Book Review: The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 1

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I was going to get to a book that I had planned to cover after I finished my coverage of the Detective Conan anime, but unfortunately, things have cropped up, like testing a few things or more important worries.

Unfortunately, that title is going to have to wait a bit longer.

Recently, I pre ordered a book from Barnes & Noble that I received notification about this week, which has given further proof that the discovery I mentioned in my last review does indeed work.

Today, I am going to review that book from B&N;, which is called The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 1 by Nakaba Suzuki.

Ten years have passed since the downfall of a powerful and evil group of knights and the world is now at peace.

However, there are some that realize that this peace is a façade.

Princess Elizabeth Liones is one of those people and embarks on a journey to find the legendary group, known as the seven deadly sins, that history has labeled as evil, in order to ask for their help to overthrow the people that are tormenting the citizens of her kingdom and restore the balance of power.

I am not too sure about this one. The pacing seemed to be at a decent enough that I could easily follow what was going on. I also liked how I did feel like I got to know the characters a bit. Then again, it was not beyond that which is expected of the first volume, since there are still things unknown about both of the two leading. Another thing that I liked was that unlike Nisekoi’s first volume, which I want to place right up there with The Great Gatsby and The Book Thief as one of the worst books I have ever read, I did not feel like I was missing anything. In Nisekoi’s first volume, the author built things up to where I was expecting to see Raku ask his classmate the question that he obviously wanted to ask and then it immediately skipped to the classmate answering the question, when he was just about to ask the question. Here, however, things flowed smoothly and the things that I was expecting to happen did. It looks like Nakaba Suzuki knows how to handle things properly, which is a nice change from an author that skips something that was supposed to have been in there. There were also some funny scenes, but the funniest only involved the pig that we see with Meliodas, the male lead, and the conversation between characters mentioning turning it into food. Outside of that, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that I did not get the feeling that anything was missing and that things were easy to follow made this book pretty decent.

While I did like some aspects of this book, there are some issues. First, I did not really feel that much, if any, excitement. Now, series do tend to be pretty dull, because characters are not immediately put into danger, but I do not think that this is the cause of my disappointment, nor did I go into this with high expectations. To me, it felt like just about every other typical fighting manga and/or anime series. In fact, the way it starts off is not really that surprising in the fact that the male lead turns out to be one of the people the princess is looking for. Not only were the things revealed not that surprising, but the fights that occurred, which was only one, were also not that great. If I had to take a guess as to why, I think that it is because Meliodas finished off his opponent with only one strike, much like how Goku took down the pterodactyl that tried to kidnap Bulma with only one hit in Dragon Ball, though that was at least somewhat interesting. Honestly, Yu Yu Hakusho had better fights in its early portions than this whole volume. I also did not like how there was not really anything to make me want to read the next volume. Yes, it does end on a cliffhanger that I expect to be the beginning of a fight that may happen next volume, but that is about it. Pandora Hearts does a much better of making me want to read the next volume by adding to the many already existing mysteries and, in recent volumes, revealing that much of what we thought we knew was all a lie. The thing that bugged me the most though was the usage of Japanese honorifics. Normally, this does not bug me very much, since I do not care about it as much as others might, but it does kind of get on my nerves here. Unfortunately, there is more than one reason that I am annoyed by it. First, unlike Viz, who normally does not use honorifics, Kodansha usually uses honorifics in their work, but there are hardly any here. This disappoints me because it does kind of break consistency among Kodansha’s other works. However, the consistency aspect is not the thing that makes this a huge issue. The thing that really made this annoying was the fact that the only honorific used just did not feel natural. If sama, the only honorific I noticed, is to be included, I think that Kodansha should have just used the rest of the Japanese honorifics. Then again, if they did do that, I do not think I could immerse myself in the world presented in this volume, because the whole setting seems to be one in which honorifics just will not work at all. As such, I think that Kodansha should have just not used any honorifics. Other than that, I cannot think of anything without repeating myself. The fact that there was not really much to make me excited to read future volumes and the only fight shown was a disappointment, as well as the fact that Japanese honorifics did not feel natural, really hurt my enjoyment and the quality of this volume.

Despite the fact that there are things that made this more enjoyable than Nisekoi, the bad things present here made this a bit of a waste of time. Unless things improve in future volumes, which I am more likely to get than another volume of Nisekoi, I recommend everyone avoid this, especially if you are expecting great fights or mysteries on the level of Pandora Hearts.

What are your thoughts on The Seven Deadly Sins Volume 1? Were you as disappointed as I was or did you actually enjoy it? Do you agree that this series is better without honorifics or not? Feel free to comment.

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