This is about the character of the Classic "Saint Seiya" series. For Gemini Saga in "Episode G", click here. For Gemini Abel in "Next Dimension", click here. For Gemini Aspros in "Lost Canvas", click here. For info on the Gemini constellation, click here. For info on the Gemini Gold Cloth, click here.
- Occupation: Gold Saint of Athena
- Constellation: Gemini
- Armour: Gemini Gold Cloth
- Age: 28
- Birthday: May 30th
- Birthplace: Greece
- Trained at: Sanctuary, Greece
- Height: 188cm
- Weight: 87kg
- Blood type: AB
- Related characters: Kanon (younger twin brother), Shion (previous Pope)
- Seiyuu: Kazuyuki Sogabe (original), Katsuji Mori (phantom, episodes 44-46), Akio Nojima (good, episodes 71 and 73), Ryōtarō Okiayu (Hades: Sanctuary-)
Gemini Saga (双子座のサガ) is a character from Saint Seiya, a manga/anime by established manga-ka Masami Kurumada. Saga served as the main antagonist for the Sanctuary arc, and is easily one of the most powerful characters in the series. Before the final showdown between himself and Pegasus Seiya, Saga was portrayed as a mysterious being with his facial features hidden from view.
The Saga Begins
"Saga" (サガ) is written in katakana. In an interview, Kurumada revealed that the meaning behind it is "Human Nature".
As is the case with being a gold saint, Gemini Saga possesses an extremely overwhelming cosmos that makes even the most seasoned veteran saint think twice about challenging him. With this power comes three spectacular techniques that Saga utilizes in battle.
A reality warping move that bends time and space. Saga opens up a rift in the vortex that vacuums his target into an alternate universe where they are forever trapped within. This technique is evasive in nature, as it completely removes the opponent from the battlefield.
An attack with the power of several exploding galaxies. The cosmos energy is usually concentrated to an opened palm, and its destructive power released as a singular burst upon the opponent. In the manga, Saga performs this move by crossing his forearms to the shape of an "X" with the palms wide open, sometimes placing them over his head for maximum destructive power. "Galaxian Explosion" is often enough to completely decimate an enemy.
"Gen Rou Maou Ken"
Gen Rou Maou Ken or 'Demon Emperor Fist' is a mind warping technique that, when successful, gives Saga mental control of his opponent. The victim must kill a target before his eyes in order to become free from the gold saint's grasp. Interestingly, 'Demon Emperor Fist' is only used by Saga's evil alter-ego, most likely due to its demonic nature conflicting with Saga's kind personality.
Life Before Saint Seiya
While he is not in the same age range as Libra Dohko or Aries Shion, Saga is perhaps one of the oldest Gold Saint at the age of 28. Before the events of the conspiracy, Saga was one of the most popular men in Greece, and was often regarded as a kind, generous soul loved by many. Unknown to most people in Sanctuary, there is an evil side lurking within him, one that Saga had struggled to suppress for years. Of course, only his twin brother Kanon knew of its existence, which later became the reason why Saga had Kanon imprisoned in the dungeon in Cape Sounion when Kanon suggested that Saga embrace the evil. Saga is also one of the most powerful of the twelve gold saints.
Two Sides of the Coin: Heads
The 13 Year Conspiracy
Along with fellow senior Sagittarius Saint Aiolos, Saga was summoned by Pope Shion for a meeting to decide the successor to the throne. Due to the fact that most of the Gold Saints were too young at the time for this honor, the choice fell upon Gemini Saga and Sagittarius Aiolos. Unfortunately for Saga, Aiolos would be the one announced to take the seat and lead infant Athena towards the path of good. This news did not please the Gemini Saint, and it brought him to an eventual confrontation with Shion.
Gazing at the constellations on Star Hill, Pope Shion recalled the words of prophecy said by the last Pope before him. Suddenly, Saga appeared and demanded to know why he, the superior Gold Saint, had been denied the throne. Shion hesitated at first, but finally explained that he felt an uncomfortable presence residing within Saga. Saga's hair color suddenly faded from light to dark, and his eyes turned blood-red with black pupils -- the transformation confirming Shion's suspicions. Before the Pope could react, however, Saga landed a fatal blow through his heart.
With Shion's death, Saga assumed his identity and orchestrated a mass conspiracy that would last for 13 years. The Pope's head-dress and mask offered Saga room to hide his true face from the rest of the world, and soon, rumors began to circulate throughout Sanctuary that the Gemini Gold Saint had vanished. Saga, using the Pope's disguise, then attempted to assassinate the baby Athena -- an event that would result in the banishment and death of Aiolos. Pulling baby Athena away from the tips of Ares' mysterious golden dagger, Aiolos demanded an explanation. Ares ignored the saint and resumed his attack, which led to Aiolos retaliating with a blow of his own. The punch sent Ares flying onto the nearest wall, knocking off his head-dress and unmasking Saga in the process. The revelation shocked Aiolos, for he now realized the true depths of this heinous confrontation. With his cover blown, Saga unleashed a fury of assaults that heavily injured Aiolos. Aiolos, concerned for the infant Athena's safety, quickly took off from Sanctuary with the child in his arms.
Unfortunately, the rest of Sanctuary recognized this as an act of treason. Saga, content in knowing that his true identity was still hidden from the rest of the world, declared Aiolos a villainous traitor who had ran off with the baby Athena. Aiolos himself managed to escape, but on his way to the outside world, he encountered the man responsible for his fatal injuries -- the Capricorn Gold Saint. Aiolos would not survive to see the next day, and with the only person who knew the truth dead and the infant Athena lost, Saga truly had free reign to rule Sanctuary as he pleased.
Supreme Pontiff Ares
Shortly after the start of the series, Saga had apparently became tired of hiding under the guise of Shion. He spread word that "Shion" had finally passed on, and that the seat of the Pope would be "passed down" to Shion's younger brother. The "new" head in charge of Sanctuary called himself the Supreme Pontiff Ares, and his reign transformed Sanctuary into a much harsher environment. Of course, the identity switch was a ploy, and it was still Saga underneath the newer head-dress and cloth.
Evidently, Shion's younger brother must not have been an influential or even popular figure, as his name allowed Saga the freedom to make decisions without instigating too many suspicions about his acts, or developing any uprising that may compromise his goals to achieve total domination. Ares was projected as a cruel dictator, and often acted in various ways that assured his dominance over Sanctuary's saints. Even Sanctuary itself slowly evolved to a more malevolent structure, with trainers delightfully enforcing harsher training methods on their students, as well as saints having no qualms about killing each other to demonstrate their strength.
After Saori Kido had declared to the world that she was Athena, and gathered several bronze saints to support her claim, most in Sanctuary instantly felt enraged that some outsider had dared to impersonate their patron goddess for her own personal gain. Ares took advantage of the fury his saints felt and deployed them to punish this young lady and anyone who aligned themselves with her. Of course, deep down, Ares knew that Saori Kido was the true reincarnation of the goddess that he had failed to assassinate 13 years ago. He also felt distraught that she had taken custody of the Gold Cloth of Sagittarius, a prestigious object with the potential to tide things towards her favor should she ever find a suitable replacement for Aiolos. Thus, Ares quickly commanded his army of saints, which included both Silver and Gold ranks, to annihilate Saori Kido and her band of warriors.
As time went by, many in Sanctuary began to question Ares and his decisions. Many were baffled that almost none of the silver saints sent to Japan returned, and they were more shocked to find that even gold saints had apparently failed in their mission to capture or kill Saori Kido and her weakling bronze saints. Speculations and reports slowly spread that, perhaps, Saori Kido was not bluffing when she claimed that she was Athena...?
It became more and more apparent that the evil nature in Saga hadn't fully consumed him, and somewhere deep down lie the true magnanimous personality. The series depicted various scenes of the two sides arguing back and forth with each other, and the clash finally accumulated during the final fight between Saga and bronze saints Pegasus Seiya and Phoenix Ikki. The benevolent traits of Saga awoke on several occasions to disrupt his evil side, each time with the goal to intercept his evil nature's would-be-fatal assaults on Seiya. Even with the aid of Saga's true personality, the fight was a gruesome struggle from beginning to end. In the manga, it was Seiya (using the shield of Athena) who at last ejected the evil spirit from Saga, and in the anime, it was the good nature in Saga himself who finished off the evil entity. As the arc came to a close, Saga was finally cleansed once and for all, and, in a final attempt to restore his honor, committed suicide.
Two Sides of the Coin: Tails
Being one of the more popular characters in Saint Seiya, Saga has made various appearances after his initial storyline:
A Star in the Sky
As Pegasus Seiya became exhausted and near the end of his abilities to carry on the battle against Polaris Hilda, the spirit of the Gemini Saint appeared before him as an image in the night sky. Saga urged Seiya to reach the deepest end of his cosmos to stand up and protect Athena in her weakest moment. Seiya, motivated by Saga's heartfelt words as well as the evidence that the deceased saint was still watching over Athena in death, found a new resolve necessary to inject himself back on the battlefield.
Legend of the Crimson Youth
In the third Saint Seiya theatrical feature, "Legend of the Crimson Youth", Saga returns to life with his comrades after being revived by Abel, the brother of Athena. It is interesting to note that, while the movie is non-canon and takes place prior to the Hades arc, it is Saga, Shura, and Camus who ultimately opposed Abel's actions after he kills Athena. Shura and Camus attacked immediately, while Saga waited for a more opportune moment to strike. Saga eventually would find Seiya and advise him into using his 7th sense to defeat Abel, shortly before committing kamikazi with Lynx Jyao, one of Abel's Titan warriors.
Keeping the Past in the Present
In the epic war against Poseidon, the King of the Sea, Saga's twin brother, Kanon, was involved as he was the man who orchestrated the entire event. During his fight with Phoenix Ikki, Kanon recalled a daunting flashback involving his older brother that revealed delicate details of a master assassinate plan that Kanon had for the then-baby Athena and the Grand Pope. Kanon would later fall under horrifying hallucinations created from Ikki's "Genma Ken" -- where Saga returned from the dead and approached his younger brother in the present. The Gemini lamented that Kanon was still as ambitious as ever, and proclaimed that the gods have punished him for his evil deeds. Seconds after this decree, Kanon's face suddenly decomposed with maggots. The illusions ceased, although Saga's disappointment still echoed within Kanon's mind.
Of Sorrows and Bloody Tears
Saga's appearance in Kanon's hallucination would serve as an eventful prelude when Hades, the Lord of the Dead, later resurrected the Gemini Saint. Sporting the Underworld's flag in the form of the surplice armor, Saga, along with fellow killed in action gold saints Capricorn Shura and Aquarius Camus, invaded the Sanctuary in the name of their new liege. The new men reappeared following Cancer Deathmask and Pisces Aphrodite while under the direction of the former Grand Pope Shion himself. Their orders were simple: Take Athena's head and kill anyone in the way. Gold Saint Aries Mu, who guarded the first temple and thus had been witness to all of this, attempted to block them -- but became routed by Shion. As the three men stormed through the rest of the twelve temples, they faced old friends who were in disbelief towards their new allegiance.
In the third temple of Gemini, Saga would find a most unexpected presence residing within his former shrine - that of his younger brother. It seems that Kanon had repented for his sins against Athena, and received the goddess' blessing to watch over the site. Saga berated his twin, declaring him unfit to take the duties of the Gemini as he had been a traitor in the past. Kanon responded that Saga was much more evil than he could ever be -- while he was alive, he attempt to kill the infant Athena; and now, after death, he had found a way to return to finish what he started. Having heard enough, Saga attacked the Gemini Cloth with a blast, knocking it apart to discover that Kanon's physical body was not actually in the temple. Crossing his arms together in the manner of "Galaxian Explosion", Saga vowed that he would find his younger brother no matter where he was. The attack soared through the air and smashed into Athena's throne room, striking the younger Gemini and sending him flying across the room. With Kanon damaged, the illusions dissolved and Saga, along with Shura and Camus, escaped the third temple and into the next. Standing by the exit of his temple, Gemini wept as he realized that his Kanon had finally forego his evil ambitions and embraced the duties of the Gemini Gold Saint.
Virgo Shaka served as Saga and the two gold saints' biggest distractor, pleading with the men to reveal that they hadn't actually defected and were still Saints of Athena. Saga responded with a "Galaxian Explosion", and even Shaka had to face facts and deal with his former colleagues as enemies. Shaka unleashed his ultimate "Tenbuu Hourin" technique on the three renegade saints. Without the proper protection of their gold cloths, Saga, Camus, and Shura were overwhelmed by the power of this attack. However, they had a duty to fulfill and could not remain chained to fending off Shaka. Thus, the three collectively decided that they had to result to something that would end this battle immediately. That was the forbidden technique of "Athena's Exclamation", a collision of cosmos with the power of the big bang that required three separate gold saints to band together to perform. Understanding that using this move would strip them of their Sainthood and resign them to scorn for generations to come, the three former gold saints collected their cosmos and executed the attack on Shaka. The Virgo Saint's body was obliterated instantly.
Standing before the double doors that guarded the battlefield were gold saints Aries Mu, who had caught up with Saga and the defectors, Leo Aiolia, Scorpio Milo, and bronze saints Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryu, Cygnus Hyoga, and Andromeda Shun. They had all felt the tremendous power of the "Athena's Exclamation" technique and were distraught that their former comrades had truly betrayed Sanctuary. Aiolia, in particular, felt disgusted that the three former gold saints would even resort to the forbidden attack to unfairly take down one man. The doors then opened, revealing a battered Saga, Camus, and Shura. Saga handed Shaka's 108 prayer beads to Mu, but not without a threatening glare from both parties. Enraged, Aiolia stepped in and blasted the Gemini and the other two traitors with several lightning blows. Suffering from damage during his exchange with the Virgo, Saga, Shura, and Camus again turned to "Athena's Exclamation" to get Aiolia and the others out of the way. Unfortunately for them, Mu and Milo quickly brought to their attention that they also had three gold saints on the side -- and, along with the Leo, the three set up their own formation of "Athena's Exclamation". Shocked at this turn of events but with no choice, the two teams of gold saints unleashed the forbidden technique towards each other.
Luckily for all parties involved, the five bronze saints present charged up their cosmos to deflect the power of the gold saints as best as they can. Saga and every one of the gold saints implored the weaker bronze saints to stop the foolishness, but they insisted. Eventually, the immense force of the attacks were deflected to the skies, but each party did not walk away unharmed.
Having seen enough of the onslaught, Athena herself stood up and sought to end the conflict. She ordered Mu, Aiolia, and Milo to gather Saga, Shura, and Camus to the back of throne room to meet with her immediately. The gold saints reluctantly obliged, and it was here that Saga and Athena met face to face once more. The goddess approached Saga with a warm smile, and the Gemini felt ashamed and could not look her in the eyes. She then ordered Kanon to hand his brother a small chest containing a special object. The two siblings stared down each other with vacillation, and Saga opened the chest to reveal a golden dagger -- the same one that he had used over 13 years ago in his attempt to assassinate the infant Athena. Shocked and confused, Saga demanded to know the meaning behind this gesture. Athena, grasping Saga's hands with the dagger in his palm, declared that the Gemini, Capricorn, and Aquarius no longer needed to suffer from internal conflict. With one swift move, she thrust the sharp end of the blade into her throat, effectively ending her own life. As Athena's body fell, Saga tearfully reached out for her, crying out his goddess' name with sorrow.
Soon after, it was revealed that Saga, Shura, Camus, Aphrodite, Deathmask, and Shion had all collectively formed a plan to find Athena to reveal to her the secret of her divine cloth, as well as to disclose Hades' ambitions. To accomplish this goal, they forced themselves to appear as allies to Hades in order to trick the god into granting them a temporary life of twelve hours. As they were constantly followed by spectres and watched by Hell's butterflies, none of these former saints could give so much as a hint as to where their true allegiance lie. Saga and the rest of the gold saints silently wept tears of blood as they fought their old friends and killed their beloved goddess.
Saga, carrying the body of Athena under a sheet, marched into Hades Castle with Camus and Shura. They were still under the pretense of being Hades' soldiers, and requested an audience with the mistress in charge, Pandora. News of Athena's demise had reached the Hades army by this point, and she congratulated them for carrying out their task. Pandora commanded them to unveil the cloth hiding Athena's body so that she can verify the body herself. However, Saga stepped back and expressed that he and the other gold saints wished to bring the body to Hades himself. Pandora refused, and Shura suddenly appeared behind her with a hand aimed at her throat -- any slight movement, and the Capricorn would not hesitate to behead her. Realizing the gold saints' true motives, Pandora warned them that they would not succeed due to one simple miscalculation. At that point, sunlight shined brightly down through the windows of Hades Castle, which paralyzed the three men to the floor. Standing tall above Saga and the other two saints, Pandora reminded them that their lives were only temporary, and were fleeting by the moment. She then turned to the body in the sheet, but it had oddly disappeared - alerting Pandora with the possibility that, perhaps, Athena might not be as dead as the news had reported.
As Saga, Shura, and Camus laid on the floor of Hades Castle incapacitated, they were soon discovered by the main bronze saints of Seiya, Hyoga, Shun, and Shiryu. Shion had already revealed to them the truth behind their invasion, and the bronze saints were sympathetic to the their gold elders. Seiya and Shun approached Saga, who, as his life faded away to ashes, entrusted the war and Athena's well-being to them.
Much later in the arc, the twelve gold cloths of the zodiac gathered before the Wailing Wall in the deepest part of the Underworld. The other side of this wall was a vortex to the beautiful Elysium Fields, where Athena and Hades were. Only a force as majestic as sunlight could break a hole within the gloomy barricade, and the gold cloths together would be able to produce this. Saga, along with the other deceased gold saints, rekindled his soul from eternal slumber to don the Gemini Cloth once more to aid his brothers in arms. Releasing the last of his cosmos, the collective power of all twelve gold saints pierced a hole in the Wailing Wall, allowing the survivors to travel to Elysium.
A Divine Punishment
In Tenkai-hen: Overture, Saga, along with Kanon and the other gold saints, returned for a brief moment to be judged by various Olympian Gods. They condemned him for participating in a war that caused many casualties among the deities, and sentenced him and the other humans to spend the eternity encased in a monument to serve as the ultimate example of punishment for the generation of humans to come. Saga felt no regret and accepted his fate.
Saga: Dual Nature or Evil Entity?
It is often debated what Saga's evil side truly is: an evil spirit that eventually gained control over his body, or Saga's own lust for power? Perhaps a combination of both? In the manga, it was his twin brother Kanon who sent Saga down the path of evil by explicitly claiming that he could see an evil demon lurking underneath Saga's "false" generous nature. This scene apparently took place just days before Saga was to be summoned by Shion for their fateful meeting. However, the manga also depicts an evil soul escaping from Saga's body after his death, which suggests a bigger entity than his soul had been involved. Saga's physical changes when transforming between good and evil is also similar to Shun's during Hades' possession.
It could be inferred that while Saga was influenced by his evil side, his actions were meant for the common good. He wanted to take over Sanctuary and gain control of Athena's power to defend the world from the incoming threats of Poseidon and Hades, as he believed Athena was not strong enough to handle the tasks. As shown in Saint Seiya: Episode G, the philosophy of "True Justice Through Power" is an ideal that Ares shared with Cancer Deathmask. Thus, it could be viewed that Saga's intentions were ultimate for the good of mankind, but became misunderstood because of his methods of execution. In the manga, there is a scene where Saga was confronted by his conscience: an illusional Germini Saint stood before him, with the words "Who Are You?" printed over and over as it demanded an answer. Saga berated his conscience, claiming that his actions were for the best of humanity, and that he firmly felt Athena was not ready for the upcoming Holy Wars. In the final chapters of the Sanctuary arc, it is revealed that Saga follows the ideal that the strong should determine what is right and what is wrong -- and as he believed himself to be the strongest of all, Saga naturally elected himself as Sanctuary's appropriate ruler.
Beyond the Classic
Episode G takes place shortly after Saga had committed the treachery of murdering the Grand Pope, thereby starting the story off with the Gemini Saint as the leader of Sanctuary. It is revealed that Saga had chosen to conspire with the Titans Kronos and Prontos, leading them to gift him a dagger with deity slaying properties - the very same one that he would eventually use in an attempt to murder the infant Athena. Saga's attire as the Grand Pope is strikingly similar to what he would eventually wear as the Supreme Pontiff in the anime continuity.
Later on, Kronos would attempt to invade Sanctuary to retrieve his greatest weapon, the "Megas Drepanon". Saga's evil side would order none of the saints to retaliate, but, in an interesting twist, it is Saga's good personality himself who would emerge to battle the King of the Titans in the name of Athena. At the very moment where he would've secured the victory against Kronos, Saga's good personality expired under the time limit, and he lamented at his powerlessness to control himself.
Saga's past reincarnation was a very interesting man known as Abel. Currently, it appears as if his body is shared by two separate minds that inhibit it - Abel, the good personality, and Cain, his evil personality, of whom he refers to as a brother.
In Lost Canvas, the elder Gemini was reincarnated as a man named Aspros. Much like Saga, he grew up as a righteous, kind, and popular man in Greece, but eventually gained secret ambitions to dethrone the Grand Pope from the effects of a ploy cooked up by the spectre Mephistopheles Youma. Aspros would later come to his senses after an epic battle with his younger brother Defteros, and then teamed up with his sibling (by way of merging their souls as one) to defeat Youma once and for all. As a homage to the classic series, Aspros was reintroduced in the manga wearing a costume nearly identical to the Supreme Pontiff sans mask, and then immediately donned the Gemini Surplice to battle Defteros, who had arrived with the Gemini Cloth proper.
Notes & Trivia
- Gemini Saga is one of the strongest gold saints among his peers, rivaling only Virgo Shaka, Libra Dohko, and Aries Shion in his prime.
- The character of "Ares" and the title of "Supreme Pontiff" was created strictly for the anime adaptation of the manga. In the manga, Saga kept the "Grand Pope" moniker in the entirety of the Sanctuary arc.
- Interestingly, Saint Seiya: Episode G chose to utilize the "Ares" aspect of Saga's evil personality, going as far as having the character declare himself as "Ares: The God of War" at one point. Whether or not the actual Greek deity is involved, or if Saga had merely borrowed the name and title, remains to be seen.
- Outside of projected illusions, Saga has only donned the helmet with his Gemini cloth once in the manga, and twice in the anime - during the gathering of all twelve gold saints at the Wailing Wall, and in the flashback scene of Lyra Orphée playing his instrument in an audience consisting of the Grand Pope and the gold saints.
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