Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac anime sequel Battle for Sanctuary debuts on Crunchyroll in Summer 2022

Key visual for the upcoming sequel Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac - Battle for Sanctuary.
Key visual for the upcoming sequel Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for Sanctuary. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

On June 29, 2022, Crunchyroll and Toei Animation announced that the latest installment in the Saint Seiya franchise will be a brand-new second season titled Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for Sanctuary, which will continue the story.

This summer Crunchyroll will simulcast the new series worldwide (excluding Asia) in the following territories: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, Oceania, the Middle East and CIS.

Crunchyroll and Toei Animation have also released a key visual and trailer for the upcoming anime. The trailer teases how the anime will be done using CGI effects, and it looks great!

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac - Battle for Sanctuary | OFFICIAL TRAILER

In the trailer you see that our hero Seiya and his four close friends and knights will unite once more against a new threat. Let the Seiya X Shina/Shaina Ophiuchus VS Seiya X Atena/Saori shipping war begin!

From the trailer it appears as though Atena (the purple-haired beauty) is in mortal peril and that Shaina may be the one attacking her. Seiya yells out a name that sounds a lot like Shaina. Saint Seiya fans felt the relationship between Seiya and Atena was forced, and wanted more romantic development between Seiya and Shaina.

Hopefully, Crunchyroll and Toei Animation’s sequel will deliver on some more romance and closure between that fan-favorite couple!

Key visual for the upcoming sequel Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac - Battle for Sanctuary.
Key visual for the upcoming sequel Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for Sanctuary. Pic credit: Crunchyroll

What is the plot of Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for Sanctuary?

The story is set in a world where the young warriors, who protect the Goddess Athena are known as the Knights of the Zodiac. These Knights channel the powers of the Cosmos in order to wield great supernatural power.

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The hero of the story is a young orphan named Seiya, who is destined to one day become the Pegasus Knight. The story begins when the Goddess Athena is reincarnated into the world. A dark prophecy looms over her that she will lose the war against Poseidon and Hades, and lead mankind to ruin.

Seiya trains to become a Knight of the Zodiac and eventually earns the mystical Cloth of Pegasus, which grants him supernatural powers and magical battle armor. Seiya bravely stands up against the prophecy and vows to protect Athena with his life.

However, when a god-killer arrow strikes Athena he is determined to save her life. In order to do so Seiya must ascend Sanctuary and defeat twelve legendary Gold Knights. Time is running out and Seiya only has twelve hours to accomplish his quest. Will he make it or will the dark prophecy become a reality ensuring the doom of humanity.

Where can I watch Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac?

Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac’s original incarnation is a Japanese fantasy action-adventure manga series written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada. As of 2022, the Saint Seiya manga has over 50 million copies in circulation!

From 1986 to 1989, the manga was adapted by Toei Animation into a 114-episode anime TV series, which was first broadcast on TV Asahi in Japan. Between 2019 and 2020, the first Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac series premiered on Netflix and adapted the following arcs: Galaxian Wars, Black Knights, and Silver Saints.

From 2002 to 2008, Saint Seiya inspired three OVAs. The Saint Seiya franchise also inspired four animated feature films that premiered in Japan from 1987 to 1989, with a fifth film premiering in 2004 and a sixth in 2014. In 2003, DIC Entertainment licensed the anime’s English dub version as Knights of the Zodiac and then in 2019 was licensed by Netflix. Discotek Media released the English dub versions of first four films.

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The anime series was directed by Kozo Morishita (episodes 1-73) with Takao Koyama writing the scripts, and then by Kazuhito Kikuchi (74-114) with Yoshiyuki Suga writing the scripts. Shingo Araki and Michi Himeno were in charge of character design. Seiji Yokoyama composed the series’ music.

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