Saint Seiya DVD-BOX1 Pegasus Box (Mania.com)

Review Date: Wednesday, December 24, 2003



What They Say


The Review!
Audio
As this show was produced 16 years ago, I have worried if it has got some damages on sound tracks, but the audio of vol.1 is clear and noiseless.

Video
Clear and almost noiseless.

I couldn’t have found any sign of damage of the original film, such as discoloration, scratch and dust.

Unlike some old anime DVDs badly converted from video source, there is no color blurring.

Due to the good video quality, I found the show had some more shades and color tones than I had found on my own VHS tapes (directly recorded from TV).

Packaging
[BOX]
Simple but impressive illustration of Seiya in his new Pegasus Cloth.
Another side has a list of episode titles for each disc.

[Package of vol.1&2]
Seiya in his first Pegasus Cloth, in front of Saori and Marin.
Shiryu, Hyoga and Shun are on another side, with the list of episode titles of vol.1&2

[Package of vol.3&4]
Ikki and his most loyal Black Swan.
Black Pegasus, Black Dragon, Black Andromeda and Black Swan are on another side, with the list of episode titles of vol.3&4.

Menu
Quite simple.
Episode titles and buttons to chapter lists.

Extras

Limited Reproduced Version
New Bronze Cloth Pegasus Cloth Gold Version
In other words:
Bandai’s “Saint Cloth” action toy with gold version of Seiya’s new Pegasus Cloth.

Booklet
Preface by KURUMADA Masami
Introduction of the series
Interviews with (1) MORISHITA Kouzou (director) (2) FURUYA Tooru (VA of Seiya)
Character sketches
Toy pics of Bandai’s “Saint Cloth Series”
Record&CD lists (single CDs and mini albums)
Character listing Who’s in Which Episode
Filmography

Content

In the Sanctuary, Greece.

Seiya, one of the orphans sent to obtain the Cloths by KIDO Mitsumasa, finally wins Casios and gets the Bronze Cloth of his own guardian constellation: Pegasus.
As the Cloth is the mystic armor for the Saint, soldier of Athena the Pope of Athena advises him to use the Cloth only for justice.
But his adventure starts far away from it …

Claiming the Cloth must belong to Greek, Shaina, Casios’ master, challenges Seiya. In the struggle against her and her henchmen, Seiya unleashes the Pegasus Cloth and his Cosmo, the power source of the Saint.

Seiya comes back to Japan to meet his elder sister Seika again, but KIDO Saori, granddaughter of late KIDO Mitsumasa, tells him she was lost 5 years ago. To tell her he is alive, Seiya decides to compete in the Galaxian Wars, the commercial battle tournament for the Gold Cloth of the Sagittarius planned by late KIDO Mitsumasa and held by KIDO Saori.

For the tournament, late KIDO Mitsumasa sent 10 orphans to obtain the Cloths: Seiya, Shiryu, Shun, Hyoga, Jabu, Ichi, Geki, Nachi, Ban and Ikki.

Now 10 orphans have become the Saints, and 9 of them compete in the Galaxian Wars: for the Gold Cloth, for proving strength, for Saori, and for finding out lost sister.

During the battle, and efforts to save Shiryu’s life, friendship sprang up between them.

But the tournament is suddenly interrupted by the dark intruder, Ikki the Phoenix Saint!

After the hard years to become the Phoenix Saint in the Death Queen Island, Ikki has become the leader of the evil Black Saints and comes back to Japan to destroy everything.

4 Bronze Saints, Seiya, Shiryu, Shun and Hyoga have to fight the Black Saints and get back the Gold Cloth from them. Through the fierce battle against Black Pegasus, Black Dragon, Black Andromeda and Black Swan, friendship between the Bronze Saints gets stronger and tighter.

With the aid of the Cosmo and friendship of other 3, Seiya finally wins Ikki. But the Gold Cloth is robbed again … by another Saint named Docrates.

Docrates, and other evil Saints, were sent and/or controlled by someone in the Sanctuary.

Someone is Ales, the new Pope of Athena.
He wants to conquer the world with the power of Saints, but there is one obstacle against his desire: the true Athena …

Well, just got my can't-wait-for Saint Seiya DVD-BOX1 Pegasus Box yesterday, and just finished watching it.
Although 16 years have passed since its first run on TV, all the emotions and feelings come back to my mind.
Visual expressions, sound effects, theme song, background music and direction/acting method are totally old 1980s style, but they are done in quite high quality so that they still have enough power to touch fans’ hearts.


Features
Japanese Language

Review Equipment
Panasonic DMR-HS2 DVD recorder, nameless 21"TV



Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: B-
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: Bandai Visual
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Saint Seiya