Anime Spotlight: The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War

The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War was a four-week anime special that aired on Japanese television from August 28-September 18, 2016. These episodes, which feature an original story by manga author Nakaba Suzuki, are available for viewing in the United States on Netflix.

While The Seven Deadly Sins anime ended in a way that set the stage for another season, these episodes are not set after the end of the anime series. Instead, these episodes fill in the time skip that takes place at the end of the anime series. The first episode is flashback heavy, to remind the audience of what happened in the last episode leading up to this point, and Hawk is the main character focused on. The second episode has a focus on Ban, the third on Diane and King, and the final episode on Merlin and Gowther. However, after the ending credits for each of the four episodes, there’s a running storyline focusing on Dreyfus and Hendrickson.

While the first three episodes focus on a lighthearted story that provides some small character development, the final episode is the most important of the four in The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War. At the end of the last episode of The Seven Deadly Sins, we see Meliodas and the others heading out to find the final member of The Seven Deadly Sins, as well as Gilthunder and Howser discovering that there’s another danger lurking in the shadows. The final episode of The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War offers the explanation for Gilthunder and Howser’s discovery, which also appears to be the catalyst for why Meliodas and the others are trying to find their final comrade.

The tone and storytelling of The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War fits in perfectly with The Seven Deadly Sins anime series. As a viewer, it was easy for me to jump right back into the world of this anime, and it felt as if I was seeing the return of an old friend.

My only real complaint is one thing I noticed with the animation in these episodes. There were a few instances when a door was opened that it was very obvious that the door was CG animated. I don’t recall this being the case with The Seven Deadly Sins anime series, so these shots in The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War just stood out too much to me. Outside of the jarringly noticeable CG animated doors, though, this felt like a smooth continuation of the anime series.

If you enjoyed The Seven Deadly Sins, I would recommend watching The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War. It allows you to see more of the characters and their world, and these four episodes are just as endearing as the anime that preceded it.

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