Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas Gaiden provides us short stories of the gold saints, mostly of their stories are from before the Holy War, or from while they were training to be the gold saints, and also some of them are events from after the War.
The manga is very nice if you already read the Lost Canvas manga and want to know more about the gold saints – since some of them weren't explored that much in the original manga –, or if you simply liked an specific saint and want to hear some stories about his past.
Another thing that might call your attention
in the Gaiden is the friendship of the saints when they were in missions, or while training in Sanctuary, I would never imagine some of them would walk together or even being friends, so it's nice to see their interactions there.
There's also secondary characters introduced in each story, they sometimes are previously related to the saints and sometimes are just characters related somehow with the story that is told. Also the villains introduced in each Gaiden are very cool, and it's also nice to see them fighting with some enemies that aren't related with Hades and the whole story from Lost Canvas, sometimes it's just a normal mission with bandits or something related to mythology.
The art keeps absolutely gorgeous, Shiori Teshirogi never disappoints when it comes to stunning characters and well detailed Cloths. I seriously thought she couldn't improve since the Lost Canvas, but after some years her art keeps getting better and better, I might say that some characters and Clothes look even more beautiful in the Gaiden than in the original.
I would recommend you to read this Gaiden if you already read the Lost Canvas, it's nice if you want to know more about the Saints, and in some stories is nice for you to know about the stuff that happened during the fights, or why the characters are like that, while reading I felt a little bit more close to the characters than while reading Lost Canvas, so that's why I think – as a fan or not of the franchise – this manga is a good reading.
The Lost Canvas Gaiden, are 16 volumes, which tell 14 stories, dedicated to each of the principal Gold Saints (Gemini and Aries have 2 volumes, as well as the Old Twins, Sage and Hakurei).
The merit of these 16 volumes is therefore to further enrich its main characters, with various missions in the past (or some, in the future) and new backgrounds, perhaps even on a level of powers and space (think for example of Virgo Asmita, who in the main story has not had the chance to face great enemies). All this obviously expands the universe of the Lost Canvas in general, ranging with other
enemies and mythologies, showing new details about life and the training at the Sanctuary, we know more of the past centuries, presenting new characters, gold saint, masters, and others, also taking up already known ones, etc...
So, if you liked the main story of the Lost Canvas and its characters, these volumes are NOT TO BE MISSED.
I don't go into the details of the individual stories, some are simple, others are structured with well-developed narrative expedients, and are more directly linked to the main events (in general, volumes from 8 onwards are more elaborate, IMHO). All the main characters come out incredibly enriched.
The art of Teshirogi, already greatly improved during the writing of the Lost Canvas itself (just look at the initial drawings, those at 1/4, half, and at the end, to understand the maturation), here it still reaches new levels, better for the better. it is EXCELLENT, the TOP!
Like I said, if you liked the main story, the enjoyment will be great. Maybe not for all the stories, but for many yes.
For me, it would be hard even try to say which of the Gaiden is my favorite. Perhaps that of Shion, with Hasgard, Sysiphus, Asmita, El Cid and Manigoldo... but also the other ones xD
For fans who read and liked the Lost Canvas, this manga is very important, because it shows a side of history which we not have seen. You should try to read it, if you would like to know more about the past of Golden Saints.
This Gaiden shows some aspects of life each Golden Saints, their training and their past.
Firstly, each volume will be with each one of Golden Saint. I believe in 12 volumes initially....
Alfabica is the first....his past with his master, his pains, conflicts and a mission as Athena's Knight, before the events in Lost Canvas original.
Is very curious discover how was
before all that happened in Lost Canvas with the 12 Golden Saints!!!
This first story is good for these few chapters released; the designer is beautiful as ever... But I would like to read more things about Alfabica.... (Only one volume for Alfabica, I think so...) More later I will write better about this manga when it finish.. If I will like or not.
For the time being this is my opinion about the first chapters.
But, I believe that Shiori will create more stories with other characters, at least the most important in Lost Canvas as some spectres with relevancy plus others as Sage and Harukei,Tenma, Pandora, Yato, Partita, etc.
The possibilities are biggest for new stories with other characters in many situations!!
I guess that this manga have a good future if all occur well in each adventure and if Shiori won't ruin!