Dragonball meets Medieval.
It’s been a while since I’ve been so pleasantly surprised by a series, where so many good elements come together to form such a convincing package. I’m amazed this series went off the radar with me, since it has high reviews on MyAnimeList and seems quite popular within the anime community.
Seven Deadly Sins, unite!
On an eventful day former soldier Meliodas and princess Elizabeth run into each other. With his moving bar and pig companion, Meliodas is trying to reunite his gang called the seven deadly sins. An elite force of individuals with each their own special abilities.
Meliodas is not alone, since princess Elizabeth is looking for the Seven Deadly sins as well, so she can reclaim her kingdom from the Holy Knights who have seized control after the betrayal of the Seven Deadly sins.
The main focus of the show is the quest of Meliodas and Elizabeth who embark on their journey to find the remaining Seven Deadly Sins. They move from town to town and meet a rich set of different characters.
Elizabeth acts a damsel in distress to flesh out Meliodas his character and drive the plot. Meliodas relationship grows more intense with Elizabeth, unleashing within him powers only revealed when in severe distress. This plot mechanic will sound oddly familiar and that’s correct. It’s the typical shounen plot, where one overpowered main character rescues the girl who is destined to be with him. Only when she is in distress will his full fury reach his peak. We’ve seen this in series such as Bleach where Ichigo goes apeshit when Orihime is in peril.
While I’m used to this plot line now, it was overly apparent in Nanatsu no Taizai, leaving me unsatisfied with the overall plot development. Surely the creator could’ve done a more creative job, since he managed to pull off such a wonderful setting from the ground up.
Look and Feel
I was amazed to find out that character design weren’t done by the creator of Dragonball Z. The designs had very familiar traits, may it be more polished for the modern anime era. The colors are bright and cheerful, which are in stark contrast to the high gore factor within the series. Those faint of heart, may wish to skip this series.
Other very familiar elements were the high speed fight scenes which Dragonball popularized over the decades, inspiring many artists and studios.
Nanatsu no Taizai was great fun. It was suspenseful, at times it was a bit slow, but it really kept me at the edge of my seat. The visual design can easily go with the top tier of 2016. While the story is rather generic, Nanatsu no Taizai knows how the engage its audience. I therefore rate it a 9 out of 10.