In the Underworld, during the fight against Hades, the 12 Gold Saints gave up their lives to destroy the Wailing Wall and allow Seiya and his friends to keep moving forward. Aioria and the Gold Saints, who should have disappeared, come back to life in this beautiful Earth full of light. How have they resurrected if they were supposed to be dead? While the big mystery remains, Aioria gets involved in a new battle and when his Cosmo exceeds its limits.. a change happens to the Leo Cloth!
This is my first review and after see how awful this anime is and that inexcusable 7+ rate I felt that a review was needed to tell everyone the truth: THIS SHOW IS AWFUL!
Seriously, I can't understand how many people can be touched by the poisonous hand of nostalgia and give anything above 3 to Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold, so let's get started.
MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD (but you shouldn't care since the show is crap anyway)
Story 3/10: Although this show starts interesting with the mystery of how and why the Gold Saints were revived, you'll soon notice that this script is just an recycle from
the Sanctuary chapter of the first Saint Seiya. They didn't bother to even make an average story. Don't expect ANYTHING new, really.
Art 2/10: It goes down with each episode you watch. If you don't believe me then just watch and pay attention especially with the long lasting static scenes (which happens pretty often after epi 5 or 6, can't remember well).
Sound 1/10: The story wasn't shit enough. No! Toei needed to make it extra shitty with the HORRIBLE voice acting. Almost all characters lack emotion when they're [s]talking[/s] screaming and the dialogues are extremely superficial and cliché. You can predict every word that any character will say. EVERY MOTHERF***ING WORD!
If it wasn't for the Soldier Dream song in the opening I would give a solid 0 to this.
Character 2/10: For anyone who watched the Hades saga (I won't even talk about the glorious Lost Canvas) this show will be a really disappointment. The Gold Saints are mostly dumb and lost, nothing compared with the respected warriors we saw in Hades.
Well, let's be honest: the new personality of Deathmask was a nice and refreshing change. On the other hand we have Milo, Aphrodite, Camus and some others doing stupid things or dying in stupid ways. I'll need 12 hands (one for each saint) to properly facepalm when this show finally ends.
Enjoyment 3/10: At first I was really enjoying this show but as I said before, it goes worse and worse after each episode. At the time of episode 8 I kept watching just to see the end of this shit. I came a long road to drop the bomb now.
Overall 2/10: If you're not a fan of Saint Seiya, stay away. If you're a fan, you should stay away too and spend your time with better anime.
Soul of Gold might be not you wanted. But at least gives more exposure to the ensemble darkhorses of the classic series, the Gold Saints. Or well, some of them.
The Story is basically an excuse, the Saints being revived in Asgard as Einherjar, by the great God Odin. And the problem is that is too fast paced, with less than outstanding events and fights, and the final boss was disappointing from start to finish.
The art and animation isn't pretty neither, and some of the god clothes are plain ugly or boring, and the designs aren't very "innovative", and they're
too exotic for my taste, even the characters were ugly or crazily draw!
I like the score, while doesn't compete with the Yokoyama's masterpiece score, is a pretty good one.
The characters get their moments too, and surprisingly, some of the least loved or basically seen once ones got more exposure, for example, Deathmask, Aioros and Aphrodite (Aside of Aioria, Shaka and Saga) are the best characters of the show, while minimal exposure, they got the best situations, the god warriors are also a bit more exposed, and their motives and connections are detailed somehow, were as the antagonist wasn't the best, and he was incredibly predictable from start to finish. The female protagonist was just too ridiculous too, I didn't like Lyfia's role.
The anime is too short, and with that, comes with the disadvantage that the events happen with abrupt and too fast paced, making the show an entire mess.
I was about to give the show a plain ol' 5,while the show is an excuse itself, it got some of the least likable character more exposure.
I'm not going to sit here and give you a synopsis for the story that's not what I'm hear for just know that the story takes place during the time of the Eyslion Part in the cannon story and that the Gold Saints have been revived after sacrificing all their cosmo to destroy the wall of grief. This entire little non-cannon anime takes place and ends before they Gold Clothes make their way to Eylsion by Poseidon just to get destroyed by Thanatos. Now it was a 12 episode anime that is not created by Masami Kurumada and was
coming out bi-weekly. I did not really have an issue with the story, I did have an issue on where it took place which was back in Asgard. Sorry I was never a fan of any of the Asgard related stuff in the OG Toei 80s anime when they came out except for Odin Seiya which was cool but didn't really do anything himself anyway. I just want to throw this out there that time HAS TO be moving at a slower pace while in Elysion because even though you can use the excuse THIS IS NOT CANNON to get out of answering this question of "How does all of this occur and end while Seiya and his crew are in Elysion?" Because if you wanted all of the Hades Arc you know that as soon as that arrived they were fighting Thanatos and as far as we know that fight was not drawn out for take very long, honestly the entire fight all the way up to the time it took for the Golds Cloths to be announced that they were making their way to Elysion assist the MCs probably took about 15-30 minutes tops and when you take that into consideration this entire Soul of Gold shit happened in 30 minutes when we literally see them living their daily lives in Asgard thru the beginning episodes?! Like i said the only 2 possible excuse you can use the easy answer "It's not cannon so don't think about it too much" or the hard answer aka my answer I'm going with which is "When you travel thru the Hyperdemision tunnel to get to Elysion there time speeds obviously move at a different pace kind of like the Hyperbolic Time Chamber in DBZ" and it sort of makes in moving thru a hyperdimension could have that effect but even if that was the case they should have said something hear in the at the end of this anime because I can't believe the script board couldn't have seen this inconsistency. But that's really the only this that urked me by the time I finished the anime it wasn't good but, it wasn't average but it wasn't bad it was fine let's move on.
Art/Animation (6/10) Fine
This is Toei people.. what can you say. You know what you can say? That the budget for this anime was uhh weird? Obviously this isn't the animation section and hell if it's not a SS Movie of any sort don't expect good animation treatment for SS from Toei you have to know this but damn you would think for a 12 episode bi-weekly anime they would have enough time to make everything look crisp you know? Not the case now like I said this is Toei and when Toei REALLY wants to try we know they can to amazing things in both artsyle and animation. When the God Gold Cloths were introduced would can obviously tell that Toei pushed budget into making them look beyond gorgeous but majority of everything else was decent and there was indeed scenes that looked hideous at some points but like i said it's Toei now these days if it's not a movie and you hear that Toei is making it you just have to hope for the best but DEFINITELY expect the worse so my expectations for this was quite confused since I think "THERE'S NO WAY TOEI CAN MAKE A 12 EPISODE BI-WEEKLY SHOW NOT LOOK AMAZING IN THE ARTSYLE AND ANIMATION DEPARTMENT 100% OF THE TIME!" I stand corrected. The only reason the isn't rated lower is because the things that they did make looks amazing like the God Gold Cloths are probably the best looking thing I've seen drawn this entire anime season and probably this anime year of 2015.
Sound (9/10) Great
Now like I usually say in my reviews in the category you can fuck everything up but you really can't fuck up the sound category. Soul of Gold had a great little remix version of the second opening of the OG SS anime which I love and the sound effects, and voice actors all sound authentic and consistent to the original which I guess can be considered more of a good thing than bad. I'm not giving this a 10 because nothing was outstanding but it definitely lived up to what I was expecting. It was acceptable and since I'm a big Saint Seiya fan I enjoyed the BGM, Voice Actors, Signature moves being shouted out and sound effects.
Character (9/10) Great
Since these are existing characters from Saint Seiya I've always like majority of them and their personality stayed consistent to the original and the dialogue between characters that haven't seen each other in a while was enjoyable also like Aiolos and Saga. It's not a 10 because the actually new filler characters where not good enough to give it that extra point they were all just average (not bad because if they were it would have reduced the overall score they are just average aka neutral they didn't help increase it nor decrease it). I could give them points for Loki's bad ass character design and maybe the character designs on the Gold God Cloth but this is more of a character personality section vs appearance. Appearance I guess would be under art.
My enjoyment is siting at a solid 7, do I wish it were more? FUCK YES? But it's Toei and this is the best I'm going to get unfortunately. Honestly the only time I found myself smiling and actually/genuinely enjoying myself during the time I press play during episodes of Soul of Gold is
1) During the opening when I'm singing along
2) During signature attacks when and shouting along
3) During dialogue of Gold Saints talking with each other about laid back things
4) And during the outro music
Even though during a regular anime your enjoyment mostly should be on the story or the fight scenes (especially if it's a shonen anime you are watching) As you can tell mine were else where and we already know Toei knows how to make good Opening, Endings and BGMs (I even enjoyed it in Omega) so I know I was going to enjoy that and they would have had to completely change the Gold Saints' personality in order for me not to enjoy them either so they didn't have to do much. BUT if there fight scenes, animation and story were actually above average which they weren't it the score could have been higher but since they weren't I'm sitting at a 7 with it.
Overall (7/10) Good
More Specifically (7.40/10)
Honestly (and I say this almost every time I remember Toei owns the animation rights to SS) I wish Toei was just release the license of Saint Seiya already. We know that the only reason the anime exist is because it's required by Toei to create something Saint Seiya animation related in order to maintain the animation rights (and if you didn't know that now you know). So you can expect another non-cannon anime related Saint Seiya thing from Toei in the next year in a half unfortunately. If this anime went on any longer it probably most likely would have been a lot worse. (We saw would happen to the second half of SS Omega if you want an example). I'm not going to rant about how Toei needs to loose the license for Saint Seiya because all SS fans do it and I'm literally tired of ranting about and now instead of sitting here waiting I'm just enjoying other manga/anime. I'll stop by and see what they are doing with Saint Seiya because I'm a fan of the franchise at the end of the day but this Franchise could be SO MUCH MORE if it wasn't in the hands of Toei.. it's the Toriko effect people just get over it and move on with your life maybe one day they'll release the license. Anyway even though we now know why Soul of Gold existence at least it wasn't terrible (at least not to me that is but like I said this franchise deserves a HxH2011/FMAB treatment by a Madhouse, Trigger or Production IG.)
I was initially negative about watching this, after reading the many negative reviews, but I was pleased to have watched it anyway, as a long time fan of one of the best shounen anime of all times, Saint Seiya.
This anime is essentially a spinoff featuring the Gold Saints of the original storyline. It's an excellent idea. The Gold saints were always badass characters, and I think it was always a secret wish to have them as heroes instead of the 5 bronze saints we got instead. So this story is essentially just an excuse to have the Gold Saints fight their own saga, and
also give honor to the series in general.
I believe that the story was on par with something like the Asgard or Poseidon arc. In other words, a fairly cookie-cutter arc with good guys and villains, and a storyline just there for fights to happen. The story does retcon some things, and especially obvious is the fact that the Gold Saints seem a little cheapened compared to their glory days in Sanctuary. But then again, this was done already in the Hades arc. In addition, the personality of the saints is noticeably less "imposing" than they were in the sanctuary arc.
However, despite all this, the series is still pure enjoyment for the Saint Seiya fan. The original cast of actors is also there (except the ones in the afterlife, RIP), and although some sound very old, in this case its very enjoyable for obvious reasons (pure fanservice). We also have some saints which were just overlooked in previous sagas as evil (Cancer & Pisces) being redeemed here.
The art is on par with what had been seen in Hades arc, so acceptable modern style. The music is not on par with the beautiful original, but again also acceptable.
All in all, I would call this anime pure fanservice to the Saint Seiya fans of the Gold Saints. To be watched without serious thoughts about the impact on the canon storyline, and as a pure spinoff of the main series. Still, I found it enjoyable and give it a solid 7/10. I think this is on par with Asgard, Poseidon, and Hades arc. Nothing will ever equal the Sanctuary arc, and to many fans (including me), everything else is a spinoff. So watch this just as another spinoff arc.
Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold follows the story of Athena's Gold Saint, Leo Aioria, and the other Gold Saints who were mysteriously revived in Asgard after sacrificing their lives to destroy the Wailing Wall. Let’s feel our cosmos and discover the mystery and their epic adventure in its unique opening!