The Seven Deadly Sins… I hate it.

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.

Characters:

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.

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…

Elizabeth

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

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.

 

 

 

47 thoughts on “The Seven Deadly Sins… I hate it.

  1. I just started watching kill la kill. have you seen it? I think it would be interesting to hear your point of view. It’s fanservice mixed with empowerment. I love it, you should check it out and see what you think :b

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    1. Ummm…. I’M the one who told YOU to watch Kill la Kill!!! I totally agree with you though, I LOVE IT! You should let me know when you finish it, we will have so much to discuss ^.^

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      1. i finished it ages ago :b i don’t remember you telling me, but it probably just got buried a bit under your 370 other recommendations. XD

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      2. Lol it was when we were having that discussion on Sword Art Online. To be fair I do recommend a lot of anime to you… So I’ll let this slide. I am going to do a review of it though. That was a swell suggestion.

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    1. You must not have read all the way through bc if you did you’d know I did stop watching it after the 3rd episode bc I didn’t like it. I then wrote this article explaining why I didn’t like bc review posts are a big part of what I do on GrimmGirl. I don’t just review shows I like. It’s actually pretty similar to how you disagreed with this post but still wanted to comment. You wanted your opinion to be heard. For the record though if you want your comments to be heard than you need to present them in a respectful way. If you disagree with my opinion and like the show than just say why you like it so that other people know. There’s absolutely no reason to insult me in the process. Open discussion is encouraged here on this site but insulting other people isn’t tolerated. Please respect that if you decide to comment further.

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  2. I’m a huge pervert but even I was offended by this show. I can’t recall an anime in which sexual assault was played down so much to draw in the teen boy crowd. I get that pervy characters are common in anime and are meant to bring comic relief to some situations, but every time Melodious did something, the mood of the show came screeching to a halt and I found myself irritated and baffled–I can’t imagine people genuinely laughing at most of it. It gets a lot worse later, too–at one point a girl verbally invites Melodious to grope her, and he says “Nah, it’s not fun when you’re asked to do it.” That’s where I bailed.

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    1. I’m hundred precent with you! I’m actually a pervert myself lol I usually find it really funny most of the time! But this show REALLY crossed over my boundary lines… Well more like leaped and ran over my boundary lines. I couldn’t believe it. I’m really glade I missed the girl inviting sexual assault. I think I would have both vomited and cried myself to sleep. Gahhhhh so creepy!

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  3. Okay totally agree. My bf and I decided to start another series together and I can’t watch this. I was so uncomfortable. Although he likes it of course.

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    1. Gaaaahhh! I couldn’t do it. I was out after three episodes, it was just to CREEPY. I was just talking to someone else and they said that everything gets even worse. I have honestly never been this turned off and uncomfortable watching an anime before… and I’ve seem some things lol. I hope you two can find something you both enjoy! Have you ever seen Fairy Tail or Hunter X Hunter? Off the top of my head those are two anime shows that fall into the fantasy genre if you guys dig that.

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  4. I recently watched the show and couldn’t handle it either.
    I used to enjoy a few shounens and assumed I grew out of when I tried this one, but I watched Food Wars soon after and enjoyed myself immensely. I guess 7 Deadly Sins is just irredeemable to me.

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      1. Food Wars is pervy, but it’s not in the same way as Deadly Sins. Its perverseness comes from people having “food”-gasms. The show is good overall. As a fair bit of warning though, the main character isn’t as interesting as some of the supporting cast.

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      2. Bahaha food-gasms? Lol that reminds me of Chris from YOI only his were Ice-gasms 😂It’s a bummer about the main not being as interesting but if the side characters a strong they could make up for it.

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      3. Hey, I’m following the comments on this blog, so I got dragged back here. Just wanted to say that guy below is… something. And that I actually finally watched YOI and I now get what you mean by Chris and his passions. lol

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      4. Yeah unfortunately you get people like that every once in awhile. In the positive side I’m so glad you watched YOI! What did you think of it? 😂 Haha I wasn’t kidding about Chris his passions are strong!

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      5. I really enjoyed it! Yuuri (Katsuki) and Victor are cute together. Don’t remember which episode number, but the one where they go out and kind of get engaged is my favorite. And drunk Yuuri is hilariously outgoing.

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      6. Omg I loved that too! I love how it also explains why Viktor decided to coach him and I of course love everyone’s reactions to the news. I have to say that’s probably my favorite episode too!

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  5. I really enjoy this show, personalty. I understand why you don’t like it and Meliodies’s? (RIP my spelling) pervyness is a bit over the top but the fight scenes ooooooh the fight scenes, that’s what keeps me watching.

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    1. Lol I always refer to this post as my angriest. It’s the first post I ever wrote and it’s the first time I’ve ever had this strong of a reaction against a show. I don’t think I can really speak on the fight scenes though bc I only got three episodes in if I recall… but I love fighting anime which is why I watched it in the beginning. Because I thought I’d like the fight scenes. I usually find a bit of pervyness to be really fun but his was just creepy 😂 I couldn’t go on lol

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  6. If you didn’t like it in the first 3 episodes, then I doubt you would have liked it much later on. I’m on episode 13 or so now, and I really cannot deal with Elizabeth. I think she is an annoying worthless bitch, by far the worst female heroine I have ever seen. Won’t stop crying and keeps yelling out to the MC, and constantly says how she does nothing. Needs to kill herself, and put my life at ease.

    The anime itself though is pretty good, I like Ban and King. I also like how they implemented the sins, along with the story. But man, I really hate Elizabeth. Luckily I’m already half way done though.

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    1. I think I could have really gotten onboard with some of the other characters. From what I’ve seen online the side characters look pretty cool… but I can’t stomach her for another second lol maybe if I just mute it until other characters talk.

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      1. Haha.. Yeah, I had my best friend over as I was watching the show, and he reads the manga actually. And he actually was about to drop the manga, because he found it so stupid. Nice blog though, definitely will be keeping my eye out.

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  7. Finally someone sees *that*. My younger sister likes it, and she invited our older sister to watch it on tv (by plugging the USB device on the television). I’ve got to tell you that it was embarrassing and awkward. Whenever Meliodas has *that* kind of scene coming up I just wanted to grab the remote and fast-forward bc it’s just too much. I don’t think no one besides you agrees that I don’t like the characters that you mentioned and the anime.

    Also, one thing to point out is Elizabeth’s waitress costume that she wore throughout the series. It’s waaaaay too revealing and anyone on their right mind would beg to have clothes better than *that*.

    (Sorry that I have grammatrical errors, I’m not a native speaker)

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    1. First off you write better than me lol! I to this day cannot watch anymore of this show. I have seriously never had such a strong reaction to any anime before but I found all of the scenarios to be so creepy and scary. I have friends who enjoy this show and I can’t help but cringe when they talk about how funny it is. I mean you each their own but I couldn’t watch another minute so I’m with you!

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  8. If you think Meliodas is a fucking awful pervert character… boy oh boy you’re gonna hate the siblings in No Game No Life and what they do to Stephanie (who’s also a princess – coincidence?) at least once per episode. What do they do? Whenever she loses a game against them, they force her to do things like strip to her undies and stuff like that, despite the fact that she, unlike Elizabeth, actually has the brains and balls to express her discomfort with it. And does it ever stop or slow down? Nope. They just keep doing it, and I swear Stephanie is losing her mind over the course of the series.

    Seriously. I love perverted characters, but they should seriously keep their hands to themselves UNLESS the other character has explicitly granted them consent. And even if they do turn out to be a rapey fucktwat like Meliodas, they need to be properly called out on their shit and actually gain some character development, which would mean that they gradually stop being a rapey fucktwat. I’m not even saying this from a social justice perspective (well okay maybe I am), but more from the perspective of storytelling and developing characters. If a character has major flaws at the beginning of the series, and the series ends with those flaws still there, more obvious than ever, well, there’s a huge problem with the writer’s ability (or lack thereof) to implement character development.

    Anyway, on the whole, I so agree with you, though I personally think Hawk is pretty funny XD

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    1. Wahhhh! You’re right that def doesn’t sound like my thing. I’m like you. I usually find the perverted characters to be pretty hilarious but this was just creepy! Lol I couldn’t do it. 😂 All I could think of was a knock off Happy with Hawk. Maybe if I’d seen Hawk first?

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      1. Yeah, NGNL was shit for other reasons as well, but the sexual harassment towards Stephanie that happens EVERY SINGLE BLOODY EPISODE was really bad – like, probably worse than what Meliodas does to Elizabeth.

        I haven’t actually seen Fairy Tail so I guess that’s why 😛

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  9. I randomly came across this page and I am happy to find someone who finally sees this anime to be the horrible piece of shit that it is. Btw, you don’t have to worry about the manga being any different because all the terrible things you mention are there even in the manga. I read the manga even before the anime series began and I dropped it because I was annoyed by how terrible the lead characters are. Surprisingly, I have gotten into lot of internet fights over this, so it felt real good to read your blog post 🙂

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    1. I know so many people who absolutely adore this show and are so surprised that I loath it! Lol I def feel like I’m in the minority on my feelings with this show but I can’t help it. It totally CREEPS ME OUT!

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  10. In all serious, the series gets MUCH better in the TC Saga. Too bad the anime only covers all the Sagas before it. Well Meliodas and Elizabeth personalities don’t get much more bearable in the manga, but Meliodas eventually stops his sexual assault gimmick while Elizabeth becomes more useful. People mainly read it for the other characters(King, Diane, Ban, etc.) anyways because they actually get some unique development.

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    1. Honesty Ban was just coming into the show when I stopped watching and I was actually really interested in his character! I just couldn’t get past the other two 😑 That’s actually good to know about the manga. I wonder if it’s possible just to start from there or if you miss out on the other characters back stories to much? Do you know if they’re planning on doing more of the anime?

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