Jun 202017
 

Once again I’m talking exercise material: this time it’s The Seven Deadly Sins, a fairly typical shounen anime based on a manga by Nakaba Suzuki. The obvious formative influence on this one is Akira Toriyama. The art hews so closely to Toriyama’s style some of it almost seems traced, and the show plays out like a linear combination of Dragon Quest and Dragon Ball Z.

By this I mean there’s a Euro-medieval fantasy setting where the fights are usually one-on-one affairs where the points don’t matter and the power levels are always going over NINE THOUSAAAAAAND. Naturally the fight scenes also frequently serve as opportunities for the combatants to reminisce about their tragic pasts. It’s all entertaining enough if you turn off your brain and don’t try to construct a consistent picture of how strong anyone is relative to any other character.

Fanservice is at typical levels. Women dress absurdly skimpily unless they are evil, and the main character is a gropey pervert at whom women nonetheless constantly throw themselves. If you can’t stand that kind of shit consider yourself duly warned.

The one thing the show does well is pulling off well-built reveals, though it’s really best to hit the show without having watched any of the promotional materials. The first episode’s reveal of its Sin is skillfully done, and the late reveal of what’s actually up with Gilthunder is both clever and satisfying.

The first season resolution hinges on mysterious new powers being revealed at the last minute, which is a little disappointing, if typical. The “second season” on Netflix seems to consist solely of 4 completely disposable episodes that serve as an interlude between major arcs. They tie up a few loose ends from the first season but can otherwise be skipped without regret. Then again, the same could be said of the whole show.

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