Anime Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) (2015)
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Director: Tensai Okamura
Distributor: Funimation Entertainment
Runtime: 600 minutes
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Availability: On Blu-Ray and DVD, buy on RightStufAnime or Amazon
Elizabeth, the third Princess of Liones sets out to find the Seven Deadly Sins, an order of knights made up of the most despicable knights in all the kingdom. She is searching for them to battle the Holy Knights that have taken over the kingdom.
Traveling in disguise, she stumbles across a tavern called the Boar Hat and meets the young owner after he helps her after she passes out. Pursued by the Holy Knights, she inadvertently gets him involved, only to learn that he is the Captain of the Seven Deadly Sins, Meliodas, the Dragon's Sin of Wrath. Together, they set out to find the other Sins, Diane, Ban, King, Merlin and Gowther, and Escanor.
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The Story (Spoiler Free):
The story of The Seven Deadly Sins is very cliche on the outside, the Princess searching desperately for the rogues who supposedly did horrible things. The pervy male lead, the clingy, jealous giantess, the lazy but good fairy king, the greedy jerk with a heart of gold, the mysterious female mage, and the emotionless smart guy.
Even if many of these character tropes are cliche, they're still very interesting characters and that's why I like them. The plot is also very well done and even though some complaint about how predictable it is, I still enjoyed the story overall and I found it to be very entertaining and it kept me watching, and I couldn't wait to see the next episode so I could find out what was going to happen to all the characters.
A-1 pictures did an amazing job with this anime. the animation is very fluid, the fight scenes are very well done and I like the character designs. The animation looks especially good during the one on one fight scenes between various characters. It looks good throughout the entire anime and the world designs and art style are very appealing and I can clearly remember various characters because of how they look.
The Japanese voice track is great, but I'm primarily focusing on the English dub of the anime, and it's terrific. Bang Zoom picked an excellent voice cast for the characters and the actors did a fantastic job as their characters.
Bryce Papenbrook does a great job as Meliodas. I will admit, I'm on Brice Papenbrook overload because I'm currently watching voice act in him Durarara!! X2, Fate/Stay Night and Attack on Titan, but he brings his A game to this role, giving Meliodas both comedic and seriousness to his character, that and he's mastered the art of very loud screaming as can be seen from other roles he's played.
Cristina Vee is delightful as Hawk, the animal sidekick. Being a pig, the character can't do much, but Hawk is still an important member of the group and gets his chance to shine much later in the series, and Christina Vee is also excellent in this role as she's great at portraying the character in the anime.
Erika Harlacher does a great job as Elizabeth Liones, but the fact that her character's main job is to be the damsel in distress is cliched and annoying. Fortunately, she goes through a lot of character development and is a much stronger character by the end of the first season, but the cliche is still annoying.
Ben Diskin portrays all the different sides of his character when he voices Ban. Ban is a character that embodies the jerk with a heart of gold trope and he gives an excellent performance. I like how Ban and Meliodas play off each other and their dynamic is really fun to watch.
Erica Mendez does a great job as Diane, portraying her character's jealousy over Meliodas and Elizabeth's relationship. I also love her interactions with Max Mittlerman's King, I think their relationship is really adorable and fun to watch.
Max Mittelman's portrayal is interesting when it comes to King. There are multiple facets to his personality and character and I like that even though he may seem lazy, there's a lot more to him than just one trait and his relationship with Diane and the fact that he just can't spit it out makes the two of them adorable.
Erik Kimerer is very interesting in his role as the aloof and eerily emotionless Gowther. What makes his character so interesting is that he's very different and more aloof than the others, and his powers are very different than the others.
Lauren Landa is excellent as Merlin. She doesn't appear until much later in the series, but she did a great job and I like her character a lot.
Robbie Daymond voices the primary antagonist Gilthunder, and like the other characters, there's more to him than just being the cliched evil villain, and Robbie is very good in his role, and he makes a great antagonist.
Kaiji Tang is also very good as Hendrickson. He's also another important character on the antagonist's side and he did a great job in this anime.
Gilthunder fighting Meliodas
Soundtrack, Openings, and Endings:
Hiroyuki Sawano's musical soundtrack is good, but it doesn't exactly stand out, but the music does sound good and fits the tone and mood of the story, but unfortunately, I can't recall any particular musical themes outside of the opening and ending songs of the anime.
The first opening for The Seven Deadly Sins is "Netsujō no Spectrum" (熱情のスペクトラム) by Ikimono-gakari. It's a very good opening that sounds really good and gives you that sense of adventure.
"Seven Deadly Sins" by MAN WITH A MISSION gets you really pumped up for the episode and gives off the exciting vibe that, yes, this episode is going to be awesome.
"7-seven-" by FLOW x GRANRODEO gets you all excited and pumped up for the next episode. Season" by Alisa Takigawa has a very soothing and hopeful tone, and you'll need it for the latter half of the anime
"7-seven-" by FLOW x GRANRODEO
The Perv Jokes Get Old Really Fast:
One main criticism I have of the anime is that Melodas is a perv, and not just that he talks about girls in a pervy fashion, he tends to grope them, a lot, not that I get "offended" by this as a female fan of anime, I'm used to fanservice and so I expect it. In fact, Melodas' perverted behavior is a running gag becomes annoying because it's funny the first few times and then it's like, "Okay I get the joke, now it's old!" and now it's unfunny.
Unfortunately, it also can reinforce the perception that anime is just a bunch of pervy jokes and that every single anime is always like this when it comes to fanservice and gag jokes, and it could possibly turn off new viewers from what is a very fun and enjoyable anime to watch.
Not Everything is Eplained:
Another flaw of the anime is that not everything is explained, such as how the Seven Deadly Sins got their powers, and how magic works in the world. but with a second season coming, there should be more explanations.
It's also too bad we don't even see Escanor, and I was hoping we'd see all Seven Sins, fortunately, he'll be in season 2 so I have that to look forward to.
What Doesn't Work:
Not Everyting is explained
Melodas' constantly groping Elizabeth for laughs becomes an annoying gag.
Engaging world building
Overall Grade: A-:
With a stellar story based on Arthurian legends with a fun and engaging cast, excellent animation from A-1 pictures and another great English dub from Bang Zoom Entertainment, The Seven Deadly Sins is a series that is so much fun, especially if you love fantasy anime like I do. It does, however, have a lot of anime cliches that might turn off some people and the Meliodas is a perv gag wears out his welcome, fortunately it does stop after awhile, and not everything is explained completely, but I had a fun time watching this anime and I recommend it to anyone who has a Netflix streaming account.
If you watched the fansubs already, please support the official Netflix stream since the Japanese do look at the viewing numbers from official sources and not fansubs sites. I found this out by listening to a Funimation podcast on Anime News Network so even if you just get a free trial of Netflix just to watch this show, the official creators are paying attention. The viewing numbers are enough right now that they've already started making season 2, so officially support the stream.
There are also multiple language tracks and subtitles to choose from.
Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War the four episode OVA has been uploaded to Netflix February 17, 2017. The second season comes out this year.
Funimation has licensed Seven Deadly Sins for home video release. I've pre-ordered the discs for my collection.
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