Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse (2024) Review – A well-written anime that falls flat in the end

Season 1

 

 

Episode Guide

Episode 1 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 2 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 3 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 4 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 5 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 6 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 7 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 8 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 9 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 10 – | Review Score – 4/5
Episode 11 – | Review Score – 4/5

 

 

Percival, a 16-year-old boy, is believed to be the one who will bring about the end of the world. He’s one of four knights mentioned in a prophecy. Percival resides in a remote place called God’s Finger atop a hill. He has only his grandfather, Varghese, for company in his isolated life.

However, the peace is shattered when a mysterious knight arrives and kills Varghese. In the fight, Percival is also badly injured. Shockingly, Percival learns that the murderous knight is his own father, Ironside, who has come to God’s Finger on the orders of the evil king, Arthur Pendragon. 

Percival is left bewildered, as he has always been told that his father died in a war. So, Perci sets out on a journey to confront him, even though Ironside is much stronger and more powerful than him. Ironside is not only a skilled knight but also has incredible magical abilities that make him nearly invincible.

On the other hand, Percival has yet to unlock any special skills that can match Ironside’s. To find out why Percivel is the chosen one, why Ironside killed his own father, and what fate has in store for Percivel, you’ll have to watch the show on Netflix.

Let’s talk about the characters in “Four Knights of the Apocalypse” now. The main character, Percival, can make you both laugh and get excited in the same scene. The writing for situational comedy is really good in some parts of the show. There are many scenes where serious things are taking place, but Percivel does something funny that will make you laugh out loud.

One memorable scene is when he’s coming down from God’s Finger and suddenly slips, but a flying bird saves him. Perci thanks the bird for saving his life and promises never to harm that species again, but in the very next scene, the bird tosses him off its back, and Percival shouts in rage, claiming to gobble every last one of their species. There are more scenes like these in ‘Four Knights of the Apocalypse, and every last one will make you root for Percival and his friends. 

Percival is a simple and innocent boy who believes in the goodness of everyone. He’s a true leader, a kind-hearted person, and an inspiration to those around him. Several scenes cement these qualities; for example, when his friends credit him for winning the biggest fight in Sistana, Percival insists that it was a team effort and that he couldn’t have done it alone.

When nobody else shows the courage to save a boy from a monstrous wolf, Percival saves the day. His friend Donny follows him and ends up saving Percivel’s life, too. When Percivel thanks Donny, Donny credits Percivel for inspiring him. This shows that Percival is a torch bearer for his friend and others. In a similar vein, when everyone is running for their life in Sistana, it is Perci who jumps into the warzone to save Anne. 

In addition to Percival, a few other characters get some decent screen time and are well-written. Donny, Percivel’s friend, wanted to become a Holy Knight. When they first meet, Donny seems uncaring and cold towards Percival, even bullying him. However, over time, his attitude starts to change. Perci even helps him rekindle his old fire of becoming a holy knight. 

“Four Knights of the Apocalypse” tackles some serious themes like gender bias and animal cruelty. Take Ironside’s sexist comment towards Anne during a battle, for example. But Anne’s quick to shut him down, saying it doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman – we all just want to protect the people we love.

In addition, there’s another issue of animal cruelty, which is a big deal in our world. We hear about it all the time in the news. The series brings this up in a conversation about the senior herbalist, where some people act like the planet only belongs to humans. Treating other species poorly just because they’re not human is selfish and heinous.

The anime is really gripping and entertaining until episode 7, thanks to the intense action scenes and emotional moments. The screenplay is top-notch, especially during scenes like Anne fighting Ironside or Donny making a comeback. The way they cut between different scenes will leave you in awe. But here’s the thing – after the big battle in Sistana, things start to lose steam.

The rest of the episodes feel kinda directionless, and the creators throw in a couple of new characters and conflicts, but it just doesn’t have the same impact as before. If that’s not enough, Anne’s character starts to feel a bit off when they’re on their way to Camelot. It’s a shame because the series starts off so strong, but it falls flat towards the end. It had the potential to be great, like the original anime, but it just didn’t quite hit the mark. However, it’s still an entertaining ride.


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