Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (vol.1)

The Seven Deadly Sins vol1Details:

Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 1)

Chapters: 1-5

Written by: Nakaba Suzuki 

Artist: Nakaba Suzuki

Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

Lettering: James Dashiell

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published: March 25th 2014

Pages: 192

Genre: Manga, Historical-Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Seven Deadly Heroes?

Welcome to the land of Britannia, a picturesque country ruled by the benevolent King Liones…or at least it was, until the king’s guard assassinated him and started a full-blown Holy War! Now the king’s only daughter Elizabeth must seek the aid of the dreaded warriors, The Seven Deadly Sins. Wrongly framed and set into exile, they’re now the princess’s only hope to free the kingdom from the grip of the villainous Holy Knights!

What I First Thought:

Before Christmas I saw The Seven Deadly Sins anime on Netflix and decided to watch it since I finished a previous anime and needed something to do between classes…Oh my. I absolutely loved it! After finishing the anime I did research on the story and decided to read the manga while I waited for the second season to come out.

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

5/5

Now I can’t stop reading the manga and the second season won’t be out for another few more months! It was so much fun reading this manga, and the covers are so beautiful. The chapter pages are so well done too, some are really detailed while others are simple but worth more than a thousand words!

The story’s flow is nice and smooth, doing well to introduce new characters without making it stutter. The action is well drawn and detailed, and fits the bill for overdramatic fantasy fighting. The setting for the story is also pretty cool; it’s a place some people are already familiar with, making it easier for readers to get into the story. One thing that I found that might make some readers uncomfortable, especially those new to manga, is the fan service in the story. The main hero is a little bit of a pervert and there was some groping and panty shots in this volume, but not nearly as much as there could have been or that I’ve seen in other stories. Honestly, the slightly perverted nature of Meliodas is pretty funny and a nice contrast to his otherwise calm, collected personality.

And at the end of the volume you can find some bonus material from the writer/illustrator! I always love reading through these, they can be so informative. The character sketches were pretty cool to look at and read all the little notes the writer had for them, even though they were a bit rough. The best part though was to see the sketches from The Seven Deadly Sins oneshot they did way back, it was a totally different story with different designs and characters.

After reading this first volume I have to say the synopsis is a bit misleading…and partly wrong. Just to clarify, and it says it in the first chapter or two, Elizabeth is the third daughter of the king, not the only one. I’m not sure if there was a misprint or anything, but just thought that needed to be known. But all-in-all, this was a fantastic first installment and I can’t wait to read the other volumes!

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4 thoughts on “Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (vol.1)

  1. Is the manga as good as the anime? I have the terrible habit of watching the anime and then only reading a chapter or two of the manga. Just found your blog and love it, btw! Not many people review YA and manga, and I think it’s awesome!

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    • Thank you! I want to try to review all kinds of literature, and I believe that should include comics and manga as well. As for the Seven Deadly Sins manga, I really suggest that you read it. The anime so far follows really close to the manga. However, there are parts of the story that the manga goes into a lot more detail than the anime did. If you do start reading the manga and get bored reading a story you’ve already seen, then I would start reading at chapter 100 which should be the next arc of the story and where the second season will start. I do suggest reading from the beginning though, just because there were some things that the anime didn’t touch that happened in the manga. I hope this helps you!

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