The Seven Deadly Sins and the Three Rules of Anime

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.

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One thought on “The Seven Deadly Sins and the Three Rules of Anime

  1. I totally agree with your assessment of Seven Deadly Sins! The anime has sparked so much interest from me due to the story, but I refuse to watch a show with so much fan service. At times, I can handle questionable content if it was placed for a specific purpose or the action can be blamed upon the animators for capturing a scene that should be in kept in private. For example, Aldnoah Zero has a bikini scene where the main cast of female characters are sun tanning on the outside of their ship, and whenever I skip over this five minute short I remember that they are teenage girls just trying to be teenagers in the midst of a deadly war. Also, they wore the clothes that they did for a sun tan and had no intention of encountering any men. However, with Seven Deadly Sins, the groping and inappropriate sexual behaviors cannot be justified in my book at all.

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