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 basic Saint Seiya concepts. 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 them to you. While it
settles a new universe in Saint Seiya franchise, it can't explain 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. Aphrodite 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, in the end, its an 'original' story that can't explain itself and feels too rushed.
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.
I actually enjoyed the movie! It really helps if you know the story and characters of Saint Seiya, prior knowledge of Saint Seiya to around episode 50 and you'll be good. If you don't know anything about Saint Seiya, I think you can still enjoy it, though it may seem very fast-paced and unexplained. I really enjoyed it because the fights and armors are really EPIC and the 3D was cool as fuck! Great Soundtrack! This movie was dope. I especially liked when Seiya equips his armor and mask, the mask zips and closes like those mecha robots. The Gold Saints are all so cool
First, I think the story in the movie is very fast too and you are at a disadvantage if you don't know the Saint Seiya story. But I think the movie is set up so you can get the most out of it. As the movie also is for people who haven't seen Saint Seiya, the movie is trying to give everyone a NEW EXPERIENCE, one you can like probably without ever knowing the original Saint Seiya.
The story in the movie is not a summary of the original Saint Seiya story. The movie takes the original storyline and while still following it, shortens the story by slightly adapting events in a shorter way. They would cut off parts from the original Saint Seiya and condense the story to what's most important, then transition the story in the movie exclusive way that works. It felt natural, flowed nicely, and was told in a pretty understandable way so I welcomed the change. You will not miss any plot. The one thing they could've done better is introducing the characters since if you don't know who Ikki is, you won't even know when he first showed up, but his sudden badass appearance was more like a reward for only Veteran Saint Seiya fans that know!
Ironically, Veteran Saint Seiya fans I bet have a problem with the movie because "this is not the Saint Seiya that they knew". Basically changes that drifted what Saint Seiya is from Saint Seiya. They think the story is rushing, butchered, the Bronze Saints personalities were genericized, and some of the Gold Saints changed from what they were in the original Saint Seiya. I can relate to that, but as I've already pointed out, the movie is trying to give everyone, veteran or not, a new, fresh experience to Saint Seiya. The movies and series are not trying to do the same thing.
The loosely adapted story gives veterans a spin to the story they are familiar with and the fact the story jumps so fast cannot be helped either as this is a 1 hour 30 minute movie. The base of the story is not to tell the whole story, but to create stages for awesome action to take place. One can feel the excitement seeing Seiya's Pegasus Ryuusei ken again in kickass 3D fights.
How the Bronze Saints in the movie seemed to got generic with added comical relief was fine. The original Saint Seiya Bronze Saints were great because they had their own individual characters. The Bronze Saints memorably envokes the feelings of the audience as each one struggled, how they were tested their ability to fight and believe, and how they were each trialed as opponents tries to bend their will. In the movie where the audience not all of them know Saint Seiya, it is better they unify all of the Bronze Saints as more or less the same, generic, brave, flirtatious, fun young guys with the common goal to bodyguard a clueless young girl who is actually Athena so we can pay less attention on their background and more on their resolve. To fight and win for Athena. A battle for us Bronze Saints! It is an effective replacement for character development and reducing the required experience you need with the original Saint Seiya.
More shockingly to Veterans may be some of the liberty the staff took when some of the Gold Saints got changed. I think there was a lot of good changes, but Veterans may not be used to them. If you go in and kick back to enjoy the reimagining of Saint Seiya, I'm sure you'll have fun! Personally, I really like Aries Mu and how he got glasses just in the movie and Taurus Aldebaran was badass with his strong build and power. He is my favorite Saint in this movie! Cancer Deathmask made me laugh my ass off with his singing and I liked him here, he was cool. In the original Saint Seiya, I didn't like him since he was such an asshole. Scorpio Milo got turned into a girl, but that was just an interesting change to give something new. He was a good candidate for that because all Scorpio Saints have the Scarlet Needle attack where they attack with their long sharp painted fingernails which can be associated as feminine. How Leo Aiolia stayed so accurate to the original Saint Seiya was probably the most important part and I'm really happy they kept it. What's even more boss was how I saw Virgo Shaka block off and stop Leo Aiolia's attack on Andromeda Shun when Leo Aiolia was under mind control from the Pope in this movie exclusive only scene! Capricorn Shura, Aquarius Camus, and the Pope were done very well! Pisces Aphrodite had his own "I got KOed" scene and I found that funny since I didn't really care about Pisces Aphrodite in the original Saint Seiya anyways.
Don't judge this movie by its score, I think it's a really enjoyable movie with fantastic action and badass designs for Saint Seiya fans or non fans alike! Have fun watching :)
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
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.
There's hate, and then there's the white hot, seething hatred anime fans have for CGI anime. Look, none's denying there have been some atrocious missteps in the past when it comes to CG in anime, but it can be done right!