Many fans were apprehensive about the anime adaptation of ‘The Seven Deadly Sins,’ given that it came from the controversial A-1 Pictures studio. Even though the studio has made other well-known anime such as Blue Exorcist and Sword Art Online, it is notorious for sabotaging manga adaptations midway through production. It does this with “The Seven Deadly Sins,” but the anime succeeds in its own right. The anime’s basic plot revolves around a young princess named Elizabeth, which is a very generic premise. When she meets Meliodas, the captain of the fabled Deadly Sins, we find out his true identity. After that, they embarked on a quest to find the other seven deadly sins.
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The anime’s world-building is its main draw, despite its simple plot. It makes use of well-known fantasy gimmicks like historical fortifications, densely detailed forests, and more. Its fantasy world isn’t particularly noteworthy, but what makes it interesting is how the story incorporates all of these different aspects. This show’s main selling point is unquestionably its cast of characters. When it comes to the series’ main characters, you can’t look away. Even the smallest changes they undergo keep you hooked. While ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ is far from perfect, it does an excellent job of executing its shounen tropes. The fact is you’re probably looking for similar shows if you have already seen it. Now for our list of all the anime that are similar to ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’.
9. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009-2010)
You may be perplexed as to how ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ found its way on here. However, if you stop to think about it, the protagonist of both shows is a young woman with blonde hair. Edward Elric is the state’s alchemist, while Meliodas is the powerful leader of the Seven Deadly Sins. Although their protagonists share a lot of similarities, the two anime have vastly different plots.
The plot of ‘Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood’ revolves around two young brothers who attempt to transmute a human being and see their lives spiral out of control. The two decide to embark on a quest to find the Philosopher’s Stone in order to atone for the devastation they caused by engaging in the forbidden act.
8. Hunter X Hunter (2011-)
A fantastical world where monsters and other mythical creatures are still very much alive is the setting for ‘Hunter X Hunter.’ There is a main character named Gon who is the son of a famous hunter who disappeared on one of his adventures. Upon learning that his father is alive and well, he sets out to find him. But first, he has to obtain his hunting license.
The worlds of “Seven Deadly Sins” and “Hunter X Hunter” are shaped by the hopes and aspirations of a young person. For some reason, Gon retains more of his sense of wonder and magic than Melodas did in “The Seven Deadly Sins”. But in the end, both characters have a clear goal in mind and are focused on achieving it.
7. Dragon Ball (1986-1989)
Bulma from ‘Dragon Ball’ sets out on a quest for something similar to Elizabeth from ‘The Seven Deadly Sins.’ Bulma is on the lookout for the seven Dragon Balls in order to have her wishes come true. Bulma, like Elizabeth, meets a cocky young man named Meliodas later on, and Bulma also meets Goku. Along the way, the two of them run into a number of other characters, some of whom join them for part of the journey. Unlike ‘The Seven Deadly Sins,’ ‘Dragon Ball’ only has two main characters, but the two anime share a similar premise for the most part.
6. Akatsuki no Yona (2014-2015)
Princess Yona, the show’s female lead, is expelled from her own kingdom. In contrast to her comfortable upbringing, she now has to learn to survive with the help of her few friends after a battle forces her to do so. Despite her opulent upbringing, she possesses tremendous strength of character and perseveres in her attempts to topple the new king.
In many ways, Princess Yona’s personality is eerily similar to Elizabeth in ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’. Because of this, she is thrust into the middle of a conflict where she must fend for herself. Meliodas shows up for Elizabeth in the same way Hak does as a savior in Yona’s life. Despite the overwhelming odds against them, both of these female characters show incredible mental fortitude and perseverance. This anime and The Seven Deadly Sins share so many similarities that watching them both feels like watching the same show over and over.
5. Rokka no Yusha (2015)
‘The Seven Deadly Sins’ and ‘Rokka no Yusha’ share a lot of similarities. Both anime feature a diverse cast of characters, each with their own special abilities. Meliodas, like Aldet from ‘Rokka no Yusha,’ is overconfident in his abilities, just like Meliodas. The “heroes” featured in both shows fight each other at first before realizing the real danger is right in front of them.
Nashetania joins Aldet on his quest to defeat the Demon Lord, a man who claims to be the strongest man in the world. The six Braves of the Six Flowers have joined them, and things are going swimmingly. On the other hand, when a seventh member of the group shows up, their harmony is suddenly shattered. Now Aldet has to figure out who the rogue member of the group is before everything comes to a crashing end.
4. Soul Eater (2008-)
‘Soul Eater’ is a critically acclaimed anime due to its sharp wit and high-octane shounen violence. An evil creature and witches’ souls are collected by Soul Eater Evans and his friends, who become Death Scythes in the process of protecting their city. Although Evans is the main character, each member of his team has a distinct personality that adds something new to the story. ‘Soul Eater’ is one of the best Shounen series of the last decade and should be seen by everyone who enjoys anime.
In a similar vein to ‘The Seven Deadly Sins,’ ‘Soul Eater,’ takes place in a Kingdom under attack by evil forces. To resolve the problem, a group of influential people is engaged in combat with these forces to safeguard the weak and defenseless. In both stories, there are seven main characters who each bring something unique to the story. Both shows have intense action scenes that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire viewing experience.
3. Trinity Seven (2014-)
The tone of ‘Trinity Seven,’ in comparison to the other shows on this list, is significantly lighter. Ecchi tells the story of Kasuga Karata, a boy who is almost killed when his town is leveled by a massive earthquake. Unfortunate events force him to enroll in the Royal Biblia Academy, one of magic’s most illustrious schools. Here, he comes face to face with the Trinity Seven, a group of deadly magical girls, each with their own set of special abilities. He must now join forces with the Seven of the Trinity in order to save the world from the upcoming peril.
The similarities between Arata and Meliodas are striking, and he never misses an opportunity to make advances toward other women. Both characters, however, aren’t just disgustingly perverted; they’re also hellbent on eradicating evil from their worlds. These two super teams both have the exact same number of seven members, all of whom share the same set of supernatural abilities.
2. Akame ga Kill (2014)
In ‘Akame ga Kill,’ a group of assassins sets out to discover the Prime Minister’s hidden agenda. This town’s political leader appears hell-bent on annihilating his own community. A radical change takes place in Tatsumi as he begins to question not only the secrets of his empire, but also his own morals, and the assumptions he has made in the past. On a regular basis, Akame and the Night Raid engage in intense combat in a variety of settings in order to save the world.
Kame ga Kill is another anime with a large cast of protagonists dedicated to upholding their city’s values in the face of an oppressive ruler. At first, the diverse personalities of the team’s members clash, much like in ‘The Seven Deadly Sins.’ In the end, however, they get along just fine and learn how to work together more effectively. The antagonists in both shows are corrupt leaders, and the protagonists are out to overthrow them.
1. Fairy Tail (2009-)
On the surface, ‘Fairy Tail’ appears to have a lighter tone than ‘The Seven Deadly Sins,’ and its plot revolves primarily around the relationships between all of its characters. Even though the two shows have a completely different premise and have almost no things in common, they share a strong theme of friendship and “never giving up.” Both anime captivate you with their characters, and as the series progresses, you grow to care about one of the show’s central characters. If you liked ‘The Seven Deadly Sins,’ you won’t want to miss ‘Fairy Tail,’ an excellent anime.