Anime Review: The Seven Deadly Sins Season 1 (2014) by Tensai Okamura

Primarily based on a Japanese fantasy manga series of the exact same name written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki, “The Seven Deadly Sins” may perhaps not bring some thing new to the vast plethora of shonen anime coming out from Japan, but consists of sufficient components to deem it a rather entertaining title.

The series starts in a tavern named the Boar Hat, run by the seemingly young owner and a rather foul-mouthed, speaking pig named Hawk. A risky seeking but also rather scruff knight enters the tavern, causing a ruckus with the consumers, who assume he is a single of the Seven Deadly Sins, the strongest of the Liones’s Kingdom&amprsquors Holy Knight orders that have been branded as wanted criminals for supposedly betraying the kingdom ten years ahead of. It turns out even though, that the knight is in fact a young lady named Elizabeth, who is searching for the Seven. The owner aids her evade a Holy Knight who appears to be on her heels, and learns that the Holy Knights staged a coup d&amprsquorétat and took handle of Liones. The revelations continue as Elizabeth is confirmed to be the third princess of the nation, though the owner is in fact Meliodas, the Deadly Sins&amprsquor captain and bearer of the Sin of Wrath, who is significantly older than his look suggests, not to mention a serial groper who can’t leave Elizabeth alone. At some point, the 3 of them leave the region, on a gigantic pig that turns out to be Hawk’s mother, in search for the rest of the Sins. Diane, a giant girl with a complicated about her size, Ban, a narcissistic and rather violent man, and King, who is in enjoy with Diane, all former Deadly Sins, steadily join their ranks.

Tensai Okamura implements an general narrative style that appears to draw intently from “One Piece” even though the setting right here is a medieval/sword-and-magic a single rather than focusing on the sea and pirates. As such, the title emerges as a single addressed to little ones for the most component, regardless of the truth that the fan-service in the presentation of most of the female characters and Meliodas’s continuous groping of the rather sultry Elizabeth (even in front of her father at a single point) points towards a far more “mature” audience.

This method in fact extends to the slapstick humor of the series, with Hawk getting the principal supply, specifically in the way he curses other individuals by calling them pigs. The exact same applies to Keigo Sasaki’s character design and style, specifically for Meliodas, who is a kid in terms of look, and the general backgrounds and colors, all of which are rather vibrant and vivid.

Regardless of the general cheerfulness, beginning with the arc in Necropolis, the series requires a far more dramatic turn, which becomes even far more intense closer to the finish of the season, as the background of some of the villains, that are sooner or later revealed as victims, as significantly as Elizabeth’s story, come to the fore. At the exact same time, the battles turn out to be far more and far more intense, with the final arc unquestionably getting or of epic proportions, involving lots of characters and many battle stages, in a style significantly reminiscent of the excellent moments of “Naruto”. The general animation of A-1 Photographs finds its apogee right here, with the only factor missing getting for a person essential to die, in order to add a bit far more drama, and subsequently effect to the story. Also of note is the enjoy quartet that is sooner or later shaped, involving Meliodas, Elizabeth, King and Diane, as significantly as the frequent backstory of King and Ban, in two components that add some far more depth to the story.

Regardless of the addressed-to-young children premise of the series, “The Seven Deadly Sins” in fact emerges as a title that can be effortlessly watched by older viewers, specifically for its battles and drama, in an general rather entertaining and straightforward to watch anime.



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