Curses are a common theme in Japanese animation, with many shows playing around with the concepts of magic, curses, and revenge. One animated feature that really takes this idea to a whole new level is The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed. This movie is definitely a fitting conclusion to the popular series, though not quite as solid as the other two. With a slight spike in animation, lessening ties to the anime, and sticking very closely to its core characters, The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed is still a blazing success.
As per the storyline, The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed takes place 100 years ago in Japan during the Edo period, where the warring country is in the middle of a civil war. Kyoto has been occupied by several demons and evil beings since before history began, when seven deadly sins were locked inside of the temple. However, now with the peace established between the government and the spirits, the only way to unlock them is by using a powerful artifact known as the "Cursed Seal." Unfortunately, the seal itself is released, and a local boy named Shusui inadvertently opens it. Now cursed, Shusui must find a way to seal the sins once and for all...
The premise behind The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed is truly one of a kind. Similar to many animated Japanese stories, the story follows a young man with a mysterious, powerful, and powerful ability to seal seven sins from his enemies' bodies. However, just like many Japanese animation films, the story does go off at a fast pace, and the few scenes involving the characters are incredibly brief. The action, fighting, and drama is very minimal, and this is especially true when compared to the wealth of animation, live action, and visual design that goes into most of these types of films. As a result, the story never gets enough time to develop properly, resulting in some of the characters being barely human, with no depth. In short, this story becomes predictable quite quickly.
A big reason why The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed is not given the chance to develop beyond the early part of the first season is the fact that most streaming services do not have the capability to render Japanese language. Due to this, most of the dialogues and character expressions are translated from English to Japanese, which is not a problem if you are looking for an enjoyable anime, but is certainly not an advantage for those who are trying to watch the series in the first place. Fortunately, most people will not have any problem finding shows they can enjoy regardless of their language ability, but this does help make it more difficult to find the streaming version of The Seven Deadly Sins: Curse of the Demon Lord.
One interesting aspect about the show is the presence of two archangels, who seem to be battling each other for the position of supreme deity. The episode starts out with the archangels locked in a battle to determine which of them is worthy of becoming the new supreme deity, and the show heavily emphasizes how the outcome of this battle will determine the fate of the entire world. The conflict leads to the revelation of one of the characters, who was initially believed to be already a demon king, but who was revealed to actually be a pure-hearted person. It is then revealed that he had fallen under the influence of the evil demon king, whom he was trying to defeat, but his good actions helped him fall under the control of the demon, instead.
Despite being one of the better fantasy and science fiction anime of recent times, The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed is not a show that is likely to gain many loyal fans, as it does not offer much in the way of development or plot development. However, fans of fantasy and anime who are not bothered by linearity will enjoy the interesting story and art style, as well as the excellent animation. For anyone looking for an interesting and suspenseful anime series that has a strong spiritual background, The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed is worth watching.