The Seven Deadly Sins: Season One Review

Netflix has been building a collection of exclusive material over the past few years and one of their acquisitions is The Seven Deadly Sins, an adaptation of the fantasy manga written by Nakaba Suzuki. The first season consists of 24 episodes that tell an epic tale set in ancient Britannia, in a world where demons, fairies, giants, and other monsters are very real and living alongside the humans. The world is a mixture of medieval life with armored knights and scenes of pure fantasy. One of the main characters travels about in a tavern strapped to the back of a giant green pig. For certain, the world of The Seven Deadly Sins is full of surprises.

The overriding of theme of The Seven Deadly Sins is undoubtedly what makes someone a hero or a villain? At the beginning, we are told that the titular Sins are a group of powerful knights that betrayed the kingdom of Liones and are the worst criminals in existence. Fighting against them are the Holy Knights. However, as the season goes on, the question of who is evil and who is good quickly becomes confused. We meet six of the Sins via Elizabeth, a runaway princess trying to save her kingdom from the Holy Knights who are supposed to be protecting it. She stumbles across Meliodas, captain of the Seven Deadly Sins and owner of The Boar Hat tavern; the bulk of the season follows the pair as they seek to reunite the former comrades.

One of the biggest surprises is that the Sins look nothing like you expect; instead of appearing monstrous, they all appear mostly normal, and in some cases they look like children. A running theme throughout the series is people expressing disbelief that these are the real Deadly Sins because they don't look like their reputation. Another recurring theme in the first season is that almost every character we meet has hidden depths, for better or worse, that are revealed over time.

Visually, The Seven Deadly Sins is beautifully animated. Each scene is full of vibrant colors and each character has a distinctive look about them. Everyone uses a distinct style of magic during combat, which makes the many fighting scenes very entertaining to watch. If the series has one weakness, it is that it features a great deal of fan service, mostly between Meliodas and Elizabeth. It has the habit of appearing at random moments and occasionally it can spoil the mood of a scene, but it never comes across in a malicious way. There's also the unexpected introduction of King Arthur and Camelot late in the season; the character is well done like all the others, but his arrival comes out of nowhere and is somewhat jarring to the flow of the story.

The first season of The Seven Deadly Sins is an enjoyable ride that is sure to please fans of the fantasy genre. The story moves along from episode to episode and always keeps the audience guessing as to what is coming next. It has some minor flaws, in particular too much fan service, but it's overall a great start to the series.

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