Saint Seiya (Hepburn: Seinto Seiya), also known as Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac or simply Knights of the Zodiac, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada. The story follows five mystical warriors called the Saints who fight wearing sacred sets of armor named "Cloths", the designs of which derive from the various constellations the characters have adopted as their destined guardian symbols, and empowered by a mystical energy called "Cosmo". The Saints have sworn to defend the reincarnation of the Greek goddess Athena in her battle against other Olympian gods who want to dominate Earth. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1986 to 1990, with the chapters collected into 28 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Toei Animation that ran from 1986 to 1989, before being continued in the form of three original video animation series between 2002 and 2008. Four animated feature films were shown in Japanese theaters from 1987 to 1989, with a fifth in 2004 and a sixth in 2014. Since 2006, creator Kurumada has been publishing a sequel manga titled Saint Seiya: Next Dimension. Several spin-off manga by different authors have also been created, as well as a standalone anime and original net animation.


Brazilian censorship[]

On the Band channel in Brazil, this anime series was subject to censorship with changes that were related to scenes with blood and violence.

French and Polish censorship[]

In the 90s reruns, Club Dorothee censored many violent and bloody scenes due to parental complaints. The same version was also shown in Poland with a voiceover in 1999-2001.

Italian censorship[]

On Odeon TV and Junior TV channels in Italy, this anime series was subject to the following censorship: the characters (Pegasus Seiya for example becomes Pegasus, Saori Kido becomes Lady Isabel) and techniques (Pegasus Ryuseiken becomes "Fulmine di Pegaso", which translates to "Pegasus Thunderbolt") had its names changed. The 5 lead characters was changed had their age changed from teenagers to at least 18 years (In the second episode, Seiya says that he had been in Greece for 6 years and had left at age 10, making him an 18-year old. In the anime, there were scenes of the protagonists driving motor vehicles). Additional dialog where original scenes were mute was employed (which was justified by the dialog translator Stefano Cerioni, saying that the scripts on which the dubbing studio was working were mostly patchy.).

  • Virgo Shaka's dialogue was altered to remove every instance of religious references (both the "God" term or any reference to the Buddhist culture). The Virgo Gold Saint's title as "The closest man to God" was changed to "The closest man to Athena". The image of the Buddha is censored and any reference to the Enlighted is replaced with "the oblivion". His attack, Rikudo Rinne is renamed as "Volta di Minosse" ("Minos' Vault"), with the reference to the six worlds of Buddhism being remplaced with Dante's hell circles. However, said censorship is not present when the Hades Saga was dubbed in Italian.

On Italia 1 channel, any instance of blood was censored by fading it.

USA censorship[]

In 2003, this anime was released in the United States through the DiC production company, and this anime was released in the United States of America by Cartoon Network, and was named Kinights of the Zodiac. Several changes were made to the plot and scenes, for example, the blood coming out of the wounds of the characters was recolored blue. Because of the censorship and alterations of the forty episodes only thirty-two were released.

Where to find it uncensored[]

The original Japanese release is uncensored. The series is also available uncut on DVD home video in Italy.