The Seven Deadly Sins is a Japanese fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. It has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since October 2012, with the chapters collected into forty tankōbon volumes as of September 17, 2019. The manga features a setting similar to the European Middle Ages, with its titular group of knights representing the seven deadly sins.
The series was adapted into an anime television series that ran for three seasons by A-1 Pictures and Studio Deen. A film titled The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky premiered in August 18, 2018.
The manga has been licensed by Kodansha USA for English publication in North America, while the chapters are released digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries as they are published in Japan. Netflix acquired the exclusive English streaming rights for the anime series while Funimation currently has the home video rights.
As of December 2018, The Seven Deadly Sins had over 30 million copies in circulation. The manga won the 39th Kodansha Manga Award for the shōnen category in 2015.
In April 2014, the 20th issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced that The Seven Deadly Sins was being adapted into an anime television series. The series debuted on MBS and other Japan News Network stations on October 5, 2014. The staff was revealed in the combined 36/37 issue of the year: created by A-1 Pictures, directed by Tensai Okamura, written by Shōtarō Suga (Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne), with Keigo Sasaki (Blue Exorcist) providing character designs and Hiroyuki Sawano composing the music. The show’s first opening theme song is “Netsujō no Spectrum” performed by Ikimono-gakari for the first twelve episodes and the second opening theme is “Seven Deadly Sins” performed by Man with a Mission, while the first ending theme titled “7-Seven” is a collaboration between Flow and Granrodeo, the second ending theme from episode thirteen onwards is “Season” the major label debut of Alisa Takigawa.
A second anime series was confirmed on September 27, 2015 to air in 2016. This turned out to be a four-week anime television special featuring an original story by Nakaba Suzuki, titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War, that began airing on August 28, 2016 on MBS and TBS. The special was produced by A-1 Pictures, directed by Tomokazu Tokoro, and written by Yuniko Ayana and Yuichiro Kido, featuring character designs by Keigo Sasaki. The music was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano and Takafumi Wada. Its opening theme song is “Classic” by the rock band Mucc and its ending theme is “Iroasenai Hitomi” by Alisa Takigawa. A commercial following the final episode confirmed a second anime series has been green-lit.
The first Seven Deadly Sins anime series was licensed for English release by Netflix as its second exclusive anime, following their acquisition of Knights of Sidonia. All 24 episodes were released on November 1, 2015 in both subtitled or English dub formats. The Signs of Holy War arc, labeled as “Season 2”, has also been licensed by Netflix and was released on February 17, 2017. On February 14, 2017, Funimation announced that they acquired the first anime for home video distribution for US and Canada and released the series on Blu-ray and DVD later in the year. Part One of the first season was released on Blu-Ray on May 15th, 2017 with Part Two being released June 20th the same year. The complete entirety of the first season was released on August 14th, 2018. Madman Entertainment is importing Funimation’s release into Australia and New Zealand, with a release scheduled for January 2019.
A second season, titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments, was announced at the “Nanatsu no Taizai FES” event in July 2017 and premiered on January 13, 2018. Takeshi Furuta and Takao Yoshioka replaced Tensai Okamura and Shōtarō Suga as director and series composer, respectively, while the other main staff members returned from the first season to reprise their roles. The Revival of the Commandments arc, labeled as “Season 3”, was released on October 15, 2018 on Netflix. The first opening theme song of the series titled “Howling” is a collaboration between Flow and Granrodeo, and first ending theme song is “Beautiful” performed by Anly. The second opening theme titled “Ame ga Furu kara, Niji ga Deru” by Sky Peace and second ending theme titled “Chikai” by Sora Amamiya.
A third season, titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods premiered on October 9, 2019 on TV Tokyo and BS TV Tokyo. The new season will be headed towards the story’s climax. The third season is animated by Studio Deen with Susumu Nishizawa and Rintarō Ikeda replacing Takeshi Furuta and Takao Yoshioka as director and series composer, respectively. Hiroyuki Sawano, Kohta Yamamoto, and Takafumi Wada are returning to reprise their roles as the music composers. The first opening theme song is “ROB THE FRONTIER” by Uverworld, and the first ending theme song is “Regeneration” by Sora Amamiya. The second opening theme song is “delete” by SID and the second ending theme is “Good day” by Kana Adachi.
A fourth season, titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Anger’s Judgement will premiere in October 2020 on TV Tokyo and BS TV Tokyo, with the main cast members reprising their roles.
Original video animation
An original video animation (OVA) titled “Ban’s Additional Chapter”was included with the limited edition of volume 15 of the manga, released on June 17, 2015. A second OVA composed of nine humorous shorts was shipped with the limited edition of the sixteenth volume of the manga, released on August 12, 2015.
An anime film, titled The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky, premiered in Japanese theaters on August 18, 2018. It is directed by Yasuto Nishikata and written by Makoto Uezu, featuring an original story by Nakaba Suzuki and Noriyuki Abe serving as chief director. The other main staff members returned from the anime series to reprise their roles in the film. The movie features three original characters called Sorada (voiced by Tsubasa Yonaga), Elatte (voiced by Haruka Tomatsu), and Bellion (voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa). It was released later by Netflix in all regions on December 31, 2018.
A video game titled Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin was developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment and released for the Nintendo 3DS on February 11, 2015. A game titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia was developed by Bandai Namco for the PlayStation 4. It was released in North America and Europe on February 9, 2018. A mobile game titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross of Light and Darkness was developed by Netmarble and released in Japan and Korea in June 4, 2019. On March 3, the game was released globally for Android and iOS.
Four light novels based on The Seven Deadly Sins have been published; The Seven Deadly Sins -Gaiden- The Seven Wishes of the Royal City from Old Times by Shuka Matsuda on December 17, 2014; The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days by Mamoru Iwasa on December 26, 2014; The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Scars They Left Behind by Shuka Matsuda on October 16, 2015; and The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven-Colored Recollections by Shuka Matsuda on October 17, 2016. Vertical released Seven Scars They Left Behind in North America in May 2017, with Seven-Colored Recollections set to follow in March 2018.
An illustration collection titled Rainbow of Sin and an official fan book were both released on February 17, 2015, while a guidebook for the anime called Ani-Sin was released on April 17, 2015.
The series’ male main protagonist and leader of the Seven Deadly Sins, who bears the sin of wrath as a Dragon symbol on his left shoulder. Despite being called the Sin of Wrath, displaying it whenever those dear to him are endangered or killed, Meliodas conceals his rage under the façade of a mellow trickster who is often seen fondling Elizabeth one way or another. When found by Elizabeth at the start of the series, who seeks his help in reuniting the Deadly Sins after their disbandment ten years prior, Meliodas reveals to be doing the same thing. Despite his adolescent appearance, Meliodas is actually a Demon who is over three thousand years old. Meliodas is later revealed to be the son of the Demon King and original leader of the Ten Commandants, possessing the fragment of his father’s soul embodying Love. But Meliodas turned his back on his people when he fell in love with the Goddess Elizabeth, killing two of his fellow Commandments and causing the Holy War to occur. The Demon King allowed the Supreme Deity of the Goddess race to curse Meliodas with immortality, with the Demon King cursing Elizabeth with perpetual death and reincarnation to make his son suffer every time he is reunited with her. Due to the curse’s nature, Meliodas’ soul ends up in Purgatory with the Demon King feasting on his emotions before reviving him, gradually reverting to his former self as a result.
After Elizabeth begins regaining her memories as the goddess Elizabeth, Meliodas resolves to become the new demon king to break their curses. He disbands the Deadly Sins and enters an alliance with Zeldris after promising to use his status to release his brother’s love Gelda, revealing to have absorbed the Commandment of Pacifism and intending to absorb the other commandments. Despite becoming a vessel for the Demon King before managing to force him out of his body, Meliodas freed him and Elizabeth from their curses though he would leave the living world because his power as a demon king. But the victory is short-lived as the Demon King possesses Zeldris and restores Elizabeth’s curse, prompting the Sins’ final battle with the Demon King. After killing his father, Meliodas sacrifices his demon king powers to completely destroy the commandments to prevent the Demon King from reviving.
As Seven Deadly Sins’ captain once revered by his kin as the most powerful demon, Meliodas is immensely powerful and agile. His signature ability is called Full Counter, which reflects magical attacks back at the attacker with far greater power, the only drawbacks being that he can only use it as a counter and that it is ineffective against physical attacks. Meliodas can also tap into his demonic power, manifesting versatile dark energy from his body to increase his offence and defence at the cost of entering a berserk state. Meliodas initially carried a sword hilt called the Dragon Handle before it was stolen by Helbram and later revealed to be a fragment of the Coffin of Eternal Darkness, which was used to seal away the Demon clan. He later regains his Sacred Treasure Demon Sword Lostvayne, a curved short-sword that allows him to create up to four weaker clones of himself that compensate for their lack in power by using Full Counter to its full potential.
is the main viewpoint character of the story and primary female protagonist, originally from the Danafor kingdom before it was destroyed and she was adopted by Baltra Liones as third princess of Liones. She becomes an ally of the Seven Deadly Sins when seeking their help after the Great Holy Knights seized control of the kingdom, serving as a waitress in Meliodas’ bar. Despite being frail and not a fighter, Elizabeth is very courageous and willing to protect others at the cost of her own health, like allowing Hendrickson to acquire her blood to free the Demon Race from the Coffin of Eternal Darkness. Still, being only a young teenager, she is fairly gullible and easily influenced, and always tricked by Meliodas’ jokes. She doesn’t seem to mind how often he caresses, molests, or harasses her sexually, however, and has even fallen in love with him due to a sense of familiarity with and nostalgia for him.
Elizabeth is later revealed to be the 106th reincarnation of the Goddess Elizabeth, Meliodas’ first love and daughter of the Supreme Deity of the Goddess Race. But their forbidden romance ended with her killed and cursed by the Demon King to reincarnate endlessly as a means to further punish Meliodas by forcing him to watch Elizabeth endlessly die in various ways and find her all over again. This enables Elizabeth to miraculously heal the living through her right eye’s tears, later manifesting abilities that only those of the Goddess Race possess at times of great stress. Elizabeth eventually regains full memory of her previous incarnations and her full Goddess power is unleashed, activating her curse to kill her three days as the second Holy War is able to commence. This forces Meliodas to take a gambit of acquiring his father’s power to break Elizabeth’s curse, with Merlin briefly restoring the curse in secret as a means to force Meliodas to kill his father.
- Elizabeth’s previous incarnation, nicknamed Liz, initially was a warrior from an enemy country and prisoner of war, captured during a surprise attack on Danafall. But she was saved from execution by Meliodas and ended up in his custody as a Danafall knight, assuming he only wanted her for her body before eventually opening up and becoming Meliodas’ lover. Liz eventually died during the fall of Danafall. Mortally injured by Fraudrin, she told Meliodas with her final breath to never forsake his principles. Meliodas is later given Liz’s sword, which he initially refused to take, by Elizabeth and uses it until its blade eventually shatters.
- is a talking pig and Meliodas’s pet/companion, introduced as the Boar Hat’s ‘captain of the Order of Scraps Disposal’ as he eats the disgusting table scraps. Hawk found Meliodas in a ditch sixteen years prior, and the two established a mobile bar together, having been together ever since. They often engage in harmless banter, with Hawk frequently seen scolding Meliodas for his perverted actions towards Elizabeth. Though mostly serving as comic relief by acting overly arrogant, he yet aids Elizabeth and the Sins several times, utilizing headbutts and other modest attacks on weaker enemies and transporting wounded allies. In the Kingdom Infiltration Arc, Hawk sacrifices himself to block a fatal attack of Hendrickson’s aimed at Meliodas, and his death caused much anguish for Elizabeth and the Sins. But Hawk mysteriously revives from his remains as a piglet before regaining his normal size through excessive eating. Besides Meliodas, Hawk gets particularly well along with Ban and Merlin. Later, the latter equips him with a Balor Power Eye that allows him to detect the power level of anyone he sees.
- During his training in Istal, Hawk learns that he temporarily acquires the traits of whatever magical creature he eats, obtaining their powers until he digests them. It is later revealed that Hawk is a denizen of Purgatory and the younger brother of Wild, the latest of the creatures that the Demon King used as a means of spying on Meliodas from Purgatory.