An Introduction to Saint Seiya

Saint Seiya is the masterpiece of the well-known Japanese cartoonist Masami Kurumada. The story was published on some Japanese magazines in installments from December 1989 to November 1990. It has been made into animated TV series, which shocked most areas in Asia and keep the influence now.


Five Japanese orphaned boys were sent by a financial magnate named Mitsumasa Kido to five areas around the world for fighting training. Years later, all of them got their qualifications as Saints (saint warriors) to protect Athena. Their Cloth (amours) were made from Bronze, so they are called bronze saints (low level among all Athena protectors).

The bronze saints returned to Japan and encountered many unidentified enemies. During battles, they got to know that Mitsumasa Kido’s granddaughter, Saori Kido, was in fact the incarnation of Athena. From then on, Saori led the warriors to fight against Pope, Poseidon, Odin, Hardess, who wanted to enslave or destroy humans.

Leading Characters:

Saori Kido is the incarnation of Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war, fighting for love and justice in the story

Seiya became the Pegasus Constellation Bronze Saint after the training in sanctuary of Creece. He is characterized with agility and speed.

Shiryu, the Draco Saint, was trained in China by the Libra Gold Saint who might be the strongest saint in the story. Shiryu is also with great strength.

Shun is a boy indeed, but looks like a girl with the Andromeda Cloth. He was trained in the Island of Fay, good at using chain to protect himself and attack others. But he is always reluctant about using violence.

Hyoga was trained in Siberia and he is able to freeze his enemies before attacking. He wears the Cygnus Cloth.

Phoenix Saint Ikki is the most powerful Bronze, partly because of the inhuman training he accepted in Death Queen Island. Like a Phoenix, Ikki can resuscitate in fire.

Spirits Preached in Saint Seiya

There is a formula in the story: in almost every battle, a bronze saint was beaten about to death by a stronger enemy, but finally cheered up by love, sense of justice, and friendship to defeat the opponent.

But from my point of view, the meaning of love and justice were not fully interpreted in the story, while persistence and cooperation were stressed enough. Japan is famous for the two spirits. In the second world war, many Japanese young men joined the army when they believed they were going to do some right things.

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