Netflix just listed that the 1986 anime, Saint Seiya and Saint Seiya: The Knights of The Zodiac will not be on their platform after December 14, 2021. All 114 episodes of the anime series will be removed from the site on the last day.
This news comes as a surprise because Saint Seiya was added to Netflix in 2019, with an official new English Dub and even new English Subtitles.
Netflix started streaming Saint Seiya, in the October of 2019, with just 41 episodes. Later on, Netflix added the next 32 episodes in the January of 2020. And then again, Netflix added the final 41 episodes of Saint Seiya in the April of 2020.
This shows that Netflix. who was fully committed to the project before has started to shift away from old anime content. Just in 2021, including Saint Seiya, they have dropped 40+ different anime series, and in 2022, more anime may be dropped from the platform going forward.
Masami Kurumada published the original Saint Seiya manga series in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Magazine from 1986 till 1990. Which inspired a ton of spinoff series like Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac and more.