What if I told you I found when Battle of Sanctuary EXACTLY settled ?
(First sorry for my bad English, and actually it is not 100% sure because I used some extra data like spin-offs, but I find this quite relevant)
Today I was really bored so I tried to make the time line of my next fanfiction. But as some events in Saint Seiya are really close one each other, I needed to find some precise dates. And I guess several fans of STS have wondered about it before, but, come on : WHEN has the Battle of the Sanctuary started, actually ?
First, I set the year. I suppose it was in 1986, and not 1987. As the first books of the Sanctuary’s arc were already published in Japan in 1986, and as it is told in Saint Seiya : Episode G that Aiolos was killed in 1973, “exactly 13 years before the battle” (it is repeated).
Then, I tried to find the period of the year in which the Battle could have been settled. For this, I used the Saints’ official dates of birth given in the end of the Sanctuary’s arc (kurumanga). As Milo and Camus are 20 but Camus is born in February and Milo in November, it can’t be for example in July, or else Milo would have been 19 and Camus 20, or Camus would have been 21 and Milo 20. So, I found a first “available” period between November 8th, 1986 and February 7th, 1987. Then, I added Shura to the equation and narrowed the result. Between November 8th and January 12th. I added Seiya’s date of birth : between December 1st and January 12th. And so on. I remembered that the settle must be in 1986, so before or on December 31st. And FINALLY, I found THAT decisive date : Lionnet Ban’s birthday. December 30th Can’t be before or else he has the wrong age, right ?
BATTLE OF SANCTUARY PROBABLY HAPPENED ON DECEMBER 30TH OR DECEMBER 31ST, 1986.
The anime didn’t went wrong with the backgrounds if that’s so : okay, the sky is really clear for a winter sky, but there are days in this period in which Greece has a quite nice and exceptional weather according to the Internet + it rains at some point of the anime - remember Saori’s dress all wet ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), and winters in Greece are apparently rainy… So yeah, it fits quite well (except that everybody wears “light” clothes like yaaaay December rhymes with summer Shiryū take off your shirt plz)
And I can even give you the time it was probably when it has begun.
According to the Internet, the sun in Greece sets at approximately 5:00 PM in December-January. In the manga - can’t remember for the anime, the Sun sets when the Bronze guys exit the Sagittarius Temple. As the sun was already arisen when they met Mū, we can say that that all this stuff may has started at 7-8:00 AM (not really logical but hey it’s STS remember). Then if we think big we can suppose that Saga died at 9:00 or 10:00 PM approximately.
CONCLUSION : BATTLE OF SANCTUARY = DECEMBER 30TH OR 31ST, 1986 FROM 7-8 AM TO 9-10 PM.
Of course, I know that if I look for more dates or details in Sanctuary’s Battle I’ll face an incoherence or more, because I guess Sir Kurumada didn’t give a damn about these details and gave some data randomly, but HEY, LET ME HOPE I DID IT, LET ME HOPE THAT I FINALLY ANSWERED THIS FUCKING QUESTION !!!!!
THEY ALL PASS NEW YEAR’S EVE DROWNING IN BLOOD DIRT AND TEARS !!! IT IS CANON !!!