Seinto Seiya (1986–1989)

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A group a young warriors known as 'Saints', each in possession of a 'cloth' guarded by a different constellation, must protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena as she attempts to keep the Earth from being destroyed by evil forces.

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Series cast summary:
Hideyuki Tanaka ...
 Narration / ... (100 episodes, 1986-1988)
Tôru Furuya ...
 Seiya / ... (97 episodes, 1986-1989)
Ryô Horikawa ...
 Shun / ... (83 episodes, 1986-1988)
Kôichi Hashimoto ...
 Hyôga (73 episodes, 1986-1988)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ...
 Shiryû / ... (71 episodes, 1986-1988)
Keiko Han ...
 Saori (69 episodes, 1986-1988)
 Narrator (60 episodes, 1986-1987)
Illich Guardiola ...
 Seiya (59 episodes, 1986-1987)
Hideyuki Hori ...
 Ikki / ... (47 episodes, 1986-1989)
Hiroko Emori ...
 Kiki / ... (42 episodes, 1986-1988)
 Hyoga (42 episodes, 1986-1987)


Seiya is an orphan child that was sent to the Sanctuary of Athena in Greece, where he underwent training to become one of the Saints of Athena. Years later, after gaining possession of the Pegasus Cloth, a mythical armor protected by said constellation, he returns to Japan and meets up with Saori Kido. Kido is the granddaughter of the late Mitsumasa Kido, the man that sent Seiya to Greece, separating him from his sister Seika. Seiya intends to find his sister who disappeared the day he left, but Saori makes a deal with him: if he competes in the Galaxian Wars and wins, she'll help him find Seika. The Galaxian Wars is a tournament organized by the Kido Fundation, in which the Bronze Saints, all of them orphans like Seiya that were sent to different parts of the world to train and earn their cloths, must fight each other, the prize being the Sagittarius Gold Cloth. Seiya agrees to participate just to be able to find his sister. However, the tournament is interrupted and the Sagittarius ... Written by Dama del Puente

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Knights of the Zodiac  »

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(114 episodes)

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Did You Know?


Masami Kurumada said that he doesn't like the anime, but agreed to transfer the manga to anime because of a tradition of make an anime from every manga. See more »


Referenced in J-Stars Victory Vs (2014) See more »


Eien Blue
(First Ending song)
Music by Hiroaki Matsuzawa, Yogo Kono & Nobuo Yamada
Lyrics by Machiko Ryuu
Performed by Nobuo Yamada and Make Up
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An excellent work, idealistic and packed with action.
17 October 1998 | by (Geneva) – See all my reviews

Saint Seiya is a Japanese animation TV series about a group of young men chosen to defend the Goddess Athena with their mysterious powers. However, it isn't simply an action series where everyone gets beaten to pulp. It is scattered with mythological references, from Greek mythology to Norse tales. The graphics, although rather old (1986) are splendid, very aesthetical. We quickly become attached to all five of the heroes, who will risk their lives to preserve justice and peace. The musical score of the anime is, all along, a work of art. All in all, anyone interested in mythology and who likes Japanes animation should try to get his hands on this deep yet action filled anime!

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