Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiou Shinwa

Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas

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English: Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas
Japanese: 聖闘士星矢 THE LOST CANVAS 冥王神話


Type: OVA
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 24, 2009 to Apr 21, 2010
Producers: Akita Shoten
Licensors: Discotek Media
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, ShounenShounen, Super PowerSuper Power, SupernaturalSupernatural
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.981 (scored by 4791847,918 users)
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Ranked: #5652
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A Holy War, from ancient mythology, where the Goddess Athena and Hades have fought against each other while defending the earth repeatedly over the span of 200 years. The story takes place in 18th century Europe, 243 years prior to the original "Saint Seiya" Three small children, Tenma, Alone, and Sasha have all shared a very happy childhood together. Tenma who is quite aggressive but upstanding has moved to Sanctuary to become a saint. It is there that he is reunited with Sasha who is the sister of Alone and learns that she is the reincarnation of Goddess Athena. Alone, who is kind, gentle and loves painting was chosen for the body of enemy King Hades. Tenma eventually becomes a saint of Pegasus and engages in a fierce battle with his best friend Alone, the King of Hades. Pegasus Tenma, King Hades, and the Goddess Athena and through the twist of their 3 fates merge together which unfolds a prologue to the original Saint Seiya.

(Source: TMS Entertaiment)


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Characters & Voice Actors


Nabeshima, Osamu
Director, Storyboard
Harada, Nana
Episode Director
Honda, Yasuyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard
Suga, Yoshiyuki
Script, Series Composition


Opening Theme

"The Realm of Athena" by EUROX

Ending Theme

"Hana no Kusari (花の鎖)" by Maki Ikuno with Marina del Ray

Feb 20, 2011
NekoMinSeo (All reviews)
First of all I have to mention that I didn't watch the first Saint Seiya anime series, OVAs andr OADs merely because I wasn't interested in the style or plot, so I wasn't a fan of the series when I started Saint Seya: Lost Canvas.
Despite this, this anime made me enjoy myself pretty much.

Story - 9/10
Simple but catching. The War between Hades and Athena and some dramatic inserts of the two to make it even more enjoyable. Include Pegasus in all this and you get a perfect mix of fights, drama and betrayals.

Art - 9/10
What can I say about it? The art read more
Oct 1, 2010
ParaParaJMo (All reviews)
Story and Characters
Obviously in comparison to the original series, Lost Canvas cuts right to the last story arc. Not only is it a prequel, it's a very excellent addition and extension to the original source material. I thought some things in the last Hades OAV arcs to the original series needed to be elaborated on and Lost Canvas expands on certain specific aspects. I'd talk about them, but they'd be spoilers to both Lost Canvas, and oavs to the original series. On the outside, Tenma is a lot like Seiya, but has his own unique distinctions and qualities. In the original series, Seiya is portrayed read more
Jan 18, 2011
meneope (All reviews)
What is it about? If you are asking yourself this question, and have never seen Saint Seiya, then this is definitely not for you.

Indeed this is only for Saint Seiya fans. Its basically a remake of the Hades saga but in an alternate universe. There are major changes in the plot composition though - enough changes to make it unpredictable enough. The characters cast are very different and fans will get an appreciation of the characters which have been traditionally left out or marginalised in the canonical Kurumada's original Saint Seiyas animes.

Effectively this seems like a reaction to fans's eternal complains about certain characters e.g. read more
Apr 30, 2019
SieghartTheMage (All reviews)
After the classic series, the best anime of Saint Seiya, also as video quality. If you are a fan of the knights of the zodiac, definitely for you. But even if you are not.

Some of my friends started the series without having seen the historical anime (or read the original manga). Certainly, you lose some references that only a fan of SS can grasp, but the story a detached structure, with of its own story and his own characters, and in the early stages explains the basics, so it is not strictly necessary to have seen the old series to start it.


The story tells read more

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