The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 3

So just who are The Seven Deadly Sins? Other than the fact that they are the most wanted criminals in the world, very little has been known about them … until now. Here's Part 3 in our series of character profiles of the main cast of The Seven Deadly Sins by Nakaba Suzuki

(Continued from The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 1 and Part 2)

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Name: GOWTHER
A.K.A: The Goat Sin of Lust

The member of The Seven Deadly Sins who bears the mark of the Goat Sin of Lust, he joined the adventure in Ordan Village. This pretty boy has a slender body, wears glasses, and has an endearing face that gives off an androgynous vibe. He doesn’t seem to be human, but his true identity and origin are a mystery. Up until ten years ago, he always moved around clad in the giant armor Merlin made so none of the other Deadly Sins knew what Gowther actually looked like. Though evidently his stuffy and peculiar manner of speech was a personal quirk of his even back then.

He always remains cool and collected, but he has no tact and and will say things that are usually difficult to speak out loud, thereby having the tendency to make the people around him uncomfortable. He admits himself to be one who “doesn’t possess a heart” and enjoys reading “tales” written by those who do possess a heart. At Boar’s Hat, he spends his days with his books on the top floor.

His Secluded Life for Ten Years

He took on the identity of “Armand”, changing his mannerisms and looks to suit Pelio’s tastes and living with him as his personal servant and charge after Pelio rescued him following an injury that knocked him out in the outskirts of Ordan Village. When he parts from Pelio, he promises he’ll see him again. 

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Weight: 61 kg 
Race: unknown 
Birthday: June 2nd 
Age: unknown 
Blood Type:
Dominant Hand: both 
Knight Rank: formerly Diamond 
Magic Power Invasion: manipulates an opponent’s memories and sense of reality
Specialty: changing shape, reading people’s minds 
Hobby: reading 
Daily Activity: reading 
Favorite Food: n/a
Charming Point: collarbones
Complex: lack of tact 
Someone You Look Up to: writers 
Someone You Wouldn’t Want as an Enemy: not sure
Weapon: Twin Bow Harlit. A bow and arrow of light that is stored inside Gowther’s body and manifests from his arms that can do a sweep of one’s memories. Although it is light, it has an actual physical form as well and can stop attacks made by an enemy’s weapon.

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Name: MERLIN
A.K.A: The Boar Sin of Gluttony. The Seven Deadly Sins’ Boar Sin of Gluttony member. She is “Britannia’s Greatest Mage” capable of subjugating her pupil, “Liones’ Greatest Mage,” Vivian. As both a friend and teacher to the new king of Camelot, Arthur, she is assigned to stay near him, and in the decisive battle in the capital arc, she arrived in Liones along with him. 

She doesn’t care what other people think and wears a sexy outfit that is completely open in the bosom area and garnished with little hearts. Her inherent magic powers and the truth behind her sin are still a mystery. It was revealed that ten years ago, when The Seven Deadly Sins were surrounded by the Holy Knights under suspicion of trying to overthrow the kingdom, she was the one who knocked Meliodas out, but she never explained the details.

She has a research facility for magic in the capital. Following the retaking of the capital, she joined The Seven Deadly Sins. She fears nothing as she carries out her experiments on new magic arts in the kingdom.

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Height: 177 cm
Weight: 57 kg 
Race: unknown 
Birthday: December 3rd 
Age: unknown
Blood Type: AB 
Dominant Hand: right 
Knight Rank: formerly Diamond 
Magic Power: unknown 
Daily Activity: research and experiments 
Favorite Food: raisins 
Charming Point: my mysterious smile 
Complex: none
Someone You Look Up to: nobody 
Someone You Wouldn’t Want as an Enemy: Meliodas
Weapon: Morning Star Aldan. An iron ball with thousands of runes engraved in it, it orbits around Merlin like a satellite. Merlin possesses it now, but its abilities as a Sacred Treasure as well as method of use are still unclear.

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Name: ELAINE
A.K.A: The Saint of the Fountain Youth

Called the “Saint of the Fountain of Youth”, she’s a daughter of the Fairy Folk who’s been protecting the Fairy King’s Forest. She’s the Fairy King Harlequin’s little sister. She can freely manipulate the sacred tree of the forest, possesses the power to create strong gusts of wind, and can deliberately read the mind of anyone she chooses. She’s pure and naive. 

For 700 long years, after Harlequin left the land of the fairies, she endured loneliness and only came in contact with people who entered the forest with ill intentions. Because of that, she harbored cold dark feelings toward them, but she felt a connection with Ban when he entered the forest and their mutual love for each other caused warm bright feelings to grow in her. When a Demon suddenly appeared in the forest and attacked, both of them were mortally wounded, and after giving Ban the Chalice from the Fountain of Youth as a way for him to survive, she died. She entrusted the last seed of the forest to Ban.

The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 1
The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 2
The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 3

This content originally ran in The Seven Deadly Sins: Official Fan Book "Kaitai-Shin-Sho".

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The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 2

So just who are The Seven Deadly Sins? Other than the fact that they are the most wanted criminals in the world, very little has been known about them … until now. Here's Part 2 in our series of character profiles of the main cast of The Seven Deadly Sins by Nakaba Suzuki

(Continued from The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 1)

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Name: DIANE
A.K.A: The Serpent Sin of Envy

The member of The Seven Deadly Sins who bears the Serpent Sin of Envy. She is a daughter of the Giant Clan who boasts the strongest superhuman strength out of all the other members. She joined the adventure in the Forest of White Dreams and always wears clothes that she learned how to make from King. Despite having the sensibility and body of someone in her teenage years, Giants live long lives, and Diane is already over 700 years old. 

She refers to herself in a slightly boyish way and has a competitive and spirited personality. However, she’s smitten with Meliodas, who saved her and first saw her as a “woman,” and wishes to be small so that she can marry and have children with him. At first, she was very cold toward Elizabeth because of her close proximity to Meliodas, but along their journey she’s become her one and only best friend.

The circumstances around her Serpent Sin of Envy are as of yet unclear. Those of the Giant Clan have a close connection with the earth and have the inherent magic power of Creation. She’s the giant showgirl at Boar’s Hat. She can’t handle bugs.

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A Meeting in Her Childhood

When she was young, she saved Harlequin (King) after he was seriously injured and had lost all his memories. For several centuries, the two of them ate and slept together, forming a deep bond. The two really loved each other, but before Harlequin surrendered himself to the kingdom for the crime placed on him of Helbram’s slaughters, he erased Diane’s memories. Even after The Seven Deadly Sins were formed, she still doesn’t remember what happened back then.

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Height: 915 cm
Weight: That’s a secret! 
Race: Giant 
Birthday: December 24th 
Age: approx. 750 
Blood Type:
Dominant Hand: right 
Knight Rank: formerly Diamond 
Magic Power Creation: manipulates the earth and minerals 
Specialty: hunting 
Hobby: none
Daily Activity: being peppy 
Favorite Food: pork
Charming Point: my pigtails 
Complex: my height 
Someone You Look Up to: Matrona 
Someone You Wouldn’t Want as an Enemy: Escanor
Weapon: War Hammer Gideon. A hammer that fits Diane’s size. Called Gideon, it can be used for attacks as is, but with the power of “Creation” that Diane imbues it with, it also has a number of attacks that involve transforming the earth. 

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Name: BAN
A.K.A.: The Fox Sin of Greed

The Seven Deadly Sins’ Fox Sin of Greed. He joined the adventure in Baste Dungeon. He used to be a thief who went by the name “Bandit Ban," but when he was granted immortality by the Fountain of Youth, he became known as Undead Ban. He has a large scar stretching from the left side of his neck up his cheek that was caused by Meliodas. He’s got a mean face, but always ends his sentences with a musical note, showing his carefree personality. He has absolutely no qualms about stealing whatever he wants.

He joined The Seven Deadly Sins after Meliodas freed him from prison. He deeply loves and implicitly trusts both Meliodas and Elaine, who care about him for who he is, demonstrating that he has a pure heart, too. On the other hand, since he was raised without love, he doesn’t think much about his own self-worth. Collecting ale labels and stuffed animals are his (former) hobbies. He does the cooking in Boar’s Hat.

The Truth Behind Greed

He fell in love with a girl named Elaine whom he met in the Fairy King’s Forest. When a demon suddenly attacked, they were both mortally wounded, but by drinking water from the Fountain of Life that Elaine passed directly from her mouth into his, he was granted immortality. The flames of the Demon burned the forest to the ground, Elaine lost her life, and Ban adopted the sin of Greed. Ever since then, Ban’s lived only so that he can someday bring Elaine back to life.

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Height: 210 cm
Weight: 70 kg 
Race: formerly Human 
Birthday: February 14th 
Age: 43 (I became immortal at age 23, so my body stayed that young) 
Blood Type:
Dominant Hand: right 
Knight Rank: formerly Diamond 
Magic Power Snatch: robs both material things and physical ability 
Specialty: theft 
Hobby: collecting ale labels (long ago) 
Daily Activity: getting smashed 
Favorite Food: anything other than the Cap’n’s cooking ♪ 
Charming Point: my fangs 
Complex: none 
Someone You Look Up to: Master Hawk? 
Someone You Wouldn’t Want as an Enemy: Meliodas
Weapon: Sacred Cudgel Courechose. It hasn’t yet made an appearance in the series, though we were only shown how Ban typically uses it folded into four parts so that the two tips are sticking out. It was apparently confiscated from him while he was in Baste Dungeon, but details as to what happened to it after that are unclear at this point.

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Name: KING
A.K.A: The Grizzly Sin of Sloth. A member of The Seven Deadly Sins who bears the mark of the Grizzly Sin of Sloth. He looks like a small young boy, but his actual form is the king of the Fairy Folk, Harlequin, who has lived for over 1000 years and possesses immense magical powers. He’s Elaine’s older brother.

When he gets nervous or excited, he transforms into his “big guy” form. He’s shy and has a cheeky side to him, but also cares for others and harbors a deep affection for Diane, with whom he’s shared a bond since many years ago. He always reacts calmly to people’s actions and seems to be watching over things from high above. He can sometimes sound like an old man and is always resting on his back. He considered Ban a threat to Elaine and appeared as an enemy on the kingdom’s side, but later joined The Seven Deadly Sins. At Boar’s Hat, he’s in charge of purchasing supplies.

The Truth Behind Sloth

Long ago, in order to get back his best friend Helbram and others who had been taken away by humans, he left the fairy world for the human world, was defeated by Aldrich, and spent many long years in a state of amnesia. He spent the time with Diane, and eventually got his memories back, but all this amounted to leaving his little sister to act as the Fount of of Youth’s saint for 700 long years. After Helbram was taken away by Aldrich and managed to survive, he hated humans for 500 years during which he slaughtered them. King was blamed by his fellow countrymen for letting his evil ways go unchecked and was marked with the sign of the Grizzly Sin of Sloth.

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Height: 160 cm (180 cm when I’m a big guy)
Weight: 48 kg (120 kg when I’m a big guy) 
Race: fairy 
Birthday: April 1st 
Age: approx. 1300 
Blood Type: AB 
Dominant Hand: right 
Knight Rank: formerly Diamond 
Magic Power Disaster: draws out 100% of my spear’s strength 
Specialty: falling asleep 
Hobby: watching Diane 
Daily Activity: watching Diane 
Favorite Food: cheese 
Charming Point: how I sleep 
Complex: my baby face 
Someone You Look Up to: the old Fairy King 
Someone You Wouldn’t Want as an Enemy: Escanor
Weapon:  Spirit Spear Chastiefol. A spear crafted from a sacred tree that exists in the fairy world. Its toughness surpasses even steel. It’s capable of changing into ten different forms, and that power can only be unleashed by King’s magic power of Disaster.

Check back tomorrow for Part 3 of The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles. (This content originally ran in The Seven Deadly Sins: Official Fan Book "Kaitai-Shin-Sho".)

The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 1
The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 2
The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 3

Find out more about The Seven Deadly Sins manga series:

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The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 1

So just who are The Seven Deadly Sins? Other than the fact that they are the most wanted criminals in the world, very little has been known about them … until now. Here's Part 1 in our series of full profiles of the main characters of The Seven Deadly Sins by Nakaba Suzuki

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Name: MELIODAS
A.K.A: The Dragon Sin of Wrath

The Captain of The Seven Deadly Sins

The captain of the legendary knighthood “The Seven Deadly Sins” that was scattered and unaccounted for after becoming wanted criminals following the false accusation that they had assassinated the Chief Holy Knight ten years ago. He’s the main character of the story and presides over the Dragon Sin of Wrath. At first glance, he looks like a young boy, but his appearance actually hasn’t changed in over sixteen years.

He has an optimistic personality and does things at his own pace. He cares for his comrades and has a strong sense of leadership. He’s the owner of the mobile tavern Boar’s Hat and answered Elizabeth’s plea to save her kingdom, embarking on a journey to find the rest of his Seven Deadly Sins comrades. He’s bound very strongly to Elizabeth and enjoys, uh, teasing her as a hobby. He doesn’t let things upset him and has an extremely high capacity for combat.

He used to be a Chief Holy Knight in the kingdom of Danafor, which suddenly disappeared long ago, but ended up being the very person to bring demise to Danafor when he lost himself to his Wrath. His Dragon Sin of Wrath seems to originate from this incident. The hilt of the broken blade he always carries around with him is a fragment of the key to reviving the Demon Race, the “Coffin of Eternal Darkness.”

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Height: 152 cm
Weight: 50 kg 
Race: demon? 
Birthday: July 25th 
Age: over 3000? 
Blood Type:
Dominant Hand: left 
Knight Rank: formerly Diamond 
Magic Power Creation: reflects an opponent’s magic back at him 
Specialty: teasing Elizabeth 
Hobby: collecting Ales 
Daily Activity: teasing Elizabeth 
Favorite Food: pork boiled in ale 
Charming Point: my cowlick
Complex: none 
Someone You Look Up to: Captain of the Knighthood of Scraps Disposal (j/k) 
Someone You Wouldn’t Want as an Enemy: Merlin

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Weapon: Demon Sword Lostvayne. A curved blade with five holes along its middle. It has the emblem of a dragon carved into it. Meliodas sold it to provide the initial capital to open the Boar’s Hat. Its effectiveness is currently unknown.

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Name: ELIZABETH
A.K.A: The Goddess Disciple

The Third Princess of Liones

She is the third princess of Liones. In order to save her kingdom, which is suffering because of the coup d'état led by the Holy Knights, she set out on a journey to find Meliodas and his Seven Deadly Sins. She is the heroine of our story. She tends to come off as endlessly curious and eager to learn, but her default personality is very calm and mild. She’ll be kind toward anyone, is a bit of a crybaby, is shy, and unresisting. But as a princess of the kingdom she is both elegant and has a steadfast resolve.

Her curvy body makes her the daily target of Meliodas’ boorish behavior, but though embarrassed by it, she isn’t that bothered by it. She is not technically related to the king of Liones, but rather hails from the kingdom of Danafor. She herself didn’t know this, but it was later revealed by Hendrickson that she is a maiden of the Druid clan: a Goddess Disciple. It is said that her body is the “key” to freeing the Demon Race that had been sealed away.

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Height: 162 cm
Weight: that’s a secret! 
Race: human (Druid clan) 
Birthday: June 12th 
Age: 16 
Blood Type: O
Dominant Hand: right
Title: Third Princess
Specialty: none 
Hobby: handicrafts
Daily Activity: helping out at the tavern 
Favorite Food: apple pie 
Charming Point: my earring 
Complex: my right eye 
Someone You Look Up to: my father and Zaratras 
Someone You Wouldn’t Want as an Enemy: anybody

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Secret Power: The Eye of the Goddess Disciple. Her right eye, usually hidden behid her hair, can only be seen when her Goddess Disciple powers have awoken. She can demonstrate healing powers, but along with the true identity behind the triple-prong mark reflected in her eye, that power is still shrouded in many a mystery.

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Name: HAWK

The Show Pig of The Boar's Hat

A mysterious talking pig that works at Boar’s Hat along with Meliodas. He is the series’ mascot-like character. For some reason, Ban calls him his “master.” Since meeting Meliodas, who had been accused of the crime of turning on the kingdom and subsequently lost consciousness, he’s been by his side. He acts tough and has a haughty attitude, but he’s also the kind of guy you just can’t hate, with a strong sense of duty and care for his friends.

He’s Meliodas’ best friend and a good partner. His task at Boar’s Hat is deposing of the scraps. He would risk his life for leftovers, he loves them that much. The leftovers from what Meliodas cooks make up the bulk of his diet. Apparently, he took a liking to the name he made up in Chapter 1, “the Knighthood of Scraps Disposal,” and proclaims himself the captain of said knighthood. For being a pig, he possesses an incomparable fighting ability and demonstrates a colorful array of finishing moves and carrying capacity. He sometimes will volunteer to take on difficult albeit crucial roles. In the decisive battle played out in the capital, Hendrickson’s dark magic almost took his life, but he came back.

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Stature: length – 100cm / height – 50cm
Weight: 140 kg 
Species: pig 
Birthday: August 6th 
Age: 16 
Blood Type:
Dominant Hand:
Title: show pig 
Specialty: sniffing out leftovers from 1.2 miles away 
Hobby: eating leftovers 
Daily Activity: scraps disposal 
Favorite Food: leftovers (not a fan of beef) 
Charming Point: my clover mark 
Complex: none 
Someone You Look Up to: if I had to say, it’s me 
Someone He Wouldn’t Want as an Enemy: if I had to say, it’s me

Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles(This content originally ran in The Seven Deadly Sins: Official Fan Book "Kaitai-Shin-Sho".)

The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 1
The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 2
The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 3

Find out more about The Seven Deadly Sins manga series:

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Watch Nakaba Suzuki draw The Seven Deadly Sins [video]

In the premiere of this Kodansha Comics video, Nakaba Suzuki draws the character Ban for an actual page from The Seven Deadly Sins chapter 146 (published in Weekly Shonen Magazine #47, October 21, 2015). (Video footage taken by Nakaba Suzuki's editor.)

For more coverage of The Seven Deadly Sins manga, including an interview with Nakaba Suzuki, go here:

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The Seven Deadly Sins anime begins showing as a Netflix Original Series on November 1. But you can get into the world of The Seven Deadly Sins now through Nakaba Suzuki's manga, published by your friends at Kodansha Comics. And you can read the latest chapter of The Seven Deadly Sins streaming on Crunchyroll.

https://kodansha.us/series/seven-deadly-sins/#

Nakaba Suzuki interview on The Seven Deadly Sins

Interview by Misaki C. Kido

Nakaba Suzuki is no novice mangaka (manga artist), having made his debut in 1994, but he keeps his story and characters fresh in his latest—the kinetic medieval-fantasy actioner The Seven Deadly Sins. His worldview has grown too—it's now evolved into a full-blown animated series, soon to be unveiled to Western audiences for the first time on Netflix on November 1. Before you settle down to watch the anime though, here's seven questions about The Seven Deadly Sins posed to their original creator.

About Nakaba Suzuki

Born in Fukushima, Japan on Feburary 8, 1977, Nakaba Suzuki debuted as a mangaka in 1994 in Weekly Shonen Jump Special ‘95 Spring Special (published by Shueisha). In 2012, he began serializing The Seven Deadly Sins in Weekly Shonen Magazine (Kodansha). Interesting fact: he's one of the few manga artists who have serialized manga in all four major weekly manga magazines in Japan.

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Kodansha Comics: What was your favorite story or manga growing up?

Nakaba Suzuki (NS): The first manga I ever bought was Dr. Slump by Akira Toriyama. When I was in elementary school and junior high, I was really into Ultimate Muscle, Fist of the North Star, and Dragon Ball. I love drawing muscles now because of those three manga.

KC: Is it true The Seven Deadly Sins is your own take on the story of King Arthur?

NS: It's true, I borrowed the names of characters that appeared in the King Arthur tales, but each of their personalities and the story itself is my original work.

KC: Who are the Seven Deadly Sins to you?

NS: They're an awesome group of people determined to carry out their own sense of justice, even if others call them villains.

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KC: There are so many strong characters in this series. What are you thinking about when you make them?

NS: I definitely try to make characters who are fun to draw. Otherwise, it’d be totally dreadful for me.

KC: There hasn't been much revealed yet about some members of the Seven Deadly Sins. Why is that?

NS: Maybe it’s because they're too strong? Maybe you’ll find out soon enough.

KC: How do you feel about your manga getting turned into an anime?

NS: When I first saw the anime of The Seven Deadly Sins, I really felt I'd been able to make a series people could enjoy regardless of age. It’s so fun to watch the colorful, vibrant characters in the show.

KC: Any comments to Seven Deadly Sins fans in America?

NS: My motto is, “no chapter that sucks.” I'll make sure The Seven Deadly Sins continues be exciting as long as it goes. I hope you enjoy it!

For more coverage of The Seven Deadly Sins manga, including a video of Nakaba Suzuki drawing the latest chapter, go here:

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The Seven Deadly Sins anime begins showing as a Netflix Original Series on November 1. But you can get into the world of The Seven Deadly Sins now through Nakaba Suzuki's manga, published by your friends at Kodansha Comics.

https://kodansha.us/series/seven-deadly-sins/#


 

All about The Seven Deadly Sins manga: interview, artist video, character profiles, and more

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Yes, the anime based on The Seven Deadly Sins manga makes its debut November 1 as a Netflix Original series: catch the trailer and announcement here. And over the next several weeks at Kodansha Comics, we'll have running, exclusive coverage of the manga series that started it all, including:

The first in the Kodansha Comics Interviews series: this time of course with the brilliantly talented artist and creator of The Seven Deadly Sins, Nakaba Suzuki:

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The video premiere of Nakaba Suzuki drawing a scene from the most recent chapter of The Seven Deadly Sins:

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• A multi-part Character Profiles series:

The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 1
The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 2
The Seven Deadly Sins Character Profiles Part 3
5 Best Couples in The Seven Deadly Sins

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• Plus, a rare look at the original manuscript of The Seven Deadly Sins—a.k.a. "Chapter X"! What more could ya ask for?

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Find out more about The Seven Deadly Sins manga series published by your friends at Kodansha Comics:

https://kodansha.us/series/seven-deadly-sins/#

NYCC Recap: Attack on Titan Anthology, Seven Deadly Sins on Netflix, new print + digital, & more

(EDIT: 10.19.2015; originally published 10.11) Whew! Here's our rundown from one power-packed New York Comic Con:

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• Check out just what it was we announced at the standing-room-only Biggest Attack on Titan Manga Announcement Ever panel. Here's a video excerpt of that panel (note: a CONtv account login is required).

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• At our regular publishing panel, we confirmed The Seven Deadly Sins anime will be streaming on Netflix from November 1 (trailer at link).

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Onto the licenses: we announced two new manga forthcoming to print and digital: Spoof on Titan and I Am Space Dandy

Spoof on Titan (Sungeki no kyojin) is a comedic spinoff of Attack on Titan. Done entirely in a 4-panel format, Spoof on Titan is a fun, lighthearted parody from artist Hounori that brings an absurd sensibility to the series’ beloved settings and characters.

I Am Space Dandy (Ore Space Dandy) features our titular easygoing and forgetful alien hunter, always on the lookout for new species while traveling through space with his robot assistant QT and cat-like alien named Meow. Based on the popular Space Dandy anime, this series also contains original stories not featured in the television show.

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• In addition to these new series, we introduced our new digital-only line, made available very soon through all of our eBook outlets (nook, Kobo, iBooks, Kindle, and comiXology). Among the first titles will be several familiar to Crunchyroll Manga streaming readers: zombie-thriller Fort of Apocalypse, survival-battle-thriller As the Gods Will: The Second Series, timeslip-comedy My Wife Is Wagatsuma-san, the mysterious Fuuka, and Moon-mission drama Space Brothers. More details, including release dates, coming soon.

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We also re-introduced this website, which in addition to a new look has also been optimized to read on your phone. This will be our hub for breaking news and exclusive access from our New York, San Francisco, and Tokyo offices. If you haven't already, check out new additions like the New Releases page and our latest feature, the Reader, from where you can handily read manga in-browser—fullscreen on your desktop or on any mobile device (including iOS). Several entire Chapter 1s of our most popular and upcoming releases are there now—many more manga to come.

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Photo: (from left) Ben Applegate, Anne Ishii, and Yohei Takami. Illustration: NYCC-exclusive print by Adachitoka.

Finally, we had an incredible interview with Noragami: Stray God editor Yohei Takami. (He brought from Tokyo a special illustrated message from Noragami creator Adachitoka, above.) More, from one of the brightest young editors in the industry, coming soon to this space. Thanks for joining us!

 

 

 

Yamada-kun manga app update: interview with Miki Yoshikawa

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Just in time for Halloween, we've made some updates on the Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Manga App for iOS. In addition to adding Volumes 3 and 4, you can also now read the complete interview with artist Miki Yoshikawa!

Preview: Interview with Miki Yoshikawa

Miki Yoshikawa has exceptional talent. Not only because she’s one of the few female mangaka (manga artists) who’ve succeeded in shonen (boys’) manga, but because her approach to manga is so genuine. If you ever get lucky enough to meet her, you’ll quickly realize that what makes her a such a unique person is also what makes the characters in her manga so much like real people.

During her visit to Anime Expo 2015, she shared her thoughts and experiences as the author of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. Relive some of the excitement around her Stateside visit in this interview and the accompanying photos from her events!

About Miki Yoshikawa

Miki Yoshikawa made her pro manga debut in 2003 with Glory Days, a one-shot in Kodansha’s Magazine Special. After a stint as an assistant for Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail), she published another one-shot, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan, in Shonen Magazine Wonder in 2005. Thanks to its deft comedic touch, Yankee-kun went on to become a short series and later Yoshikawa’s first long-running series in Weekly Shonen Magazine. It was adapted into a live-action drama in 2010-11. Yoshikawa’s best known work, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, started serialization in 2012 and has since sold more than 3 million copies. It’s been adapted into a live-action drama, in 2013, and a TV anime, in 2015.

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Q. How did you become a mangaka?

Miki Yoshikawa (Y): When I was nineteen, I just drew a manga and sent it in to a contest. I sort of studied other manga and picked up how to draw. Then one day, my current editor called me and asked, “Do you want to become a mangaka?” Out of pure excitement, I said, “YES!” [laughs] That was the beginning of everything.

Q. What was the editor’s advice at the time?

Y: I remember telling my editor this was actually the first time I’d ever drawn manga, so it might be a little rough. He totally agreed with me. [laughs] I appreciated his honesty, though. I know he wouldn’t give me false praise if the manga wasn’t actually interesting. That’s what make it so easy to work with him. We’ve been working together ever since—leading up to my debut and also on my current series.

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Yoshikawa with her editor

Q. You’ve also worked as an assistant for Hiro Mashima (the creator of Fairy Tail).

Y: After my editor contacted me, I really thought I could be a mangaka. But I also knew that I had to get better. At that time, Mashima-sensei was looking for an assistant, and I knew I wanted to work with him.

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