Usually when you see an OVA, it is a sign or a signal that the second season of a show is coming OR we are going to get the aria from everyone in the show. I mean, you could easily have these two-tripper segments for the whole cast of this show and end up with a 14-episode run, but it didn’t work out that way. We start off the “Nanatsu no Taizai” (“The Seven Deadly Sins”) OVA with Ban. Now, part of his ‘adventure’ is revealed in the run of the show, but it is detailed better in this approach. He is also the only one to get the full treatment/full episode for this OVA; the rest (the second offering) are akin to blackout sketches. Ban’s tale was a bit too fleeting and episodic for the regular run, but it still doesn’t explain how he ended up in that prison we see him in at the beginning of the series.
The second episode is, as mentioned, a series of cute little tales, like how Meliodas met Hawk the pig and got the Boar’s Hat tavern, or some blatant fan service when Elizabeth and Diane try to take in a dip in a nearby pond, while Meliodas and King try to take in some peeping. These are all nice gags that you see and there was no way that any of it could have been put into the show without causing problem waves for the rest of the show (well, maybe the skinny dip portion).
We STILL have not seen Escanor (seventh) at all and have barely seen Merlin (sixth), even with her tiny segment. I was personally hoping that we would get two-show set-up of everyone to learn about them a bit better. I mean, how did these seven totally divergent people somehow manage to work together (more or less) to become the fighting force that they are? There is a chance that it will be revealed in Season Two, but we will all have to wait.
On a scale of 1 to 10:
Artwork 8 (Strong design and execution)
Plot 7/6 (Something more in-depth for Ban/Ehhh….just a bagatelle)
Pacing 8/6 (Good story/More like jokes than real insight)
Effectiveness 7/6 (Helped a bit/Too episodic)
Conclusion 9/7 (It reached that conclusion/Kind of throwaway, so not needed)
Fan Service 5 (A similar show would be “Maburaho”)
Overall 8/7 (Not certain what they really wanted to tell, but a missed opportunity)
And remember, it’s first run until you’ve seen it. Here’s a bag of silver.