A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Characters are pretty much fantasy anime archetypes and don't emerge as positive role models.
While women are just as likely as men to bravely fight the enemies, they're also sexualized characters with large breasts in revealing clothing.
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Violence & Scariness
Fantasy/anime violence throughout. Battle violence with arrows and swords. Spikes through monster heads; blood. Spells to necks; blood spurts. Explosions. Giants hit by giant purple orb are knocked out.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female characters wear skimpy and revealing clothing. Talk of "fooling around" in one scene. Two characters try to go on a honeymoon.
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Infrequent: "pissing," "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine. Characters reminisce about getting drunk on wine. One character says to another, "After this is over, you owe me a drink."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light is a 2021 anime movie based on the series. Expect fantasy anime violence, including scenes in which spikes go through the heads of monsters, fighting with arrows, spears, swords, punches, kicks, and spells. There's bloodshed and blood spurting in many of these fight scenes. A giant purple orb hits and knocks out giants. While the women fight just as hard as the men, they're also sexualized, dressed in skimpy clothing that exposes the cleavage of large breasts. Talk of "fooling around." Characters reminisce about getting drunk on wine. Wine drinking. Infrequent language: "pissing," "damn." It's one of those complicated everything-at-once anime stories, and as it's based on a long-running series, this probably isn't the best place to start if one is new to this world. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is bombastic, confusing, and best for fans of the show. The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light takes the "kitchen sink" approach to storytelling in anime to extremes. The complexities of the relationships and histories of characters in William Faulkner novels are easier to follow than this. Listing the characters or writing down the various realms and clans and ranks doesn't really help. Essentially, it's a fantasy anime in which The Seven Deadly Sins -- an alliance of warrior-wizards -- must fight a war against those who didn't appreciate that The Seven Deadly Sins ended a war that happened six months earlier. This is interspersed with some violent images of involving spikes, spears, swords, explosions, giant purple orbs, and mind control.
It's a movie and companion piece to the popular anime series, so like so many anime and fantasy stories with self contained and detailed universes, perhaps the best bet is to start watching the series at the beginning before starting with this movie. This isn't something that stands on its own. It's clearly (or unclearly) part of a greater whole, and without prior knowledge of these characters, their relationships, and their histories, it's all a jumbled mess. The only real clear part is that it's easy to tell the difference between the Fairy Clan and the Giant Clan as the former is much smaller than the latter. Aside from this, to best understand and appreciate it, you're better off starting at the beginning and working your way to this point.
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