Rebecca O’Brien continues her reviews of The Seven Deadly Sins by looking back at the recent third season on Netflix.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments was released on Netflix as the third season of the popular anime series and is by far the best installment to date. The story picks up where Signs of Holy War left off and sees the Seven Deadly Sins pitted against the Ten Commandments, an elite squad of demons that received their powers directly from the Demon King.
I find it fascinating that the heroes of the story are named for the classic vices, while the villains are represented by what are normally considered righteous commandments. And yet, when you look at how each side uses their abilities, it makes perfect sense. For example, the Sins use their abilities of Pride, Wrath, Greed, etc. to do the right thing (even if they have to be pushed to do so). On the other hand, the Commandments’ powers are represented by the ideals of Piety, Truth, Faith, Pacifism, Patience, Love, Selflessness, Reticence, Repose, and Purity. Each Commandment takes their respective virtue and corrupts it, twisting it around so that it hurts rather than helps. The first Commandment the Sins engage is Galand, the Commandment of Truth. If anyone lies in Galan’s presence, they are immediately turned to stone. Unlike the Sins, which can choose when and where to unleash their powers, the Commandments are absolute and can never be broken.
This season also does something new by adding power levels into the equation. While never addressed before, it seems everyone has their own unique power level, and part of the season revolves around the heroes training to raise their power up so they can fight the Commandments without getting instantly killed. This is the part of the season I liked the least, since all the talk about power levels reminded me too much of Dragon Ball Z (a series that partially revolves around its characters getting stronger by any means necessary).
One of the strengths of Revival of the Commandments is that it contains a lot of twists. Plot details that were only hinted at in season one are suddenly expanded upon, and more than once you find yourself questioning if anyone is actually who they say they are. In particular, we learn more about the childhoods of Diane, Ban, and Elizabeth. We also finally meet Escanor, the seventh Deadly Sin, whose reveal definitely came as a surprise. There are also some surprising connections between the Sins and the Commandments, and even now it feels like there’s a lot more to the story than what we’ve been told. And speaking of connections, I couldn’t help but notice that some of the Commandments are paralleled by members of the Sins, be it in looks or certain powerful abilities. At times they almost seem to be mirror images of one another, which makes their battles very interesting to watch.
This season has some extreme highs and lows, but while it ultimately ends with victory for our heroes, it’s an incomplete victory. The next season, Wrath of the Gods, will see the war continue between the Seven Deadly Sins and the Ten Commandments. Until then, the first three seasons of The Seven Deadly Sins remain available on Netflix.