A Holy War, from ancient mythology, where the Goddess Athena and Hades have fought against each other while defending the earth repeatedly over the span of 200 years. The story takes place in 18th century Europe, 243 years prior to the original “Saint Seiya” Three small children, Tenma, Alone, and Sasha have all shared a very happy childhood together. Tenma who is quite aggressive but upstanding has moved to Sanctuary to become a saint. It is there that he is reunited with Sasha who is the sister of Alone and learns that she is the reincarnation of Goddess Athena. Alone, who is kind, gentle and loves painting was chosen for the body of enemy King Hades. Tenma eventually becomes a saint of Pegasus and engages in a fierce battle with his best friend Alone, the King of Hades. Pegasus Tenma, King Hades, and the Goddess Athena and through the twist of their 3 fates merge together which unfolds a prologue to the original Saint Seiya.
(Source: TMS Entertaiment)
Review: Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas – Meiou Shinwa
Immerse yourself in a realm of gods and warriors, where bravery and determination decide the fate of mankind in “Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas – Meiou Shinwa”. The show, a spin-off prequel to the original Saint Seiya series, amidst the backdrop of the 18th century during the Holy War, artistically entwines soul-stirring battles, profound emotions, and an epic storyline.
The narrative revolves around two friends, Tenma and Alone, living peacefully in an orphanage. Unforeseen circumstances push Tenma to become a Saint of Athena, while Alone transforms into Hades, the God of the Underworld. This twist of fate triggers a cosmic conflict, leading to the heart-wrenching dilemma of close friends turning into adversaries.
Visual and Audio Bliss
Aesthetically, this anime is a sight to behold with its darker, more mature tone. The character designs exude vitality, the battle sequences convey the sheer impact of the duels, and the backgrounds are lush, transporting you to a distinct era. The animation by ‘TMS Entertainment’ offers an eye-candy experience, ensuring you are on the edge of your seat.
While the visuals capture your attention, the audio complements it with an exceptional OST. The opening and closing themes are memorable, and the soundtrack overall enhances the drama, excitement, and tragic moments experienced by the characters.
Characterization and Storyline
“Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas” also excels in its depth of characters and storyline. The protagonists, Tenma and Alone, showcase enduring friendships, struggles, and moments of courage that make their transformations more commendable. The side characters too, bring their flair to the storyline, with fleshed-out backstories and engrossing development.
The pacing of the anime is well-balanced, considering it spans over 26 episodes. The storyline progresses swiftly, infusing plethora of plot twists along with intense battles, leaving no room for dull moments. However, there might be moments of extreme emotions, depicting the core nature of the series.
The Verdict: Rent, Buy or Stream?
With its compelling mixture of friendship, betrayal, sacrifice, and extraordinary battles, “Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas – Meiou Shinwa” is a must-watch for any anime enthusiast. Whether you’re a hardcore fan of the original ‘Saint Seiya’ series or diving into this universe for the first time, this anime ensures a riveting experience.
Firstly, as an introduction to this astounding series, streaming might be the best option. Eventually, for a remarkable experience and repeated watch, owing to its beautiful storyline and production quality, considering buying the series would be a wise move. However, if you are still testing the waters of this genre, renting the show would be a milder commitment. Regardless of the choice, rest assured this series will not disappoint you in the anime world.
Experience the cosmic drama in “Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas – Meiou Shinwa” which beautifully depicts the clash between friendship and duty, peppered with spectacular battles and compelling characters.
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