Anime Review – “The Seven Deadly Sins”

[ Between the episodes of the ever-growing anime that is Fairy Tail, I managed to squeeze in another. So, please enjoy this newest review of the Netflix exclusive, The Seven Deadly Sins! ]

1When you mix a group of people that have special powers together, often times they are given a collective name. Just look at the X-men, Powerpuff Girls, or Crystal Gems, for example. This rule tends to also apply in the anime world, specifically the Kingdom of Leones. The Seven Deadly Sins in their world are a group of seven people with special powers as well.

While the story is simplistic, it’s the characters that really make it stand out. A young girl, introduced as simply Elizabeth, is seeking out the Sins to save her family. She comes across a quaint tavern and meets the owner, Meliodas, and his talking pig named Hawk. Events unfold quickly as the pair are forced to face down a strong opponent who claims to be a Holy Knight. Elizabeth is revealed to be the third princess of the kingdom, and Meliodas the leader of the Sins.

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Promising to help her on her quest, Meliodas travels with her using his moving tavern pig-vehicle. They quickly meet up with Diane, one of the Sins who also happens to be of the giant race. They rescue another Sin, Ban, from prison. Well, Ban actually rescues himself, due to his inability to feel pain and heal extremely fast. It’s revealed that there is a new generation of Holy Knights that, instead of training for many years, can drink a potion to give them power. Ban’s actions cause a Holy Knight in training, Jericho, to take on these new powers.

2As the group gathers the other Sins, it becomes apparent that these new Holy Knights are connected to a rather sinister plot by those that have overthrown the kingdom. This was the original reason for Elizabeth seeking the sins – her father and family are in danger due to the Holy Knights coup. Besides the coup, the usurpers seek to bring demons into the world to use as tools. But the new Holy Knights cannot control their powers well, and some become strange human-demon abominations.

Facing a number of these before racing into the capital, Elizabeth and the sins eventually3 have to face the leader of the Holy Nights, Hendrickson. This opponent is coursing with demon power, having become something more than human. The Sins gather forces, even combining with previous enemies to defeat this opponent.

At first I thought a lot of the characters were going to be cliche, especially Elizabeth. But, she reveals a hidden strength that redeems her early on. Hawk can be seen as an unnecessary character, but as true to form, he turned out to be one of my favorite, especially in the end, making a huge sacrifice for the good of his friends. It was also nice to see the Seven Deadly Sins show in a new way instead of how they tend to always be (see Fullmetal Alchemist for an example).

Final Words

While it was somewhat cliche, it was a very decently put-together anime. There were all the classic characters: the perv, the shy boy that doesn’t want to reveal his true feelings, the sap that pretends to be tough, the tsundere, and the delicate female. But they were presented in a way that didn’t make them boring. I was also glad that the giant girl didn’t have a skirt that everyone could see up when she walked around. I would have liked to see the characters have a bit more depth, though, as Elizabeth is the only one that seemed to have any of it.

I would give this anime a…7.5/10 (my rating system)

If you like this anime, you might also like: Slayers, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

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