Manigoldo

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This is about the character of the "Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas" series. For Cancer Deathmask in the Classic, click here. For Cancer Deathmask in "Episode G", click here. For info on the Cancer constellation, click here. For info on the Cancer Gold Cloth, click here.


Most people point their fingers as a simple gesture. Manigoldo? He wants your soul.



Cancer Manigoldo (蟹座のマニゴルド) is the Gold Saint of Cancer circa 1700's. He is one of the most cunning saints to have lived within the era, and is the pupil of Sage, one of the most powerful Grand Popes of the Sanctuary. Manigoldo appears in Shiori Teshirogi's Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas.


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The Rogue Gallery

The name "Manigoldo" (マニゴルド) is taken from an Italian origin, with the very word meaning "Rascal" or "Rogue". It is a fitting parallel to the character's origin and personality. In Cancer Manigoldo Anecdotes, the kranji for "Manigoldo" (マニゴルド)means "Executioner".

Special Techniques

As the gold saint of Cancer, Manigoldo is well versed with offensive and manipulative techniques befitting of the Gold Saint. Just like his later reincarnation, Cancer Deathmask, Manigoldo specializes in spiritual techniques much associated with death, souls, and the Underworld. In Saint Seiya: The Lost Canvas, it can be theorized that many of these moves were handed down from his Master, Sage, the Grand Pope of the Sanctuary.

"Sekishiki Meikai Ha"

Manigoldo's signature technique. Executed with one finger pointing at its target, the Cancer Saint rips the very soul residing within an individual's body and transfers it to a location of his choosing, usually the Underworld. In Lost Canvas, it is shown that even deities can fall to this move.

"Sekishiki Kisoen"

A blue will-o'-the-wisp is summoned in the palm of Manigoldo's hands, and the ball of fire incinerates all souls in the immediate area.

"Sekishiki Konso Ha"

Manigoldo gathers any and all souls surrounding him and combines them into one single deadly explosive attack. The technique is strong enough to harm even Thanatos, the God of Death, himself.

"Acubens"

A physical move. The Gold Saint latches his legs upon an opponent and pinches them in half.

Not a Judge nor Jury

Manigoldo lived his life as a young street urchin in a poor village ransacked and destroyed by the war. As a child, he developed an extraordinary talent of being able to see the souls of the deceased. Unfortunately, living in poverty and a war stricken childhood left Manigoldo jaded by life in general. In his mind, the concept of life - of his, and those around - was quite frail; it was no different from any specks of dust that could be blow away by the flow of any given breeze. His experiences have shown him that it usually came and go without much significance. This was until he met Sage, the Grand Pope of Sanctuary.

Hey, Deathmask has faces in his temple. Of dead people! Manigoldo's gotta live up to that, somehow!

While investigating a village regarding a series of crimes being perpetrated by someone calling himself "The Executioner of Death", Sage was surprised to discover a young, lone boy in filthy clothes sitting by the remains of a building. He noticed something peculiar about this child; there were, quite, literally a dozen souls surrounding his body - and yet, he did not show fear. The Pope took a moment to speak with this boy, and asked for his name. Suddenly, the child latched out at Sage with a knife and connected, tearing the Pope's holy garment and prayer beads to reveal the majestic Gold Cloth of Cancer underneath. Sage grabbed the boy and explained that his philosophies regarding life weren't inaccurate, just slightly misconstrued. Being a veteran and survivor of the last war, he himself had witnessed the lives of many of his friends and comrades extinguished. However, he understood that they had merely returned to the cosmos to be a part of a much grander design. As long as humanity realized this, they would be capable of allowing themselves to shine bright and proud. Manigoldo felt confused, but the single tear in his eye convinced him that there was something true in the Pope's words. Sage invited him to Sanctuary to learn more. The two developed a teacher/pupil relationship, and Manigoldo would manifest a powerful enough cosmos to earn the Cancer Gold Cloth from his master.

Caught In a Pinch

Some time after Taurus Aldebaran had been murdered in a battle against two specters, Pegasus Tenma decided to leave Sanctuary on a self-imposed exile. The spectre Bennu Kagaho had appeared during the final moments of the Taurus battle, and explained that the two specters who killed Hasgard were, in actuality, targeting the Pegasus. Kagaho warned the Bronze Saint that Pandora had made him a marked man, and his presence in Sanctuary will continue to cause those he associate with to pay with their lives. Taking Kagaho's words into consideration, Tenma grabbed his Pegasus Cloth and walked out of Sanctuary to avoid causing more unnecessary deaths among his peers.

"Wait, you're a transgendered… fly? How's that working out for you?"

The Pegasus Saint was soon stopped by Manigoldo, decked out in his Cancer Cloth. Tenma attempted to explain that Aldebaran's death was really his fault, but the gold saint merely laughed at the idea. Manigoldo reminded him that they were all living in a time of war -- of course there would be casualties! He was also well aware of the fact that Tenma and Hades used to be good friends, which, considering the value of the strategic advantage their friendship would offer Sanctuary, made the notion of exiling the Pegasus to be an absolutely ridiculous idea. Refusing to allow the Saints to loose a significant tool against Hades, the Cancer Saint grabbed Tenma and locked him away in a specialized holding cell.

Eventually, Tenma would be freed from prison to join Crane Yuzurihi and Unicorn Yato as they journeyed into the Forest of Death, guarded by the spectre Nasu Veronica. Once the spectre proved to be too much for the three saints to handle, Manigoldo made his dramatic reappearance. The Crab and the Fly traded blows, and the gold saint ended the exchange with his "Acubens" pincer hold that snapped the spectre in half. Veronica survived, throwing away his torn robe to reveal his majestic surplice. Manigoldo decided to relocate the fight to the Underworld as spirits, and the spectre obliged -- after all, the Saint had just made this battle suicidal on his part by giving the spectre the home field advantage. Manigoldo laughed. Not only did he not feel intimidated by the Underworld as any dead soul would be, he rather enjoyed the sights and viewed hell as something akin to a huge amusement park! Utilizing the nearby surrounding souls to fuel his "Sekishiki Kisoen", the Saint of Cancer swiftly defeated Veronica, then proceeded to move on to fight a bigger challenge: the god who command death itself, Thanatos.

Reaping the Benefits

Inside the palace of the Underworld, Thanatos was engaged in a game of chess with his twin brother, Hypnos, while discussing the current events of the Holy War. Just as the God of Death prepared to make a move in his game, a figure clad in gold armor crashed down onto the table from the ceilings above. Manigoldo, face to face with Thanatos, demanded to know which of the two was the one who commanded death -- because he owed him a punch to the face.

FYI, Thanatos: Next time, play checkers. Even backgammon will do.

Still grasping the chess piece with his fingers, Thanatos revealed that it was he who the Cancer Saint was looking for. Manigoldo immediately responded with a straight hook, but the blow could not connect -- the deity halted it effortlessly with the same chess piece. Hypnos excused himself from the room, but warned Thanatos to exercise caution as he made his exit. Amused that a human dared raise his fist at him, Thanatos brought all of the chess pieces to life and had them strike the gold saint.

Manigoldo fended off the challenge, and lounged towards Thanatos with the "Sekishiki Kisoen" technique, vowing to cremate his soul and everything he stood for with the flame of the will-o'-wisps. Unfazed, Thanatos summoned his holy kamui and ascended into the air. He began to transform the walls of the palace into a divine vortex -- one that only the gods could travel freely about without combusting into specks of nothingness from the heightened pressure. The God of Death then forced Manigoldo forward into the deadly space with his divine cosmos. Suddenly, a voice declared that he would not allow Thanatos to act as he pleased. Surprised at the sight of a human being walking freely among the vortex, the Greek god demanded the name of this new invader. It was Sage, who had arrived to aid his pupil.

Twice the Charm

The wise Sage, donned in full Pope garment, revealed that he had brought along Athena's seals with him -- the blood written on the charms by the previous Athena had blessed him with the cosmos to move in the vortex without consequences. Thanatos scoffed at the thought of being fought with ancient pieces of paper, but Sage had a greater plan in his mind. Using the power of Athena, the elder undid the vortex and forced the palace to return. The God of Death accepted the challenge and conjured up souls in the form of tearful winged skulls with his great "Tartarus' Phobia" technique, quickly incapacitating both Manigoldo and Sage with it. The Grand Pope was able to fend off the spirits with relative ease, and advised Manigoldo that the younger Crab was capable of doing the same - and more so utilize these souls to his advantage. The young Crab immediately understood what his master was referring to, and merged the souls into one cohesive point. The floor beneath Thanatos' left foot exploded as Manigoldo directed the gathered spirits into a single "Sekishiki Konso Ha" attack. Becoming irritated, the deity warned the two humans that it was unbecoming of them to act with such arrogance, as their lives were no greater than mere specks of dust. He then targeted Sage with his next technique -- the "Terrible Providence", a magnificently charged ball of cosmos energy. Before Sage could get hurt, Manigoldo jumped in and took the blunt of the attack, his gold cloth suffering damage as a result. The Cancer Saint felt vexation with being compared to specks of dust, recalling the memory of when he first met Sage as a boy and employing similar vocabulary in their conversation from then.

Sage and Manigoldo: pissing off deities and robbing dead bodies, one soul at a time.

Sage moved quickly to nullify much of the power in the "Terrible Providence", saving his pupil from certain death. Manigoldo smirked, clamoring that he was still alive. His master scolded him for recklessly leaping into danger without precaution, and for not having more reservations about throwing his life away. Manigoldo apologized, but proclaimed that even if the gods saw him as nothing more than a tiny speck in life's designs, he will still do all he could to shin brilliantly.

Unfortunately, at this point, the "Terrible Providence" had taken its greatest toll on the Cancer Saint, forcing him to drop to the floor, stunned. Thanatos attempted a second try with the technique, but found his power canceled out by the cosmos within Athena's seals. The god growled - he will not be foiled by ancient, expired notes. Thanatos lashed out at Sage, bending the elder saint to his knees while ripping nearly all of the seals to pieces. The God of Death slowly descended from the great above, and prepared another wave of the "Terrible Providence". Just as all hope seemed lost for Sage, the deity suddenly found himself struck in the face -- by none other than Manigoldo! The Saint of Cancer staggered back from fatigue, but rejoiced that he had finally managed it; he had, at least, given the commander of death a good punch to the face!

A Mask of Death

"It's finger lickin' good!"

Words could not express the rage Thanatos felt. He was overcome with infuriation at the fact that a pitiful human being had not only dared to strike him physically, but celebrated over it! With the seals of Athena no longer in effect, the god once again transformed the palace into the deadly vortex, and pulled Manigoldo towards the void. Unable to defend himself, the gold saint found his entire right leg swallowed up by the dimension's nothingness - cloth and all. Sage retaliated with the Saint of Cancer's signature attack -- the "Sekishiki Meikai Ha". The technique was able to strip off some of Thanatos' kamui, which confirmed a suspicion that the Grand Pope already had in his mind since the beginning of the fight -- that, the god's true form was actually still residing in the Elysium Fields, and that at the moment, he was actually commandeering a puppet vessel with his holy soul! Thanatos was unimpressed, but Sage explained that the "Sekishiki Meikai Ha" was a move that specialized in extracting souls out of a given target's body. Unfortunately for the saints, Thanatos was a deity, which meant drawing his spirit out would be an extremely difficult task.

Just as Sage was about to give up, Thanatos felt a second tug for his soul - from an exhausted, but still very alive Manigoldo! The young Crab expressed that he always had a strong distaste for the God of Death since he was young, and that punch to the face from moments ago was easily the most satisfying thing he had ever felt in his entire life. Manigoldo then thanked his master for all the times they've spent together; he was truly grateful that he chose to go to Sanctuary with him. With both Cancer Saints smirking ear to ear, the two men unleashed a combined effort of the "Sekishiki Meikai Ha" technique. Even a powerful god like Thanatos could not drive the two saints back. With all of the kamui - his source of power - removed from his puppet body, Manigoldo latched onto Thanatos by the throat and declared that, without the blessing from the deity's holy soul, this vessel and the gold saint himself would both now become dust. The Cancer Saint then ordered his gold cloth to return to its rightful owner, and combusted into oblivion along with Thanatos' body.

The Seal of the Century

Manigoldo was dead, leaving Sage to finish up matters with Thanatos. The Greek god, now appearing before the Pope in full spiritual form, ridiculed the younger Cancer's sacrifice as foolish. Yes, he destroyed one body, but what was stopping him from using someone else to serve as another vessel - for example, Sage? The Pope lamented his pupil's death, but assured that it will not become a wasted effort. The god laughed in response and jumped into Sage, causing the elder to scream in pain as the spirit attempted to steal his body. It would not be more than a moment later that Thanatos realized something was very wrong. Sage, bloodied, ripped off his holy garment to reveal that he was, in fact, wearing his older brother's Altar Cloth - an armor blessed by Athena with substantial sealing properties. Sage explained that ever since the last Holy War, he and his brother Hakurei had been restoring this silver cloth to its fullest power to trap both Thanatos and Hypnos - and today was Thanatos' turn. The god struggled to release himself from Sage's body, but to no avail - Athena's seals in the cloth had overcome his own. The elder then unveiled a small treasure chest with the last of Athena's seal. Thanatos, livid that a human being had achieved the impossible and manipulated a deity for a fool, cursed Sage and destroyed parts of his body in retaliation. Sage once more promised his pupil that his sacrifice would not have been in vain, and, using the last of his strength, the Grand Pope placed the chest next to the Altar Cloth's reflection of Thanatos where the god's spirit laid trapped. The holy soul was transferred to the chest, and the seal had, at last, become complete.

Final Farewells

Back in Sanctuary, Athena and Hakurei were both present in the Pope's throne room. They felt a surge of cosmos, and discovered the small chest containing Thanatos' soul upon the seat. Hakurei recognized it instantly, and knew that his younger brother was no longer with them. Athena expressed her gratitude for Sage's sacrifice, and Hakurei assured her and his departed brother that he would complete the duties they had set for themselves.

At the twelve temples below, Aries Shion also sensed the cosmos and prepared to move to the Grand Pope's throne room to check things out. He was stopped by Manigoldo on the way, who looked up to the sky and greeted his fellow gold saint with a smirk. The Cancer Saint held the Grand Pope's holy headdress in his arms, and tossed it to Shion. It was a gift between the both of their masters. Manigoldo then vanished from view, leaving the Cancer Cloth behind in the temple. Shion realized that he had just met with Manigoldo's spirit, and for the final time.

Don't Be Crabby

While Manigoldo and his 1990's reincarnation Deathmask share the same soul and offensive capabilities, their personalities are very dissimilar from one another.

  • While Deathmask could be interpreted as evil in certain instances of the classic series and Episode G, Manigoldo in Saint Seiya: Lost Canvas was, at best, obnoxious to his peers.
  • Deathmask arguably never received his moment of nobility, while Manigoldo sacrificed his life to ensure that Thanatos was sealed for the next two centuries.
  • The chest that Manigoldo and his master Sage sealed Thanatos within would last up until the a decade before the next Holy War. During her childhood, the Pandora of the 1990's would accidentally undo the seal.
  • Manigoldo, having access to three more techniques than Deathmask, is evidently more versatile than his later reincarnation.


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Shion · Mu · Ox · Aldebaran · Abel/Cain · Saga · Kanon · Deathtoll · Deathmask · Kaiser · Aiolia · Shijima · Shaka · Dohko · Milo · Aiolos · Izo · Shura · Camus · Cardinale · Aphrodite

The Lost Canvas Gold Saints:

Shion · Hasgard · Aspros · Defteros · Manigoldo · Ilias · Regulus · Asmita · Dohko · Kardia · Sisyphus · El Cid · Dégel · Lugonis · Albafica

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Mu · Aldebaran · Saga · Deathmask · Aiolia · Shaka · Dohko · Milo · Aiolos · Shura · Camus · Aphrodite

Omega Gold Saints:

Kiki · Harbinger · Paradox · Schiller · Mycenae · Fudō · Genbu · Sonia · Seiya · Ionia · Tokisada · Amour

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