Review: SAINT SEIYA: KNIGHTS OF THE ZODIAC Lacks Punch

FIRST IMPRESSION

While lacking in-depth in the story department, it still has enough action to do the job.
Writing
Animation

The long-running shonen series, Saint Seiya has a new series on Netflix called Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac. Will it help to introduce a new generation to the classic series or is it a failed prophecy?

Summary

Seiya and the Knights of the Zodiac rise again to protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena, but a dark prophecy hangs over them all.

Saint Seiya

Writing

There seems to be a lot of changes from the original which help with the flow of storytelling but does not help with the drama. Too many scenes showcase break the “show don’t tell” rule of writing with characters saying how they feel about different situations instead of showing development taking place. A character reveals they are sent by the enemy and are convinced to change sides with very little actual tension in the process. This is the major flaw of the new series: Where is the danger?

This doesn’t mean this series isn’t without redeeming qualities. The action is good and the characters are interesting enough. Also, only the first six episodes have been released and the initial season has been sited as 12. There is still another half a season to come which could help to deliver the necessary bits to make the series necessary viewing.

Saint Seiya

Animation

The series does boast some great animation. It resembles the original series but showcases a lot of improvement as a whole with where CGI anime has come. The graphics allow for fluid and dynamic action scenes to take place. If more CGI anime looked this good, then fans will be less hesitant when the announcement of using this style of animation occurs in future adaptations.

Conclusion

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac is a decent series but isn’t does hold the intensity of the original. Hopefully, when the second half of the first season is released, it will deliver the necessary elements to make the show more appealing. When it does, check back to Popaxiom and see how the first season averages out.

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Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peaks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His book, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack is available on Amazon.

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