Spoiler alert: This article contains some spoilers for The Seven Deadly Sins up to episode one of Season 2
Seven Deadly Sins is a popular manga series that has been adapted into an anime series, with the second season titled Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments beginning in January 2018. The first season, which consisted of 24 episodes, aired from October 2014 to March 2015, and there was also a 4 episode series titled Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War, which was not based on stories from the manga but was still written by the manga author, Nakaba Suzuki. The second season is the direct sequel to the first season and has been highly anticipated by fans.
Many fans agree that the gap of several years between the two seasons is most likely due the manga not being that much further ahead of the anime. The pace of the anime series was much faster than the manga and had caught up by the time the first season finished. The author of The Seven Deadly Sins, Nakaba Suzuki, is (like Fairy Tale‘s Hiro Mashima) famous for getting his works done very fast, so he cannot be blamed for the fact that the anime caught up in so little time.
With all the support and attention from fans, the second season is finally underway. Let’s check out the first episode, ‘Revival of the Demon Clan’, and compare it with the 13th and 14th volumes of the manga.
The transition from the previous season
The last episode of the first season ended with the defeat of Hendrickson and Meliodas invited Elizabeth to depart again with the other Sins (save for Ban and King) after the kingdom’s festival. The ending did not seem to leave room for a continuation, but it appeared to be a fine compromise for a shonen series such this, as season 2 had not yet been green-lit.
With this knowledge in mind, the fans watched the first episode of the second season and were amazed after the first several minutes. It turned out that Melodias and the others departing had only happened in Elizabeth’s dream! I honestly didn’t see that coming. It may have been the best approach to get rid of the problematic ending of the previous season. It was one of the hottest topics among fans of the original manga series how the continuation would work, but I doubt many fans correctly guessed they would make the last series finale a dream.
The last episode of the first season described the happy celebration at the festival along with a few foreshadowing scenes. Bartra’s Vision about Camelot and the 10 Commandments, a book discovered by Gilthunder et al in Dreyfus’ room, Hendrickson starting a ritual to revive the Demon Clan and so on. It was great to see them but I must say that having them all together at once made it a bit complicated to see the timeline of events in the beginning of the second season.
To put them in chronological order from the manga:
Hendrickson gets defeated → On the following day (the eve of the festival), Gilthunder tells Meliodas that he is becoming a wanderer to atone for his sins, and Ban tells Meliodas that he is withdrawing from the Sins → The kingdom’s festival → The following morning, Ban and King leave for the Fairy King Forest → On the same day, the awarding ceremony for Meliodas and others → After the ceremony, Merlin tips Gilthunder et al and they head to Dreyfus’ room → Bartra informs Meliodas and others of his Vision and gives them a mission to go to Camelot → Hendrickson, who is alive (albeit barely) thanks to Dreyfus, and starts a ritual to revive the Demon Clan
The anime adaptation showed the kingdom’s festival on the last episode of the first season and the awarding ceremony on the first episode of the second season, and there are several dialogues and scenes changed here and there to make it consistent with the events that already happened.
For example, Bartra informs Meliodas and his friends of his Vision after the awarding ceremony in the manga, while he had already done so in anime in the last episode of the first season. Therefore, the first episode of the second season didn’t show that scene after the ceremony. Also, it was supposed to happen after the ceremony when Ban and King had already left the Sins, but since they hadn’t left yet, all were present hearing the omen in anime. If they all heard the omen and knew that they were heading for another dangerous mission, I wonder if King would have left Diane, although Ban might still have. I’m a bit discontent that they just left without telling Diane anything in anime.
After the ceremony, Gilthunder said “Let’s head to the Great Holy Knight Dreyfus’ room again” before Gilthunder, Howzer, and Griamore head to Dreyfus’ room in anime. Whereas in the manga, he said, “Let me show you something. Follow me to the Great Holy Knight Dreyfus’ room.” This difference is also coming from the switched scene.
Originally, they head to Dreyfus’ room for the first time after Merlin’s tip to find the book. But Gilthunder had to say “again” in anime because they had already visited the room and seen the book about the Demon Clan there in the last episode of the first season. I’m afraid they didn’t discover much during their second visit in anime. The opened book looked the same as the one they discovered before, and they could have been anywhere if they just wanted to talk about it. I’m not sure if there was a good enough reason for them to be in their superior’s room again in the anime.
The pace of the second season of the anime is as fast as before and there are some differences in varying degrees, but I still find this series amazingly good. Even though I know how the story goes, I get excited to see my favorite characters moving and talking. Watching this first episode, I just can’t wait to see how much the second season covers and how it gets adapted.