|Reaching new heights of dumb fun.||2 out of 2 users found this review helpful.|
Every 200 years Hades, God of the Underworld; Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and Justice; and the Pegasus Saint, a powerful warrior saint sworn to protect Athena, are reborn to wage a Holy War using their super-powered forces of Specters (Hades) and Saints (Athena). In this iteration of the Saint Seiya tale, three former childhood friends (Alone/Hades, Tenma/Pegasus, and Sasha/Athena) take up arms for the fate of the world.
The animation in this series is very nice. It's very bright and colorful with a lot of frames drawn for fight scenes and numerous particle effects during battles, of which there are plenty. If I were to describe this in anime terms, I would say that it combines the special abilities of characters in a show like Bleach with the constant never-ending combat of Dragonball Z Kai. Another positive would be character histories and backgrounds. All of them aren't great and many of them are stereotypical, but most of the characters have an interesting back story or interesting motivations for being a Saint/Specter that got me more into their plight than I would have if they were just random super-powered dudes beating each other up.
Unfortunately, the main three characters of Alone, Athena, and Tenma are probably the least interesting and most generic characters in the series. They are constantly surrounded by others who are more interesting than they are so it's never really an issue, but I felt that had to be mentioned. Also, with this being an action based shonen series there is a lot of cheese and "power of friendship" going on all throughout it. It's to be expected given the genre and it never turned me off from an episode or the series as a whole, but it is there.
The series is 26 episodes long and I remember watching episode 23 and thinking, "I guess they're going to have to really rush towards and ending if the story is here and there are only three episodes left." Luckily, they didn't do that. Unfortunately, what they chose to do instead was simply not have an ending. The series comes to a halt with the actual Holy War and grand battle never taking place. It's a fun ride along the way, but the ending (or lack thereof) left me disappointed.
Overall, I enjoyed this series. It's dumb fun like watching a 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. You're not going to get the deepest of plots, but you'll laugh a few times and you'll get to see a level of fun action/violence that you wouldn't see anywhere else. Even with the mehs and the complete lack of an actual ending, I can still recommend this to anyone looking for a nice action series to pass the time. It certainly won't blow your mind, but it's an enjoyable ride.
I'd be remiss to not post a link of the amazing opening theme, appropriately sung in complete English. Somewhere, Tears for Fears is smiling.