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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“Hiiro no Kakera” Review

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“No, I won’t pet your shoulder fox.”

If there is just one thing to say about Hiiro no Kakera, it is that it’s a textbook bishoujo. Literally, if you looked up the definition of bishoujo, this anime would probably be the picture example. It is full of romantic tension, and a heroine that is clueless and helpless for about eight episodes. Now, that’s not to say it’s a bad anime. Hang on, I’ll get there.

The first thing I noticed about this anime is how Dawson’s Creek-y the opening is. If you were a fan of teen dramas like Dawson’s Creek, Charmed, Gilmore Girls (basically anything on “The CW”), you’d instantly recognize the style even if you can’t understand a single word of it. The second opening is slightly better, and actually feels like an anime opening, which was somewhat a relief after ten episodes of wanting to rip my ears off every new episode.

I know what you’re thinking. “Why am I still reading this review if you hate it so much?” Patience. I’m getting there. Now, while this anime starts off very frustrating with a protagonist that has no idea what going on and seems helpless, her positive attitude tends to help her improve her situation.

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“I got this, bro-san.”

Basically, she is tasked with taking over the position of “Tamayori Princess” who is supposed to make sure something called the “Onikirimaru” (what a mouthful), which you don’t find out exactly what it is until probably episode seven of eight. Turns out (spoilers) it’s a sword. Apparently, there’s lots of oni (demons) and youkai (evil ghosts) that are drawn to this power.

Here’s the kicker – she’s protected by five super cute anime boys. They are supposed to protect her until she has realized her powers as the Tamayori princess so she can keep the Onikirimaru sealed. But, there’s another group called Logos that want to unseal it and use its powers. There’s quite a few plot twists, so I think I’ve spoiled enough for you.

To be honest, I was annoyed at how cliche it was, especially in the beginning. But the second season (ep 11-20) actually redeemed the series somewhat. Tamaki, the protagonist, does grow quite a bit, having been thrown into a situation she doesn’t like at all, and of course, there’s romance (basically a requirement in bishoujo).

Final Words

I would have to say that this was a pretty good anime. Though, it’s not my favorite genre, there are many people that would enjoy it. It’s well put together and has a cool setting, as well as excellent animation quality.

I would give “Hiiro no Kakera” – 7/10 (scale)

This anime would be great for…fans of teen dramas like “Degrassi,” or fans of romantic movies or TV shows. Seeing as it’s geared toward teenage girls, this would also be an ideal audience. Also, as this anime has a supernatural element, this might also appeal to fans of fantasy settings.

If you like this anime, you might also like: “Natsume’s Book of Friends” (Natsume Yuujincho), The Eccentric Family, and Wolf Children Ame and Yumi.

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