It would appear to be officially official, although Oricon has removed the original article. Farewell, Saints, until we meet again.
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Looks like the series taking over for Saint Seiya Omega is indeed a Toei Animation series. I hope this doesn't hurt Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers too badly.
Oh NO! ANYTHING BUT THE HEARTLESS COMERCIALISM SHOW!!!
The dialogue in this series is so repetitive. You can tell the Series Organizer was doing his best to stretch a thin plot over what was initially just a two cours order and then a four cours order.
Europa finally makes his move, playing the role I would have pined on Hyperion. Who would have thought it, Subaru is Saturn! Hoho, first Mars, now Saturn! I wonder how these final five episodes will play out? Hmm...
They will play out the way that's most profitable for Toei of course.
With Saturn revived the endgame begins, however I have the distinct feeling we're going to continue on this course of no particularly exciting battle scenes and repetitive dialogue.
"Humans are weak!"
"But you were our comrade!"
"But humans are weak!"
"You fought alongside us and saw the miracles humans could create!"
*Knocks everyone back*
Subaru ditching humanity is gonna come back to bite him he already witnessed the miracles humanity can create and still chooses the God route...... I just hope Kouga can beat him with his own power this time him using Seiyas power last time was a big cop out in my opinion.
That's actually one of the things that bothered me during watching the episode. It was previously established that Subaru and Saturn were separate identities. You'd figure Kouga and the others would try to appeal to Subaru to fight Saturn's command. There isn't much narrative point in having them treat Saturn as if he really were Subaru at this point.
You also have to wonder if that is the case, why it is that he always wanted to become a God?
Even way before he was introduced into the story that was his goal but a reason why is never given.
The only thing thing we know about him is the tad bit about him becoming a steel cloth bearer not much from before then, he's a complete mystery and to tell it in the 5 or 6 remaining episodes is going to feel really rushed.
The Steel Saints return! In fact, so do the original Steel Saints! Thanks to the power of friendship and Captain Planet they unlock a fragment of Omega to deal some extra damage to Aegir. I had forgotten Jabu of Unicorn was also out there and uninvolved with the battle up until now. Sorry Aegir, you can't defeat a Kusao Takeshi voiced character with your lack of character!!
We've arrived at the final three episodes. I suspect Saturn will separate into Saturn and Subaru within the next two.
Hey, it's a Seiya episode! After spending the past forty-three episodes in doubt Seiya finally decides to fight with no more hesitation. The Cloth of Sagittarius sure does get its wings broken off a lot. Not even the power of Omega can keep the cloth from being so easily torn to ribbons! Also, was that a Furuya Tooru insert song I heard during Seiya's big attack at the end?
Mira sure was dispatched easily! Titan the noble knight defeating the nefarious jester Europa was poetic justice, too!
So did Titan sacrifice himself to defeat Europa, I hope he doesn't die.
...so let me get this straight...everyone's still kinda sorta alive? Even Seiya? After all that? ...ok. The dialogue really is repetitive, and I've only been off and on watching all these months.
"Don't take life too seriously; you'll never make it out alive!"
- Bugs Bunny, "Rabbit Feat" (1960)
Well, at least everyone was sort of well-drawn this episode. Still, failing to capitalize on these deaths is just toothless. Saint Seiya Omega is about over and not likely to ever continue, so why not kill off all of Seiya's generation? At least give the series a good ending to wrap up the life-support that has been the last year.
I somehow highly doubt episode #97 is going to be anywhere near as good as episode #51 was. No Umakoshi and none of his friends to bring along and help out on the key animation. It doesn't look like Shida Naotoshi worked on episode #97 and I can't see Oonishi Ryou having worked on it when he is now the character designer of Majin Bone. Toriko is about to end so I suspect Hamano Yuu'ichi and Tate Naoki will be busy on its finale, too. Kureta Kouhei, the episode director since Nagamine Tatsuya jumped ship beginning with episode #78, is the episode director for #97. Unless he has some good freelancers in his pocket I suspect we're about to be hit with a big pile of 'there'.
For Saint Seiya Omega episode #97 Kureta Kouhei himself directed. Kureta took over as Series Director Fall 2013 when Nagamine Tatsuya left to begin preparing Hapiness Charge PreCure. Character Designer Ichikawa Kei'ichi provided assistance as the Chief Animation Supervisor for this episode and received the last key animation credit, which might imply he was given credit only as a formality, something common with Animation Supervisors. Freelancer Sugie Toshiharu provided key animation, as well.
And so after a okay-ish first year and downright turbulent second year, Saint Seiya Omega comes to a close. The lack of fanfare, especially in light of the all-star outing episode #51 received, is of no surprise. When Nagamine jumped ship after only having directed episode #52 it was probably a clear sign that the series was now little more than trash to fill the airwaves.
Ah well, at least it did the final battle of Kill la Kill before Trigger did! No, really!! Kouga combines the Cosmo of his friends to create a new, final form to battle his enemy in space. It's impeccable that this was set up four or five days before Studio Trigger did it. In the end, Kouga is allowed to return to his role of upperclassmen and teach Subaru a valuable lesson about humanity.
And so the day is saved leaving just enough time for Kouga of Pegasus and Eden of Orion to running off into the sunset together! Damn, now I kind of want more of this series...
Next week Abarenbou Rikishi!! Matsutarou takes over the timeslot!
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