Seinto Seiya: Omega: Season 2, Episode 1

The New Cloth! Take Flight, New Pegasus! (7 Apr. 2013)

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A New Hope?
6 May 2013 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

While I was mostly unimpressed with the first season of "Saint Seiya Omega", I think that this season could be a huge improvement if it is done right. In the first episode of this new season, a couple of changes were added. I liked some of them, actually, renewing a bit my expectations about this series.

What I liked:

*From what could be seen in the opening, the new bronze clothes look more like the originals, instead of being like magical girl dresses.

*The return of "objects" (also know by the fans as "Totems") and Pandora boxes. I was getting tired of seeing those ridiculous crystal gems from the previous seasons, which were one of the main (But not the only one) reasons of why "Saint Seiya Omega" was so often compared with stuff like "Sailor Moon" and "Pretty Cure".

*The new villains, despite having a ridiculous name ("Pallasites"? seriously?) seem to be much more interesting and powerful than the dumb "Martians" from the previous season. Their armors and appearance resemble much more to the classic villains from the original series than their forgettable predecessors.

What I didn't like:

*Athena sending Seiya to kill a little girl seemed like an out of character moment for me. I mean, even in the context of this new series (Where if she even spared Koga's life despite the fact she knew that he had inside of him the power of Abzu, the god of darkness and also the main antagonist of the first season, why she would be willing to kill one little girl, even if she turned out to be evil or really dangerous?) That was just not convincing, and made those good and classic characters look bad.

Things I'm neutral about:

*The addition of a new Steel Saint, Subaru. In the original series, the Steel Saints were just filler characters that appeared for a couple of episodes, and then were removed from the series without explanation, as if they had never existed. The viewers never had any chance to knew what happened to them (Are they still alive or not?) but to be completely honest, I never cared that much about of them (There were other, much more interesting characters that were forgotten by the original series) I guess that the addition of this new Steel Saint could be a chance to finally discover what happened to those three "disappeared" characters.

While is too soon to determine if this new season would fix all the mistakes from the disappointing previous season, at least it seems to be going in the right direction. I think that I will give it the benefit of doubt.

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