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Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō Anime Reveals More Cast, Main Staff, New Visual

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Rina Satou joins cast as Mayura in December anime by GONZO

The official website for Toei Animation's anime of Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō manga revealed a new cast member, the main staff, and a new visual for the anime on Monday.

Rina Satou joins the cast as Mayura, the Pavo (Peacock) Silver Saint who acts as a guide for Shōko when she decides to become a Saintia.

Masato Tamagawa (Nurse Witch Komugi, Aria the Animation, Air Gear episode director) is the series director for the anime at GONZO. Ikuko Takahashi (O-jii-san no Lamp, Asura) is in charge of series composition. Keiichi Ishikawa (Saint Seiya Omega, One Piece: Heart of Gold) and Ayana Nishino (Hitorijime My Hero) are designing the characters. Toshihiko Sahashi (Saint Seiya Omega, Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold) is composing the music. Toei Animation is credited with planning and production.

The show will premiere on the SkyPer! Anime Set channel on Amazon Prime Video in Japan on December 10 at 7:00 p.m. JST. The anime will later premiere on Animax on December 24, and on the dAnimax channel on dTV on January 5. The "Animax on PlayStation" app will also premiere the show on December 10, but only the first three episodes will stream on the same schedule as SkyPer! Anime Set.

The anime's main cast includes Aina Suzuki as Shōko, M.A.O as Kyōko, Inori Minase as Saori, and Megumi Nakajima as Mii. Suzuki, M.A.O, and Minase are all reprising their roles from previous drama CDs for the manga. Pile voiced Mii in the drama CDs. Additionally, Toshihiko Seki (Scorpio Milo), Hideyuki Tanaka (Leo Aiolia), and Ryōtarō Okiayu (Gemini Saga) are all returning from previous installments in the Saint Seiya franchise. Other cast members include Ayana Taketatsu as Erda, Suzuko Mimori as Xiaoling, and Yukiko Morishita as Katya.

The cast members will perform the opening and ending songs in character. Aina Suzuki (Shōko), M.A.O (Kyōko), Inori Minase (Saori), and Megumi Nakajima (Mii) are performing the opening song "The Beautiful Brave." Suzuki and M.A.O are performing the ending song "Hohoemi no Resonance" (Smile Resonance). Both songs will ship on CD on December 26 along with a third track, a character song for Evil Goddess Eris (also voiced by M.A.O).

Toei Animation is producing the anime. Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga, and it describes the story:

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.

Source: Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō anime's official website, Comic Natalie

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