sin Nanatsu no Taizai – 01
「傲慢たる堕天使」 (Goumantaru Daten-shi)
“The Proud Fallen Angel”
If you’re going to watch this, you’re gonna want to watch it uncensored. Just sayin’.
First and foremost: this be ecchi, yo! And I don’t mean in the light, teasing, occasional-panty-flash kind of way. Within the first five minutes someone’s got their tits out and then a girl she just met starts molesting her. That kind of way! I mean, just look at the ED. Though I appreciate the death metal vibe to the music. That was a good fit, so major props there.
My point is: thar be pervy stuff out thar. If you’re not down with that, turn back now. There’s nothing else for you here.
It’s hard to really dig into this show because it’s the kind of mess that’s not trying to be better, or only doing so in spurts. The angel Lucifer (Kitamura Eri) falls, and the demon Leviathan (Fujita Akane) gloms onto her and enlists her in her scheme to assault the Seven
Deadly Mortal Sins because of her previous fantasies/delusions. And Lucifer goes along with it because what, she’s bored? She feels like it? Look, character-driven motivations and a plot that makes sense, or matters all that much, aren’t the draw here. It’s the ridonkulous character designs, godly seiyuu cast, and the boobs. But no bulges! Viewers will have to make due with lots of girl-on-girl action instead.
Somehow, I think many people will be fine with that. Just a guess.
The seiyuu cast is godly, though none of them are really being taxed in their roles. Itou Shizuka as Belial is about the only one who’s hamming it up to the degree that’s required, though maybe that’s just because Belial had the only character moment that momentarily escaped cliche—when she ordered the other Sins to attack, and they didn’t. An ineffectual/disrespected leader? A glimmer of character! Also, butts and stuff. More than a glimmer of that.
I appreciate the shamelessness of the intent; it’s clear what the production team is going for, and they lean into it. I do think the seeming lack of concern for character will limit it, though, preventing it from even reaching DxD levels, where it’s still undeniably an ecchi-focused show, but there’s some meat there. Here, the only meat is woman flesh. That sounded weird. I regret that sentence.
(I regret nothing.)
Let’s be honest: you already know whether you’re interested in this series. It’s very much what it seemed when I previewed it. My biggest complaint is that it’s so unclear whether Leviathan is a sin or not. She seems to introduce herself as one, after complaining that she’s not one, and then there are only six Sins at the citadel, none of which take Levi’s stated sin of Envy. And we’re using Vanity (Vainglory) for Belial? What’s the sin of the missing Sin, Acedia? (Look it up.) (Okay, I’ll link to it.) Is Levi going to become the Sin of Envy, and Lucifer the Sin of Pride, and then there will be nine of them? Madness! There must be seven! Vote some off the island already!
Like I said, you know whether you’re going to watch this. I feel like it suffers from insufficient tender love and care for the plot—even the Totsuka Maria (Toda Megumi) side(?) plot seems tacked on, though it at least provides some mystery—but no one can accuse the series of hiding what it is. If you like bouncy demon lords (and the other one), here you go. This was made for you.
- This one does suffer from using the seven deadly sins iconography, because it’s been used to such good effect before. And I’m not just talking about the other Nanatsu no Taizai—it’s been used well plenty of times in lots of fiction, from Fullmetal Alchemist to Se7en. As have fallen angels and Christian mythology—for some reason I keep thinking of Dogma, though even Evangelion used Christian mythology to great effect. Which means a simple T&A effort suffers when it engenders such direct comparison to better works, even if its shamelessness helps—no one should be going into this expecting fine art. So the comparisons hurt, but the expectation game helps. Maybe that’s a wash.
- Interesting how they don’t censor the eroticism, but they do with the violence. The way Belial cut off Lucifer’s wing was oddly sanitized. It was an odd choice for what seemed like should have been such a sadistic scene.
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