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Seinto Seiya (TV Series 1986–1989) Poster

(1986–1989)

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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.
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The Bronze Cloths or Armors worn by the Bronze Saints in the anime came as a surprise to the manga readers, their design was an original one, very different from Kurumada's manga designs. As it goes in the manga, each time the armors are repaired or 'revived', their design evolve and, as a general trend, every time they are repaired they tend to cover more and more of their wearer's body. But the anime's first Bronze Armors were far more elaborate than their manga counterparts. However, when they are repaired/revived after the Sanctuary Battle, the anime reverted back to Kurumada's second Bronze Cloth (3rd for Seiya and Shiryu) designs. As a result, in the anime, the armors evolve from an elaborate design to a simpler one.
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Shun's character and armor designs were so confusing as to his gender that in the French dubbed version, for the first four episodes, he was voiced by a female.
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Ikki is probably one of the most fascinating Bronze Saint and a favorite among the fans. He is one of the first villains and easily takes on the other four Bronze Saints. He is also a psychologically complex character, plagued with what one would call PTSD, a loner who doesn't band with the rest of the team, yet always ends up saving the day by showing up at the right place at the right time. His powers and abilities place him well above Silver Saints. It is interesting to note that he is the first man to claim the Phoenix Cloth, before him, no one had ever earned the right to wear this armor. The Phoenix Cloth itself stands out among the other Bronze Armors for its ability to self repair, even when reduced to ashes, thus mimicking the supernatural powers of the mythical bird. The Phoenix Armor might well be the only indestructible armor in the Saint Seiya universe and it also seems like the armor's wearer is granted the same ability thus becoming de facto immortal.
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Several characters and a whole arc were developed for the anime only. One one the most notable invented character is Hyoga's master, the Crystal Saint whose Armor design stands out among the other Silver Saints. However in the manga, Hyoga's master is Camus, the Aquarius Gold Saint.
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The name of the Aquarius Gold Saint, Camus, is a nod to the author of The Stranger. Camus is one of the few French Saints (the other notable one in Misty, the Lizard Silver Saint) and his name is an homage to the Algerian born French playwright, novelist and essayist.
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The Bronze Cloths or Armors worn by the Bronze Saints in the anime came as a surprise to the manga readers; they had an original design very different from the ones Kurumada drew in the manga. Each time the armors are repaired or 'revived' in the manga, their design evolve; as a general trend every time they are repaired they tend to be more elaborate, covering more of the Saint's body. In the anime however, the first Bronze Armors were far more elaborate than their manga counterparts, when they were repaired/revived after the Sanctuary Battle, the anime armor design followed Kurumada's manga second Bronze Cloth (3rd for Seiya and Shiryu) designs. As a result, in the anime, the armors evolve from an elaborate design to a scantier one.
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Ikki is probably one of the most fascinating Bronze Saint and a favorite among the fans. As the first true villain, he easily takes on the other four Bronze Saints. After coming back to his senses, he is still a psychologically scarred character, a cynical loner who doesn't band with the rest of the team; yet he always ends up saving the day by showing up at the right place at the right time. His powers and abilities place him well above Silver Saints. It is interesting to note that he is the first man to claim the Phoenix Cloth, before him, no one had ever earned the right to wear this armor. The Phoenix Cloth itself stands out among the other armors for its unique ability to self repair - even when reduced to ashes - thus mimicking the supernatural powers of the mythical bird. The Phoenix Armor might well be the only indestructible armor in the Saint Seiya universe and it also seems like it grants its regenerating ability to its wearer thus making him de facto immortal.
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Camus, the Gold Saint of Aquarius is one of the few French Saints (the other notable one is Misty, the Lizard Silver Saint) and his name is a nod to the Algerian born French playwright, novelist and essayist author of the Stranger.
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The anime-only Bronze Cloth designs eventually gave way to armors that were faithful to the manga. As the battered Bronze Armors were repaired/revived with the surviving Gold Saints' blood after the Battle of the Sanctuary, their design changed to replicate the one Kurumada had intended for his Poseidon Arc. However, as this arc was still being drawn and edited when the TV anime resumed its airing, the Asgard Arc was written as an anime-only arc to fill the gap.
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As a general rule, the Armor design is meant to reflect the Saint's position in the Saints' hierarchy. Bronze Armors are scanty, Silver Armors (with the exception of Eagle and Ophiucus) cover more of their wearer's body, Gold Armors leave very few body parts unprotected. In the manga, every time the Bronze Cloths are revived with blood, their design evolve to a more elaborate one, covering more and more of the Bronze Saint's body. However, the anime Bronze Armors of the Sanctuary Arc were so elaborate they were more akin to Silver Armors. As the TV show endorsed the manga's second Bronze Cloths (3rd for Shiryu and Seiya) design, the anime viewers found their favorite characters wearing scantier armors after the Battle of the Sanctuary.
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Also Mu states that only blood can revive a dead Cloth/Armor, there is one notable exception: the Phoenix Cloth. Just as its mythical namesake, this Armor can regenerate itself, even when reduced to ashes. Furthermore, it seems that it lends its regenerating powers to its bearer thus granting immortality to the Phoenix Bronze Saint. It's also interesting to note that, if Bronze Cloths are worn through the centuries by generations of young Saints, before Ikki , no man had either claimed, earned or worn the Phoenix Cloth, ever.
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Ikki, the Phoenix Saint, is an exceptional Saint in many regards. Notwithstanding the fact that his Armor grants him virtual immortality and the fact that he's the first man ever to win the Phoenix Cloth, Ikki's a powerhouse among the other Bronze Saints. As the anime's first villain, he easily takes on the other 4 Bronze Saints at the same time; later his powers and abilities enable him to defeat Silver Saints with ease. He also is a psychologically complex character, scarred by a traumatic training but yet a loving and protective brother to Shun. His maturity and long term strategic choices put him at odds with the other, often hot-headed Bronze Saints. Even though he doesn't team up with the quartet, he still manages to show up at the right time and at the right place to save the day.
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A few Saint Seiya characters were anime only characters. One of the most interesting is Crystal Saint whose Armor design stood out (maybe because he might be a retired Saint whose Armor is not linked to any constellation) and who is Hyoga's Master in the anime. During the Battle of the Sanctuary, Hyoga reveals that his master's master is none other than Camus, the Aquarius Gold Saint. However, in the manga Hyoga's master is Camus. The manga canon about this relationship is endorsed from the Hades Arc anime on.
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Shun's character design and DD breasted armor were so confusing to foreign producers that, in the French version, he was dubbed by a female voice-actress in the first four episodes of the Galaxian Wars in the Sanctuary Arc.
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Although it's never mentioned in the anime, the manga readers know that Mitsumasa Kido has fathered the 100 so-called 'orphans' that he later pretends to foster before training and sending them all over the globe to earn Armors and become Saints. The Bronze Saints are all half-brothers with the exception of Shun and Ikki who have the same mother.
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