No, I’m not talking about Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins) in today’s post. This tag is going to consist of what anime character’s YOU think would best fit the category of Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath and Sloth. Basically who you would want on your seven deadly sins team! This post came about because I am currently making my way through Hyouka (which is seemingly really freaking good…but anything made by Kyoto Animation is AMAZING). In one of the episodes the Classics Club from the show went over which sin best represents them and why…then of course the little bells went off in my head and I was like, “Yeah! I could turn this topic into a post.” Ding, ding, ding! Annnddd here we are lololz
So let’s give you guys a little history lesson from my lovely friends over at Wikipedia about the seven deadly sins.
“The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, is a grouping and classification of vices within Christian teachings. Behaviors or habits are classified under this category if they directly give birth to other immoralities. According to the standard list, they are pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth, which are also contrary to the seven virtues. These sins are often thought to be abuses or excessive versions of one’s natural faculties or passions (for example, gluttony abuses one’s desire to eat).
The Catholic Church used the doctrine of the deadly sins in order to help people stop their inclination towards evil before dire consequences and misdeeds occur; the leader-teachers especially focused on pride (which is thought to be the one that severs the soul from Grace, and one that is representative and the very essence of all evil) and greed, both of which are seen as inherently sinful and as underlying all other sins (although greed, when viewed just by itself and discounting all the sins it might lead to, is generally thought be less serious than sloth). To inspire people to focus on the seven deadly sins, the vices are discussed in treatises, and depicted in paintings and sculpture decorations on Catholic churches. Peter Brueghel the Elder’s prints of the Seven Deadly Sins and extremely numerous other works, both religious and non-religious, show the continuity of this practice in the culture and everyday life of the modern era.”
While the seven deadly sins are not found in the Bible as their current forms, there are biblical antecedents of them. Most of the capital sins, with the sole exception of sloth, are defined by Dante Alighieri as perverse or corrupt versions of love for something or another: lust, gluttony, and greed are all excessive or disordered love of good things; sloth is a deficiency of love; wrath, envy, and pride are perverted love directed toward other’s harm. In the seven capital sins are seven ways of eternal death. The capital sins from lust to envy are generally associated with pride, which has been labeled as the father of all sins. In a way you can think of them as twisted versions of themselves, morphing into something that was looked down upon.
Now that our history lesson is out of the way…lets pick out team shall we! We will start with the sin Pride!
1. Yakumo Yurakutei from Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu representing the Sin of Pride
I’m using Bon in a different context of pride. This version of pride would not be that of a warrior or solider, but as someone who sacrifices everything in spite of his pride. If you have watched this anime then you would understand the context I am trying to portray. Pride is something you have in order for you to gain what you don’t already have. Some characters are more spoken about what they want, but in Bon’s case he kept everything inside and lost many things in the process. You can see him struggle with this guilt in season 2 of the show.
2. Light Yagami from Death Note representing the Sin of Greed
This one should be pretty self-explanatory. We all know Light was greedy for power and having a god complex, so it is only fitting that he would represent the sin of greed. He is the perfect example of what no to do when you are backed up into a corner because of your greedy ways! XD
3. Gina from Garo -Vanishing Line- representing the Sin of Lust
There were several ladies who I could picked for this sin, but more recently Gina has stood out to me. She is a brunette bombshell who knows how to use her sex appeal to make men do whatever she wishes. This is portrayed in a few episodes of Garo -Vanishing Line- and she is definitely easy on the eyes 😉
4. Akeno from Highschool DxD representing the Sin of Envy
If you have watched Highschool DxD then I’m sure you are aware of Rias and Akeno’s little feud over Issei. I feel like Akeno fits in quite well for the sin of envy. I could also go with Edgar Allen Poe from Bungou Stray Dogs (because Poe is super envious of Dazai) but I think I’ll stick with Akeno for now.
5. Hei from Darker than Black representing the Sin of Gluttony
The protagonist who leaves a mountain of dishes after he eats. You already know Hei can put a ton of food down without gaining a pound! I wish I could say the same for myself 😛
6. Viral from Gurren Lagann representing the Sin of Wrath
Nothing like a little revenge on human-kind! Viral is headstrong and cocky, almost on the borderline of being prideful, but I personally think he fits wrath better. I mean, he is out to get all humans and destroy every last one of them. He loves the thrill of battle and he has a huge sense of self-preservation just like Kamina, but he wasn’t as straight and narrow like Kamina. Viral liked to play dirty but eventually that wanes down as the series progresses.
7. Oreki Houtarou from Hyouka representing the Sin of Sloth
What better way to round out this Seven Deadly Sins list then the inspiration behind it all. Oreki coming in with the representation of sloth! Oreki seems to always “conserve energy” and never exerts effort on anything unless absolutely necessary; thus coming off as lazy…but we all know that Oreki is more useful than he lets on. I just thought it was cute that Chitanda, Satoshi, and Mayaka were in agreement that he was the sin of sloth.
Now who am I going to nominate for this tag? Also, I know a lot of you guys are busy so feel free to pass on doing this post, but I would love to see who you all would have on your team! It was pretty fun to do ❤
I’ll nominate the following anibloggers:
thespookyredhead over at https://thespookyredhead.wordpress.com/
raistlin0903 over at https://raistlin0903.wordpress.com/
itsananimething over at https://itsananimething.wordpress.com/
Oishi over at https://animeandfandomlife.wordpress.com/
Yukinocake over at https://shinyuusite.wordpress.com/
Karandi over at https://100wordanime.blog/
and Remy Fool over at https://remyfoolblog.com/
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