Dragon Saint Ryuho (Shiryu’s son) is introduced and fights Koga in a sparring match.
On a foggy night, Koga leaves the Palaestra for the Sanctuary (in Greece) to get some clues on Saori’s whereabouts. He bumps into the Dragon Saint, Ryuho, who’s heading in the opposite direction.
Ryuho is the son of former Dragon Saint Shiryu and his lover Shunrei – both characters from the original Saint Seiya.
Koga changes his mind about leaving and immediately heads back. We get some more school scenes and Ryuho joins the “friend gang” of Koga, Souma, and Yuna.
Also in school is Hydra Saint Ichi. Like Geki, he was one of the minor Bronze Saints in the original show. He’s forced to train in the Palaestra with the younger saints because he’s having difficulty mastering his Cosmo element; his classmates treat him like a 30 year old that’s still stuck in high school.
Ryuho challenges Koga to a friendly sparring match that – as in the last episode – is sanctioned by the Palaestra’s faculty. It’s a close match, but Ryuho ends up winning by using his father’s Rising Dragon attack.
More school stuff, and another main character introduction. Despite Ryuho being the son of Shiryu, he reminds me a lot of Shun: soft, kind-hearted, yet still able to kick ass. I like the familial connection to Shiryu and finding out what he’s been up to since we last saw him. He’s lost 5 of his senses (he had 7 or so) from a fight with someone, and Ryuho’s trying to find a way to get them back.
I liked that Ichi was brought back. Looks like he’s going to have a much bigger role here than in the original series, where most of his appearances were just cameos. Omega should start cooling it on its references to its parent series, though, while it’s still trying to establish itself.
I wasn’t impressed by the fight in this episode, but it was short enough that it’s no big deal. At the end of this episode we hear about an upcoming tournament that will be held in the Palaestra. Maybe the fights will improve as they become more of the focus in Omega.