Hades is planning to take over the world, to achieve that goal, he sends out deceased Gold Saints to take Athena's head. Seiya and the other Bronze Saints come to help but their help isn't appreciated by the remaining Gold Saints that are still alive.
I just want to say that Saint seiya was one of my first anime in childhood and then i very liked it, even with dubbing in my country. After so many years i found a continuation of my fav anime and all i can say I'm amazed as always by saint seiya ;]
It's my first review so don't expect to much...
Story is back on tracks, i mean the sanctuary ;] personally i think it was best party of series, and now Athena sanctuary is back.
Like in every arc or movie new god want to kill Athena, and now it's hades
turn. Underworld lord get back to life dead Gold Saints and send them to get head of their goddess, on their way will stand the Saints that were alive after sanctuary arc with help from Bronze Saints.
Plot maybe isn't great in outline but it's very enjoyable. It gives continuation in Hades inferno, and gives place to prequel of all series Lost Canvas.
Toey Animation renewed overall art and gave some 3d effects ( which in my opinion are unnecessary). Characters have more motion, and fights aren't now just exchange of super attacks, between 2 standing men (yeah they're moving).
Art overall isn't amusing, but it's nice to watch more detailed characters ;]
All i can say about this section is "Chikyuugi" by Yumi Matsuzawa. It's awesome, really even my friends who aren't into anime or Japanese find this song very addicting.
This anime is very good back to the series. I know that many of you watched saint seiya in your kid years and if you want to return to that days, Saint Seiya: The Hades Sanctuary Chapter will give you this opportunity, and people who didn't watch series i recommend it to you also maybe you'll start to watch this great series.
The first part of the Hades Arc is quite the gripping opening act after the below average Poseidon Arc the original series ended on. We get a lot of tension in the build up of the threat the Spectres hold to the Gold Saints, the drama of the Gold Saints having to fight their own allies and some good character writing in fleshing out Shaka a lot more. We also have a fair amount of payoff in seeing characters such as Mu and Dohko finally showing their capabilities after such a large amount of time building them up.
However, things start to lose steam with the
plot twist revealed in the last two episodes which causes the majority of the arc's plot to be one giant act. I don't see it as being too damaging, given the circumstance made it understandable and the actions and statements of certain characters made it apparent things weren't what they appeared to be at surface value, but it still means the sense of loss and conflict wasn't as great. That said, whilst the plot didn't live up to it's own hype, it was overall still above average.
Character writing was also decent. Focusing more on the Gold Saints than the Bronzes was a nice change from the previous arcs that feels well deserved and makes things far more interesting than seeing the same five characters stealing the limelight. Nobody was outstanding other than Shaka and maybe Saga, plus the anime lessened one of Shiryu's highlights in the arc, and the villains were all bland but character writing was overall decent.
When it comes to superficial aspects, this series is nearly a masterpiece. Aside from the CGI, which is still far less dated than most modern anime, the art of almost every frame is outstanding in detail and the animation is as fluid as you'd expect of an OVA series. With the possible exception of the 1986 Hokuto no Ken movie, this may very well be the best looking work Toei has ever produced. The sound is also excellent and can be considered nostalgia done right. From reusing Pegasus Fantasy as a secondary opening, the reuse of the classic ost and the return of many of the original seiyuu such as Toru Furuya, this OVA was a great service to fans of the original series. Unfortunately, sound and art are nowhere near as important as plot and characters, so it won't factor much into the overall score.
In conclusion, the Sanctuary segment of the Hades Arc acts as a good introduction to the arc beyond the twist to make things typical. Unfortunately, things go downhill from here in the next two OVA series as the arc hyped itself too much to deliver.
Story and Characters
Before I go onto the review part, I want to say for those who have not seen the original TV series, you will be unable to have a complete understanding to the significance of what goes on in this oav. Yes, the original TV series may be 114 episodes long, but it's worth watching to get to this point and it will make the story a lot more exciting. But if you don't want to go through the TV series or read the manga, I heard there is a recap special that summarizes the anime series and I suppose if you can find
it, you can watch that instead.
But moving on, what makes this story great are the very edge at your seat plot twists. Things will keep you guessing, and things just come out of no where, and it's one of those moments where it's just really cool to the audience, and it's not one of those stupid lame ass deus ex machina out of no where twists. There is so much I want to say what makes the story itself awesome, but it'd be spoilers if I gave any significant examples, so it's one of those instances where I really have to say you have to watch it yourself if you want to see how deep and far the story can go. What I can also say is that the story compared to the other arcs from the TV series is much, much darker and very intense, but when you consider who the new main enemy is, the atmosphere is very appropriately reflective of that.
The pacing is very even and the presented characters each have their time to shine. Speaking of the characters, it's really cool that the Gold Saints are the featured characters of this part of the Hades OAV series. And one thing that I'm willing to reveal to give my opinion on why this installment is so awesome is the usage of the character, Aries Mu. You finally get to see him fight and I must say he has some pretty bad ass moves. I just have so much to say why I love this oav, but if you watch it with what I said, then hopefully, you'll love it too.
Art and Animation
The character design and art overall is still faithful to how the original series did it. Of course being made after 2000, the obvious things we call praise it for is more detailed coloring and more fluid animation. Also take in consideration of the story's atmosphere and it mostly takes place at night, the lighting is accurately executed. What's also distinct about this series is of course the inclusion of computer graphics with some of the buildings and techniques. This movie was released during a time when CG was still in the early stages of anime, and for its quality, its pretty excellent. For most of the series, the armor of the Bronze Saints will still show battle damage from the last fight with Poseidon and I like how it shows this consistency through the majority of the series.
And the fights themselves are very breath taking. It's still central around the usage of special techniques, but the new techniques presented are very mind blowing and like I said in my review of the TV series, they demonstrate a really kind of super cool destructiveness but not to the point where it gets ridiculously over the top. It still uses recycled animation, but it's not as abusing as it was in the original TV series.
The design of the newer characters presented are very deep and detailed in their own unique way. But these newer characters won't have much more presence until the later OAVs.
Music and Voice Acting
What's really sweet is that this anime uses two opening and ending themes. The new opening theme is Chikyuugi. It's not as in your face or intensive as the original song, Pegasus Fantasy, but it's softer tone reflects it's darker atmosphere, but also symbolizes the themes of hopes and dreams of this series overall. As for the other opening theme, after they play Chikyuugi, it goes to Pegasus Fantasy, and I can't complain about that and neither can any fan who loves Saint Seiya. I'm happy they didn't remix it. And not only is Pegasus Fantasy and Eien Blue part of the soundtrack, the original background music track from the old series is still utilized as well such as the orchestrated versions of Pegasus Fatnasy and Dream Warrior and so on. So it feels like even when there was a 10 year gap between the ending of the tv series and the release of this oav, that Saint Seiya still has this distinctive feature with it's soundtrack.
Also returning is the original voice cast for the Bronze Saints. Furuya Tooru, Suzuoki Hirotaka, Horikawa Ryo, Han Keiko and so on reprise their respective roles, but of course some of the characters from the original show were changed, but for the right reasons. Mu is now played by Yamazaki Takumi who replaced Shiozawa Kaneto who died a couple of years prior to the release of this. I think Yamazaki did an excellent job in emulating Shiozawa's original performance, and adds a great twist by making him sound more aggressive considering the situation he's in this series. Another character was re-casted due to the passing of another terrific seiyuu, but revealing that would be a spoiler. But one change that really got to me was the changing of Milo, originally played by Ikeda Shuuichi. This time, he is played by Seki Toshihiko, the voice of Mousse from Ranma 1/2, Duo Maxwell from Gundam Wing, and more interestingly, he also plays another masked Gundam antagonist, Lau La Cluset from Gundam SEED. I don't know why Ikeda Shuuichi of all people was replaced, but I thought Seki Toshihiko did a great job in capturing the character in his own way, though it doesn't compare to Ikeda Shuuichi's.
Like I said, if you have seen the TV series or read the manga, I say this is certainly a must see. I feel if you choose to watch this installment without any knowledge of Saint Seiya, I still believe that the audience can still feel the bond that the saints have with each other and you do get to know the characters in an individual sense. But I feel you'll get a better understanding if you've already seen the TV series. But as a Saint Seiya fan, not only I reccomend this oav, but the franchise as a whole.
The continuation of the historical series, the animation of the final arc of the manga, the Hades saga, divided into 3 parts (Hades Sanctuary, Underworld and Elysium). This is the first one, and the best one.
The story begins well. The long-awaited enemy awakens and begins his invasion. Several traitors return, including many golden knights, and start a series of clashes (more or less serious), between twists and turns, epic moments and sad moments. Many of the most symbolic of the whole work are here.
The anime, in these first 13 episodes, also makes some gamble. The first concerns history. Toei had already made so many changes
with the old anime, here they are essentially smaller, but appreciable. The silver saint risorti and the flashback of Aldebaran are additions, fillers, as are some combat scenes. The clash between Mu and Shaka and the trio of traitors (famous for many Virgo supporters) are elongated, different from the manga. Even if the presence of the bronze protagonists at the 12 houses hades, absurdly, is a filler (in the manga they do not act so much in this part).
The other regards the aspect of art. While maintaining the classic style, new techniques are tried, including many CG. In my opinion, it is not bad, makes this part particular .
These gambles were goods. The problem, if we want to call it that, is that for the next 2 pieces, there was a change of direction, making the drafting of the Hades saga in general less "harmonious".
In general, however, this first piece of the Hades saga, is one of the most dense and rich in symbolic moments of Saint Seiya, I also believe due to the fact that the Gold Saints (among the most beloved characters of SS), finally have a part active, and collide.