OP: 「熱情のスペクトラム」 (Netsujou no Supekutoramu) by いきものがかり (Ikimono-gakari)
「七つの大罪」 (Nanatsu no Taizai)
“The Seven Deadly Sins”
(So this Snapshot is rather late; my apologies. But I thought, ‘better late than never,’ and wrote it up anyway. Let’s not waste time with excuses and dive right into it.)
The thing you really need to know about Nanatsu no Taizai is that it’s being directed by Okamura Tensai. Okamura Tensai made Darker than BLACK.
…It just goes to show, directors can be awfully versatile.
If one were to fish for comparisons (as I find myself often doing) the first one to come to mind would be Akame ga Kill. Both feature a roughly medieval fantasy setting where a bunch of outlaws are our only chance of fighting against a corrupt order. Not that Nanatsu no Taizai gets anywhere near as dark or violent. For a story featuring the cardinal vices as a central motif, Nanatsu no Taizai sure is quirky. Seriously, look at this thing. It’s a giant, green CGI pig. That’s just silly. And awesome! And I know each Sin is supposed to represent their vice somehow, but how relevant that’s going to be to the narrative is unclear. Main man Meliodas (Kaji Yuki) is awfully chill for Wrath. Perhaps he has a berserk button or something, but until then the only indication that’s he’s supposed to be a horrible sinner is his casual assaults on damsel in distress Princess Elizabeth Liones (Amamiya Sora). That’s just lechery. It’s entirely possible that the seven deadly sins angle was used simply because it sounds cool; any amount of Western concepts are as exotic to the Japanese as samurai and ninja are to us. If we were being serious about all this the leader of the Sins would be the classical ‘original sin’ Pride, not Wrath. And the talking animal mascot character would not be a pig named Hawk (Kuno Misaki). And Merlin wouldn’t be a woman. I swear, they’re just trying to confuse us now.
So, apart from the quirkiness the plot is a fairly standard affair. The Princess manages to find Obi-wan KenobiMeliodas, who rescues her from peril and death. They defeat their first boss, who’s rather overpowered for a throwaway villain, just to give an idea of how the powerlevels are going to go in this series. And because we’re not being too serious here nobody even dies. They just suffer from exploding clothes syndrome and are then left to lie around ignominiously, even though the sensible thing for an outlaw to do would be to murder all witnesses. I guess they’re setting up for a recurring villain? Or maybe they don’t want to leave that high a body-count as we merrily prance around the countryside.
From here I guess it’s simply adventure time! Meliodas starts off wielding a broken sword, and seems to be immortal or something, so there’s plenty of exploration there. Or maybe the broken sword is just giving him the potential to be more stupid powerful. Even then, the OP hints at more strange individuals will be joining the cast, so that will be interesting. On my part, I’m hoping for more development for Elizabeth, who spent too much time sitting around and crying. Otherwise, I’m fine with Nanatsu no Taizai continuing along the lines we’ve seen so far. The visuals look good. The story looks fun. A comfy fantasy romp will be a welcome addition to the weekly routine. Okamura Tensai can do that too.