Lucifer, an Archangel and former head of the Seven Heavenly Virtues, is banished from Heaven after revolting against the Lord's will.. While plummeting from the skies, she is halted halfway between Heaven and Hell after crashing through the roof of a high school church. Though she is witnessed by Maria Totsuka, a soft-spoken student at the academy, Lucifer swiftly continues her descent into the depths of Hell.
Soon after her arrival, Lucifer is found by aspiring Demon Lord and fangirl Leviathan. The two decide to overthrow the Seven Sins, the authorities of Hell under the leadership of Belial. But with their combined powers, the Seven Sins are able to repel Lucifer and contain her divine powers by placing a Garb of Punishment over her body, transforming Lucifer into a Demon Lord.
Longing for revenge and accompanied by Leviathan, Lucifer makes her way back to Earth, where she forces Maria to become her immortal slave. Together with her new accomplices, Lucifer sets out on a mission to subdue the Seven Sins so she may be free of the curse brought upon by her Garb.
Well its been a while since i've seen something with this much uncensored glory... Just kidding. but it is one of the few new seasonal anime that fulfill this desire of mine. Basically this anime is a ecchi, uncensored fanservice oriented anime. And thats all there is to it. If it were rated my my own standards it would get a 10 just because uncensored stuff is so hard to come by in 2017. But of course... it ain't my standards you wanna see so here goes.
Its honestly not that bad. Yea it's redundant (sorta), yea it replays some very overused elements from other
ecchi animes, but If it were a standalone plot not considered in context of the anime's before it, then yea its a good story. Its not executed super well like some other amazingly ecchi animes with great plots, but plot wise this does make the cut of a fairly good plot. It has a storyline, it has a a protagonist and an antagonist, as well as a twist at the last episode so its not entirely trash. But then again keep in mind this was made to be fanservice, so cut the plot some slack.
Okay, I originally was going to give it a 10 just because... well things... okay just because of the uncensored tits, but then I looked past that (wow, so uncharacteristic) and i did have some complaints with it. First off, a solid 9/10 for uncensored titties and good quality art that comes from new technology and such. One point off for 1 thing: cutting corners/getting lazy. I dont know why, but the animation as the anime progressed got worse and worse. less actions were being animated, and it was pretty clear that the producer/animator wanted to get this over with. It was annoying and a small thing, but it was still persistent enough to bother me, especially in the last episode.
Gave it an 8, I don't really watch anime to listen to sounds. The voice actors were good I guess, nothing was really bad about it. It was more the ending song that bothered me. Its a personal preference but I just didn't like the way it sounds, and who was singing it. Other than that though...it was good.
Well... its good and bad. On the good side, there is a certain degree of character development for most of the characters, all the main ones as well as a good few side characters. Designs were great with the suits and stuff. On the other hand, the character development is pretty short, and not exactly well written to a point where it is believable. But what do you really expect with an anime geared toward fanservice? what? no one cares? yea i thought so... sadly
Personally I enjoyed it. There are alot of things that could have been improved, there are alot of things that could have been done better, but overall, I enjoyed watching it. Again, a big factor in this is the uncensored-ness. It wasn't executed in a way that the great ecchi animes were, so I didn't enjoy it perfectly, and also the laziness at the end really bothered me.
Also I didn't like how there wasn't a male protagonist, or even a male sub-character to bask in the glory of all that uncensored goodness. I would like for that to be there
Watch it for fanservice and you will like it. Watch it for plot and you probably won't. It's one of those kinds of anime. Personal grading is pretty much 3 for ecchi plot+ 2 for fantasy genre+ 5 for uncensored titties (ahem, i mean art) makes a good 10/10. but yea realistically, 1 for plot+ 1 for character +2 for art +3 for ecchi = 7/10.
This just isn't an anime for everyone, and certainly not one you want to watch with your parents.
Every media, every anime has it's sins. In this anime...seven isn't enough...
Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai, not to be confused with Nanatsu no Taizai the shounen anime, is a fanserviced up to quite literal hell about the Seven Deadly Sins, more specifically how Lucifer became the Leader of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Demon Lord of Pride by tagging along and more or less torturing an innocent church girl by the name of Maria Totsuka.
Before LA gets to sinning this anime, LA would point out the few, albeit "good" things Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai did. For one, the anime has shown it's research into Hell
in many aspects, from the Demon Lords as to how the Demon Lords of Melancholy and Vanity are even here which calls back to Eight Evil thoughts by Evagrius Ponticus and why Envy isn't a Demon Lord yet and the most obvious artistic liberty Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai did is with Dante's Inferno by referencing Cocytus as well as the Gates of Hell a la Circles of Hell. Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai's artistic liberties and referencing of Christian Hell is by in a ways a good alternative look into Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai's world and this draw adds into some of the Demon Lords. As such the Demon Lords Satan, Belphegor and Astaroth are probably the best character developed focused episodes as well as the most likable characters as they kinda followed suit to their symbolism to their sins respectively with Astaroth being LA's favourite character just from her likable personality as well as the best episode focused on her in this entire series however...she has her flaws but that a bit later.
So, to sinning this anime. This anime is inconsistent as hell pardon the pun, but from episodes where yes they focused on the Sin of the Week, the inconsistency arises the quality of the episodes in question from outright horrible viewing experience to all-round good episodes and this affects the Sins in question as well. The Sins to fall victim to this are Asmodeus (Lust) because yes...the Lust episode is EXACTLY what you think to happen in a TNA anime, Mammon (Greed) for it's quality control broken (mainly the rigid fight scenes and plot stupidly off putting) and Mammon's development is rushed to all hell and Beelzebub (Gluttony) for being the reverse symbolism of her sins lore and being a rather fillery episode for her. Next sin and this is more obvious to a certain character and that's Maria, the tag along character and one of the main narrative-focused characters in the anime, she's a plain Mary Sue, that's kinda a problem in the outset but the biggest problem lies in the fact that she's tagged along for the ride and her motivations or development only concerns Lucifer nothing else...a perfect definition of a one-note character and she stands like this for the majority of the anime. Next sin goes obvious to the TNA part of this anime and it's all over the place, what's worse?...it's censored with these spinning red glyphs that gets in the way of it, LA gets WHY they did it, to make people buy the uncensored Blu-ray vers. of it but this practice pretty much needs to stop even in these ecchi-fest anime, as there is just no point when ohhh LA doesn't know, how about when we see violence here such as someone being stabbed in major detail (with blood pouring out of the stab wound) to some torturous BDSM imagery and fetishes shown in "subtle detail" <LA looks at Charon & Circles of Hell> and THAT isn't censored yet TNA is, but yeah it's for the sales right?...geez this anime's censorship has Greed's prints all over it. Next sin would go to Leviathan (Envy), she's the psycho lesbian of the anime and is completely in love with Lucifer but has to contend with Maria thus her envy, she is just an annoyance every scene she's in and she NEVER changes (though her psycho lesbian tendencies goes from yandere to tsundere), nonetheless one of the most annoying characters in the series. Next sin would go to Belial (Vainglory) and her motivations and backstory of her really, she's a one-note villain much like Maria is a one-note main protagonist, her motivations are just soo one-note it just makes her villainy all the more apparent and just to say "I'm the MAJOR VILLAIN...right?", her backstory feels half-assed in many aspects though some of the symbolism "saves" her but not enough, if you think Maria is bad as a bland character, LA thought Belial was much worse. The last sin would go to the ending in some ways, as much as it wanted to go out in a bang, the anime just found new ways for LA to question this notion, as such making us pity Lucifer to Belial and even Maria but was kinda undone by the finale anyways in many aspects and worst off was make Astaroth be a yes man to Belial but LA won't put THAT against her as again "symbolism" saved her from the disdain LA had towards the ending...NO the pure scorn LA had for this ending came in form of Maria and that "miracle" of an ass pull ending.
In terms of animation by TNK and Artland, the animation has it's high points with very exotic character designs (sans Belial's Gnosis outfit) and some of the backgrounding was very well done in some areas. Where the animation fell flat is in it's non-impactful battles as they mostly rely on beam-spamming to perspective-focused shots when some battles needed a wide-angel view of the impact, it is in a ways cutting corners for the battle scenes and probably next to the censored TNA, the battle scenes were lacking. To say the least, LA wanted to end the animation talk a bit more gracefully as it was mediocre to slightly above average at times but from what LA heard, Artland filed for bankruptcy, making this their last spurt...saddening but inevitably due to the reception Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai got.
In terms of voice acting, ok so for Spring 2017, you know how LA had been hinting on Akane Fujita's voice acting, well her as Leviathan was probably the worst LA has seen her as, yes her annoying tendencies were THAT bad, but the worst voice actor would go to quite easily Megumi Toda as Maria, she was just straight up bland in most of her performance in which LA doesn't blame the voice actor as she didn't have much to work with but nonetheless. Ohh Shizuka Ito, LA wanted to like Belial and Shizuka Ito's prima donna villainy vocals weren't enough for LA to say that this is one of her most narmy and displeasing roles LA had seen from her (right next to her role as Suzuna Hiiragi from Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou (anyone remember that atrocity?)). On the brighter note, Azusa Tadokoro as Astaroth, Eri Kitamura as Lucifer, Arisa Sakurada as Satan and Ai Kakuma as Belphegor were all great as their characters with Azusa Tadokoro being LA's favourite voice actor no matter how little screentime she got. Overall as much of a mixed bag of voice cast this anime has, the vocal work was ok if you withstand the "moaning" if you know what LA means...
Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai is as much of an inconsistent mess as much as it's plot and as much LA likes the symbolism of this anime to the few likable characters given, it's "symbolism" and it's few developed to likable characters are NOT enough for LA to give it the grace LA would had given it. To be frank this anime like it's inconsistency fell into lots of titles for LA, from one of LA's guiltiest pleasures of Spring 2017, to one of the Top 3 worst animes of Spring 2017 to just "meh ecchi series" and really the fatal blow to Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai was it's ending that caused LA to say that Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai belongs in the Top 3 Worst Animes of Spring 2017 for LA, it has glimmers of a good TNA guilty pleasure anime with some Dante Inferno Sin lore but ultimately those glimmers were not enough for the mess of a plot, bland to annoying to lacking character development to half of it's cast, unnecessary censorship, lacking animation, how mean spirited it is and that asspull of an ending.
Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai tries to be an anime with fanservice FIRST before having a plot to go with it, which is odd considering all the research they did to make the Seven Deadly Sins lore as well as the fanservice being obviously marred by the stupid censorship and "crossing the line twice moments". But you just can't expect much from an anime where the focus is primarily on the forced TNA and Blu-ray sales.
Which Circle of Hell would Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai be best put in? Fourth or Fifth?
Trying to keep up with the story feels like trying to keep up with a mental institute all out of meds while you're being stabbed in the brain with a fork.
The art and sound actually qualify for a whooping 8 but it's by no means consistent, it starts at 9 and slowly declines as the season continues to pollute your grey matter. After the first two episodes nobody keeps watching for anything other than the nudity since that's the only enjoyable thing you've seen at that point but then you've already seen half the nudity of the season because it starts trying to lean on
the story instead of the one thing that made it worth watching at all.
Ah this story is hard to describe... after the first episode I wanted to rate the story minus 5 billion because it was just randomly thrown together scenes, however after some time it is made clear that underneath it is an actual plot. Around 20% of what happens is actually somehow related to the plot, even if it's done in absolutely retardedly incoherent, inconsistent and illogically roundabout ways. The characters are beyond saving because every action they perform is to either get caught in tentacles that somehow dissolve their clothes or they attempt to do something related to the story. I do give a single point for the actual plot but it's buried beneath a mountain of idiocy.
My advice: Just go watch hentai instead, many of them have a story that is at least coherent and the scenes go those important 3% further.
sin: Nanatsu no Taizai began as an erotic and revolutionary hentai anime, however the quality dropped as time went by.
If you're looking for an anime with deep plot, this is definitely not it. But if you love hot girls with supernatural powers fighting it out while stripping each others' clothes off, this anime is for you, at least the first half.
The underlying concept of an all girls anime with extremely lewd, erotic scenes and yet no explicit sex has rarely been done before, and Nanatsu no Taizai was so well executed I was really amazed by it at first. The lewd outfits and erotic scenes
including tentacles and aphrodisiacs rivals hentai anime, indeed, this anime turned me on more than any hentai ever has.
However the animation, story, and even erotic content decreased in quality as time went by, and ended with disappointment. I don't know much about directing anime and storyboarding, but the poor animation and still frames in the last few episodes really stuck out. I loved the erotic content so I didn't care for the story, but because even the erotic content was lessened, there was nothing to save the anime in the end.
I was a big fan at the start, and I still love the erotic scenes in the first few episodes that are even better than hentai, and so I still recommend watching the first few episodes, but watching until the end might not be worth your time.
I still give it a high rating of 8/10 for the first few episodes, because I had never seen anything else like it.