Saint Seiya Omega – 01 Review
Hey, that’s no way to treat a kid! Besides, anyone would be disobedient considering he spent his whole childhood continuously getting beaten up by a woman with too much testosterones.
Saint Seiya Omega 01: Being A Saint Is About Beating Up People
I actually wondered about why I haven’t seen this yet despite the fact it’s been one of the early releases in the Spring Season. After watching it I know that it was probably my common sense protecting me from it. It’s a story about another shitty brat trying to be manly – and failing. Although I have to admit it’s a hard job considering his situation. There are only three male characters in the show: One is a butler (or something…), the other is the kid and then we have a cheesy dramaqueen as rolemodel for the kid. Great! His inspiration made me yell ‘Shut up!’ at the screen because of how cheesy he is. And the kid is now trying to be like that guy?! That’s just going from one disaster to another, first it’s whining about a clipped fingernail and then it’s gushing about honour and shit instead of just getting on with it. If that tells you anything it’s that this series can only get worse… or perhaps it just stays that bad all the way through.
So this woman has a child and since she’s a woman she can do shit about the evil dude trying to kill her and the baby. Then a flash of light and we get to see the latecomer who’s at least appropriately dressed for his role as the inspiring hero. He’s completely in gold and says a lot of crap about irrelevant stuff and the villain actually bothers to respond to that so the fight dragged on and on…
And then we just cut to the future of the boy having grown up to be just as obnoxious as the hero in the first scene – but for different reasons. I suppose that’s what they call individuality in this genre. After a lot of whining and whatnot the evil guy appears again and everybody with some power fails to do anything against him. But the boy starting a suicidal attack suddenly frees his Cosmos-power which is enormous because… well, he’s the main-character, what did you expect? And then as he starts to kick the villain’s ass for real the episode stops since we’re all SO pumped up about this dull predictable development…
I can’t believe he actually said that… Decent people would feel embarrassed spouting this crap. Well, I guess we know why they made him the villain.
Thank God we still have some animes that put the fear of epilepsy into me. Saint Seiya Omega is an old series. It may start in the Spring Season 2012 but deep inside we all know this isn’t a series telling us of Spring 2012. Like Ozma this is a series reminding me of the old days and it’s doing a good job of reminding me that not everything was good back then.
So there’s some douchebag trying to kill a mother with a baby and she’s defended by a dude in golden armour who acts like the whole thing’s supposed to be a doku-soap about manhood. The episode never really tries to hide from the fact that it’s this old shounen-style when it was all about brats turning into men. You have the exaggerated speech and the characters talk on and on about their power instead of just fighting each other. On that level the series is clearly setting the stage and you know what kind of shit you’ll get to see in this series.
Now the first thing which I found really strange about this episode was that all these flashy effects are a total contrast to how limited the setting seemed to be. You only got to see a handful of characters and the location of the action can be best described as ‘somewhere’. The episode does a very bad job of world-building. I know it’s vaguely related to Greek mythology but beyond it’s just a lot of nothing. Perhaps the creators hoped the audience had seen the previous installments or they just thought nobody would care about this at this point. Ultimately the setting lacks something vital to make it intriguing. A setting is also about setting the mood like whether it’s a harsh world, a peaceful world full of magic and so on. You don’t get this kind of thing from this episode. It’s all very limited, even to the point of not telling me why I should care about any of this.
There are the usual shounen-gimmicks, though. There are special moves and there’s Cosmos. And these guys can talk endlessly about Kohga’s Cosmos. And I can understand his rage because it’s a load of bullshit. Good, let me explain: First, the universe was created by the Big Bang out of one atom. Second, now a whole universe of shitty atoms exist. Third, each atom is therefore like a universe. Fourth, to take control of it a human has to make his cosmos explode. That’s the part where they lost me. So everyone has the power of the universe inside himself, I get that explanation but where the hell does the explosion-part comes from? First they jabber about creation and each human mirroring the act of creation and then all of a sudden it’s about becoming superhuman and destroying shit. Where’s the logic in that? If all the series cares about is some brats beating the crap out of monsters then you don’t need such a longwinded explanation about atoms and the Big Bang. Now we probably get to hear a frigging speech about the Big Bang every goddamn time someone starts talking about the hero. It all comes down to being good at beating the crap out of something so just make it simple! It’s a simple story at the end of the day so don’t try to explain it. Nobody cares about the explanations because if I listen to them I will just realize how crappy the story is and that’s not what this is about.
Apparently this series has a Star-Wars-thing going on with the Force being Cosmos and now people can’t stop talking about it as if there’s nothing else to measure a guy’s strength.
It’s about kicking ass. But once again we get the moody brat whining about… everything. He doesn’t want to fight evil because the bad guys didn’t say please loud enough or something. So what the hell does he want? You never get an answer to that, he’s whining the whole time about what he’s doing but never bothers to mention what he wants to do then. And he’s on a frigging island in the middle of nowhere. No wonder he’s such a whiny sociopath. But all ends well because thanks to the shounen-tropes his unenthusiastic training doesn’t matter one bit. Just one tiny moment of courageously throwing himself at the flames gives him the power to beat the crap out of evil. That’s how it is in the Shounen-genre… You work your ass off for years and then one passionate moment gives you more power than anything you have built up in the previous years. Gee, makes you wanna wish something bad would happen to you every day, doesn’t it? Anyway, it’s a rather stereotypical series that way and the bland characters don’t help much either.
Saint Seiya Omega’s a stereotypical shounen-series about a moody boy becoming a man since that’s the kind of story we never have seen before. There are flashy effects, manly cheesiness and evil can always spare a creepy laugh for the audience. It’s a world without surprises and depth. And the ass-kicking isn’t cool which is the only thing, I would actually bother to rate in cases like this.