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I loved Saint Seiya as a kid. What should i watch now?

I wanted to try Saint Seiya again because i loved as a kid, but the original anime is not doing it for me now. Is there any spin off or anything that has more of a mature feel?

The animes i liked:

  • Black Lagoon
  • Death Note
  • Mushishi
  • Barakamon
  • Parasyte
  • One Punch Man

14 comments

  1. [2]
    guts Link
    My anime list is also similar as yours, mature anime i can also suggest: Cowbow Bebop Samurai Shamploo Space Dandy Monster Serial Experiments Lain Boogiepop wa Warawanai Berserk Vampire Hunter D...

    My anime list is also similar as yours, mature anime i can also suggest:

    • Cowbow Bebop
    • Samurai Shamploo
    • Space Dandy
    • Monster
    • Serial Experiments Lain
    • Boogiepop wa Warawanai
    • Berserk
    • Vampire Hunter D
    • Ergo Proxy
    • Ghost In The Shell
    • Pong
    • Hellsing

    Not so mature but are great:

    • 3-gatsu no Lion
    • Mob Psycho
    • Another
    • Made in Abyss
    • GTO

    There are more that are missing but this is what comes to mind.

    2 votes
    1. Grand0rbiter Link Parent
      Thanks! I will check your list.

      Thanks! I will check your list.

      1 vote
  2. [10]
    cfabbro (edited ) Link
    How "mature" we talking? Saint Seiya was basically Sailor Moon for boys, so it's pretty juvenile even by shonen standards. I am not ragging on that BTW, I started watching anime in the late...

    How "mature" we talking?

    Saint Seiya was basically Sailor Moon for boys, so it's pretty juvenile even by shonen standards. I am not ragging on that BTW, I started watching anime in the late 80s/early 90s and both of those were my jam (along with Dragonball)... but it doesn't take very much more maturity to be more mature than them since they are pretty much the bottom of the rung in that department. ;)

    I haven't watched any of the Saint Seiya spin-offs so can't speak to them (although I am looking forward to the Netflix 3D remake just for nostalgia's sake), but if all you're looking for is more battle shonen in a similar vein, there is a ton for you to choose from there. Naruto being the most obvious suggestion, although it's not really all that more mature. Shippuden is a bit more mature than it, and Fullmetal Alchemist + Brotherhood another that is slightly more mature still, with Attack on Titan being at the top end of the maturity scale. Beyond that you start to get into "seinan" territory, which opens up even more options...

    Hence my asking, how "mature" we talking... and in what ways? Do you just want something more gory, or are you looking for deeper themes and more adult oriented subject matter? Do you care if it is a similarly magical setting or would a more realistic or even scifi one be fine, too? Do only want battle focused anime or are other genres fine? The more specific you can get in regards to what you're looking for the easier it becomes to recommend stuff to you that is actually what you're looking for.

    1 vote
    1. [4]
      Akir Link Parent
      It's funny that you mention that because there is a new Saint Seiya spinoff focusing on female characters. It's very bizzare. Also the production on it is so poor I couldn't watch a full episode.

      Saint Seiya was basically Sailor Moon for boys

      It's funny that you mention that because there is a new Saint Seiya spinoff focusing on female characters. It's very bizzare. Also the production on it is so poor I couldn't watch a full episode.

      2 votes
      1. guts Link Parent
        The manga is not that bad, pure fan fiction though.

        The manga is not that bad, pure fan fiction though.

        1 vote
      2. [2]
        cfabbro Link Parent
        LOL. As much as I am looking forward to the new Netflix Saint Seiya remake, I suspect it will probably be equally as shit quality as the spin-off you describe and I won't be able to get through...

        LOL. As much as I am looking forward to the new Netflix Saint Seiya remake, I suspect it will probably be equally as shit quality as the spin-off you describe and I won't be able to get through much of it either. ;)

        1. guts Link Parent
          With PSX CGI quality and female Shun i won't be able to get through either.

          With PSX CGI quality and female Shun i won't be able to get through either.

          1 vote
    2. [5]
      Grand0rbiter Link Parent
      I want more deeper themes and to have more than just battles. Don't care about gore. Any setting is fine, but i like realistic more and scifi less. Magical is fine too. I liked Attack on Titan,...

      I want more deeper themes and to have more than just battles. Don't care about gore. Any setting is fine, but i like realistic more and scifi less. Magical is fine too.

      I liked Attack on Titan, but it didn't grab me. I can't get past 3 or 4 episodes.

      1 vote
      1. [4]
        cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
        If that's the case, @guts' suggestions are pretty great, IMO. Ghost in the Shell + GITS: Standalone Complex, Cowboy Bebop, Serial Experiments Lain and Ergo Proxy are all scifi but amongst my...

        If that's the case, @guts' suggestions are pretty great, IMO. Ghost in the Shell + GITS: Standalone Complex, Cowboy Bebop, Serial Experiments Lain and Ergo Proxy are all scifi but amongst my all-time favorites and are universally praised for good reason. Vampire Hunter D, Hellsing, Samurai Champloo, and Berserk are also absolute classics. Mob Psycho is by ONE, the creator of One Punch Man, so you will probably dig that too.

        As for my previous suggestions, I would advise avoiding Naruto + Shippuden... they have some more mature themes but overall are quite juvenile (plus, the filler episodes are usually pretty shit). Fullmetal Alchemist + Brotherhood you would likely enjoy though as they deal with a number of quite mature themes, including the incredibly dark main event that kicks off the whole series. And I would also add Psycho Pass and Tokyo Ghoul to the list as well.

        p.s. I struggled with Attack on Titan too. Though in my case it's more because I have read the manga, which is about 5-6 seasons ahead in terms of story and is much better than the anime.

        1 vote
        1. [3]
          Grand0rbiter Link Parent
          Thanks for the reply. I will check those. I don't want long animes too. Like those that never ends. I think Naruto is more like that, right? I prefer to focus on finished series.

          Thanks for the reply. I will check those.

          I don't want long animes too. Like those that never ends. I think Naruto is more like that, right?

          I prefer to focus on finished series.

          1 vote
          1. guts Link Parent
            If you want to watch Naruto without fillers look for Naruto Kai.

            If you want to watch Naruto without fillers look for Naruto Kai.

            2 votes
          2. cfabbro (edited ) Link Parent
            Both Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden are done now, but yeah they are 200 and 500 episodes respectively, so can take quite a while to get through and have a ton of annoying filler episodes in them....

            Both Naruto and Naruto: Shippuden are done now, but yeah they are 200 and 500 episodes respectively, so can take quite a while to get through and have a ton of annoying filler episodes in them. Most everything else guts and I listed are also finished and are much more reasonable in length series or are films though, so should be what you're looking for. Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are probably the longest of the bunch at 50 and 64 episodes but they are quite good and don't have too much filler in them, unlike the Narutos.

            And no prob... hopefully you find something in there you can enjoy. :)

            1 vote
  3. [2]
    Heichou Link
    I'll always recommend Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. The first season is a bit slow but it ramps up quickly. My Hero Academia is an extremely solid shounen as well. Jojo is a good bit more mature while...

    I'll always recommend Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. The first season is a bit slow but it ramps up quickly. My Hero Academia is an extremely solid shounen as well. Jojo is a good bit more mature while Hero Academia has serious moments but likes to be lighthearted every now and then as well

    1 vote