Saint Seiya: Next Dimension

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Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - Myth of Hades
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Cover of the first volume
聖闘士星矢 NEXT DIMENSION: 冥王神話
(Seinto Seiya: Nekusuto Dimenshon - Meiō Shinwa)
Genre Martial arts, Mythic fiction, Drama
Manga
Written by Masami Kurumada
Published by Akita Shoten
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion
Original run April 27, 2006 – present
Volumes 11
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Saint Seiya: Next Dimension - The Myth of Hades (聖闘士星矢 NEXT DIMENSION 冥王神話, Seinto Seiya: Nekusuto Dimenshon - Meiō Shinwa), also known as simply Next Dimension, is an ongoing manga written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada. It is a prequel and continuation to his manga series Saint Seiya; placed during the previous "Holy War" between the deities Hades and Athena and their respective minions, the Specters and the Saints, during the 18th century in the franchise's fictional chronology. It is published by Akita Shoten in the weekly magazine Weekly Shōnen Champion at irregular dates. It is also known by its alternate subtitle Galaxy Myth (銀河神話, Ginga Shinwa), which is used during publication to refer to the segments of the storyline set in the 20th century, as opposed to the Myth of Hades subtitle, which refers to the segments set in the 18th century.

Unlike the original work, Next Dimension is published in full color in its volume compilations, with the printed chapters in the Shōnen Champion magazine originally published in the standard black and white format of japanese comics media; with occasional color pages. However, the digital version of the chapters is published in color, albeit in a simplified color scheme that is later improved and enhanced in the compilations. Thus, Next Dimension is notable as one of the few titles of the genre to be published in full color today.

Plot[edit]

Next Dimension resumes the story of Kurumada's original Saint Seiya manga by means of a flashback to the final battle of the Saints of Athena in the Hades arc. During the battle, Hades, the god of the Underworld recognizes Seiya as the feared enemy he faced millennia ago, in the ages of myth, reincarnated in this era. The god is reminded of past incarnations and then reminisces about the events that occurred in the last war between Athena and himself 243 years earlier. During that era, a boy named Tenma was one of Athena's legendary warriors, the Saints. He was also the incarnation of Pegasus Seiya in the 18th century. Tenma was best friends with a boy named Alone, Hades' chosen vessel to inhabit in that era. As Alone became possessed by Hades, Tenma ventures to rescue him, meeting Aries Shion and Libra Dohko and eventually suffering defeat at the hands of two of the Magnates from the Underworld. Surviving the encounter, the Saints return to Athena's Sanctuary to devise a strategy to prevent Hades from completing his machinations. In the present time, Pegasus Seiya is under a curse from Hades that will kill him in three days. Athena decides to save Seiya and is accompanied by the Saint, Andromeda Shun. They travel back in time with the aid of Chronos, but are sent further back than intended so that they end up during the previous holy war. They are separated and Athena is turned into a baby, but she is saved from harm by a Saint as it turns out the leader of the Sanctuary is in league with Hades. Tenma meet Shun and is convinced of the situation and they race to rescue Athena. On their way through the twelve houses of the zodiac the meet and fight against several of the powerful Gold Saints and also Specters, warriors of Hades. They are also joined by Shun's comrades, Ikki, Shiryu and Hyoga. Another looming threat is revealed to be coming in the form of the 13th Gold Saint of Ophiuchus.

Characters[edit]

Main article: List of Saint Seiya characters

The following are some of the characters that have a prominent role in the chapters released to date. As the story progresses, some more characters have been introduced, and are expected to be developed further in future chapters.

  • Pegasus Tenma: The 18th century incarnation of Pegasus Seiya and the main character of the story.
  • Alone: The purest soul in the 18th century and the previous human vessel for Hades, god of the Underworld. A young painter apprentice who is an orphan and a close friend to Tenma.
  • Aries Shion: A former Bronze Saint promoted to Gold Saint of Aries, future Pope of Sanctuary.
  • Libra Dohko: A former Bronze Saint promoted to Gold Saint of Libra, future master of Dragon Shiryū.
  • Crateris Suikyō: Formerly the Crateris Silver Saint, master of Tenma and a well-respected soldier of Athena's army. Unknown events have led him to switch his loyalty to Hades, forsaking his destiny as a Saint and embracing a new one as the Garuda Specter in Hades' army. He also trained with Shion and Dohko during their childhood.
  • Andromeda Shun: One of the main characters, he travels back to the past with Saori and is later separated from her in the 18th century. In the same way as Alone was in the 18th century, Shun is the human with the purest soul in the present.
  • Phoenix Ikki: Another of the protagonists and brother of Shun, he reappears fighting off LaScomoune before leaving and travelling to the past.
  • Dragon Shiryū: Another of the protagonists, Shiryū goes back in time, to the time of the previous Holy War against Hades in the eighteenth century, to help Saori / Athena to save the life of Seiya.
  • Cygnus Hyōga: Another of the protagonists, who back in time with Shiryū, at the time of the holy war against Hades in the eighteenth century, to help Athena.
  • Saori Kido: She is the current incarnation of Athena, the greek goddess of justice and heroic endeavor. She, along with Shun, travels back to the holy war against Hades in the 18th century to revert Hades' curse on Seiya, but was turned into an infant by Chronos, the god of time.
  • Ophiuchus Odysseus: Originally a Silver Saint, endowed with miraculous healing abilities, he was beloved and well respected in Sanctuary, where his tragic passing was heavily mourned in the 18th century. Years later, he is resurrected as the legendary Ophiuchus Gold Saint, who was cursed and sealed away in the ages of myth. Odysseus is presented by Kurumada in an antagonistic role.
  • Angel Tōma: Formerly an Angel, a combatant of the Heavenly Realm, imprisoned in the Lunar Prison due to sins of his past. His status as an Angel is restored by Callisto, who sends him to take Athena's life, as well as Seiya's. His past is mysteriously connected to Eagle Marin.
  • Pegasus Seiya: The main character of the story. After the battle against Hades, he remains between life and death from the god's cursed sword. For that reason, Athena and his Saint friends embark on a journey back in time to save him.

Production[edit]

Masami Kurumada first announced the start of the follow-up to his famous Saint Seiya series in 2006. On April 21 he posted an image of Hades, Lord of the Underworld, on his blog.[1] Short chapters came to be published once or even trice per month due to its sporadic release until January 4, 2007 when the next chapter did not get released until August 2, 2007. The series have kept up sporadic releases, with brief intervals of week-to-week publication, but Masami Kurumada updates his blog after a longer interval to show the next upcoming chapters.[2] In Volume 2, in his personal message, Masami Kurumada apologies for the delay of the second volume; revealing that he was sick for a long time in the spring of 2009.[3]

Saint Seiya Next Dimension was conceived by Masami Kurumada as a prequel to his Saint Seiya manga, parting from elements revealed in it but never further developed and explored then, hence, he started writing and drawing Next Dimension by opening the storyline in a prologue, with a flashback to the last battle of his original manga, contained in vol. 28. Additionally, the original concept of the prequel was to work simultaneously with Shiori Teshirogi's Saint Seiya : The Lost Canvas as a multi-angle interpretation of the storyline, but this approach was quickly abandoned, as both works greatly diverged. At the release of the first collected volume (tankōbon) of the series, Next Dimension was confirmed to be canonical within the universe and chronology conceived by Kurumada for Saint Seiya.[4]

Following Masami Kurumada's traditional writing and drawing style, the storyline unfolds in typical shōnen manga narrative. In addition each chapter is presented in full colour. The first chapter was initially called Prologue ①, however, the "①" was removed in the collected first volume. During the first 14 chapters, the borderline of the pages was coloured to look like a starlit night sky, this was changed to standard white in part 14 and further chapters as well as a standard in compiled volumes.[5] Parts 15 and 16 were published in a black & white format complemented by one colour image each. The following parts have continued being released in black & white accompanied by various colored pages. The parts published in black and white will be available in full colour in their respective volume compilation.[6][7] Certain objects and pieces of information that was previously published in the Saint Seiya Encyclopedia are used in the story such as one of Athena's 88 armours, the Crateris Silver Cloth, albeith with a new design.[8] The characters Artemis and Tōma were created by Masami Kurumada and first introduced in the fifth Saint Seiya movie which would have served as a continuation for the storyline. But the film did not receive the planned sequels, thus Kurumada incorporated the characters into Saint Seiya: Next Dimension, hence becoming the canonical incarnation of said characters.

Media[edit]

A prologue, 88 chapters and two special chapters have been released to date since 2006, and are being collectively published in tankōbon form. The tenth compilation, was released on June 6, 2016.[9] The first special episode for Next Dimension was published on June 19, 2014 to commemorate the release of the animated film Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary. The second special chapter was released the year after on July 16, 2015. Both special chapters were compiled in the tenth volume. The eleventh compilation was released on September 7, 2017.

Volume list[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 February 6, 2009[10] ISBN 978-4-253-13271-8
  • Prologue
  • Part 1. Dohko and Shion (童虎とシオン, Dōko to Shion)
  • Part 2. Alone (アローン, Arōn)
  • Part 3. Tenma (天馬, Tenma)
  • Part 4. Friend (, Tomo)
  • Part 5. The Sword of Hades (冥王の剣, Meiō no Ken)
  • Part 6. Hades' Awakening (冥王覚醒, Meiō Kakusei)
  • Part 7. Hades Castle (ハーデス城, Hādesu-jō)
  • Part 8. Specters (冥闘士, Supekutā)
  • Part 9. Barrier (結界, Kekkai)
  • Part 10. Suikyō (水鏡, Suikyō)
  • Part 11. Warmth (ぬくもり, Nukumori)
  • Part 12. The Water of Crateris (杯座の水, Kuraterisu no Mizu)
In 1990, the Bronze Saints of Athena engage the god Hades in a final battle to save their goddess Athena and the world. During the fight, the god of the Underworld remembers encountering Pegasus Seiya before, and the reader is then taken to the past. In the 18th century, Dohko and Shion are promoted from Bronze to Gold Saints by the Pope of Athena's Sanctuary. With their new status, they set out to take down Hades before he manifests in his chosen vessel of the era, Alone. Tenma, the Pegasus Saint in the 18th century steps in between and stops their attack. During the confusion Alone winds up in an old temple were Pandora manages to awake Hades' soul in Alone. With a barrier now in place that reduces the Saints' strength, Dohko, Shion and Tenma retreat with dismay. Yet before they can they are attacked by Griffon Vermeer and Garuda Suikyō, the latter being Tenma's former master. the Saints are hurt badly as the Specters are called back to Hades, but with the help of Tenma's horse they are able to escape and head back to Sanctuary, to recover and devise a strategy for the upcoming Holy War.
2 March 8, 2010[11] ISBN 978-4-253-13272-5
  • Part 13. Izō and Ox (以蔵とオックス, Izō to Okkusu)
  • Part 14. Garland (花の鎖, Hana no Kusari)
  • Part 15. The Temple of the Moon (月の神殿, Tsuki no Shinden)
  • Part 16. As Long as There Is love (愛あるかぎり, Ai Aru Kagiri)
  • Part 17. Lascoumoune (ラスクムーン, Rasukumūn)
  • Part 18. The Immortal Bird (不死鳥, Fushichō)
  • Part 19. The Doors of Spacetime (時空の扉, Jikū no Tobira)
Tenma, Shion and Dohko return to Sanctuary to report their findings about the situation, only to be greeted harshly by the Taurus Gold Saint, Ox, enraged by their seemingly irresponsible behavior. After Taurus is restrained by Capricorn Izō, the Saints are puzzled by the absence of their goddess and ponder about her whereabouts. The Virgo Gold Saint, Shijima, then unveils that Athena may come from the future.

250 years later, in 1990, Athena travels with Andromeda Shun to Mount Olympus and meets her elder sister Artemis, seeking help to relieve Seiya from the comatose state he was put in after by Hades' curse. Artemis reveals that the only way to do so is to travel back in time, Athena seeks then the help of the god of time, Chronos. During the trek to Chronos, Shun and Athena are separated, the Saint is engaged by the guardians of Artemis, the Satellites, sent by Callisto to kill Athena. Shun is helped by his brother Phoenix Ikki to defeat them and their commander Lascomoune. Eventually, Athena meets Chronos, who sends her along with Shun back in time, to the Holy War in the 18th century, fulfilling Shijima's prediction.
3 December 8, 2010[12] ISBN 978-4-253-13273-2
  • Part 20: Athena's Birth (女神降誕, Atena Kōtan)
  • Part 21: The Pope's Dagger (教皇の短剣, Kyōkō no Tanken)
  • Part 22: To Athena's Side (女神のもとへ, Atena no Moto e)
  • Part 23: The Enemy Is Inside the Sanctuary (敵は聖域にあり, Teki wa Sankuchuari ni Ari)
  • Part 24: Crystal Wall (クリスタルウォール, Kurisutaru Wōru)
  • Part 25: Tears of Blood (血涙, Ketsurui)
  • Part 26: The guidance of Athena (女神の道標, Atena no Dōhyō)
In 1990, Phoenix Ikki finds Athena's garland, a lead to her whereabouts, and travels back in time.

250 years earlier, in the 18th century, the situation of the Holy War becomes only direr as Athena reincarnates as an infant. The Pope tries to murder her, but is thwarted by Virgo Shijima. Shijima is gravely wounded by Pisces Cardinale, who has sworn fealty to Hades, and flees to protect Athena. The Underworld Commander Garuda Suikyō is dispatched to Sanctuary to take the Athena's life. Followed by a cadre of Specters, Suikyō reaches the Sanctuary and engages Aries Shion in battle. Arriving from the future, Ikki meets an overpowered Shion and engages Suikyō in battle.
4 December 8, 2011[13] ISBN 978-4-253-13274-9
  • Part 27: Deadly combat in the Temple of the White Ram (白羊宮の死闘, Hakuyōkyū no Shitō)
  • Part 28: Suishō (水清, Suishō)
  • Part 29: Ice Spears (氷槍, Hisō)
  • Part 30: One-winged Fallen angel (片翼の堕天使, Katayoku no Datenshi)
  • Part 31: Gemini's Labyrinth (双児宮の迷宮, Jemini no Meikyū)
  • Part 32: Premonition to a deadly battle (死闘への予感, Shitō e no Yokan)
  • Part 33: Deadly battle in the Temple of the Twins (双児宮の死闘, Jemini no Shitō)
In the 18th century, Sanctuary trembles as the war rages on and warriors of both armies engage in deadly combat. Sparing Shion and Ikki over suffering the effects of the latter's attack, Garuda Suikyō reaches the Taurus Temple, defeating its guardian, Ox. Simultaneously, Tenma and Shun venture into the Gemini Temple, where a deadly encounter between Gemini Abel, Cain and Suikyō takes place. As they rush to their encounter with Athena, Tenma and Shun almost reach the Cancer Temple.

250 years later, in 1990, the fallen Angel Tōma invades Sanctuary to slay Seiya, but fails due to the intervention of Cygnus Hyōga and Eagle Marin. Tōma senses a mutual but unclear connection to Marin as he retreats.
5 April 6, 2012[14] ISBN 978-4-253-13275-6
  • Part 34: Gemini Abel (双子座のアベル, Jemini no Aberu)
  • Part 35: Cain & Abel (光と影, Kain to Aberu)
  • Part 36: Deathtoll, the coffin maker (棺桶屋のデストール, Kan'okeya no Desutōru)
  • Part 37: Omertà (沈黙の棺, Omeruta)
  • Part 38: The sacrifice of the Demon Emperor's Fist (魔皇拳の生贄, Maōken no Ikenie)
  • Part 39: The warmth of that day (あの日のぬくもり, Ano Hi no Nukumori)
  • Part 40: Advancing (歩み, Ayumi)
In the 18th Century, Tenma and Shun continue their traversing of Sanctuary, managing to trespass the Gemini Temple and make it as far as to the Cancer Temple. The Specter Garuda Suikyō, seems to be under the effects of the Demon Emperor's Delusion Fist, also proceeds. Tenma and Shun, then Suikyō fight against the Cancer Gold Saint, the ambivalent Deathtoll, the coffin maker. Beyond the deathly portal of Praesepe, Tenma manages to defeat Deathtoll by sealing him in the coffin Omertà, saving his life as well as Shun and his mentor's. Surviving the battle, Suikyō returns to Sanctuary, encouraging his apprentice to battle on, and resuming his way, heads to the next Temple.
6 December 12, 2012[15] ISBN 978-4-253-13276-3
  • Part 41: Until that Day (いつかの日のために…, Itsuka no Hi no Tame ni...)
  • Part 42: Resuscitation (起死回星, Kishi Kaisei, lit. "resuscitating star")
  • Part 43: Leo Kaiser (獅子座のカイザー, Reo no Kaizā)
  • Part 44: Fist of Light (光の拳, Hikari no Ken)
  • Part 45: The Mischief of the Gods (神の悪戯, Kami no Itazura)
  • Part 46: The Labyrinth of the Gods (神々の迷宮, Kamigami no Rabirinsu)
  • Part 47: The Compassion of the Warrior (戦士の情け, Senshi no Nasake)
In the 18th Century, the young Bronze Saints recover from their battle against Deathtoll and proceed to the following Temple, where they find Tenma's mentor Suikyō utterly defeated by its fierce guardian, Leo Kaiser and his pet Goldie. Meanwhile, in the Temple of the Twins a fierce battle between Gemini Cain and Phoenix Ikki ensues, until the young Bronze Saint proves to Cain their goals and allegiance are the same. Shun and Tenma also endure a hard trial to prove their loyalty to Athena to Leo Kaiser, and Deathtoll returns from Praesepe, revealing his true allegiance. As the battle for Earth continues Gemini Cain and Gemini Abel prepare to reveal the mystery of their birth.
7 August 8, 2013[16] ISBN 978-4-253-13277-0
  • Part 48: Burning Friendship (炎の友情, Honō no Yūjō)
  • Part 49: The Gate of Death (死門, Shimon)
  • Part 50: The Great Light (大いなる光, Ōi Naru Hikari)
  • Part 51: Dragon and Swan (龍と白鳥, Ryū to Hakuchō)
  • Part 52: Dragon and Tiger, Mentor and Disciple (龍虎師弟, Ryūko Shitei)
  • Part 53: Successor (継ぐ者, Tsugu Mono)
  • Part 54: Demonic Temple (魔宮, Makyū)
In the 20th century, after stopping Angel Tōma from killing Seiya, Cygnus Hyōga proceeds to rally Dragon Shiryū to rush to Athena's aid. The reluctant Shiryū's loyalty as a Saint is rekindled only after a brief encounter with the Angel. Both Saints proceed to Mount Olympus and reach Athena's garland, which sends them back in time. Ophiuchus Shaina is suddenly taken over by a mysterious entity, which Eagle Marin fears to be the thirteenth Gold Saint, cursed since the age of myths.

250 years earlier, in the 18th century, Suikyō is challenged by Virgo Shijima, and after breaking through his defenses is revitalized by his Crateris Cloth, then reveals to Athena the mystery of the cursed Ophiuchus Gold Saint; and Shiryū meets the younger self of his revered mentor, Libra Dohko.
8 December 6, 2013[17] ISBN 978-4-253-13278-7
  • Part 55: The Thirteenth Gold Saint (十三番目の黄金聖闘士, Jū San Ban Me no Gōrudo)
  • Part 56: My Friend (わが友, Wa ga Tomo)
  • Part 57: The Treasures of Heavens (天舞宝輪, Tenbu Hōrin)
  • Part 58: Oṃ (阿吽, Aun)
  • Part 59: Recklessness (蛮勇, Ban'yū)
  • Part 60: Divine Cosmo (神の小宇宙, Kami no Kosumo)
  • Part 61: Farewell poem for a friend (友を送る詩, Tomo o Okuru Uta)
In 1747, the mystery of the origin of the cursed Ophiuchus Gold Saint is revealed by Virgo Shijima, although his identity remains unrevealed. Dragon Shiryū earns the trust of his mentor Libra Dohko after a harsh trial, and proceeds to the next temple after the arrival of Garuda Suikyō, who then engages the Libra Gold Saint in an emotional and desperate battle, while reminiscing about the days of their youth. As Andromeda Shun and Pegasus Tenma arrive to the Temple of the Maiden, they become witnesses of an unprecedented clash between two Virgo Gold Saints of different eras, as the soul of the deceased Virgo Shaka manifests to come to Shun's aid. As Shijima convalesces after his battle, he is shocked to learn of the existence of another goddess who comes to his encounter, and the battle between Dohko and Suikyō comes to a sorrowful but inevitable ending.
9 June 20, 2014[18] ISBN 978-4-253-13279-4
  • Part 62: The Banner of Rebellion (叛旗, Hanki)
  • Part 63: Deadly Battle in Yomi (黄泉の死闘, Yomi no Shitō)
  • Part 64: Shabadabadaa (娑婆陀芭陀亜, Shabadabada'a)
  • Part 65: Funeral procession (葬列, Sōretsu)
  • Part 66: Cancer's tragedy (蟹座無残, Kyansā Muzan)
  • Part 67: Peach Bomber (桃爆, Momobaku)
  • Part 68: Emissaries (御使い, Mitsukai)
Suikyō has finally fallen, and Griffon Vermeer is sent to continue with the attack on Athena's Sanctuary. Cancer Deathtoll and Phoenix Ikki are able to defeat the Magnate of the Underworld, leaving Deathtoll in a special condition in the aftermath. Meanwhile, Libra Dohko became aware of Suikyō's true mission and decides to betray Athena and take her life. Snakes begin appearing all over Sanctuary, and one of them talks to Aries Shion, announcing the inexorable resurrection of the 13th Gold Saint, the legendary Ophiuchus Odysseus.
10 June 6, 2016[19] ISBN 978-4-253-13280-0
  • Special Episode: The vow of the goddess (SP.EPISODE 女神の誓い, Supesharu Episōdo Megami no Chikai)
  • Special Episode: The expansion of time-space (SP.EPISODE 時空の間, Supesharu Episōdo Toki no Hazama)
  • Part 69: The sign of Leo (獅子座の証, Reo no Akashi)
  • Part 70: Samael's venom (サマエルの毒, Samaeru no Doku)
  • Part 71: Mystria (ミストリア, Misutoria)
  • Part 72: Freezing vs Freezing (凍気対凍気, Tōki Tai Tōki)
  • Part 73: Successor to Aquarius (水瓶座を継ぐ者, Akueriasu o Tsugu Mono)
  • Part 74: Shiver before destruction (滅びへの予震, Horobi e no Yoshin)
Athena manifests herself again, this time, as a young girl and comes to Virgo Shijima's aid. With the help of the mythical thread of Ariadne, they both manage to find the exit of the Labyrinth of the gods, only for Athena to suffer the bite of a snake which inoculates her with the fabled venom of Samael. Meanwhile, Phoenix Ikki arrives to the Leo Temple and is subjected to a tortuous trial by Leo Kaiser to prove his loyalty to Athena. Time is precious as Samael's venom is about to reach Athena's heart. Arriving at the Aquarius Temple, Shijima entrusts the moribund child goddess to its guardian, Aquarius Mystria. Cygnus Hyōga arrives at his temple moments later, and engages Mystria in a duel of Saints of Ice for the life of Athena. After acknowleding Hyōga as a true Saint, Mystria sends him off with Athena, to take her to the only man who can heal her, Ophiuchus Odysseus, whose imminent resurrection causes Sanctuary to tremble.
11 September 7, 2017[20] ISBN 978-4-253-13281-7
  • Part 75: Shiryū's vain dream (紫龍邯鄲の夢, Shiryū kantan no yume)
  • Part 76: Écarlate of the Heavenly Scorpion Temple (天蠍宮のエカルラート, Tenkatsukyū no Ekarurāto)
  • Part 77: Golden blood (黄金血, Gōruden Buraddo)
  • Part 78: The dragon's chosen one (龍に選ばれし者, Ryū ni erabareshi mono)
  • Part 79: The arrow of Sagittarius (人馬宮の矢, Jinbakyū no ya)
  • Part 80: Legend of the centaur (人馬伝説, Jinba densetsu)
  • Part 81: The arrow of the goddess (女神の矢, Megami no ya)
Tremors and space-time distortions stem from Odysseus' resurrection. Shiryū is caught in a strange dream-like state, in which he experiences all stages of life having forgotten his destiny as a Saint. Later realizing it all to be an illusion, Shiryū frees himself and encounters Scorpio Écarlate, who engages him in deadly battle. Recognizing him as a true Saint after witnessing his determination, Écarlate reveals the motives of the Gold Saints' loyalty to Odysseus. Meanwhile, Athena is near death as Samael's venom weakens her heart even further. Hyōga finally comes to an encounter with the fierce Sagittarius Gestalt, who refuses to acknowledge Athena as the true goddess. In the 20th century, the distortions cause Eagle Marin to find the fabled arrow of the goddess, also causing Sagittarius Aiolos' testament to manifest itself in the past. Facing certain death at the hands of Gestalt, Athena uses the arrow of the goddess to prove her divinity. Moved by Aiolos' quality as a true Saint and by the moribund Athena's gesture, Gestalt finally acknowledges her and allows Hyōga take her to Odysseus, whose return is now all but inevitable.


Chapters not yet in tankōbon format[edit]

  • Part 82: Hypnotherapy (ヒュプノテラピア, Hyupunoterapia): published on September 7, 2017
  • Part 83: The time for resurrection (復活の刻, Fukkatsu no toki): published on September 14, 2017
  • Part 84: Odysseus' Resurrection (オデッセウスの復活, Odesseusu no fukkatsu): published on September 21, 2017
  • Part 85: The awakening arts (覚醒の法, Kakusei no hō): published on September 28, 2017
  • Part 86: The agony of bygone days (過去の痛み, Kako no itami): published on October 5, 2017
  • Part 87: Two souls, one body (ニ心ー体, Nishin ittai): published on October 12, 2017
  • Part 88: Under the troubled constellation (悩める星座のもとに, Nayameru seiza no moto ni): to be published on October 19, 2017

Reception[edit]

  1. During its first week, the first volume of the manga sold 30,618 copies in Japan and stood on the 22nd place of most sold in February 2009.[21] The following week it had sold 57,426 copies, but had gone down to 27th place of most sold that month.[22]
  2. After its first week the second volume lay on 9th place of most bought manga volume of march in Japan.[23]
  3. During its first week, the third volume of the manga sold 44,200 copies in Japan and stood on the 17th place of most sold in December 2010[24]
  4. During its first week, the fourth volume of the manga ranked at the 8th place of the 30 most sold titles in December 2011, according to Comiclist.jp.[25] Also, according to the same source, the fourth volume of Next Dimension ranked 6th in the 10 most sold shōnen manga in December 2011.[26]
  5. Oricon.jp ranked the fifth volume of Next Dimension in the 23rd place out of the 30 most sold titles, in its first week of sales.[27]
  6. During its first week, the sixth volume of the manga sold 61,525 copies in Japan and stood on the 30th place of most sold manga in December 2012.[28][29]
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  8. During its first week, the eighth volume of the manga sold 62,500 copies in Japan and stood on the 28th place of most sold manga in December 2013[30]
  9. During its first 3 days, the ninth volume sold approximately 40,000 copies, coming in 7th place among the top selling Shōnen manga in Japan;[31][32] 67.215 copies sold in the first 12 days.[33]
  10. In Japan, the tenth volume of Saint Seiya Next Dimension has sold 46,000 copies in its first week, reaching the 19th position of the best-selling manga of the week.[34]
  11. In Japan, the eleventh volume has sold 54,922 copies in the ten day period from its day of release to September 17, 2017, ranking #44 on the list of the 50 most sold titles of Oricon.jp [35]

Merchandise[edit]

As of September 2017, merchandise related to Saint Seiya: Next Dimension is still uncommon. Aside from the tankobōbon compilations, only a few promotional cards have been published, included in the Champion magazine issues. The cards feature selected characters from the Saint Seiya universe illustrated by the author Kurumada and occasionally a message from him and his signature. In addition, numerous promotional posters with illustrations from the series have been released together with several of the publications. A skin for the interchangeable protective cover of the Iphone 5 was released in June 2014 with an image of Athena and Seiya.[36]

In a message included in the issue of publication of chapter 84 of Next Dimension, Masami Kurumada teases the release of a collectible figure of Ophiuchus Odysseus in the near future.[37]

On september 20th, 2017, it was revealed in the Tamashii Nations website, that the collectible figure mentioned by Kurumada is a special release and part of the Cloth Myth EX line, and it will be indeed a figure of the Ophiuchus Gold Saint, to be released in the Original Color Edition format, creator Kurumada was involved in the development of the figure as supervisor, although, the figure is not modeled in Odysseus' likeness, as it is meant to represent the image of the Ophiuchus Gold Saint from legend and not Odysseus or Asclepios specifically. Based in Kurumada's original design from his manga and not from an anime adaptation as is usual for the line; the upcoming figure will become the first collectible figure ever released from Next Dimension and of the character as well.[38]

Influence in related franchise media[edit]

As the canonical continuation of Kurumada's seminal work Saint Seiya, Next Dimension has exerted influence across the various spin-off works in the franchise. Worthy of mention is that several characters newly introduced in it by Kurumada, are used by the authors of said spin-off works, appearing as guest characters or with a connection to the past of the main characters or their backstory; such as Capricorn Izō and Cancer Deathtoll appearing in Megumu Okada's Saint Seiya Episode.G Assassin, [39] [40][41] Callisto and Artemis in Chimaki Kuori's Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō [42]and Pegasus Tenma as the main character in Shiori Teshirogi's Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas as well as supporting characters Alone and Crateris Suikyō.

External links[edit]

Japanese

References[edit]

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  37. ^ https://images.imgbox.com/73/54/Q0NlgIgP_o.jpg In Japanese: "The Ophiuchus Gold Saint offers so many possibilities, unlike the other twelve Gold Saints. Also, look forward to the figure!"
  38. ^ http://tamashii.jp/special/tamashii_nation/item04.html Saint Seiya Cloth Myth figure line adds Ophiuchus Odysseus
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