Since Akita Shoten’s Champion RED teased a Saint Seiya announcement last month, we’ve been on tenterhooks for more anime. And we weren’t disappointed. In last week’s issue of the magazine, it was confirmed that Toei Animation is producing an anime project based on Chimaki Kuori’s gender-swapped spin-off manga, Saintia Sho. Staff are yet to reveal the project’s format, whether film, TV show or otherwise, but we’ll keep you updated as more news arrives.
Set straight after the main series’ Sanctuary arc and the fall of Gemini Saga, Saint Seiya: Saintia Sho differs from Masami Kurumada’s original manga in one distinct way. While the original followed the boy Seiya and his fellow Saints as they stand in defence of the goddess Athena, Kuori’s manga follows a female “Saintia” named Sho, who fights to protect the goddess of wisdom instead.
The manga launched in Champion RED in 2013, and its ninth volume was published in Japan today. Kuori’s notable back catalogue of Gundam works include Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: The Edge, and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny: The Edge Desire. He’s also created manga adaptations of the Char’s Counterattack film, as well as the Sengoku Basara samurai action games.