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The Seven Deadly Sins

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Smart manga-inspired series has edgy sexual content, too.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

This story of good and evil has many twists and turns, and those you suppose are the good guys may surprise you with their real intentions. The protagonists are no angels -- prone to violence, sexually stimulated, and less than candid -- but in the end, they fight for peace and justice. Though most parties generally resort to violence to solve disagreements, Meliodas takes no joy in it and tries to win by evasiveness rather than his power. The villains, on the other hand, are bent on seizing power through force and delight in causing harm. In many ways, Meliodas is a walking advertisement for the concept that you can't judge a book by its cover.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Meliodas is enigmatic and seems disengaged at times, but he's much smarter and more powerful than he appears. Elizabeth frequently second-guesses herself, but she shows her strength of character when it counts. Another central figure is driven by revenge and a quest for control that overshadows the truth of his past.


Bloody corpses are visible, including reflective scenes showing a man's body pinned to a wall with swords. Sword fights, some hand-to-hand combat, and the use of electricity and other powers to subdue enemies. Many tense and suspenseful scenes.


Uninvited physical contact between a young man and a teen girl. He squeezes her breasts, comments on her curves, lifts the back of her skirt to see her butt, and, in one case, steals her underwear while she sleeps. Women wear clingy clothing that accentuates and supports their breasts. Sexual innuendo and obvious come-ons from Meliodas to Elizabeth.


"Damn," "shut up," and name-calling such as "jerk."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink ale at a pub.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Seven Deadly Sins is a manga-inspired animated series that's not appropriate for kids or tweens. Though there's nothing sexually explicit (no intercourse or nudity, that is), the central male figure gets handsy with his female counterpart, touching her breasts and butt without permission and, in one case, stealing her underwear while she sleeps. Women also dress provocatively with clothing that hugs their ample curves and accentuates their cleavage. Violence is the other concern, though the bloody bodies and fighting likely won't surprise teens who are used to action movies or series. Expect some language ("damn," "screw you," and "sucked" and name-calling such as "bastard," "jerk," and "hillbilly") as well. That said, the story line is constructed well enough to keep teens' interest in this nontraditional tale of good and evil.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byLavender T. January 5, 2017

I think that this series is particularly good and that it really shouldn't be considered a 15

I do not agree that it is a 15. Few images of breasts and I should think that by the age of 13 and in some cases even younger children are mature enough to not... Continue reading
Adult Written bySailorMars04 July 26, 2016

Not for kids.

As someone that grew up with Anime as a kid and is a veteran to it, I think this show is not appropriate to anyone under the ages of 15. It has nudity, mild c... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheChocolateQueen June 23, 2016

If you like action watch this!

First of all, I need to say this is an anime and usually there is always a bit of fan service like touching breasts without permission or other stuff like this... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byQuackingDuck July 30, 2016

A Good Show for Action Lovers!

First, this show has amazing action. Not to mention that the story is great too. The characters are diverse. The series has a lot of great things in it! Now peo... Continue reading

What's the story?

Eons ago, before the human and nonhuman worlds were separated, the powerful Holy Knights defended the realm of Britannia with great success, protecting its ruling class and citizens alike. But when a small sect betrayed the realm, all the Holy Knights were implicated. Forced to split up and go into hiding for self-preservation, the seven most powerful knights attempted to blend in and be forgotten ... until Princess Elizabeth set out to reunite them in defense of the realm once more.

Is it any good?

Tense, heady, and boasting plot twists that spring surprises right and left, this series is an enticing pick for teen manga and fantasy fans. Maturity is key for viewers, since THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS has graphic (for a cartoon, that is) violence, some language, and a lot of sexuality. It's important that teens who watch understand the real-life implications of this last matter especially. Fast-talking Meliodas gets away with a lot of hands-on curiosity around Elizabeth, but the same shouldn't be true of encounters in the real world.

This intriguing series gives viewers a lot to ponder as they watch, most especially the determination of "good" and "evil." It's obvious pretty quickly that these terms are fluid and subjective in these characters' case, and it raises the question of whether that's true in our experiences as well. This well-designed series is enjoyable enough to draw parents as well as teens and encourages follow-up on the themes raised within the show.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the story's heroes. Who are they? Are their actions always heroic, or do they play both sides? Is it unrealistic to expect a real-life role model's behavior to be above reproach?

  • Is the sexual content in this series appropriate? Does it send iffy messages about physical contact between teens? Would similar behavior be OK in the real world? Why, or why not?

  • Do fantasy series such as this one ever make you look at the world differently? Will we ever have all the answers we want about our own history or that of mankind in general? How much of written history must be taken on faith?

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