Saint Seiya Omega
|Saint Seiya Omega|
The logo for Saint Seiya Omega
(Seinto Seiya Omega)
|Genre||Martial arts, Mythic fiction, Drama|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Morio Hatano (01-51)
Tatsuya Nagamine (52-77)
Kohei Kureta (78-97)
|Written by||Reiko Yoshida (01-51)
Yoshimi Narita (52-97)
|Music by||Toshihiko Sahashi|
|Network||ANN (TV Asahi)|
|Original run||April 1, 2012 – March 30, 2014|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||March 26, 2013 – ongoing|
Saint Seiya Omega (聖闘士星矢Ω（セイントセイヤオメガ） Seinto Seiya Omega?, stylized as Saint Seiya Ω) is an anime series produced by Toei Animation. It is a continuation of the Saint Seiya anime series written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada, produced in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the franchise. The series began broadcasting in Japan on TV Asahi on April 1, 2012. It is being directed by Morio Hatano (his debut as series director), with animation character designs by illustrator and animator Yoshihiko Umakoshi, known for performing the same duties on Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, HeartCatch PreCure! and Casshern Sins.
Crunchyroll announced on March 30, 2012 that they had acquired the rights to stream the show online with English subtitles in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, and have since continued to post new episodes online shortly after they air on TV in Japan. 
Toei Animation describes it as an "original anime story", separate from the continuity of Kurumada's manga. Original Saint Seiya author Kurumada is not involved in the creative process of Omega, thus he is credited as the original creator of the series' concept.
Omega was renewed for a second season which started airing in April 7, 2013.
The storyline of Omega takes place 25 years after the Holy Wars of the 20th century narrated in the original manga and its anime adaptation. The goddess Athena is still on Earth after reincarnating to continue her duty of protecting peace against several antagonistic deities. Athena and a new generation of Saints prepare to face new threats that lurks in this new era, in which Pegasus Seiya, the protagonist of Kurumada's manga, is revered as a Saint of legend and one of Athena's Gold Saints.
The first part of the series is the "Mars Saga" (マルス編 Marusu Hen?), introducing the new Pegasus Saint Koga and his friends Dragon Ryuhou, Lionet Souma, Wolf Haruto, Aquila Yuna, Orion Eden, and Aria and the beginning of their fight against the God of War Mars in his quest to capture Aria to become the new Athena. The second part is the "Zodiac Temples Saga" (十二宮編 Jūnikyū Hen?), featuring Koga and his friends fight against the many Gold Saints who have aligned themselves with Mars in their fight to save Athena before it is too late. The second season begins the "New Cloth Saga" (新生聖衣（ニュークロス）編 Nyū Kurosu Hen?), introducing Athena's new enemy Pallas and her Pallasite warriors, a new ally in the Steel Saint Subaru, and new powers with their stronger New Cloths. The second half of season 2 comprises the "Omega Awakens Saga" (Ω覚醒編 Omega Kakusei Hen?), where Athena and her many Saints take their war with Pallas to her stronghold Pallasvelda, where Pallas's elite Pallasites begin to conspire against her.
Originally, Toei planned to make an anime adaptation of the manga Saint Seiya: Next Dimension but the series' slow pace of release resulted in them trying the opposite of Next Dimension: A story set several years after the events of the original manga. For this they created a new cast of main characters who would be assisted by the previous generation's Saints.
The creative staff, including character designer Umakoshi and head writer Reiko Yoshida, previously worked under flagship Saint Seiya director Shigeyasu Yamauchi, either on the original Saint Seiya anime adaptation (director Morio Hatano was assistant director of its fifth film), or on his other works, such as Mushiking: Mori no Tami no Densetsu and Casshern Sins. They referred to Yamauchi as a strong influence in interviews.
As an installment separate from Kurumada's work, the series will introduce characters new to the Saint Seiya fictional universe, that will make use of elements already established within it. Some of them, such as the deities, exist in the original manga. Additionally, known elements from Saint Seiya, such as the Cloths, the armors worn by the Saints, bear their known constellations, but are presented in Omega with a new design that differs substantially from those in the original source material, and departing from it, the Cloths emerge from jewels worn by the characters to envelop their bodies, which are known in Omega as ClothStones (クロストーン Kurosutōn?).
The Cosmo essence, one of the basic concepts of Saint Seiya, is expanded in Omega with the addition of specific elemental properties: Fire (火 Hi?), Wind (風 Kaze?), Thunder (雷 Kaminari?), Earth (土 Tsuchi?), Water (水 Mizu?), Darkness (闇 Yami?) and Light (光 Hikari?).
In the second season, several Saints including the main characters have their cloths upgraded, sporting a new design much more reminiscent of Kurumada's original designs, and are stored in special boxes like in the original continuity.
TV Asahi published recently in its main website that Saint Seiya Omega ranked third in the list of the ten most accessed series-dedicated websites.
Victoria Holden from Otaku USA listed Omega as her favorite anime from 2012 noting that despite its lighter elements, different character designs and comedic elements, she enjoys the characterization from the main cast in their growth into Saints. The updated character designs and the its new elements not seen in the classic series made Holden note that Omega managed to attract a new generation of fans.
The opening theme song for the anime is called "Pegasus Fantasy ver.Ω" (ペガサス幻想(ファンタジー) ver. Ω Pegasasu Fantajī ver. Omega?) performed by MAKE-UP featuring Shoko Nakagawa. Toshihiko Sahashi is the composer of the anime and it also has an official soundtrack that includes twenty-eight songs from the show including the opening theme and was released on August 22, 2012. Beginning episode 28, a new theme song was introduced; titled "Next Generation" (新星Ω神話（ネクストジェネレーション） Nekusuto Jenerēshon?) and performed by Root Five (√５（ルート・ファイブ） Rūto Faibu?).
The second season, started with at episode 52 with a third theme song titled "Mirai Saint Omega ~Saint Evolution~" (未来聖闘士Ω～セイントエボリューション～ Mirai Seinto Omega ~Seinto Eboryūshon~?) and performed by Nagareda Project (流田Project Nagareda Purojekuto?). From episodes 78 to 97, the opening theme is "Senkou Strings" (未来聖闘士Ω ～閃光ストリングス～ Senkou Sturingusu?), performed by the band Cyntia.
It has been announced that the Omega animated series will be adapted to manga form, and it started serialization on March 26, 2013, in Kadokawa Shoten's Kerokero Ace magazine. The comic book will contain the arcs of the first season and it will also adapt the second season.
Bandai has announced the release of a videogame titled Saint Seiya Omega - Ultimate Cosmo. The release has been officially set for November 29, 2012. Additionally, the release of a set of chibi PVC figures portraying the Bronze Saints, has been announced. A line of articulated figures by Bandai under the name S.H.Figuarts has also been announced, with Pegasus Kōga as the first character to be released.
Also from Bandai, a set of playing cards titled Saint Seiya Omega, for their Crusade Card System series has been announced for a June 2012 release
Additionally, the first release of Saint Seiya Omega on DVD and Blu-ray disc was set for August 24, 2012. Each volume will include four episodes.
More related merchandise has been revealed in Toei Animation's website for Omega, including t-shirts and a set of character badges, also, a lottery card game titled Sacred Lottery, for an upcoming release.
Also, a CD single containing the theme song for Omega has been released, containing two songs, "Pegasus Fantasy ver. Ω" and "Get the Future", both in normal and karaoke versions.
Notes and references
- Saint Seiya Ω new series announced by Toei Animation (Japanese)
- Kurumada explains he trusts the Toei staff for the production of Omega. (Japanese)
- "Saint Seiya Omega to Launch New Arc in April - News". Anime News Network. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-02-24.
- Saint Seiya Omega Blu-ray Jacket: Interview with Go Wakabayashi
- As seen in the Saint Seiya Pia mook released in March 2012.
- Saint Seiya Ω headlines in Yahoo Japan (Japanese)
- "Otaku USA's Top Anime of 2012". Otaku USA. January 12, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2014.
- "聖闘士星矢Ω-セイントセイヤオメガ- 公式サイト 東映アニメーション". Toei-anim.co.jp. 2012-02-26. Retrieved 2013-02-26.
- Saint Seiya Omega Ultimate Cosmo videogame - official website
- "Saint Seiya Omega Crusade Card System Expansion set". Carddas.com. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- "Omega will be released on DVD and Blu-ray disc on August, 2012". Toei-anim.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- "聖闘士星矢Ω-セイントセイヤオメガ- 公式サイト 東映アニメーション". Toei-anim.co.jp. Retrieved 2012-07-22.
- Saint Seiya Omega (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- TV Asahi's Saint Seiya Ω website (Japanese)
- Toei Animation's Saint Seiya site (Japanese)