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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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

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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!