It’s been awhile since we learned in August 2017 from Netflix that they had plans to bring out a new Saint Seiya series (with the Knights of the Zodiac name being used in various territories for reasons) in 2018. We recently got the nod that it’s been scheduled for the summer 2019 season and now they’ve brought out the main cast for it while getting ready for the larger roll-out.
The newly announced Japanese cast include:
- Masakazu Morita as Pegasus Seiya
- Takahiro Sakurai as Dragon Shiryū
- Hiroaki Miura as Cygnus Hyōga
- Satomi Satou as Andromeda Shun
- Katsuyuki Konishi as Pheonix Ikki
- Fumiko Orikasa as Saori Kido
The season will work with the Ginga Sensou Hen to Hakugin Seidoushi for its material and will be set for a twelve-episode run. The new show will be directed by Yoshiharu Ashino with Eugene Son serving as the main editor and head writer for a team that includes Benjamin Townsend, Shannon Eric Denton, Thomas F. Zahler, Joelle Sellner, Travis Donnelly, Thomas Pugsley, Saundra Hall, Shaene Siders, Patrick Rieger, and more. Terumi Nishii is on board with the character designs and Toei Animation will be producing the animation.
Saint Seiya is a big property for the studio with over 250 TV episodes and six animated films that has generated over a billion in revenue since it kicked off back in 1986. The manga from Masami Kurumada has over 35 million copies sold to date.
The original Saint Seiya manga from Masami Kurumada that ran from 1986 to 1990 and Viz Media has all twenty-eight volumes released in North America in print and digital form. With a lot of anime adaptations and related works over the years, this is the core property to get into and savor.
Plot concept: Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya follows modern day adventures of young warriors called “Knights”, who are sworn protectors of the reincarnated Greek goddess Athena. Each Knights wears a powerful armor based on their chosen zodiac constellation, and are called Knights of the Zodiac. They aid Athena in her battle against powerful Olympian gods who are bent on destroying the humankind.