Wednesday, 24 June 2015

NANATSU NO TAIZAI CHAPTER 129: DANAFOR/MELIODAS’ PAST

MELIODAS REUNITES WITH LIZ
Ha!. I can see where this is going; and I for one cannot wait to see this scenario play out.

I don’t think most manga readers appreciate flashbacks, which is a shame, considering all the revelations they tend to raise; then again, it is understandable, having no love for a tool that tends to stall the primary plot for several weeks on end.

The key to a good flashback isn’t necessarily length; short flashbacks are only advantageous because, when they are terrible, you do not have to deal with them for too long. Great flashbacks can last entire weeks and still entertain, so long as they provide content on par with the primary story, at least entertainment-wise.

+THE CHAPTER:
The sins finally arrive at the home of the Druids, where Meliodas must undertake a deadly test to re-acquire his long lost power. What awaits him at the end of the Elder Xenelly’s spell is unexpected.
+MY THOUGHTS:
THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS FIND ISHTAR
The best executed flashback I have ever seen came from Witch Hunter, which transitioned into its flashback so suddenly I thought I was reading a whole other series; and that actually worked in Witch Hunter’s favor, laying out the flashback in the form of a surprisingly entertaining and generally self contained story within the primary plot.

Nanatsu no Taizai is a shonen manga, so we more or less know what to expect; yet Taizai has managed to succeed where many of its predecessors failed by adding a fresh spin to some common Shonen tropes.

We were bound to get into some lengthy flashbacks, eventually; and, so long as the mangaka avoids going the route of Magi (Wow, those Solomon Flashbacks were tedious), I think we are in for quite the interesting ride. 

We will never get a better chance to delve into Meliodas’ past, or a portion of his past within the human realm; Nanatsu no Taizai could have approached this issue in any number of ways. But rather than dealing with the exhausting narrations of a witness or historian, this approach, thrusting upon Meliodas the opportunity to relive his past, possibly even overcoming his mistakes, adds so much tension into the mix.

-Xenelly and Jenna
These two seem like the standard ‘older than they actually look’ elders common in most supernaturally centered anime and manga; whether there is more to them than meets the eye remains to be seen.

Xenelly and Meliodas have a past; the only female we have ever seen Meliodas refuse to fondle was Diane, and only because of their close friendship. But maybe we are looking at this all wrong. It is easy to conclude that Meliodas is a lecherous little man that cannot satiate his hunger for the female form; yet, I don’t think we have ever seen Meliodas fondle any other person besides Elizabeth, at least not in a long time.

So…what does that mean? The way Meliodas pulled away fro Xenelly, that was hardly a sign of close friendship. We need more data before analyzing the meaning behind Meliodas’ Lecherous ways.

-Arthur and Gowther
These two didn’t seem particularly enthused to enter the Druid domain. Actually, Arthur looked mostly embarrassed while Gowther displayed traces of fear. Something tells me Gowther’s roots as a living doll are connected to the power of the druids.

We do not know enough about Arthur to begin speculating….Or maybe we can. What do we know about the Camelot Legend? 

Arthur, Merlin, Modred.

These three names stand at the center, and last time I checked, Modred was a druid of sorts; I don’t think we have met him or her yet, so we might be delving into the Camelot legend during the coming chapters. 

It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that that, during the Sin’s mission in the Druid lands ten years ago, Gowther made himself a few enemies, or probably every enemy there is. Some one needs to violently knock some sense into Gowther.

-Danafor
We begun this adventure with the promise of a journey to Megadozer, this complimented by the potential for a training arc; Megadozer looked like it might be taking a back seat in favor of Ishtar, the home of the druids.

Now it looks like we might be getting everything; a journey to Megadozer, a look into the world of the Druids, a training arc (of sorts) and, to top it all off, revelations about Danafor hinted at nearly 100 chapters ago.

Who saw any of this coming? Not me. Don’t let anybody ever tell you that Nanatsu no Taizai is predictable, because it isn’t. And I for one cannot help but anticipate every new chapter, questioning what unexpected events are waiting to surprise me at the end of each page.
MELIODAS/XENELLY_THE TEST BEGINS_LOST POWER
+RATING: 8/10, Nanatsu no Taizai cannot fail; 29 chapters in, and this, the second of three arcs, is living up to all expectations. 

Oh, and the art is pretty impressive.