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The manga was adapted into an animetelevision series by Toei Animation that ran from 1986 to 1989, before being continued in the form of three original video animationseries between 2002 and 2008. Four animated feature films were shown in Japanese theaters from 1987 to 1989, with a fifth in 2004 and a sixth in 2014. Since 2006, creator Kurumada has been publishing a sequel manga titled Saint Seiya: Next Dimension. Several spin-off manga by different authors have also been created, as well as a standalone anime and original net animation.
Saint Seiya has been very successful, with over 34 million copies sold in Japan alone. The series began to be known in the West as Knights of the Zodiac after it became popular in France in 1988, where it was given the name of Les Chevaliers du Zodiaque; this was also the first foreign release of the series. Both the original manga and the anime adaptation were also successful in other Asian, European and American countries, however, none of them were translated into English until 2003.In North America the manga is licensed by Viz Media, the anime has been released by both DIC Entertainment and ADV Films, and the first four films were released by Discotek Media.
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Основные события сериала разворачиваются вокруг 5 воинов, называемых «Святыми» (яп. セイントсэйнто, от англ. Saints), сражающихся в специальных доспехах — «Материях» (яп.クロス куросу, от англ. Cloths), каждый из которых происходит от какого-либо созвездия, используемых Святыми как личные защитные символы. Святые поклялись оберегать воплощения богини Афины в её сражении с другими Олимпийскими богами, жаждущими присоединить Землю к своим владениям.