Saint Seiya Heaven Chapter: Overture

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2004 1 hr 23 min Fantasy , Animation

After the bloody battle against Hades, the goddess Athena and her saints are still recovering when they find themselves face to face with their newest and most formidable foe: the dreadful moon goddess Artemis. Artemis replaces Athena as the earth guardian deity and takes over the Sanctuary, turning Athena's Saints into her servants. Upon invading the Sanctuary, the Bronze Saints learn that Athena was banished by Artemis and decide to fight the moon goddess in order to rescue their true goddess and free the Earth from Artemis's ominous control.

  • Cast:
    Toru Furuya , Kôichi Hashimoto , Ryou Horikawa , Hideyuki Hori , Keiko Han , Hikaru Midorikawa , Yuriko Yamamoto

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Reviews

Intcatinfo
2004/02/14

A Masterpiece!

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CrawlerChunky
2004/02/15

In truth, there is barely enough story here to make a film.

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KnotStronger
2004/02/16

This is a must-see and one of the best documentaries - and films - of this year.

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Marva
2004/02/17

It is an exhilarating, distressing, funny and profound film, with one of the more memorable film scores in years,

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Rectangular_businessman
2004/02/18

In many ways, this isn't very different to the other "Saint Seiya movies", following a very similar premise and development.Well, there are some differences, but in many ways (Like the other reviewers said) it is more of the same: A new enemy appears to conquer the Earth and Athena has to be saved again.To be fair, this movie had some interesting elements that deserved to be taken in consideration: Like the others movies, this had a very interesting premise, with lots of potential of being something big and epic (In many ways, the whole movie feels like it were just the beginning of something much bigger, which unfortunately never happens) I liked the fact that some of the forgotten secondary characters from the series (Such as Eagle Marin) participate in the story (Though their role in this movie is brief and somewhat ambiguous) On the other side, I disliked the fact that this film focuses mostly on Seiya and Athena, with the other Bronze Saints having a very reduced and secondary role (they only appear during their respective fights against the minions of the new enemy and Hyoga and Shiryu almost doesn't have any line. And, like in the other movies Andromeda Shun has to be saved again by his brother Phoenix Ikki, but at least in this opportunity Shun is able to help his brother.) But unlike the other movies (And the original series) this film seems to have a darker and more pessimistic plot, as it were trying to be the equivalent of "The End of Evangelion" for the Saint Seiya universe.Well, at least in this opportunity some of the new villains (Such as the Goddess Artemis and Icarus Touma) had a better character development and show some signs of personality (Unlike the flat villains from the other four movies) It must be said that while this movie solves a few of the mysteries from the original series (Such as the identity of Eagle Marin's brother) it actually manages to create a lot of new questions, which apparently are going to be left unanswered.To get it worse, this movie ends with some kind of cliffhanger, being the last scene something ambiguous and confusing.After all those years, and with new Saint Seiya animations being made (All of them unrelated with the story of this film) the chances of a sequel seem highly unlikely.Maybe someday the viewers will have the chance to see a great final saga for the "Saint Seiya" anime, but meanwhile, I guess that this movie will remain as another example of what could have been.5.5/10

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MRDA
2004/02/19

Lushly animated epilogue to the series (which has, thankfully, since been retconned), featuring the Saints facing off against Moon Goddess Artemis. Would have been better off without at least half an hour of its running time; and, stripped of any interesting enemies to fight, the rather creepy religious fanaticism of Seiya and co toward their goddess, Athena, is uncomfortably prominent. To top it all off, it concludes on a decidedly undecided note, leading one to lament one's lost ninety minutes. Ah, well: at least Seiya doesn't spam the crap out of his Ryu Sei Ken attack, this time, so gratitude for minor mercies, and all that...

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Adrian Contreras (mandiyu-24)
2004/02/20

After watching Hades, I was full of expectation waiting for Saint Seiya: Tenkai-hen josô - Overture. And now after I watched I am fully disappointed. Besides the fact that the animation was better than ever, the movie has many deficient. To begin with, the plot was extremely poor (the same that always: the Saints of Athena have to save the Goddess before the time run off). In addition, the dialogs and the battle were also very lacking (Seiya repeated constantly that his mission was to safe Athena - every minute he screamed that, very annoying. The battles, on the other side, were predictable: the Saints face against invincible enemies who kick the Saints' ass; however, the Saints overcome their own powers and defeated the previously "invincible" enemies in a single attack). Finally, the end was very complex and without a clear plot. To sum up, before Saint Seiya: Tenkai-hen josô - Overture I was waiting for the next saga, nevertheless after the movie I am not waiting anymore.

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pedro-cruz-udjat
2004/02/21

Athena's knights are back for one more battle against the gods. This time is Artemis and her angels that threaten the Earth... OK... I'm a fan of the series, but still i'm amazed at the total lack of originality of this movie.Everything is the same as the previous movies, and the series. A god wants to destroy the Earth, Athena is in danger and only the Saints can same humanity, bla bla bla. The Saints led by Seiya have to defeat several enemies, that interestingly never attack in group(to get their asses kicked more easily, I imagine), and save Athena before she bleeds to death.The problem is that nothing in the movie holds the viewer attention.The more annoying thing is the constant rattling of the Saints about their total devotion to Athena and the fact that they would they gladly die for her. Pratically every dialog focus on this, and it's 1h30m of film! Instead of grabbing a chance to make a movie with a different approach to the Saint Seya universe, instead we get exactly the same message of the previous movies and the series. Why bother making this then?? Another low point is the battles. Althougt the fights are very well choreographed and the movements of the characters are very fluid, there is no suspense about the outcome. The Saints take a tremendous amount of punishment, and then some, but there is no doubt that they will win in the end, normally with only one hit on the opponent. So all the fights don't make much of an impression, instead the Saints being a punching bag for 90% of the duration of the battles.On the plus side we have an excellent animation with a good attention to detail and a very good atmosphere, particularly the way water is shown through the movie.Only recommended for hardcore fans.

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