A spinoff manga of Saint Seiya, called Saintia Sho, recently made its volume one debut on North American shores. Thanks to Seven Seas, fans of the decades-old series can pick up a copy for around $13 at the store of their choice. It centers on the personal bodyguards of the goddess Athena, a class of saints known as the Saintia, who have their hands full when Eris, goddess of discord, comes knocking for trouble in the first story arc’s kickoff.
Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac, was published in Shonen Jump magazine in 1985. It ran for 28 volumes with 110 chapters before its conclusion in 1990, spawning a 114-episode anime adaptation and an OVA (original video animation). It followed an orphan named Seiya and his involvement in the wars between the gods and the other saints, culminating in a struggle against Hades at the end of the third story arc.
Saint Seiya: Saintia Sho picks up where Knights of the Zodiac left off, this time featuring a female saint named Sho who joins a host of other female saints. The plot continues on in largely the same style as its source material, and Seiya from the first series also makes an appearance. Saintia Sho has already seen eleven volumes covering 52 chapters in Japan, a number of which focus on building the support characters and expanding on their arcs. The anime adaptation by Toei is scheduled for sometime in 2019.
Other February releases from Seven Seas include Perfect Blue, Arifureta, Magical Girl Site, Bloom Into You, Citrus, and the aptly-named Clockwork Planet, penned by the author of No Game No Life and set in a world rebuilt from ruin powered entirely by clockwork machines… right down to gravity itself. Seven Seas is a major manga publisher in the U.S. and a good source to find your favorite series.
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