Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 4)
Chapters: 23-29, plus two bonus stories!
Written by: Nakaba Suzuki
Artist: Nakaba Suzuki
Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell
Lettering: James Dashiell
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Published: September 9, 2014
Genre: Manga, Historical-Fantasy, Action/Adventure, Young Adult, Romance
REUNOINS AND FAREWELLS
The Grizzly Sin, King, is alive! Unfortunately, King not only refuses to help Meliodas, he declares Ban as his mortal enemy for having attained eternal life at the cost of the life of his sister Elaine. During a gripping confrontation between King and Ban, the fearsomely skilled Holy Knight Guila comes bringing startling disaster and devastation!
The action continues from the previous volume as our heroes fight the newest Holy Knight to enter the scene, Guila. The action in the beginning of volume four is rather…explosive, sorry I couldn’t help myself! And while Diane and Meliodas fight Gila, the conflict between Ban and King wraps up and some shocking new developments in their characters are revealed. A softer side to Ban is exposed, adding more depth to the Sin of Greed, especially with the bonus chapter at the end. Readers also get to see King in action, learning where the bulk of his strength comes from and the relationship he has to everyone.
After their adventure in the Capital of the Dead, more characters are introduced, adding more diversity to our lie-up and creating conflict for our main heroine. It was really interesting to see a little bit more into the relationship between Meliodas and Elizabeth. Before this volume, their relationship was a little flat. You could see that Elizabeth really respects Meliodas and that she may be developing feelings for him. However, it’s harder to read Meliodas because his personality is usually so calm except for his bouts of perverted activity, which appears to be more joking than anything. In this volume, though, you start to see how much Elizabeth means to Meliodas, but you don’t quite realize why yet, and I find that to be an interesting development for his character.
This volume was a lot of fun! The action was different and fun to follow. I loved seeing more into Ban’s character and how he got his ‘sin’. King is a lovely addition to the team and I can’t wait to see more of his and Diane’s relationship! And the story is unfolding at a rather nice pace as well, though I could do without some of these cliffhangers and have more back story for our Sins!