Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (vol.8)

 

Synopsis:

GIANT STEPS

The seal is broken, and Gowther, the Sin of Lust, is revealed! The ruthless, elite Holy Knights known as the Roars of Dawn have tracked down the mysterious Armor Giant. They seem to have it cornered, but it hides a hair-raising secret! When they learn the truth, the Sins are befuddled, and the princess doubles her resolve! What decision has Meliodas made about the memories entrusted to him? When the countdown to the destruction of their world begins, the Sins rush back to the kingdom. The fuse is lit on the decisive battle!

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

4/5

This volume contains the conclusion of Gowthar’s first appearance and the start of the final stretch of the first arc. Secrets and dastardly plans are revealed in between intense action sequences. Buckle up boys and girls, cuz this roller coaster is speeding up and won’t stop until the end!

In the beginning, we get to see into some of Meliodas’s past and more into his character. Then during the last bit of Gowthar’s appearance there’s a nice moment between Meliodas and Elizabeth. Honestly, I wish that there were more of these moments and a little less action, but alas I don’t think that’ll really happen. At the end of the battle with the Armor Giant we see some into Gowthar’s personality. It seems like his character is going to be a rocky one and that there will be tons of room for growth. After a nice little drunk bonding session we immediately get thrown into the next round of fights that will eventually lead to the final battle of this arc. Everyone converges on the capital and bodies begin to fly, and at the very end we get introduced to King Arthur and his mysterious companion. At the very end is a nice little bonus short story centered around Gowthar, which adds a little fluff to his character and serves as a nice little break before punches really start swinging. If you haven’t picked this volume up yet then get this one and the next two, because this final sequences of battles will span the next few volumes and I’m sure will be super intense!

Details:

Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 8)

Chapters: 55-62, plus a bonus story

Written by: Nakaba Suzuki

Artist: Nakaba Suzuki

Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

Lettering: James Dashiell

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published: May 26th, 2015

Pages: 192

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

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Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (vol. 7)

Details:

Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 7)

Chapters: 47-54

Written by: Nakaba Suzuki

Artist: Nakaba Suzuki

Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

Lettering: James Dashiell

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published: March 17th, 2015

Pages: 192

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

 

Synopsis:

The Wrath Awakens

Meliodas escapes the Goddess Amber, but he emerges from his prison strangely silent and with a new look. In the blink of an eye, he wrecks Guila and Jericho and begins delivering an epic beating to Sir Helbram, who somehow manages to stand up to the transformed Dragon Sin of Wrath. What is going on with this new Meliodas? And how is Helbram avoiding being stomped by the overwhelming power of the changed Meliodas?

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

4/5

If you thought that there might be a break in the fighting after the fighting festival than you may be in for a bit of a surprise! After the conclusion of the festival there’s a brief chapter that sets up the big arc for this story. We’re introduced to more characters, both Holy Knights and other minor players that will show up again later. In fact, this volume serves as an intro to some of my more favorite characters and Holy Knights. Though one character, that I really do enjoy, has a bit of an odd introduction that doesn’t really fit with what I remember of their personality from the anime. I understand that things can be different between the two mediums, but you can tell by the end of the volume that you’re first encounter with this character seems to be a little weird and doesn’t fit their personality. There’s also some character development for some of the Sins. You get to see into some of Ban’s inner struggles, more of Meliodas that isn’t slightly perverted, Diana’s awesome strength, and some backbone building in Elizabeth. I wuld say that Elizabeth isn’t quite as strong as I’d really like her to be, but I’m fairly certain we’ll see that soon…I hope. And I was really excited to see just how powerful Diana could be, though I felt like her power was a little cheapened because of some of the resulting outcomes, but oh well! Overall, though I really liked this volume of the story and it again leaves you wanting (or needing) to read the next one. I have a feeling that the story’s pace will really pick up in the next volume!

Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (vol. 6)

the-seven-deadly-sins-vol6Details:

Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 6)

Chapters: 38-46, plus a bonus story (broken up into three parts)!

Written by: Nakaba Suzuki

Artist: Nakaba Suzuki

Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

Lettering: James Dashiell

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published: January 13, 2015

Pages: 200

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

Synopsis:

Blast from the Past!

Howzer whips up a huge storm in an attempt to defeat Diane, but even a human-sized giant can stand strong against the fiercest tempests. In the next match, Meliodas faces Cain, who conjures terrifying fire magic while also leveling fiery accusations at Meliodas about his rumored involvement in the destruction of Danafell. How will Meliodas respond? Can he take the punishment for his alleged sins?

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

4/5

Volume 6 brings an end to the fighting festival with an interesting turn of events. The action doesn’t slow in between transitions, instead it picks up rather quickly. Griamore still has his ever changing body size, though the muscles don’t get too drastically large this time around he looks a lot better with his helmet on. In this volume you get to see more into Meliodas’s past and you’ll start asking more questions about his character. There’s also a bit of character development for the team in general as they start asking the same questions that the readers are.

As a whole, this volume is rather explosive with activity and new character development. There’s more action and fighting sequences than there are major plot points, if you don’t know what you’re looking for. It’s rather interesting to see how the Holy Knights differ in not only abilities, and where they get their strength, but also in ideology. You get to see the beginning of just how different the two fractions are. Overall, the fighting sequences are great, though there is one character that frustrate me. So far this manga has done a great job with the armor of the knights, making them appear more logical than others of the genre, however, there is one character with rather impractical armor and it more sexual than anything. I mean seriously, why would you allow your breasts to be exposed when a sword can easily stab through your chest and kill you?!

Warning: If you read this volume you must have the next one in hand because the cliffhanger is quite a doozy!

Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins vol. 5

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Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 5)

Chapters: 30-37, plus a bonus storie!

Written by: Nakaba Suzuki

Artist: Nakaba Suzuki

Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

Lettering: James Dashiell

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published: November 11, 2014

Pages: 192

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

Synopsis:

It’s A Showdown!

Four of the Sins have been reunited and it feels almost so good. Entering a fighting tournament where the grand prize is Diane’s weapon, the unthinkable happens when the Sins and Holy Knights clash on stage! But who is the other faction of Holy Knights, dubbed the “New Generation”, and what could this monstrous group of demon-like knights be planning?

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

4/5

This volume is centered on a tournament with a few flashbacks that add depth to our characters. As tournaments go, this one isn’t really different, especially when it comes to manga. There are some really over powered players and some that are in really far over their heads. Still, the tournament is rather fun to read, mostly for the various commentary between the contestants. We get to see some new and old Holy Knights with this volume shedding some more light on some of the older ones. The one thing that really bugged me was Griamore’s ever changing body size; I swear, every time we see him in a new panel his body gets larger and he has more ripped muscles that don’t actually exist on the human body. Don’t get me wrong, I love the character, but the inconsistency kept drawing me away from the action, especially when his head looked so tiny compared to the rest of him. In this volume we also get to see more of Elizabeth and her relationships with the people around her, especially more development between her and Meliodas. I do have to warn some people though, if you’re uncomfortable with fan service this volume may be a bit tough for you to read because there is a lot more of it. There’s also a bit more gore, so this is not a read for the faint of heart.

Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (vol. 4)

The Seven Deadly Sins vol4Details:

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

Pages: 192

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

Synopsis:

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!

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

5/5

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!

Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (vol. 3)

The Seven Deadly Sins vol3Details:

Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 3)

Chapters: 15-22, plus a bonus chapter!

Written by: Nakaba Suzuki

Artist: Nakaba Suzuki

Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

Lettering: James Dashiell

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published: July 8th 2014

Pages: 192

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

Synopsis:

THE HEROES’ PAST

Inside the Baste Prison, Meliodas and gang finally find Ban, a daring and brash member of The Seven Deadly Sins. However, trouble is on the horizon as their journey continues. Another member of The Seven Deadly Sins appears! The heroes clash as a feud is revived from their past!

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

5/5

And the series just gets better and better as our heroes’ cast list continues to grow! Elizabeth and Meliodas as characters continue to grow and develop as the new members join the quest and interact with them. It was so nice to see a bond start to form between Diane and Elizabeth, and it’s always interesting, and usually funny, to see Ban and Meliodas interact together. However, my favorite interactions actually come from Ban and Hawk, which are hysterical and absolutely adorable!

The action from the previous volume comes to an end within the beginning of volume three. However, the action doesn’t stay quiet for long. There is a short reprieve that has a lot of character development individually, the most for Ban, and as a group. Also, if you look hard enough, you’ll actually see some major story development happening at this time as well. The break doesn’t last for long, and soon our heroes are dancing with danger again. The action sequences are rather interesting, especially since our heroes abilities really start to take shape in this volume. Readers will definitely start to understand the Sins’ various strengths and weaknesses, and how they fight together. The fights in this volume I found to be really intense, but interesting and unique as well.

This volume also has some Holy Knight character designs with some info for those individuals. There’s also a bonus chapter that shows some character development, but it’s mostly just a cute little side story that didn’t fit the main flow of the story.

Manga Review: The Seven Deadly Sins (vol.2)

The Seven Deadly Sins vol2Details:

Title: The Seven Deadly Sins (Vol. 2)

Chapters: 6-14

Written by: Nakaba Suzuki

Artist: Nakaba Suzuki

Translation/Adaptation: Christine Dashiell

Lettering: James Dashiell

Publisher:  Kodansha Comics

Published: May 13th, 2014

Pages: 192

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

Synopsis:

SIN VS VIRTUE

To save her kingdom, Princess Elizabeth has pinned her last hope on the infamous traitors, “The Seven Deadly Sins” and has set out on a journey with Meliodas—the Dragon Sin of Wrath—to seek out the rest of his fellow knights and former friends. Deep within an uninviting forest they find Diane, the Serpent Sin of Envy. Before they can celebrate their reunion, they must deal with an attack from Gilthunder, an electrifying Holy Knight!

Overall Thoughts/Opinions:

5/5

This next installment of The Seven Deadly Sins is chalk full of action and some character development for some of our heroes! The action is so intense, especially with the well done detailing of the fight sequences, but everything flows so smoothly which allows the readers to follow along easily. The character development in this volume was wonderful as well. Many manga series that I have read wait for real development for later volumes, but The Seven Deadly Sins start to ease into it in volume two. Here you’ll get a glimpse into Meliodas’s past, and how Diane and Meliodas first met. In this volume you also get to see Elizabeth’s character start to take shape. In the first volume she appears to be your average, naïve, princess in a crisis who tries to find a hero to save her. In volume two, Elizabeth starts to break away from that role and you get to see glimpses of her real character, which I look forward to seeing more of!

Also, for anyone concerned about fan service, there’s significantly less of it in this installment of the series. Instead, there’s a lot more action, blood, and destruction. Now, there’s still the occasional panty shot or perverted action by Meliodas, but only in a few places.