In 1990, in Elysium; the five saints Seiya, Hyoga, Shun, Shiryu and Ikki are battling the god Hades. During the battle, Hades starts remembering that he has seen Seiya's face before and comes to the conclusion that he faced him before, and thus the story begins...
Saint Seiya is an old school Shounen Jump manga that received a recent comeback in direct sequels, prequels and spin-offs. One of the most prominent of these recent works is Saint Seiya – Lost Canvas. Lost Canvas tells the story of the previous Holy War involving Athena's saints and the army of Hades, taking place in the 18th century. The story is told on the point of view of the former Pegasus saint Tenma.
Saint Seiya – Next Dimension is set in the same period and in the same context. Like in Lost Canvas, Pegasus Tenma, Libra Dohko and Aries Shion are also present. But
Next Dimension represents a substantial change in the story told in Lost Canvas. Probably, it happens because Masami Kurumada has entire control of Next Dimension plot direction, unlike of Lost Canvas.
- some elucidations and minor spoilers ahead -
But, unfortunately, the first 13 chapters of Next Dimension are quite uninteresting. The manga tells briefly how Alone, Tenma's childhood friend, becomes Hades. Pegasus Tenma recklessly joins forces with Libra Dohko and Aries Shion to stop Alone's "transformation" into the malefic god. But in their foolish attempt, they are confronted by Garuda Suikyo, a strong former Athena saint that allied to Hades.
The story follows in this so-so approach until the chapter 14 starts right where the original manga have ended. So, at this point, it's strictly necessary that you have read Saint Seiya's first manga. If you have it, you can continue to read Next Dimension and this review too.
Starting on chapter 14, Pegasus Seiya is on a wheelchair, perishing by the curse from the sword of Hades. Saori Athena and Andromeda Shun decide to ask Chronos help to reverse the curse. Chronos send them back in time, so they can destroy the sword of Hades in the past and save Seiya (Understand? Neither do I lol).
But Chronos cheated Athena and turned her into a baby form, sending her to the same age where Pegasus Tenma is. Also arriving in the 18th century, Shun joins Tenma in order to protect Athena. They now have to cross the Twelve Temples to alert the not-so credulous Gold saints that Athena have reincarneted. Eventually, other known Bronze saints from 20th century also make their cameo.
Reading the chapter 14, things looked really promising and exciting. Every Saint Seiya fan was expecting the so dreamed "Heaven Chapter". Kurumada even presented Artemis, the same character that has make a cameo on Saint Seiya - Heaven Chapter Overture "filler" movie.
But Kurumada didn't delivered what fans were expecting. Once again, he repeats that overused Twelve Temple arc format. Once again, Pegasus and Andromeda have to cross the Twelve Temples. And once again the Gold saints have similar traits and roles to all their other incarnations, reinforcing the concept of fate and reincarnation presented on the series.
And, surprisingly enough, the same Bronze Saints that had fighted the 20th century Gold Saints, the Poseidon's Marina and the Hades' Specters shows an uncomfortable inexperience while battling in the 18th century.
Unfortunately, Saint Seiya should not live of reissues of old battles with some different elements and ideas here and there. It’s more of the same. And, in the slow rhythm Kurumada publishes his recent works, when the Bronze saints will finally cross all the Twelve Temples?
Nevertheless, Saint Seiya's old fans will enjoy this manga, just for the pleasure of seeing their beloved characters fighting once again. It is far from what we expected, but Next Dimension still has the same vibe and spirit of the original manga. Kurumada denies us the opportunity to read what we really wanted and needed, but he gives us the pleasure to feed our nostalgia with more of the same. And that's it.
Saint Seiya is a well known classic, and one of the first anime/manga that anime lovers watch/read from their childhood..
Saint Seiya next dimension takes place mostly in the 18th century, the previous holy war between Athena and Hades, mixed up with the 20th century after Athena and her saints defeating Hades. But if u expect to see the same characters from lost canvas,, then your wrong.
Kurumada is the one in charge of everything here, so the characters including the gold saints are different from Lost canvas. there are a lot of betrayals among the saints, which we did not see so often in the
other series of saint seiya, and the story is almost the same as the original sanctuary arc from the first saint seiya manga. like the pop trying to kill the baby Athena with the same knife, a gold saint saving her and being announced as a traitor...
but even though a lot of stuff look the same as the original, its a manga that any saint seiya fan would certainly enjoy.. the fights are amazing as always, a lot of new things are there, new god, witches, even Artemis and touma are present.
Even if you are new to saint seiya, you will still enjoy this manga. but don't read this expecting that the events from the previous holy war are the same as the ones from lost canvas.
i would just suggest you to stop reading reviews , go ahead and start reading it. you will not be disappointed. But i think you would understand this better if you read the original manga first.
Ok, this is just ridiculius
Maybe if this was released in 1998 or something like that, maaaaaybe it would be likefull
But...just ridiculous, the same cliches characters types of classic Saint Seiya, but in 2017, in other words, just...just don't work
The art is ridiculous as fuck, 20 years working with mangas and is the same fucking art of Saint Seiya classic, really Kurumada?
Ikki defeated golds saints, gods and then all of his experience just go to nothing and he is pratically defeated by a Gold Saint, just...ridiculous.
I only read this because i fucking love the series and nothing more
Isso é um lixo, a arte é escrota,
simplista e ultrapassada, os personagens são os mesmos cliches e genéricos de 1980 e o meu karalho, o mesmo estilo de apanha, o mesmo golpe não funciona 2x, oh meu deus você é realmente forte e tem o poder da justiça e então passa pra próxima casa, é praticamente um outro CDZ classico, mas se duvidar, pior.
Só vale a pena se for um grande fan, e nem isso vale direito.
Next Dimension, started in april 2006, is the sequel and also the official prequel to Saint Seiya, as it was designed by Masami Kurumada himself, the original author.
The story takes place immediately after Hades, retoning Seiya's death (which occurred at the end of the classic manga), changing it to a momentary "coma". Saori Kido and the other protagonists, to save his life, will travel into the past (thanks to Chronos, the primordial of time, not the king of the titans of Ep G), at the time of the previous holy war (240 years before), to destroy Hades's sword. This is the premise.
Curiously, it is
that Next Dimension and The Lost Canvas (a spin-off manga written by Shiori Teshirogi) speak of the same holy war, and have in common Shion and Dohko as young, as well as Tenma (the Pegasus of 700) and Alone (avatar of Hades of the 700).
This was a choice of Kurumada or Shiori herself, because even The Lost Canvas began in 2006, a couple of months after ND (in September). Obviously, in common there are only the names of these 4 characters, the others, and the development of the story, are completely different.
That said, also because the author has carried out other projects over time, the pace of publication of this manga has been (and still is) extremely slow. Generally 7 chapters come out each year, in 13 years 95 chapters have been released so far.
Now the review begins, there could be spoilers.
Summing up in one word, I would say "12 HOUSES", that's ND.
Of course, each series of SS has its 12 houses, but generally only once. Here, in almost 100 chapters, there has been practically only a continuous ascent or descent to the 12 houses, with half clashes between allies.
Moreover, it seems that the author has forgotten the premise, and with this slowness, who knows if he will be able to complete the story in a decent way.
1) The first 20 or so chapters have 3 premises: save Seiya's life (the reason why Saori and the other 4 bronzes go to the past), to tell of the previous war with Hades, and finally sets the stage for a war with Zeus and Olympus.
So, what? The first one is in progress, and there is some alternative solution, because Hades (in 700) seems something unattainable.
2) The second is truly dispersed. From the premise of the first 10 chapters, Tenma and Alone, two friends, had to play an important role, like Pegasus and Hades, in the story of the holy war. In these 100 chapters, the real war is not even started, there were no clashes with the very relevant specters, Alone / Hades has disappeared from the beginning, while Tenma is useless. If you think about it, classic bronzes progressed and got stronger as they got silver, gold and beyond. Tenma here is useless, a normal bronze, scarce, stupid and a copy of Seiya, but that (from the premise) should fight Hades. But in what world?
But apart from that, the war with Hades itself seems to have gone into the background, since the author decided to include the tredecesimo gold saint, Ophiuchus, and started to run the whole story around him. And it is still continuing on this.
Fortunately, Teshirogi, with his alternative story, did an excellent job. So far it is a disaster.
3) The war with Olympus is a saga long dreamed by fans. The problem is that first Kurumada should end the 700's past (and as mentioned before, the war with Hades has not even started), and the manga goes on very slowly, 7 chapters a year. And let's add that the author wastes time with flashbacks on gold saints, nice but avoidable.
We will never see it.
To all this there are added problems of internal coherence (the author creates mysteries or situations, and years and volumes later, solves them inconsistently). An example, the Gemini's true nature.
The manga is full color, the color has changed over the years, the first phase (1-2 volumes) was too saturated, the second (2-9) was good, the third (10-in-progress) has simple tones and few shades shadows.
The design style has remained similar, sometimes better, but less impressive. The historical manga was more particular, paradoxically.
Excluding the classic characters, which are a little disappointing here, there are a couple of interesting, or at least good, new characters. Cancer Deathtoll, Virgo Shijima, Ophiuchus Odysseus, or even Suikyo.
The problem is the others. Or are COPIES of classic characters (Ox is a more stupid Aldebaran, Cain is identically to Saga but stronger, Kaiser is an Aiolia 2.0, etc ...) or they are circus phenomena. I'm not kidding, the author enjoys making them bizarre, even with absurd things (to name one, Gestlat, a sagittarius).
Finally the disappointments. Tenma and Alone, presumed principal actors of the holy war of the 700 from the premise, one totally useless, the other disappeared.
But let's not forget Dohko and Shion. Some of you will remember the classic Hades bow, with some reference to the past war. They 2, renowned veterans, survived it.
Here were two bronzes, promoted to gold. They do not shine in any aspect, they are not strong, they are not clever, they have no great charisma, and so far they are not heroic. A total disappointment, one really wonders how they managed to survive.
History makes itself read, simple. As already mentioned, some interesting points are there, or some ideas for the future, the problem is that the author is slow both as publications and narratively (deviating from the theme and wasting time).