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Seven Seas Licenses Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Manga

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Volume 1 slated for February 2018

Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Thursday that it has licensed Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga. It will release the manga's first compiled book volume on February 6, 2018.

Seven Seas describes the manga:

In the wake of a space-wide civil war instigated by Saga–the Gemini Gold Saint–a new team of Saints comes together with the goal of protecting their goddess Athena. This first all-woman team of armored warriors, powered by the Zodiac, will use their cunning, strength, and compassion to defend their worlds and oppose their very destinies.

The manga is set immediately after the main storyline's Sanctuary arc after the defeat of Gemini Saga from Masami Kurumada's original Saint Seiya manga, but before the Posieidon arc. However, whereas the original manga followed a boy named Seiya and other Saints who fight to protect the goddess Athena, the new series follows a female "Saintia" named Shō who fights evil deities to protect Athena.

The manga launched in Champion RED magazine in 2013. Akita Shoten published the manga's ninth compiled book volume in December. Toei Animation will produce an anime adaptation of the manga.

Kuori's previous works include Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: The Edge, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: The Edge Desire, and the manga adaptations of the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack film and the Sengoku Basara games.

A live-action Hollywood film adaptation of Kurumada's original Saint Seiya manga has been green-lit.

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