Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac Season 1 Review: Adaptation Is Dull And Uninspiring I Want To Be A Knight

2.5

Summary

Feeling very uninspired and dull, Netflix series Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac, adapted from the manga/anime materials, is disappointing but it might be worth committing to, for now.

Netflix Anime series Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac season 1 was released on the platform on July 18, 2019.


I can’t profess to be knowledgeable about Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac but I do know its history spans back to 1986 as a weekly serial. Since then, the story has been created in various media forms, which brings us to 2019, with Netflix releasing a computer-generated adaptation of the manga and anime series. 

Embracing Greek mythology, Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac follows Seiya, who ends up embroiled in fighting for his life at a sanctuary while looking for his sister who has disappeared. Seiya fights for armour and becomes a “Saint” – the “Saints” form a team, known as the five mystical warriors. Their mission is to defend the reincarnation of Greek Goddess Athena, who is trying to stop the Olympian Gods from dominating Earth. If you have an eye for these stories, you will be thrilled to know that the series provides its twist on the mythology. There’s a sense of good versus evil, and like the anime and manga counterparts, it tries to honour the story of Athena.

I have to admit; I was quite concerned about the wooden dialogue executed from the start. Words feel childlike and robotic. The sense of what is at stake is dulled down by very poorly timed one-liners, meaning you never really feel impacted by the story. I appreciate there is a sense that the computer-generated version is more in-tune for the kids, but I expected a little more emotion in the voice acting.

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac bumbles along with the character Seiya who nurtures the powers gained instantly. There is a need to speed-up the story, as Season 1 is seemingly only six episodes long — however, I am unsure if this is Part 1, and subsequent episodes will follow, as Wikipedia clearly states there will be 12 chapters.

But yes, despite the hype around the release of this Netflix anime/manga adapted series, I felt underwhelmed mainly by the content of the show. Luckily, it’s quick to watch so you can remain committed, so I wouldn’t be put off watching it. I just expected more.

Daniel Hart

Daniel Hart is the Co-Founder of Ready Steady Cut and has operated as Editor-in-Chief since 2017.

3 thoughts on “Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac Season 1 Review: Adaptation Is Dull And Uninspiring

  • July 20, 2019 at 7:30 am
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    Couldn’t agree more. As a big fan of the original series, this latest incarnation feels devoid of any suspens or drama. The original soundtrack that was such a core element of the first season is here replaced by an insipid and boring classical score, the competition fight scenes that were here to teach sacrifice, persistence and ingenuity are here reduced to the shortest possible version (boom, you’re dead)…. What a missed opportunity.

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  • July 22, 2019 at 6:30 am
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    While I agree with most of what you said it’s hard for me to compare my views from the original as so much time has passed. With today’s generation they don’t appreciate sagas in the same way we did. I watch shows with my 5 year old and he really enjoys watching the new version 1 episode at a time. Which seems to be the same for my 11 year old daughter. To give a reference point in 424 episodes of the dragon ball series they only catch a couple every 30-40 episodes or so because they don’t seem too interested in the finer details. If this was intended for 20+ then I would say scrap it but from my kids point of view it’s amazing.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 3:39 pm
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    I agree with absolutely everything you said. I was a big fan of this show growing up and I was excited to watch this version on Netflix and like you said, it was dull, the dialogue lacked excitement and the story line has changed a bit too much for my liking, I was even angry they changed the armors!!. However, I still watched all the 6 episodes in one night. I really hope if there are more episodes and seasons, they will get better.

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