Netflix's 'Saint Seiya, Knights of the Zodiac': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, news and all you need to know about the popular anime series remake
The show will follow the journey of Seiya, who will acquire the Pegasus armor and then become Pegasus Saint who will fight alongside other knights to lead Goddess Athena's fight against the other Gods who want to wreak havoc on Earth
Netflix is remaking the popular anime series 'Saint Seiya'. Titled 'Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac' the show consists of 12 episodes and will follow the lead characters portrayed in the popular manga by Masami Kurumada. The manga was published by Shueisha from January 1986 to November 1990 and consists of 28 volumes.
The original Japanese television show directed by Kōzō Morishita and Kazuhito Kikuchi was aired from 1986 to 1989 with a total of 114 episodes. Now, the Netflix series will have Kōzō Morishita as the executive producer of the show. The volumes that were not adapted into the original Japanese series was later produced by Animax, a Japanese pay channel. In North America, the series was licensed under Viz Media and the series ran from January 21, 2004, to February 2, 2010, and all 28 volumes of the manga were covered.
The show is slated to be released July 19 on Netflix.
According to Netflix, the plot of the anime series "follows modern day adventures of young warriors called 'Knights', who are sworn protectors of the reincarnated Greek goddess Athena. Each Knight wears a powerful armor based on their chosen zodiac constellation, and are called Knights of the Zodiac. They aid Athena in her battle against powerful Olympian gods who are bent on destroying the humankind."
The show will follow the journey of Seiya, who will acquire the Pegasus armor and then become Pegasus Saint who will fight alongside other knights to lead Goddess Athena's fight against the other Gods who want to wreak havoc on Earth. We will also see a bronze saint Andromeda Shun who was originally a male character. In the upcoming Netflix show, this lead character's gender has been changed. The cast of the show is yet to be revealed officially.
The 12-episode series is written by Eugene Son, Patrick Rieger, Shaene Siders based on Masami Kurumada's manga and be directed by Tomasz Baginski.
Netflix has released two official trailers so far. The first one was released December 9, 2018, and introduced us to the fight that will take place to acquire the Pegasus armor and the new generation of Knights of the Zodiac, who will help the Greek Goddess Athena in thwarting the plans of the other Greek Gods who want to end the human world. We also saw the villains, the 'Black Knights', who would be the hurdles in the knight's path towards victory.
The second trailer of the series was released July 9 and introduced us to the four knights who would stand on Athena's side in the upcoming war. The trailer saw Seiya, Andromeda Shun and two other bronze saints work together to thwart the villains of the series with their cosmo power.
When the second trailer of the show released, the change of Andromeda Shun's character from male to female angered fans who looked at it as heteronormative considering Andromeda Shun was interpreted by many fans as gay because of his mannerism, how emotionally open he was and his stance against unnecessary violence.
Fans believe this remake will now be a loss of a queer subtext in terms of representation, that Andromeda Shun's character as a man would have brought. The writer of the series Eugene Son, on the other hand, said he made the change solely because the Knights needed female representation. But fans still question why it was this particular character who had to go through the change.
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