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Toei Confirms Plans for New Saint Seiya CG Film

posted on 2011-02-17 02:39 EST
Film marks 25th anniversary of Masami Kurumada's mythological fantasy manga/anime

By Egan Loo

The Japanese anime studio Toei Animation confirmed on Thursday that production on a new computer-animated film of Saint Seiya has been green-lit. The film will mark the 25th anniversary of Masami Kurumada's 1986-1990 mythological fantasy manga and Toei's subsequent 1986-1989 television anime.

Toei first hinted at the project during the Jump Festa event in December. The same teaser video that Toei showed at the event is now streaming from the project's website. Further details about the project will be announced in the future.

Viz Media published the 28th Saint Seiya manga volume in North America last February, and ADV Films and DiC Entertainment released the Saint Seiya anime in North America. The ongoing Saint Seiya video anime spinoff, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiō Shinwa, is starting its second season this month. The media-distribution website Crunchyroll began streaming the first season of Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiō Shinwa in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland on Wednesday, and it will stream the second season next.

Toei revealed last March that it was planning a computer-animated version of Space Pirate Captain Harlock, and it showed a pilot video during Tokyo International Anime Fair later that month. Also at the fair, Toei showed a pilot for a computer-animated Gaiking remake that Jules Urbach developed.

Thanks to Liam for the news tip.

Source: Anime Anime Japan

Image © Masami Kurumada/Shueisha, Toei Animation

Update: More background information added.


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