Seven Deadly Sins is a new Netflix original anime, based on a manga by the same name. Netflix obtained license rights to the series and released episodes 1-24 on November 1, 2015 and being an anime fan I had to give it a shot.
Now, I have never read the manga, so maybe I would like that better, but I found the show to be unbearable. If a show hasn’t made me at least like ONE thing about it in five episodes than I just have to throw my hands up and admit that the show isn’t for me.
Let’s be clear. When I say this show, “isn’t for me” that’s my polite way of saying, “I fucking hate this show and I can’t believe I sat through five whole episodes without setting my TV on fire.” I think all we need to do is take a look at the three main characters to understand why I couldn’t suffer through a single minute more.
What can I say about the characters except by and large I kind of… sort of…really… hate them. It’s true.
Full disclosure here, but I find very few redeeming qualities in any of them.
First up, Meliodas.
He is the leader of the Seven Deadly Sins, a band of fighters in hiding after being accused of killing members of the Holy Knights. The Holy Knights protect the kingdom.
Meliodas is a super amazing fighter, runs a pub, can’t cook, looks much younger than he is, and is a total pervert.
Now, there is nothing new about having a pervy character type in an anime and honestly they end up being some of my favorite characters.
Perv type characters are usually good for providing a few laughs and lightening the mood. Perfect examples include (but aren’t limited to):
They both have their pervy moments, but they bring other things to the table.
Meliodas brings nothing to the table. He’s not funny and while I think his perverted moments are meant to be humorous they’re just really scary when you think about it.
For example upon first meeting Elizabeth she passes out and he takes her upstairs to his bed. He then proceeds to squeeze her boob while she’s unconscious. Yes, nothing says super hilarious like sexual assault. If we read that in the news we would be horrified.
Jiraiya and Master Roshi may have had tons of nuddy mags and frequented plenty of ladies of the night but that’s not illegal.
On the rare occasion they did start to get a little to rowdy, for example peaking into the women’s only baths or making an off hand comment their was always someone to knock them (literally) back into place.
I think what totally pisses me off about Meliodas is that he takes advantage of Elizabeth in a totally rapey way. He is stronger than her and she’s alone and he plays that to his advantage. I suppose we as an audience are suppose to be okay with it because Elizabeth is a naïve dumbass. Sorry, but no thanks.
This brings me to Elizabeth, because she is totally a naïve dumbass. Elizabeth is a princess from the royal family who escapes being falsely arrested when the Holy Knights revolt against her kingdom. After hearing stories from her father as a child about the Seven Deadly Sins she decides to find the Seven Deadly Sins and reunite them in order to defeat the Holy Knights and save the kingdom. You’re probably thinking she sounds like a pretty badass character…
She’s not. Let me give you a few examples of her stellar brainwork as proof.
At one point her, Meliodas, and Hawk (Meliodas’s pet pig) are walking through a destitute forest because they suspect one of the Seven Deadly Sins could be hiding there.
Meliodas takes this opportunity to reach his hand up Elizabeth’s skirt and grabs her ass. Elizabeth, instead of being horrified or scared (which would be a completely normal reaction) is relieved to find out it is him because at first she thought it was a ghost or monster.
I haven’t been in a lot of supposedly hunted forests but apparently ass-grabbing ghosts run rampant. Her sense of relief that it is only Meliodas quickly turns to horror a few steps later when she makes a horrible revelation… Her panties are gone!
“Where could they be?!” she wonders to herself, “I know I was wearing them this morning.”
I’m not fucking joking; this is literally her thought process. She continues walking, silently freaking out, as her brain tries to solve The Great Panty Caper. However, before her mind can work out all the kinks her party is attacked by mimic monsters.
Our mimic monsters impersonate a zillion Elizabeths in an effort to frighten our heroes away.
In order to separate the real Elizabeth from the fakes, Meliodas asks them to perform a series of hard-hitting tasks in hopes of finding the true Elizabeth. He asks them to do three things.
- First, to raise their right hand while putting their left hand on their cheek and “bashfully” saying his name.
- Second, to squeeze their boobs.
- Third, to jump as high as they can.
*Gasp* What’s this?
One Elizabeth refuses to jump?
That’s right our real Elizabeth shouts out in a mixer of embarrassment and shame that she just can’t jump up because, alas, she has no panties. Meliodas takes this as his cue to quickly knock out the rest of the Elizabeths in one swift hit.
That’s when Melidoas hands her back her panties causing her to exclaim, “So you stole them?!” Thank heavens The Great Panty Caper was solved.
I was this close to hoping for a Sherlock crossover.
Sadly, this isn’t the last of Elizabeth’s amazing insights to the power of deduction. Later she almost bursts her one brain cell trying to figure out if Melidoas sticking his head up her skirt and rubbing his face on her vagina will in fact heal his very serious sword wound.
SPOILER ALERT it doesn’t.
After getting his fill Melidoas comes clean and tells her that it won’t actually heal him. He instead he just needs sleep. Mystery solved.
On top of Elizabeth being an idiot she’s also a total crybaby. Everything, no matter what, is always her fault. Those types of characters will forever get on my nerves. If I’m not mistaken she cries at least once in every episode I watched. It is super annoying and repetitive.
Now that we’ve taken care of Meliodas and Elizabeth let’s talk about Hawk.
Hawk is Meliodas’s pig companion who eats up scraps. I imagine he was written in the same vein as Happy from FairyTale, except instead of being hilarious and totally awesome when he needs to be, Hawk is just really annoying.
Every once in awhile Hawk calls out Meliodas for his sexually assaulting ways, reminding him that, “Now’s not the time for that” or scolding Elizabeth for not recognizing that Meliodas’s actions are in fact not ways in which to advance their search for The Seven Deadly Sins or heal wounds magically, but are forms of sexual harassment.
Otherwise he’s just there.
He doesn’t bring any fighting ability that I know of, nor does he in some way aid Meliodas in his fights like Kirara did for Songo in Inuyasha. I don’t know if later in the series he gets some magic power/item that makes him more useful, but in the beginning he’s just a talking pig. A super annoying, talking, pig.
To sum it up my biggest turn off from the show was shitty characters and their need to constantly try to make sexual assault funny. I recognize it is just a show and not real life, but even still it made me incredible uncomfortable and angry.
I am done watching shows where the girl characters are used as nothing more but pawns in some rape fantasy.