Saint Seiya, known in Spanish as Knights of the Zodiac, is a genus shōnen manga created in 1986 by Masami Kurumada and originally published in January 1986 in Shukan Shonen Jump magazine from the publisher Shueisha.
It was later adapted into an anime series of 114 episodes in three seasons with 31 episodes OVA format in total, five animated films, and adds official prequels and sequels of the original story, the relief shall remain so to date.
The plot of the series focuses on the story of a group of young warriors called "saints" (or "gentlemen"), whose main character is Seiya (Saint or knight armor of Pegasus), these warriors fight to protect the Greek goddess Athena and humanity from evil forces who want to dominate the Earth.
To his battles, every saint used his inner energy linked to the universe (the "cosmos"), its special fighting techniques, and their armor (originally called cloth), all inspired by each of the 88 constellations, which represent as Knights and Saints of Athena and protect them in combat.
Both the original manga and the anime adaptation, had great success in Japan, so in European countries like France, Italy and Spain, and Latin American countries such as Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Panama , Peru, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.5 6 However, the anime has not translated into English until his arrival in the United States in 2003.5
In a ranking published in 2006 by TV Asahi Top 100 anime (based on an online survey in Japan), Saint Seiya reached number 25.7
When Masami Kurumada was in the process of creating Saint Seiya, at first gave the name of the protagonist Rin, since Kurumada was going to title his manga Ginga no Rin (Rin of the Galaxy).
However, to further develop their manga, Kurumada decided to change the name of the protagonist and named Seiya whose name is composed of two kanji: 星 (Sei), which means star and 矢 (I), which means arrow, which in together result in "Arrow Star", referring to the shooting stars or comets, concepts related to character, and so his zodiac sign, Sagittarius.
Finally, once developed the concept of the saints, changed the title of his manga Saint Seiya. Also, Kurumada stated that one of the first ideas he conceived for Saint Seiya was the special technique of Seiya, Pegasus Ryusei Ken (Pegasus Meteor), with frequent recourse to the issue of the constellations and Greek mythology.
When Kurumada designed Seiya, was inspired by one of his own characters: Ryūji Takane, star of the manga Ring ni Kakero, created nine years before Saint Seiya. Moreover, most of the protagonists of his sleeves resemble Ryūji because Kurumada refers to the technique used by Osamu Tezuka, Star System, based on having a "cast" stable of characters to different works. The same procedure is done with most other characters in the serie.
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- Owned by:Masami Kurumada
- Country: Japan
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