Anime Review: The Seven Deadly Sins Movie: Prisoners of the Sky

Ever since Netflix released the second season of The Seven Deadly Sins here in the west, I’ve been itching to watch the movie that dropped back in August. Unfortunately it would seem, like a great many series, this movie was probably only made for a quick buck. What I mean by that is that it does nothing to progress the actual story, which is something I was really hoping for after watching the second season. It’s also not particularly “good”, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

The Seven Deadly Sins travel to a remote land in search of the phantom ingredient “sky fish.” Meliodas and Hawk end up at a “Sky Palace” that exists above the clouds, where all the residents have wings. Meliodas is mistaken for a boy who committed a crime and is thrown in prison. Meanwhile, the residents are preparing a ceremony for defense against a ferocious beast that awakens once every 3,000 years. But the Six Knights of Black, a Demon Clan army, arrives and removes the seal on the beast in order to threaten the lives of the residents of Sky Palace. Meliodas and his allies meet the Six Knights of Black in battle. – MAL

First off lets talk about the plot. The Six Knights of Black are on the loose and out to kill the Celestials who live at the Sky Palace. They’re even said to have given The Ten Commandments a hard time (This is mentioned at least 3-4 times). Meliodas himself says they’re supposed to be as strong, and so lawless that even the Demon King disowned them. Should be pretty formidable right? Well not exactly… Aside from Bellion, the rest go down without much of a fight. In fact, if it weren’t for the deus ex Winged Sword, I doubt he’d have lasted five minutes in his first encounter with Meliodas. Of course Bellion can’t accept the defeat, so he sacrifices his comrades’ souls in order to summon the beast Indura who, you guessed it, is just as strong as The Ten Commandments! Then when he’s defeated by Meliodas, he offers his own soul to the Indura. Surely such a monster would take at least a season to defeat, right? Well with only about 10 minutes left in the movie I think it’s a safe bet that’s not the case. But you know what, I think I can excuse that for the showdown between the Indura and Hawk’s Mom. I mean seriously, they should just have her fight The Ten Commandments by herself. No one can stop The Mother of Chaos!

But as cool as it was to see her in action, it doesn’t really make up for this movie’s overall generic plot. I mean you’ve got the village stuck in their ways, the young hero who defies the laws to save everyone, and the realization at the end that the old ways aren’t always best. Oh and sometimes it’s okay to let a demon help save you from other demons.

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There were also some other things that bugged me about this movie:

  • Reusing the same fan-service shots of Diane within the first few minutes.
  • The Sins mistaking Solaad for Meliodas/Solaad looking just like Meliodas to begin with.
  • Ellatte looking just like Elizabeth.
  • The fact that the demons don’t recognize Meliodas.
  • The Winged Sword. Why is there only one? Wouldn’t it come in handy against the actual Ten Commandments?
  • Arc = Knockoff Spirit Bomb

And of course there were several things I liked about the movie:

  • Felt fresh and was a still a decent watch despite not advancing the actual plot. I could see this movie being included in the canon if they had wanted it to.
  • The character design for The Six Knights of Black was pretty interesting. Bellion actually looked a bit like Ban to me, though a version of Ban from the Dragon Ball Super universe maybe.
  • Hawk’s Mom is basically revealed the be one of the strongest creatures in the universe. This movie may not be canon, but this has officially become part of my personal head canon.
  • The final combined move from all the Sins was simply badass!

Overall I would recommend this movie if you just love The Seven Deadly Sins. It may not offer much originality, but it’s still a fun watch. I’d give it a 3.5/5.


 

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Not from the movie, I just love Ban!
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