The Seven Deadly Sins may have ended the tyranny of The Ten Commandments for now, but that doesn't mean all is peaceful in the kingdom. Separated from the rest of The Sins, King and Diane strike a deal with former Commandments Gloxinia and Drole, and agree to undergo special training--which sends them to a Britannia 3,000 years in the past, right before the end of the Holy War! Can the pair navigate this strange past--and a threat more powerful than The Ten Commandments?
SPOILER-FREE Since there is the new studio animating, the quality has dropped drastically. Due to the criticism of the ,,Prisoners of the sky" movie, a new season had to be made. Studio that took up making it had just one year to do so. However, this arc was considered as the possibly best part of the manga, the animation was almost unwatchable. At first we had to deal with censored blood that looked like if a fucking cum was dripping from their wounds (There were some scenes where they vommitted blood. And now try to imagine how it looks like when someone chokes on sperm-like liquid...) then with the bad art... Seriously, the characters looked really bad in some scenes that I just couldn't help myself and do anything but cringe and close my damned eyes. And the animation was almost even not an animation, it looked like a colored manga with bad artstyle + a lot of standstill frames. Mimic movements were that bad that the voices of the voice actors sometimes didn't even fit to the scene. I really hoped that they would make up for it by making a good-looking animation of the most awaited fight (and probably the best fight in the manga). But the fight was absolutely horrible, worse than regular fights with weak opponents, it was that terrible that everyone acknowledges the fan-animation as the better one. At this point I lost all my hopes and expectations that I would somehow enjoy the anime and dropped it. If you are a fan of The Seven Deadly Sins and interested in its story, I really recommend you to read the manga...it's much better. I don't really get why they hurried so much in making a new season knowing that it's not gonna have a good animation when the series has this big fanbase...Personally, I'd have waited or read the manga rather than watched a rushed animation.
This review contains SPOILERS so read at your own risk. Now let's get down with this shall we? What is happening in Shounen world? I'm in no way a purist who only loves old stories and criticize everything new. I love Isekai stories which are loathed by many. I watch different genres, the weirder the better. I don't like elitism and gate keeping in the community because it also prevents us from moving forward. But I got to say, the future of the industry is not looking good quality wise. I have 3 main problems. Plot, Character development and power levels. Animation is a bonus. - Plot : So we have this thing which start off very weirdly. There is the threat of the 10 commandments and the sins are separated in two groups. One with King & Diane is in the Fairy forest while the others are with Meliodas. They go in a small remote village to fight some 3rd rate demons. Right off the bat I was perplexed. We are talking about the freaking 10 deadly sins, does them going to fight there add anything to the story or their characters that we didn't already know? No. Then we have the little King & Diane adventure. Remember that big thing that happened 3000 years ago that everyone keeps mentioning? Yeah so we are going to that era now with them inside the Giant & Fairy kings bodies. Why would they need to go there? To pass a trial. What purpose does it serve? None if not just padding run time and add more exposition to the story. Why did those 2 commandments decide to betray the demons now? How can a little trip to the past magically give more power to our rookie? Does that mean that everything is fine now? And about that trip to the past. There is a huge problem, at least for me that just get glanced over by almost everyone and which has been bothering me since last season. Are demons really that bad? I don't know what happens in the manga but based on what we know in the anime weren't the one who started the holy war the Goddess clan? It was them who captured and killed thousands of demon clan folks. It was them who sealed the commandment. In that case how is that not justified for them to get vengeance? I get that Meliodas is the lead MC but he is the one who betrayed his own, why is that glanced over just because? I'm here to advocate for the demons, their cause is just. Give them reparation ! Ahem, a little bit side tracked there. Also for the love of God making a nuanced character doesn't mean making him full evil and then make a complete 180 for no good reason. That doesn't work that way. Same with the i'm evil right now but I was good all along/ I was doing this for your sake character. We can smell them miles away. Make them evil and let them be this way. Find a way to show their perspective and belief but let them be "evil". Characters : We learned really nothing new about Diane or King. They explored their relation well last season but nothing here. They just get together. They gave Gowther a backstory which was good in my opinion but I start to see a trend here. They use the "broken soul" hero trope to make you go in your feels and forget about the plot a bit too often. Knowing the back story of a character is not character development. I don't feel like any of them has really grown or changed in the last few seasons. Although I wouldn't want Meliodas goofiness to go. Ban which was a character I really like is now becoming more annoying. Everything in his mouth is now just Elaine this and Elaine that, give him his personality back please ! I sure hope they will delve on Merlin and Escanor past too. But I can already see how Merlin past will be an annoying "wry for all" fest. Power level & Animation : Power levels don't mean shit in this anime. Remember last Season Ban & Meliodas awesome fight on top of the rock ? Yeah now Ban needs Elaine to save him because for some reason he isn't strong enough anymore. Remember King learned a new awesome and powerful move right? Well now he barely uses it and get beaten like a kid. Diane that super strong giant warrior, well she's just plot device at this point. They will tell you that the commandment are strong creatures but then beat them easily. Why? Because just "shut up and enjoy". Escanor vs Meliodas fight, biggest scam of the year. Power point slideshow with very badly drawn characters. No more awesome move, just still with a zoom on their face. And the editing... the fight starts and 5s later they cut to show something different 2min then come back to show 10s and cut again. You don't know what's happening because they put freaking smoke everywhere! I want to see the fight, stop being lazy ! This season of Nanatsu no Taizai is a scam !
While watching this season, I forgot how much I was enjoying, crying, laughing and feel the love of those characters with each other. This season was a really disappointing one, I wasn't excited every week like I used to be with the other seasons. I hope that the seven deadly sins come back as strong as the manga. SPOILER AHEAD: We finally get to see the full demon side of Meliodas but yeah, because of the bad animation, I was frustrated, beside the voice actor, Melioda's evil face wasn't that great, not to mention his poor fight with Escanor that everyone was excited to see. I always used to like the element of surprise in NNT, I knew that there was something special between Elizabeth and Meliodas, but I was really surprised and shocked about the fact that they were lovers and were against their father, mother. I'm sure that the next season, we will have many other surprises, but hope the animation will be better, and the seven deadly sins will come back stronger as it used to be, this season we are left with Meliodas absorbing the commandment while waiting for the last 3 to become a demon king, Estarosa kidnapped Elizabeth and he is heading to Meliodas probably to fight with him, King and the two Goddess going after him to save her. Merlin and the Goddess entered the black hole surrounding Meliodas, and the only way to get out of there is either by killing Meliodas or make him return to his old self, which Ban is busy with now.
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