One of Saint Seiya's many charms is that it is full of references to different sources of mythologies, works, and stories. This composition will list every one of these connections, with their respective explanations and notes where relevant.
- Hyoga / Hyouga
- Jabu / Jab
- Algethi / Argethi
- Tremy / Ptolemy
- Algol / Argol / Argor
- Aiolos / Aioros
- Aiolia / Aioria
- Aldebaran / Arudebaran
- Aphrodite / Ahurodete
- Camus / Kamyu
- Death Mask / Desumasuku
- Milo / Miro
- Mu / Moo
- Shion / Sion
- Shura / Syura
- Lune / Rune
- Marukino / Markino / Malkin
- Mirez / Mils
- Raimi / Lamia
- Zelos / Zeros
- Written in kanji as "Star Arrow"; it references his "Ryu Sei Ken" technique, where his fists rain down upon the opponent like a meteor storm.
- Translates to "Lavender Dragon".
"Hyoga" / "Hyouga"
- Written as "Ice River"; translates directly to "Glacier". A pun on his cosmos' freezing nature.
- "Twinkle", or "An Instant", shining for a brief moment, a contrast to Brother's name 'Greatest Shine.'
- May come from Japanese Historical figure, Kita Ikki, he traveled to China to assist in the overthrow of the Qing dynasty. His writings were a major influence on the Japanese military, especially the Imperial Japanese Army factions who participated in the failed coup of 1936. (Names like Kojiro, Musashi are great names in Japan)
"Jabu" / "Jab"
- According the kanji, Ja can mean "Evil" or "Wicked" Bu means "Military Prowess or Affairs" depending on the context.
- Translated to Jab by ADV, the American licensee for the series. Might be a pun to the boxing strike.
- A region in Japan.
- According to the Kanji, "That Wisdom"
- According to the Kanji, "Barbarian"
- According to the Kanji, "Market"
- According to the Kanji, "Declaration"
- According to the Kanji, "Barbarian"
"June" / "Juné"
- The sixth month, but could also come from Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage and queen of the gods.
- Translates to "Demon Bell" according to the written kanji.
- Yiddish name meaning 'Beautiful'.
- Biblical figure who splits the red sea; in the manga, Moses split the sea to appear.
- The Northern hunting dog in the constellation Canes Venatici was named "Asterion" by Hevelius.
- From the Bible, the significance is that his attack is like the tower; in the manga, he confuses the Black Swan with Hyoga like the story of Babel with the confusion of the languages.
- A star in Auriga constellation.
- Dante Alighieri who wrote the Divine Comedy, Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise.
"Daidaros" / "Daedalus"
- In Greek Myth made all types of objects and stuff, built the maze that traps the Minotaur, made wings to fly with Ikaros, Ikarus. (Theseus, Odysseus, Greek myth figures)
"Algethi" / "Argethi"
- Ras Algethi (name of Alpha Herculis, Arab for "Head of the kneeing person"
- Argethi (clear spelling mistake)
"Ptolemy" / "Tremy" / "Trammy"
- Ptolemy (Greek mathematician and astronomer)
- Tremy (clear spelling mistake)
"Algol" / "Algor" / "Argor"
- Algol (name of Beta Persei, from "al gul", the demon; originally it was Ras Algul, head of the demon, and it might be interesting that Ptolemy named the star "Gorgonea Prima", first star of the Gorgon (Medusa); it's also known as star of bad luck in astrology)
- Argol + Argor (clear spelling mistake)
"Hercules / "Herakles"
- Hercules (Latin version, name of the constellation)
- Herakles (Greek version, not the name of the constellation)
- The Continent of Mu.
- A star in the Taurus Constellation.
- Japanese: 'Human Nature'
- English: "Song", "Story".
- References the facial mask made from dead people.
"Aiolia" / "Aioria"
- The island of Aeolis in Greece.
- The Japanese way to refer to the Buddha.
"Milo" / "Miro"
- Venus de Milo; Milo's training area is Milos Island, it is in that island that the Venus Statue was found.
"Aiolos" / "Aioros"
- The chief god of wind in Greek mythologies.
- From Hindu myth, Ashura.
- In Japan, it translates to a very violent person/demon who loves to kill.
- Albert Camus.
- Greek goddess of beauty; the two fishes of the constellation is Aphrodite and Eros swimming away from Typhon.
- Translates to "Sand Weave" or, a piece of cloth. It is a common name in Japan. Her character's inspiration may come from Amaterasu, the Goddess of the Sun in Japanese mythology. There, the deity, Izanami, and his spouse, Izanagi, had a hand in creating the universe. One day, Izanami died. As a good husband, Izanagi tried to go to the underworld to get her back, but found out that she had become a monster and would bring all types of things/beings from the underworld into the world. So, he sealed the opening to hell, and then stripped off his clothes with dust of the grave. Twelve gods appeared. When he washed his body, ten more gods appeared. When he washed his face, three gods appeared -- Susano, the God of Storm from Izanagi's nose, Tsukuyomi the God of the Moon from his right eye, and Amaterasu, the Goddess of the Sun, from his left eye. Susano rules the seas, Tsukuyomi the night, and Amaterasu rules the day. Amaterasu's symbol of office was a necklace of light from the Milky Way [Ginga Senshou Galaxian Wars], and her clothes (which she wore herself, the first garments ever made). [Sei I Cloth, Shin I Kamui].
- According to the Kanji, Kido - "Castle Door", Mitsu means - "Light" Masa means -"Political" or "Administration"
- According to the Kanji, Mei means "Alliance"
- A character in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
- Translates to "Spring Beautiful", her name may come from the famous Japanese poem "Shura to Haru". Haru means Spring. Since Shiryu's name and character's inspirations are from poems of Li Bai.
"Jacob" / "Yakov"/ "Yakoff"
- Jacob - Biblical figure, he sees the ladder to Heaven; connects with Hyoga being Christian.
- According to the kanji, "Noble Ghost or Spirit"
- According to the kanji, Sei means "Star" Ka can mean "Flower" or "Gorgeous" depending on the context.
- According to the kanji, Mi means "Beautiful". Ho can mean "Ear" as in relation to a plant or "Thread" in relation to a story.
"Jäger" / "Jaga" / "Jaguar" / "Jagger"
- Jäger is German for "Hunter".
- According to the kanji, "Evil Arrow"
Polaris Hilda & God Warriors
- May be a short form of either Kriemhild or Brünnhild/Brunhild, both prominent figures of Der Ring der Nibelungen.
- Also, Hildr -- a common noun for "Battle", and thus often interpreted as a Valkyrie.
"Freya" / "Fleur"
- Freya is a reference to the major goddess in Norse Paganism.
- May come from Fleur-de-lis
- Based on Siegfried in Der Ring der Nibelungen.
- Taken from Sigurd.
- In the Ring cycle, he reforged the sword Nothung/Gram/Balmung and killed the dwarf/dragon, Fafner. He received invincibility from Fafner's blood, but had one weakness on his back. His wife Brünnhilde believed wrongly that Siegfried had strayed, revealing his weakness to Hagen which ultimately led to his death. After Brünnhilde found out the truth, she burned herself to death. This all fits with the anime of the whole trust in Hilda and then finding out Hilda was controlled by Poseidon and he sacrificed himself in the attempt to kill Sorrento.
- Based on Hagen in Der Ring der Nibelungen.
- In the Ring cycle, he was the son of Alberich. Hagen wanted to rule the world with the ring. He used a magic potion to get Brünnhilde and Siegfried to marry. Hagen got Gunther to kill Siegfried, and then he himself killed Gunther for the ring. This fits with the whole Hyoga, Fleur, Hagen love triangle.
- Norse Myth figure, the god of thunder. His weapon is Mjolnir. The Mjolnir can be thrown and returned to its owner. This could be the basis of his attack, Mjolnir Hammer. The Mjolnir can also throw lightning bolts, and may be the inspiration for "Titanic Hercules". At Ragnarok, Thor fought with the sepent Jörmungandr. He killed the sepent, but died with it.
- Based on Alberich in Der Ring der Nibelungen.
- In the myth and the Ring Cycles, he was a legendary sorcerer and the King of Dwarfs. Alberich's move "Nature Unity" fits. The character of Alberich of the Ring is based on Andvari. Andvari was a dwarf living under a waterfall. He had a magical ring. This fits with the whole Dohko episode with the battle and Roshi knowing the secrets of Asgard.
"Fenrir" / "Fenril"
- Norse Myth figure, the giant wolf who is the son of Loki. He was bound by the gods, but eventually he became too big and joined forces with enemies of the Gods at Ragnarok. He kills Odin. Odin's son, Viðarr, killed him. Fenrir had two sons, Skoll and Hati. Skoll means treachery and Hati means hate. All of this fits the anime.
- Fenril is another clear spelling mistake
"Mimé" / "Meeme" / "Meem"
- Based on Mime in Der Ring der Nibelungen.
- Taken from Mimir.
- In the Ring cycles, Mimé is the brother of Alberich. He forged the ring from Rhinegold and Tarnhelm. He found Siegfried in the woods as Siegfried's mother lay dying. He tried to reforge Balmung but couldn't do it. Wotan (Odin) posed a riddle that ultimate led to his death by Siegfried. He wanted the ring for himself like Hagen. This fits with the anime.
"Bud" / "Bado" & "Syd" / "Shido"
- Flower bud; the whole Syd, Bud names could be inspired by the hypermyth "Me" and "Tane". "Me" translates to Bud which refers to the Evil Buds in the hearts of the Gold Saints like Saga. And "Tane" translates to Seed -- the Seeds of Discord planted around the world by Ares.
- Might also be TOEI animation's referencing of the Black Dragon's original twin subplot from the manga that was excluded in the anime version of the fight.
Poseidon & Sea Generals
- Solo is a river in central java.
- "Julian" has Greek origins, and its meaning is "Jove's child". Variant of Julius, the family clan name of several of the most powerful Roman emperors.
"Thetis" / "Tetis" / "Tethys"
- Thetis - Greek Myth, a sea nymph, daughter of Doris and and Nereus and thus grand-daughter of Tethys
- Tetis - a tributary of the Almaş River in Romania.
- Tethys - Greek Myth, a Titaness
- In Greek myth, Io was seduced by Zeus and Hera changed her into heifer.
- The lost city of Kristna, under the Indian ocean, it is the Atlantis of India.
- Krishna is also a Hindu deity, an avatar of Vishnu who appears for example in the Bhagavad Gita.
"Caça" / "Caca" / "Casa" / "Caysa" / "Kasa" / "Kaysa"
- Caça is Portuguese for "Hunting".
"Solent" / "Sorrento"
- Solent - a stretch of sea separating the Isle of Wight from the mainland of England.
- Sorrento is a small city in Italy.
"Canon / "Kanon"
- Translates to "standard" but can also refer to the bible Canon.
- In music, it is a contrapuntal composition which employs a melody with one or more imitations. Possibly references Saga.
- In an interview, Masami mentioned that the name comes from a real island called, 'Canon Island'.
Hades & Spectres
- May come from myu-te-shion (mutation).
- In Greek myth, her sons and daughters were all killed.
- Saga with Shura and Camus are three people so ^3.
- A fictional British secret agent created by Manning O'Brine. He's undercover with Saga.
- References Rhadamanthus, a Judge of the Underworld in Greek mythologies.
"Aiacos" / "Aeacus"
- Aeacus, another Judge of the Underworld in Greek mythologies.
- Minos, the third Judges of the Underworld in Greek mythologies, and brother to Rhadamanthus.
- Mostly taken from the romantic holiday on February 14th. It is also indirectly taken from St. Valentine, the figure behind the holiday.
- Queen may be inspired by Queen Marie Antoinette. His attack is "Blood Flower Scissors". If you look that the picture of the move, it is a guillotine. Marie Antoinette's head was cut by the guillotine.
"Rune" / "Lune" / "Rene"
- Runes (stones/wood pieces used for divination; the Germanic word root "run" in names means "someone able to do magic")
- Lune (French for "Moon")
- Rene comes from the name Renatus which means Born a King. He whips Shun and Shun is born to be Hades's body.
"Raimi" / "Lamia"
- Lamia (a figure from Greek mythology who was turned into a monster and killed and ate children)
- Raimi most likely a spelling mistake
"Zelos" / "Zeros"
- Zelos (Greek god of zeal)
- Zeros (Zero = 0)
- Greek figure, the ferryman of the river Styx
- Featured in Dante's Inferno, his attack howling inferno, in it, he ferries Dante and Virgil across the river Styx. (Masami didn't follow the map of Inferno completely)
- The prison he guards is full of dead souls struggling to push boulders up a hell.
- The Czar; his attack is "Greatest Czar Perestroika".
- Based on the winged horse, Pegasus.
- In Greek mythologies, it was born when the hero Perseus beheaded the demon Medusa's neck.
- The cloth is designed to depict the legendary horse. As it evolves, the shape becomes more complicated, and the poses more intricate.
- Ties with Pegasus, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on the legendary monster, the Dragon.
- Mythology-wise, the bronze cloth is taken from the Japanese and Chinese origins, where the creature is associated with water elements. In the series, Shiryu must reverse the flow of the Rozan waterfall in order to obtain the cloth.
- The creature design of the cloth's original form is an amalgam of both the Western and Oriental depictions, until it evolved to its Kamui form where the western design became more prominent.
- Ties with Draco, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on the majestic white swan, and the mourning doves.
- Cycnus is the lover of Phaeton in Greek mythologies. When Phaeton died, Cycnus repeatedly dove into the river Eridanos in Hades to retrieve Phaeton's body, but with no success. He was turned into a swan by the gods. This parallels Hyoga's story with his mother.
- The shape of the cloth is the beautiful white swan.
- Ties with Cygnus, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on Andromeda, a young woman.
- In Greek mythologies, she was bound to the seas by chains to be sacrificed to the sea monster, Cetus due to her parents' arrogance.
- The chains of the Andromeda cloth are said to be the same ones from mythological times.
- The cloth's design is of a female human figure bound by chains. The kamui depicts the figure, now with fairy wings, commanding the chains.
- Andromeda also refers to M31/NGC224, a large galaxy in the constellation Andromeda
- Ties with Andromeda, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus, although it originated even earlier in Ancient Phoenicia.
- Based on the legendary bird of immortality, the Phoenix.
- In various mythologies, it is a symbol of constant death and rebirth.
- In Ikki's case, the Phoenix is fire and wind based.
- The design of the cloth depicts the mythical creature in majestic form.
- Ties with Phoenix, one of the 88 modern constellations. It was created by Bayer in 1603.
- Based on the Lacerta, or the Lizard.
- The armor's design is that of a reptilian lizard with horns on it head.
- Ties with Lacerta, one of the 88 modern constellations. It was created by Hevelius in 1690.
- The mythological character is Chiron, the half man, half horse teacher of such legendary figures as Jason and Heracles.
- The design is of a half man, half horse being, standing upright.
- Ties with Centaurus, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- May be based on the Greek mythological creature, Tiamat.
- The cloth's shape is designed as a giant white whale, swimming majestically.
- Ties with Cetus, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Refers to the Hound, the constellation of Dogs.
- The design of the cloth is of a single canine, standing proudly upright.
- Ties with Canes Venatici, one of the 88 modern constellations. It was created by Hevelius in the 17th century.
- In Greek mythologies, Aquila, or the Eagle, carried the thunderbolts of the King of Gods, Zeus.
- The cloth is shaped as a single eagle, soaring in the air with its talons spread.
- Ties with Aquila, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Corvus, or the Crow.
- The armor is of a single crow, watching silently.
- Ties with Corvus, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- It's based on Asclepios/Aesculap, the Greek God of medicine and healing. He was a son of Apollo and Koronis and was killed by Zeus with a thunderbolt because he raised the dead. Zeus turned him into the constellation Ophiuchus after his death.
- The cloth's design is of a human figure holding a cobra.
- Ties with Ophiuchus, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- In mythologies, Cerberus is the guardian hound of the Underworld, who devours souls of the dead. In the Saint Seiya universe, the actual Cerberus exists, watching over the second prison of the Underworld,
- The design is of a three-headed canine.
- There is no current constellation Cerberus, even though Hevelius originally created this constellation in the 17th century as a three-headed snake held by Hercules. It was not too much later deleted from the star charts again.
- In mythologies, Auriga is taken from Myrtilus, the charioteer of King Oenormaus. Myrtilus was secretly in love with the king's bride, Hippodamela, and sabotaged the chariot that resulted with Oenormaus's death.
- The shape of the cloth is of a chariot tied to a horse.
- Ties with Auriga, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on the Greek mythology hero, Perseus, who killed the monster Medusa.
- The cloth is in the shape of a human figure. There is a shield carved with Medusa's image that gives Algol the power to turn bodies into stone.
- Ties with Perseus, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on a hound with speed so great, that it impressed Zeus himself.
- The design is of a single canine, posed in a standing position.
- Ties with Canis Major, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- In Greek mythologies, Heracles, also known as Herakles and Hercules, is the son of the god Zeus and the human Alcmene, making him a powerful demi-god.
- The cloth's design is of a humanoid figure, donning majestic armors and ornaments.
- Ties with Hercules, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- The Musca is the Fly.
- The design is of a single fly with its wings spread.
- Ties with Musca, one of the 88 modern constellations.
- Based on the astrological sign in the twelve zodiac, The Ram.
- The cloth is in the design of a lone ram, standing idle.
- Ties with Aries, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on The Bull of the twelve astrological signs.
- The cloth is shaped as a giant bull, ready to tackle a target.
- Ties with Taurus, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on the third astrological sign of "The Twins".
- The cloth depicts two identical human twins with their backs to each other, and arms extended to various poses.
- Ties with Gemini, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on The Crab astrological sign in the zodiac.
- The form of the cloth is a single crab with its pincers open.
- Ties with Cancer, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on The Lion from the sign of astrology.
- The cloth's design is of a ferocious lion.
- Ties with Leo, one of the 88 modern constellations.
- Based on the Virgin Girl from the twelve astrological signs of the zodiac.
- Virgo represents Dike/Astraia, the Greek Goddess of moral justice.
- The cloth is in the form of a young maiden posed in prayer, with fairy wings spread out behind her.
- Ties with Virgo, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on a set of Scales in the astrological zodiac sign.
- The cloth is designed as a gigantic scale, with various weapons hidden in the armor.
- Ties with Libra, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation originated in Sumer as "scale of the sky". In Babylon and Ancient Greece, the Libra stars were considered the claws of the Scorpion, which one can also see in the names of the main stars: Alpha Lib - Zuben Elgenubi (Southern Claw), Beta Lib - Zuben Elschemali (Northern Claw), Gamma Lib - Zuben Elakrab (Scorpion's Claw), and Delta Lib - Zuben Elakribi (Scorpion's Claw). The modern name Libra was given the constellation by the Romans around 100 AD.
- Based on the astrological sign of The Scorpion.
- The cloth is the form of a single scorpion with its tail in the air.
- Ties with Scorpio, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on the sign of The Centaur, in astrology.
- The design is of a Centaur, a half man, half horse creature from Greek mythologies.
- Ties with Sagittarius, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus.
- Based on the astrological sign of The Goat.
- The shape of the cloth is of a single goat, overlooking a single spot.
- Ties with Capricorn, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus. Originally it came from Babylon where is was associated with Enki who brought mankind culture from out of the sea. The constellation is also known as sea-goat, which comes from a tale where the Greek God Pan tried to escape the monster Typhon - he jumped into the Nile and his lower body turned into a fish while the upper body stayed a goat.
- Based on the sign of the The Water Bearer in the twelve zodiac.
- The cloth is designed as a single human figure holding a vase in the air, as if pouring out contents.
- Ties with Aquarius, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus. It's one of the oldest constellations and in Ancient Egypt it was only known as water or river, and the hieroglyph for that is still kept as the modern astrological symbol of Aquarius.
- Based on the astrological sign of The Fish.
- The cloth's form is of a giant fish, swimming.
- Ties with Pisces, one of the 88 modern constellations. This constellation was already known in Ancient Greece and it was mentioned by Ptolemaeus. It depicts Aphrodite and her son Eros who jumped into the river Euphrates to flee from the monster Typhon.
Not Bronze, Silver, or Gold Cloth
- Based on Coma Berenices.
- Based on the legend of Queen Berenice of Egypt who cut off her hair as a sacrifice to the goddess Venus for the safe return from battle of her husband Ptolemy III. It is also regarded as Thisbe's veil(from Leo's Consellation).
- According to Gigantomachia Blood Chapter, Coma is the "Ginga no Mado", the Window of/to the Galaxy.
- Coma Cloth is featured in Movie 3 and Gigantomachia Novels. Unlike Movie 1, where Masami actually designed the Object Forms of the Ghost(Maybe Silver) Cloths. The Coma Corona Cloth has no object form design but a fan did design one. In Gigantomachia, the shape of the Offical Black Cloth is a woman with her back facing us, with her lock of hair.
- Based on the Greek mythology creature, the Hippocamp.
- In the myths, it is a sea creature with the front half of a horse and the second half of a serpent.
- The shape of the Sea Horse scale is of a single hippocamp.
- Based on the ancient nymph monster that lived in the waters, Scylla.
- In the tales, it is depicted as a hideous monster with six heads, twelve canine legs, and a cat's tail.
- The design of the Scylla scale is a female humanoid figure with her bottom half merged with a wolf-like monster with bat wings.
- Based on the mythological character of Chrysaor.
- In Greek myths, Chrysaor is the brother of Pegasus, and he was born from Medusa's death at the hands of Perseus.
- The object is of a figure, presumably Chrysaor, standing upright, with a lance in his hand.
- Based on the water nymphs, the Limnades, from Greek mythologies.
- The Limnades are water creatures that prey on their victims in water.
- The scale is shaped as a reptilian creature crawling on both its fore and hind legs.
- Based on the sea monster, the Kraken, in name only.
- The Kraken is a giant octopus monster of the sea that attacks and destroys ships at sail. The Kraken scale depicts a giant ray, a sea creature that, in Saint Seiya, was responsible for sinking ships near Hyoga and Isaac's training ground.
- The scale object is in the form of a giant ray.
- Based on the Sirens, a trio of half woman, half bird creatures in Greek mythologies.
- A siren is a humanoid monster who lures travelers to their doom with song and beauty.
- The scale replicates a single female figure ominously playing the flute.
- Based on the general descriptions of mythical sea monsters, with dragon-like features.
- Not taken from any particular figure of Greek mythologies.
- The scale's form is of a sea monster with a long neck, covered with scales and with fins sticking out of its back.
- Based on the mystical female Mermaid, a half woman, half fish creature of the seas.
- Mermaids are a popular part of folklore and mythologies. They are generally a peaceful and pacifist race.
- The object forms a beautiful female figure with the lower half of a fish, posing coyly.
- Based on the mythical medieval monster of the same name.
- The Wyvern is a type of dragon, with physical features of eagles and serpents.
- The form of the Wyvern surplice is a giant, dragon monster with horns and lavish bat wings.
The Lord of The Rings
- Balron Lune/Rune is from Lord of The Rings, and the dialogue between Rhadamanthys and Kanon is similar to the novels. They are on a bridge above a place with no bottom and Rhadamanthys says, "There's no place to run, are you going to jump over?" This is an obvious reference to Balrog vs. Gandalf.
- The whole Shun subplot with Athena exorcising Hades's spirit is like the Two Towers where Gandalf frees the King of Rohan from the hold of Saruman.
- In Return of The King, Frodo abandons Sam and runs off with Golem, which is similar to the scene in Saint Seiya movie 3 when Seiya is abandoned by Saori to run off with Abel. I also think Movie 3 is inspired by famous Chinese story 神鵰俠侶 (The Return of the Condor Heroes); in one chapter, the female hero runs away from the male hero to go to a secret valley and pretends to forget him.)
- Finally, in the end, Hades is making Seiya look like he is dead. That is like the Spider piercing Frodo and making him look dead to Sam. And if you notice, those 6 wings on Hades makes him look like a spider!!
- Another Saint Seiya / Lord of The Rings connection is about Gandalf the 'Grey'. In the Gigantomachia novel, Typhon used the word Grey to describe Athena. I think it has to do with the brain or intelligence -- she is Goddess of War and Wisdom after all.
Too Many Sacrifices
- Isac is seen in the graves, but is it Sea General Isaac? Isaac - the Biblical figure, Abraham banished his eldest son, Ishmael, so Isaac was the only heir. Abraham was tested by god to sacrifice Isaac. Isaac sacrificed himself for Hyoga, and Hyoga thought the Cygnus Cloth should have been received by Issac.
Off The Deep End
- I'd just like to add that the mythological Niobe's fate was sealed because she boasted about her children's beauty. This makes it an appropriate name for the swaggering Deep Spectre.
- "Deep" might be meant to represent the the sheer concept of unfathomable depth [and the many-clawed horrors that lurk within], as seen in Lovecraft and Bradbury's stuff.
- Might also be referencing Helm's Deep of Lord of the Rings.
Here, Birdie Birdie!
- It's interesting that Phoenix fights Garuda. Although in myth they are very different birds but in Japan they see them as the same. Garuda Aeacus's Surplice fit the mythological figure his character does not fit, however Ikki fits!! In myth, Garuda has to go to the underworld to save his mother. Ikki actually goes to underworld to save his brother. One can surmise that Shun looks like his Mother...