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The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8

Welcome to another midweek manga review, here at Sequential Ink! This time around I’ll be looking at The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8 from Nakaba Suzuki, but first some news…

And now, onto the featured review of The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8!

The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 8The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8
by Nakaba Suzuki
Kodansha Comics
Rating: Teen (13 +)

The adventures of Meliodas and the rest of the Sins continue in Nakaba Suzuki’s The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8! These volumes see the Sins enter into a fighting tournament in an attempt to retrieve Diane’s Holy Weapon, a giant sized war hammer! As per usual, things don’t go according to plan and they soon find themselves embroiled in a battle with some familiar faces who are part of the New Generation of Holy Knights! Revelations, mysteries and more await the Sins in these four volumes.

I’ve been pretty luke warm on The Seven Deadly Sins from the get go, and these volumes don’t do anything to really change my opinion for the better. These four volumes cover two short arcs, the first focusing on a fighting tournament, which also serves as a gateway to introduce a new faction of Holy Knights and further the ideas of a conspiracy and schism plaguing that organization. Much of it is made of the old kick/splode as Meliodas, Ban and the rest of the gang engage in battle to retrieve Diane’s Holy Weapon. The second arc sees the gang dealing with the fallout of the previous battle and the revelations of New Generation and the revelation of what their long term goal is. The big event is the discovery and reunion with another Sin in the form of Gowther, a massive armored member of their team… or so they think!

Frankly, the revelations and plot twists and hidden secrets don’t help cover up the fact that The Seven Deadly Sins still reads like a fairly typical, paint by numbers shonen series. The characters are paper thin and they all seem to share a singly playful attitude. Not just the Sins, but even the antagonists. Meliodas is the playful pervy guy, Ban is the playful guy with an edgy attitude, Diane is the playful girl with a temper, etc. Several of their enemies sport similar personalities in this volume, with one of them even… well, look at the page to the right and see for yourself. I know I’m a little old and outside of the target demographic for this, but that didn’t keep me from getting interested in and invested in say… Attack on Titan, which happens to run in the same magazine as The Seven Deadly Sins. The characters are just terribly bland and uninteresting and all the mystery and ominous talk about demons and Holy Wars just can’t cover that up.A page from The Seven Deadly Sins, Vol. 7

In the past, Nakaba Suzuki’s artwork was a high point. Even if his writing was a bit bland, I always enjoyed his thatch heavy art style. While that’s still present here, it’s accompanied by some absolutely atrocious anatomy that I hadn’t noticed before. Ban and others engage in broke back poses that are easily on par with anything in the American superhero comic scene. A few characters have arms which seem to stretch to their ankles and spines that twist and bend in ways that you’d expect from a Titan. The action, at least, is exciting and fun, and Nakaba Suzuki’s character designs are generally ok, but I was a bit disappointed by the weird physiques and poses he put many of his characters in.

The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8 should be a fairly major and important period for the developing plot line with all the information and revelations that are thrown at us. Unfortunately it’s all marred by a really generic cast along with a drop off in the artwork. With eight volumes under it’s belt The Seven Deadly Sins needs to show some improvement lest it remain a middling shonen series.

The Seven Deadly Sins, Vols. 5 – 8 are available now from Kodansha Comics. Review copies provided by the publisher.

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