Let me start this off by saying that I never drop an anime because I guess there is something interesting I can get out of even the worst of them.
That is why this year I have put myself through everything EX ARM (terrible), Vampire Holmes and Girls’ front line. And no, I didn’t find anything interesting in any of them, except that they cemented my decision to never see any of them again.
So to say I lasted 34 minutes The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh – Part 1 before I decided there were 5000 things I’d rather watch prove how awful this 52 minute anime “movie” is and how, if the name Marvy Jack or Alfred Imageworks is on another anime, I’ll avoid it just as hard as I avoided the “vaccines” against Covid-19.
Which, it seems, many of the My Anime List viewers agree with, as the film currently has a score of 6.15 on that site and is falling fast. And honestly, with what a dumpster fire anime has turned out to be, I’d say the score is pretty generous.
The art style of The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh
Now, over a month ago, I had already pointed out the art style The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh was so poorly drawn, if I didn’t know Elizabeth was supposed to be Elizabeth, I wouldn’t have guessed what anime character she was if I got three executioner letters in her name.
Including the letter E.
But even though I was worried about how terrible the characters looked, I was still determined to give the whole movie a chance. After all, any anime fan knows that what is shown in a trailer is not always what the final product will be like.
Unfortunately for The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburghthe finished product is decidedly worse than even the trailer suggested.
Characters are so strangely created that even Melodias looks like a blank cardboard cutout of herself, Elizabeth is frankly terrifying, and even though Gowther resembles himself upon first appearance, less than 30 seconds in and the only way I can explain how awful he looks like there must be a corpse catcher coming up in the plot somewhere.
Otherwise, how can the least lavish of Seven Deadly Sins characters look so bloody bland, flat and boring?
As for the other characters, each and every one of them seems strangely hollow. As if their personalities were sucked out by an alien invader and all that’s left is their shell.
Honestly, I almost cried when I saw how unlike themselves each and every one of some of my favorite anime characters has become.
And don’t get me started on their eyes. Eyes that, instead of seeing something happening on the screen, often seem to look a little, passed it.
As if every person in it struggles with a squint.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh the animation is lousy
I don’t expect Chainsawman quality in every anime I watch as, let’s face it, the show is head and shoulders above most anime released when it comes to animation.
But good God, what did Marvy Jack and Alfred Imageworks’ animators do to make something so goddamned wooden, with 3D CGI animation so poorly done that I was yelling at my computer screen less than five minutes later?
Sure, all of them Seven Deadly Sins fans bemoan how the show has gotten progressively worse since its first two beautifully animated and drawn seasons, but even I didn’t think it could descend to this level of utter hell.
Yes, many fans have said that the movie doesn’t look like an anime, it looks like a mobile game.
I wouldn’t even mind if it didn’t look like cutscenes from a game released a decade ago. Especially since the frame rate in some scenes is so low.
Yes, it’s superb CGI animation (although it will never be my first choice), but this is not.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh writing
The script to grudge from Edinburgh was written by Rintarou Ikeda, the same screenwriter who wrote the three worst works in The Seven Deadly Sins franchise – The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of the Gods, The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgmentand The Seven Deadly Sins Movie 2: Cursed By Light.
And a writer who should be kept far away any longer Seven Deadly Sins vehicles, as the clichéd, stilted dialogue, seen/heard-it-before scenario-filled script was hard to stomach.
Especially when it came to scenes like Elizabeth collapsing and Tristan running to her side but falling over the kitty while trying to get out of bed, only to find Melodias by her bed clutching an unconscious Elizabeth’s hand as he begged “Stay with me”.
Sure, I can overlook bad writing if the animation, art style, and action draw me in.
Combine abysmal writing with amateur-grade animation art and action, and The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh quickly became a “dropped” anime for me, with almost 20 minutes left in it.
The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh is one of two so-called ‘movies’ Netflix releases in the franchise, and according to several other commentators, this first one ends on a ridiculous cliff-hanger before the plot has really begun.
I lost interest before I got to the point where I began to worry about losing the will to live.
Watch the trailer for the now streaming film at your own risk. Check out the movie (although I don’t recommend it) via Netflix.