Seiya and the rest of the Bronze and Gold Saints who have survived the Sanctuary battle have entered the world of the Dead. They are fighting to get to Hades and defeat him.
Anime Review: Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Meikai-hen
The overall story of “Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Meikai-hen” revolves around a group of mystical warriors known as Saints who protect the reincarnated Greek deity Athena in her battles against other Olympians who seek to take over the Earth. It is the second part in the Hades trilogy, the final story arc of the Saint Seiya anime series. As one can guess by the title, our heroes now find themselves in the underworld in an attempt to defeat the God of the Dead, Hades and his vast army of evil Spectres.
Encapsulating raw emotion, intense action, mythological lore and impactful character development, this anime sees the Saint Seiya universe plunge into the dark realms of the Underworld, an anti-thesis to the resplendent heavens our heroes are accustomed to. The saints are tested to their limits, both physically and morally, while continuously delivering a mesmerizing blend of action and drama, still sticking to the roots of Greek mythology – the foundation upon which the Saint Seiya universe is built.
“Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Meikai-hen” showcases excellent plot development that is not only interesting to watch but also indulges the audience by diving deeper into each character’s personas. The storyline in itself is a cocktail, filled with heroism, camaraderie, sacrifice, and loyalty – all portrayed with such intensity that it bewitches everyone into a trance of anxious eagerness.
The epic battles that take place in the underworld realm provides a dark and moody setting that contrasts spectacularly with the brightly colored armors of the bronze saints, bringing a visually stunning spectacle to every episode. What is so appreciable is that the fighting scenes never seem unnecessary or drawn out. The pacing is just right, enabling the plotlines to move forward in a satisfactory tempo without feeling rush or overstretched.
As for the animation; yes, it’s a bit dated if compared to the slick, computer-aided styles of more modern series, but in terms of action sequences, the animation never seems to falter… it delivers some real thrills. Background artwork is likely the strongest point of the series’ aesthetics with detail and darkness capturing the hellish aura of the Underworld flawlessly.
An aspect that can never be ignored while reviewing any anime is its soundtrack, and Saint Seiya shines brilliantly in this aspect. At just the right moments, the background score swells, soars and sets the perfect milieu for the scenes. The familiar Saint Seiya OSTs are present and as soul-stirring as ever, and the opening theme song “Pegasus Fantasy” still retains the same energy and fervor.
In conclusion, Saint Seiya: Meiou Hades Meikai-hen compels its viewers to stay, not just because of the promising action and dramatic moments, but because it pursues themes of friendship, sacrifice and determination to protect their loved ones from lurking dangers. It’s a must-watch for any Saint Seiya fan and a commendable selection even for newcomers, as it does a fairly good job in re-capping the earlier series for anyone dropping in midway. In terms of whether to buy, rent, or stream, I’d definitely recommend buying this series, its brilliant re-watchular value is simply too much to pass up!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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