Saint Seiya CG Film's New Video Showcases Saints' Powers
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Toei Animation began streaming the fifth special video "Prologue ~Shōjo no Tabi-dachi~" (Prologue ~A Girl's Departure~) for its upcoming Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary CG film on Tuesday. In the video, a girl named Saori Kido discovers that her true identity is the Greek goddess Athena. Meanwhile, the Saints, who are sworn to protect her, show off their special powers and introduce themselves.
Man: Traitor Saori Kido, who identifies herself as Athena... I shall purge you.
Saori: I don't know anything about that! Also, you keep calling me Athena, but I...
Seiya: I made it just in time! You're Saori, right?
Man: Long ago in Ancient Greece, there was a goddess named Athena. The Saints are the warriors who are the shields to protect Athena.
Man: And to add to it all, you are that same Athena.
Saori: I don't get this! Why do I have to run away!? That's just weird! Something's wrong with this! There's no reason why I should be killed, but then there's also no reason that I should be running!
Seiya: Pegasus Meteor Fist!
Shiryu: Rozan Kōryu-ha!
Camus: Diamond Dust!
Shun: Nebula Chain!
Saori: Who are you guys?
Seiya: We came to protect you!
Saori: Protect me?
Seiya: Don't worry, we'll bring you to the Temple of Athena!
Seiya: Have you ever felt the true cosmos in your heart?
Seiya: OK, let's get going.
Saori: I'm heading out now.
The film will adapt the popular Sanctuary arc from Masami Kurumada's original Saint Seiya mythological fantasy manga of "Bronze Saints vs. Gold Saints." The website and the trailer have the following quote from Kurumada: "The Seiya legend began here."
The voice cast includes:
Mitsuru Miyamoto (Tiger & Bunny, Fruits Basket) as Aries Mu
Rikiya Koyama (Ninja Scroll: The Series, Witchblade, Highschool DxD) as Taurus Aldebaran
Hiroaki Hirata (Tiger & Bunny, Uchū Kyōdai) as Cancer Deathmask
Gō Inoue (Kuroko's Basketball, Tiger & Bunny) as Leo Aiolia
Mitsuaki Madono (Bleach, Gintama, Inuyasha) as Virgo Shaka
Shinji Kawada (Nodame Cantabile, Attack on Titan) as Capricorn Shura
Daisuke Namikawa (Persona 4 - The Animation) as Aquarius Camus
Takuya Kirimoto (Summer Wars, Darker than Black) as Pisces Aphrodite
Masumi Asano (D.N.Angel, Hyōka) as Scorpio Milo
Toshiyuki Morikawa (LINE Town, Gundam Wing, Hyōka) as Sagittarius Aiolos
Kouichi Yamadera (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sword Art Online, Ranma 1/2) as Gemini Saga
Toei Animation confirmed in February 2011 that production on a new computer-animated film of Saint Seiya had been green-lit. Keiichi Satou (Tiger & Bunny, Ashura), is helming the project, and Kurumada is credited as the original creator and chief production supervisor. He also coined the film's title. Tomohiro Suzuki, a scriptwriter for six episodes of Tiger & Bunny, wrote the screenplay.
The manga ran in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from 1985 to 1990, and it has 34.4 million copies in print worldwide. It quickly inspired a 1986 television anime series that was popular not only in Japan, but also in France, Italy, other parts of Europe, Brazil, other parts of South and Central America, and Asia. The anime aired in over 80 countries. It has been a decade since the last Saint Seiya film, 2004's Saint Seiya Tenkai-hen Jōsō ~Overture~.