Saint Seiya

Japanese manga series

Saint Seiya (聖闘士星矢, Seinto Seiya), also known as Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac or simply Knights of the Zodiac, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada and serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1986 to 1991 and adapted into an Anime TV series by Toei Animation from 1986 to 1989.

Saint Seiya
(Seinto Seiya)
GenreAction,[1] fantasy,[2] mythological[3]
Written byMasami Kurumada
Published byShueisha
English publisher
MagazineWeekly Shōnen Jump
Original runJanuary 1, 1986December 12, 1990
Volumes28 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by
  • Kōzō Morishita (001–073)
  • Kazuhito Kikuchi (074–114)
Produced by
  • Chiaki Imada
  • Hiroshi Takeda
  • Kazuo Yokoyama
  • Masayoshi Kawata
  • Yoshifumi Hatano
Written by
Music bySeiji Yokoyama
StudioToei Animation
Licensed by
Original networkTV Asahi
English network
Original run October 11, 1986 April 1, 1989
Episodes114 (List of episodes)
Light novel
Saint Seiya – Gigantomachia
Written byTatsuya Hamazaki
Published byJump J Books
Original runAugust 23, 2002December 16, 2002
Original video animation
Saint Seiya: Hades
Directed by
Produced byHiroyuki Sakurada
Yoichi Shimizu
Written by
Music bySeiji Yokoyama
StudioToei Animation
Released November 9, 2002 August 1, 2008
Episodes31 (List of episodes)
Original net animation
Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya
Directed byYoshiharu Ashino
Produced by
  • Executive producer:
    Kōzō Morishita
Written byEugene Son
StudioToei Animation
Licensed byNetflix
ReleasedQ3 2019
Related works
Cosplay of Saint Seiya

The story follows five mystical warriors called the "Saints" (or "Knights") who fight wearing sacred armors named "Cloths", the designs of which derive from the various constellations the characters have adopted as their destined guardian symbols. These Saints have sworn to defend the reincarnation of the Greek goddess Athena in her battle against the other Olympian gods who want to dominate Earth.


  1. "Clash of the Titans Posters by Saint Seiya's Kurumada Posted". Anime News Network. April 12, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  2. "The Official Website for Knights of the Zodiac (Saint Seiya)". Viz Media. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  3. "Masami Kurumada Hints at New Ring ni Kakero Work". Anime News Network. Retrieved July 29, 2018.