Before I begin, I guess I should bring up my Three Rules for Watching an Anime.
Rule 1: It’s usually better than it sounds and makes sense in context.
Rule 2: Subbed is better than dubbed only if you care about the anime in question.
Rule 3: If at all possible, ignore the fanservice. (Fanservice being gratuitous, often non-graphic sexual content)
It is with these three rules that I introduce friends to an anime, watch an anime, and critique an anime. That having been said, here is my review of the Netflix Original anime The Seven Deadly Sins.
Artistically and story-wise, this anime feels like Fullmetal Alchemist—the organized group of warrior magicians has gone corrupt, and a hero sets out to fix it. Being set in a medieval time period (think Merlin, for frame of reference), several of the characters are knights and follow some kind of code. Even the titular Seven Deadly Sins, a band of renegade knights, are at least morally sound in one aspect of their lives. However, they are not morally sound across the board.
Take for example the male lead, Sir Meliodis. Within the first episode, he dresses Elizabeth, the female lead, in a form-fitting top and a miniskirt, intentionally gropes her several times, and finds several ways to justify his actions, proving himself to be more of a pig than Hoc, his talking pet pig. And not once does he get his comeuppance—no slap across the face, no swift kick to the shins, hardly any scolding.
If you couldn’t tell, Meliodis symbolizes wrath.
Yet, despite this Meliodis is still kind to people, especially in direct contrast to some of the other knights. When one knight cuts off a town’s water supply because he was insulted, Meliodis takes it upon himself to help out where he can.
As a Christian and a writer, I base my philosophy for content in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” The story in this anime is good, but the characters, though kind, are a bit crass in their actions, and the fanservice is unnecessary and annoying at best.