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Saint Seiya Episode Zero Mini-Series Manga Gets 2nd Season in December

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Saint Seiya prequel to center on conspiracy brewing under the shadow of Saga, Kanon

The October issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine announced on Saturday that Masami Kurumada will launch a second mini-series "season" for his Saint Seiya Episode Zero manga in the magazine's February issue on December 19.

The magazine teases the story as a prequel to Saint Seiya, with a conspiracy brewing under the shadow of rival brothers Saga and Kanon, and a new mystery being unraveled.

Akita Shoten's Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine hinted in June that the October issue of Akita Shoten's Monthly Champion RED magazine will reveal a new development for Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya franchise on August 18.

Kuramada launched Saint Seiya Episode Zero in Monthly Champion RED last December as a short series, and ended it in February. The story follows Gold Saint Sagittarius Aiolos protecting baby Athena.

Kurumada published the last chapter of the current season of his Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades manga in Weekly Shōnen Champion on June 21. The magazine did not announce when the manga will return. Kurumada has been serializing the manga since 2006 and Akita Shoten released the 12th volume on May 8.

Kurumada published the original Saint Seiya manga from 1986 to 1990. The manga has inspired a number of television anime, original video anime projects, anime films, and spinoff manga. Netflix announced a new CG anime based on the original manga in August 2017, and the Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō spinoff manga also has an anime in the works that is slated to debut in December. A live-action Hollywood film has also been green-lit.

Viz Media published the original manga in English under the title Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga. ADV Films released Toei Animation's anime adaptation with an English dub under the title Knights of the Zodiac, and later released it unedited under the title Saint Seiya. New Video Group later also released the series on DVD.

Sources: Monthly Champion RED October issue, Comic Natalie

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