This week for Manga Monday I’m covering a truly classic series. It’s time to embrace your Cosmos with Saint Seiya by Masami Kurumada!
Plot Synopsis: The story focuses on an orphan named Seiya who was forced to go to the Sanctuary in Greece to obtain the Bronze Cloth of the Pegasus constellation, a protective armor worn by the Greek goddess Athena’s 88 warriors known as Saints. Upon awakening his Cosmos, the power of the Saints which is an inner spiritual essence originated in the Big Bang, Seiya quickly becomes the Pegasus Saint and returns to Japan to find his older sister. Because his sister disappeared the same day Seiya went to the Sanctuary, Saori Kido, the granddaughter of Mitsumasa Kido (the person who sent all the orphans to train) makes a deal with him to go to fight in a tournament called the Galaxian Wars. In this tournament, all the orphans who survived and became Bronze Saints must fight to win the most powerful Cloth: The Sagittarius Gold Cloth. If Seiya goes to compete there and wins, Saori would start a search to find Seiya’s sister.
Plot: The plot is pretty cheesy and it’s not amazing, but it’s a true classic Shonen series and is generally considered one of the biggest successes prior to Dragon Ball.
Characters: Of all the characters I like Saori the most, but sadly she doesn’t get as much screen time as I’d like. The rest of the cast including Seiya is okay, but nothing super special.
Art: It’s from the 1980’s so it’s dated, but it’s not bad either as this was published in Weekly Shonen Jump.
Overall: If you want a truly classic series to read, this might be up your alley.
For those who like: Action, Battle Series, Classics, Shonen Series.
Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.