So the main story starts some years after Meliodas and his Deadly Sins (who are the baddest mamma-jammas around) are accused to murdering the Grand Master of the Holy Knights and betraying the kingdom and in their efforts to escape, they may have taken out a metric ton of knights in the process. So to get back on track slightly, after a slightly long intro, we start our story in a tavern called the Boar’s Hat, run by a young cheerful guy and his talking pig, Hawk.
That’s right. I didn’t stutter.
A talking pig.
That’s what’s up.
So the locals still shudder at the thought of and talk about the Seven Deadly Sins in fearful voices with their wanted posters of all of them plastered everywhere. Basically, the foreshadowing is intense. But that’s what’s great about this series is that it continually only ever reveals enough to keep you invested. Never does it give it all away for free.
When a beautiful girl stumbles into the tavern and asks for information on the Seven Deadly Sins, the locals freak out and run, alerting some nearby Holy Knights. The cheerful bartender on the other hand, is completely undisturbed and after a small scrap with the Knights that desolates an entire hilltop, they finally exchange introductions. The girl is the sweet and kind Princess Elizabeth, who needs the help of the Seven Deadly Sins in order to free her father and the kingdom of the tyranny of the Holy Knights. The bartender on the other hand, reveals himself to be Meliodas, the Dragon Sin of Wrath.
While I’m fully aware that maybe I’ve broken my own rule about delivering spoilers a little bit, I can assure you I’ve only done it as far as the first episode. The rest is left up to your own misadventures as Meliodas agrees to help Elizabeth find the other Sins and help reclaim the kingdom.
That’s the plot in its nutshell, and while it seems somewhat basic, it’s not without its twists and turns that really draw you in, not just into the story but also in the development of the characters. Because as Meliodas and Elizabeth (and Hawk, do not forget the talking pig) travel around, righting the wrongs of the Holy Knights and finding the Sins, we’re given insight to each of their origins and it is not without a hit right in the feels, as strong animes tend to do.
The attention to these details of backstory and understanding what motivates each character is really what makes this series one to watch. In the same way that other popular anime series like ‘Fairy Tail’ tend to do, it finds that fine balance between action and letting the audience know why the action is even happening. For me personally, I would recommend this series simply for one character called Ban, who is my absolute favourite, and has an undoubtable streak of madness in him that I find just entertaining. But his origins also manage to provoke all sorts of hits to the emotions, making him one of the better reasons to watch.
As I mentioned before, this show tends to find balance pretty well, including between serious action and humour, sometimes even making a mockery of some of the violence that appears. And it’s the humour as well that really is maintained in the series, which might be more to do with Netflix creating this as opposed to the more stereotypically intense style of Japanese created anime. So I think this light-hearted approach is a lot more faithful to the original content and makes it something a little more special for viewers.
So that brings us to the end of another session in the anime corner. Just like always if there’s an anime you would like to recommend, or have me review a series, or even just want to pop in and say hey, please get in touch @ThatSamWest or @npcityradio and I hope you enjoy.