A recent update on the official website
) for the upcoming OVA prequel Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas - Meiou Shinwa
gives a precise release date for the first DVD and Blu-ray volume: June 24, 2009. This will be the eleventh anime adaptation of the Saint Seiya manga series, but the first one based on the ongoing prequel manga The Lost Canvas - proving that the franchise is still going strong, over two decades since its 1986 debut.
Despite being announced as an OVA, Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas will span over 13 episodes, much like a full-fledged series. VAP (Video Audio Project) is producing the OVA, while TMS Entertainment is taking care of the animation - of which you can get a fair impression by watching this shaky-cam TAF 2009 trailer
. Hopefully they'll release a proper trailer soon. In the meantime, here's the story outline as presented on TMS Entertainment's English website
When the painting overtakes the sky, the world will come to an end.
A Holy War, from ancient mythology, where the Goddess Athena and Hades have fought against each other while defending the earth repeatedly over the span of 200 years. The story takes place in 18th century Europe, 243 years prior to the original "Saint Seiya". Three small children, Tenma, Alone, and Sasha have all shared a very happy childhood together. Tenma who is quite aggressive but upstanding has moved to Sanctuary to become a saint. It is there that he is reunited with Sasha who is the sister of Alone and leans (ed. - learns?) that she is the reincarnation of Goddess Athena. Alone who is kind, gentle and loves painting was chosen for the body of enemy King Hades. Tenma eventually becomes a saint of Pegasus and engages in a fierce battle with his best friend Alone, the King of Hades. Pegasus Tenma, King Hades, and the Goddess Athena and through the twist of their 3 fates merge together which unfolds a prologue to the original "Saint Seiya".