Post Reply Why Did Saint Seiya Bomb In North America?
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Watch Saint Seiya Lost Canvas and make Saint Seiya popular in the United States.
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Because, "You should *not be watching...".


If it wasn't on FUNimation, it did not exist to me. Well, at least until most recently, of course....
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I watched the first anime when I was a kid and liked it..then it got very repetitive after the golden armors stuff and didn't go back to it.
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Because the theme song was a lousy cover of I Ran instead of the original.
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Well, when "birdy num nums" is something that actually appears in the dub...

I like Saint Seiya, but it does get repetitive and the dub was impressively bad. Plus they never even finished airing it on Toonami. It just sort of stopped. And that was a bit before streaming online was common place, so no convenient way to continue.

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octorockandroll wrote:

Because the theme song was a lousy cover of I Ran instead of the original.


I actually like that cover.

I may have had some friends threaten to disown me when I told them that.
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LokiLB wrote:


octorockandroll wrote:

Because the theme song was a lousy cover of I Ran instead of the original.


I actually like that cover.

I may have had some friends threaten to disown me when I told them that.


Don't feel too bad, in middle school I once met a kid who loudly proclaimed that buckethead was a better guitarist than Slash.

You're probably not going to end up quite as bad as him.
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*thinks*

I recall seeing almost no publicity for either the anime or the manga during the Toonami years, and most of the vestiges of pre-2000 anime / manga fandom dismissed the franchise (inaccurately, if you watch it) as yaoi fangirl bait. This is most likely one of those shows which might have had more of a real audience if it had been released closer to its original Japanese launch date (i.e. back in the '80s, which might have put it in the canon next to greats like Robotech and Voltron). As it is, it was lost in the midst of the anime / manga boom.
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Conventional wisdom says that Saint Seiya was already an old show by the time it launched in NA (mid 2000s). In most territories where it's considered a classic (Latin America, France, etc) it was broadcast in the eighties or early nineties, ie back when it was still a relatively new show with a contemporary esthetic and storytelling tropes that seemed fresh. By the time it aired on Toonami, the original Saint Seiya was painfully dated, and it was airing next to similar shows that were newer and more sophisticated. Didn't stand a chance. Apparently the dub was bad as well.

Also, none of the sequels/revivals to the best of my knowledge have been the 'brand new, updated, no need to have seen the original' kind of show that have revitalized the likes of JoJo and HunterXHunter. They always seem to have a reverence for the original that makes them less approachable for new fans.

If it helps (or not), Saint Seiya is also not really a thing in northern Europe, for presumably the same reasons. I first heard about it when watching a huge crowd of people singing along to a shamisen rendition of the theme song (which they all knew by heart) at a con in France.
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Good question. It has the stream, the games, a distinct art style. Everything needed to stand out.
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