Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 1)
Written by: Nakaba Suzuki
Artist: Nakaba Suzuki
Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell
Lettering: James Dashiell
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Published: March 25th 2014
Genre: Manga, Historical-Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Young Adult
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.
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!