Series Name: Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins) - 七つの大罪
Year of Serialization: 2012
Author(s): Suzuki Nakaba
Artist(s): Suzuki Nakaba
Genre(s): Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Shounen
Current Status: Ongoing
Moment of Reviewing: 49th chapter
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The Seven Deadly Sins was once a group of knights consisting out of seven powerful criminals, each one of them tied with one of the seven deadly sins and a corresponding animal, in the kingdom of Britannia. However ten years ago they were disbanded and fled after a failed coup d'état. Since then none of the Seven had been seen nor heard from. In the present the strongest and largest order of knights, The Holy Knights, staged a coup of their own and threw the King in prison. One of his daughters however, Elizabeth, managed to escape. To free her father from prison and to overthrow the Holy Knights she could only find one solution: find the Seven Deadly Sins, the only group of people strong enough to match the Holy Knights in power. Almost starved to death and being chased by the Holy Knights, she ends up in a bar run by a young man named Melodias, who saves her from her pursuers and together they venture on a quest to gather the Seven once more.
I stumbled on this rough gem two weeks ago. I already said in my review of Übel Blatt that I really like this kind of Middle Ages setting combined with fantasy elements. The fact that this series is inspired by the Arthurian legends, only makes it that much more appealing to me.
Artwise it vaguely reminds me of One Piece, though that might just be me. The reason for that is that some things look a bit like a caricature, something that is also frequently the case in One Piece. Especially the way how the author draws the armors, which are quite variated, have a unique touch.
Probably my most favourite aspect is the combination of action with the occasional comical relief and some several eccentric characters with weird quirks. For instance Meliodas regularly grabs Elizabeth's boobs or looks under her skirt, but he does it without a shred of hesitation nor with a change in his regular facial expression, doing like it's something routine. Diane, the Sin of Envy, is a female giant, but regularly acts like she's an innocent little girl (one time she hid most of her her lower face behind her two pigtails with an expression that looked like she would burst out in crying because of a scolding). My most favourite character of this series however is the most eccentric one of them all, namely Ban, the Sin of Greed. A 100% twisted personality with a doesn't-care attitude no matter how serious a situation might be an acts on complete unreasonable on the edge of being insane whims. He let himself be locked up in a dungeon, being impaled by several heavy iron spikes to the wall for years simply because he didn't had anything better to do, then just simply walks out when he found something interesting, leveling the place along the way by holding an arm wrestling contest with Meliodas. He also can't hold his liquor.
Because this is still a relatively young series (if you try googling it for images, most of them are scanlated manga pages; fanart is practically non-existent), I can't make an accurate an extensive analysis of its plot, which is also the reason as why this review is way shorter then my previous ones. Currently only four of the seven Sins have been gathered and of the current ones, Ban is the only one of which his background has been elaborated on more extensively. Each of the Seven Sins carries his or her own 'sin' he or she committed and on which the Sin they are tied to is based and those all will be explained eventually. At best this series has only progressed 25%, but I'm really looking forward to see it unfold ^^
From the start it's obvious that there is some kind of conspiracy going on, however currently that's still just slumbering on the background while the plot focuses now mainly on the gathering of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Btw did I already mention that they are also accompanied by two talking neckless pigs of which one is a giant and the other is named Hork, but sometimes gets translated as hawk? :p
- Reviewed by Caliburn