As is evident, such is the greatness of this fantastic anime series that The Seven Deadly Sins: cursed King is not only a great source of entertainment, but also a fine example of storytelling. This is a terrific shonen anime series without any super heroics, aliens, or dragons. This is more of a fantasy/adventure serie revolving around a great story of young humans, fairies, creatures, a powerful king and his brave knights, and of course, the evil curse upon his kingdom. I will tell you why this show is so enjoyable to watch from start to finish, but first, let's take a look at the story itself.
In The Seven Deadly Sins: cursed King, the story follows the life of Setsuna Shioda, who is an ordinary human living in the peaceful town of Kyoto. One day, while enjoying his daily breakfast, Setsuna's life takes a dramatic turn for the worst when he finds out that a man named Jinichiro Sada has been murdered. Impatient with what he calls his own lack of manners, Setsuna goes on a quest to find out who killed Sada, only to find him tied to the sinister curse of the cursed King. He then sets out to exact vengeance on the King, only to find that the only person who can stop him is his old childhood friend, Yuki Kaji. The two immediately team up, determined to eliminate the King before he can claim the throne.
One thing I want to quickly mention about this movie is how realistic the symbolism within it is. To make a long story short, the curse the King had placed upon his subjects was a symbol for his anger and frustration with their behavior. This then links into the characters' own sense of failure to overcome their addiction and wickedness. The theme is of overcoming something more powerful than ourselves, to better understand our true nature and the connection between our actions and our surroundings. As such, this movie is very symbolic and relevant in today's world.
Another interesting point I'd like to bring up relates to the ultimate conflict of the movie: when Setsuna realizes that the only way to defeat the Demon King is to kill him, he does not consider using violence. He has faith in God, and believes that there is a supreme deity who will be able to rectify this wrong doing. Instead, he chooses to have the people of Kyoto swear loyalty to him as his supreme deity. This, in itself, is an interesting point. In this day and age, with the increasing secularization of many traditional religions, it is becoming increasingly difficult to remain relevant through symbolism.
Finally, in the end, it should be noted that the ultimate battle between the Demon King and Setsuna actually takes place on a bridge across the Tamiami River. It is here that Setsuna is confronted by his own father, Meliodas, who has realized that the only way to defeat the Demon King is to turn his back on his own father, turn to the Lord, and accept his divine powers. Meliodas then sacrifices himself by going into a pool of water and turning into a fish. At the end of the movie, Setsuna realizes that he has no choice but to obey the Lord's command and kill his father. In the process of doing so, he also kills his seven deadly sins, making him one of the most powerful characters in the show (and the series).
The movie The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed is entertaining for many reasons. It explores the themes of family, faith, the relationship between God and the devil, and much more. However, perhaps its most interesting point of view was its comparison of Meliodas and Setsuna, which could mean that there will be more to come in terms of story and character development between the two. Because of the somewhat surprising and powerful ending, The Seven Deadly Sins:Cursed is very likely to continue to gain popularity well beyond its initial release. Check out the trailer below!