Blu-Ray Review: Seven Mortal Sins – The Complete Series

How far would you go revenge? In Seven Mortal Sins Lucifer will go to hell and back to get what she desires; but what exactly does this series offer? Let’s take a look and find out.

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?

Our View:

Adapted from Hobby Japan’s range of The 7 Deadly Sins Figures, and certainly not to be confused with Nakaba Suzuki’s fantasy manga series The Seven Deadly Sins, comes the TV anime Seven Mortal Sins; a story which sees the seven sins, known as PRIDE, ENVY, WRATH, SLOTH, GREED, GLUTTONY and LUST, brought to life in this unique and extremely risqué series that caters to the needs of the few. Fan-service, Nudity and sexualisation of characters is ensured but behind this facade of debauchee is a simplistic story of pride and revenge.

Seven Mortal Sins focuses on Lucifer, an angel who has been cast-down from heaven as a result of breaking the rules entrusted to the seven lively virtues, who after arriving in hell finds herself befriending the energetic demon Leviathan who dreams of becoming one of hell’s Seven Mortal Sins. This sees Leviathan become Lucifer’s tour-guide of the underworld and soon enough Lucifer sets her sights on those in charge; to which a destructive battle between the Seven Sins and Lucifer commences; with Lucifer suffering defeat and her powers restricted by the leader of the sins.

Barely escaping with their lives Lucifer and Leviathan return to the human world and upon doing so they encounter Maria Totsuka; a girl worshipped Lucifer when she was an angel. Bizarrely Lucifer kills Maria, kidnaps her heart and forces her to become her servant; much to the reluctance of Maria. This relationship between Maria, Lucifer and Leviathan unfolds over the course of the twelve episodes; but it is a confusing relationship that sees Leviathan infatuated with Lucifer and Lucifer willing to protect Maira, much to annoyance of Leviathan. It eventually makes sense; but its not exactly a love triangle and just adds comical charm.

Relationship aside the remaining episodes see Lucifer, Leviathan and Maria join forces in order to take down the seven sins; with each episode focusing on a different aspect of that sin. Wrath for instance is all about the strongest, Sloth is about overcoming an event within a game world, Greed is about earning the most amount of money and so forth. The events are comical are best, even more so with the ‘surprisingly strong’ English Dub (yep one has been produced), but plenty of fan-service – and some heavy sexualisation and nudity – is ensured; so viewers discretion is advised.

The whole purpose of these fights is not for Lucifer to beat them; but to befriend them to her cause so that she has the support (and power) of the other sins. As such the series draws to its conclusion with a climatic fight with the self-proclaimed leader of the sins; but even when you think it is about to end several plot twists occur which make the series seem even more pointless than it already was. It’s revealed that the leader of the Mortal Sins has been working with the Heavenly Sins of Virtue in order for Earth and Hell to be destroyed; with the leader of sins (Belial) cooperating with heaven in order to retrieve her true name (Satanael) and her place in heaven as a Heavenly Sin.

Plot twist aside the sins work together in order to defeat the Angel that has descended down in to hell and just like the rest of the series it’s a fight that is both insane and overpowered. The Seven Mortal Sins is more about the journey than the story it is trying to tell, which is kind of obvious given that the story is simplistic and vague at best; but the journey it delivers is one that is insane, highly sexualised and fully of nudity; but it does offer a few (questionable) laughs and some fast-paced action when it needs to be. A unique but bizarre series that won’t appeal to everyones tastes unless you like heavy fan-service-filled shows.

Extras:

MVM Entertainment have opted to use disc masters produced by FUNimation and as such all of the supplementary content included with the North American release can be found here; and that includes an English Dubbed trailer for VALKYRIE DRIVE –MERMAID- a show which the BBFC deems unsuitable for UK audiences unless censored.

Although The Seven Mortal Sins can be questionably entertaining at best the variety of bonus content included is quite surprising. Firstly we have the original Japanese Promotional videos that were used to promote the series before its Japanese TV broadcast and then we have TV commercials which we used to promote the series during its Japanese TV broadcast.

The remaining supplementary content meanwhile is textless opening and closing songs, with the ending song feature completely naked characters throughout, as well as trailers for other FUNimation series such as VALKYRIE DRIVE –MERMAID- and HIGHSCHOOL DXD BORN. It’s a simplistic collection of supplementary content; but more than I would expect from a series such as this.

Specs:

Media:  BD 50, BD 25
Region: B
Running Time: 3:32:51 (Disc 1), 1:12:23 (Disc 2)
Video: MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: DolbyTrue HD 5.1 (English) DolbyTrue HD 2.0 ( Japanese)
Subtitles: English (White)
Resolution: 1920×1080 (1080p)
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frame Rate: 23.976 fps

Overall:

Not to be confused with The Seven Deadly Sins, which is a fantasy manga and anime series, The Seven Mortal Sins is heavily sexualised anime series based on figures created by Hobby Japan. The story of Seven Mortal Sins follows that of fallen angel Lucifer who decides to take control of Hell by overthrowing the existing leader of the sins and befriend those that follow her.

This journey leads Lucifer, and new found comrades Leviathan and Maria to embark across the world in order to meet with the sins on their own playing field. Nudity, Sexualisation and Comedy ensures at all of these encounters and while these events weren’t to my tastes, and quickly became forgotten, it does try to cater to the basic needs of what you expect from an anime. A simplistic story overshadowed by sexualisation that is sparked at the end by a surprising revealation; but at this point no-one really cares.

This Blu-Ray release meanwhile, which is being distributed in the UK by MVM Entertainment and authored by FUNimation, is an exact replica of the North America release and features all of the same content; right down to the trailers before the main menu. This does mean we receive a relatively solid Blu-Ray release, with strong picture and audio quality through.

An English Dub is provided, of which is produced by FUNimation, and despite the questionable content on screen it is actually a strong dub with an unfamiliar cast of voice actors. It sounds like they had fun producing the dub and it would have been interesting to see out-takes of those in the recording booth.

The Japanese audio quality meanwhile remains consistent with any other release of this kind, such as HIGHSCHOOL DXD and THE TESTAMENT OF SISTER NEW DEVIL; but the English subtitles are forced on to the audio track and cannot be removed. Personally I don’t see this as an issue; but some prefer them to be removable.

As a release Seven Mortal Sins is as one would expect and remains consistent with any other release of this kind; but the series itself is an acquired taste and would only appeal to those who enjoy heavy-fan service, nudity and sexualised violence. Seven Mortal Sins is not a series I would recommend, or watch again by choice, but it does have a few ‘laugh out loud’ moments.

Score: review-stars-2

Seven Mortal Sins – The Complete Series will be available on Blu-Ray from the 8th April 2019 via MVM Entertainment.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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