Crunchyroll Streams Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for Sanctuary – in Summer 2022

© Masami Kurumada / Toei Animation

Crunchyroll has announced that it will stream the brand new second season of Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac on its service later this Summer 2022. This latest announcement was made jointly with Toei Animation and the new season will simulcast on Crunchyroll worldwide (excluding Asia). 

The second season will be titled Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac – Battle for Sanctuary – and is a direct follow-up to the first Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac season that premiered on Netflix between 2019 and 2020. It will adapt the “Galaxian Wars,” Black Knights,” and “Silver Saints” story arcs from Masami Kurumada’s original manga series. 

The production staff for the first season includes Yoshiharu Ashino (D.Gray-man Hallow) as director and Terumi Nishii (JUJUTSU KAISEN 0) as character designer. Toei Animation handled the animation production for the series. 

The Saint Seiya manga series was first created by Kurumada and serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from January 1, 1986 to December 12, 1990. The last chapter of the series was published in Shueisha’s monthly V Jump magazine. The franchise has also inspired a 114-episode television anime series that aired from October 11, 1986 to April 1, 1989. It also spawned a light novel series, OVAs, and several spin-off and sequel manga series. A live-action film adaptation starring Mackenyu is also in development. 

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© Masami Kurumada / Toei Animation

Crunchyroll describes the story as:

The young warriors who protect the goddess Athena are known as the Knights of the Zodiac. One young orphan, Seiya, is destined to become the Pegasus Knight. Athena has been born into this world, but this time under a dark prophecy that she will lose the war against Poseidon and Hades, and lead mankind to ruin. Seiya stands up against the prophecy, willing to protect her at all costs. But now a god-killer arrow has struck her heart. To save her life, Seiya must ascend Sanctuary and defeat twelve legendary Gold Knights – and he only has twelve hours to do it. Will he make it? And what will happen to the dark prophecy if he succeeds?

Source: Crunchyroll

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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