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After the conclusion of Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, Shiori Teshirogi started a spin-off series titled Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas Gaiden ("gaiden" is Japanese for "side story" or "spin-off"). The spin-off series tells stories about the twelve Gold Saints. The majority of the episodes take place many years before The Lost Canvas, and only three are set several years after the main series.

Both this spin-off and the original Lost Canvas series are non-canonical, because they are set at the same time as Saint Seiya: Next Dimension, but they tell different stories with different characters.

Chronological List of Gaiden

According to the information from the original 1986 manga, The Lost Canvas is set around 1745.

~ Long before the Holy War ~
Chapter Age Notes
Chapter 15: The Old Twins I -260 Captions state that the prologue is set 20 years before the Holy War, and the main plot is set 240 years before the prologue.
Chapter 16: The Old Twins II -260 Second part of Chapter 15.
Chapter 10: Sagittarius -16 Captions state that the prologue is set 17 years before the Holy War, and the main plot is set one year after the prologue.
The Extra Track is an epilogue.
~ Short before the Holy War ~
Chapter Age Notes
Chapter 02: Scorpius -5 The goddess Athena is revealed at the end of the story.
The Extra Track is a prologue.
Chapter 03: Aquarius -5 Set straight after Chapter 02: direct references to that story.
Chapter 04: Cancer -5 Set after Chapter 02: Athena is already revealed. Also set just before Chapter 13, according to a reference in the latter.
Chapter 13: Aries I -5 Captions state that it is set 5 years before the Holy War. The story ends in the first 30 pages of Chapter 14.
The Extra Track is a flashback.
Chapter 01: Pisces -5 Set after Chapter 13: Aries Shion already has his armor.
Chapter 05: Capricornus -5 (Lacks any chronological reference.)
Chapter 07: Leo -5 At the end of the story, Athena is already revealed.
The Extra Track is a prologue.
Chapter 08: Virgo -5 (Lacks any chronological reference.)
The Extra Track is an epilogue.
Chapter 11: Gemini I -2 Captions state that it is set 2 years before the Holy War.
The Extra Track is a prologue set just after Chapter 13.
Chapter 12: Gemini II -2 Set straight after Chapter 11.
The Extra Track is an epilogue.
~ After the Holy War ~
Chapter Age Notes
Chapter 09: Taurus +6 Characters state that the Holy War ended since 6 years. A long flashback is set before that war.
Chapter 06: Libra +11 Characters state that the Holy War ended since at least 11 years.
The Extra Track is a prologue set before the Holy War.
Chapter 14: Aries II +14 Characters state that the Holy War ended since 14 years.
The first 32 pages of the volume belong to the story in Chapter 13. The First Extra Track is a prologue set 2 years before the Holy War. The Second Extra Track is an epilogue set about 230 years later.

Anachronisms

The stories are set around the year 1745, but the characters often wear clothes from the next centuries, as well as show advanced scientific knowledge.

  • Scorpius' chapter 2 is set in Central America, that was the Spanish colony of Mexico at the time. Instead, the bar patrons are dressed like American cow-boys from the late 1800.
  • During Aquarius' chapter 3, some eyeglasses are shown with oval lenses, but at the time all eyeglasses had circular lenses.

Anachronistic knowledge:

  • During Sagittarius' chapter, the link between Leo Ilias and his son Leo Regulus is depicted by a DNA chain, but DNA was discovered 200 years later, in the 1950s.
  • During Scorpius' chapter, he knows that the sun is a star (conversely, that stars are "far away suns"), but that fact was discovered almost 100 years later (Fraunhofer spectroscopy). Furthermore, Scorpius knows that Antares is a red giant, but that fact was discovered during XX Century (nuclear astrophysics).
  • During Aquarius' chapter, characters talk about the absolute zero temperature of -273.15 °C, that was measured 100 years later, in 1848. Furthermore, during that dialogue they talk about atoms the way science describes them since the mid-1800 Century, and an image of atoms shows them the way they are depicted since the 1930s only.