The Seven Deadly Sins is an anime series based on the manga by Nakaba Suzuki. The series was produced by A-1 Pictures and was directed by Tensai Okamura. It aired on Japanese television from October 5, 2014-March 29, 2015. Netflix has acquired the license for the English release of the series and streams The Seven Deadly Sins as a Netflix exclusive. As of this writing, FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American home video rights for the series.
The Seven Deadly Sins is set in a medieval style world, specifically in a region known as Britannia. The Seven Deadly Sins is a band of knights that disbanded after being accused of plotting to overthrow the Liones Kingdom. 10 years have passed since the disbanding of the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Holy Knights have staged a coup, captured the king, and are now tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. Elizabeth, the third princess, embarks on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins so she can ask for their help to take back the kingdom.
Even though from the description it sounds like a completely serious show, it’s rather comedic in nature with drama mixed in. The comedic element is very apparent at the end of the first episode, when it’s revealed that a young looking and short guy is the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins. Of the six Deadly Sins that we meet in this series, several of them look completely different from what others would have expected of them. Hawk, a pig who accompanies Elizabeth and the Sins, also serves as a source of comedy.
But even with its mix of comedy and drama, The Seven Deadly Sins provides a compelling story with twists, turns, and surprises that keeps the audience interested in what’s going to happen next. The character development that’s presented in the series also adds to the audience’s interest. The pacing and progression of the story also works well. With me, there were episodes where I found myself thinking that it went by faster than I thought it did because I was so engrossed in what was going on. The series has just the right pacing which helps to make it easier to binge watch and lose track of how much time has been spent watching it.
The animation in The Seven Deadly Sins is also decent, and the animators really capture the look and feel of a medieval world. I was also impressed with the distinctive designs for the characters (however, credit for that is due to Nakaba Suzuki, the creator of the manga).
All in all, I was rather impressed with The Seven Deadly Sins. And with the way it ended, it was obviously being set up to make it possible to produce a second season.