the fact that Hyoga was shown for like 30 seconds on screen, so nobody cares about his master if you haven't seen the anime.
What else can I add? Deathmask is now a moron, Milo is a girl and aphrodite shows up just to die 5 seconds later.
But besides that, this movie shows us some really good CGI and the fighting scenes are really good.
We all know that Toei Animation is an awful studio when it comes to animation, but that only applies to TV series. They know how to make a movie appealing to the eyes.
As for the OST, it isn't bad but is easily forgettable.
So, this movie isn't a masterpiece but is actually really fun to watch. I would recommend it to anyone who is bored and just wants to watch something that is just mindless fun.read more
Saint Seiya : Legend of Sanctuary is a movie which related to the name with the same title, Saint Seiya.
Most of you must think that this movie will summarizes the anime series, but it wont' happen. This is the story which you will not find in the anime series though both of them has same characters.
The minus score of this movie just in the story. The art is well done, beautiful and so real. The voice actors work perfectly in making the dialogues so natural. The characters which same with the anime also great, in addition the elegant characters of the 12 Gold Saints of Zodiac.
The concept of the story is actually good. The saints wanna save the Athena from death and they must passed the Temple of Zodiac which means has 12 levels. The four of them, which just bronze, must defeat the 12 Gold Saints. And I thought, "Hey, they will become so strong to defeat all of the Gold Saints, don't they?" But in the end, it didn't satisfy my expectation. The duration is so short, only an hour and half, and it can't contain all the concept. The result? It feels like the story is fast-forwarded, and the Gold Saints didn't seems to be that strong.
Although the story is lack of something, overall this movie is still enjoyable to be watched. The humor is filling this movie smoothly. And even though you never watch the anime, you can still understand the purpose of this movie.
First off, let's get this out of the way, Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary isn't the greatest anime movie out there, and it isn't exactly the best SS movie either - but you could do a lot worse. What it IS, is another good addition to the Saint Seiya franchise.
The movie's greatest weakness is that it tries to condense a whole 50+ episode arc (not sure if it's that long, don't quote me on that, but it is pretty freaking long) into a 90 minute film, and that just makes the whole thing suffer from an unstable progression, a rushed plot, and untouched and unreferenced character backgrounds that SHOULD have been part of the movie for character development. There's a reason the story and the characters are this movie's low points. In all honesty, the movie needed at least another 45 min. to an hour to clear the air of every bit of exposition needed.
Legend of Sanctuary tries to allure to the original Sanctuary Saga while at the same time trying to be it's own thing. But the way it presents itself is sort of confusing and contradicting. I read that this movie was meant to be a retelling of the Sanctuary Saga with a not-so-faithful interpretation of the events that transpired in the original anime's arc, and that all the aesthetic changes were all made to appeal to new and old audiences alike, but when characters are dropped in the middle of the stage without so much as an explanation for their pasts, which comes in conflict later off, newcomers are bound to feel like they're missing something and only old school fans will really get the whole picture. Heck, some people left cinema's not even understanding what the Cosmo was, and that's established in the first 5 minutes.
In contrast, however, they made the characters really engrossing and entertaining (with both strenghts and weaknesses of character being explored in the movie), some more than others. The new Athena is a case of redeemability for me, since she's actually likable and relatable - at least, she's much more relatable than Saori Kido from the Saint Seiya anime, where she was portrayed as this holier-than-thou Mary Sue in distress, and who was impossible to understand if she was Athena in the body of Saori Kido, Saori with the grace, powers and divinity of the goddess Athena, or a mix of both. Though the new Athena is great, some of the relations between fellow Gold Saints, and the main villain, were not added due to the movie's lenght. Milo for example, who was one of the best re-imagined characters, suffered very little screen time, just enough for a quick Bronze Saint trashing and nothing more. And Aphrodite? He's introduced just to say: "Hey, remember the last Gold Saint? You know, the androgenious looking one with the whole Pisces and Rose motive going on? Yeah, he's here too", and he **** the very next scene.
On the art front everything was breathtaking and spectacular. The movie's style reminds me of a mix of Square-Enix's CGI cutscenes with and the expressiveness of Pixar, with large injections of heavy shounen. Overall, the visual and the fights might just be the movie's best feature. The changed aesthetics and visuals were some of the very best and most interesting redesigns I've ever liked in any characters, and fictional world and lore. They changed visuals for a lot of characters, Milo even changing gender.
Overall, this movie is still enjoyable and deserves to be watched by fans and non-fans alike. Although the time restrictions caused the passing to be rushed as heck, the humor, the visuals, the music and even most of the cast fill in what the movie lacks nicely. Purist will see it as an abomination, as the Super Mario Bros live-action movie of Saint Seiya-dom, but regular fans will delight in what it has to offer. The transition of a very hefty anime arc into a 90 min. animated film, may have costed us a perfect adaptation, but what we got is pretty dang enjoyable. read more