This is about the character of the Classic "Saint Seiya" series. For Aries Mu in "Episode G", click here. For info on the Aries constellation, click here. For info on the Aries Gold Cloth, click here.
- Occupation: Gold Saint of Athena
- Constellation: Aries
- Armour: Aries Gold Cloth
- Age: 20
- Birthday: March 27th
- Birthplace: Jamir
- Trained at: Jamir
- Height: 182cm
- Weight: 75kg
- Blood type: A
- Related characters: Shion (master), Kiki (apprentice)
- Seiyuu: Kaneto Shiozawa (original), Takumi Yamazaki (Hades: Sanctuary-)
Aries Mu (牡羊座のムウ) is a character from Masami Kurumada's hit series, Saint Seiya. He is one of the bronze saint's most trusted allies, and serves as the man who repairs damaged cloths in the early stages of the series. Mu is also a gold saint, the strongest of the three ranks in all of Sainthood.
Oh, Stardust Way
"Mu" (ムウ) is written under katakana for pronunciation. It may refer to the mythical lost continent of "Mu". The character himself is a descendant of the lost continent Lemuria.
While Mu is depicted as a pacifist throughout the first half of the series, he is an extremely capable fighter when the situation demands so. Not only is the Saint of Aries built with two offensive and one defensive attacks, he is also a master of various psychic techniques. From basic teleportation to advanced telekinesis, Mu is revered as a premiere psychic user both within and outside of Sainthood.
"Crystal Wall" is a defensive technique that creates a transparent, glass-like barrier between Mu and an object. The wall is stated to be able to reflect any attack back at the attackers, it is assumed that the only reason Shion was able to break Mu's wall is because the technique was originally his. Wyvern Rhadamanthys was able to destroy the wall seemingly because MU was inside of Hades barrier which cut his strength in half. Based on that information it can be assumed The strength of the wall is dependent on Mu's cosmos level.
"Crystal Net" a spider-like web made of crystal, used to capture Myu.
"Starlight Extinction" is a psychic-based offensive technique. On its own, it is a fairly powerful move that damaged even gold saints such as Pisces Aphrodite and Cancer Deathmask. However, its primary focus is to teleport an opponent out of sight; when Mu used it against Pegasus Seiya, he was able to send the bronze saint to a location of his choosing.
"Stardust Revolution" is Mu's most powerful move. Like "Crystal Wall" and "Starlight Extinction", it is an attack that was handed down by his mentor Shion. The attack summons stardust from stars and galaxies, and obliterates an enemy with raw cosmos power.
The Psychic Fixer-Upper
Under the tutelage of the Pope of Sanctuary, Mu was able to become the Gold Saint of Aries at a young age. While all gold saints have a base of psychic powers to some degree, Mu has been stated to possess the strongest raw psychic talent among all living gold saints. This allows him to manipulate his gift to various degrees: telekinesis, telepathy, teleportation, and various other powers are at his command.
Before the start of the series, Mu removed himself from Sanctuary after suspecting that his mentor had been quietly assassinated. He relocated back home to Jamir, a mystical land that only those with a high level of either psychic or cosmos power can enter. From here, Mu severed his ties to Sanctuary and lived a life of solitude with his apprentice, the young psychic Kiki. It wasn't until years later, when he met Dragon Shiryu and Pegasus Seiya, that he again became involved in the affairs of Sanctuary.
Throughout the series, Mu is the man to go to when a saint needs his or her cloth repaired. Although every individual cloth has the ability to regenerate itself after a battle, a hands-on restoration from Mu is needed if a cloth has been severely damaged to the point of death. In normal cases, 1/3 of a person's total blood supply is required for Mu to begin work right away. When reconstructing an armor, Mu uses hardware tools and a sprinkle of stardust in his work.
Aiding The Bronze Saints
After their lengthy battle with one another, bronze saints Shiryu and Seiya found themselves with the loss of their cloths -- both heavily damaged to the point where it was impossible to wear them. With the impending threat of Phoenix Ikki and his Black Saints, Seiya and Shiryu both desperately needed a solution. Luckily for them, Shiryu's sensei, the legendary Libra Dohko, knew of a man who would be able to revive the bronze cloths -- Mu of Jamir. Shiryu, carrying both the Dragon and Pegasus cloth on his back, quickly left for a journey to locate this mysterious entity.
Shiryu had to endure many traps and hardship on his way across the mountains. Dead spirits of former saints haunted him. Giant boulders crashed down from the sky. After all was said and done, Shiryu overcame Mu's tests of determination and finally reached the mystical Jamir. At first, he was greeted by Kiki, of whom he had assumed to be Mu himself. Fortunately, Mu was present in Jamir at the time, and appeared before the Dragon Saint to correct the misunderstanding. Shiryu then dropped the two bronze cloths and begged Mu to repair them. One glance at the cloth and Mu was able to conclude that armors were, in fact, dead -- and there's nothing he could do to revive them. Shiryu, however, was insistent and offered his own life in exchange.
Moved by the display of dedication, Mu revealed that there was one method to reviving the cloth, but it will require 1/2 of Shiryu's blood(1/4 for each Cloth). Shiryu, without the slightest bit of hesitation, slit his own wrists and poured his blood onto the Dragon and Pegasus bronze cloths. Mu was impressed, and healed Shiryu's wounds just as he was about to faint.
Going For The Gold
In the manga, Mu appeared moments after the Phoenix Ikki vs. the Bronze Saints battle was over. He used his teleportation abilities to remove Seiya, Shiryu, Hyoga, and Shun out of the collapsing Mt. Fujii. After getting the saints to safely, he was confronted by silver saint Misty, who threatened him by creating a crater with one finger, inches from Mu's feet. Their exchange was interrupted when Seiya's mentor, Marin, appeared on the scene.
Mu's true identity was revealed when he interfered in an assassination attempt by Cancer Deathmask, of whom had been sent to the Five Old Peaks to retrieve the Gold Cloth of Libra from Dohko. Before Mu appeared, Shiryu was fending off the Cancer Saint from harming his master, but to no avail. Just as Deathmask was about to unleash his deadliest attack on Shiryu, the Gold Saint of Aries suddenly made his presence known, halting the fight. Shiryu was shocked to discover Mu's other alias. It would soon be revealed that the reason Mu and Dohko had distanced themselves away from Sanctuary was because they had suspected that the true Pope, had long been assassinated and the current Supreme Pontiff was the man responsible.
Even though the Aries had long left Sanctuary, he was bound by duty to return after Saori Kido had declared that she was the goddess Athena, and, in turn, challenged the Pope for leadership. In the bronze saints' invasion of the twelve temples, Mu revealed himself to be the guardian of the first temple. In the anime, the saints were unsure of his intentions and took battle stances immediately, but this misunderstanding would be cleared up after Mu demonstrated an example of how fragile their cloths had become. The Aries Saint would then work on their bronze cloth for the duration of one hour, in order to strengthen them for their upcoming battles.
Before moving on to the next temple, Mu gave the saints valuable advice to overcoming their opponents -- mainly, the power of the mythical 7th sense and the unlocking of it. His words would prove to be very useful for each of the bronze saints throughout their individual battles.
Mu then teleported to where Athena had fallen, watching over her with his apprentice Kiki as the bronze saints raged war against Sanctuary. Later, Aries was also the man who assisted Virgo Shaka with returning Phoenix Ikki from another realm after those two had their infamous battle.
After the war with Sanctuary was over, Mu was one of the gold saints who sworn allegiance towards Saori Kido.
Biding His Time
After their vicious battles in Sanctuary, the bronze saints had, once again, completely demolished their cloths, and it was up to Mu to reconstruct them. This job would be different from last time, however, as it would be the surviving gold saints who offered the blood to revive the armors. Because of this, the bronze cloths now gained the power of temporarily becoming golden when the saints' cosmos had reached a peak of 7th sense.
During the bronze saints' war against Poseidon's army, Leo Aioria demanded to see the gold saints be put into action to rescue Athena -- especially considering the overwhelming odds that Seiya and the others were facing. However, Mu refused to allow any gold saint to leave Sanctuary, and revealed that this was under the order of the respected Dohko. They would soon realize that this was for preparation of the upcoming grand Holy War with Hades, Lord of the Underworld.
Pacifism Is No Longer The Answer
Several black cloaked men have appeared before Mu, demanding that he make way. As expected, the Aries promptly refused -- until the leader of the men revealed his identity to the saint -- the former Pope and Mu's own master, Aries Shion. Mu bowed down on his knees in respect, and Shion then ordered him to find Athena and take off her head. Bound by his duty to Sanctuary, Mu could not obey, and a battle between him and the other figures -- formerly deceased Cancer Deathmask and Pisces Aphrodite followed.
Mu would go on to defeat both former saints, but fail against his former master. Luckily, Dohko appeared in time to challenge his old friend, and Mu was instructed to stop the other invaders -- namely, the revived saints of Gemini Saga, Aquarius Camus, and Capricorn Shura, along with the surveying spectres of Hades.
Hoping to recruit his friend Deep Niobe. Gloating that he had defeated the Taurus with his poison, Niobe attempted a repeat performance, but Mu effortlessly shielded himself with the "Crystal Wall". Before Niobe could continue, Mu informed him that the spectre had already fallen under Aldebaran's "Great Horn" technique. Confused, Niobe refused to believe Mu's words -- until his own body began to explode from the aftermath of Aldebaran's attack.along the way, Mu was surprised to find the gold saint had been killed by the spectre
Mu would then come across another spectre, Papillon Myu. Similar to Mu, Myu is revered for his telekinetic prowess, and specifically sort out the Aries Saint to challenge him. This spectre proved himself more capable than Niobe, as he was able to evade the fatal "Stardust Revolution" and telepathically pinned down the gold saint on two occasions with his special technique, "Fairy Thronging" -- a move that summons tiny butterfly fairies to paralyze the foe. Defeating the Papillion required Mu to trap the spectre with his own fairies using a physically woven spider web made of stardust material. With Myu caught, the Aries Saint obliterated the enemy with his "Stardust Revolution".
Arriving to the Virgo Temple, Mu discovered that the resurrected gold saint trio of Saga, Camus, and Shura had forego their pride as saints and executed the forbidden technique of "Athena Exclamation" on Shaka, killing the Virgo. After a lengthy confrontation with Aiolia and Milo, the three former saints desperately needed to pass through, and threatened Mu with a repeat performance. Aries was not intimidated by this, however, and brought attention to the fact that he also had two gold saint peers with him. This resulted in two "Athena Exclamation" techniques going head-to-head with each other. Both parties would survive the powerful collision due to the presence of the bronze saints (or Shiryu alone, in the manga) diverting the attacks away from each other.
After much events, Mu, Aiolia, and Milo would soon find themselves invading the castle of Hades and battling one of the three Judges of the Underworld, Wyvern Rhadamanthys. The spectre easily overpowered the combined force of the three gold saints, revealing that Hades' cosmos created a barrier throughout the location -- and, in turn, the saints' own cosmos were reduced to a mere 10% as long as they remain within. The Wyvern then near effortlessly defeat Mu and his companion, and subjected down to the icy hell of Coctyus.
Mu and the two saints would later be revived by Athena's cosmos, escaping the frozen prison and disposing the guards. They would rejoin the other saints at the infamous Wailing Wall, providing additional power to pierce the monument so that the bronze saints could travel to Elysium and aid Athena in her task of defeating Hades.
Beyond the Classic
Mu initially appears in the same fashion as he had in the classic series - secluded in Jamir, with very loose ties to Sanctuary. Aiolia would come to him to repair his Leo Cloth, which had been damaged during a prior bout. Mu would soon battle the titan Dimension lapetus, securing the victory after a hard fought epic struggle.
Mu and Roshi make an appearance in the extra chapter of Lost Canvas. They discuss the issues of the False Pope and if Saori Kido is the real Athena.
Notes and Trivia
Although Mu appeared very early in the series, it was only by the Hades arc that his fighting abilities were seen. This was due to Mu's pacifist nature (commented by Shion), and the first time he fought to kill his opponent was against Cancer Deathmask and Pisces Aphrodite.
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