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Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Myth of Hades (聖闘士星矢 THE LOST CANVAS 冥王神話; Seinto Seiya: Za Rosuto Kyanbasu - Meiō Shinwa) is a manga by Japanese author Shiori Teshirogi.

聖闘士星矢 THE LOST CANVAS 冥王神話

(Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Myth of Hades)

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Hades (left), Athena (top), Pegasus Tenma (center) and the Pegasus Saint (right) in the cover of the DVD collection

Genre

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Demographic

Shōnen

Author

Shiori Teshirogi

Publisher

Akita Shoten

Magazine

Weekly Shōnen Champion

Volumes

25

Director

Osamu Nabeshima

Writer

Yoshiyuki Suga

Studio

TMS Entertainment, Ltd.

Episodes

26 (ongoing)

Plot Edit

Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas tells the story of the previous Holy War, taking place in the 18th century, several years before Saint Seiya. The story centers on the relation between Tenma, the Pegasus Saint and his beloved friends, Alone, who eventually becomes his greatest enemy, Hades and Sasha who became Athena

Development Edit

Shiori Teshirogi met Masami Kurumada in a public event she once visited during the time she was a new manga author. In such event, Teshirogi sent Kurumada the first manga she made as well as a letter which made Kurumada ask her to write The Lost Canvas. Although she was happy with such proposal due to the fact Saint Seiya has always been her favorite manga, she found troubles writing it since she used to write shōjo and Lost Canvas was meant to be from the genre shōnen. In order to do that, Teshirogi had to change various things from her style such as the narration and getting used to how to draw fights. Before the manga started, Kurumada sent Teshirogi a general version of the manga's story, but as long as the series continued, she started changing some parts after discussing with people from Akita Shoten. Additionally, the characters designs and Cloths were based on the second season from the Saint Seiya anime adaptation, but she combined them with her own style. When Teshirogi was purposed to start The Lost Canvas she was informed that the series would last a few volumes. However, when the tenth volume was published, she was surprised by the series' length which she found amazing.

In both Saint Seiya and Lost Canvas, Teshirogi's favorite character is the Pegasus Saint, who has become the one she likes drawing the most. When creating Tenma, Lost Canvas's Pegasus Saint, Teshirogi checked if his words would be like those of Seiya, but she realized that both characters had different personalities. The Cancer, Pisces and Taurus Gold Saints were developed with Teshirogi's idea of what she could with the ones from the original series. When she received comments that those Saints were more interesting than the ones from the original series, she answered that she did not mean to give them any special treatment. The characters' names are created according to their origins and constellation such as Pisces Albafica whose "Alba" was developed when Teshirogi was thinking of roses' names.

Media Edit

Manga Edit

The Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas chapters were published by Akita Shoten in the Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine since August 24, 2006. The first volume was published on December 12, 2006, and twenty-five tankōbon collecting the work were released.

A short story comprised in 40 pages, or gaiden, titled Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas - The Myth of Hades - Yuzuriha Chronicles: The Emblem of Bloody Ink (聖闘士星矢 THE LOST CANVAS 冥王神話 ユズリハ外伝 血墨の紋 Seinto Seiya Za Rosuto Kyanbasu - Meiō Shinwa - Yuzuriha Gaiden: Chizumi no mon) was published on October 16, 2009, in the issues 11 and 12 of Akita Shoten's Princess Gold comics magazine, which is oriented towards a female majority demographic. The story is set in the same continuity of Lost Canvas and further explores the past and motivations of the character Yuzuriha, and her younger brother Tokusa, as well as her perspective of the events surrounding the resurrection of Hades. This episode has yet to be included in a tankōbon compilation.

In the final chapter of The Lost Canvas, a new series of gaiden focusing on the Gold Saints was announced. Titled Saint Seiya THE LOST CANVAS - The Myth of Hades - Short Story (聖闘士星矢 THE LOST CANVAS 冥王神話 外伝 Seinto Seiya Za Rosuto Kyanbasu - Meiō Shinwa - Gaiden), the first chapter was published on May 19, 2011.

OVA Edit

A series of original video animations (OVAs) series premiered in Japan on June 24, 2009. The production is by TMS Entertainment (part of "Sega Sammy Group", the company which will produce the SS Online game). The first season comprises 13 OVAs, each 30 minutes in length, and it covers the manga's first 54 chapters. Season 1 ended on April 21 with the release of OVAs 11, 12 & 13. The Second Season premiered on February 23, 2011, adding 13 more OVAs to the series Season 2 ended on July 20 with the release of OVAs 24, 25 & 26.

The original design was unveiled at the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2009. The opening theme is "The Realm of Athena" by EUROX, and the ending theme is "Hana no Kusari" (花の鎖; Leash of Flower), by Maki Ikuno featuring Marina del Ray. The remaining tracks were developed by Kaoru Wada.

Episodes Edit

Number English Title Japanese Title Airdate Notes
01 "Promise" "Yakusoku" (約束) June 24, 2009
02 "Awakening of Hades" "Hādesu kakusei" (ハーデス覚醒) June 24, 2009
03 "The Holy War Starts" "Seisen shidō" (聖戦始動) August 21, 2009
04 "The Prayer Wreath" "Inori no hanawa" (祈りの花輪) August 21, 2009
05 "Poison Rose" "Doku bara" (毒薔薇) October 21, 2009
06 "Procession of Funeral Flowers" "Hana sōretsu" (花葬列) October 21, 2009
07 "Fruit of the Sapindus" "Mokurenji no mi" (木欒子の実) December 23, 2009
08 "Day of Breeze" "Yoki kaze no hi" (良き風の日) December 23, 2009
09 "Giant Star" "Kyosei" (巨星) February 23, 2010
10 "Descent" "Kōrin" (降臨) February 23, 2010
11 "Now Unreachable" "Mō todokanai" (もう届かない) April 21, 2010
12 "Sacrifice That Will Not Fade" "Taenai gisei" (絶えない犠牲) April 21, 2010
13 "The Journey Starts" "Tabidachi" (旅立ち) April 21, 2010
14 "Forest of the Dead" "Shi no mori" (死の森) February 23, 2011
15 "If I Could Return to That Day" "Moshi ano hi ni kaeretara" (もしあの日に帰れたら) February 23, 2011
16 "Gods and Pawns" "Moshi ano hi ni kaeretara" (もしあの日に帰れたら) March 18, 2011
17 "Valueless" "Chiriakuta" (塵芥) March 18, 2011
18 "I Just Want You to Live" April 20, 2011
19 "Lonely Sword" "Tada ikite hoshii" (ただ生きてほしい) April 20, 2011
20 "Prison of Dreams" "Yume no Rōgoku" (夢の牢獄) May 18, 2011
21 "Beyond the Dream" "Yume no Saki Ni" (夢の先に) May 18, 2011
22 "The Path of Righteousness" "Taigi no michi" (大義の道) June 22, 2011
23 "Sacred Sword" "Seiken" (聖剣) June 22, 2011 In the manga, Capricorn El Cid dies from bloodloss after killing Dream Oneiros, but in the OVA he is obliterated along with the god.
24 "Time of Bloody Battles" "Kessen no toki" (血戦の時) July 20, 2011
25 "How Many Months and Years" "Ikuseisou" (幾星霜) July 20, 2011
26 "Let You Be Yourself" "Omae rashiku are" (お前らしくあれ) July 20, 2011

Merchandise Edit

The Lost Canvas has spawned a few merchandise items. Two CDs have been released, one with the opening and ending theme songs called "Realm of Athena" and "Hana no Kusari" respectively. The other CD is the soundtrack for the first season which was released on September 25, 2009. Two figures in Bandai's Myth Cloth figure series have been released, which includes Pegasus Tenma and Bennu Kagaho. Other merchandise include a microfiber towel, a pocket mirror and two puzzles.

A CD Drama about one of Athena's Saints, Pisces Albafica has been made. The CD is currently only available to people that have purchased the first pressings of all 6 DVD or Blu-ray volumes of Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas. Only people in Japan are eligible to be sent the CD.

Reception Edit

During its first week, the volume 13 from the manga sold 25,238 copies in Japan.

The anime series has received generally positive reviews by anime critics. It has been praised for it accessible to viewers who have no knowledge of the original Saint Seiya despite being a prequel and at the same time it allows fans from the to view events from a different point of view. While the use of characters was noted to be common within Japanese series in general, the delivery from various of them such as Tenma's and Alone's relationship was noted to be enjoyable. The animation was noted for standing out "beautifully" mostly in fights. Although the attacks performed by the character was found unintentionally funny by UK Anime Network as a result of its names, the notable display of violence made the reviewer wonder whether the show should aimed towards a young audience.

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