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Knights of the Zodiac - Battle of the Bronze Knights (Vol. 1)

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Knights of the Zodiac is DIC's reworking of the anime series Saint Seiya (1986) for American television. Much of the violence has been excised: Seiya rips off an opponent's ear in Saint, and the audience sees it pulsating on the arena floor; Knights deletes the entire sequence. During battles, DIC colors the blood blue or purple in an unsuccessful attempt to disguise it. The actors on the Knights dub sound stiff and not very bright. The mystical underpinnings of the martial arts combat have also been simplified. In the original, Seiya's mentor Marin explains how all matter and energy originated in the Big Bang; in Knights, she mentions, "that same power that caused the universe to begin with a bang." Knights of the Zodiac may please Cartoon Network viewers, but it will infuriate anime purists. (Unrated, suitable for ages 10 and older: violence) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Hideyuki Tanaka, Tôru Furuya, Ryô Horikawa, Kôichi Hashimoto, Hirotaka Suzuoki
  • Directors: Yasuhito Kikuchi
  • Writers: Haruya Yamazaki, Masami Kurumada
  • Producers: Jim Lara, Mark Williams, Masayoshi Kawata
  • Format: Animated, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000159F9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Knights of the Zodiac - Battle of the Bronze Knights (Vol. 1)" on IMDb

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I know that nowadays, when people are looking at reviews, some want a review that gets straight to the point, while others want something longer and more specific. So, I'll provide both.

SHORT REVIEW: "Knights of the Zodiac" is an alternative title for "Saint Seiya," arguably one of the best animes of all time and easily one of the most financially successful. There were two English dubs made for this show: an edited dub called "Knights of the Zodiac," by DIC which aired on TV, and an uncensored dub called "Saint Seiya," by ADV which went straight to DVD. The version here is the edited dub by DIC...and as such, it is not a faithful English representation of the original anime. You only want to get this if you watched the edited TV version and want something to remember it by.

LONG REVIEW: "Saint Seiya" is the story of a group of young boys who are the reincarnations of ancient warriors--called Saints--who were sworn to protect the Greek Goddess Athena, and did so by harnessing an ancient power from the stars known as the Cosmos. Each of them were able to align their souls with one of the star constellations, and in doing so, use the Cosmos to gain incredible power, speed, agility, attacks...and mystical sets of armor--called Cloths--unique to them and their constellation. These reincarnated Saints, re-born in modern times without memory of their past lives, end up getting involved in a dark plot set in motion by the Greek Gods themselves to kill Saori Kdio, herself the modern-day reincarnation of Athena.
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As a Saint Seiya fan, I am utterly disgusted with what DIC did to the Saint Seiya/Knights of the Zodiac series. Not only is the original music cut, but the English dubbing is simply horrible. The voice-actors are mediocre but the dubbed script was unacceptably bad. If DIC insist on a English dub, at least they can put more effort in making a decent script.
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"Saint Seiya" is a classic. "Knights of the Zodiac" is not. And that's unfortunate. The original materials had a lot of potential to be a hit. It could've been the next "Dragonball Z", or even the next "Pokemon". But, no. DIC's reckless butchering made this show terrible to watch, with its rewritten dialogue, heavily edited fights, and mediocore music. I hate to say this, because edited or not, this show is still "Saint Seiya" to me, but please -- stay away from this. The only thing that was remotely good about "Knights of the Zodiac" is the theme song, a cover of A Flock of Seagull's "I Ran (So Far Away)". If you are even slightly interested in "Knights of the Zodiac", then do yourself a favor and get the original "Saint Seiya" DVDs. You won't regret it.
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this chopped up series are the reason why some anime never really make it big in the United States. it is basically the same reason why i would urge you to not purchase this specific anime under this title. i am a big big saint seiya fan (or knights of the zodiac here) i was very dissapointed with the dubbing and the crappy voices they gave these awesome series that are literally the best that has come out of japan besides akira cowboy bebop or nadesico. my suggestion is to purchase the adv version which is called saint seiya, and get an actual taste of what the series should be like. don't bother to even rent them or buy them you will pretty much be watching some twisted sailor moon version of these series.
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By Noelix on February 23, 2004
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Knights of the Zodiac is the butchered version of the classic anime Saint Seiya, which originally came out in 1985 and was a worldwide hit (it did not hit US shores until August 2003). The cartoon itself is almost mind-numbing in that the feeling they want to convey through the music is that the action ever stops. The music, by the way, is not the original orchestrated work done for Saint Seiya, but new synth music without any major themes, only background noise. So, when you watch an episode, you're hit with characters talking in monotone over cheap synth music, and it's very grating to the ears because there is no break in that equation for the entire length of any episode. As for the translation itself, suprisingly they keep the term of "cloth" for the zodiac armor the "knights" wear. Other than that, there was a major change in the character of Saori, who is the heiress to the Garaude (sp?) Foundation, which is in charge of the Galaxian Tournament between the Saints. In KOTZ, Saori becomes Sienna the Princess. Princess of what we never find out, but that's the story. As noted in another review, the blood is turned blue, making you think this is an advertisement for Gatorade. It made me laugh watching it quite frankly. As for any physical contact between the characters during actual action, most of those scenes have been cut right out, so you'll see Seiya for example jump forward, then a flash, and then he's on the other side of the bad guy. You're wondering what the heck just happened because you didn't see anything, so the bad guy explains it to you: "One lucky punch and you think you can stop me???" (he is clearly grabbing where his ear used to be as it has been cut off, and the blood pouring out has been turned purple). Overall recommendation, if you buy it you're wasting your money. Get the Saint Seiya DVDs, which are excellent.
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