The Seven Deadly Sins: Season Two - Signs of Holy War Review
It should be noted from the start that season two of The Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix is not a typical season. Subtitled Signs of Holy War, it is only four episodes long and really serves as more of a stop-gap between season one and season three. It almost seems like these are the story pieces that didn't fit into the first season, so they were split off to create a miniature season. However, despite the short length, there are some major story developments that help to set the stage for the next season.
Season two is set sometime after the conclusion of the first season, when the kingdom has come together to celebrate a festival. One of the cool things about this short season is seeing the Sins interact with characters who were enemies for most of the first run, most notably Lord Gilthunder.
It also gives the series a chance to tie up some loose ends with several characters. For instance, now that the fight with the Holy Knights is over, Ban and Meliodas settle their own differences in a fight that predictably ends in a draw. Elizabeth and the other Sins are all revisited as they take part in the festival, giving an idea of what everyone is up to now that the danger appears to be past.
The best thing about season two is the hook it provides for the upcoming season. While each of the episodes focuses on Meliodas and the rest of the heroes, at the end of each episode there's a short scene that focuses on a mysterious figure crossing the countryside. In a shocking twist, this character is revealed to be Dreyfus, who is in search of Hendrickson, both of whom are supposed to be dead.
Keeping these pivotal moments at the end of each episode is a good way to maintain interest in where the story is going. Combined with this revelation and small hints spaced throughout the season, it sounds like the next big conflict will come from the demon clan, which Hendrickson seemingly unleashes from imprisonment.
Despite being short, season two of The Seven Deadly Sins did a great job setting things up for the next story arc. There was plenty of humor, the animation was as good as ever, and overall it was a short, enjoyable ride.