Koga and Souma meet more Saints at the Palaestra.
Koga and Souma arrive at the Palaestra, which is hidden by a cloaking field (or something) in a forest; they’re greeted by a headmaster, former Bronze Saint Geki, and allowed inside.
Koga and Lionet meet a couple other Saints – they make fast friends with female Saint Aquila Yuna (and yes, female Saints still have to wear masks as in the original series) and fast enemies with Swordfish Saint, Dorado Spear.
Spear keeps acting like an asshole bully, especially to Yuna, so Geki allows a little duel between the two of them in a coliseum so they can settle their differences.
She’s victorious, then says something along the lines of: “Screw this stupid mask tradition. I should be able to do whatever I want!” and from now on, she no longer wears the mask.
We’re still early in the series and in character introduction mode – here we meet Aquila Yuna, who looks like she’ll be the brains of the operation. The Hermione, if you will.
I liked the fact that Geki is one of the Palaestra’s headmasters. He was a minor character in the original series, and now he’s finally getting more to do. Maybe he’ll even get fleshed out a bit more, or is that too much to ask?
But speaking of Hermione, the school setting definitely makes me think of Harry Potter or that Yu-Gi-Oh! show with the dueling academy. I’m not really into it, and I wonder if between that and the simplistic character/Cloth designs, maybe the intended audience of Saint Seiya Omega skews a little bit younger than the other Saint shows.