This manga tells the story of the previous Holy war of the universe of Saint Seiya, taking place in the XVIII century, 250 years before the original manga. The story centers on the relation between Tenma, the Pegasus Saint and his beloved friend, Alone, who would eventually become his greatest enemy, Hades.
This is a little conflictive, I'm a fan of the whole Saint Seiya franchise in general, but I have to be honest.
Well the story it isn’t so complicate, like the original series but in this case it's all big saga, The Holy War. the war start in the second or first volume, being only Tenma, Alone and Sasha (this last one not so much) with a decent background history, introducing the supporting character along the story, thing that could work but it doesn’t'.
The problem is that characters like Yato and Yuzuriha are presented as the principal supporting characters but they don't act as that, they
only appear at the beginning and being forgotten in middle of the story leaving Tenma as the only character, and the gold saints appears in the right moment to save Tenma, and beat the guy that is about to kill Tenma and his companions.
The story tries to make us think that Tenma is so strong but he never proves it!!!!, is the gold saints that beat the majority of the enemies, but they keep saying that Tenma is the one that should defeat Hades even though he hasn't prove to be that strong!!!!!.
Also the mangaka tries to make us feel empathy for the gold saints and villains (sometimes), in every battle that occurs, but this doesn't feel good, it's just a flashback of their past, to learn why they’re fighting and that way approve the way their beat the villain in turn even though they don't appear to have the force to beat them.
The battles are good, but sometimes you get tired of the same formula and style, but in some cases they can be very good, the art is good, but the characterization of the characters is not that good specially in some specters that is hard to tell them apart from each other, and the narrative is mediocre is very common that you will have to re-read a chapter or some pages are hard to read.
In conclusion the story is lame, the characters are boring and a cliché as the story, the design is good but not always, the battles are fun to read if you like the original Saint Seiya, surpassing the original work in this aspect, but the characters are definitely the worst part of the history, i know that also happened in the original work, but no so much as in this case; even though all the bad points it is an enjoyable reading if you are a fan of the original work, but if you haven't read it or watched I can't recommend it to you.
If you liked the badasses in gold in saint seiya this manga shows what there all about, a massive scale war borderline on the amazing concept and the great character and art work this is definitely a manga for you.
I found that Saint seiya was lacking a lot of fighting power and that everyone was extremely balanced this does not occur here the power levels of the almighty gold saints of Athena show what there all about, all the characters were amazing evil and good character fights all the way upto the ending.
Can't wait to read the other saint seiya spin offs anything as
good as this it's gonna be fun.
So, what makes Saint seiya: The Lost Canvas a decent shounen manga? Maybe not his plot, or the manly tears running on the cheeks of a bunch of male characters. What makes it a decent shounen manga is the feeling that other new ones have lost, maybe.
The Lost Canvas, as a prequel to the original manga, follows Tenma and his vow as a Saint of Athena to fight against Hades- once his childhood friend Alone- along with the gold saints and protect humanity. At the same time he wants to protect the promise they gave as children, so one day he will be able to
be, once again, together with Sasha and Alone; even if that means that he will have to face his friend at the end.
Maybe 'The Lost Canvas' doesn’t sound very original when it comes to plot. Of course, two friends facing each other isn’t something that a mediocre manga or anime fan cannot meet frequently either. Power-ups are still there too along with the old, godd theme of accepting your fate or not, which is always appealing to the readers.
However, through the manly talks, the bromance and the battles in the name of humanity the readers can actually sympathize and root for the characters they like. That’s because almost every character has a background, a personal reason to fight for. The theme “fight for your family, your friends and the future” is still there; it’s a shonen mannga after all. But, characters actually die in this manga. Not all of them, but many of them die; that's what makes their reason special. How can you protect your family, your friends and the whole world without people dieing in the battlefield? And since when it's nice to see the character makings a miraculous recovery after taking a fatal blow every single time? Saint Seiya, despite his shounen genre can be realistic through its unrealistic nature when it comes to this.
Though their development is not always smooth and you can find the characters being very typical at times, especially Tenma, the establishment of the bonds between the characters, through flashbacks or fighting alongside, or their relationships with the opponents they face are taken in high consideration. Whether it’s a main character or villain, the mangaka tries to sketch out the character’s feelings and way of thinking, adding their backstories when it’s essential to make the reader closer to them, which is actually one of the best elements of this story.
Definitely not something you won’t see again. Also some character designs may look way too similarar, but I have to compliment the work on the Surplices. It’s very detailed.
If you are a fan of shounen manga, you have no reason to hate The Lost Canvas, you will have a good share of fights and definitely a good share of speeches about friendship accompanied by a story with good enough turn of events to keep you hooked with it.
Do you like pretty guys? Do you like to watch them horribly mutilate themselves and each other? Then this is the manga for you!
Lost Canvas is a prequel to the original Saint Seiya manga, and if you know anything about the original Saint Seiya series, then you pretty much know the entire plot and outcome of Lost Canvas. How do I put this delicately... stay away if you can't handle characters dying! The death toll is hiiiiiiiigh!! Aside from that, I think the brainstorming session for Lost Canvas went something like this:
Person A: so what should we make this about?
Person B: well, people really seem
to like watching the Gold Saints fight.
Person C: yeah!!
And so Lost Canvas was born! I'd say about 90% of it is nonstop fighting. Relentless, brutal fighting, mainly among the Gold Saints. Now, this is pure Heaven for me, but if you like some plot to go with your action, you might be disappointed. There is a plot, of course, but it's so straightforward it may as well be negligible. You basically get dropped in the middle of a Holy War and plot progression takes place through battles between the Specters of Hades and the Saints of Athena. Beautifully bloody fun!!
The art of Lost Canvas is much, much prettier than the original Saint Seiya manga. Tenma and Sasha are also a lot less annoying than Seiya and Saori. There's several Gold Saints that are more fleshed out in Lost Canvas, but there's also Gold Saints that are more fleshed out in the original, so it's kinda a draw there. But overall, I'd say character development is better in the original. Lost Canvas doesn't quite have the stable, balanced team dynamic that existed between Seiya, Shiryu, Hyoga, Shun, and Ikki in the original.