The "Seven Deadly Sins," a group of evil knights who conspired to overthrow the kingdom of Britannia, were said to have been eradicated by the Holy Knights, although some claim that they still live. Ten years later, the Holy Knights have staged a Coup d'état and captured the king, becoming the new, tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. Elizabeth, the king's third daughter, sets out on a journey to find the "Seven Deadly Sins," and to enlist their help in taking back the kingdom.
Nanatsu no Taizai won the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards in the shounen manga demographic category, alongside Yowamushi Pedal.
The series has been published in English as The Seven Deadly Sins by Kodansha Comics USA since March 25, 2014; in Spanish by Norma Editorial since September 26, 2014; in French by Pika Edition since March 19, 2014; in Italian by Star Comics since March 29, 2014; in German by Carlsen Manga since March 17, 2015; and in Brazil by JBC since March 21, 2015.
Edit: I have finally dropped this manga after 100 chapters of drudging through it. At least I can say that I gave the series a chance.
If you take damsels in distress, Deus ex Machina plot writing, overpowered protagonists and bad guys doing bad guy things for the sake of being bad, and you wrap that up in some blatant fan-service to top it all off, what do you get? Traditional, mainstream shounen material. If you enjoy Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Fairy Tail and the like, then you might enjoy this manga series, as well. Nanatsu no Taizai offers a narrative
not that far off from your average action/adventure shounen series, the likes of which only children and newbies to anime/manga would fall in love with. I've been hearing that some people suspect that Nanatsu no Taizai will be the "next big thing" in the shounen universe, and honestly, I wouldn't be surprised. It's so similar to all those other popular shounen out there that it hurts. I don't really understand why so many people still eat this kind of crap up.
Story - 4/10
Nanatsu no Taizai (or "The Seven Deadly Sins") is about a band of legendary knights called the Seven Deadly Sins who have been framed with the crime of allegedly assassinating the Great Holy Knight of the kingdom of Liones. And thus, the rest of the Holy Knight army branded them traitors. History says they were eradicated by the Holy Knights, but rumor has it they still live. Ten years later, princess Elizabeth, the adopted daughter of the king of Liones, goes on a search for the rumored Seven Deadly Sins because she has discovered that the Holy Knights are trying to overthrow the kingdom. She soon stumbles upon a guy named Meliodas, and finds out that he is (or was) the leader of the legendary Seven Deadly Sins; known as the Dragon's Sin of Wrath. Ultimately, both she and Meliodas begin on a journey to collect the rest of the Seven Deadly Sins and try to stop the Holy Knights' tyranny.
Frankly, I think Nanatsu no Taizai, while relatively decent, is a very stale, banal, and overall generic action/adventure shounen series, with various tropes often seen in its genre. Its premise is utterly trite and unoriginal by itself, where an overpowered protagonist meets a princess who, more often than not, is depicted as a defenseless damsel in distress and oftentimes needs to be protected and/or rescued. This trope is demonstrably overused and obsolete, and it really is a wonder why many writers still use this degrading plot device, in this day and age.
And lest we forget about the obnoxious amount of Deus ex Machina plot writing within this series. The kind of plot writing that essentially ensures that the protagonists never fail and that the antagonists never prevail, even when the protagonist is on the brink of death, surely bound for defeat. For example, just about every time Meliodas is about to die, some unexplained demon power (or something) revives him, or when the Sins are about to lose to one of the antagonists of the series, Elizabeth is suddenly revealed to have healing powers out of nowhere. With that said, this series, like just about any other mainstream shounen, is laid bare as evidently contrived. Nanatsu no Taizai conforms heavily to conventional shounen ideas and provides nothing short of typicality.
However, that's not to say that the series isn't at least somewhat interesting. To the contrary, Nanatsu no Taizai does contain various concepts that can perpetuate the attention of some. Notions such as loss, deception, revenge, teamwork, difficult decisions, etc. While much of the series is very clichéd, we are still presented with a half-decent narrative, as well as a fair amount of action, to boot. But even so, this series, to me, mostly feels like just another shounen trying to be like all the others, and it isn't interesting enough to make me want more, personally. Although I may not have finished the series, I have in fact gotten far enough into it to surmise that it probably won't be much different from this point on.
Character - 6/10
Nanatsu no Taizai's main cast of characters are pretty much your average cardboard cutouts. You've got your quasi-tsundere (Diane), your trap (Gowther), your overpowered half-demon protagonist/pervert (Meliodas), your damsel in distress princess (Elizabeth), a child character who's actually hundreds of years old (King), and a sadomasochistic immortal (Ban -- Okay, this one's pretty original actually). While all this may be true, the characters are still rather charming and likable, in spite of their general banality.
The antagonists in the series seem like generic, one-dimensional bad guys who are merely evil just because the writer made them that way instead of providing good reasons for their inimical behavior, with ideals on par with wanting to be super powerful or wanting to rule the world. They feel very uninspired and vapid. I should also note that the antagonists sometimes seem to obtain random, obnoxiously overpowered abilities from abrupt plot devices that were never once mentioned in the entirety of the series until that very moment, such as Hendrickson's overpowered demon abilities obtained from a Gray Demon; a being whose existence was never even remotely hinted at until that exact point in the story, probably just to give the antagonist the advantage for the time being. This kind of plot writing is rather ludicrous.
Let's not forget about the ever-overused talking animal trope. You know, like Happy from Fairy Tail, Kon from Bleach, Chopper from One Piece, etc. This time around, it's a talking pig named Hawk. What is this, the magical girl genre (considering the trope is also quite common there)? It pretty much makes these shounen series seem even more childish than they already are.
One bit I'd like to touch on is the backstory of some of the characters. So far, we've been introduced to Ban's past, as well as a dual backstory of King and Diane, among other relatively small, vague tidbits of flashbacks from other characters. I actually really enjoyed King and Diane's backstory quite a bit. I think the idea of the perception of time isn't used enough in story writing. This segment in the series shows us a bond between a young giant and the king of the fairies who takes care of her as they live together for hundreds of years. In Nanatsu no Taizai's lore, giants and fairies have a very long lifespan, so when they meet humans, it depicts for the reader just how short and precious human life truly is. I personally think that the backstory segments are the best part of this series.
Art - 7.5/10
I actually enjoy the art style quite a fair amount. It has a simple yet detailed look to it. I also like the environmental designs, such as the kingdom, and how they indubitably accentuate the Britannia-esque world. On the other hand, I've noticed that some of the character designs look reused. Many of the characters have the same facial design as other characters and the only real distinguishable details are hair and clothing. You can also kind of tell that the mangaka might have been somewhat inspired by Akira Toriyama, to some degree. If that is the case, then that's pretty cool but ultimately unoriginal. All in all, Suzuki Nakaba is a pretty good artist. As a story writer, however? Not so much.
Enjoyment - 5/10
Of course, my enjoyment isn't very high with this manga. I feel that Suzuki-san borrows far too many ideas from orthodox shounen material and hardly does anything different with them. I don't necessarily dislike the series, per se, but I don't like it very much either. If I had to describe Nanatsu no Taizai in a single word, it'd be mediocre. I found this series through a video from a Youtube channel that I frequent. The Youtuber was quite ecstatic at this manga getting an anime adaptation, so I decided to check out the series for myself. I found it to be quite the disappointment after how hackneyed it turned out being. All things considered, Nanatsu no Taizai certainly isn't anything new or fresh, and it really is a wonder why anime/manga like this are still going strong.
"The Seven Deadly Sins" is a shounen action/fantasy manga that seems like it would be about as generic of a story as you could imagine something in this genre being. But only at first. It certainly clears that up quickly by introducing a world and a complex cast of characters that are anything but generic.
Beginning with a meeting between a princess and a man with a childlike stature acting as a barkeeper, the manga begins with the duo deciding to find a powerful group of warriors known as "The Seven Deadly Sins" in order to defeat the evil that has overcome the kingdom's monarchy. What
is soon revealed is that the barkeeper is no ordinary person, but actually the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins, Meliodas, the Sin of Wrath. He is a legendary (and might I add, incredibly overpowered) warrior who the Holy Knights of the kingdom of Britannia (yes, it's not a creative name) has claimed was responsible for the death of the Great Holy Knight. Holy Knights are basically the strongest protectors of a nation, and the Great Holy Knight is the strongest out of all of them. The Seven Deadly Sins were originally allied with the Holy Knights, but ten years ago, everything changed and the members split up as they fled from the Holy Knights. Now Meliodas and the princess named Elizabeth begin their search for the other Seven Deadly Sins.
Still sounds like a fairly generic setup, but trust me, that doesn't last long. So what makes it unique? Aside from the characters, the complexity of the world is slowly showed to the reader in a way that will keep you focused and wanting to know more. This story hides an incredible amount of detail from reader, dangling it just out of reach, but not too much to the point of being annoying. It makes you wonder many things:
(1) What are the sins that each of the Seven Deadly Sins have committed? This is a huge part of the story and one of the most interesting features of the main characters. Even the other main characters do not know what sin each of them has committed, and they don't ask. So far (as of 82 chapters into the story) only two have been revealed so far, which is done in lengthy side chapters. The reason I'm mentioning this in so much detail is because the first one to be shown in chapter 25.5 is one of my absolute favorite backstories ever (and I'm a huge sucker for a good, emotional backstory). It also creates one of my favorite couples in a long time.
(2) Who are the real villains in this story? Most of the people of Britannia and the Holy Knights initially believe that the Seven Deadly Sins are the villains and that the Holy Knights are the heroes because of what happened ten years ago. However, that's not how the Seven Deadly Sins and Princess Elizabeth see it. But just because they are the protagonists does not necessarily mean they are really good. If you think the main characters are going to be similar to something like how the Straw Hat Pirates in One Piece really are good and are just seen as being bad because they're pirates, keep reading and you'll see how conflicts in that belief will arise.
(3) What the hell is up with Meliodas' power? It's obvious he's incredibly strong, but... Well you'll know what I mean when you get to the end of the Byzel arc.
And those are just a few of the questions that I wonder the most. Given that each of the Seven Deadly Sins is incredibly strong beyond belief, and most of the Holy Knights are as well, it creates some of the most intense battles I've ever seen in a shounen battle story. Every fight in this manga is exciting and the outcome is unpredictable. Despite being very overpowered, the main characters do lose and do underestimate their opponents because of their power.
While the Seven Deadly Sins as well as many of the Holy Knights are very interesting and unique characters, Elizabeth is about as boring of a female protagonist as you can get in a shounen manga. She's your typical damsel-in-distress and only has a couple useful moments. There are mysteries surrounding her, but aside from being the catalyst to start the story and a motivation for Meliodas and the others to spring into action, she hasn't done very much so far and has less fighting skill than the talking mascot pig character, Hawk.
As for the art, it starts off a little rough but eventually settles into an excellent groove. This manga has some of the most detailed battles I've ever seen in a shounen manga. The character designs are also interesting and good. Despite being ecchi, it never pushes it too far and only has it as a backdrop occasionally with Meliodas' perverted side and the occasional ripped clothes in a battle. The scenery of the fantasy world of Britannia is also beautiful. The world has a Middle Ages' European style as many fantasy stories do.Each town is unique and shown from a distance before the characters enter it (and sometimes destroy it).
What I originally thought would just be another typical "find some allies and beat the bad guys" story turned out to be a much more complex tale then I could have imagined from the cover. The characters, the world, the art, the mysteries. It's all excellently executed. Despite the beginning being a little slow, Elizabeth's uselessness, and some other issues here and there, this is one of the best shounen action stories I've seen in a while. Plus it's still got a long ways to go. With an anime announced sometime in the future, hopefully this manga will continue on for a long time and be able to fully show what the world of "The Seven Deadly Sins" really has to offer.
Nanatsu no Taizai is one of the more recent manga I’ve read, and i must say, when i first saw the trailer for the anime (which i saw before reading the manga) i was skeptical, it didn’t look too good, something about the faces i think... but after giving the anime a shot i liked it, and then i started reading the manga and i loved it.
let’s skip the mandatory plot synopsis, and jump right in. the first thing i liked about the plot was the main characters’ situation, how they are considered traitors and are constantly moving forward, it helps keep the pacing
up and the story progress since they are always chased by somebody else, but also at the same time they have their own agenda and goals, so it’s not like they’re just being pulled along through the plot but are actively moving it forward. Another thing i like is the setting, its set in a fictional kingdom (though based on a real one) in a medieval period and it has couple of pretty imaginative locations. But the plot isn't perfect, obviously. it suffers from something i don’t think I’ve seen in a while and that’s 'deus machina because i said so' syndrome, sometimes i had no clue why certain things happened and while it does feel a bit contrived it was never a too bad as to make me want to stop and I’ll now explain why: in a different review i mentioned something i called short burst effect - in which you start a new series and you binge read it, and when you can’t binge anymore cause you reached the last chapter and have to wait now, if a series is still good after you've had time to calm down and read something else, is the true mark of a good running manga - and Nanatsu no Taizai is just that. No matter how many plot holes there were i never got mad at it, cause Nanatsu no Taizai doesn’t try to sell itself as anything other than fun, and fun it is. i became immersed is what I’m trying to say, i liked the characters, the fight scenes, the general plot and how it progressed. that’s the main reason i gave it such a high score because despite its fuck ups, if a series can immerse and make you care about it, you can forgive it, it’s like a good friend - they may not be perfect and have their flaws but if you like hanging out with them you forget about that stuff, so to conclude this drawn out section - Nanatsu no Taizai, despite its flaws, became like a good friend for me because it’s fun.
The thing i like most about the characters is, and i don’t think I’ve seen this very often, i found something i like about every one of the main cast - the sins and even the plot princess Elizabeth. while the sins are in their own right...how to put this?...ridiculously OP (over-powered if your dense) but despite this they don’t come off as invincible and while each one individually could beat almost any other character one on one, the sins are traitors (duh!) and are bombarded by strong enemies in large numbers and that gives a sense of threat, making the characters a bit more vulnerable and real (as real as they can be for OP badasses). Another thing i really like is the sins...well, sins. Each member of the seven deadly isn’t a representation of their sin, they are merely given a sin based on the nature of their crime. For example, while a character may be the sin of wrath he isn’t some hot-headed spiky haired dipshit, it’s just that the crime he committed he committed out of wrath and may he himself usually be very calm, as one would be if they were as powerful as him. while we haven’t seen all of them yet the series shows the characters history, showing us what their sin is and how it connects to the plot, which i really like, we haven’t seen many of the sins backstory yet, but i found myself caring much more for the characters that did have their backstory told, which is a pretty amazing feat considering how unrealistic this characters are in terms of ability, and sometimes personality. The characters all have great chemistry and just seeing the relationship and dynamics between two characters can be hilarious and also very interesting.
there’s not much i have to say about the art itself, its pretty good. as i said, when i first saw the characters in the anime pv i didn’t like it too much, but it grew me and then i was able to appreciate it, since although some characters designs aren’t really to my tastes, generally everything is well drawn and professional. the thing i find most likable about the art is just how much fun its feels the artist had drawing it, especially during the fight scenes, which are way over the top, but since they still have a sense of scale and the characters still struggle against strong opponents a lot of the crazy moves or attacks still have impact.
Some more stuff:
this didn’t really fit into any category but i still wanted to say it, the thing that i think i love most about Nanatsu no Taizai is although it’s not trying to be anything more than just fun, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t try at all, i get a sense that the author really cares about his work and that’s what make it really great for me.
So to conclude:
Nanatsu no Taizai is fun, and by not trying to be more than that and making itself really fun it ends up being more than that, and so i wholeheartedly recommend Nanatsu no Taizai.
Originally aimed primarily at the young male demographic, shounen manga today is consumed around the globe by old and young, male and female alike. However, shounen has been bombarded with numerous series trying to breakout throughout the years, causing saturation. Few are able to be prominent amongst their contemporaries. Regardless, "The Seven Deadly Sins" (七つの大罪) written by Suzuki, Nakaba, is able to unify many clichés creating a unique narrative that can only be experienced firsthand.
The tale begins within a rowdy bar ran by a short-statured man, Melodias, and his talking pet swine. Wasting no time, Suzuki takes advantage of the bar's chatter and introduces
"The Seven Deadly Sins," through bar gossip, as a group of rebels who previously tried to overthrow the current kingdom. After a chance encounter with Elizabeth, a young girl roaming the lands, the readers, as well as Melodias, learn of her intent of locating the notorious seven in hopes of opposing the unjust Holy Knights who are oppressing the commonfolk. Melodias quickly reveals himself to the wandering girl as one of the rebels after her honesty and kindness shines in the face of death. And thus, the two embark on a journey to reunite the remaining outlawed revolutionaries in order to "save" the kingdom from its own knights.
A cliché to say the least. In all honesty, this introduction can easily give the wrong impression of the work as "lazy" or "boring." The plot is expanded as the chapters progress through the mangaka's use of literary technique. Suzuki incorporates multiple point-of-views to give a voice to each character and is not afraid to utilize shounen staples such as flashbacks and information dumps. However, it is not done carelessly, but rather organically. The story flows in such a way that using this formulaic approach does not degrade from a reader's satisfaction. Plot is kept lively and ever-so entertaining despite common literary tropes and pitfalls. "The Seven Deadly Sins," is not a narrative masterpiece by any means, but manages to stay refreshing and consistently enjoyable throughout its many chapters.
The characters, for the most part, are varied and distinguishable amongst themselves. It is not uncommon to relate personalities of this series with those of another shounen only to conclude similarities between, however, to suggest these similarities act as a detriment is not reasonable. Within the context of the series, each character Suzuki introduces is overflowing with canonical back-story and personal voice. Personally, I found myself disliking certain characters early on only for them to go under gradual development and progress to roles I also grew to enjoy (or even dislike more intensely). The parallel happens as well, where strong, likable characters change for the worse as the story advances. From the manga's main cast to the vast supporting personae, the conflicts derived between individuals create memorable scenes for the readers to enjoy.
As for the artwork, "The Seven Deadly Sins" does not disappoint. The manga is only in its infancy, however in just a short period of time it became evident that Suzuki is constantly growing his illustrations. Each page is filled to the brim with minute features, from the landscape to the characters themselves, the mangaka utilizes all frames to his best ability. Action sequences are fluid and incredibly comprehensive, characters are animated to suit their nature, and each grandiose set piece is given life vibrantly. For example, you'll know the scale of an army as it approaches its destination in such detail that it invokes the scene's direness and hostility to the reader. Not only is that amazing in itself, but Suzuki continually manages to use that technique in his art to further develop the plot and characters. It is great to say the least.
Overall, "The Seven Deadly Sins" provides yet another enjoyable journey filled with resolve and determination. Suzuki may have utilized ideas and techniques prevalent in other works, but does so in such a way that remains fresh and exciting chapter to chapter. If you are a fan of shounen, this manga surely will give you some sort of amusement. If you aren't a fan, giving it a chance is up to you. Ultimately, "The Seven Deadly Sins" set out to create an enjoyable tale for those willing to listen, and I feel it has accomplished that goal while humbly continuing to achieve it.
If you're looking for a decent shounen, this is a good pick. It's fun, enjoyable, and appeals to those who desire it.
Nanatsu No Taizai (Seven Deadly Sins) has many interesting characters that make you laugh like crazy one moment and bring you to the edge of your seat the next! Let’s carry out a detailed analysis of the seven main characters that make the Seven Deadly Sins.
You may have noticed some references to the legends of King Arthur in Nanatsu no Taizai. You might be surprised to learn how deep these connections run: every Sin has an Arthurian legend equivalent. From kings to gods, read on to find out who’s who in the Seven Sins of the Round Table!