Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya – “Hollowscopes”

Seiya and the Knights of the Zodiac rise again to protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena, but a dark prophecy hangs over them all.


That Nomad Shad – The classic battle shonen returns in this remake with a fresh CGI coat of paint and a rocking new opening song. But is this enough to do the original show justice?

Sadly, this remake is a hollow remake of its original counterpart. Despite trying it’s utmost the show fails to capture the essence and excitement of its predecessor and just becomes an excuse for another CGI remake. It’s a show that fails to understand its audience quickly becoming a confused mess.

One of the shows major flaws is the choice to shift to CGI. Much of the emotion of the show is lost in this transition, leaving the characters with a limited array of facial expressions. This dulls the experience with many of its emotional moments feeling contrived and looking more hilarious than anything else. This robs the characters of the very personalities, which endeared them to us in the first place. None of the characters has a sense

The CGI itself is nothing to write home about. I’m not saying it’s terrible, but it lacks the quality that the show deserves. This leaves Saint Seiya looking incredibly dull with everything lacking. There is one particular scene in a desert, which feels completely sterile.

Certainly, the action of the show can save this mess? Can it? No, it can’t. The fights are a drab affair that lacks any thrill and are reduced to each character spamming their signature move over and over until the fight is over. None of the fights carries the narrative and emotional weight behind them. The biggest victim of these is the fight with Phoenix Nero. The fight lacks any tension or narrative stakes and is reduced to a boring exchange of fists.

Knights of the Zodiac may just be the biggest disappointment that I never knew I would experience this year. The remake may brandish a fresh new look and feel but strips the show of the heart and soul that made the original series so successful.


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