Saint SeiyaSaint Seiya (聖闘士星矢, Seinto Seiya), also known as Knights of the Zodiac, is a manga series authored by Masami Kurumada, and later adapted to anime. The story follows five mystical warriors called the "Saints" (or "Knights"; the kanji is properly read as sei-tōshi "holy fighter" but the furigana has it pronounced "saint") who have adopted various constellations as their guardian symbols. The anime series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1987, but was cancelled in 1989 due to low ratings of the manga and anime. In 2002 Toei produced Saint Seiya: Hades, which continues adapting the manga story arcs that remained pending to be adapted to animation when the anime was canceled in 1989.
PlotSeven years before the events at the focus of the series, one hundred orphans from Japan are sent to different parts of the world to become legendary warriors known as "Saints". These warriors are under the protection of a constellation, and they can draw power from the stars to realize amazing feats. The story focuses on one of these orphans called Seiya. He is sent to the Sanctuary in Greece to become the Pegasus saint.
After seven years Seiya becomes the Pegasus saint and returns to Japan to find his older sister. Because his sister disappeared the same day Seiya went to the Sanctuary, Saori Kido, the granddaughter of the person who sent all orphans to train, makes a deal with him to go to fight in a tournament called the Galaxian Wars where the orphans who survived and became bronze saints must fight to win the most powerful cloth: The Sagittarius gold cloth. If Seiya goes to compete there, Saori would start a search to find the sister of Seiya.
During the series, Seiya becomes the partner and friend of other bronze saints: Shun, Shiryu, Ikki, and Hyoga. As the myth of the saints they must fight together to protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena from any danger.