So, this week I accidentally saw “Saint Seiya” in one of TV Channel in Indonesia that segmented their Market specifically for kids, an all cartoon channel. This is kinda amazed me cuz I remember that Saint Seiya once are banned from TV due to the parent worries that this series could bring a bad influence to children (of course, this series is rated for teenager not children for “G” sake!!).
For those who are not familiar with Saint Seiya, this TV series, though there also OVA (Original Video Animation) and movie of it, Saint is manga adaptation of the same name written by Masami Kurumada (who also write BT’X and Musashi, both kinda like Saint Seiya, an all fighting adventure genre). The story follows five mystical warriors called the “Saints” (or “Knights”) who fight wearing sacred armors named “Cloths” (who somehow sounds like Crotch cuz Japanese didn’t have word “L” in their vocabulary ^_^), the designs of which derive from the various constellations the characters have adopted as their destined guardian symbols (such as mystical creature like Pegasus or Dragon, also a zodiac sign like Scorpio, etc). These Saints have sworn to defend the reincarnation of the Greek goddess Athena (who is amazingly a japanese girl ???) in her battle against the other Olympian Gods (also Nordic Gods and other God and so on and so on later as the series continues) who want to dominate earth.
So, the series follows Seiya and co fighting everyone who got in their way and achieving more and more weapon / cloth as they progressed. Seiya and co starts with Bronze cloth, they also revered as Bronze Saint (with mystical creature as mentioned before as the sign) fighting Gold Saint (with zodiac sign). The fight is fantastic to the point of defying logic and humanity, I mentioned before that the first series is about Bronze fighting Gold, which clearly we all know who is better and stronger and more expensive, Gold.
Clearly Seiya and co was beaten up real good. They are squashed, smashed and knocked down until they have nothing left but a dead bodies. But this is where the series shines, Seiya and co get up again and with only nothing to lose, launched an attack that somehow beat the bloody hell of their opponent (just one strike!). This formula often (or to be blunt, always) starts with Seiya and co get up mumbling about how they can’t surrender, they can’t lose, they still breathing and other crap and then they shout “Burns my Cosmos” (or Cosmo depends on which country aired it and which subtitle suits better) and launched the attack I mentioned before. For those who didn’t have any idea about “Cosmos”, is some sort inner spiritual crap that almost the same as “Ki” in japan or “Chi” in china that somehow fueled human body and deem them the ability to launch some sort of projectile, or to be easier “Hadou-ken” in Street Fighter or. Maybe “Kame Hame Ha” in Dragon Ball. Sure it’s satisfying see the underdog (which is the viewer can relate to) rise above the adversary and reign supreme. Finally they met Hades and beat him with the same exact formula I mentioned.
I don’t know why, but the series that I adored the most when I was little is sucks!!! Maybe cuz I’m older or jaded but this series sucks, big time! So I’ll try to analyze (sounds like anal and lies, WOW) it and what went wrong with it. How come the series that has the coolest and most bad-ass opening and ending song (click here for the opening opening and here for the ending ending , though the next installment songs is tedious and cliché) sucks so bad I cried like a baby lose his candy for the first time.
My first complain is how the fight, the main menu of the series, is becoming a cliché, just like I mentioned before about the formula of “Burns my Cosmos” is repeated over and over again. I mean this formula is repeated to death, Seiya and co met and face the enemy-beaten to death by the enemy-get up and “Burns my cosmos”-launched an attack-the enemy is beaten, over and over again. SUCKS (with capital S).
Next complain, is how the series progressed, after the Gold saint / Hades chapter. The next installment is also tedious tried and true formula, the same old brand new song. After Hades they fight Poseidon, with the same fight formula, until they finally beat Zeus himself, along with the same formula. They also fight Nordic God such as Odin and the gang, again with same formula. Probably they next will fight Budha, Shiva, Jesus, Jehovah and Allah till there’s no more God in this already God-forsaken world.
The last and my biggest complain is how the series keeps pushed to be produced despite the drop in rating and popularity of the series itself. I mean I know a good story should ended WHERE IT HAVE TO. Look at Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, they all know how to end the story despite all the cries, begging, ranting of all the fans (Well, Evangalion somehow makes a remix or alternate story of it, but still didn’t tainted the original plot and stands alone as a new series). Saint Seiya should ends after Hades chapter cuz I think there is where most viewer had enough and satisfied with the conclusion (just like Dragon Ball should ended when Freeza is defeated), but Saint Seiya goes on and on till where the point no more story left they decided to go with prequel formula, Saint Seiya the Lost Canvas, with different animator and licensed franchise. A story that keeps on and on for no reason but profit oriented rather than for the love of art is doomed to be failed and sucks. GOD, if U’re out there, please don’t turn One Piece into this category.
To sum it all why Saint Seiya Sucks, tedious, profit oriented, predictable and boring. I still wonder why there’s still a lot of people likes it. Guess there’s more people who is dumber or more hard headed than me I guess. How much a guy can take huh? Even after watching too much porn a guy can turn frigid U know, I don’t need crap like this to bore me to death to know!!