The Seven Deadly Sins (manga)

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The Seven Deadly Sins
Nanatsu no Taizai Volume 1.png
First volume of The Seven Deadly Sins, released in Japan by Kodansha on February 15, 2013.
(Nanatsu no Taizai)
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Written by Nakaba Suzuki
Published by Kodansha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine
Original run October 10, 2012 – ongoing
Volumes 10 (List of volumes)
The Seven Deadly Sins Academy
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Original run August 9, 2014 – ongoing
Anime television series
Directed by Tensai Okamura
Written by Shōtarō Suga
Music by Hiroyuki Sawano
Studio A-1 Pictures
Network MBS, TBS
Original run October 5, 2014scheduled
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

The Seven Deadly Sins (七つの大罪 Nanatsu no Taizai?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. It has been serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine since October 2012, with the chapters collected into ten tankōbon volumes as of June 17, 2014. The manga features a setting similar to the European Middle Ages, with its titular group of knights representing the seven deadly sins.

As of August 2014, The Seven Deadly Sins had over 5 million copies in circulation. It is currently being adapted into a television anime by A-1 Pictures that will debut on October 5, 2014. The manga has been licensed by Kodansha Comics USA for English publication in North America, while the chapters are released digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries as they are published in Japan.


The Seven Deadly Sins were once an active group of knights in the region of Britannia (ブリタニア Buritania?), who disbanded after they supposedly plotted to overthrow the Liones Kingdom (リオネス王国 Rionesu Ōkoku?). Their supposed defeat came at the hands of the Holy Knights, but rumors continued to persist that they were still alive. Ten years later, the Holy Knights staged a coup d'état and capture the king, becoming the new, tyrannical rulers of the kingdom. The third princess, Elizabeth, then starts on a journey to find the Seven Deadly Sins, and to enlist their help in taking back the kingdom.


Meliodas (メリオダス Meriodasu?)

The leader of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Sin of Wrath with the symbol of the Dragon. He is the main protagonist and owner of the Pig Hat (豚の帽子亭?) bar. Despite having the appearance of a child, Meliodas is actually a lot older and very powerful. His most distinctive trait is his Dragon symbol carved at the top of his arm, just below his shoulders. He has demon blood flowing in his veins. He is very perverted when it comes to Elizabeth.

Voiced by: Yūki Kaji
Elizabeth Liones (エリザベス・リオネス Erizabesu Rionesu?)

The Third Princess of the Kingdom of Lyonesse who, along with Meliodas, is searching for the Seven Deadly Sins in order to fight against the Holy Knights. She is a main protagonist and becomes a waitress at the Boar Hat bar when she begins traveling with Meliodas.

Voiced by: Sora Amamiya
Hawk (ホーク Hōku?)

A talking pig and Meliodas's companion. He is introduced as the cleaner of the Pig Hat bar who helps clean the disgusting food scraps. He often scolds Meliodas for his perverted ways.

Voiced by: Misaki Kuno



Written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki, The Seven Deadly Sins began as a one-shot pilot chapter published on November 22, 2011 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine's 52 issue of the year.[1] The manga started serialization in the magazine's 45 issue of 2012, released on October 10, 2012. It currently consists of over 70 chapters, which have been collected into 10 tankōbon volumes as of June 17, 2014.[2]

A special issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine, published on October 19, 2013, featured a small crossover between The Seven Deadly Sins and Hiro Mashima's Fairy Tail, where each artist drew a yonkoma (four-panel comic) of the other's series.[3] An actual crossover chapter between the two ran in the magazine's combined 4/5 issue of 2014, which was released on December 25, 2013.[4] A comedic spinoff series titled The Seven Deadly Sins Academy (七つの大罪学園 Nanatsu no Taizai Gakuen?) launched in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine's September issue on August 9, 2014.[5]

The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Kodansha Comics USA, who published the first volume on March 11, 2014.[6][7] As the series is published in Japan, it is also released simultaneously in English digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries.[8][9]


In April 2014, the 20th issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced that The Seven Deadly Sins is being adapted into a television anime.[10][11] The series will debut on MBS and TBS on October 5, 2014 at 5:00pm.[12][13] The staff was revealed in the combined 36/37 issue of the year; created by A-1 Pictures, directed by Tensai Okamura, written by Shōtarō Suga (Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne), with Keigo Sasaki (Blue Exorcist) providing character designs and Hiroyuki Sawano composing the music.[14] The show's opening theme song will be performed by Ikimono-gakari, while the ending theme will be a collaboration between Flow and Granrodeo.[15]

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On July 25, 2014, it was revealed that two novels based on The Seven Deadly Sins will be published. The two are tentatively titled Fate's Seven-day Period (宿命の七日間 Shukumei no Nanoka-kan?) and The Kingdom of the Olden Days: The Oath of Seven (昔日の王都 七つの誓い Sekijitsu no Ōmiyako, Nanatsu no Chikai?).[13]

A video game titled Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin (七つの大罪真実の冤罪 Nanatsu no Taizai Shinjitsu no Enzai?) is in development by Bandai Namco Games for the Nintendo 3DS.[15]


As of August 2014, the collected volumes of The Seven Deadly Sins had 5 million copies in circulation.[15] The first collected volume of the series sold 38,581 copies in its first week, ranking number 13 on the Oricon manga chart.[16] Its second volume ranked 5 selling 106,829 in its first week,[17] while its third debuted at number 4 with 135,164 copies.[18] The seventh volume had the manga's best debut week to date, selling 180,407 for second place on the chart,[19] although volume nine reached number one its first week, it sold less.[20] The 2014 edition of Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, which surveys people in the manga and publishing industry, named The Seven Deadly Sins the fifth best manga series for male readers.[21] The title was nominated for the 2014 Manga Taishō award.[22]

The North American release of volume two charted on The New York Times Manga Best Seller list at number seven for its debut week.[23] Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network gave the first volume a B grade, calling the art interesting and the story a "neat take on the basic knights-in-shining-armor." She saw influence from Akira Toriyama in Meliodas, and 1970s shōjo manga in the female characters. However, Silverman felt the art had issues with perspective and commented that Elizabeth lacked character development.[24] Both Silverman and Danica Davidson of Otaku USA warned that Meliodas' perverted actions towards Elizabeth, which are used for comedic relief, could be misinterpreted by some readers.[25] In a brief review, Jason Thompson claimed that the series follows common shōnen manga elements, making its plot twists and dialog predictable. He did however like the art and the series' European setting.[26]


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  26. ^ "House of 1000 Manga - Crunchyroll Manga". Anime News Network. 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2013-11-14. 

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