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Saint Seiya: Legend of Crimson Youth (1988)

Seinto Seiya: Shinku no shônen densetsu (original title)
Not Rated | | Animation, Action, Fantasy | 23 July 1988 (Japan)
The Sun God Abel returns to life, bent on punishing the humans and cleansing the Earth from their presence. When Athena joins him, leaving humans to their fate, the Bronze Saints must defend the Earth in their greatest battle yet.


Shigeyasu Yamauchi


Masami Kurumada (comic), Yoshiyuki Suga


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tôru Furuya ... Seiya (voice)
Hirotaka Suzuoki ... Shiryû (voice)
Hideyuki Hori Hideyuki Hori ... Ikki (voice)
Ryô Horikawa ... Shun (voice)
Kôichi Hashimoto Kôichi Hashimoto ... Hyôga (voice)
Keiko Han Keiko Han ... Saori (voice)
Rokurô Naya Rokurô Naya ... Camus (voice)
Kazuyuki Sogabe Kazuyuki Sogabe ... Saga (voice)
Kôji Totani ... Shura (voice)
Keiichi Nanba Keiichi Nanba ... Aphrodite (voice)
Ryôichi Tanaka Ryôichi Tanaka ... Deathmask (voice)
Yumiko Shibata Yumiko Shibata ... Shunrei (voice)
Kôji Yada Kôji Yada ... Rôshi (voice)
Akira Kamiya ... Atlas (voice)
Katsuji Mori ... Jaow (voice)


Abel the resurrected Sun-God has come to take her sister Athena with him and rule the world together, he plains to destroy humanity in the form of terrible natural disasters, Athena chooses freely to go with Abel. Seiya and the other bronze knights can't believe she has turned her back on them. Abel has his own group of warriors as well as some of the formerly deceased golden knights fighting on his side. The bronze knights will have to fight their way through them to find Athena and save her as well as the Earth. Written by MRPHANTASM - COSENTINO

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Release Date:

23 July 1988 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Saint Seiya: Legend of Crimson Youth See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Toei Doga See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Wasn't officially released in the US until 24 years after it was released in Japan. See more »


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Disappointing and predictable
23 March 2009 | by AgentGunmanSee all my reviews

This is the only Saint Seiya movie I've watched so far. It's basically the classic "Saori/Athena is the damsel in distress, race against time" plot condensed in a single movie. Fights that would usually last at least two episodes only last five minutes in this movie.

What sparked my interest in this movie, and I bet there are other fans who felt the same, was the return of the dead gold saints. Will they fight different opponents? Will they have their revenge against the bronze saints who killed them? My interest was crushed during the movie. Shura and Camus have almost cameo-like appearances. Deathmask looks more like the kind of villain I expect to see in American cartoons.

Aphrodite actually shows he learned with his death and was quite ready for Shun. Unfortunately, just like in the Hades saga, Aphrodite is demoted from one of the strongest gold saints to a second class villain.

I would recommend this movie to Gemini Saga's fans, however. Nevertheless, it seems that these five saints were put in the movie simply to make people watch it.

What annoys me the most is this: if you watched the Poseidon saga, the last 20 minutes of the movie will be boring for you. In fact, they will make you feel like you wasted your time by watching it.

Some positives. The animation is clearly better than in the series. Very good acting from Taichirô Hirokawa, Keiko Han and Tôru Furuya (although I bet he didn't like saying "Saori-San!" so many times). Overall, you can live without this movie. And maybe you should watch this before the Poseidon saga. At least you'll have Shaina in the series to make it better.

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