While we’ll have to wait a bit longer before we see the film, a new trailer for the live-action Saint Seiya movie was released, giving us our first look at Mackenyu as Seiya.
Alongside the trailer, the movie also got a new teaser visual along with the confirmation of its 2023 release.
Saint Seiya – An Iconic 80s Classic Anime
In case you’re unfamiliar, Saint Seiya or Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac is a manga series by Masami Kurumada.
It was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from January 1986 to December 1990.
The manga is one of the most iconic titles of the late 80s, and it proved popular enough to receive a TV anime adaptation by Toei Animation.
Its anime adaptation ran for 114 episodes and was broadcast between October 1986 to April 1989.
Since then, the series received other adaptations, including an OVA, various anime films, and spin-off manga.
The series is considered by many to be among the most influential Shonen Jump titles.
It continues to be popular to this day as it recently got a 3DCG anime adaptation by Toei Animation entitled Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya.
Toei’s new Saint Seiya series began with Season 1 in 2019, and it was followed by a second season entitled Battle for Sanctuary.
While the first season was released on Netflix, Crunchyroll acquired the rights to Season 2.
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Mackenyu Stars in Live-Action Saint Seiya Movie
As for the movie, the live-action Knights of the Zodiac film is directed by Tomasz Baginski (of The Witcher fame). It stars Mackenyu as the main character, Seiya.
Japanese movie and drama fans are likely familiar with Mackenyu. But if you aren’t, Mackenyu Arata is a popular Japanese actor who played Yukishiro Enishi in the Rurouni Kenshin: The Final movie.
Mackenyu will also play Zoro in the upcoming One Piece live-action adaptation by Netflix and Tomorrow Studios.
Joining Mackenyu in the film is Madison Iseman, Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, Nick Stahl, Diego Tinoco, and Mark Dacascos.
The new trailer features glimpses of Mackenyu and the other cast members in their roles, though it is currently not available for some regions on YouTube.
Given this, some fans may have to wait a bit longer to see it via official channels.
The live-action Saint Seiya movie will be released worldwide sometime in 2023.
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