This is one of four entries that take an in depth look into each of the Saint Seiya movies released during the 1980s. For the original overview entry, click here.
Beware the sacred forbidden fruit! The golden apple of Eris is famous in Ancient Greek myth storytelling. As a powerful symbol of her reputation as the goddess of discord, Eris’ golden apple also has existence outside the world of antiquity. The Shonen Jump fighting series Saint Seiya, which borrowed heavily from Greek myth, would borrow the tale of Eris in a unique fashion. Saint Seiya was popular on TV, but the time had come to bring it to the big screen with the first cinematic outing for our heroic Bronze Saints, Saint Seiya: Evil Goddess Eris.
Behold a widescreen version of the TV opening to start this film. Pegasus Fantasy at the cinema? YEAH! … Seiya, Houyga, Shun and Shiryu return to the orphanage of their youth to visit the current group of children who in turn idolize them. A new teacher, Eri, is a favorite of the children and in the beginning of the film is involved in a near fatal car accident trying to save one of the children. In to save the day is Houyga and when his eyes met Eri’s… well… they seem to be very compatible. On a date at night they both spot an odd shooting star. Later Eri like a possessed zombie finds the fallen item which turns out to be a golden apple. And yes it is Eris’ apple which takes over the body of Eri. Now the real battle begins.
Saori is eventually captured by Eris for the sole reason to possess the body of the Earthly incarnation of Athena. Apparently Eris does not have much interest in being a blonde with the body of Eri. Go figure? The Bronze Saints eventually catch wind of this situation and in typical fashion run to attempt a rescue. Eris of course is ready for this situation and has five of her own Saints ready to battle our heroic Bronze Saints. Meet Maya, Orpheus, Khristos, Jan and Jager (not Mick Jagger) who together are a lean, mean, well oiled butt kicking machine.
In the span of only 45 minutes, a whole story arc was played out in a very cut and dry fashion, which is seen later in the remaining Saint Seiya films. Short shonen fighting arcs, can there be such a thing? Now then let’s wrap this up. How does one close a movie of the caliber? Introduce another myth, or folk legend… enter a reinterpretation of William Tell?
Saint Seiya 80s film index: