Kodansha Comics fielded a question from a fan this week regarding their publication of the manga series The Seven Deadly Sins from Nakaba Suzuki and whether its continued success would help them bring out more of Suzuki’s work, such as Kongou Bancho, a twelve volumes series that ran from 2007 to 2010.
While fans may think The Seven Deadly Sins is a success, Kodansha cast a little shade on that.
I was wondering, with the continued success of Seven Deadly Sins, would you consider releasing the authors other large body of work, Kongou Bancho?
Though we still have hopes for it, Seven Deadly Sins has not exactly been a hit.
That’s not to say that it’s been a failure, but with the push behind the series and the generally strong sales in Japan, they likely expected it to perform better. Kodansha Comics began releasing the series back in March 2014 and next week they’ll be releasing the seventh volume. That’s a big push to get a new series out quickly in order to get caught up for fans. Thirteen volumes have been released in Japan since it began in 2012.
One of the potential limiting factors in the series not taking off as they may have hoped is the fact that the anime adaptation from A-1 Pictures that began last fall and has a two season run ended up not getting simulcast. While there are always ways to see it, the lack of it being in front of a large amount of casual fans has likely dimmed its overall reception and recognition significantly. If it had been simulcast and people got into it, seeing the manga on the shelves would likely add a decent number of sales to it overall.
Property concept: 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?