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Crunchyroll to Stream Saint Seiya Omega TV Anime

posted on 2012-03-30 15:49 EDT
1st Saint Seiya fantasy TV show in quarter-century to premiere on April 1

The media distribution service Crunchyroll announced on Friday that it will stream the Saint Seiya Omega television anime series as it airs. The site will stream the series in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Crunchyroll has not yet announced when the series' first episode will go live.

The television series features a new generation of Saints in the storyline launched by Masami Kurumada's 1986-1990 mythological fantasy manga and Toei's subsequent 1986-1989 television anime. This is the first Saint Seiya television anime in 23 years.

The anime will premiere on television in Japan on April 1 at 6:30 a.m. after a March 31 premiere event that will be simulcast in Japan as well as in Taiwan, Brazil, and France. TV Asahi has been streaming commercials featuring the new main lead Kōga (Hikaru Midorikawa) and the first anime series' lead Seiya (Tohru Furuya).

In the series, Kōga is a 13-year-old boy who assumed the role of the Bronze Saint of the Pegasus constellation. His undefeatable spirit and rebellious nature are strong, as is his single-minded determination. He meets the Saints and comes to learn about the importance of friendship and bonds. His special technique is the "Fist of the Pegasus Meteor."

Morio Hatano, an episode director on Heartcatch Precure! and Kaidan Restaurant, is the series director, and Yoshihiko Umakoshi (Air Master, Berserk, Boys Over Flowers, Casshern Sins, Heartcatch Precure!, Mushi-Shi) is designing the characters and overseeing the animation process. Reiko Yoshida (Bakuman., D.Gray-man, K-ON!, The Story of Saiunkoku) is in charge of the scripts.

Update: Background information added.

Image © Masami Kurumada/Toei Animation, TV Asahi, Dentsu


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