Saint Seiya | What is the chronological order of the Knights of the Zodiac anime?

Los Caballeros del Zodiaco , also known as Saint Seiya , is an anime that became well known in the 90s in Latin America and was initially shown on Cartoon Network . Over the years, the plot has gained several seasons, adapting the manga to the screens.

Although the Twelve Houses Saga is one of the most famous and well-known, there is a timeline to keep up with everything without getting confused in the stories. For this reason, in Super Fans we tell you everything about the true chronology of the Knights of the Zodiac series .

Attention! Keep in mind that this list does not contain feature films.

Saint Seiya – The Lost Canvas

Despite being one of the last Knights of the Zodiac anime to come out, The Lost Canvas takes place 243 years before the original plot. That is, in this new anime, fans will follow the story of Tenma, who, like Seiya, is an orphan and has a strong connection with Alone and Sasha, the hosts of Hades and Athena, respectively.

The best part of the whole story is that The Lost Canvas tackles a version of the Holy War in which Dohko the Libra Knight and Shion the Aries Knight are 17 years old. They are already old acquaintances of the fans, since Dohko is Shiryu’s teacher and Shion is Mü’s.

galactic war

This is one of the best known stages of Knights of the Zodiac , mainly the one that the audience followed about Seiya on Cartoon Network. Beginning the story of the five Bronze Saints, the Galactic War shows some of the characters chosen to serve the reincarnation of Athena, who returned in the body of a girl named Saori.

It is at the big event, which promises the gold armor of Sagittarius, that we meet the other Bronze Saints who will join Seiya, such as Hyoga, Shun and Shiryu. It is also in the Galactic War that we see Seiya and Shiryu engage in a fight, literally to the death. Luckily, the Pegasus Knight managed to bring his friend back.

Saint Seiya – Saintia Sho

Despite being a spin-off, Saintia Shô deserves to be in this article. This is because the plot is a side story to the original Knights of the Zodiac story . That is, many of the events within this saga occur in parallel to the original series. There are even fans who consider her much more canon than Omega .

In the anime, a new generation needs to protect the reincarnation of Athena. However, unlike the Amazons that were introduced in the original story, the Goddess of Wisdom now has female knights to protect her. Shoko is one of them, who becomes the rider of the Lesser Horse.

The Battle of the Twelve Houses

Remembered by all those who faithfully followed the saga on Cartoon Network, the Battle of the Twelve Houses is one of the best known in the history of the Knights of the Zodiac . That’s because it became one of the most notable of the entire plot.

After being injured by a poisoned arrow, Saori must be saved by her Bronze Knights. Seiya, Shiryu, Hyoga and Shun begin a battle against time to reach the Grand Master in less than twelve hours, so that the leader removes the arrow from Athena’s reincarnation chest.

Battle of Asgard

As part of the life of being a Knight of Athena, the dangers would not stop at the twelve houses with the Golden Knights. And that’s how the next saga to be contemplated in this timeline is the Battle of Asgard .

Hilda de Polaris is the body chosen to receive the god Odin of Norse mythology on Earth. Her mission is to ensure peace and order in Asgard. But all this is forgotten when Poseidon, the Greek god, gives him the Nibelung Ring. Beginning to follow her orders, Hilda/Odin declares war on Athena.

battle of poseidon

It seems that Poseidon does not give up very easily! After trying to control Hilda from Polaris and her plan to fall, thanks to the Bronze Saints, the Greek god decides to try another more offensive approach and that is when the story reaches the Battle of Poseidon .

The Greek god returns incarnated as Jullian Solo and finally kidnaps Saori, taking her to the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, which is where the sanctuary of the god is located. He explains to the reincarnated Athena the reason for her plans, which is to destroy the earth. And now, the Knights must find a way to save the goddess of wisdom and not let her die at the hands of Poseidon.

saga of hades

We come to another saga of the universe of the Knights of the Zodiac , the Saga of Hades . But unlike the others, this will be divided into three parts.

In this opening titled Sanctuary , the wraiths are resurrected by the god of the underworld, Hades. The intention is to attack Athena and rule the world. With the help of some Gold and Silver Knights, the god sends his own army to invade the Sanctuary where Saori is. Now the Bronze Saints must face the dangers to keep the reincarnation of Athena safe.

Hades Saga – Hell

As part of the division, the Hades Saga: Hell is the second part that fits into this saga. Here, despite being divided, the Sanctuary episodes continue . From these episodes, the sequence begins to be called Hell .

After Seiya and Rhadamanthys fall into the gate of hell, Shun, Hyoga and Shiryu decide to follow their friend. Now they need to find Saori to bring Athena’s armor to the girl and for that they will face more dangers and Hades commanders to kill them.

Saint Seiya – Soul of Gold

The penultimate saga linked to the Knights of the Zodiac is called Soul of Gold and shows a little more from the Golden Knights side. This time, the ones who will have to face a new enemy are the twelve knights who take care of the houses that represent the signs of the zodiac.

After sacrificing their lives to destroy the Western Wall, the Golden Knights are revived and must face a new enemy that awaits them in Asgard. The chosen twelve will have to fight with their new gold armor and prevent evil from winning.

Hades Saga – Elyseon

We arrive at the third and last part of the Saga of Hades , called Elyseon . Here, the anime shows a bit of a world that only gods can enter, and it’s where most of the Knights of Athena head to end this fight right away.

After the terrible battle in the underworld against Hades, who wanted to possess Shun’s body, the Golden Knights come back to life thanks to the cosmos of the goddess Athena. After sacrificing their bodies and burning their cosmos, the Western Wall is torn down, opening the gates for the Bronze Saints to enter. Now they must deliver Athena’s armor to its owner and destroy Hades’ true body.

Saint Seiya Omega

We come to the last officially linked anime in the Knights of the Zodiac timeline . Called Saint Seiya: Omega , the plot takes place 25 years after the conclusion of the Holy War of the 20th century, narrated above.

Now new characters join the story that has gained a legion of fans. After a conflict with the god Mars, Seiya, who is now the Sagittarius Knight, and the other knights were unable to burn her cosmos and Athena had to hide on an island.

On this island, the goddess of wisdom is training new young men to become knights, but little does she know that Mars’s plan is the same and he creates a young woman with a strong cosmos who can usurp Athena’s place.

Non-canon – Knights of the Zodiac on Netflix

Saint Seiya - Netflix Series

As we all know, Netflix can’t help but take advantage of the desire to remake, remaster or make a live-action of a series, Knights of the Zodiac was no exception. The Netflix series premiered in 2018 and is part of a new canon, remaining outside the one we know within the series.

The biggest change we see when we take on this series is that the knight of Andromeda, Shun, is now a woman. This was very badly received by the fans, especially since they decided to eliminate the only character that did not fall within the standards of “gentlemen”, that is, of masculinity. One of Shun’s central purposes in the series, and in the manga, was to really question what it means to be a gentleman (or to be a man, for all intents and purposes), and turning him into a woman in this series throws all that away.

But hey, this series unfortunately exists and if anyone is curious to see it, we leave it on the list. It has 12 episodes.

Note: For die-hard fans, even the original series isn’t completely canon, as it packs in information that alters relationships between characters and a lot of filler. So we want to limit that, in reality, the only thing that is canon in Saint Seiya is his manga.