There are those who wonder if casting magic is an act of abnormality or an act against God? There are some amines that play out this concept showing mages as the villain or those creating murder and chaos with their magic. Some animes go as far as showing mages as anti-heroes using magic to save those that were once against them. In The Seven Deadly Sins the characters hold a bounty on their heads end up being the ones saving the world from destruction.
A World in Peril
Set in the realm of Britania. The Seven Deadly Sins were a group of Holy Knights that were accused of plotting against the Kingdom Liones. They were defeated by the Holy Knights who took the King prisoner and took over as ruler of the kingdom. Ten years later, the third princess Elizabeth goes on a quest to seek out The Seven Deadly Sins to help free her father and save her kingdom.
Diana is a giantess with a crush on the leader of the group Meliodas. She is the snake sin of envy being jealous of humans for being smaller then her. She later envies Princess Elizabeth for forming a close bond with Meliodas.
Ban is the fox sin of Greed and became immortal after drinking from the fountain of youth hidden in the land of the fey. He allowed the Holy Knights to imprison him feeling guilty for the death of King’s sister being unable to save her.
King also known as The Faery King Harlequin is given the grizzly sin of sloth. His job is to protect the Fey kingdom but was imprisoned after not preventing another fey from killing humans. During his absence of the Fey kingdom his sister was left in charge until her death.
Meliodas was the captain and leader of the group before going into hiding and is now the owner of the pub called The Boar’s Hat. Meliodas is a demon given the sin of wraith along with a dragon tattoo. The tattoo locks away the demon residing inside.
Merlin despite being female is well-known in legends for being the aide to Author giving magical assistance and council. She gains the boar sin of gluttony after allowing her world of magic to be destroyed to advance her own magical knowledge.
Gowther is the goat sin of lust. He is a doll created by Merlin while she was gaining more knowledge in magic. He enjoys traveling the world and learning from books thinking that he is human. He seeks knowledge knowing that it can be a powerful entity.
I enjoyed the anime and wish that there was a second season to help fil in questions that were left unanswered from the first season. I would give the show a seven out of ten rating based on character creation and the story arch. Each character had their own story, and each were unique showing how they relate to the sins they were given. It’s interesting that only one sin which was pride was human while the others were a different supernatural being.
What the anime was lacking was keeping the main story on track while revealing the different characters backstory. The anime was only one season and trying to cover eight characters lead to plot holes and a rushed job going over what they were known for given their crimes in the past. The anime was well-known for their fight scenes mixing magic and humor to keep the audience entertained.
Furthermore, the anime plays on human characteristics and what makes a person a hero instead of looking out for themselves. Despite being famous for crimes they didn’t commit in the end, they return from hiding to save the kingdom that saw them guilty of treason. The anime show that there is a hero inside all of us but in the end its our choice when deciding what is more important saving our own skin or saving the life of others.