I finally got around to watching the second season of The Seven Deadly Sins now that it’s been a year since it aired, and I have to say I’m disappointed. In fact, I have so many complaints about this season that they’ll be in their own section of this review later on.
In this section I’ll instead be going over the general plot of the season and the few things I think it did well.
So, the first thing I should mention is that this season comes after the Signs of Holy War OVA (which Netflix erroneously calls the second season). It won’t really matter if you haven’t seen the OVA before watching this season, but it is referenced at least once.
But, anyway, the general plot of this season is that ten powerful demons known as the Ten Commandments have been revived by the antagonists from the first season. It’s also revealed that those first season antagonists were actually being used by the Ten Commandments, and weren’t really bad after all.
The Ten Commandments had been sealed away for 3,000 years after they were betrayed by one of their own, Meliodas. Yes, that’s a spoiler, but it was pretty obvious from the start, especially considering two of the Ten Commandments are his brothers.
Now that this ancient evil has been awoken, it’s time for Meliodas to reclaim the power which was stolen from him by Merlin, as well as time to find the final member of the Sins. Both of these things are surprisingly easy to achieve.
To regain his power, all Meliodas has to do isnot go crazy and destroy everything when he re-lives the memory of his girlfriend dying. And, the Lion Sin of Pride, Escanor, is found on accident by Ban, who is off doing his own thing for the majority of the season.
Then, once all the Sins have reunited, there’s a battle for the fate of Britannia and Camelot, but it doesn’t really matter at all in the end. In fact, by the end of this season barely any progress has been made story-wise and it feels like it was all just a setup for the third season.
But, we do get some good from the season. For starters, we’re finally introduced to “best boy” Escanor. But, more importantly, we get more backstory on the Sins, which was my favorite part of the first season, and really carries this second season.
I think my favorite part of season one was the origin story of how Ban gained his immortality, and in this season we get even more backstory of Ban from when he was even younger. Though, there’s also more backstory on Diane, and I don’t care about her at all.
There are two major new characters on the side of the good guys, and these are Escanor and Jericho. However, since Jericho isn’t exactly new, I’ll go over her first.
Jericho was an apprentice Holy Knight who was turned into a demon during the climax of season one. She was then saved by Ban, for whom she develops a crush. When Ban sets out on his own at the beginning of this season, Jericho follows him like the stalker she is.
However, despite loving Ban, she knows that Ban will never love her in return because he has Elaine (although she’s dead). Since Ban’s ultimate goal is to revive Elaine, that means he won’t ever see Jericho as a romantic partner.
But, all hope isn’t lost for Jericho, because even if Ban won’t return her love, he does warm up to her. At first he simply refers to her as “you,” but over time he starts calling her “Joriko,” and then eventually by her actual name, “Jericho.” He also says that she’s the only human he can tolerate.
Jericho also really develops into her own character over the course of the season. While she starts off as little more than Ban’s stalker, she proves to be a loyal friend and even rescues a temporarily reincarnated Elaine, despite the two being romantic rivals.
Unfortunately for Jericho, as much as I grew to like her character, she’s outclassed by the other new character of the season, Escanor. Escanor is the final member of the Seven Deadly Sins as well as the most powerful. Yes, he’s even stronger than Meliodas.
Escanor wields the power of the Sun, literally. He’s able to materialize a miniature sun and throw it at his enemies, which is obviously a pretty devastating attack, but that’s not all. He’s also the most physically strong of the Sins and has the highest defense.
His signature ax is so heavy that even demons can’t lift it, but he can effortlessly with one hand. He can also easily chop a mountain in half with it if he so chose. As for his defense, when one of his ax swings was countered back at him at double the power, it merely left a small cut.
But, while Escanor is the strongest of the Sins, he’s also the weakest. His true power is only revealed during the day and when he’s in sunlight. During the night, his body shrivels up and he becomes a weak and timid man who’s easily killed.
However, it would be a mistake to believe Escanor can be defeated simply by taking away the source of his power, the Sun, once he’s fully charged. Remember how I mentioned that he can create miniature suns? Well, those power him up too.
Honestly, I’d recommend watching this season just for Escanor alone. Yes, he’s extremely overpowered andI think he defeats just about all of the Commandments solo, but he’s so entertaining that I’ll allow it. Alternatively, just go watch this clip of Escanor on YouTube.
Next up we have the new antagonists of the series, the Ten Commandments. These are the elite soldiers who serve directly under the Demon King, and who are the basis for the formation of the Seven Deadly Sins. Meliodas knew they would be revived one day, and so wanted to form a team to defeat them.
Each of the Commandments has a special ability bestowed upon them by the Demon King, which corresponds to their specific commandment in some way. For example, Galand’s commandment is Truth and so anyone who lies in his presence is turned to stone.
The names and commandments assigned to each of the Ten Commandments are as follows:
- Galand – Truth
- Melascula – Faith
- Monspeet – Reticence
- Derieri – Purity
- Drole – Patience
- Gloxinia – Repose
- Grayroad – Pacifism
- Fraudrin – Selflessness
- Estarossa – Love
- Zeldris – Piety
As far as we know at this point, eight of the Ten Commandments are Demons, though since they all look so different this may not be the case. The two who weknow aren’t Demons are Drole and Gloxinia. Drole is a Giant of some sort who’s worshiped by the current race of Giants, and Gloxinia is the first Fairy King.
It’s also been revealed that Estarossa and Zeldris are the brothers of Meliodas, though this fact doesn’t really seem to matter at all as far as the plot is concerned.
There are three major problems introduced in the second season of The Seven Deadly Sins, along with a decent number of minor, plot related problems as well. These major problems are the introduction of power levels, the inclusion of exposition dumps, and the appearance of special skills.
Let’s begin with power levels since it’s one of the most overt issues this second season has. Typically the way you show that one character is stronger than another is by either one on one combat, or by showing the stronger character doing something the weaker can’t.
For example, if you wanted to show that Escanor is stronger than Meliodas, you might show Meliodas lift a house while showing Escanor lift a castle. However, for some ungodly reason, power levels were introduced. This means that each character has a number associated with them to show how strong they are.
For example, Meliodas normally has a power level between 2,000 – 3,000 before regaining his power, and then somewhere around 40,000 when he’s fully powered up. Escanor, by comparison is above 60,000. The issue with this is that it takes away the excitement of a series by giving the viewer needless statistics.
If we know Escanor is at 60,000, but his opponent is only at 30,000, then we already know the outcome of the fight. I don’t recall a single fight this season which ended with the person with a lower power level winning, and their power levels were all typically established before each fight.
But, this also ties into the second problem, exposition dumps.
An exposition dump, or information dump, is when every aspect of something is explicitly explained by a character rather than being shown. This is what people are talking about when they say that a series should show, not tell.
I think it’s fair to say that 40% of this season was exposition dump. Characters were constantly explaining their own powers or the powers of others despite the fact that we, the viewers, could just see how these powers work by watching them in action.
And, it’s not like every power was only explained once. Every time one of the Commandments would appear in battle, they would have to explain to their opponent how their commandment ability worked even though we’ve heard the explanation before and even seen it in action.
Basically, this is a waste of time that only serves to do two things: make the viewers lose interest by stopping the action to explain it, and treating the viewers like they’re stupid and can’t understand simple concepts.
While there have already been special skills present in this series to an extent, such as Meliodas’ Full Counter and Ban’s immortality, this was taken to the next level this season. Yes, every one of the Sins is supposed to have something special about them, but they aren’t all exactly what I would call special skills.
Meliodas’ Full Counter I would say is more of a special attack than passive skill. Ban’s immortality is a passive skill, but not an inherent one. Diane’s ability to control the Earth seems like a special skill, but this is actually something all Giants can do.
The first hint we got of actual special skills came with Gowther’s ability to overwrite people’smemories. While I never thought this skill made much sense, I accepted it for what it was. Escanor is the next one we see with a special skill, which is how he gets powered up by the Sun.
Again, I was fine with Escanor having this skill, because that’s actually the one thing that sets him apart from anyone else, and it isn’t all-powerful. During the night, Escanor is basically useless, so to make up for that he’s extremely powerful during the day.
But, then more characters started to have special skills introduced, such as Merlin. Merlin’s whole thing is that she’s extremely good at magic, but not very good at anything else. That alone is enough to set her apart from the rest of the Sins, as well as most other characters.
However, it was later revealed that she has an inherent, passive skill that means any spell she casts will stay in effect indefinitely without her requiring to expend any further magic. And, due to her role as a highly skilled, mage, this is extremely broken. So broken that both the Commandments and other Sins alike say it’s broken.
Think of it in RPG elements. Let’s say you have 10 magic points and use a skill that makes you invincible. However, this skill uses 2 magic points per second, which means you can only stay invincible for 5 seconds. Merlin, on the other hand, can use up the initial 2 magic points, but then remain invincible indefinitely.
Along with the three major issues with this season, there were also a lot of minor issues, only some of which I’ll cover here. The first is connected to the problem of special skills, and this is that everyone has to be special in some way.
It’s revealed that Meliodas is the son of the Demon King and that every time he dies he simply gets reincarnated because that has something to do with the commandment he was given. It’s also implied that Elizabeth is the reincarnation of Meliodas’ girlfriend, Liz, and that she was probably of the Goddess race in her original incarnation.
This means that Meliodas and Elizabeth are constantly drawn together every time they reincarnate across time, and their story is probably going to be about some forbidden love between a Demon prince and Goddess princess. That’s fine because they’re the main duo, but what about everyone else?
It’s revealed that Gowther is actually a former member of the Commandments as well, but nobody seems to realize this. You would think that Meliodas would have remembered that, but he seems to have no knowledge of Gowther. Merlin also claims to be the one who created Gowther, and yet she has no knowledge of this either.
Thiscould be explained by Gowther changing their memories with his special skill, but for now we just don’t know. But, even if Gowther being special can be explained in a “reasonable” way, it’s also revealed that Merlin is actually some sort of ancient, demonic queen from thousands of years ago.
Why are the characters all suddenly getting random, ancient backstories? Why wasn’t Merlin being an OP mage enough? She has to be an ancient demon queen now too? These revelations about the main characters feel like plot twists that were simply added for cheap shock value and nothing more.
Also, speaking of Gowther, he literally ruins everything multiple times throughout the season and yet the Sins all accept him as one of them. It doesn’t seem like he was ever actually close to any of them, none of them know anything about him, and yet when he does things like erase Diane’s memory it’s viewed as not his fault because he’s their “friend.”
So, what about side characters? Well, they have issues too in a way. Let’s start with King Arthur and Camelot. The first season made it seem like they were going to be important, but that turned out not to be the case. Arthur is just some weak kid and Camelot gets taken over within a day.
Why build up the whole Arthur and Camelot thing at the end of the first season and then throw it aside in the second? It looks like the third season is going to take place in Camelot now, but I can’t be sure based on how this second season went.
And, since this is getting long, the final issue I’ll point out is when one of the Goddesses was summoned using the body of a holy knight as a vessel. This Goddess was supposed to be his trump card, but once she’s summoned she immediately flees from the demon she was summoned to fight and then gets killed.
What was the point of that entire scene? It added literally nothing unless it was supposed to show us that the “legendary” Goddess race is actually weaker than humans.
Basically, The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments is a4/10 overall. Some of the fights were fun to watch, especially when they included Escanor, but the season was a disappointment. Specifically because of this season I’m actually not planning to watch the movie or any future seasons of this series.
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Revival of The Commandments was labeled as "Season 3" by Netflix. It is preceded by The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War and followed by The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of The Gods.What is the seven deadly sin revival of the Commandment? ›
The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments (七つの大罪 戒めの復活, Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu) is an anime television series sequel to The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War.What episode are the Ten Commandments revived? ›
Revival of The Commandments Episode 10 | Nanatsu no Taizai Wiki | Fandom.What is seven deadly sins Season 2 called in japanese? ›
The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments (七つの大罪 戒めの復活, Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu) is an anime television series sequel to The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War.Will there be a sixth Season 2 Seven Deadly Sins? ›
While, What's on Netflix noted The Seven Deadly Sins is not returning with Season 6 because it was not subject to cancellation, and the reason why the series hasn't been renewed is simply that all of the story, and source material, from the manga, has been covered in the anime.What is the name of Seven Deadly Sins Season 3 in Japanese? ›
After becoming the new Demon King of his own volition and sacrificing his godly power, Meliodas has destroyed all of the Commandments.What is Meliodas max power level? ›
His total power level in this form is 142,000. Meliodas exudes a miasma that causes weaker beings to feel sick, even ones as powerful as Post-Training King.Which of the 10 commandments is Meliodas? ›
The majority of Meliodas' childhood is unknown but in the past, Meliodas was trained by Chandler and was the leader of the Demon Clan's Ten Commandments, bestowed with the Commandment of "Love" and regarded as the one most likely to become the next Demon King, for his strength and ruthlessness.Who defeats The Ten Commandments? ›
Meliodas battled and defeated Galand in less than ten seconds before warning Zeldris that the Seven Deadly Sins will defeat the Ten Commandments with everything they got, warning them of their doom if they stepped out of line.
Outcome. The Ten Commandments are victorious. Meliodas is killed. Melascula is seemingly killed, the others remain unharmed.In which episode is Meliodas revived after getting killed by ten? ›
Revival of The Commandments Episode 24.Has Seven Deadly Sins anime ended? ›
The journey of The Seven Deadly Sins anime reached its conclusion with the release of the last batch from the final season, Dragon's Judgment in June 2021.What is Escanor Japanese name? ›
Escanor「エスカノール」 is the Lion's Sin of Pride「 傲慢の罪 ライオン・シン , Raion Shin」 of the Seven Deadly Sins, the former second prince of the Kingdom of Castellio, and the man known throughout the Kingdom of Liones as "The Strongest Holy Knight".What happened to Seven Deadly Sins anime? ›
With the release of the third season, the animation quality of The Seven Deadly Sins suffered. This was because the Aniplex Animation Studio let go of the series, and it consequently became a project for Studio Deen, which messed up a well-promising anime.Who is Ban and Elaine's son? ›
Lancelot「ランスロット」 is the son of Ban and Elaine. At the age of 10, he went missing with his attendant Jericho.Does Meliodas have a kid? ›
Tristan Liones「トリスタン・リオネス」 is the son of Meliodas and Elizabeth Liones, the prince of the Kingdom of Liones, a Holy Knight, and one of the Four Knights of the Apocalypse.Is The Seven Deadly Sins in the Bible? ›
What's referred to as the “seven deadly sins” are: lust, gluttony, greed, laziness, wrath, envy, and pride. Although all of these things are sinful, no where in the Bible are they called deadly sins, and no where in the scriptures are they compiled into one list.What is the title of The Seven Deadly Sins season 4 in Japanese? ›
The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon's Judgement「七つの大罪 憤怒の審判, Nanatsu no Taizai Funnu no Shinpan」 will be the fourth and final television anime adaptation of the manga series of the same name.What is 7ds season 4 called? ›
The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon's Judgement.
A key aspect from The Seven Deadly Sins Season 5 was Meliodas's emotions. While his body is taking in several Commandments so he can become the Demon King, his emotions roam through Purgatory. His emotions are the foundation of who he is and why he was afraid of becoming the Demon King.What sin did Meliodas commit 3000 years ago? ›
Meliodas is the captain of the Seven Deadly Sins, who bears the Sin of Wrath as a Dragon symbol on his left shoulder.Who is the weakest 10 commandment? ›
The weakest of the 10 Commandments, Fraudrin was the commandment of Selflessness. Occupying the body of the Holy Knight Dreyfus, Fraudrin would replace Gowther. Fraudrin's commandment caused selfish people to lose their sense of self, including their memories and feelings.
2 Meliodas (Over 3,000 Years Old)
Demons naturally age slower than humans, but the curse inflicted upon him by the Demon King and the Supreme Deity made him immortal. Not only will Meliodas be revived every time he dies, becoming just a bit crueler than before, but his curse prevents his body from aging as well.
Pride (superbia), also known as hubris (from Ancient Greek ὕβρις) or futility. It is considered the original and worst of the seven deadly sins on almost every list, the most demonic.Who is the most powerful sin? ›
Meliodas is the captain of the Seven Deadly Sins, and easily the strongest member of the crew. He is the main protagonist of the series.
Bio. Merlin is the Boar's Sin of Gluttony and the mentor of Arthur Pendragon. Originally appearing as a cloaked person assisting Arthur, she finally reveals herself while fighting her apprentice Vivian.What is Meliodas true power? ›
His real power is his ability to make me feel ENRAGED when he fondles and gropes Elizabeth like he always does! CAN'T he ever just show up like a normal person? While activating and de-activating his demon mark is an ability any demon can use.How many hearts does Meliodas have? ›
Unlike humans, all Demons have more than one heart. The number of hearts varies, although upper-level demons such as Meliodas and the Ten Commandments have seven hearts.What is Meliodas biggest sin? ›
Meliodas is the sin of 'Wrath'. He loses control over his power when he is emotionally hurt , and wrath is something perceived as vibrant , impulsive impact with rage. We have seen Meliodas have this trait and destroyed the kingdom of danafor with rage with a single blow.
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it.How powerful is the real Gowther? ›
The Demon King is the main antagonist of the anime and manga series The Seven Deadly Sins. He is the supreme ruler of Purgatory who commands the Demon Clan and the creator of the Ten Commandments.Does Meliodas have a sister? ›
At the very beginning of the series Selena was known as an Amenésique maiden, closed by the sacred knight in an amber goddess because of her immense power, which accompanied the 7 sins to discover who she is. Later she turned out to be the little sister of Meliodas, Estarossa, Darius, and Zeldris.Is Meliodas no longer immortal? ›
Just wish to clarify somethings, 1: Meliodas is immortal and we find that out in season 2 we also find out that he is the son of the Demon King hence the name he was given by the other demons, 2: He hasn't lost all emotions yet his father drained him of small amounts we will find out more in the next season, but they ...Did Zeldris lose his commandment? ›
However, thanks to the intervention of his brother, Elizabeth, the Sins and Gelda, the Commandments were forced out of Zeldris' body and freed him from his father's grasp.Does Meliodas get his full power back? ›
Meliodas regains the strength he had when he led the Ten Commandments. Escanor, whose power peaks at the stroke of noon, struggles against him.What happens to Meliodas everytime he dies? ›
Meliodas was cursed with immortality by the Demon King so that every time he died, he came back to life.Is Meliodas Dead in Four Knights of Apocalypse? ›
While this long timeskip would normally grant fans of the original series a chance to see older versions of fan-favorite characters, it doesn't really apply in Four Knights of the Apocalypse, as many of the Seven Deadly Sins, such as Meliodas and Gowther, are immortal and do not change at all with age.Who does Escanor end up with? ›
When Escanor was dying, Merlin kissed him before he died. So, Merlin did reciprocate his feelings in the end, but he ended up dying, so they unfortunately end up together. What type of demon is Meliodas in Nanatsu no Taizai?
His most amazing ability, however, was his immortality. Thanks to drinking from the Fountain of Youth, all of Ban's wounds healed almost instantaneously no matter how severe. He also does not age, does not need to eat or drink, and is immune to all poisons.What happened to Merlin in Seven Deadly Sins ending? ›
At the end of the Demon King arc, Merlin was left with burns around her chin and mouth. She herself decides to keep the burns as a symbol of Escanor's existence after he died.What were Escanor's last words to Merlin? ›
Oh lord I pray that another chalice will appear to embrace that love. You deserve it. Escanor's last words before turning to ashes.What's Escanor's AXE called? ›
The Divine Axe Rhitta「神斧 リッタ, Jinpu Ritta」is a Sacred Treasure in the possession of the Lion's Sin of Pride, Escanor.What is 7ds full name? ›
They are typically ordered as: pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth.Why did a1 drop Seven Deadly Sins? ›
Receiving middling reviews befitting a filler storyline of its caliber, the movie was also a box office disappointment, quickly falling out of the box office Top 10 in Japan. Due to this turn of events, A-1 abandoned the series to instead focus on more successful stalwarts such as Sword Art Online and Fate.Will there be season 6 of Seven Deadly Sins? ›
While, What's on Netflix noted The Seven Deadly Sins is not returning with Season 6 because it was not subject to cancellation, and the reason why the series hasn't been renewed is simply that all of the story, and source material, from the manga, has been covered in the anime.Who was Gowther's lover? ›
Glariza「グラリーザ」 is the lover of the demon Gowther.How many seasons will Seven Deadly Sins have? ›
The five seasons are titled as follows: The Seven Deadly Sins, Signs of Holy War, Revival of The Commandments, Imperial Wrath of the Gods, and Dragon's Judgement. The two movies are The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky (2018) and The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light (2021).Is The Seven Deadly Sins show over? ›
Fans of The Seven Deadly Sins who are curious about what the future holds for the franchise after the end of season 5, allow us to help. Sadly, The Seven Deadly Sins anime has come to an official end.
The journey of The Seven Deadly Sins anime reached its conclusion with the release of the last batch from the final season, Dragon's Judgment in June 2021.Why are there 4 episodes in Seven Deadly Sins season 2? ›
The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War is only 4 episodes because it is the so-called "bridge" between Season One and Season Two.Will season 5 of Seven Deadly Sins be the last season? ›
Unfortunately, The Seven Deadly Sins ends with Season 5 and it is highly unlikely to have The Seven Deadly Sins Season 6. "Heirs" is not only the last episode of Season 5 but it adapted the 346 volume of the manga and the end of the comic book on which the anime is based on.Will Seven Deadly Sins continue after cursed by light? ›
Despite the end of The Seven Deadly Sins anime, the future of the franchise remains bright at Netflix. Coming soon is a two-part movie spin-off, 'Grudge of Edinburgh' with part 1 coming to Netflix in December 2022.Do King and Diane get married? ›
Eventually when Diane's memories returned, she and King kiss, and they become a couple. During the final battle against Demon King, King proposed to Diane to which she happily accepts.Who does ban end up with? ›
During the New Holy War, after returning from Purgatory with Meliodas' emotions, Ban uses his experience there to transfer his immortality into Elaine to save her life. In the series epilogue, Ban married Elaine and they have a son named Lancelot.How old is ban in Seven Deadly Sins season 4? ›
7 Ban (43 Years Old)What is Gowther's gender? ›
Gowther was created in the image and likeness of Glariza, the lover of the original Gowther, but to feel no attraction for his "child", he gave it a male body. He has a very feminine face and as such can be mistaken for a girl.What sin did Meliodas commit? ›
Like the other members of the group, Meliodas is assigned a sin. He is the Dragon Sin of Wrath. Likely because of his anger issues. Contrary to his title, he does not anger very easily.