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.
Ok let's be simple
In Saint Seiya Classic you have:
Cliches, generic characters, cliches, more cliche, repetition, more repetition and cliche
Oh, and a POOR art style
Here you have development, good characters, good history and a good manga in general.
And a AMAZING art
And NO plot holes pratically, how amazing, hm Kurumada?
Ok, nós temos uma arte boa, desenvolvimento, bons personagens e praticamente tudo que não tem no clássico
Sem os cliches, o classico do classico, apanha, levanta, fala que não irá ser derrotado com um golpe, o golpe não funciona 2 vezes contra o mesmo cavaleiro e procede pra proxima casa
Definitivamente o MELHOR CD, sem duvidas
os Gaidens pra deixar o universo melhor ainda.
The Lost Canvas is usually heralded as being vastly superior in all ways to the original, an opinion I can't understand when the exact opposite is true.
[Note: May contain minor spoilers for Saint Seiya and The Lost Canvas]
First, looking at the story, there isn't really much to say. It's mainly just an expansion of the Hades Arc from the original except far less interesting due to prequel syndrome already making it apparent who will live and survive. Even in this area, it does a poor job as we're told in the original manga that Dohko and Shion were the only survivors of the war, yet
there are far more in TLC, thus making it not only a retread of the original, but an inconsistent one.
The main aspect that tends to draw in others is the superficial element of the art, being better than the original, to which I have to disagree. Kurumada's art style had a very distinct appearance of melding bishonen elements with highly masculine traits and having incredible detail within the armour of each character. Teshirogi's art style, however, contains no signature traits to allow her craft to stand out as an individual with the characters now having pretty generic faces and the detail in some of the cloths is nowhere near as great.
The only thing allowing the series to stand out is the characters, but not in a good way. Tenma, Athena and Hades are the only ones who really matter and are given nothing to make them any more, or even as, interesting as their classic counterparts. The initial support cast of Yato and Yuzuriha are also thrown aside into irrelevancy very early on, unlike Shaina and Marin from the original who play a constant supporting role throughout the entirety of the classic. The only characters people tend to remember are the Gold Saints, who are all pale imitations of their 20th Century counterparts. The only exceptions are Albafica's toxic blood being interesting and Manigoldo being very honourable unlike his classic counterpart Deathmask, but that in itself causes them to be incredibly bland as the ensemble of Gold Saints lacks a chaotic element to make some members distinct. Moreover, Regulus is perhaps the biggest Gary Stu in the entire franchise. Some may complain about the Bronze Saints' power ups in the original, but all of them are fairly excusable compared to a below average Gold Saint swiftly becoming God tier just because he becomes naturally attuned to his opponent.
On the subject of Gary Stus and overpowered characters, let's get back to Tenma. Throughout the series, we're constantly pushed forward the idea that he's destined to fend off Hades and the only character who could do so. Not only is this somewhat contradictive of the original series, where the use of things such as God Cloths or a Pegasus Saint fighting Hades seemed to be the stuff of antiquity, but we're never given reason to believe Tenma is so capable until towards the end of the manga through several rushed power ups after the reveal that his parents are both of highly special lineages as with all generic protagonists. Compare this to Seiya, who's parents were nobody too special and constantly proved himself by pushing his body to the breaking point against Gold Saints and Gods alike numerous times, and it's easy to see which of the two is a far better handled protagonist and representation of the series.
It does attempt to make the villains more sympathetic and fleshed out than their original counterparts at least, but it is never to the extent the audience can truly connect to them, plus Garuda Suikyo in the canon version of this, Next Dimension, pulls such off far better.
Overall, The Lost Canvas is a completely overrated work that falls flat compared to the original series in almost every aspect. It is something I cannot recommend and would advise people instead read the original Saint Seiya manga or if looking for a continuation of it, read the canon version Saint Seiya: Next Dimension.
Story - 3/10
Art - 5/10
Characters - 3/10
Enjoyment - 3/10
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.
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.