didn’t think that the death of a pig could mean so much; I was kind of annoyed
at the end of chapter 95, what with so little having actually happened and the
chapter choosing to end on a somewhat forced cliffhanger.
But that was before I noticed that there was a chapter
96 already available for my consumption; and it made all the difference. Reading
chapters 95 and 96 back to back makes the pair one of the best five minutes of
Nanatsu no Taizai
I have read in a while, if not
assault against the knights continues; and even with the assistance of the
Deadly Sins, the tide takes a drastic turn against the only hope for the
You have to
give the holy knights some credit for their work this week; they pretty much
poured everything they had into the fight, mostly in vain but none the less an
endeavor worth praising.
manga, the prospect of watching the most powerful elements of each side clash in
awesome battle is always exciting; yet it is disturbing how so few manga and
manhwa actually justify this excitement.
It was only recently that
I came to realize why I enjoy reading Deadly Sins and Magi so much more than
most other manga, even when they aren’t likely rank at the top of my top ten
If Noblesse provides the
art I can only dream of from other manga, Magi and Nanatsu no Taizai
avail the sorts of stories other
series seem incapable of displaying, mostly because they are willing to go to
lengths that other series are typically unwilling explore.
This is how you do an all out battle royale between
good and evil. And I hope you are paying attention, Kubo and
If I have to read stories
about an all powerful villain facing a collection of extraordinarily skilled
opponents, the rules for success are pretty simple. I want to see the villain be
all powerful. No endless chatting, no reminiscing, no uncharacteristic mercy,
just simple destructive and unadulterated brutality.
More importantly I want to see a band of heroes
fighting for their lives and actually showing it, basically throwing everything
they have got at the villain and more. I don’t want to see protagonists with the
advantage of numbers filing at the villain one at a time, or simply standing
around watching as the action unfolds around a specific set of
Most importantly, no saving
attacks till the last moment for drama’s sake; this is a fight for survival, and
every earth shattering move counts. I think I have mentioned before that
Bleach’s 300 odd chapters could have been reduced to 20 if Aizen had just gotten
off his ass, fought and killed all his shiningami enemies by himself at the very
start (with all of them already under the power of his zanpakutou, no one could
have stood up to him) . Relying on Espada merely delayed the
Nanatsu no Taizai, I
respect your ability to not waste my time with dragging plots; watching
Hendricksen smash his efforts against the knights, each of whom brought their
all against his invincible form nearly simultaneously and with a clear intent to
kill was entertaining stuff.
were high and the tension rose a few notches with each panel; it was interesting
actually fearing for the lives of some of these characters, almost like I was
reading a chapter of Claymore.
So, Lord Hawk is dead.
That was shockingly shocking and probably constitutes 20% of why I loved these
two chapters so much. Here is the thing though; I wasn’t impressed by Hawk’s
death (if he is dead) because a Deadly sins character died.
No, that would be a much bigger and possibly more epic
deal. Rather it was the fact that Hawk, a pig, died that caught me off guard;
and this isn’t to belittle his role in the manga but, really, Hawk isn’t exactly
essential to the story.
And as such,
that the mangaka would choose Hawk for the big heroic sacrifice role was
unexpected; I had a long list of characters I foresaw leaping to Meliodas’
rescue when Hendricksen asked him who would stand up to save
And none of them was Hawk; he
simply isn’t that important. And in any other manga I would have cried foul and
accused the mangaka of weakness and an inability to kill off any characters of
note when it really mattered.
I don’t get it, but this was actually sort of sad. It’s kind of like when the
Going Merry went down in One Piece; not exactly the biggest deal, except it
worked in the context of the story. I didn’t see it coming and, well, it really
ELIZABETH, YES. I have
spent a lot of time complaining about Elizabeth largely because of how useless
she is within the context of Deadly Sins
and that might seem somewhat odd,
seeing as most manga are populated with useless characters in mostly useless
roles, doing largely nothing of note in their respective stories, and I make
little noise about them.
Elizabeth’s case is different because she is female; and I don’t remember the
last time I saw an interesting female character in a shonen series. There is
enough of the war left in Naruto for me to hopefully see Sakura do something of
I am not the greatest fan of One
Piece’s Nami; and precluding Erza, Robin is the first and only female character
that comes to mind who is actually worth her salt. Not the strongest of the
bunch but most definitely weighty in her role as a straw hat.
I don’t have as much patience for female characters in
shonen who don’t do anything to aid the story’s progression because there are
way too many female characters in anime and manga playing the exact same
However when it comes to
Elizabeth, all I can say now is WOW. With the cliffhanger at the end of chapter
96, it is impossible to guess exactly where any of this is going; but even then,
I am excited to see Elizabeth finally take her place as a crucial member of the
She made these two chapters for
me, especially the manner in which her true form was revealed, hidden behind
what was assumed to be Meliodas’ rage.
And just how many forms does Chestiefol have; it’s like
every time King shows up we are treated to a brand new attack. And Ban. WHAT THE
BLOODY HELL IS BAN? Because even among the freaks of the Seven Deadly Sins, Ban
is a freak.
+The Not So
The scene between
Hendricksen and Hawk was ridiculously slow; I mean really, every one had time to
react, gasp, make a comment of some sort on the situation before Hendricksen’s
attack actually struck. It almost ruined chapter 95 for me. RATING:
I am so hyped for Nanatsu no Taizai right now; this is
how shonen stories should climax. Oh and the art was pretty awesome, especially
during the battle scenes. HIGHLIGHTS:
Hawk Vs. Hendricksen,
Elizabeth, Ban’s immortality.