Seven Mortal Sins is a twelve episode anime adaptation of Hobby Japan’s series of The 7 Deadly Sins fantasy figures. The series was produced by Artland and TNK – in fact, it was the final anime series Artland produced before closing down.
The director for the series was Kinji Yoshimoto, whilst the writer was Masashi Suzuki.
Seven Mortal Sins began airing during the 2017 spring season of anime, but was subject to a few delays. As a result, the twelfth and final episode did not air until the summer season. It is available to watch on Crunchyroll, albeit in heavily censored form.
Let’s preface this review by stating that Seven Mortal Sins is an ecchi series. As a result, this show contains a whole lot of sexual content. Naturally, that means that it is not for everyone. There is no doubt that it isn’t exactly high art, but there are actually some really enjoyable ideas contained within.
The story focuses on the fallen angel Lucifer. When she is cast down from Heaven, she happens to encounter a girl by the name of Maria Totsuka during a brief stop on Earth. After that fateful meeting, Lucifer continues to descend into Hell. That is where she is joined by the Demon Lord of Envy, Leviathan.
Leviathan loses a battle against the Seven Sins, so she and Leviathan escape back to Earth. After reuniting with Maria, Leviathan swears to get revenge against the Seven Sins by defeating them one at a time.
That covers the plot, and considering the type of show this is, there is also plenty of ‘plot’ left uncovered.
Seven Mortal Sins then becomes something of a ‘Mortal Sin of the week’ show after the first episode has established the plot. Of course, each Mortal Sin’s personality revolves around which Sin they represent. For example, Beelzebub, the Demon Lord of Gluttony, enjoys eating, whereas Belphegor, the Demon Lord of Sloth, is lazy.
The show could have just been about Lucifer fighting each one the Deadly Sins in turn, but instead, the different personalities lend themselves to a variety of confrontations.
A few highlights of said confrontations include Lucifer becoming an idol, a rather immersive gaming experience and an eating contest.
When things do go down the more standard fight route, Seven Mortal Sins actually manages to pull of those particular scenes with aplomb. They mostly take place in the latter half of the series.
The second half of the series contains a couple of scenes that were just downright disgusting. Seven Mortal Sins doesn’t exactly have high standards to begin with, but those scenes went too far. In fact, those scenes are somewhat reminiscent of a scene from one of Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid‘s earlier episodes. This show wastes no time in establishing itself as an explicit yuri show – the aforementioned scenes really have no place here.
Seven Mortal Sins is by no means a perfect show, but it happens to be rather enjoyable if you can stomach the excessive fanservice. The ecchi content certainly won’t be to everyone’s tastes. However, if you don’t mind or even enjoy that stuff, than there’s actually a fairly enjoyable show to be found here.
The soundtrack is pretty good, too. The episode in which Lucifer becomes an idol provides some enjoyable songs, and fight scenes get appropriate music to accompany them. The opening and ending themes are pretty good, too.
Relationships are established amongst a few of the characters, with the most prominent being the main trio. Leviathan declares that she loves Lucifer right in the first episode, and has no qualms about physically expressing it. However, she is the Demon Lord of Envy, and she doesn’t take it too well when Lucifer insists on keeping Maria close.
Leviathan’s relationship with Maria really does not get off to a good start, but as the show goes on things do gradually improve.
Seven Mortal Sins certainly isn’t for everyone, and it’s not exactly high-brow. However, if you don’t mind the ecchi stuff, then there are some rather interesting ideas to be found here.