(聖闘士星矢, Seinto Seiya
?), also known as Knights of the Zodiac
, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada, and later adapted to anime. The story follows five mystical warriors called the "Saints" (or "Knights"; the kanji is properly read as sei-tōshi
, lit. "holy fighter", but the furigana has it pronounced seinto
, lit. "saint") who have adopted various constellations as their guardian symbols. The anime series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1987, but was canceled in 1989. In 2002, Toei produced Saint Seiya: Hades
, which continued adapting the manga story arcs to animation that remained pending when the anime was canceled in 1989.