Dragon Bronze Cloth
|Dragon Bronze Cloth|
The Dragon Bronze Cloth is a Cloth given to Shiryu by Roshi of the Rozan Goroho (Five Peaks). He is the Dragon Saint in Saint Seiya and Next Dimension, and is also worn by Shiryu's son Ryūhō in Saint Seiya: Omega. It is of the lowest class of the Cloths that Athena's Saints wield, the Bronze Cloth.
Mythology: Ladon, Dragon Guardian
According to one myth, Ladon was the Dragon who guarded the Golden Apples in the Garden of the Hesperides. In one of Heracles' Labors, he was supposed to get a golden apple, but couldn't overcome the Dragon on his own, so he held the sky for Atlas, the Titan, and had him retrieve the golden apples for him, succeeding through deception. Another version had Heracles slaying the Dragon to take the apples.
Classic: Purple Rain
Origin: Dragon's Resting Place
The Dragon Bronze Cloth was kept underneath the great waterfalls of Rozan, said to be the flow of the Milky Way, where the remains of stars flowed. It had bathed under the water for many centuries, gaining a hardness surpassing Diamonds. It had gained the invincible shield that became the signature of the Cloth.
History: Dragon Shield's Weakness
The Dragon Bronze Cloth's Dragon Shield had taken a lot of abuse for Shiryu in his many battles, but only in a few instances has it been damaged or destroyed. In a moment of Invincible Shield meets Unstoppable Spear, Shiryu shattered his own gauntlet and shield due to a ploy by Seiya. Another noteworthy moment was during Shiryu's battle with Capricorn Shura, in which the Gold Saint used his Excalibur technique to slice the shield right in half, like nothing had ever done before. Chrysaor Krishna, one of Poseidon's Marine Generals pierced through Shiryu's Dragon Shield with his Golden Lance, though, when his cosmo was burned to its max, and it took on the sheen of the Golden Cloths, the Golden Spear couldn't pierce the Dragon Shield. These are not including times when the whole cloth was completely destroyed.
Lost Canvas/Next Dimension: Previous War
Next Dimension: The Artist Formally Known As Shiryu
After having disappeared after the battle with Hades in Saint Seiya, Shiryu returns in Saint Seiya: Next Dimension, with Shunrei and a child. Though he has returned, it is not clear where his Cloth is, or what condition it is in.
Omega: Purple Dragon Jr - The Tiny Tim of Saints
Ryuho trained under his father Shiryu to become the Dragon Saint in Saint Seiya: Omega. Though he has a large variety of techniques and a strong Cosmo, he has low endurance and a poor constitution. Master of the Element of water, he joins the new main group of Bronzes fighting against Mars. He trained with a fellow Bronze Saint Lynx Mirapolis, until his holding back caused Mirapolis to leave the Palestra. He was responsible for destroying the Water Ruins, and fought many Bronze Saints, Silver Saints, and Martians along the way.
Cloth Design: The Strongest Shield...Sometimes
Classic Manga: Evolution of the Cloth
First Cloth Form: Ultimate Shield
This is the form the Dragon Bronze Cloth takes when it is first seen. Shiryu was given this Cloth after he demonstrated to his master, Roshi, that he could burn his Cosmo, and reverse the flow of Rozan's Great Waterfall. The Dragon Bronze Cloth covers quite decently for an early Bronze Cloth design. The head piece has the whiskers and eyebrows of the Dragon, the shoulder portion (with Dragon claws holding it together) attaches to the chest guard to make one solid covering piece. The belt gives the appearance of scales, with a detailed buckle in the middle, holding several patterns. The right gauntlet has a rectangular guard, and is used primarily for attacking, while the left gauntlet has the Dragon Shield, a very powerful shield. The knee guards are also rectangular (like the right gauntlet), and cover a little bit of the leg and thigh as well as the knee. The Cloth itself was highly durable when compared to other Cloths, but it was strong enough to damage itself, thanks to Seiya's ingenuity.
Second Cloth Form: Sacrifice
After Shiryu's battle with Pegasus Seiya, the Cloth was damaged beyond self repair. Shiryu took his and Seiya's Cloths to Jamir, where Mu repaired his Cloth, increasing its endurance, reviving it from death, and slightly altering the design. While the general shape is the same, most everything seems to cover just a bit more of the body. The chest covers more, and the attacking gauntlet is thicker, and covers more of the arm. The shield arm also seems to cover more as well; and is even more enduring than before. The belt's buckle underwent a more drastic change, losing the detailed patterns, but gaining several hair-like protrusions. The biggest change is the addition of ankle/heel guards to both legs, the beginning of foot armor. While stronger, this Cloth could only hold up to so many Silver Saint fights before needing repair.
Third Cloth Form: Revived by Golden Blood
Upon the fall of the corruption plaguing Sanctuary, the damage to the Bronze's Cloths were severe, the Cloths died. The remaining Gold Saints offered their blood to revive and repair the Bronze Cloths. When Shiryu burned his Cosmo to its maximum, his Cloth took on a golden sheen, and grew much more powerful. The Dragon Shield's legendary toughness grew even higher, as after he let it reach its golden form, even Chrysaor's Golden Spear couldn't pierce it. This design is less changed when compared to the prior change, with a majority of it simply being a refining of shape and coverage. The helmet, belt, gauntlets, chest, and knee pads all slightly change, with the right gauntlet and belt slimming down somewhat. The most significant change is that the heel armor expands upward, becoming leg armor. Despite significant improvements in strength, coverage, and even the ability to become golden, it still couldn't hold up to the attack of a God.
Fourth Cloth Form: Athena's Sacrifice
Athena sacrificed her life to find Hades. Former Head of Sanctuary, Aries Shion used her blood not only to awaken her Cloth, but also to repair the Bronze Cloths. In addition to the usual increase in defensive abilities and increase in covered protection, it also granted them protection when they passed from Hell to the Elysium Fields. The Cloth also seems to have lost the ability to go golden when Shiryu burned his Cosmo to its maximum. Unlike the last change, this new form has a significant change to the visual appearance. The helmet becomes more slender, while the chest plate looks less like connected segments, and more like several layers of metal on top of one another. The right gauntlet's arm guard looks more like a dragon now, while the shield loses it's traditional cross-like pattern and gains a pattern more like the Sun in a hexagon. The belt gains several scale-like attachments that extend the protection further down the pelvis, while the leg, heel, and knee armor all merges into one piece; it even begins to cover the feet as well. While stronger, Thanatos proves too much for the Cloth, destroying it.
God Cloth Form: Infinite Cosmo?!
During the battle with Hypnos, Shiryu's Cosmo approached infinity, and his Cloth, which had shattered into dust, became affected by Athena's blood and evolved into something closer to the Gods' Kamui. It was immensely altered, with nearly full body covering, intricate designs all throughout the Cloth, and a bright golden gleam. The helmet significantly changed, providing much greater head protection when compared to past versions. The chestplate merged with the belt, meeting in the middle to fully cover the stomach with what looked like Dragon scales and extending further down to provide pelvic protection. The gauntlets expanded further up the arm, leaving only a little gap to allow for arm movement. His Dragon Shield would truly become among the greatest shields with a Cloth, second only to Athena's Aegis; the pattern became a circle within a triangle on top of another triangle, and surrounded by little triangles. The leg armor would expand further up, covering much of the thighs along with what was previously covered. With their newfound Cloths, Shiryu and Hyoga were able to defeat Hypnos by combining their attacks in one strike. Though Hades proved to be a greater opponent, severely damaging Shiryu's God Cloth, along with the others.
Classic Anime: More Blood Spilled Than Most Wars
Sanctuary Arc: The Eye Of The Tiger, And The Head Of The Dragon
Special Abilities of Bronze Cloth of Dragon
The Dragon Bronze Cloth's special quality revolves around the Dragon Shield. Centuries of reinforcing by the water from Rozan's Great Waterfall had strengthened the Dragon Shield to make it the strongest shield of all of the Cloths. Even to Gold Saint attacks, it shows surprising defense for a Bronze Cloth. Each time the Cloth is remade, the Dragon Shield becomes even more powerful than before.
Techniques used by Dragon Saints
"Rozan Sho Ryu Ha"
The first/signature attack of the Bronze Dragon Saint Shiryu: "Rozan Sho Ryu Ha." It is a moderately basic uppercut that, if connects, knocks the opponent soaring into the air as an image of a dragon devours him. The power of this technique varies with the cosmo of the user. The technique was made famous by its training, to master it is to reverse the flow of Rozan's Great Waterfall. The technique does have one weakness, the left hand of the user will drop for a millisecond, leaving his heart unprotected. Only three people in the series have noted this: Shiryu's master, Libra Dohko, Bronze Saint Pegasus Seiya, and Gold Saint Capricorn Shura.
"Rozan Ryu Hi Sho"
"Rozan Ryu Hi Sho" is a straight-to-the-point attack where the user charges through his opponents with a single fist. Shiryu used it to plow through an army of dead saints when he attempted to reach Mu early in the series, and revives the technique wheen he takes on 3 spectre during the latter half of the Hades arc. The technique seems most useful on large numbers of enemies in close quarters.
"Rozan Kou Ryu Ha"
A kamikaze technique, "Kou Ryu Ha" is used as a last resort on a foe that can't be beaten otherwise. The attack has the user grasp it's victim from behind and use their cosmo to soar into the sky. Their energy makes it appear that a Dragon is flying towards the Heavens. Either the air friction from the flight, or the lack of air in space kills both the user and his foe. The "Kou Ryu Ha" is something that Dohko had strongly discouraged Shiryu from using, even going as far as putting a ban on its use.
The only attack that the Bronze Dragon Saint called Shiryu that was not Dragon related was called Excalibur. It was a technique Shiryu learned from Gold Saint Capricorn Shura after defeating him. Excalibur is not a literal sword, but the cosmo focused to an extreme, to act like a sharp blade. Although Shiryu's version of the sword was not as defined as Shura's (Shiryu's Excalibur lies only in his left arm, while Shura's can be unleashed from any point of his body), Shiryu later refined it enough to rival Shura's Excalibur.
"Rozan Hyaku Ryu Ha"
The Rozan Hyaku Ryu Ha is an ultimate Dragon technique, first used by Shiryu's master Libra Dohko. In the Hades saga, Shiryu learned the "Rozan Hyaku Ryu Ha" directly from watching his master's battle. It is a technique that appears to be a combination of "Rozan Sho Ryu Ha" and "Rozan Ryu Hi Sho" -- Shiryu's cosmos erupts at its max, and he plows through the enemy with both arms and palms extended. 100 dragons march in the sky as the enemies are destroyed by this energy-based offensive attack.
Notes & Trivia
Other Silver Cloths:
Other Bronze Cloths:
Docrates' Cloth · Docrates' minion's Cloth · Geists's Cloth · Kragen's Cloth · Eel's Cloth · Dolphin's Cloth · Ennesetsu's Cloth · Phaeton's Cloth · Leda's Cloth · Spica's Cloth · Crystal's Cloth · Spartan's Cloth · Shadow Cloth · Mei's Coma Berenice Cloth · Minor Cloths