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Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Myth of Hades (聖闘士星矢 THE LOST CANVAS 冥王神話 Seinto Seiya: Za Rosuto Kyanbasu - Meiō Shinwa?) is an ongoing manga by Japanese author Shiori Teshirogi, a spin-off based on the manga series Saint Seiya, which was created, written and illustrated by Japanese author Masami Kurumada. It has been published by Akita Shoten in the Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine since August 24, 2006 and currently twenty-one tankōbon have been released. The story takes place in the same time period as Saint Seiya: Next Dimension by Kurumada.[1]

Plot

This manga tells the story of the previous Holy War, taking place in the 18th century, 250 years before the original series, in the Saint Seiya universe. The story centers on the relation between Tenma, the Pegasus Saint and his beloved friend, Alone, who would eventually become his greatest enemy, Hades.[2]

Development

Shiori Teshirogi met Masami Kurumada in a public event she once visited during the time she was a new manga author. In such event, Teshirogi sent Kurumada the first manga she made as well as a letter which made Kurumada ask her to write The Lost Canvas. Although she was happy with such proposal due to the fact Saint Seiya has always been her favorite manga, she found troubles writing it since she used to write shōjo and Lost Canvas was meant to be from the genre shōnen. In order to do that, Teshirogi had to change various things from her style such as the narration and getting used to how to draw fights. Before the manga started, Kurumada sent Teshirogi a general version of the manga's story, but as long as the series continued, she started changing some parts after discussing with people from Akita Shoten. Additionally, the characters designs and Cloths were based on the second season from the Saint Seiya anime adaptation (known as Asgard), but she combined them with her own style.[3] When Teshirogi was purposed to start The Lost Canvas she was informed that the series would last a few volumes. However, when the tenth volume was published, she was surprised by the series' length which she found amazing.[4]

In the making of the series, emotions are what Teshirogi pays attention the most when she is drawing which makes remake several of the illustrations she makes. In both Saint Seiya and Lost Canvas, her favorite character is the Pegasus Saint, who has become the one she likes drawing the most.[3] When creating Tenma, Lost Canvas's Pegasus Saint, Teshirogi checked if Tenma's words would be like the ones from Seiya, but she realized that both character had different personalities.[5] The Cancer, Pisces and Taurus Gold Saints were developed with Teshirogi's idea of what she could with the ones from the original series. When she received comments that these three Lost Canvas Gold Saints are more interesting than the ones from the original series, she answered that she did not mean to give them an special treatment. The characters' names are created according to their origins and constellation such as Pisces Albafica whose "Alba" was developed when Teshirogi was thinking of roses' names.[3]

Media

Manga

The Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas chapters have been published by Akita Shoten in the Weekly Shōnen Champion magazine since August 24, 2006. The first volume was published on December 12, 2006, and currently twenty-one tankōbon have been released.

A short story comprised in 40 pages, or gaiden, titled Saint Seiya THE LOST CANVAS - Hades Mythology - Yuzuriha Chronicles: The emblem of bloody ink (聖闘士星矢 THE LOST CANVAS 冥王神話 ユズリハ外伝 血墨の紋 Seinto Seiya Za Rosuto Kyanbasu - Meiō Shinwa - Yuzuriha Gaiden: Chizumi no mon?) was published in October 16, 2009, in the issues 11 and 12 of Akita Shōten's Princess Gold comics magazine, which is oriented towards a female majority demographic. The story is set in the same continuity of Lost Canvas and further explores the past and motivations of the character Yuzuriha, and her younger brother Tokusa, as well as her perspective of the events surrounding the resurrection of Hades. This episode has yet to be included in a tankōbon compilation.[6]

OVAs

A series of original video animations (OVAs) series premiered in Japan on June 24, 2009. The production is by TMS Entertainment (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, part of "Sega Sammy Group", the company which will produce the SS Online game). The first season comprises 13 OVAs, each 30 minutes in length, and it covers the manga's first 54 chapters. All the OVA episodes will be released on DVD & Blu-Ray.[7] Season 1 ended on April 21 with the release of OVAs 11, 12 & 13. A Second Season has been confirmed by TMS.

The original design was unveiled at the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2009.[8] The opening theme is "The Realm of Athena" by EUROX, and the ending theme is "Chain of Flowers" (花の鎖 Hana no Kusari?), by Maki Ikuno featuring Marina del Ray. The remaining tracks were developed by Kaoru Wada.

# Title Original airdate
01 Promise
"Yakusoku" (約束)
June 24, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
02 Awakening of Hades
"Hādesu kakusei" (ハーデス覚醒)
June 24, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
03 The Holy War Starts
"Seisen shidō" (聖戦始動)
August 21, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
04 The Prayer Wreath
"Inori no hanawa" (祈りの花輪)
August 21, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
05 Poison Rose
"Doku bara" (毒薔薇)
October 21, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
06 Procession of Funeral Flowers
"Hana sōretsu" (花葬列)
October 21, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
07 Fruit of the Sapindus
"Mokurenji no mi" (木欒子の実)
December 23, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Yuzuriha reveals to Tenma and Yato that their real mission is to pick the fruits of the legendary Sapindus tree that grows in the underworld. On their way, they are found by Hell's Watchdog Cerberus and Alone, who tries to lure the Pegasus Saint into his army and then reveals his plans to invade the Sanctuary. As the last and most unexpected obstacle, Tenma is challenged by the ominous Virgo Asmita, who seems to doubt Athena's capacity to keep peace in the world.
08 Day of Breeze
"Yoki kaze no hi" (良き風の日)
December 23, 2009 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Picking 108 fruits of the Sapindus tree, Tenma, Yato and Yuzuriha start their way back to the world of the living. Meanwhile, Specters head towards Jamir and find themselves caught in Virgo Asmita's trap. Returning to life, Tenma, Yato and Yuzuriha are reunited with Hakurei, who explains the true purpose behind the fruits of the Sapindus tree: they will be able to seal the Specters' souls and prevent their resurrection; however, in order to do that, they need to be empowered by the essence of cosmo: the Eight Sense.
09 Giant Star
"Kyosei" (巨星)
February 23, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Minos' Specters, previously killed by Pisces Albafica's Bloody Rose trap, are brought back to life. Now, they find themselves face to face with Taurus Aldebaran, who proves to be capable of dealing with them with his arms crossed. While Aldebaran and Dohko patrol the Sanctuary's vicinity, Bennu Kagaho arrives, seeking revenge against the Libra Saint — however, he meets Taurus instead, and they start a furious battle: the fastest Specter against the fastest Gold Saint.
10 Descent
"Kōrin" (降臨)
February 23, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The fight between Aldebaran and Kagaho reaches its climax. Bennu recalls old memories with the arrival of the Taurus Saint's disciples, and decides to take on his opponent with full power; on the other hand, Aldebaran decides to unleash his most powerful technique in order to end the battle. During the night, peace is shaken: Alone himself invades the Sanctuary and wreaks destruction, forcing the Gold Saints into submission with his grand Cosmo. It's time for Athena to face her legendary enemy — and for Sasha, to face her older brother.
11 Now Unreachable
"Mō todokanai" (もう届かない)
April 21, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
12 Sacrifice That Will Not Fade
"Taenai gisei" (絶えない犠牲)
April 21, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
13 The Journey Starts
"Tabidachi" (旅立ち)
April 21, 2010 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
14 The Forest of Death
"Shi no mori" (死の森)
February 23, 2011 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
15 If I Could Go Back to That Day
"Moshi ano hi ni kaeretara" (もしあの日に帰れたら)
February 23, 2011 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}

Merchandise

The Lost Canvas has spawned a few merchandise items. Two CDs have been released, one with the opening and ending theme songs called "Realm of Athena" and "Hana no Kusari" respectively. The other CD is the soundtrack for the first season which was released on September 25, 2009. Two figures in Bandai's Myth Cloth figure series have been released, which includes Pegasus Tenma and Bennu Kagaho. Other merchandise include a microfiber towel, a pocket mirror and two puzzles.[9]

A CD Drama about one of Athena's Saints, Pisces Albafica has been made. The CD is currently only available to people that have purchased the first pressings of all 6 DVD or Blu-ray volumes of Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas. Only people in Japan are eligible to be sent the CD.[9]

Reception

During its first weeks, the volume 13 from the manga sold 25,238 copies in Japan.[10]

Notes and references

  1. Script error
  2. Teshirogi, Shiori (2006). "Chapter 1". Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas, volume 1. Akita Shoten. ISBN 978-4-253-21222-9. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Script error
  4. Teshirogi, Shiori (2008). Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas, volume 10. Akita Shoten. p. 2. ISBN 978-4-253-21230-4. 
  5. Teshirogi, Shiori (2007). Saint Seiya The Lost Canvas, volume 5. Akita Shoten. p. 2. ISBN 978-4-253-21225-0. 
  6. Script error
  7. "Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas Video Anime Green-Lit". Anime News Network. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  8. TAF 2009: Illustrations, Stills and Figurine from “Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas- Hades Mythology”
  9. 9.0 9.1 Script error
  10. "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 7–13". Anime News Network. 2009-04-15. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 

External links

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zh:圣斗士星矢 THE LOST CANVAS 冥王神话

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