I Have No Regrets
This small two-syllable word sends both a rush of adrenaline through my veins and shivers of fear down my spine. It was a typical Thursday afternoon and the warm familiar glow of the Netflix home screen greeted me and introduced me to one of its friends; a new anime series called “The Seven Deadly Sins”. I made the mistake of thinking I could merely check out the new series for a quick homework break and leave unscathed. I was wrong. Boy, oh boy was I wrong. My Netflix anime binge had begun.
Hook, Line and Sinker
“The Seven Deadly Sins”, released on November 1st, is Netflix’s second original Western anime exclusive based off the best-selling manga series of the same name, Nanatsu no Taiza. It’s set in a world that resembles the European Middle Ages where mighty Holy Knights guard kingdoms with wicked magical powers and killer hidden talents.
The series begins with a flashback to ten years ago by telling the story of seven knights who became outlaws after they supposedly conspired to overthrow their king and take over the Kingdom of Liones. These seven knights were known as The Seven Deadly Sins as they were the most powerful group in all of their land with each member equipped with an unique power resembling their “sin”. The Seven Deadly Sins were presumed dead at the hands of the kingdom’s other Holy Knights and overtime became an urban legend for the people of Britannia who say that the Sins evaded death and are still alive somewhere waiting to enact their revenge.
Now here’s where it gets interesting. Fast-forward to the present we see that the Liones Kingdom has been taken over by tyrannical Holy Knights who staged a coup and locked away the king. Elizabeth, the third princess to the throne manages to sneak away and begins a journey to track down The Seven Deadly Sins, believing they are the only ones strong enough to take down the corrupt Holy Knights.
Still not intrigued? My dear precious reader that was me when I read that similar summary off Google. I thought, “Magic, action, and evil knights *yawn* I probably already know how this plot is going to turn out.” However, in retrospect it was either watch the anime or study for a painful physics midterm. I think you all know which one I obviously chose and so just like that I was hooked by the end of the first episode. Trust me, the ending of the first episode will blow your mind and make you realize this anime is unlike any other. I won’t spoil anything but let’s just say the plot twists are endless and every episode ends with a cliffhanger leaving you begging for more, and I’m not even going to start telling you about the incredibly moving character back stories that gave me the feels and left me in tears.
Light and airy yet incredibly dark and scary, “The Seven Deadly Sins” does it all and if you like humor and action this is the series for you. But heck, don’t take my word for it, I’m just a broke college student who wants to enrich your life. Nevertheless I have to do the mature thing and triple dog dare you to try the series and when you do succumb to binge-watching it over sleep then I suppose that… will be my sin.