Parents' Guide to

Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Anime series entry has strong graphics, epic battles.

Movie NR 2014 93 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

From a Saint Seiya franchise fan

This movie resumes (with some specific changes) the last part of the anime series first season. Despite the CGI animation used in the film, I consider, it has less explicit violence than in the regular anime series. The story in the movie continues with some possitive messages (that are also in other movies and the series), such as teamwork, responsability, justice, caring for each other, and integrity.

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Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

While this film's fantasy world is complex, anime fans don't need to be familiar with the whole series to appreciate the action and effects of this sixth installment in the franchise. The backstory of Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary is explained succinctly early on, following a tense three-minute battle sequence between armored warriors hurtling through outer space that opens the film and sets the frenetic pace of the next 90 minutes.

New viewers may find the anime genre's cultural differences refreshing. Beyond one entertaining song-and-dance number midway through the film, the self-aware jokes and insider winks of many American children's films are largely absent here. Made several years before female-superhero blockbusters like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, Legend of Sanctuary also feels restrained in the way it handles its main characters, including one of the movie's only females. In fact, gender feels almost irrelevant. The initially fearful Saori/Athena discovers that she wields stronger powers and must save the lives of some of her male protectors, who themselves are strikingly androgynous (one will reportedly be made female in Netflix's new adaptation). With humility, sincerity, and inner strength, Athena simply takes her rightful place as leader at the end of the movie.

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