|Saint Seiya: Episode G|
|Published by||Akita Shoten|
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Saint Seiya: Episode G (聖闘士星矢EPISODE・G Seinto Seiya: Episōdo Jī )) is a shounen manga, written and illustrated by Megumu Okada. A spin-off of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya, it started being serialized in the monthly magazine Champion Red on December 19, 2002. In 2011, it moved to the Champion Red Ichigo magazine, where it ran until the final chapter was published, on June 19, 2013. The series was compiled into 21 volumes by Akita Shoten, with the first being published on June 19, 2003, and the last on August 8, 2013.
The plot of Episode G takes place in a fictional universe where the Greek gods cyclically reincarnate and wage war on each other for the dominance of Earth. The story is set in 1979–1980, five years before the events of the Saint Seiya manga and seven years after the death of Sagittarius Aiolos, the brother of the main character, Leo Aiolia. It follows the battle of the Gold Saints, warriors with superhuman powers who fight for Peace and Justice in the name of the Goddess Athena, to protect Earth from the recently awakened Titans.
Saint Seiya: Episode G has yet to be published in English, though it has been translated into various other languages by publishers from around the world. Overall, the series was well received, but not without controversy regarding its differences to Saint Seiya. It has been criticized for its art style and pace, as a single hit at the speed of light can often take up several pages.
The story of Saint Seiya Episode.G is set in 1979, six years before the events of Masami Kurumada's Saint Seiya (1985), in the same fictional world in which the Greek gods cyclically reincarnate to dispute dominion of Earth. The story revolves around Athena's Saints, humans with superhuman powers who are devoted to the goddess of War, Athena, and whose duty is to protect the world from evil. The protagonist is the Leo Gold Saint Aiolia, who is mistrusted by the rest of the Saints because of the seemingly traitorous actions of his brother Aiolos in the past. In turn, he holds a grudge against the Saints as a whole, and against the elite order of the Gold Saints in particular.
While the Pope, the leader of the Saints, sends Aiolia on mission after mission to prove his loyalty, evil forces manifest that threaten to destroy Sanctuary, the home of the Saints. A modern-day Titanomachy begins as the Titans, ancient gods with a desire for revenge on the Olympian gods, attack Sanctuary to retrieve the "Megas Drepanon", the weapon into which Zeus had sealed their King Kronos in the age of mythology. Their first assault is thwarted by Aiolia, who subsequently gains the attention of the Titans as the "man of the evil omen" who is destined to free their King. With the Titans once again roaming the Earth, all kinds of ancient monsters that the Saints have to deal with are also resurrected worldwide. Meanwhile, the Titans gather their forces to strike at Sanctuary a second time. In the course of their next assault, Kronos is inadvertently released from Zeus's lightning seal by Aiolia's own lightning-based technique, but the god appears to be amnesiac. The Titans determine that it was Aiolia's attack that was responsible for this condition and that the Leo Saint might hold the means to fix it as well. They retreat to their base at the Time Labyrinth and kidnap Aiolia's servant Lithos to lure him there. Aiolia does not hesitate to go to Lithos's aid and, together with five other Gold Saints, initiates a series of battles in which the Titans fall one by one.
Throughout these battles, the primordial god Pontos, who first released the Titans from their imprisonment in Tartarus and initially claimed that he wished to help Kronos, reveals his true intentions, stating that he only revived the Titans as part of a larger plan and has been playing them in order to awaken his true mistress, Gaia, and help her take control of the Earth, destroying gods and humans alike in the process.
Prologue: The one who searches (探求セシ者 Tankyū seshi mono )
|May 20, 2008||978-4-253-23110-7|
|Aiolos and Aiolia travel to Egypt. They confront the reawakened Egyptian god Apophis, who has endagered Miko Hasegawa's archeological research, unintentionally freeing the ancient god Pontos.|
1: The Great Prologue
|June 19, 2003||4-253-23111-X|
|Leo Aiolia struggles to find his place in Sanctuary, after his brother's assassination. While on a mission, he adopts Lithos Chrysalis. Meanwhile, a shadow threatens Sanctuary.|
Special chapter 1: The Holy War (聖戦編 Seisen hen )
|October 23, 2003||4-253-23112-8|
|Ebony Hyperion invades Sanctuary. A battle ensues between the Titan and Aiolia that leaves the Gold Saint close to death. Aiolia travels to Jamir, to ask Aries Mu to repair his cloth.|
Special chapter 2: Saga's story (サガ編 Saga hen )
|February 19, 2004||4-253-23113-6|
|Mu's home is attacked by Dimension Iapetos. Meanwhile, at Sanctuary, Shura falls prey to Gemini Saga's mind-controlling technique, after discovering that he has been impersonating the Pope.|
Special chapter 3: Omens (予兆 Yochō )
|July 29, 2004||4-253-23114-4|
|The Giants Phoinikeos Rhuax and Kyanos Pyrokus launch a second invasion of Sanctuary. Their advance is halted by Eagle Marin, Leo Aiolia, Virgo Shaka and Cancer Deathmask.|
Special chapter 5: Golden wings (黄金ノ翼 Ōgon no tsubasa )
|November 25, 2004||4-253-23115-2|
|Aiolia goes on several missions to fight off evil creatures that have risen due to the Titans' influence. To prevent further attacks, Shaka embarks on a mission of his own, with Aiolia serving as bodyguard.|
Special chapter 7: My own sanctuary (己ノアル地 Onore no aru chi )
|April 20, 2005||4-253-23116-0|
|Aiolia defends Shaka from Dark Lightning Koios's attack. While recovering from the wounds he sustained in battle, Milo guards him from an attack by the revived Greek hero Hector.|
Special chapter 8: Shining cut (輝ケル刃 Kagayakeru yaiba )
|July 20, 2005||4-253-23117-9|
|Pontos revives all twelve Titans and their home, the Kronos Labyrinthos, is restored. Galaxy Kreios initiates a third attack on Sanctuary but is confronted by Shura and Aiolia.|
Special chapter 9: Those from the deep" (深キ者ドモ Fuki mono domo )
|December 20, 2005||4-253-23118-7|
|Kronos continues the attack on Sanctuary to free himself from Zeus's prison. Saga and Aiolia try and fail to stop him. The female Titans then reveal themselves to protect their freed King.|
Special chapter 10: The one who goes fast (疾駆スル者 Shikku suru mono )
|May 18, 2006||4-253-23119-5|
|Aiolia, Shura and Aldebaran defend themselves from the Titanesses' attack. Meanwhile, Kronos has seemingly lost his memory. Current Okeanos goes to Sanctuary and fights Aquarius Camus.|
|August 18, 2006||4-253-23120-9|
|As Camus and Okeanos's battle comes to a close, Iapetos kidnaps Lithos, leading Aiolia to enter the Kronos Labyrinthos. Anthrakma Zugylos confronts him at the gate, but Pisces Aphrodite steps in to fight.|
Special chapter 11: The one who stands at the limit (境界ニ立ツ者 Kyōkai ni tatsu mono )
|February 20, 2007||978-4-253-23125-1|
|Aphrodite kills Anthrakma Zugylos, while Aiolia confronts Pontos with Libra Dohko's assistance. Mu teleports Shura, Camus, Milo, Aldebaran and Shaka to the Kronos Labyrinthos to help.|
Special chapter 12: The one who moves around time (刻ヲ巡リシ者 Koku o megurishi mono )
|August 21, 2007||978-4-253-23126-8|
|Aiolia and Shaka battle Iapetos and Themis in the Kronos Labyrinthos.|
Special chapter 13: The one who stops the tears of blood (血涙ヲ止メル者 Ketsurui o tomeru mono )
|December 20, 2007||978-4-253-23127-5|
|As Iapetos dies, he lends his divine power to Aiolia, so he may continue to fight. Kreios resumes his battle with Shura, while Camus fights a giant salamander that Rhea sent after the remaining Gold Saints.|
Special chapter 14: Those who cross swords (斬リ結ブ者 Kiri musubu mono )
|May 20, 2008||978-4-253-23128-2|
|Shura defeats Kreios and Aiolia confronts Koios for the second time. Meanwhile, Pontos uses the power of the fallen Titans to strengthen his mistress, Gaia.|
Special chapter 15: The one who surpasses limits (限界ヲ越エル者 Genkai o koeru mono )
|August 20, 2008||978-4-253-23129-9|
|After Aiolia defeats Koios, Pontos and Mnemosyne reveal that they have intentionally weakened and manipulated the other Titans. Despite the discovery, Hyperion sets out to fight Aiolia.|
Special chapter 16: The one who stands in the black smoke (黒煙ニ立ツ者 Kurokemuri ni tatsu mono )
|January 20, 2009||978-4-253-23130-5|
|Hyperion and Aiolia's fight ends in the Titan's defeat. Meanwhile, Lithos escapes confinement and makes her way to where the Gold Saints are, taking the amnesiac Kronos with her.|
Special chapter 17: Those who have a conversation (相見エル者 Aimamieru mono )
|June 19, 2009||978-4-253-23134-3|
|After Pontos unsuccessfully attempts to coerce Hyperion into continuing his fight, Mnemosyne restores Kronos's memories, leading the Titan King to attack the Gold Saints.|
Special chapter 18: The one who falls from heaven (堕天セシ者 Daten seshi mono )
|August 19, 2011||978-4-253-23135-0|
|Kronos reverts the flow of time, causing the appearance of ancient beasts on Earth. He also commands Nefritis Hoplisma, Elektron Ther and Margarites Drakon to attack the Gold Saints.|
Special chapter 19: The one who does not recognize the impossible (不可能ヲ認メヌ者 Fukanou o mitomenu mono )
|December 20, 2011||978-4-253-23136-7|
|The Gold Saints split into pairs to tackle the last three Giants. Once the threat is eliminated, Aiolia and Kronos's battle continues.|
Special chapter 20: The one who brandishes his fist (拳ヲ振リ翳ス者 Ken o furikazasu mono )
|August 8, 2013||978-4-253-23140-4|
|Aiolia and Kronos use their most powerful attacks on each other and both come close to dying. Moved by Aiolia's determination, however, Kronos makes a deal with Hades to save his life. The Titans' human followers move to Earth, becoming the Black Saints. Elsewhere, Pontos vows revenge on the Saints for foiling his plan.|
There are two editions of volumes 1–17, a normal edition and a special one that features different covers and added goodies, such as postcards, pins, a coin key holder, a day planner, tarot cards, a T-shirt, puzzles, calendars, a pass case and a key chain.
Volumes also include a special chapter, usually in color. Initially, these chapters were short side stories, depicting events related to, but outside of the series's plot. In later volumes, they became brief recaps of the events of the previous volume. The list below describes the events of the special chapters that are independent from the main storyline.
- Special chapter 1 – The Holy War
- Aries Shion and Libra Dohko stand among their fallen companions as the sole survivors of the Holy War and contemplate the future generation of Saints.
- Special chapter 2 – Saga's story
- Gemini Saga fights a group of evil spirits who have invaded his House, while haunted by his uncertain sense of identity.
- Special chapter 3 – Omens
- Pontos and Ebony Hyperion observe from afar, as Leo Aiolia defeats the Egyptian god Anubis.
- Special chapter 4 – Aiolos
- Sagittarius Aiolos fights the giant Typhon near Sicily, Italy, saving the young Cliff O'Kents.
- Special chapter 5 – Golden wings
- In Egypt, Sagittarius Aiolos defeats a group of Apophis's soldiers.
- Special chapter 6 – The one who does not believe in destiny
- After attempting to steal Athena's sacred blood, Galan is sentenced to fight Sagittarius Aiolos. He loses an eye and an arm in battle, but his life is spared.
- Special chapter 7 – My own sanctuary
- A domestic scene at the House of Leo, with Leo Aiolia, Lithos and Galan.
- Special chapter 8 – Shining cut
- Capricorn Shura defeats a group of the Titans' followers in Grevena, Greece.
- Special chapter 9 – Those from the deep
- After breaking free from Cape Sounion, Kanon releases Poseidon. He dons the Sea Dragon Scales and starts plotting against Sanctuary.
- Special chapter 10 – The one who goes fast
- After a brief interlude on Jamir, Taurus Aldebaran hurries back to Sanctuary, to help defend it from the Titans.
- Special chapter 11 – The one who stands at the limit
- Pisces Aphrodite receives orders from Gemini Saga to seal the entrance to the Titan's world with his roses.
- Special chapter 12 – The one who moves around time
- An amnesiac Kronos ponders his purpose, as he contemplates the giant hourglass at the center of his palace.
|1||Adaptation of Aiolia's meeting with Lithos and his battle against the stone giant, from manga volume 1, chapter 3.||6||Champion Red 04-2007|
|2||Adaptation of Camus and Aiolia's fight against Current Okeanos, from manga volumes 9–10, chapters 37–38.||7||Volume 11, Special Edition|
- Hiro Shimono, as Leo Aiolia
- Hikaru Midorikawa, as Aquarius Camus
- Kōji Yusa, as Galan
- Chiwa Saitō, as Lithos
- Kōsuke Okano, as Okeanos
- Hiroki Yasumoto, as Pontos
Main article: List of Saint Seiya Episode.G characters
|Gold Saints||Other Saints||Other characters|
|Aries Mu||Lynx Retsu (Bronze)||John Black|
|Taurus Aldebaran||Triangle Noesis (Silver)||Galarian Steiner|
|Gemini Saga||Eagle Marin (Silver)||Lithos Chrysalis|
|Cancer Deathmask||Ophiuchus Shaina (Silver)||Miko Hasegawa|
|Leo Aiolia||Lizard Misty (Silver)||Cliff O'Kents|
|Virgo Shaka||Aries Shion (Gold)||Sea Dragon Kanon|