Saint Seiya Dragon Shiryu with Dragon Cloth Funko POP
From Saint Seiya, Dragon Shiryu, as a stylized Funko POP. Dragon Shiryu (Doragon no Shiryū, “Purple Dragon“), also known as Shiryu is a bronze saint of Dragon. He is considered the most mature of the 5 heroes, and thus the wisest. As the Bronze Saint of the Dragon Constellation, Shiryu dons the emerald Dragon Bronze Cloth, a jewel among the Clothes due to its legendary defense properties. Out of all 5 main characters, Shiryū is known as the calmest and most collected. His sheer physical strength is the greatest of the Bronze Saints, with the possible exception of Phoenix Ikki. This is reflected in his ability to win numerous battles without his Dragon Cloth. Shiryu was trained at the Lushan Five Ancient Peaks in China, where he learned to reverse the waterfall’s flow with his techniques and obtained the Dragon Bronze Cloth. His mentor was the Libra Gold Saint, Libra Doko. Shiryu sports a large tattoo-like image of a green and white dragon on his back. However, it is said in the manga and the anime that it is not a tattoo but is connected to his guardian dragon star and only appears as his Cosmo is rising. Whenever his life is in danger, the tattoo-like image begins to fade away, once it completely vanishes, it is a sign that Shiryu’s Cosmo is nearing zero, and Shiryu himself is nearing death.
The Dragon Cloth is a legendary Bronze Cloth, known for its large shield on its left arm guard. The Dragon Shield is reputed to be the most resistant of all the shields, but in the manga and anime, and especially in movies that reputation is harmed. In Saint Seiya Omega the Dragon Sield is reputed to be the most resistant of the Bronze Cloths. The Dragon Cloth is based on the constellation Draco (Greek for Dragon). There are various world myths behind the constellation, although the most common is the story of the Dragon Ladon, the guardian of the Golden Fleece of King Aeetes. Ladon was stationed at the grove containing the Fleece, but was laid to sleep by the witch Medea, Aeetes‘s daughter. She does so after having fallen in love with the hero Jason, who sought the Fleece to obtain the throne of his kingdom from his wicked uncle, Pelias, and the pair escape with the golden artifact. The Draco Constellation is also associated with the dragon who guarded the golden apples in the garden of the Hesperides (a family of nymphs and the daughters of the Titan Atlas). In Mesopotamian myth, the constellation is associate with the chthonian goddess Tiamat and her mate Apsu, who were depicted as giant serpents or dragons, both were slain by the Mesopotamian Gods after the couple plotted to destroy their offspring for being noisy.
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