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Manga Monday- The Seven Deadly Sins

Manga Monday- The Seven Deadly Sins

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.

Plot

The Seven Deadly Sins are a band of knights in the land of Britannia who disbanded ten years earlier after being framed for plotting a coup of the Liones Kingdom, the Holy Knights who sequestered them then taking control in the wake of a rebellion they organized. Liones’ third princess, Elizabeth Liones, finds the Seven Deadly Sins’ leader, Meliodas, before they search out his comrades so they can clear their names and liberate Liones from the Holy Knights, who were manipulated by a demon named Fraudrin in unsealing the Demon Race from their prison. As the Sins fight against the Ten Commandments led by his brother Zeldris, Meliodas is revealed to be the Demon King’s cursed son whose destiny is tied to Elizabeth’s.

Media

Manga

Written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki, The Seven Deadly Sins began as a one-shot pilot chapter published on November 22, 2011 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine’s 52 issue of the year. The manga started serialization in the magazine’s 45 issue of 2012, released on October 10, 2012. The chapters have been collected into 40 tankōbon volumes as of February 17, 2020. The first of three planned story arcs was completed with chapter 100 and Suzuki has originally projected that the series would run for 20 to 30 volumes. The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Kodansha USA, who published the first volume on March 11, 2014. In February 2020, Suzuki posted on his Twitter account that the manga has “one more volume left” after volume 40. Suzuki has mentioned in an afterword that side stories are also planned for based on the remaining characters. The manga will be finished on March 25, 2020. As the series is published in Japan, it is also released simultaneously in English digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries.

A special issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine, published on October 19, 2013, featured a small crossover between The Seven Deadly Sins and Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail, where each artist drew a yonkoma (four-panel comic) of the other’s series. An actual crossover chapter between the two ran in the magazine’s combined 4/5 issue of 2014, which was released on December 25, 2013. Nakaba wrote a one-shot for the November 2014 issue of the shōjo manga magazine Nakayoshi, released on October 3, 2014. He also created a comedic one-shot depicting how Meliodas and Hawk first met that ran in the October 20, 2014 issue of Magazine Special. From February 24 to May 10, 2015, two more spin-off manga by Nakaba were available on the smartphone and tablet application Manga Box. Naku na, Tomo yo is about Hendrickson and Dreyfus’ younger years, while Gilthunder no Shinjitsu is set after the Vaizel Fight Festival arc and follows Gilthunder. An original 40-page manga by Nakaba Suzuki will be distributed during screenings of The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky movie.

Spin-off manga

A comedic spin-off series by Juichi Yamaki, titled Mayoe! The Seven Deadly Sins Academy! and imagining the characters as high school students, ran in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine from August 9, 2014 to October 8, 2016. It was collected into four tankōbon volumes. The Seven Deadly Sins Production, a comedic spin-off by Chiemi Sakamoto that imagines the characters as actors performing in a live-action TV show, ran in Aria from November 28, 2015 to October 28, 2017. It was collected into four tankōbon volumes.

A comedic yonkoma titled The Seven Deadly Sins: King’s Road to Manga and written by Masataka Ono that depicts King as an aspiring manga artist, began on February 20, 2016 in Magazine Special before transferring to the Manga Box app on February 1, 2017 and ending later that year. Its chapters were collected into three tankōbon volumes. A manga adaptation of Mamoru Iwasa’s novel Seven Days was serialized in Shōnen Magazine Edge from January 17 to September 2017 and shows how Ban and Elaine met in more detail. It is illustrated by Yō Kokukuji, titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days ~The Thief and the Holy Girl~ and was collected into two tankōbon volumes.

Reception

As of August 2014, the collected volumes of The Seven Deadly Sins had 5 million copies in circulation. By January 2015, this number had grown to 10 million sold. As of June 2018, the series has 28 million copies in circulation, and over 30 million copies in circulation as of December 2018. The first collected volume of the series sold 38,581 copies in its first week, ranking number 13 on the Oricon manga chart. Its second volume ranked 5 selling 106,829 in its first week, while its third debuted at number 4 with 135,164 copies. The thirteenth volume had the manga’s best debut week to date, selling 442,492 for first place on the chart. The series was the ninth best-selling manga of 2014, with over 4.6 million copies sold that year. For the first half of 2015, The Seven Deadly Sins was the number one best-selling series. It finished the year in second place with over 10.3 million copies sold, behind only One Piece. It was the sixth best-selling of 2016, with over 5 million copies sold, and the seventh of 2017, with close to 3.6 million copies sold. The 2014 edition of Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, which surveys people in the manga and publishing industry, named The Seven Deadly Sins the fifth best manga series for male readers. The title was named Best Shōnen Manga at the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards alongside Yowamushi Pedal. It was also nominated for the 2014 Manga Taishō award and as Best Youth Comic at the 42nd Angoulême International Comics Festival in France.

The North American releases of volumes two and four charted on The New York Times Manga Best Seller list at number seven and nine respectively. Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network (ANN) gave the first volume a B grade, calling the art interesting and the story a “neat take on the basic knights-in-shining-armor.” She saw influence from Akira Toriyama in Meliodas and 1970s shōjo manga in the female characters. However, Silverman felt the art had issues with perspective and commented that Elizabeth lacked character development. Both Silverman and Danica Davidson of Otaku USA warned that Meliodas’ perverted actions towards Elizabeth, which are used for comedic relief, could possibly be misinterpreted by some readers. In a brief review, Jason Thompson claimed that the series follows common shōnen manga elements, making its plot twists and dialog predictable. He did however like the art and the series’ European setting.

The first DVD volume of the anime debuted at number one on Oricon’s Japanese animation DVD chart with 3,574 copies sold. With 32,762 copies sold of the five volumes released at the time, The Seven Deadly Sins was the 30th best-selling anime of the first half of 2015. Reviewing the first anime for ANN, Theron Martin felt that the series has a slow start with generic shōnen action fare but the storytelling picks up significantly in the second half. He had strong praise for the music and enjoyed the main cast and their interactions, but not the common archetypal villains. Martin noted that the art has a “semi-cartoonish look” that one would expect in a series that “skews a bit younger,” but The Seven Deadly Sins graphic violence and minimal fan service prove its “anything but a kiddie show.”

The novel The Seven Deadly Sins -Gaiden- Sekijitsu no Ōto Nanatsu no Negai was the 33rd best-selling light novel of the first half of 2015, with 61,939 copies sold.

In October 2017, Netflix revealed that The Seven Deadly Sins anime was the fourth most binge-watched show within its first 24 hours of release on their platform.

 

Film Friday- Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Film Friday- Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is a Japanese fantasy adventure manga series written and illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from June 2009 to October 2017, with the individual chapters collected and published into 37 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan.

An anime television adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired in Japan from October 2012 to March 2013 and a second season titled Magi: The Kingdom of Magic aired from October 2013 to March 2014.

In North America, the manga has been licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media and the anime series by Aniplex of America. It has also been licensed by Kazé in United Kingdom and by Madman Entertainment in Australia.

A spin-off series titled Magi: Adventure of Sinbad, written by Ohtaka and illustrated by Yoshifumi Ohtera, began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Sunday in May 2013, before being moved to Shogakukan’s website Ura Sunday, where it was published from September 2013 to April 2018.

In 2014, the Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic received the 59th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen category. As of April 2016, the manga had over 23 million copies in print.

Anime

During the Shogakukan’s Jisedai World Hobby Fair ’12 Summer event, an anime television adaptation was announced on the event’s official website. The anime series, produced by A-1 Pictures began airing in Japan on October 7, 2012, replacing Mobile Suit Gundam AGE in the MBS/TBS’s 5:00 p.m timeslot, and finished on March 31, 2013. For the first 12 episodes, the opening theme song is “V.I.P.” by SID and the ending theme song is “Yubi Bōenkyō” by Nogizaka46. From episode 13 onwards, the opening song is “Matataku Hoshi no Shita de” by Porno Graffitti and the ending is “The Bravery” by Supercell.

Just after the end of the anime series, a second season titled Magi: The Kingdom of Magic was announced. The series started airing on October 6, 2013 at the same timeslot of the first season, replacing Space Battleship Yamato 2199, and finished on March 30, 2014. For the first 13 episodes, the opening theme song is “Anniversary” by SID and the ending theme song is “Eden” by Aqua Timez, while from episode 14 onwards, the opening theme song is “Hikari” by ViViD and the ending theme song is “With You/With Me” by 9nine.

The series debuted in North America on October 10, 2012 on Crunchyroll and Hulu, Aniplex of America licensed the series and its English-dub was streamed on Viz Media’s Neon Alley service. In December 2019, Funimation added the series to its streaming service. It has also been licensed by Viz Media Europe in Europe, Kazé in the UK (distributed by Manga Entertainment), and by Madman Entertainment in Australia.

Video games

Magi: Hajimari no Meikyū is a video game adaption of Magi released for the Nintendo 3DS platform. The game is produced by Bandai Namco Games and was released in Japan on February 21, 2013. The game got an update with more playable characters, a new dungeon and more story. A second titled Magi: Aratanaru no Sekai for 3DS, was announced in September 2013. The game was released on February 13, 2014.

Plot

After being secluded for his entire life, a boy called Aladdin travels the world with his “friend” Ugo, the Djinn contained within Aladdin’s flute, until he meets Alibaba Saluja, a young man aiming to one day explore the nearby dungeon Amon and claim its treasures. Aladdin and Alibaba eventually become friends, and conquer Amon together, despite facing the opposition of the ruthless Jamil and his slave warriors: Morgiana and Goltas. After a desperate fight, the two protagonist fend off Jamil and assist Morgiana in breaking the mental chains that bind her to her former master. Alibaba claims the dungeon while the Djinn Amon appears in front of Aladdin to briefly explain that he is a Magi and that Alibaba is his king’s candidate. However, they are interrupted by an outside force trying to close the dungeon off. Alibaba, Aladdin, and Morgiana escape the dungeon while Goltas resolves to die to atone for his sins along with broken former master, but not before cutting Morgiana’s shackles. For some reason, Aladdin ends up teleported to a distant land, far away from the others, where he learns what a Magi is, and that he is one. Having no news of his friend, Alibaba uses the treasure he obtained in Amon to free all slaves in the city, including Morgiana and returns to Balbadd, his homeland.

After having their own adventures in separate locations, Aladdin and Morgiana encounter a naked Sinbad, a famous king of the island country of Sindria, who has been stripped of his metal vessels. They eventually reunite with Alibaba in Balbadd, where they learn that he has joined the Fog Troupe, a cadre of thieves opposing the tyrannical rule of King Abhmad, Alibaba’s half-brother. Helped by Aladdin, Morgiana and King Sinbad, Alibaba manages to have the monarchy dissolved and establishes a republic in Balbadd. However, Balbadd ends up annexed to the Kou Empire, a powerful Eastern nation that plans to conquer the entire world under the pretense of putting an end to all conflict between the nations.

Following the events in Balbadd, Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana are brought to Sindria, where they train under members of Sinbad’s household to increase their abilities and help him with his mission to stop the mysterious organization, Al-Thamen, that works in the shadows to spread chaos throughout the world as part of an unknown agenda. The trio ends up befriending Hakuryuu Ren, a prince of the Kou Empire visiting Sindria and whom they help to conquer the dungeon Zagan. After confronting members of Al-Thamen, Aladdin and his friends go separate ways for personal reasons, promising to rejoin together in the future. Aladdin enrolls in the Magnostadt Academy, a place where magicians are treated as higher tier citizens than their normal human counterparts, to study magic and investigate the country’s ties to Al-Thamen, Alibaba leaves to train with the Yambala Gladiators in the Reim Empire in order to improve his swordsmanship and learn magoi manipulation so he can achieve his complete Djinn Equip, Hakuryuu returns to the Kou Empire, and Morgiana departs to the Dark Continent to fulfill her dream of visiting her homeland.

One year later, Aladdin and Alibaba are reunited during Reim’s campaign to conquer Magnostadt. After having helped defend the city, the Kou Empire launches a surprise attack. Hoping to prevent anymore magicians from falling in the battle, the city’s leader, Matal Mogamett, summons an army of Dark Djinns with a huge mass of Black Rukh stored in its deepest level to defeat the invaders for good. However, Aladdin reveals that by doing this, Mogamett unwillingly helped Al-Thamen to get closer to their main objective, which is to summon their god, Ill Ilah, whose advent will cause the world’s destruction. To prevent it from happening, Aladdin and his friends join forces with the Kou Empire, the Reim Empire and Sinbad’s confederation, the Alliance of Seven Seas, to stop the summoning.

A few months later, representatives from Kou, Reim and Sindria gather for a summit organized by Sinbad. At the summit, Aladdin reveals that mankind was originally several distinct species transformed by magic into humans whose origin was the world of Alma-Torran, located in another dimension. The former god of this world being Ill Ilah who had its magic stolen by Aladdin’s father, King Solomon, in order to create a destiny favorable to the people of Alma-Torran. Resisting this change, the members of Al-Thamen summoned Ill llah to the world so it could reclaim its magoi. This sapped the world of all life and forced Solomon to give his life to seal away Ill Ilah and Al-Thamen along with it. Solomon gave his magoi to Ugo, and Ugo stored all the magoi within the Sacred Palace and used it to create the current world, the Magi system, and transport everyone from Alma-Torran to this world.

However, the summit is interrupted when Hakuryuu Ren and Judar start a civil war in the Kou Empire. Aladdin and Alibaba fly to the center of the Kou Empire to talk sense into Hakuryuu, however, they realize that he has fallen into depravity. The two duos fight and Alibaba and Judar end up as casualties. Hakuryuu fights most of the war by himself using his newly obtained Djinn, Belial, but eventually runs out of magic and is forced to rely on Sinbad’s assistance. After the war ends, Sinbad realizes his plan of having almost all the world’s main powers assembled into a supranational union, the “International Alliance”, and ushering a new era of peace and prosperity to the world, while Aladdin, Morgiana and Hakuryuu take separate ways. Meanwhile, a revived Judar and Alibaba meet on the other side of the Dark Continent, where they encounter the Mother Dragon who decides to assist them in traveling back to the mainland, however this would be a long journey. While traveling back, the Mother Dragon reveals that Ill Ilah’s persona has been corrupted by David, the father of King Solomon and grandfather of Aladdin. He is also revealed to be connected to Sinbad and wants to become God of all.

Three years later, Alibaba reappears and reunites with his friends after they defeat Arba, apparently destroying Al-Thamen for good. However, Arba’s spirit turns to Sinbad, and together, they reach the Sacred Palace where Ugo resides. By defeating Ugo and claiming ownership of the palace, Sinbad declares that the souls of all living things on Earth will be sent back to the Rukh, ending the cycle of life and death, certain that there is no other way to attain eternal peace and happiness for all. Aladdin, Alibaba, Hakuryuu and Judar join forces to confront Sinbad, but just after they reach a compromise with him, David appears and takes control of the Sacred Palace, as returning all souls to the Rukh was his original plan. After joining together to defeat David and destroy the Rukh system, the world suffers massive changes and magic disappears, leading the nations to unite their efforts to create a better future.

 

Thursday News- April 2, 2020

Thursday News- April 2, 2020

Tokyo Mew Mew Magical Girl Manga Gets All-New Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-02/tokyo-mew-mew-magical-girl-manga-gets-all-new-anime/.158225

This Week in Games-Assorted Tomfoolery: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-x-button/2020-04-02/this-week-in-games-assorted-tomfoolery/.158206

Crunchyroll to Stream Dropkick on My Devil!! Dasj, Tsugumomo2, More Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-02/crunchyroll-to-stream-dropkick-on-my-devil-dash-tsugumomo2-more-anime/.158237

Tiger & Bunny Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2022- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-02/tiger-and-bunny-anime-gets-2nd-season-in-2022/.158236

Anime

  • Angel’s 3Piece BD
  • AntiMagic Academy “The 35th Test Platoon” BD
  • Aria: The Scarlet Ammo Essentials BD
  • Fire Force Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko’s Lie BD
  • The Promised Neverland BD
  • To Love-Ru Season 1 BD
  • Transformers Complete Original Series DVD
  • Urahara Essentials BD
  • Wise Man’s Grandchild BD/DVD
  • Wise Man’s Grandchild Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils BD
  • Yamada’s First Time – B Gata H Kei Essentials BD

Manga

  • 1122: For a Happy Marriage GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Ace of the Diamond GN 25 (Digital Only)
  • Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-be GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Can I Really Buy You With Money? GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund: Age of Scarlet Order GN 1
  • Delay GN (Digital Only)
  • Dimension W GN 16
  • Droplets of Melting Snow GN (Digital Only)
  • Embrace Me, Kiss Me More GN (Digital Only)
  • Fire in his Fingertips: A Flirty Fireman Ravishes Me with his Smoldering Gaze GN 1
  • For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams GN 4 (hardcover)
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 2
  • Incessantly Falling GN (Digital Only)
  • Irresistible Person GN (Digital Only)
  • Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! GN 4
  • Let’s Kiss in Secret Tomorrow GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Liar Lover GN (Digital Only)
  • Loner Life in Another World GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Made in Abyss GN 8
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Mob Psycho 100 GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Parallel Paradise GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Reincarnated as a Sword GN 2
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 9
  • Sayuri’s Blues GN (Digital Only)
  • Space Brothers GN 35 (Digital Only)
  • A Sign of Affection GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • That Blue Summer GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • UQ Holder! GN 19
  • Vampire Hunter D GN 29
  • World’s End Harem GN 8

Other

  • 86 Novel 4
  • Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Switch game
  • The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess’s Heroes Novel 3
  • The Economics of Prophecy Novel 2 (Digital Only)A
  • Full Metal Panic! GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 5
  • Infinite Stratos Novel 12 (Digital Only)
  • I Shall Survive Using Potions! Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Owarimonogatari Part 2 Novel
  • Persona 5 Royal PS4 game
  • Record of Wortenia War Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Resurrection at Nineteen Novel 2
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 8
  • The Unwanted Undead Novel 5
  • The World’s Least Interesting Master Swordsman Novel 2 (Digital Only)