The Seven Deadly Sins (Japanese: Nanatsu no Taizai) is a manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. The original manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from October 10, 2012 to March 25, 2020, and has been collected in 41 volumes. There were several other, spin-off manga series that accompanied the main story, as well as an ongoing sequel series titled Four Knights of the Apocalypse, also written and illustrated by Suzuki.
The Seven Deadly Sins have become quite a popular series as far as modern manga are concerned and that is why it has been adapted into an anime franchise, starting with the series’ first season on October 5, 2014. The anime franchise is rather complex, with several seasons, OVA episodes and specials, and movies, which is why we thought you might need a guide on how to watch the whole series. As usual, we are going to bring you a complete chronological watching order of the whole The Seven Deadly Sins anime series so you know how to approach the material.
After an initial introduction, we are going to list the material in the correct chronological watching order, so just follow our list and you’ll be good to go! Enjoy!
The Seven Deadly Sins Episodes and Movies
The structure of The Seven Deadly Sins anime franchise is quite complex. The franchise consists of the main anime series which has four seasons (the fourth is still ongoing), a special four-episode series that aired between seasons one and two, three OVA episodes (two that are part of season one and one that is part of season two), and two movies (one of which is still unreleased). The basic structure of the main anime narrative is as follows:
No.Season TitleEpisodesStart DateEnd Date1The Seven Deadly Sins24 (+ 2 OVA)October 5, 2014March 29, 2015N/AThe Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War4August 28, 2016September 18, 20162The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments24 (+ 1 OVA)January 13, 2018June 30, 20183The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods24October 9, 2019March 25, 20204.The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement24January 13, 2021Ongoing
Along with this, there are, as we said, two feature-length anime movies. The first, The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky, was released in 2018 and was generally well-received by the fans and the critics, despite his dubious canon status. The second movie, The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light, was released on July 2, 2021.
Now, this is the basic structure of the whole series. In the next section, we are going to give you a precise chronological order for the whole series. The works are going to be listed in the proper chronological order, as we think they should be watched, so just follow the list and you’re going to be fine.
The Seven Deadly Sins Watch Order (Chronological)
The Seven Deadly Sins (Season 1)
The first season of the anime series ran from October 5, 2014 to March 29, 2015. It contained 24 episodes and 2 special OVA episodes that aired after the season was completed. The first season should be watched first, as there are no prequel stories so far. The OVA materials should be watched separately. Now, this is the season’s structure:
No.Episode TitleRelease Date1“The Seven Deadly Sins”
Transcription: “Nanatsu no Taizai” (Japanese: 七つの大罪)October 5, 20142“The Sword of the Holy Knight”
Transcription: “Seikishi no Ken” (Japanese: 聖騎士の剣)October 12, 20143“The Sin in the Sleeping Forest”
Transcription: “Nemureru Mori no Tsumi” (Japanese: 眠れる森の罪)October 19, 20144“A Little Girl’s Dream”
Transcription: “Shōjo no Yume” (Japanese: 少女の夢)October 26, 20145“Even If You Should Die”
Transcription: “Tatoe Anata ga Shindemo” (Japanese: たとえあなたが死んでも)November 2, 16“The Poem of Beginnings”
Transcription: “Hajimari no Uta” (Japanese: はじまりの詩)November 9, 20147“A Touching Reunion”
Transcription: “Kandō no Saikai” (Japanese: 感動の再会)November 16, 20148“The Fearsome Pursuer”
Transcription: “Osorubeki Tsuisekisha” (Japanese: 恐るべき追跡者)November 23, 20149“Dark Pulse”
Transcription: “Ankoku no Myakudō” (Japanese: 暗黒の脈動)November 30, 201410“The Vaizel Fighting Festival”
Transcription: “Baizeru Kenka Matsuri” (Japanese: バイゼル喧嘩祭り)December 7, 201411“Pent-Up Feelings”
Transcription: “Sekinen no Omoi” (Japanese: 積年の想い)December 14, 201412“Bloodcurdling Cannon”
Transcription: “Senritsu no Kanon” (Japanese: 戦慄のカノン)December 21, 201413“The Angel of Destruction”
Transcription: “Hakai no Shito” (Japanese: 破壊の使徒)January 11, 201514“A Reader of Books”
Transcription: “Hon wo Yomu Hito” (Japanese: 本を読むひと)January 18, 201515“Unholy Knight”
Transcription: “Anhōryi Naito” (Japanese: アンホーリィ・ナイト)January 25, 201516“The Legends, Provoked”
Transcription: “Karitaterareru Densetsu-tachi” (Japanese: 駆り立てられる伝説たち)February 1, 201517“The First Sacrifice”
Transcription: “Saisho no Gisei” (Japanese: 最初の犠牲)February 8, 201518“Even If It Costs Me My Life”
Transcription: “Kono Inochi ni Kaete mo” (Japanese: この命にかえても)February 15, 201519“The Fairy King Waits in Vain”
Transcription: “Machibōke no Yōseiō” (Japanese: まちぼうけの妖精王)February 22, 201520“The Courage Charm”
Transcription: “Yūki no Majinai” (Japanese: 勇気のまじない)March 1, 201521“The Looming Threat”
Transcription: “Ima, Soko ni Semaru Kyōi” (Japanese: 今、そこにせまる脅威)March 8, 201522“What I Can Do for You”
Transcription: “Kimi no Tame ni Dekiru Koto” (Japanese: 君のためにできること)March 15, 201523“Despair Descends”
Transcription: “Zetsubō Kōrin” (Japanese: 絶望降臨)March 22, 201524“The Heroes”
Transcription: “Eiyū-tachi” (Japanese: 英雄たち)March 29, 2015
The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War (Special)
Signs of Holy War is sometimes labeled as season 1.5. It contains only four episodes that aired from August 28, 2016 to September 18, 2016, so after the first season and its two OVA episodes, but before the second season of the anime. The special’s structure is as follows:
No.Episode TitleRelease Date1“The Dark Dream Begins”
Transcription: “Kuroki Yume no Hajimari” (Japanese: 黒き夢のはじまり)August 28, 20162“Our Fighting Festival”
Transcription: “Futari no Kenka Matsuri” (Japanese: 二人の喧嘩祭り)September 4, 20163“In Pursuit of First Love”
Transcription: “Hatsukoi wo Oikakete” (Japanese: 初恋を追いかけて)September 11, 20164“The Shape of Love”
Transcription: “Ai no Katachi” (Japanese: 愛のかたち)September 18, 2016
“Bandit Ban” (OVA)
1 (OVA1)“Bandit Ban”
Transcription: “Bandetto Ban” (Japanese: バンデット・バン)June 17, 2015
The first OVA is considered to be canon and although it doesn’t really do much for the main narrative, it should not be skipped. It aired on June 17, 2015 and is officially considered to be part of season one of the anime. The plot is as follows:
“Somewhere in northern Britannia, Ban arrives at the Fairy King’s Forest in search of the Fountain of Youth. He quickly climbs up the large majestic tree, and ends up meeting a mysterious young girl whom he ignores initially.
He decides to ask her who she is, only to discover that she was the Guardian Saint protecting the fountain. Swiftly, she swings her hand and the winds blow Ban off the tree. However, Ban survives the fall and persistently continues to climb up again. He repeatedly climbs up and gets blown off, until both of them grows extremely annoyed. In order to obtain the fountain, Ban equips himself with his Nunchaku, leading Elaine to believe that he was planning to kill and steal like all other humans.
To her surprise, he quickly grabs the Fountain of Youth and begins drinking. But before he could even take a sip, Elaine manipulates the tree branches and immobilizes him by grabbing all of his limbs. She then persuades him that without the Fountain of Youth, the forest itself will die. Astonishingly, Ban replies straightforwardly, stating that he understands.
When Elaine decides to read his heart, she discovers that he really had the intentions of giving up. She releases him and the two begin to get to know each other. Ban tells her that the reason for stealing the fountain is to hope for something good to happen in his life.
In response, she replies saying that she already lived for over 700 years, protecting the cup in place of her brother, King, who abandoned her. Ban decides to show her his ale label collection and the two bonded over a span of 7 days. Suddenly, when Ban was away, she quietly whispers that she wished that he had come to steal her instead of the Fountain of Youth.
She was startled to discover Ban behind her, who had heard what she said, and realized that they both have similar thoughts and feelings. Out of the blue, a mysterious monster from the Demon Clan appears, burning the forest with its Purgatory Fire. Ban immediately confronts the monster after telling Elaine to escape with the fountain, and successfully robs one of its hearts.
Not realizing that it had more than one heart, he lets down his guard and as a result, both of them get severely injured by the monster. Both of them realize that the only way to survive was to drink the Fountain of Youth, which means that only one of them could live.
The two of them wanted each other to drink the fountain, hoping for their survival. In desperation, Elaine seemingly drinks the liquid, only to kiss Ban and deliver it to him directly. Ban immediately recovers from the injuries after consuming the liquid, and quickly defeats the monster in rage.
Before passing away, Elaine gives him the forest’s last seed and he repeats, Someday, I’ll definitely make you mine. Sadly, before he was able to finish the phrase, she was gone. Later on, somewhere within the Kingdom of Liones, Ban is judged and sentenced to death for his apparent sins of destroying the Fairy King’s Forest, taking the Fountain of Youth and killing the Guardian Saint.
As the captain of the guard asked Ban if he has any last words before execution, Ban told everyone present that he is no longer “Bandit Ban” and “Undead Ban” is now his name.“
The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments (Season 2)
The second season of the anime, Revival of the Commandments, officially started on January 6, 2018 with the so-called “Nanatsu no Taizai Imashime no Fukkatsu -Joshō-” special, which is just a recap of season one (as there was a three-year pause between the seasons) and can be skipped (officially, it is considered to be episode 0). The first new episode aired on January 13, 2018 and the final episode aired on June 30, 2018. An additional OVA episode aired on November 16, 2018. The structure is as follows:
No.Episode TitleRelease Date0“The Seven Deadly Sins Revival of The Commandments -Prologue-“
Transcription: “Nanatsu no Taizai Imashime no Fukkatsu -Joshō-” (Japanese: 七つの大罪 戒めの復活 -序章-)January 6, 20181“Revival of the Demon Clan”
Transcription: “Majin-zoku Fukkatsu” (Japanese: 魔神族復活)January 13, 20182“Existence and Proof”
Transcription: “Sonzai to Shōmei” (Japanese: 存在と証明)January 20, 20183“Sacred Treasure Lostvayne”
Transcription: “Jingi Rosutovein” (Japanese: 神器ロストヴェイン)January 27, 20184“The Ten Commandments on the Move”
Transcription: “<Jikkai> Shidō” (Japanese: 〈十戒〉始動)February 3, 20185“Overwhelming Violence”
Transcription: “Attōteki Bōryoku” (Japanese: 圧倒的暴力)February 10, 20186“The Great Holy Knight Atones For His Sins”
Transcription: “Tsugunai no Seikishi-chō” (Japanese: 償いの聖騎士長)February 17, 20187“Where Memories Lead”
Transcription: “Kioku ga Mezasu Basho” (Japanese: 記憶が目指す場所)February 24, 20188“The Druids’ Holy Land”
Transcription: “Doruido no Seichi” (Japanese: ドルイドの聖地)March 3, 20189“A Promise to A Loved One”
Transcription: “Ai suru Mono to no Yakusoku” (Japanese: 愛する者との約束)March 10, 201810“What We Lacked”
Transcription: “Bokutachi ni Kaketa Mono” (Japanese: 僕たちに欠けたもの)March 17, 201811“Father and Son”
Transcription: “Chichioya to Musuko” (Japanese: 父親と息子)March 24, 201812“Where Love is Found”
Transcription: “Ai no Arika” (Japanese: 愛の在り処)March 31, 201813“Farewell, Beloved Thief”
Transcription: “Saraba Itoshiki Tōzoku” (Japanese: さらば愛しき盗賊)April 14, 201814“Master of the Sun”
Transcription: “Taiyō no Aruji” (Japanese: 太陽の主)April 21, 201815“A Bloodcurdling Confession”
Transcription: “Senritsu no Kokuhaku” (Japanese: 戦慄の告白)April 28, 201816“Death-Trap Maze”
Transcription: “Shi no Wana no Meikyū” (Japanese: 死の罠の迷宮)May 5, 201817“Legendary Figures”
Transcription: “Denshō no Monodomo” (Japanese: 伝承の者共)May 12, 201818“For Whom Does That Light Shine?”
Transcription: “Sono Hikari wa Ta ga tame ni” (Japanese: その光は誰が為に)May 19, 201819“Meliodas vs The Ten Commandments”
Transcription: “Meriodasu vs <Jikkai>” (Japanese: メリオダスvs<十戒>)May 26, 201820“Pursuit of Hope”
Transcription: “Kibō wo Motomete” (Japanese: 希望を求めて)June 2, 201821“Certain Warmth”
Transcription: “Tashika na Nukumori” (Japanese: たしかな ぬくもり)June 9, 201822“Return of the Sins”
Transcription: “<Tsumi> no Kikan” (Japanese: 〈罪〉の帰還)June 16, 201823“The Hero Rises!”
Transcription: “Eiyū, Tatsu!” (Japanese: 英雄、立つ！)June 23, 201824“As Long As You Are Here”
Transcription: “Kimi ga Iru Dake de” (Japanese: 君がいるだけで)June 30, 2018
“Heroes’ Frolic” (OVA)
1 (OVA3)“Heroes’ Frolic”
Transcription: “Eiyū-tachi wa Hashagu” (Japanese: 英雄たちは燥(はしゃ)ぐ)November 16, 2018
The third and as of April 2021 final OVA episodes was released on November 16, 2018 and is considered to be a part of the series’ second season. It was specially bundled with the manga’s 34th volume and is considered canon as it adapts a story from the manga.
The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky (Movie)
1The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky
Transcription: Nanatsu no Taizai: Tenkū no Torawarebito (Japanese: 劇場版 七つの大罪 天空の囚われ人)August 18, 2018
The movie was released after the anime’s second season, but before its OVA episode and season three. While its canon status is still under question, as well as its exact place in the timeline, we think it’s for the best to watch it between seasons two and three. The plot is as follows:
“The story takes place in a time when humans and non-humans alike lived in the same society. The Kingdom of Liones was almost annihilated thanks to the evildoings of the Demon Clan, but were saved thanks to the efforts of the Kingdom’s third Princess, Elizabeth, and a band of strong yet terrible knights known as The Seven Deadly Sins.
With peace returning to the Kingdom of Liones following its near annihilation by the Demon Race, Elizabeth and The Seven Deadly Sins decide to celebrate the King’s birthday with numerous dishes being prepared in the Boar Hat tavern.
The Deadly Sins’ leader Meliodas and his talking pig companion Hawk search for Skyfish for a recipe, ending up above the clouds and in front of the Sky Palace after stumbling across a well in the nearby forest which they discover is a portal.
Living in the Sky Castle are a race of winged people known as the Celestials, descendants of the Goddess Race who hold watch over an Indura-type demon sealed in their land since the Ancient War’s end 3,000 years ago.
But when a group of demons calling themselves The Six Knights of Black attack the Celestials and release the Indura, forcing a Celestial youth named Solaad unintentionally bring Meliodas and Hawk to his people’s land while he left to find the legendary white pig ‘Oshiro’ whose power was used to seal the evil.
Solaad ends up meeting the other Deadly Sins, who mistook him for Meliodas due to their similar appearances, but manages to convince them to come with him while Meliodas went through a similar case of mistaken identity with the Celestials.
As The Seven Deadly Sins face the Six Knights of Black with support by the Celestials’ warriors, it is revealed that the Knights of Black’s leader Bellion is an upper-class demon who was denied membership into the Ten Commandments by Meliodas in the past.
Meliodas ends up being mortally injured by the Winged Sword, a sacred sword forged specifically to harm demons. But Solaad, trusting The Seven Deadly Sins’ insistence that Meliodas is a good person, removes the sword and revives Meliodas. Solaad then uses the Winged Sword and the combined power of his people, the Sins, and Elizabeth to destroy the Indura.
The Sins are hailed as heroes and celebrate with the Celestials before taking a Skyfish and returning to Liones on Hawk’s Mother, who is revealed to have been ‘Oshiro’ the entire time. Some time later, King is presented with the cooked Skyfish and is appalled by its horrible taste as Meliodas cooked it. Hawk decides to eat it for him and ends up assuming a Skyfish form to his shock.“
The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods (Season 3)
This season was released on October 9, 2019 and finished airing on March 25, 2020. It contains only 24 episodes and no additional material. The structure is as follows:
No.Episode TitleRelease Date1“The Light That Sweeps Away the Darkness”
Transcription: “Yami wo Harau Hikari” (Japanese: 闇を払う光)October 9, 20192“Memories of the Holy War”
Transcription: “Seisen no Kioku” (Japanese: 聖戦の記憶)October 16, 20193“Let There Be Light”
Transcription: “Hikari Are” (Japanese: 光あれ)October 23, 20194“The Ten Commandments vs. The Four Archangels”
Transcription: “<Jikkai> vs. <Yondai Tenshi>” (Japanese: 〈十戒〉vs.〈四大天使〉)October 30, 20195“Emotional Maelstrom”
Transcription: “Kanjō Meirushutorōmu” (Japanese: 感情メイルストローム)November 6, 20196“We Call That Love”
Transcription: “Sore wo Bokura wa Ai to Yobu” (Japanese: それをボクらは愛と呼ぶ)November 13, 20197“Deadly Sins Unite!”
Transcription: “Iza, Taizai Shūketsu e!!” (Japanese: いざ、大罪集結へ！！)November 20, 20198“The Doll Seeks Love”
Transcription: “Ningyō wa Ai wo Kou” (Japanese: 人形は愛を乞う)November 27, 20199“The Cursed Lovers”
Transcription: “Norowareshi Koibito-tachi” (Japanese: 呪われし恋人たち)December 4, 201910“The Life We Live”
Transcription: “Sore ga Bokura no Ikirumichi” (Japanese: それが僕らの生きる道)December 11, 201911“The Hateful Cannot Rest”
Transcription: “Onnen-tachi wa Nemuranai” (Japanese: 怨念たちは眠らない)December 18, 201912“Love is a Maiden’s Power”
Transcription: “Ai wa Otome no Chikara” (Japanese: 愛は乙女の力)December 25, 201913“The Almighty vs. the Greatest Evil”
Transcription: “Saikyō vs. Saikyō” (Japanese: 最強 vs. 最凶)January 8, 202014“A New Threat”
Transcription: “Aratanaru Kyōi” (Japanese: 新たなる脅威)January 15, 202015“To Our Captain”
Transcription: “Danchō e” (Japanese: 団長へ)January 22, 202016“The Seven Deadly Sins End”
Transcription: “Nanatsu no Taizai Shūketsu” (Japanese: 〈七つの大罪〉終結)January 29, 202017“Our Choices”
Transcription: “Bokutachi no Sentaku” (Japanese: ボクたちの選択)February 5, 202018“March of the Saints”
Transcription: “Seija no Kōshin” (Japanese: 聖者の行進)February 12, 202019“The Holy War Pact”
Transcription: “Seisen Kyōtei” (Japanese: 聖戦協定)February 19, 202020“Child of Hope”
Transcription: “Kibō no Ko” (Japanese: 希望の子)February 26, 202021“Beginning of the Holy War”
Transcription: “Seisen no Makuake” (Japanese: 聖戦の幕開け)March 4, 202022“War-torn Britannia”
Transcription: “Senka no Buritania” (Japanese: 戦禍のブリタニア)March 11, 202023“The One Twisted by Darkness”
Transcription: “Yami ni Yugamu Mono” (Japanese: 闇に歪む者)March 18, 202024“Rampaging Love”
Transcription: “Bōsō suru Ai” (Japanese: 暴走する愛)March 25, 2020
The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement (Season 4)
The fourth season started airing on January 6, 2021, with another special episode (like season two) and is still ongoing. As with the earlier seasons, this season is also going to have 24 episodes, as was confirmed. The structure is as follows:
No.Episode TitleRelease Date0“Great Charming Emission Special”
Transcription: “Miryoku Dai Hōshutsu Supesharu” (Japanese: 魅力大放出スペシャル)January 6, 20211“From Purgatory”
Transcription: “Rengoku Yori” (Japanese: 煉獄より)January 13, 20212“A Meeting with the Unknown”
Transcription: “Michi to no Sōgū” (Japanese: 未知との遭遇)January 20, 20213“A Single-Minded Love”
Transcription: “Ichizu Naru Omoi” (Japanese: 一途なる想い)January 27, 20214“The Victims of the Holy War”
Transcription: “Seisen no Giseisha” (Japanese: 聖戦の犠牲者)February 3, 20215“The Tragic Strike”
Transcription: “Kanashiki Ichigeki” (Japanese: 悲しき一撃)February 10, 20216“Confront Despair!!”
Transcription: “Zetsubō ni Tachimukae” (Japanese: 絶望に立ち向かえ)February 17, 20217“Hope, Conflict, and Despair”
Transcription: “Kibō to Kattō to Zetsubō” (Japanese: 希望と葛藤と絶望)February 24, 20218“The Doorway to Hope”
Transcription: “Kibō e no Tobira” (Japanese: 希望への扉)March 3, 20219“That Which Gathers”
Transcription: “Shūketsu Suru Mono-tachi” (Japanese: 集結するものたち)March 10, 202110“The Salvation of the Sun”
Transcription: “Taiyō no Kyūsai” (Japanese: 太陽の救済)March 17, 202111“The One Who Stands Against a God”
Transcription: “Kami to Taiji Suru Hito” (Japanese: 神と対峙する人)March 24, 202112“We’ll All Be Your Strength”
Transcription: “Minna ga Kimi no Chikara ni Naru” (Japanese: みんながキミの力になる)March 31, 202113“The End of a Long Journey”
Transcription: “Nagaki Tabi no Shūchaku” (Japanese: 永き旅の終着)April 7, 202114“Farewell, Seven Deadly Sins”
Transcription: “Sayonara〈Nanatsu no Taizai〉” (Japanese: さよなら〈七つの大罪〉)April 14, 202115“Fated Brothers”
Transcription: “Shukumei no Kyōdai” (Japanese: 宿命の兄弟)April 21, 202116“The Final Battle”
Transcription: “Saishū Sensō” (Japanese: 最終戦争)April 28, 202117“The Voice Calling Your Name”
Transcription: “Kimi no Na o Yobu Koe” (Japanese: キミの名を呼ぶ声)May 5, 202118“The King Sings Alone”
Transcription: “Ō wa Kodoku ni Utau” (Japanese: 王は孤独に歌う)May 12, 202119“The Struggle”
Transcription: “Agaki” (Japanese: あがき)May 19, 202120“TBA”“TBA”21“TBA”“TBA”22“TBA”“TBA”23“TBA”“TBA”24“TBA”“TBA”
Additional Notes: The second OVA episode, “Heroes Fun Time -Extra Stories Compilation-“, which aired on August 12, 2015 as part of season one, contains several short, funny episodes from the characters’ lives and can, essentially, be watched at any time; this is why we have not listed it separately in this section. The second movie, The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light, is not listed here as it has yet to come out so we still don’t know where exactly it will fit into the chronology.