Knights of the Zodiac

Alt title: Saint Seiya

Vol: 28; Ch: 109
1985 - 1990
3.916 out of 5 from 366 votes
Rank #6,402
Knights of the Zodiac

In a world where Gods reincarnate themselves into the bodies of humans, Athena is the Guardian of Earth. Together with her 88 Saints, she must protect the Earth against other gods whose sole purpose is to take over her position and extend their realm; it has been so for thousands of years. In this age, Athena, along with her Bronze Saints Seiya, Shiryu, Ikki, Hyoga and Shun, will have to counter the evil plans of a traitor amongst her midst who rejects her identity and nominates himself as the sole lord of Athena’s Saints. Being the only ones behind the true Athena, Seiya and the others will have to battle their way through countless Saints to unmask this impostor.

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A great story with IMO shitty art(very dated) but that's to be expected from such an old manga. The Story score and Character scores are so high because the story is one of a kind and told very well, the characters are really cool being based on constellations, which ties in with the story. I can't really break down the story that well as there are 109 chapters which may not seem like a lot but considering there are about 100-150+ pages per chapter, which is above the current norm of 20-~40 pages, that would be a little difficult. For those yet to read the first 7 pages of each chapter do not need to be read. Just the simple fact of 1 god fighting another is very cool while having each other minions fight one another is very awesome. The real reason for an 8.5 instead of 9.5 for the character score is for "princess" Sienna(Saori Kido) is really a spoiled bitch the entire series so far. So what if she is the reincarnation of Athena, she has brothers fight one another, this is unknown till later, to "serve" her. Then they have to constantly defend her and her "sanctuary" from being disturbed which doesn't really help anyone but her and her alone. They have to watch their brothers and mentors sacrifice themselves in the hope that the rest of them may move on to the next enemy. I just don't like her. But this is a multi-read story that took me about 4 months of reading for about 2-3 hrs a day and 4 days a week. A straight read will probably take 2-3 weeks.

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