Anime Spotlight: The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments

The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments is another anime series based on The Seven Deadly Sins manga. The series aired on Japanese television from January 13-June 30, 2018. Netflix has the license for the English release of the series, and streams The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments as a Netflix exclusive.

This 24-episode series picks up where The Seven Deadly Sins left off… except for the fact that the first episode reveals that the final scene we saw at the end of the previous series was actually from a dream that Elizabeth has.

The overarching story of this series has to do with the revival of the Ten Commandments, who are demonized warriors who are intent on destroying the Seven Deadly Sins. They are led by a possessed Dreyfus.

With the protagonists, we see that Gowther has been causing some mischief by erasing memories, which angers Diane. While the two fight each other, Gowther decides to erase some of Diane’s “precious memories.” After a while, she loses her memories of her time with the Seven Deadly Sins, and runs off to return to her homeland. We get some more backstory for Diane during her travels.

Shortly before this, though, Ban goes on his away to leave the Seven Deadly Sins behind. His destination is the Fairy King’s Forest. King follows Ban, and it’s revealed that Ban is trying to find a way to bring King’s sister, Elaine, back to life. Jericho, a female Holy Knight apprentice, also decides to tag along with Ban. It’s clear that she’s in love with him, although Ban doesn’t return her feelings. During Ban’s travels, we get some backstory for him that’s both important and touching.

The first half of the series ultimately sees the six members of the Deadly Sins either heading their separate ways and having experiences away from the group. The ones that stay together either have things happen to them or secrets are revealed about them.

Speaking of backstory, there are also important details revealed for both Meliodas and Elizabeth. And it turns out that Meliodas’ backstory ties in very heavily with the overarching story of the Ten Commandments. We also learn a couple of details about Gowther as well.

One of the important developments during these episodes is finally meeting Escanor, the only member of the Seven Deadly Sins who had not been introduced in the series prior to this point. At night, he comes across as a weak barman, but when the sun is out, he gains a lot of strength. So much, in fact, that he comes across as overpowered in comparison to the other members of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Speaking of overpowered, the Ten Commandments came across this way as well. There were times when it seemed like one of them had been defeated and was down for the count, but then they would come back later. In some respects, it was a little infuriating to me for these characters to keep coming back. Yes, the Ten Commandments need to be powerful adversaries, but I honestly felt like they were too powerful. And near the end of the series, Meliodas was starting to come across as a “deus ex machina” in the battles he was having. With so much looking so bleak, and having Meliodas suddenly appear and take down the opponent without a whole lot of struggle, it was easy to feel this way.

When all was said and done, this series felt more like a bridge between the previous series and the story that’s yet to come. At the end of The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments, it’s clear that the story isn’t over and that Meliodas and the others have to continue fighting with the Ten Commandments and those enslaved by the antagonists. With the way the series was going, I was afraid that so much time was being spent building everything up that the ending would end up being rushed. Well, it turns out I needn’t have worried about that, since the story isn’t concluding with this series. There will definitely need to be another anime series at some point, since the story in The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments doesn’t come to an end.

Perhaps once I am able to see where the story goes from here, I will have a better appreciation for The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments. As it is now, it’s a little frustrating to have become so immersed in the world and this story for 24 episodes and not have any kind of a conclusion to show for it. Hopefully at some point, there will be an announcement saying that another season of The Seven Deadly Sins is in the works.

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