Damn, I am so behind. To be fair this series is a drag, but these last few episodes have been interesting. The Equuleus storyline gave the series a much needed shot in the arm. Promoting Subaru to the role of a Bronze Saint and effectively making him Kouga's 'little brother' was a nice tie in to the upperclassmen-lowerclassmen relationship the two have. I do wish the awesome Cloth Stone Equuleus armor hadn't been replaced. These blockier Cloths are so less interesting and probably a pain in the ass to animation. The budget and staff selection for this series is already pretty abysmal, having more difficult character designs to animate can't help.
I am glad to see the Gold Saints entering the battle. The arc does actually feel like a prolonged war is occurring, but the lack of good animation tends to make things hard to watch. I'm loving Kuroda Takaya as Hyperion. I kept thinking he was Hori'uchi Ken'yuu but apparently he's not! Kuroda voices Razor in the 2011 Hunter x Hunter, something I am just now realizing. Hyperion sounds like a man with a plan, I bet he'll backstab Pallas and become the arc's true main villain.
I looked up Subaru's voice actor. There's a reason why his voice is so strained: Mizushima Yuu is fifty-seven. O.o
This show continues to have no budget, despite the series director being Nagamine Tatsuya, director of One Piece Film Z. The fight scenes just aren't that exciting with the poor directing and use of music.
The story developments have been getting better, though. Subaru is really being built up as a force of his own, I wonder if Saint Seiya Omega will see a third year with Subaru as the main villain? It is great seeing the Legendary Saints fight with the young Bronzes. This was bound to happen if the series ever moved past the Mars arc, but I am glad to see it occurring. I am glad Shiryuu will finally get a chance to fight, now officially Shiryuu of Libra. He and Haruto will surely have an interesting episode to themselves. I was surprised to see the Shiten-ou have their own Chronotectors. I actually figured they wouldn't be fighting with any at this point. Judging by the Opening beginning with episode #78 even Pallas has one, similar to Athena. Speaking of which, the Opening shows Kouga, Eden, and Seiya with new Cloths. I wonder when they will finally awaken those new powers?
The return of Tokisada was a surprise, although after the return of Paradox it probably should not have been. Hayami Shou is always welcomed, but it's a shame seeing him wasted on such a boring character. I wonder if Harbinger and Fudou will have episodes where their new loyalties are tested, especially since Harbinger is being so hot-and-cold with Athena?
Well, damn, now that I'm caught up I have to wait for new episodes with the rest of the fishies. Hmm...
I keep expecting Kouga to unleash his new Cloth but it never comes! Truly this is a first world problem. That is sarcasm, by the way. Luckily the Gravitontector looks really cool. In a series where everyone is wearing armor it is nice to finally have a truly awesome looking armor. The shape is very majestic. Ikki of Phoenix will face the Gravitontector now, but I have to wonder if we will see a definitive end to Aegaeon. Saint Seiya Omega seems to like moving at a terrrible pace. The Class-2 Pallasites have all been boring and refusing to die, I would like to hope that the Class-1s make up for that.
And so falls Ikki of Phoenix. Of course I am not too convinced Ikki has perished. Sugita's performance was a little too unemotional for me to buy that. Then again Sugita's been forcing that deep voice so much he just might be able to emote. I hope the Audio Director wasn't trying to keep him in that same register no matter the line, that would be terrible.
It looks like we also finally have an idea of what the Four Heavenly Kings are really up to. Titan will turn traitor, of course, so I'm interested in seeing Hyperion and Titan eventually clash. I wonder who the true big bag is, though? Perhaps a previous enemy of Seiya's generation?
Yeesh, I didn't expect so many people to be tearing up over Ikki's death. I know Seiya and company were friends but I expected less crying and more scowling. Shiryuu playing possum to help Ryuuho awaken his true potential was kind of expected. It's a shame the father-son Rozan Shouryuu-Ha wasn't assigned to a good key animator, though.
Yata Kouji is either really laying the "about to die" act on thick or is himself nearing his end. Yata is eighty years old, so it's not much of a surprise, but I'd hate to think he's going to be the next veteran to leave us.