This year's 20th issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine is announcing on Wednesday that Nakaba Suzuki's The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai) manga is being adapted into a television anime. The magazine also notes the manga series has over 3 million copies in circulation. Kodansha is publishing the eighth compiled book volume, with a bonus story about the Fairy King, on Thursday.
Kodansha Comics, the publisher of the manga in North America, describes how the story begins:
When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth - the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights - too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne!
Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated?
Suzuki launched the manga in Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2012, and Kodansha Comics published the first English volume last month. Crunchyroll is posting the new chapters as they appear in Japan.
The manga already has a crossover chapter with Fairy Tail, another Weekly Shōnen Magazine fantasy adventure manga that inspired an anime. The manga has a special collaboration with uno, Shiseido's brand of grooming products for men. Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! guidebook named the series #5 among its top 20 manga for male readers, as voted by 400 professionals in the fields of manga and publishing. The series was also nominated for the seventh Manga Taisho (Cartoon Grand Prize) awards this year, and the Honya Club website listed it #4 among the top manga (with five volumes or less) recommended by Japanese bookstore employees.