#78e : Saint Seiya: Warriors of the Final Holy Battle

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.

Something is happening in Sanctuary. One by one the surviving Gold Saints are taken down in the most brutal of fashion. Aries Mu, Taurus Aldebaran, Leo Aiorla, Virgo Shaka and Scorpio Milo, all murdered in cold blood. Who could be so cruel to kill the likes of Athena’s elite guard? Who could cause so much havoc and hatred in Sanctuary destroying much of the beautiful art and architecture as well; the giant statue of Athena being beheaded as an example? Only one name can be this vicious… ladies, gentlemen and everyone in between let me introduce Lucifer and the final Saint Seiya film from the 1980s tetralogy, Warriors of the Final Holy Battle.

SSWarriorsFinal_1Lucifer! Like from The Bible? The angel who was most high and exalted, beloved by God, and then fell from grace? Yeah that guy. Oh no, the devil… eh, I don’t see it that way. I follow a more esoteric study of the myth but my apologies I digressed. Back to Saint Seiya… Distraught and in tears over the death and destruction, Saori along with the Bronze Saints are soon visited by Lucifer himself. Before us is not a dark, shadowy, or menacing figure, but instead a very androgynous, bishonen type that has a touch of the gothic. Maybe he’s the original goth kid? Hmm. His return has been initiated from the anger of many fallen adversaries: Eris (Evil Goddess Eris), Abel (Legend of the Crimson Youth) and Poseidon (Poseidon Arc from TV series). Even if one is defeated and presumably dead, revenge in the heart can still be strong.

SSWarriorsFinal_2Now then, the title says this was the final battle and depending on interpretation could be the be all end all with Saint Seiya as a franchise. In some ways yes, but… well… I have to say this is more like a maybe, if not a no. I can find four possibilities: this film, the final episode of the TV series (which really was not much of an end if you know the manga), the ending of the later released Hades Chapter OVAs (which finish the manga’s story line, the most ‘canon’), or even the later released film that is supposed to take place after the Hades Chapter OVAs, The Heaven Chapter: Overture. A quartet of endings and yet with side stories and prequels, Saint Seiya even if it did once, twice, three, or four times finish, or finalize, is far from over. Let us then return to the beginning instead and the introduction for Warriors of the Final Holy Battle, a widescreen version of the TV opening featuring the rockin’ song Soldier Dream. Ending, beginnings, does it really matter, Saint Seiya is forever immortal, eternal.

Saint Seiya 80s film index:

    1. Evil Goddess Eris
    2. The Heated Battle of the Gods
    3. Legend of Crimson Youth
    4. Warriors of the Final Holy Battle

#78d : Saint Seiya: Legend of Crimson Youth

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.

We’re fired!? The look on Seiya’s face alone is enough to understand the shock that the Bronze Saints must have felt when hearing the news at the beginning of the film Legend of Crimson Youth. These boys who have dedicated their lives up to that point protecting and upholding the stewardship of Athena’s guardianship of humanity are now suddenly out of a job? And for what, some guy who strolls into town proclaiming to be her brother of all things. Is this a platonic relationship? This young man claims to be Abel Phobus, son of Zeus, king of the gods. All I see is an arrogant punk whose soul mission is to eradicate the human race as they are supposedly inferior to the gods. Saori, besides being bewildered with his nice hair, can’t you see this guy is up to no good?

SSCrimsonYouth_2Armed with a potent army consisting of new faces including: Atlas, Jao and Bernices, Abel seems ready and even recruits some ghosts from the past literally. Gemini Saga, Cancer Deathmask, Capricorn Shura, Aquarius Camus, Pisces Aphrodite!… aren’t you guys supposed to be dead? All five of you fell during the Sanctuary Arc? Apparently Abel has a bit of a skill in the arts of necromancy. The Bronze Saints don’t take too kindly to their forced resignation and in time Saori realizes the true ambitions of Abel, which displeases him. Now the fight begins and from here the usual Saint Seiya plot formula starts.

The reintroduction of the fallen Gold Saints is a nice addition for this movie as they get another shot to redeem themselves. Nice to see you guys again! Early on a few realize Abel’s plans and rebel, but the remaining group continue to fight on for Abel and eventually come around during their respective fights with the Bronze Saints. Even with the loss of these valuable allies, will Abel still have the potential to destroy the world and rid the Earth of humanity?

SSCrimsonYouth_1Part of the Shonen Jump’s 20th Anniversary celebration (it says so in the opening credits), Legend of Crimson Youth is perhaps the piece de resistance of the Saint Seiya 1980s film tetralogy. Of the collected four this one is the longest clocking in at 70 plus minutes and offers a plot that has a little more depth. That being said the over the top battles are still the center piece of anything shonen fighter related. With this being Saint Seiya related, the melodramatic seriousness is usually on fire and with Legend of Crimson Youth, that drama is burning red hot.

Saint Seiya 80s film index:

    1. Evil Goddess Eris
    2. The Heated Battle of the Gods
    3. Legend of Crimson Youth
    4. Warriors of the Final Holy Battle

#78c : Saint Seiya: The Heated Battle of the Gods

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.

“I’m alone here. With emptiness, eagles and snow. Unfriendliness chilling my body. And whispering pictures of home.” Anyone a Deep Purple fan? Let’s enter the world of Saint Seiya and situate ourselves in the deep polar North. Houyga in his natural environment encounters a fight and meets a fallen figure who whispers the words… Asgard… Valhalla. Alone he heads to this mythical civilization of Odin (no, not Odin: Space Sailor Starlight) to find out what is going on. It may be cold up Asgard’s way, but we are heading towards the super hot with the second Saint Seiya movie, Saint Seiya: The Heated Battle of the Gods.

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 100After a widescreen opening of the usual opening accompanied by the awesome song Pegasus Fantasy, mystery will abound as Houyga has gone missing. Three remaining Bronze Saints (Seiya, Shun and Shiryu… Ikki where are you?) along with Miss Saori go to Asgard to inquire about Houyga. He apparently has not shown up according to the local authorities who seem too in some way of having something to hide. A strange presence is felt when a red clothed warrior with a full mask and helmet passes. Something feels oddly familiar about him? This man is Midgard, one of Asgard’s elite along with Ullr, Rung and Loki who to no surprise are going to be the main opposition to the Bronze Saints. Is Asgard looking to conquer Sanctuary, home of the Saints, or are they just wanting their guests to simply leave?

CREATOR: gd-jpeg v1.0 (using IJG JPEG v62), quality = 100As an alternate to the filler Asgard arc from the television series, The Heated Battle of the Gods would premier in March of 1988, one month prior to the first TV episode depicting the Norse inspired mythology. Was this a trial run for that section of the show? Or maybe, the television crew thought they could expand on the idea put forth in Heated Battle of the Gods? That is an unknown on my end, but would be an interesting followup if the proper information can be found.

The Saint Seiya movies are very predictable, but each of the four films do have their own individual take on that usual formula. Case in point, Ikki often comes in to save the day for younger brother Shun, no surprise there. This of course happens as well in The Heated Battle of the Gods, but in the end Shun ends up saving Ikki. Not a bad twist in that relationship! For The Heated Battle of the Gods, be prepared for several twists, turns and surprises!

Saint Seiya 80s film index:

    1. Evil Goddess Eris
    2. The Heated Battle of the Gods
    3. Legend of Crimson Youth
    4. Warriors of the Final Holy Battle