Saint Seiya comes to CG film

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 金曜日, 2月 18, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment



Toei Animation confirmed that production on a new computer-animated film of Saint Seiya (聖闘士星矢) has been green-lit. The film will mark the 25th anniversary of Masami Kurumada’s 1986-1990 mythological fantasy manga and Toei’s subsequent 1986-1989 television anime.

Toei first hinted at the project during the Jump Festa event in December. The same teaser video that Toei showed at the event is now streaming from the project’s website. Further details about the project will be announced in the future.

Saint Seiya is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada and serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 1986 to 1991, and adapted into an anime TV series by Toei Animation from 1986 to 1989.

The story follows five mystical warriors called the “Saints” (or “Knights”) who fight wearing sacred armors named “Cloths” , the designs of which derive from the various constellations the characters have adopted as their destined guardian symbols. These Saints have sworn to defend the reincarnation of the Greek goddess Athena in her battle against the other Olympian gods who want to dominate Earth.

Toei revealed last March that it was planning a computer-animated version of Space Pirate Captain Harlock, and it showed a pilot video during Tokyo International Anime Fair later that month. Also at the fair, Toei showed a pilot for a computer-animated Gaiking remake that Jules Urbach developed.

Both the original manga and the anime adaptation were very successful in Japan and several European and Latin American countries (mainly in South America), including France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Dominican Republic.

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