The 80s and 90s were significant for the anime industry, with shows like The Super Champions, Dragon Ball Z, and many more cementing their popularity among children, adolescents and adults. One such popular show is The Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, which has been adapted into movies, OVAs, and even had a live-action adaptation.
However, The Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya – The Beginning has received criticism from top critics, with many pointing out that the film is unfaithful to the source material and does not respect the classic essence of manga/anime. Critics also point out that the special effects are outdated, and the dialogues are subpar.
Despite a good cast, the story falls short, feeling unnecessarily long, confused and at times predictable. However, there are some dramatic moments that may touch the hearts of some audiences, and the action scenes remain a highlight.
Overall, The Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya – The Beginning fails to meet expectations and leaves much to be desired. It’s a far cry from the original material, and despite some positive aspects, the film feels like a missed opportunity to bring this beloved anime to life on the big screen.