Whenever there is a discussion of fantasy anime, it is tough not to include Fairy Tail and the Seven Deadly Sins. The two shows have been able to garner a huge fan following for themselves all over the world. Fairy Tail had a long run for over a decade; on the other hand, Seven Deadly Sins is relatively newer in comparison. But here is the interesting question – If both the shows were running at the same time, which one would have been able to attract more audience. Although comparisons are hard, they are also fun. So, let’s look at the strengths and weaknesses of both the shows to find out which one is better.
Seven Deadly Sins – Strengths
Seven Deadly Sins is set up in the Middle Ages. It pursues Princess Elizabeth as she looks for the Seven Deadly Sins, which is a criminal group, to take them to the kingdom so that they can be punished for the alleged murder that they have committed. The show has a compelling storyline and is very well-paced. It ensures the viewer involvement by hinting at possible backstories which is remarkable. The characterization is also one of a kind with each sin having something unique that they bring to the show.
Not only are the characters involved and interesting, but they also are named in such a manner that it has hardly anything to do with their personalities. The name of the sins doesn’t necessarily imply that the character will show some typical behaviour justifying it. But instead, the titles are often misleading in nature, and they represent a side of the character commonly not understood. This adds to the layers of complexity already there in the storyline and makes for an intriguing watch.
Seven Deadly Sins – Weaknesses
The show had a very successful two seasons run but the much-awaited Season 3 was never able to meet the fans expectations. Because of an unforeseeable studio switch which pushed back the release dates, the creators faced a severe time crunch which resulted in horrible animation. The outcome was that the show never was able to live up to the hype for its 3rd season as the fans were left disappointed. The animation was utterly ruinous for the show, and many famous scenes that were crucial never transpired the way they should have. Now we can only wonder how good the show could have been if the studio switch never happened.
Fairy Tail – Strengths
Fairy Tail needs no introduction for the anime fans, as the show was able to run over a decade and sustain its popularity to the very end. The show is not just successful in its era, and it is undoubtedly one of the all-time most popular shows. It was able to hold its own against the excellent Shonen anime like Naruto and Bleach. The unique thing about the show that it is not only able to build hype, but its execution is always up to the mark, unlike the Seven Deadly Sins. Most of the fights are executed so well between the protagonist and antagonists that it keeps the viewers glued to their seats.
The show also has excellent soundtracks along with all its hype and fight scenes which become impossible to forget and remain etched in the memory of the viewers. Along with its music, the anime had given prominence to the theme of friendship. The characters always stick by each other’s side and have each other’s back, no matter how rough the situation becomes. Their friendship is still strong and stands the test of time. So, it is not a surprise that the viewers feel somewhat bonded to the characters as if they were friends.
Fairy Tail – Weakness
For a show that managed to run over a decade, it’s not tough to find something off-putting about it. Although the exhibit has a great story, there are some serious inconsistencies with the narrative that is hard to ignore. The first season seems too impressive in comparison to the rest as they lack in some way or the other. Because of its long run, several storylines become repetitive and annoying, and it feels as if the show is being unnecessarily dragged on with no end in sight. What was most disappointing was the fact that the finale was extraordinarily unsatisfying and was not able to live up to the hype which was never expected from a show like Fairy Tail.
So, Which One is Better?
Fairy Tail had a long-run, and its story is completed, on the other hand, the Seven Deadly Sins still has a lot to look up to. Even though season 3 was a significant failure, that does not mean the show does not have more to offer. But the question still stands, which is a better show?
Regardless of a below-average season 3, The Seven Deadly Sins undeniably has a great depth that keeps the audience intrigued. Moreover, the characterization is way superior to the ones in the Fairy Tail. When faced with complex situations, the characters turn out to be way more interesting, its something that Fairy Tail lacks. So, if one can set season 3 aside, then there is no doubt that the Seven Deadly Sins is way better than Fairy Tail regardless of the latter’s long run. But one should not presume that Fairy Tail is not great, the show was able to remain on the top for over a decade and that in itself is a significant achievement. So, keeping the comparison aside, both the shows are a must-watch for the anime fans.
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