Seven Mortal Sins – Mid Season Anime Review
Reviewed by Tom
Synopsis: Before Lucifer’s fall, Hell was ruled by seven demon lords, known as the Seven Mortal Sins. These beautiful and tempting devils seek complete corruption of the world, but everything is about to change when Lucifer is cast down to their realm of Hell, and takes up arms with an Earth girl named Maria. Whose corruption will rule Hell and the hearts of mankind? (Official Funimation Synopsis)
Mid Season (6 Episodes) Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Seven Mortal Sins is smut. There’s no two ways about it. If you’re not here for flimsy excuses for the girls wearing little, or even parading around naked then you’ve come looking into the wrong anime.
Understand that Seven Mortal Sins’ chief appeal is its fan service. The characters are pigeon-holed into archetypal roles that never extend beyond their initial introduction. Lucifer is the bad ass lead female who doesn’t take no for an answer, always believing she is right in the face of god, but will back down if she recognizes equal determination in her opponents. Her character doesn’t ever extend beyond that initial impression.
The same can be said for Maria, the poor human girl who gets caught up in this battle between heaven’s fallen angel and the deadly sins. Maria is still as innocent as ever, and while she has adapted to the situation just a tad, she hasn’t developed any backbone to all the sexual harassment she faces on an increasingly frequent basis.
The deadly sins are the deadly sins and their one note characters tend to match whatever sin they’re ascribed to, making it hard to find any true investment in the series cast. No, again, you’re here for one thing and one thing only: the ecchi fan service.
The plot is tailored to that, finding flimsy excuse upon excuse to strip away our female characters clothes and subject them to all manner of the male gaze. This isn’t a show for the faint of heart: If fan service and ecchi isn’t your game Seven Mortal Sins is liable to piss you the hell off. Female characters are frequently sexually assaulted, groped, fondled all while the victims scream and cry out in a manner that borders between uncomfortable and aroused. It’s all directed at the sleazy male gaze, one that’s squarely focused on the sheer titillation of The Seven Mortal Sins’ events.
With all of that out of the way, and anyone who isn’t an ecchi lover sufficiently warned from a terrible mistake: Let’s discuss Seven Mortal Sins primary and only purpose: to titillate. Seven Mortal Sins offers plenty of excuses to ogle the female body. From the tight camera work that pans up the girls’ legs and between, to the frequent disrobing of our heroes, or villains, depending on who’s winning at any given time.
The series boasts excellent art work, showcasing female characters fully eroticized with the perfect curves and beautiful bosoms (I feel dirty just typing this.) But several things mare what would otherwise be an excellent foray into appealing to the pervert’s gaze: First and foremost, the censoring. Without the censoring, there’s little doubt that Seven Mortal Sins would be exceeding soft core porn levels of nudity.
In place, this censorship serves to mare the series’ incredible levels of titillation, but in some ways add a sense of comedy at the sheer wealth of screen time these spinning logos pop up on screen. Sometimes it feels like half an episode is spent with censorship rearing its rotating self.
The other problem Seven Mortal Sins suffers from is periodic dips in quality. While the first four episodes generally hold up quite well, the series hits a real low point in episode 5. Requiring a 4.5 synopsis episode ahead of time to beef out the schedule, episode 5 doesn’t quite survive the behind the scenes production woes. While this episode also boasts the single most impressive display of animation in the series, it also subjects the viewer to the lowest with ugly off models, poor animation and movement, and a generally off-putting collapse of quality.
Overall Seven Mortal Sins is something I’d recommended to one specific, very specific crowd only. It’s not an anime for anyone except the ecchi lovers: those who either enjoy ecchi for the titillation, or the sheer absurdity these anime put forth in order to achieve that first goal. Without censoring Seven Mortal Sins would likely easily fulfill its command to titillate, and then some, but the sheer wealth of censorship adds a potential comedy factor that can satisfy in that second way. But seriously, if you’re not into ecchi, don’t touch this, it’s nothing like Shokugeki no Soma.