When Netflix first announced that it would be remaking the 80s classic ‘Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac‘, it received a mixed response from most fans. Some were anticipating this remake of one of the best works of Toei Animation Studio, while the others were very skeptical about the changes it was bringing it to the plot and the characters. Even after its release, for the uninitiated, ‘Saint Seiya’ proved to be a fairly satisfying anime and many viewers were looking forward to more of it.
Contrarily, for the ones who were well versed with its original, its flaws seemed evident. But at the end of the day, I am pretty sure that every fan of the series, regardless of whether they’ve seen the original version or not, can settle for the fact that it is not as much of a disaster as one had initially expected it to be.
It is, in fact, quite appealing if you look at from the perspective of a younger audience. So if you have been able to dump your nostalgic glasses to enjoy the new ‘Saint Seiya,’ you’re probably starting to wonder if Netflix will renew it or not. Here’s everything you need to know about when will Saint Seiya Knights of the Zodiac Season 3 release.
Saint Seiya Knights of the Zodiac Season 3 Release Date
‘Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac’ is an anime that ages way back to the 80s when the medium of anime was barely known in the West or even in most other parts of the world in that matter. Its first season premiered on October 11, 1986 and with a total of 114 episodes, it went on till April 1, 1989. This season was then followed by several alternate versions, sequels, and OVAs. But for the most part, ‘Saint Seiya’ was not exactly under the radar of most modern anime viewers until Netflix decided to create a whole new reboot of the series.
On July 19, 2019, Netflix premiered its own version of the anime and its first season ended on January 23, 2020, with a total of 12 episodes. Despite having mixed reviews from most viewers, the first season of the reboot became quite popular as it not only appealed to kids but also to adults who were once accustomed to its original version. Following this, ‘Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac’ season 2 released on Netflix on January 23, 2020, in an ONA format, with a total of 6 episodes.
Now when it comes down to the third part of the anime, there isn’t much we can say at the moment as Netflix has made no official announcements about it yet. However, if we take a look at the show’s popularity and the response that it has received from most fans, it hasn’t been doing so well, especially if we compare it with the original.
Moreover, all the controversy surrounding the anime’s gender-swap of the main character has proven to be far more problematic than one had expected initially. So looking at all the backlash surrounding this reboot, it seems very less likely that it will receive any more sequels.
However, the anime still has a huge cult of fans who would still be willing to watch it. So depending on the commercial response that it receives after its second part, Netflix will further decide if it deserves to be continued or not. And if by any chance, if the renewal is already being considered, we can expect ‘Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac’ season 3 to release sometime in 2021. Till then, we’ll just have to wait and see with this one.
Saint Seiya Knights of the Zodiac English Dub
The English dub of the reboot of ‘Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac’ is available on Netflix. Along with that, even its original version can be streamed on Netflix and Crunchyroll. There’s also a prequel OVA of the anime, titled ‘Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas’, which is available on both Netflix and Crunchyroll.