Yo! I recently finished Seven Deadly Sins and noticed that Netflix’s organization of the series is a tad confusing. So, I decided to write up a breakdown and watch order of the various entries in the anime franchise. It’s a pretty good show that I would recommend, so check out below to know more. I also included a small section on the handful of non-chronological scenes, if you ever find something confusing.
Recommended Watch Order (from below)
(Note: "TSDS"=The Seven Deadly Sins)
1. The Seven Deadly Sins
2. TSDS: OVAs 1 & 2*
3. TSDS: Signs of Holy War
5. TSDS: Revival of the Commandments
6. TSDS: Prisoners of the Sky
7. TSDS: OVA 3 (maybe???)*
*(see breakdown for details)
The Seven Deadly Sins Anime Breakdown
1. The Seven Deadly Sins (24 eps), Released Oct 2014 - Mar 2015
Synopsis: The Seven Deadly Sins, a legendary order of knights, were accused of betraying the kingdom of Liones. Years later, a young woman sets out on a journey to find them so that they can save the kingdom from a new threat.
Notes: The first entry in the anime timeline. An all-around good series, and the first thing you should watch. I’ll refer to it as the “original series” from here on.
2. TSDS: OVA 1 & 2 (2 eps), Released Jun 2015 - Aug 2015
OVA 1: Side Story: Bandit Ban (24 mins), Released Jun 2015
Synopsis: A more detailed account of Ban and Elaine’s story, followed by an event that takes place sometime before TSDS: Revival of the Commandments.
Notes: Relevant to the main story, so I recommend it. Bundled with the 15th volume of the manga, but can be found online.
OVA 2: Heroes Fun Time Compilation (24 mins), Released August 2015
Synopsis: Short comedic side stories, taking place at various points in the story.
Notes: Not crucial to the story, but funny and sometimes referenced to later. I’ll barely recommend it, but you won’t be missing much if you don’t see it. Bundled with the 16th volume of the manga, but can be found online.
3. TSDS: Signs of Holy War (4 eps), Released Aug 2016 - Sep 2016
Synopsis: During a newfound peaceful period after the war, the characters have fun in Liones and at the Boar Hat. But trouble may be brewing.
Notes: Functions as a sort of bridge between original TSDS and Revival, but doesn’t offer much in the way of plot development. But it’s fun and worth it if you’re already invested, so I recommend it. These all take place sometime between the climax of episode 24 (original series) and 19:16 of episode 24 (original series).
4. TSDS: Revival of the Commandments Ep 0 (24 mins) Released Jan 2018
Synopsis: Bare bones recap of the original 24 episodes with new narration by Elizabeth. Also includes the last scene from Signs of Holy War, followed by 30 seconds of both old and upcoming footage that more or less serve as a trailer for Revival of the Commandments.
Notes: This is very hard to find with full subs but I’ve seen it, and it’s definitely NOT necessary to watch. Would not recommend.
5. TSDS: Revival of the Commandments (24 eps), Released Jan 2018 - Jun 2018
Synopsis: Follow the Sins as they respond to an even greater threat, secretly put into motion during the original series.
Notes: Direct sequel to the original 24-ep series. A little confusing at the start though, since a scene from the original series finale (Ep 24) is retconned within episode 1 as actually being (minor Ep 1 spoiler) only a premonition by Elizabeth, and not having actually taken place. But overall Revival is a very fun and crazy ride. Great follow up to the original, and necessary to the story.
6. TSDS Movie: Prisoners of the Sky (99 mins), Released Aug 2018
Synopsis: The Sins prepare for King Bartra’s birthday, and somehow get roped into a war on a faraway island.
Notes: Roughly estimated to take place after Revival of the Commandments but widely regarded as NON-CANON, due to inconsistencies in plot and character development that fail to fit into the greater narrative. Entertaining though, and worth watching if you’re a fan of the series, so I recommend it.
7. TSDS OVA 3: Heroes’ Frolic (24 mins) Released Nov 2018
Synopsis: This wiki entry is most of the information I can find on it. The only other thing I know is that it has a hot springs segment (or something of that nature).
Notes: I have not seen this and can not find it anywhere. Thus I can not say whether or not it’s recommended viewing. Bundled with the 34th volume of the manga.
Non-Chronological Scenes & Retcons
These can be confusing, so knowing them are not necessary in order to understand the show. Only look if you find yourself confused about these specific spots in the timeline.
TSDS original series, Episode 24, 19:16-21:57 (Original Ep 24 and Revival Ep 1 spoilers)
-In which Meliodas comes to take Elizabeth on a new adventure
-Revealed to be merely a premonition of Elizabeth’s at the start of Episode 1 of Revival
TSDS original series, Episode 24, final scene (Original Ep 24 and Revival Ep 2 spoilers)
-Gilthunder, Howzer, & Griamore find Dreyfus’ notes on the demon race
-This scene actually takes place between 20:45 of Ep 1 (Revival) & 8:25 of Ep 2 (Revival)
TSDS: Signs of Holy War, Episode 4, 23:09-24:05 (Signs of Holy War Ep 4 and Revival Ep 1 spoilers)
-The scene where Hendrickson revives the Ten Commandments
-It’s the same scene that takes place at 20:45 of Revival Episode 1, just told earlier
TSDS: Revival, Episode 1, flashback scene at 16:20-16:35 (Revival Ep 1 and Signs of Holy War Ep 4 spoilers)
-The scene where King Bartra tells the Sins about a new threat
-It’s a different version of the same scene from Signs of Holy War, Episode 4, 22:21-23:09
Anyway, that does it. If you have any questions, hit me up!