Top 20 Reasons to Watch/Read Nanatsu no Taizai
I watched Nanatsu no Taizai, also known as The Seven deadly sins last week. It had been on my watchlist for quite a long time. Finally came the moment when I got to know that I had to write about it.
This anime has me stumped. It is an amazing animated show with a fascinating high fantasy world full of interesting characters. All these characters have amazing designs. On top of all that, there is a deep lore and the fight scenes are to die for.
The choreography and animation when it comes to battle are splendid. The fights are incredibly brutal and thrilling to watch. The show also has a lot of fan service to offer.
An underlying level of serious consideration of action and the frailty of human hearts juxtaposes the show’s goofiness.
This a tale of the ancient time’s era before the human and non-human worlds were forever divided. This is the Seven deadly sins.
In this blog post, I talk about the Top 20 Reasons to Watch/Read Nanatsu no Taizai.
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The anime and Manga are complete
The show Seven deadly sins is based on the manga named Nanatsu no Taizai. The manga is complete and has been compiled into 41 Takoban. The anime as of yet has 5 seasons and is considered to be complete.
So, you won’t have to wait for the part to reveal what lies ahead in the story.
The seven deadly sins is a story about a group of holy knights from Britannia when the nation was in a progressive era. Before it, all got covered in smog and people with hatred.
The sins include fairies, giants, demons, and, of course, humans. And sarcastically, the group is comprised of a reverse loli, a bi-curious Vegeta, a Giant, a bed wetter, a red-headed boy that makes some feel things, a cam girl, and a peak-shaped Greek God.
The team is led by Sir Meliodas, who is more or less Shin Chan with anger problems. This group of knights was framed for the murder of the Grand Master Knight, Zaratras. The group went into hiding 10 years before the start of the story.
They were then brought back together slowly by a princess named Elizabeth Liones. She is the 107th reincarnation of the goddess Elizabeth.
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Interesting Characters with complex backstories
The seven characters have individual personalities, complex backstories, and relationships with one another.
One example is that Meliodas is actually a Demon in disguise, but he is trying to leave his old past behind him.
He continues to save the world by unlocking more and more of his demonic powers. He is afraid of losing who he is in the process and reverting to his old self.
King and Diane:
King and Diane have been bonked in the head so many times that they keep forgetting who they are and what they have done. King left his people and sister to fend for themselves for 700 years and didn’t realize that it has been any time at all.
He is constantly warring with his inability to be who he is supposed to be at all times, The King of fairies.
Rest of the Characters:
Every member of the Nanatsu no Taizai has just as much going on. All these heroes have similar backstories that they are fixated on.
Conflict of Ideas
At the center of the plot line is a conflict that is going on for over 3000 years. Nanatsu no Taizai basically follows the general idea of Demons being bad, Goddesses being good, humans being greedy and war-hungry, and religion being used to incite conflict. Though the show comes with a twist.
The sins are the good guys, and the commandments are the bad ones. Nanatsu no Taizai has its ideas and ideals all centered around Meliodas. Meliodas is conflicted between ideas and it is compelling.
They do not rush the show
The story takes its time to introduce us to the characters. Some might feel Nanatsu no Taizai to be a bit slow. As the series progresses, it gets better and better. You see, the true nature of the things and the story begins to take shape.
Though some disagree. The show is kind of slow. The first season is somewhere around 24 episodes and is by no means a slog. But, it doesn’t exactly expose what is to come in the future.
The characters are connected in the background
Every character in the series is mysterious and has unbelievable powers. In the beginning, not much context is provided. Things usually go a lot out of context.
For instance, Ban, also known as Fox’s sin of greed, is immortal. He gets popped, squished, bisected, decapitated, and worse. Only to simply come back as if nothing happened.
Slowly, as the story progresses, it is revealed that he was traumatized as a kid, beaten, starved, and sleep deprived. Then Zhivago, a werefox, takes him under his wing.
Later in the series, Ban falls in love with the guardian of the fountain of youth. Only to see her being destroyed by a demon. The Fountain of youth is forcibly snowballed into his mouth to save his life.
This guardian turns out to be King’s sister. This ties Ban and King together, well before they join Nanatsu no Taizai. Similarly, everyone is connected in the background and the dots are slowly put together.
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Relevance of the Past
Nearly every one of the seven deadly sins heavily overcompensates for their attributed sins. And it is not just the main characters but everyone in the show who seems to bear an unsolvable burden from their past that haunts them.
Everyone with a personality in the show has something in their past that they are not proud of and can not get over it.
Nanatsu has some of the most satisfying battles I have ever seen. Looking back at the show, people forget just how good the choreography and animation are when it comes to battles.
The fights are brutal and thrilling to the core. The animation team was given a cast of semi-immortal demi gods and these artists have gone wild. The battles are gruesome and anyone in action anime would appreciate the animation.
Nanatsu no Taizai is filled with a lot of fan service. The odd thing about the seven deadly sins is how this excellent story is covered up by an icing of fan service.
Not that it is necessarily a bad thing. We all like anime, we like tropes and we like fan service. I especially like Diane, and all the boldness this lady is filled with. The anime doesn’t leave fans of gender bender behind too. A bit for everyone, I guess.
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It is not a kid’s show
The show is definitely not made for kids. The battles are gruesome and bloody. With a load of fan service, I won’t be watching it with kids.
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Backstories’ impact on characters
Putting a typically light-hearted and happy show. The backstories of nearly every character are dripping with pain and sorrow. These backstories lead to many interconnecting dots between different characters.
The past of Ban and King affects how they act in the future. King’s sin sloth for spending 700 years essentially disregarding his duties as fairy king. Make him incredibly quick to act often to a fault.
We see it at the earliest when he judges Ban for his sister’s death before understanding the full story. He does the same thing later on with Meliodas. He withholds trust in him before understanding the full story.
Relevance of Sins
We often see the characters encountering the sin that they were given. These sins are the determinant of their actions.
Ban is the fox sin. It certainly describes his early life as a thief, but when you look at his character throughout the show. There is only one thing that he wants, to be with Elaine and he can’t be. Which leaves him feeling empty to the point that he seeks out pain just to feel something.
Meliodas is the dragon sin of wrath. Yet we never get to see him get angry early on. Because he is afraid of his anger and the damage that it can cause. He unhealthily locks it away and with it the vast majority of his powers.
Every one of them compensates for their attributed sins.
The opening of Nanatsu no Taizai is catchy and I would rate it to be iconic.
I really like what Hiroyuki Sawano has done with the soundtrack. He is famous for his works in Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill and Blue exorcist.
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