The Holy War is about to begin with the first salvos thrown against Athena and her Saints.
What They Say:
Tenma and the other Saintly Warriors head towards an Italian town where the warriors of the Underworld are gathered. Tenma realizes it is his hometown, and worries about Tenma's fate. However, Alone appears amongst the burning ruins of the town as the reincarnation of Lord Hades. Tenma '" shocked by the evil transformation of his dear friend - is mercilessly attacked by Alone
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the first two episodes, we got a good look at the basics of the main arc that will follow as it introduced both Tenma and Alone and how their lives will go. With the third episode, events move quickly again as the Underworld warriors are already moving quickly towards their own goals, which has some of the Silver Saints heading to deal with them. While we've largely focused on the Gold Saints and what's entailed with them the Silver Saints are nothing to sniff at overall, but seeing them suffer here is brutal. To be turned from Athena and to become operatives of the Underworld for Hades, and be able to make it back to Athena to report to her before going on the offensive, it sets the stage for the kind of very personal power struggles that occur in the world of Saint Seiya.
Saint Seiya is the kind of shows that moves quickly as another group is sent to the small town in Italy where the previous group had run into problems and it includes Tenma this time. What's really problematic is that it turns out it's the town that he was from, and we see that it's fallen havily to the Underworld and with Alone being an instrumental figure to it. The first scene where we see Alone in his darkened state, set against the backdrop of the town burning as Tenma runs through it, is powerful. But that pales when Tenma realizes it's Alone that has gone to the dark side. Alone wasn't exactly a striking figure from when we saw him before, but he's taken to the charms of the Underworld in a significant way and it's really very striking as to how powerful they can make it feel even though we're only three episodes into the show. The bit of effort expended in the first two episodes really made these characters accessible even though they've been dealt with in a simple form.
The psychological impact on Tenma is wonderful as he succumbs to what Alone has done and how it will affect everyone. Alone, for his part, makes the full transition to being the new host of Hades and his hair changes from golden blonde to dark black. It's a moment that really cements where things stand and it turns to the fight between the Gold Saints that are there with the warriors of the Underworld. Saint Seiya has some very striking designs to it, designs you wouldn't ordinarily thing would work in a modern made show, but it really cements things with a sense of power. With the start of the Holy War here, it comes across in a way that really defines it, even simply, as an epic moment, and that's half the battle with a show like this. To make it feel grand and epic while still working on a personal scale.
Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas is giving me everything that took much longer to get to in the original series and it's doing so in spades. With an epic feel, strong characters, great settings and a real sense of power among these men that walk the earth, the show isn't pulling any punches. Both sides are dealt with well here, showing the scale and scope of events in its initial stages, as the Holy War gets underway. With it being layered with a very personal side to it as well because of the relationship between Alone, Tenma and Sasha, it has extra meaning at this stage. Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas is a very quick twenty-four minutes with a whole lot going on and plenty of action to keep you entertained while it plays with things across the board. This is a very fun show that doesn't exactly go over the top, but straddles the line in a very entertaining way.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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