Regarding the Netflix anime, The Seven Deadly Sins Season 2 release date has already been confirmed for the spring of 2017, but it is possible the English dub release date will not be until 2018. Known as Nanatsu no Taizai in Japan, the anime producers have already produced The Seven Deadly Sins OVA video in 2015, but unfortunately, it is only available as unofficial English subs at this time. The manga publisher Kodansha Comics has released multiple English issues, but it's actually the release schedule of the Japanese manga which makes some wonder if the plot of the The Seven Deadly Sins manga and the anime will diverge, like many other anime series in the past.
[UPDATE] The opening paragraph has been edited based upon the official announcement from Netflix that The Seven Deadly Sins Season 2 release date will be in 2017. However, there is some controversy, since some fans claim it's not a true second season. Click on this link to the new article for the full details. The remainder of this article continues as originally published.
So far, all we officially know about the The Seven Deadly Sins Season 2 release date is based upon a short commercial video which aired during the final episode of Arslan Senki, or The Heroic Legend of Arslan. The Japanese text only tells fans that the "production is green-lit" for 2016, but since the Japanese first season finished airing in March of 2015, and the Netflix Original did not release until November of 2015, it is probably safe to presume that North American audiences will need to wait until 2017 (or English speakers can watch the Japanese version with English subs as it releases on Crunchyroll).
The announcement also does not specify whether The Seven Deadly Sins Season 2 is a sequel. This is important because series writer and illustrator Nakaba Suzuki said that he plans to release three main story arcs for the manga, with each being 100 chapters for a total of 300 chapters. Suzuki has been serializing the chapters in Weekly Shounen Magazine since 2012, but chapter 154 was released just days before Christmas, 2015. Based upon the manga release schedule, it seems unlikely that Suzuki will finish the manga's second story arc before production needs to begin on The Seven Deadly Sins season 2 in 2016.
Season 1 of the anime and the first 100 chapters of the manga both focused on the Holy Knights, while the second part of the story arc will focus on new antagonists like the Demon Clan, a group of powerful demons called the Ten Commandments, and the introduction of Escanor, the Lion's sin of pride. Since only about half of the manga's story arc is completed at this time, it is possible the anime The Seven Deadly Sins Season 2 will only cover what has been written so far, with The Seven Deadly Sins Season 3 finishing the Demon Clan story arc.
The other possibility is that the anime and manga begin to diverge. Fortunately, Suzuki has already mapped out his plans for the third story arc, and he has even begun discussing plans for a sequel to the main three part story. Assuming Suzuki shares his notes for the story of the upcoming manga releases, it's possible the The Seven Deadly Sins anime will not diverge too greatly from the manga's plot.
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The Seven Deadly Sins Season 2 SpoilersThe Seven Deadly Sins OVA video also covers more side stories for all the characters, but the longest story gave an extended version of the love story between Ban, the Fox sin of Greed, and Elaine, the fairy guardian of the fountain of youth. It is possible English viewers may eventually receive a dubbed version that's packaged alongside The Seven Deadly Sins Season 2.
A prior article goes into much more detail about the known details for the second story arc, but a large part of the story will focus on Escanor, whose wanted poster is located within Meliodas' pub. The Escanor character only recently debuted in the manga in chapter 147, but we do know he possesses a dual personality based upon the solar cycle. When the sun is at its zenith, Escanor's powers reach their peak, while at midnight he's weak, scrawny, and his personality becomes very humble. The image shown above shows Escanor when his powers, and physique, are beginning to max out.
The Demon Clan story arc will focus on the Ten Commandments, their histories, and the fight against the resurrected Demon Clan.
"Along with the rest of the Demon Clan, the Ten Commandments were sealed away by the Coffin of Eternal Darkness, the relic that the Holy Knight Hendrickson was attempting to open with Elizabeth's blood during the events in season 1. A Commandment named Fraudrin, along with the Red Demon and the Gray Demon, managed to avoid being sealed away, and eventually Fraudrin frees the other nine members. Their powers have been drained by the Coffin, so they travel the realms, including King Arthur's Albion, in order to devour the souls of humans."Otherwise, the Ten Commandments are like the opposite of the Seven Deadly Sins. Like the Sins, their name reflects the number of villains, but their symbols mark them with ironic traits such as truth or faith. While the Sins wield Sacred Treasures, the Commandments each have a power called a commandment.
Nakaba Suzuki InterviewKodansha Comics released an English interview with the series creator, which explains his inspiration for Nanatsu no Taizai's story. The manga publisher asked if Suzuki based the plot around western stories of King Arthur, and what he thought his own characters.
"It's true, I borrowed the names of characters that appeared in the King Arthur tales, but each of their personalities and the story itself is my original work," Suzuki replied. "They're an awesome group of people determined to carry out their own sense of justice, even if others call them villains."
The creator also discussed how he likes drawing "characters who are fun to draw. Otherwise, it'd be totally dreadful for me." Many of his character designs feature bulky muscles, which he says is based upon reading the manga versions of Ultimate Muscle, Fist of the North Star, and Dragon Ball while in school.
"I love drawing muscles now because of those three manga," he explained.
Suzuki did not give too many The Seven Deadly Sins spoilers, but he did admit that he hasn't revealed all the history of the Sins "because they're too strong... maybe you'll find out soon enough." Otherwise, he had a message for his North American audience watching the The Seven Deadly Sins English anime.
"When I first saw the anime of The Seven Deadly Sins, I really felt I'd been able to make a series people could enjoy regardless of age. It's so fun to watch the colorful, vibrant characters in the show," he said. "My motto is, 'no chapter that sucks.' I'll make sure The Seven Deadly Sins continues be exciting as long as it goes. I hope you enjoy it!"
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