The Seven Deadly sins was an anime I picked up on a whim. I never thought that I would get as invested as I was in the compelling story that manages to manifest itself. Netflix did a fantastic job in picking up this series, as without them I would’ve probably never been so invested. There’s currently only one season available, with a four episode OVA planned to release sometime soon. However, within this first season we get a fascinating glimpse into the kingdom of Liones. Along with Liones, we get to examine the smallest bad ass of the bunch, Captain Melodias.
The plot is pretty simple. The realm of Liones has been taken over by its former protectors, The Holy Knights. The Knights have diverged from the path of righteousness and taken with them their dignity. After being wrongfully framed for killing the captain of the Holy Knights, Melodias and his group of sins left the capital, never to return again. Several years later, the princess Elizabeth wanders into the Boar’s Hat tavern looking to reunite the Sins and save the kingdom. From there, she and Melodias go on some awesome adventures and challenge the Holy Knights at every turn.
The thing I love the most about the show is easily Melodias. Maybe its the fact that I’m a sucker for heroes that are secretly the most powerful character around, but I think it’s done well. Sometimes, this Superman syndrome can be taxing. It removes elements of death and drama from the idea of the viewer, and often limits the capability of telling a compelling story due to the lack of tension. The coolest thing about Melodias is the fact that he looks so young and unaccomplished. When you see him destroy a town, beat down a strong opponent easily, or flex his muscles, it’s thoroughly entertaining.
Each of the collected Sins also shows their merit throughout the series. Ban and King are particularly interesting, while Diane does get a bit annoying sometimes. Each finds their place, and ultimately feels needed through the conclusion of the show. While I do wish it was longer, possibly keeping up with the anime, a complete arc is told. For now, I suppose that’s the most we can ask for, while hoping that Netflix plans to resume production on the anime. On top of all this, the art style is lovely.
What keeps you captivated is how well everything is done. Blood and gore and tampered by a childlike imagining of the Sins and the world around them. Pacing is solid. For the most part, there aren’t too many episodes that feel like a slog. The earlier episodes have to build a lot of story and history, and they do a great job. All of this is complimented by a fantastic score that will have you bobbing your head. The Seven Deadly Sins is definitely an anime worth watching, with easy access on Netflix (exclusively) I’d recommend picking it up whenever you get a chance.
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