The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments

Alt title: Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu

TV (24 eps)
4.489 out of 5 from 14,647 votes
Rank #106

Only six of the Seven Deadly Sins have been located so far, so our heroes travel to the kingdom of Britannia to find the final missing member of their group. New adventures await them, along with powerful new adversaries: an elite group of demonic warriors known as The Ten Commandments!

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sw00ty
4

The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments is the latest entry in a series which I regard as inexplicably popular. Not Quan Zhi Gao Shou levels of ‘inexplicably popular’, mind; the franchise has always managed to drag itself along with an interesting baseline premise and some cool character names and aesthetics, as well as some genuinely awe-inspiring combative set-pieces. The main problem, though, is the same as the problem with many of these long-standing franchises, namely that there’s no requirement to improve if your fan base already thinks you’re two steps removed from perfection. I, however, having barely found the first season to be decent, and having thought that the ‘Signs of Holy War’ TV special was tedious slosh, would like to throw a negative review into the ring. If that’s okay. Here’s the rundown: characters will regularly segue into heavy-handed expositional development about halfway through an unrelated conversation, and I’ve lost track of how many “shocking” plot or character reveals are dropped, with what almost seems like disinterest, into the middle of scenes. One major character develops amnesia at one point, and it seems to be for no other reason than to will-they-won't-they a relationship that the writers seem to have no better ideas for, and maybe to offer some really boring flashback sequences as well. Half of the simmering romantic relationships on offer here are underwhelming and difficult to invest in, while the other half are outright lamentable. Regardless, the general writing quality, particularly in terms of dialogue, is pretty terrible. And this is all without having (yet) mentioned a  contrived tournament arc, various major character deaths being reversed or having their impacts nullified, powers or abilities that spring up out of plot convenience as opposed to actual groundwork (I’m still salty about the magical teleporting dog that arrived, unprompted, halfway through the first season). And the less said about how desperately the show tries to settle upon recurrent themes, the better. As always, one of the more contemptible aspects of SDS is its horrible representation of female characters. Elizabeth is the worst by far, a beautiful young lady whose implicit love for Meliodas is used as a shield to excuse the fact that he sexually assaults her constantly over the course of every season, and who makes Princess Peach look like a masterclass in writing female autonomy. This season even throws in a few juicy nuggets that make the burgeoning romance even more creepy and objectionable than previously. That said, nearly every other female character gets a bad look-in as well, the whole affair being essentially an anti-Bechdel test where all women have to be hopelessly in love to the extent that this overwhelms all other character traits, or oversexualised to the point that it’s ridiculous. Many other plot or structural mechanics are similarly lamentable. The concept of power levels is inherently ridiculous as it means that Hawk, Meliodas’ ever-irksome travelling companion, constantly breaks into scenes to squeal increasingly larger numbers (“are you telling me that the new big bad villain is a 5500?!?!?! tHaT’s INsaAAAnE!!!!!”) in an attempt at artificially raising stakes. There’s no need to do a good job of ratcheting up tension because you can just have someone plonk 3-4 figures into a line of dialogue and hey presto! That’s a badass. Granted, the frequency of these inserts becomes much lesser as the season winds on, and we start to get some pretty awesome fight sequences that actually carry a sense of threat and power, but the damage has, to some extent, already been done by this point. The Ten Commandments, a pretty cool group of beings who exemplify the Legion of Doom to the Sins’ Justice League, are visually very interesting but the show starts struggling to make them exciting on the level of character from very early on. I still don’t know what Zeldris’ deal is, and I’m not exactly looking forward to finding out next season, if the show continues along its current path of slowly diminishing interest. TL;DR To put it bluntly, SDS does nothing that you haven’t seen done in better action anime series, and constantly demonstrates poor writing etiquette, a haphazard approach to foreshadowing, and the inability to let a character or plot point stay dead, even past the point where it would have made sense. My advice would be to avoid this one, but this already shot into the Top 100 on Anime Planet by its second episode, so there’s not really any point in me being analytical, now, is there?

ClubFoot
9

When it comes to the shounen things or anything related, Boku no Hero Academia is one that's still popular for now. Some have tried to look at it like Black Clover but I don't know the obvious because this anime seems to want to push it further about shounen. The manga is good, it's well-written, and has anything called shounen. Megalo Box is also one of the greatest shounen for this season, along with Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara where I also just finished this cooking series. Boruto, I guess, is the same as Black Clover and I don't know why many people who give me spare about this thing. Then, come Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu which is not too overhyped at the time of the notice because I'm sure some people prefer to the manga. Although like that, for me both season of these are also attract more attention when presenting shounen with all the action overpowered interesting battle. The second season takes places after the first season where Hendrickson releases a powerful force in order to restore the long-sealed "Ten Commandments." Nanatsu no Taizai: Seisen no Shirushi can be a prequel that tells a little about this, although on the other hand, this series isn't very important to watch regardless if you wanna watch this or not. This season is also more discussing and focusing on "Ten Commandments" even though they are the main antagonist in this season. The protagonist and his friends are in a cornered state where the antagonists are more powerful in this series. This is more interesting, again, because this season is more to the process of growing up the power. In addition, the second season is more open to the background from the main character that's still vaguely with most are Meliodas, Ban, Diane, and also Escanor that didn't appear in the first season. Although some characters are still unclear and look vague, this is a great step to open them slowly. The antagonists are also like that. Some are still obscure, have a small part and the rest also more open as well so it tells back to focuses on Meliodas. However, until the end of the episode, there are still many more that haven't been discussed about the background which is still not clear, especially the past and the role. Since I prefer to read the manga rather than watch the second season, there are a few that are changed slightly although they didn't affect the main storyline but the ending and climax that looks more different in comparison to it. The rest, the manga and anime haven't changed in such a way and both still follow the plot and the story. The art is kinda impressed me for the beginning. A-1 Pictures once again uses their skills to look promising in this part. The animation when the battles between overpowered characters are very visible and badass throughout, the character details, as well as all of those still seems not too flat or inflate. I think the difference when reading manga shounen is more noticeable when watching the anime adaptation regardless this also depends on the studio whether there is a strong intention in adopting this sequel or not because I see some shounen anime unlike Nanatsu no Taizai. The music and the soundtrack are still in the hands of Hiroyuki Sawano with his score comprising adrenaline and tension. However, it's still same as the first season where I think he may not want to make a slight change and adjust it more from the first season. The opening and ending theme songs are really quite interesting than the first season especially "Howling" by FLOW and GRANRODEO. I prefer this one more than others. Yuki Kaji as well still good as filling the voice of the main character that has a different personality. As well as the rest is still good, some of the voice actors for "Ten Commandments" are pretty interesting and not to mention the introducing of the characters in the beginning. Tomokazu Sugita also like that, filling Escanor that has a contrasting personality. To be fair, I watch this season just because I want to see the first impression of Escanor, the last member of the Seven Deadly Sins that makes the initial recognition of his character look cool from the others. The recognition of his character is also noticeable when the introduction of the background, the past, his experience with other members of the Seven Deadly Sins, and before the curse emerged. Although I'm not talking a lot here and some of the characters I already mention in the beginning, there are some twists that will also surprise you during the storyline. Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu is an overpowered anime shounen that feels excessive but enjoying to watch in free times because this series presents everything if you like Naruto, Bleach or Dragon Ball. Although the characters still seem hazy and not to mention some didn't get enough roles, this second season looks promising if it is called as the sequel. I'm not really expecting whether there is a third or no clear season, it's time to back to the manga again. But, this is a beginner recommendation if you guys are still a newbie for an anime.

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