If you’re hoping for a really good live-action adaptation of an anime or manga series, you can probably expect a disappointment with “Saint Seiya: The Warriors of the Zodiac”. The screen adaptation of the Shonen manga will only appear in cinemas on May 16, 2023, but international ratings have so far shown a very mixed picture.
Saint Seiya film joins other anime adaptations
Hollywood’s inability to adapt anime and manga is definitely not a new finding. Fans are likely to jump scenes Dragon Ball Evolutionthe live-action conversions too DeathNote and Fullmetal Alchemist or Ghost in the Shell have in mind with Scarlett Johansson that they would rather forget. And even if the template here is western animation, but about the Lord of the ElementsWe probably prefer to keep silent about the film.
Accordingly, it is unfortunately not surprising that the new live-action adaptation of Saint Seiya does not go down well with critics either – even though stars like Sean Bean and Famke Janssen are also there. Even director Tomasz Bagiński is no stranger to video games, having served as executive director on Netflix’s The Witcher series.
Here you can at least once watch the trailer for the film:
Saint Seiya: Warriors of the Zodiac – Trailer for the live action adaptation of the anime
According to international reviews, there are probably too many problems with the film for that: meaningless action sequences, bad special effects like from the early 2000s and a bad script. The colleagues from 3D games even call the film as bad as the almost legendary terrible Dragon Ball adaptation Dragon Ball Evolution:
Saint Seiya: The Warriors of the Zodiac is not worth it. The film doesn’t come close to living up to the original anime and feels a bit too much like the lousy approaches Netflix has taken to the franchise in recent years.
Also positive votes
Despite all the criticism, there are enough fans who seem to enjoy the film. On IMDB he currently has a rating of 4.7. At least the fan service and some humorous scenes are mentioned as positive points.
The fact that 26.7% of the total votes awarded a rating of 10 points and 20.4% just one point also shows how divided the fans are. Don’t worry, the film doesn’t seem to be quite on the level of a Dragon Ball Evolution yet.
For comparison: Dragon Ball Evolution scores a whopping 2.5 out of 10 points – and 46.5% of the ratings only awarded one point. An anime film adaptation has to do that again.
Are you still looking forward to the Saint Seiya movie and what are your general expectations for live-action anime adaptations?