I’m going to be honest here. I really don’t mind a bit of borderline hentai in my anime… When it’s done tastefully. Going into Seven Mortal Sins I should really have known what I was going to get, something that is so close to hentai that all it needs is some tentacles and it’d be a hentai show. Being that the show was about the downfall of the Arch-Angel Lucifer and her ascension to the ruler of hell through defeating the Seven Mortal Sins in combat, I thought it would be more action than hentai… I was so wrong.

Seven Mortal SinsTitle: Seven Mortal Sins Complete Series
Genre: Ecchi, Fantasy
Details: Contains 12 episodes
Release Date: October 03, 2018 (Australia)
Languages: English 2.0, Japanese 2.0
Subtitles: English subtitles
Number of Discs: 2 (Bluray) | 2 (DVD)
Runtime: 300.0 mins
Distributor: Madman Entertainment (Bluray)(DVD)
Special Features: Promo Videos, Commercials & Textless Opening & Closing Songs (Bluray Only)
Rating: MA15+:  Strong themes, animated violence, sexualised imagery and sexual activity

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, one of God’s archangels, is denounced for rebelling against the Almighty’s will and cast out of Heaven. She is forced into a brief stopover by crashing into a high school’s church, where a young girl, Maria Totsuka, witnesses her arrival. After Lucifer has infused the girl with a part of her angel’s blood, she continues her fall into the depths of Hell, where she is met by Leviathan, the aspiring minor Demon Lord of Envy.

Soon after, Lucifer is challenged by the Seven Sins, the ruling Demon Lords of Hell, led by Belial. Bundling their powers, the Seven Sins overcome Lucifer and seal away her angelic powers by fitting her with a cursed Garb of Punishment, thereby turning her into a Demon Lord. Swearing revenge on her defeaters, Lucifer returns with Leviathan to Earth, where she turns Maria into her immortal slave. With her two sidekicks in tow, Lucifer sets out to defeat the Seven Sins one at a time in order to sunder their powers imbuing her Garb.

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Seven Mortal SinsLucifer / Pride
Voiced by: Eri Kitamura (Japanese); Nicole Endicott (English)
Formerly the first of the Archangels of Heaven and the former leader of the Seven Heavenly Virtues, she was denounced and cast out of Heaven for her rebellion against the will of God, who seeks the destruction of both mankind and Hell for their inherent (but inevitable) corruption. After battling the Seven Mortal Sins for the first time, she is cursed by Belial with the Garb of Punishment, a barbed tattoo-like body-chain empowered by the Seven Sins which inhibits her angelic powers and torments her with constant pain and blood-letting. But while Lucifer’s immense pride was the cause for her fall from Heaven, it also proves to be her strongest weapon against both the predations of the Seven Sins and the power of God.

Seven Mortal SinsMaria Totsuka
Voiced by: Megumi Toda (Japanese); Madeleine Morris (English)
A shy, soft-spoken teenage human girl who has worshipped Lucifer all her life when she was still an angel. She initially encounters Lucifer during a brief stopover in the middle of her descent to Hell. Maria becomes Lucifer’s servant when Lucifer rips out her heart, granting her immortality and eternal youth; and though initially unwilling, Maria becomes gradually quite taken with her new mistress. In the final episode, it is revealed that Lucifer has been aware of Maria’s dedication to her, which is the primary reason why Lucifer rebelled against God’s decision to destroy humanity and why they were destined to meet in the first place.

Seven Mortal SinsLeviathan / Envy
Voiced by: Akane Fujita (Japanese); Brittany Lauda (English)
The aspiring Demon Lord of Envy, she becomes instantly infatuated with Lucifer upon the latter’s arrival in Hell and makes herself into the fallen angel’s sidekick. She is therefore continuously jealous of Maria because she receives the better part of Lucifer’s attention, though the two are quite capable of working together if it serves Lucifer’s interests. She has the ability to control water and water creatures.

Seven Mortal SinsBelial / Vanity
Voiced by: Shizuka Itou (Japanese); Elizabeth Maxwell (English)
The Demon Lord of Vanity, and the ruler of the Seven Mortal Sins until Lucifer’s arrival. Her most distinguishing feature are her heterochromatic eyes, of which the left one is ruby red while the right one sports a golden iris. She was once part of the Byrndale family, a once prostigious clan, which Belial wished to return to its former glory, and also an angel herself under the name Satanael before she attempted to gather more followers for God by appearing before the humans and thereby proving God’s existence to them. However, her presumptuous attempt backfired when the humans instead allowed themselves to fall to the Seven Sins, and for this blunder she was sentenced and banished to Hell. Ultimately, she attempts to betray Hell and her subordinate Sins in order to be reinstated as an angel.

Seven Mortal SinsSatan / Wrath
Voiced by: Arisa Sakuraba (Japanese); Dawn M. Bennett (English)
Representing Wrath, Satan is a fiery, red-headed Demon Lord whose main task is to judge the souls of the dead at the threshold of the Gates to Hell, and sentence the deserving to eternal damnation. While she has a hair-trigger temper, she also has a sense of honor and a love for cute and innocent things; for this reason she is especially fond of Beelzebub. She uses an ax in combat and has armies from all over the world serving as her followers.

Seven Mortal SinsBelphegor / Sloth
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma (Japanese); Ella Davis (English)
As the representation of Sloth, Belphegor is the laziest and most easy-going of the Mortal Sins, sporting cat-like features like white hair and a claw-equipped tail (which she often uses as a third hand since she’s usually too lazy to move her arms), as well as two tiger-striped antelope-type horns. Her favorite hobbies are surfing, engaging in games inside the Internet and exchanging messages with Astaroth, with whom she is good friends because of their very similar moods. She uses a morning star when engaging in hand-to-hand combat, and gains followers by running a popular MMORPG.

Seven Mortal SinsMammon / Greed
Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa (Japanese); Annabel Thorne (English)
The Demon Lord of Greed who attempts to employ every opportunity to make a winning, specializing in real estates and the sale of home-brewed magical potions. Her greed is partially founded by the actions of her unnamed husband, who saddled her with 500,000 children and a load of debts on her shoulders. Mammon’s weapons of choice are bottles of dangerous chemicals. Her base of operations is in London.

Seven Mortal SinsBeelzebub / Gluttony
Voiced by: Yui Ogura (Japanese); Arielle O’Neil (English)
Despite her slight figure, she is the most voracious of the Seven Sins, as well as perhaps the friendliest of them. She is physically distinguished by one single horn, similar to an alicorn, growing from the center of her forehead. Her motive for becoming a glutton was not out of pure self-indulgence, but to find a way of achieving happiness through eating and sharing that discovery with others. She attracts followers by sponsoring large feasts for the most hedonistic eaters. Her base of operations is in Paris.

Seven Mortal SinsAsmodeus / Lust
Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi (Japanese); Morgan Garrett (English)
As the representative of Lust, she is the most lecherous of the Seven Sins. She takes up residence in Miami and works around the clock to attract followers, hosting orgies at the beach during the day and pole dancing for her nightclub attendees at night. Owing to her lascivious nature, she is equally attracted to both women and men. She is the first to be defeated by Lucifer.

Seven Mortal SinsAstaroth / Melancholy
Voiced by: Azusa Tadokoro (Japanese); Jad Saxton (English)
The Demon King of Melancholy, who spends most of her time as a very popular musician in Earth’s virtual world. Though quite the braggart under this pretense, she is very sociophobic and tends to easily lose her nerve, and therefore uses her music to communicate her emotions.

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Ok, if there is anything positive to say about Seven Mortal Sins it’s that the animation is really nice. Given how much, or how little, detail is on display at anytime; it’s surprising that the animation is so clear, crisp and fluid (no pun intended). The characters themselves are mostly in these lovely detailed dresses or armor and the animation makes sure you see every little line and feature of the clothes. When there is less in display, it’s done in a nice and tasteful way that lends itself to a more gravour style than straight up “hey here are some boobs!”. The backgrounds also get this nice look too, invoking an almost Disney style in some places like Hell, Heaven and Churches. Given that Lucifer prefers the finer things in life, it’s no surprise that the absolute best is on display at all times when the character is around.

Where the animation mainly stands out is the battle scenes, since each fighter usually starts clothed and ends up naked or semi-naked at some point. However the actions on display look real enough that they have been captured from real weapon fighters then copied to the computer used for animation. Speaking of computers, there isn’t as much use of computer animation in Seven Mortal Sins as you would think. A lot of things, including the battle scenes, are done traditionally and that keeps the quality to a high standard.

The voice acting isn’t too bad either (from what I was able to sit through). The English cast doesn’t stray too far from their Japanese betters, so you get a nice mix here.

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What doesn’t work when it comes to Seven Mortal Sins is the story, which could have been really damn good, being over-shadowed by the way over the top use of sexual imagry when it comes to just about everything in the series. I’ll admit that I only made it to episode 4 before I just stopped and gave up on the show. A lot of this had to do with the method I’d use to review anime: Watching it in the corner of a train carriage on my way to and from work. I’ve watched many anime in this way including stuff like Shimoneta, Prison School and High School DxD; all of which are very risky titles in their own right. However with Seven Mortal Sins, I finally hit that point where there was way too much nudity and sexual content for even someone doing their best to hide what they are watching from public eyes has had enough. Hell, I’ve watched most of the previously mentioned titles and things like Monster Musume with my fiance, and I wouldn’t even begin to consider showing her this. I’m sorry, but there are some lines I thought I would be able to cross easily, but the one that Seven Mortal Sins puts down I just can’t cross.

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As I said before, too much sexual actions and nudity really ruin what could have been an excellent battle series. Having to read the plot of what I missed after I stopped watching really got me annoyed because I missed a damn good plot twist with one of the sins that would have been great to see near the end of the series, but yeah, too much dude, just too much. There are plenty of battle anime that include nude scene or sexual themes that are done much more tastefully, so maybe go watch one of those instead.

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Too much sex, not enough story

Summary

Seven Mortal Sins is the result of putting something controversial or attention getting ahead of a story. All the attention for this series revolves around the sexual themes and nudity, but there is a good story about friendship, overcoming one’s shortcomings or sins, and a great plot twist that shows what one would do to regain a former position… But that’s all covered up by overdone boob and crotch shots.

Pros

  • Good story
  • Complex characters
  • A plot twist worth watching

Cons

  • Too much sexual themes
  • Boobs everywhere
  • Visuals overpowering narrative
Overall
2

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Karl Smart
Senior Editor / Reviewer

The main "Australian arm" of The Outerhaven. Karl primarily spends time playing and reviewing video games while taking time to occasionally review the latest movie or piece of gaming technology.