Holy cow. Okay, I have been BIG into Saint Seiya at the moment, so since my sister and I had already caught up on Saint Seiya Omega Season 2, and our complete series collection of the original is going to take a while to get here… We’re lacking in Saint Seiya.
So we decided to take a look at…
The Lost Canvas manga actually did pretty well in Japan and for a while it single-handedly keep the Saint Seiya franchise alive during the period in which the Hades OVA was over and the Next Dimension and Episode G mangas were on hiatus. The LC manga was also popular enough to sprout an on-going monthly series of gaidens called “Lost Canvas - Anecdotes” focusing in the back story of its generation of Gold Saints. The failure of the anime is placed on low DVD sales and poor marketing by TMS Entertaiment.
Though I can see how new comers to the franchise might be turned off by Lost Canvas, since its level of pandering to old fans even puts Omega’s to shame. Its premise sprouted from a line of dialogue from the Hades chapter in which Hades mention that during the previous war the Pegasus Saint actually protected him, Lost Canvas was originally going to explore the relationship between the 18th Century Hades and Pegasus… But it soon became “Gold Saints take on the world”, so at the very least the story does pick up once the Gold Saints are brought in.
OH! Okay. Thanks for telling me.
See I only know what I’ve been told about it and from fans from the US side, to be fair. I just heard it was canceled because it did poorly, but I wanted to check it out because ‘doing poorly’ can mean a LOT of things, it’s not always a shows fault.
I admit I am new to the fandom, considering what a pain it is to try and find episodes of the old 80’s show and all, I only know with what I’ve been able to dig up.
Still… My feelings about Lost Canvas are it feels like it’s TRYING too hard. But that’s just my opinion.
That’s too bad, that could have been really cool to see if they stuck to it. I’m still going to give Lost Canvas a chance and watch more of it, I just find the first episode a little off-putting.
It’s understandable. I know people who have been Saint Seiya fans for years and absolutely hate Lost Canvas because of the shameless pandering it does (it goes as far as to acknowledge some headcanons from the original). Lost Canvas did had a rocky start, but the story starts picking up momentum in episode 5 (chapter 17 of the manga).
Personally, I loved Lost Canvas. Even if the story ends up tripping over itself in the last arc, the overall product was really good and has introduced some of the fandom’s favorite characters and some plot elements that fans now teat as canon (even though LC is officially a non-canon spin-off). It’s also the most mature and emotional that that the franchise has been, moments like Aria’s death in Omega are spread throughout LC. I would say give it until episode 7 to see if you like it.
Sure! I’ll give it a chance, and see if my feelings change. I hope they do, I don’t wanna hate on anything, really. I want to sit back and enjoy my shows, heh. But knowing more of the backstory of this makes me feel better about it.
I don’t know how well Omega is doing, but I have really enjoyed it, even as someone who’s not familiar with the original(at least not yet) I think it’s great. I don’t feel like I have to know the original, but that I’ll WANT to know it.
I wouldn’t know if it’s better or worse than the original, but I like my franchises to try different things and move the story forward.
I will say at least with Lost Canvas, there’s a new set of characters and it’s a newish story. Not really a reboot, which is one of the reasons I didn’t bother to see it when I first heard of it. I get tired of series rebooting over and over, can’t we just continue the story?
Until Omega came along, Lost Canvas was the most divisive entry in the Saint Seiya franchise, and before that it was Episode G. The good think about having a franchise this old and expansive is that its series are so diverse that one can like one, hate the next, and be ok with what comes after. Though I have to say that Omega did do a much better job than LC in introducing new fans the the series.
Omega was originally only suppose to run for one year and end after the 12 Temples arc, but it did well enough that Toei decided to give it another season. Also, according to the last sales report, Omega has made the Saint Seiya Toei’s 4th biggest franchise in Japan and 3rd internationally, the series hasn’t been this high on the least since the anime’s original run. So I can confidently say that Omega performed well. Lol
Omega is obviously a continuation of the original anime. Lost Canvas in a spin-off of the 18th century battle against Hades, Next Dimension is the canon 18th century Holy War as well as a continuation of the original manga (it’s a bit complicated), Episode G is the (non-canon) backstory of the Leo Saint from the original series, and the newest entry Saintia Sho is a (non-canon) female-oriented story apparently set during the 2-month mid-series timeskip in the original series (or as I like to call it, the lovechild of Saint Seiya and Sailor Moon).
That’s awesome. : D I was hoping Omega was doing well. It’s hard to tell sometimes when a show comes from another country. @_@ Heck, it’s hard enough to tell when it’s in my own!
Watching episodes of Lost Canvas now and goodness it’s already improving from the first episode. It’s pacing seems to be better and it’s starting to FEEL like Saint Seiya, which I think was part of my problem with the first episode. My sister and I were wondering what the heck we were watching at first.
Here’s hoping it stays that way.