Note: This serves as the epilogue of "The Nine Hells" thanks to this being my 69th anime review. This also contains mild spoilers and while it won't give that much away, your discretion is still advised.
"Seven Mortal Sins" (Also known as "Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai" or "Sin: Seven Deadly Sins") is a battle ecchi anime about the fallen angel, Lucifer who ends up finding some random church girl on her way to Hell and then decides to transfuse her blood into the bystander so she can have "an angel's life". After her descent, she meets a group of demon lords named "The Seven Deadly Mortal Sins" and decides to defeat them one-by-one with help from an annoying demon lord that was outside of the group and the church girl from earlier after the Sins beat Lucifer down and seal most of her powers.
Storyline At first glance, the actual plot seemed interesting, but as it went along, it swiftly becomes a really sloppy mess that takes itself way too seriously, even as a battle ecchi show with some episodic breaks in case of a set few of the Sins at hand that Lucifer and her stooges had to fight off in multiple ways except that one of them does jack-all for most of the show. Most of everything, especially the battles that are at hand is forgettable, and although a set few episodes were fun due to the side characters that had focus for those episodes, the overall writing is seriously bad and inconsistent as all nine circles merged together, especially for the last two episodes. And to think that this thing even needed two recap episodes, albeit for a reason that actually checks out in the case of one of the two studios that handled this anime. (Rest in Peace, Artland.) There were a lot of tone shifts within the show between being serious and being silly and it only hurt the storyline even further than the damage that it already received from the "(blank) is not a sin" psychology that was used by itself on it's own. Although that we actually do get to explore most of the Nine Circles of Hell in the show before the final showdowns, they were mostly just more dumb excuses for fanservice than fighting the last few of whoever was in Lucifer's way. Thus leading to one of the biggest and cheesiest cop-out endings to ever have been witnessed in a show that has already had loads of problems since it's start to the point where things continued to get rocky after the episodic rest points of the show.
Characters This department turned out to be a mixed bag of more negatives than positives thanks to how some of the Sins who were facing off against Lucifer of Pride one-by-one turned out to be far better characters than any of the main three. Everyone is mostly well designed, but as of the qualities of these characters, let's go into the usual order, three sins turned out to have been done very well. The best of them ended up being Belphegor of Sloth due to how fitting she is for her sin alongside having quite the easygoing and fun demeanor through most of her appearances. Astaroth of Melancholy also turns out to be at very great standing. While she also had a fitting personality for her sin, her musical shenanigans whenever she speaks sometimes added a lot of unexpected fun to her focus episode as well as most of her other appearances while her loyalty to one of the more lower-ranked characters later in the show did knock her down a peg. Much to the shock (and future doxx material) of saying this, but Satan of Wrath was also very enjoyable due to discovering some more to her personality than her rage; She actually has an affinity for cute things as well and is not into fighting too dirty as seen later into her focus episode.
Taking the neutral zone is Michael of Faith from being part of Lucifer and another Sin's backstory as the only featured character of the Seven Heavenly Virtues. She ended up being most like a rival to Lucifer than everyone else that went against the latter of the two. (It still doesn't excuse the stupidity of the final few fights, though.) Beelzebub of Gluttony is also neutral aside of there not being much to her except for mostly being the complete opposite of her mortal sin thanks to problems involving her supposedly bottomless digestive system. She was also the only person that was the most bearable of those that entered Lucifer's party, even if it was just for a few episodes. The lowest of the neutral party is Mammon of Greed for her very vile and fitting demeanor as a demon with quite a valid reason for it too, but is also extremely banal as a fighter as just pulling junk out of her cleavage didn't get her that far at all, especially when there have been better tricks seen involving someone's chest.
Onward to the gravest of sinners, Lucifer of Pride was a fun character due to her personality as a fallen angel of lore being executed very well alongside of her reasons for challenging the Mortal Sins, but she wasn't utilized that good for the silly and rather dumb moments. Although she is an evil demon as portrayed, what will sour her character for some is her sexually volatile moments involving the worst character of the show alongside coming off as a Mary Sue as she progresses through her battles. Belial of Vanity also had a very valid reason for her true goal, but she is also a huge one-noter and comes off as vile, dull at times (especially with how she formed the Seven Mortal Sins) and severely annoying for a "big bad" within the last few episodes. She has the tackiest appearance of the cast alongside the next girl in the bottom of the very forgettable barrel, Asmodeus of Lust, whom only has her sin going for her in terms of her overall character and nothing else other than some very dull pole dancing. From Leviathan of Envy's first appearance onward, she is annoying beyond belief with her one-sided relationship with Lucifer being the object of her sin and resulting in many uncomfortable scenes involving her while the only other things that she does besides being a third wheel is belittling everyone else around Lucifer. That leaves us with the worst character of the show, Maria because aside of the silly shenanigans in Episode 6, she's nothing but a dimwitted tag-along to Lucifer as well as a walking plot device that was only there to forward Lucifer's main plan and be the object of torture and sexual violence to nearly half of the Mortal Sins while blindly being Lucifer's friend the whole time as if the latter didn't rip her heart out and then molest her within the first few episodes. She was also designed to be a character that people can relate to, but she epically fails at that due to how horrifically written she is and by the time that her true purpose gets revealed, it is already too late for anyone in the audience to even care about her even as an additional pair of jugs to look at.
Pros and Cons The one major pro that this show has happens to be the soundtrack and background music that this boasts, including the character insert songs that show up throughout the entire show with most of the tracks focusing on that particular sin. Another plus happens to be the art style, but moreso on the designs of the backgrounds and locations, especially with the very portrayal of Hell itself. All of the nine circles of Hell appear here in the spirit of "Dante's Inferno" and I admit that they were well done with the appearances and how each circle works with the too brief exception of the Circle of Violence, aside of that one being obvious. Most of the character designs also turn out to look very appealing.
There are also far more negatives than positives everywhere else. There is some imagery, including some mild gore and vegetables with faces on them for those not into seeing that stuff. Normally, I'd also advise shortly of the ecchi shenanigans as well, but in this case, definitely not all of them will be even in the tastes of those that are into ecchi since said shenanigans are very inconsistent as the show presses forward and ranged from a medium sized amount at the least to completely insane beyond comprehension at the most. Many of these moments also involve severe torture and molestation, as noted from earlier and some of the usual ecchi moments were rather dull. The animation also had a huge amount of quality dips, between episodes, especially for the latter half of the show, where things looked very rocky, even for a show that has visuals alone as their main course. The fighting choreography was mostly on the iffy side as well outside of a few episodes for the fighting scenes that are about in the show. Finally, there's the existence of the censored version, which has rotating pentagrams alongside shadows and lightbeams covering key parts like breasts, panties and pubic regions. There's some inconsistencies between the versions thanks to the shadow censorship in the uncensored version for one bathing scene where Lucifer's crotch would've been visible.
English Dub and Sub Comparison/Evaluation Yes, this show somehow has an English dub. It's actually done quite well due to most of the voices fitting the characters, including the ones that ended up with accents like Mammon's, Belial's and Astaroth's (Although Belial's English voice is an acquired taste for her accent being very thick as well). However, in the case of the localization, while there are a few moments that turned out good for some lines in the dub like some of Episode 5's moments, there were some cringey moments like Lucifer's use of the word "hangry" in Episode 7. The voices in the Japanese dub also turned out well on the most part with the sole exception of Leviathan's annoying voice and there are no errors within the official subtitles.
Final Verdict After having to sit through two versions of the entire thing, I learned the end result of what happens when a studio realized that they couldn't afford better writers and directors for their swan song and had to call for outside help with the animation as they tried to ride solely on boob jiggle and good music to eliminate all of their debt. Quite the Absolutely Apocalyptic outcome, just like this anime. For those that are into battle ecchi anime, demons, angels or the combination of the three, look elsewhere immediately or you're going to end up abandoning all hope, even for yourself without having to enter Hell in the first place.
Current Situation: I wanted another excuse to use Enterprise as an avatar again.
Sad that they had to be bankrupt while making this. Could have been good. Granted it makes curious about how anime quality can be affected by stuff like this and to what extent. Is at least more interesting than the actual plot for sin.
Old Man Dream: ...later titles in the Macross franchise can finally come stateside with all involved parties finally coming to a truce over how to handle things with the Macross trademark and all later anime in the franchise associated with it.
Apr 9, 2021 10:26:05 GMT
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT