The Seven Deadly Sins Watch Order: The Complete Guide (Anime and Movies)

The Seven Deadly Sins: The Complete Chronological Watching Order (Anime and Movies)

The Seven Deadly Sins (Japanese: Nanatsu no Taizai) is a manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. The original manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from October 10, 2012 to March 25, 2020, and has been collected in 41 volumes. There were several other, spin-off manga series that accompanied the main story, as well as an ongoing sequel series titled Four Knights of the Apocalypse, also written and illustrated by Suzuki.

The Seven Deadly Sins have become quite a popular series as far as modern manga are concerned and that is why it has been adapted into an anime franchise, starting with the series’ first season on October 5, 2014. The anime franchise is rather complex, with several seasons, OVA episodes and specials, and movies, which is why we thought you might need a guide on how to watch the whole series. As usual, we are going to bring you a complete chronological watching order of the whole The Seven Deadly Sins anime series so you know how to approach the material.

After an initial introduction, we are going to list the material in the correct chronological watching order, so just follow our list and you’ll be good to go! Enjoy!

The Seven Deadly Sins Episodes and Movies

The structure of The Seven Deadly Sins anime franchise is quite complex. The franchise consists of the main anime series which has four seasons (the fourth is still ongoing), a special four-episode series that aired between seasons one and two, three OVA episodes (two that are part of season one and one that is part of season two), and two movies (one of which is still unreleased). The basic structure of the main anime narrative is as follows:

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No.Season TitleEpisodesStart DateEnd Date
1The Seven Deadly Sins24 (+ 2 OVA)October 5, 2014March 29, 2015
N/AThe Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War4August 28, 2016September 18, 2016
2The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments24 (+ 1 OVA)January 13, 2018June 30, 2018
3The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods24October 9, 2019March 25, 2020
4.The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement24January 13, 2021Ongoing

Along with this, there are, as we said, two feature-length anime movies. The first, The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky, was released in 2018 and was generally well-received by the fans and the critics, despite his dubious canon status. The second movie, The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light, was released on July 2, 2021.

Now, this is the basic structure of the whole series. In the next section, we are going to give you a precise chronological order for the whole series. The works are going to be listed in the proper chronological order, as we think they should be watched, so just follow the list and you’re going to be fine.

The Seven Deadly Sins Watch Order (Chronological)

The Seven Deadly Sins (Season 1)

The first season of the anime series ran from October 5, 2014 to March 29, 2015. It contained 24 episodes and 2 special OVA episodes that aired after the season was completed. The first season should be watched first, as there are no prequel stories so far. The OVA materials should be watched separately. Now, this is the season’s structure:

No.Episode TitleRelease Date
1“The Seven Deadly Sins”October 5, 2014
2“The Sword of the Holy Knight”October 12, 2014
3“The Sin in the Sleeping Forest”October 19, 2014
4“A Little Girl’s Dream”October 26, 2014
5“Even If You Should Die”November 2, 1
6“The Poem of Beginnings”November 9, 2014
7“A Touching Reunion”November 16, 2014
8“The Fearsome Pursuer”November 23, 2014
9“Dark Pulse”November 30, 2014
10“The Vaizel Fighting Festival”December 7, 2014
11“Pent-Up Feelings”December 14, 2014
12“Bloodcurdling Cannon”December 21, 2014
13“The Angel of Destruction”January 11, 2015
14“A Reader of Books”January 18, 2015
15“Unholy Knight”January 25, 2015
16“The Legends, Provoked”February 1, 2015
17“The First Sacrifice”February 8, 2015
18“Even If It Costs Me My Life”February 15, 2015
19“The Fairy King Waits in Vain”February 22, 2015
20“The Courage Charm”March 1, 2015
21“The Looming Threat”March 8, 2015
22“What I Can Do for You”March 15, 2015
23“Despair Descends”March 22, 2015
24“The Heroes”March 29, 2015

The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War (Season 2 – Filler)

Signs of Holy War is sometimes labeled as season 1.5. It contains only four episodes that aired from August 28, 2016 to September 18, 2016, so after the first season and its two OVA episodes, but before the second season of the anime. The special’s structure is as follows:

No.Episode TitleRelease Date
1“The Dark Dream Begins”August 28, 2016
2“Our Fighting Festival”September 4, 2016
3“In Pursuit of First Love”September 11, 2016
4“The Shape of Love”September 18, 2016

“Bandit Ban” (OVA)

1 (OVA1)“Bandit Ban”June 17, 2015

The first OVA is considered to be canon and although it doesn’t really do much for the main narrative, it should not be skipped. It aired on June 17, 2015 and is officially considered to be part of season one of the anime. The plot is as follows:

Somewhere in northern Britannia, Ban arrives at the Fairy King’s Forest in search of the Fountain of Youth. He quickly climbs up the large majestic tree, and ends up meeting a mysterious young girl whom he ignores initially.

He decides to ask her who she is, only to discover that she was the Guardian Saint protecting the fountain. Swiftly, she swings her hand and the winds blow Ban off the tree. However, Ban survives the fall and persistently continues to climb up again. He repeatedly climbs up and gets blown off, until both of them grows extremely annoyed. In order to obtain the fountain, Ban equips himself with his Nunchaku, leading Elaine to believe that he was planning to kill and steal like all other humans.

To her surprise, he quickly grabs the Fountain of Youth and begins drinking. But before he could even take a sip, Elaine manipulates the tree branches and immobilizes him by grabbing all of his limbs. She then persuades him that without the Fountain of Youth, the forest itself will die. Astonishingly, Ban replies straightforwardly, stating that he understands.

When Elaine decides to read his heart, she discovers that he really had the intentions of giving up. She releases him and the two begin to get to know each other. Ban tells her that the reason for stealing the fountain is to hope for something good to happen in his life.

In response, she replies saying that she already lived for over 700 years, protecting the cup in place of her brother, King, who abandoned her. Ban decides to show her his ale label collection and the two bonded over a span of 7 days. Suddenly, when Ban was away, she quietly whispers that she wished that he had come to steal her instead of the Fountain of Youth.

She was startled to discover Ban behind her, who had heard what she said, and realized that they both have similar thoughts and feelings. Out of the blue, a mysterious monster from the Demon Clan appears, burning the forest with its Purgatory Fire. Ban immediately confronts the monster after telling Elaine to escape with the fountain, and successfully robs one of its hearts.

Not realizing that it had more than one heart, he lets down his guard and as a result, both of them get severely injured by the monster. Both of them realize that the only way to survive was to drink the Fountain of Youth, which means that only one of them could live.

The two of them wanted each other to drink the fountain, hoping for their survival. In desperation, Elaine seemingly drinks the liquid, only to kiss Ban and deliver it to him directly. Ban immediately recovers from the injuries after consuming the liquid, and quickly defeats the monster in rage.

Before passing away, Elaine gives him the forest’s last seed and he repeats, Someday, I’ll definitely make you mine. Sadly, before he was able to finish the phrase, she was gone. Later on, somewhere within the Kingdom of Liones, Ban is judged and sentenced to death for his apparent sins of destroying the Fairy King’s Forest, taking the Fountain of Youth and killing the Guardian Saint.

As the captain of the guard asked Ban if he has any last words before execution, Ban told everyone present that he is no longer “Bandit Ban” and “Undead Ban” is now his name.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments (Season 3)

The second season of the anime, Revival of the Commandments, officially started on January 6, 2018 with the so-called “Nanatsu no Taizai Imashime no Fukkatsu -Joshō-” special, which is just a recap of season one (as there was a three-year pause between the seasons) and can be skipped (officially, it is considered to be episode 0). The first new episode aired on January 13, 2018 and the final episode aired on June 30, 2018. An additional OVA episode aired on November 16, 2018. The structure is as follows:

No.Episode TitleRelease Date
0“The Seven Deadly Sins Revival of The Commandments -Prologue-“January 6, 2018
1“Revival of the Demon Clan”January 13, 2018
2“Existence and Proof”January 20, 2018
3“Sacred Treasure Lostvayne”January 27, 2018
4“The Ten Commandments on the Move”February 3, 2018
5“Overwhelming Violence”February 10, 2018
6“The Great Holy Knight Atones For His Sins”February 17, 2018
7“Where Memories Lead”February 24, 2018
8“The Druids’ Holy Land”March 3, 2018
9“A Promise to A Loved One”March 10, 2018
10“What We Lacked”March 17, 2018
11“Father and Son”March 24, 2018
12“Where Love is Found”March 31, 2018
13“Farewell, Beloved Thief”April 14, 2018
14“Master of the Sun”April 21, 2018
15“A Bloodcurdling Confession”April 28, 2018
16“Death-Trap Maze”May 5, 2018
17“Legendary Figures”May 12, 2018
18“For Whom Does That Light Shine?”May 19, 2018
19“Meliodas vs The Ten Commandments”May 26, 2018
20“Pursuit of Hope”June 2, 2018
21“Certain Warmth”June 9, 2018
22“Return of the Sins”June 16, 2018
23“The Hero Rises!”June 23, 2018
24“As Long As You Are Here”June 30, 2018

“Heroes’ Frolic” (OVA)

1 (OVA3)“Heroes’ Frolic”November 16, 2018

The third and as of April 2021 final OVA episodes was released on November 16, 2018 and is considered to be a part of the series’ second season. It was specially bundled with the manga’s 34th volume and is considered canon as it adapts a story from the manga.

The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky (Movie)

1The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky August 18, 2018

The movie was released after the anime’s second season, but before its OVA episode and season three. While its canon status is still under question, as well as its exact place in the timeline, we think it’s for the best to watch it between seasons two and three. The plot is as follows:

The story takes place in a time when humans and non-humans alike lived in the same society. The Kingdom of Liones was almost annihilated thanks to the evildoings of the Demon Clan, but were saved thanks to the efforts of the Kingdom’s third Princess, Elizabeth, and a band of strong yet terrible knights known as The Seven Deadly Sins.

With peace returning to the Kingdom of Liones following its near annihilation by the Demon Race, Elizabeth and The Seven Deadly Sins decide to celebrate the King’s birthday with numerous dishes being prepared in the Boar Hat tavern.

The Deadly Sins’ leader Meliodas and his talking pig companion Hawk search for Skyfish for a recipe, ending up above the clouds and in front of the Sky Palace after stumbling across a well in the nearby forest which they discover is a portal.

Living in the Sky Castle are a race of winged people known as the Celestials, descendants of the Goddess Race who hold watch over an Indura-type demon sealed in their land since the Ancient War’s end 3,000 years ago.

But when a group of demons calling themselves The Six Knights of Black attack the Celestials and release the Indura, forcing a Celestial youth named Solaad unintentionally bring Meliodas and Hawk to his people’s land while he left to find the legendary white pig ‘Oshiro’ whose power was used to seal the evil.

Solaad ends up meeting the other Deadly Sins, who mistook him for Meliodas due to their similar appearances, but manages to convince them to come with him while Meliodas went through a similar case of mistaken identity with the Celestials.

As The Seven Deadly Sins face the Six Knights of Black with support by the Celestials’ warriors, it is revealed that the Knights of Black’s leader Bellion is an upper-class demon who was denied membership into the Ten Commandments by Meliodas in the past.

Meliodas ends up being mortally injured by the Winged Sword, a sacred sword forged specifically to harm demons. But Solaad, trusting The Seven Deadly Sins’ insistence that Meliodas is a good person, removes the sword and revives Meliodas. Solaad then uses the Winged Sword and the combined power of his people, the Sins, and Elizabeth to destroy the Indura.

The Sins are hailed as heroes and celebrate with the Celestials before taking a Skyfish and returning to Liones on Hawk’s Mother, who is revealed to have been ‘Oshiro’ the entire time. Some time later, King is presented with the cooked Skyfish and is appalled by its horrible taste as Meliodas cooked it. Hawk decides to eat it for him and ends up assuming a Skyfish form to his shock.

The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods (Season 4)

This season was released on October 9, 2019 and finished airing on March 25, 2020. It contains only 24 episodes and no additional material. The structure is as follows:

No.Episode TitleRelease Date
1“The Light That Sweeps Away the Darkness”October 9, 2019
2“Memories of the Holy War”October 16, 2019
3“Let There Be Light”October 23, 2019
4“The Ten Commandments vs. The Four Archangels”October 30, 2019
5“Emotional Maelstrom”November 6, 2019
6“We Call That Love”November 13, 2019
7“Deadly Sins Unite!”November 20, 2019
8“The Doll Seeks Love”November 27, 2019
9“The Cursed Lovers”December 4, 2019
10“The Life We Live”December 11, 2019
11“The Hateful Cannot Rest”December 18, 2019
12“Love is a Maiden’s Power”December 25, 2019
13“The Almighty vs. the Greatest Evil”January 8, 2020
14“A New Threat”January 15, 2020
15“To Our Captain”January 22, 2020
16“The Seven Deadly Sins End”January 29, 2020
17“Our Choices”February 5, 2020
18“March of the Saints”February 12, 2020
19“The Holy War Pact”February 19, 2020
20“Child of Hope”February 26, 2020
21“Beginning of the Holy War”March 4, 2020
22“War-torn Britannia”March 11, 2020
23“The One Twisted by Darkness”March 18, 2020
24“Rampaging Love”March 25, 2020

The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon’s Judgement (Season 5)

The fourth season started airing on January 6, 2021, with another special episode (like season two) and is still ongoing. As with the earlier seasons, this season is also going to have 24 episodes, as was confirmed. The structure is as follows:

No.Episode TitleRelease Date
0“Great Charming Emission Special”January 6, 2021
1“From Purgatory”January 13, 2021
2“A Meeting with the Unknown”January 20, 2021
3“A Single-Minded Love”January 27, 2021
4“The Victims of the Holy War”February 3, 2021
5“The Tragic Strike”February 10, 2021
6“Confront Despair!!”February 17, 2021
7“Hope, Conflict, and Despair”February 24, 2021
8“The Doorway to Hope”March 3, 2021
9“That Which Gathers”March 10, 2021
10“The Salvation of the Sun”March 17, 2021
11“The One Who Stands Against a God”March 24, 2021
12“We’ll All Be Your Strength”March 31, 2021
13“The End of a Long Journey”April 7, 2021
14“Farewell, Seven Deadly Sins”April 14, 2021
15“Fated Brothers”April 21, 2021
16“The Final Battle”April 28, 2021
17“The Voice Calling Your Name”May 5, 2021
18“The King Sings Alone”May 12, 2021
19“The Struggle”May 19, 2021
20“Mortal Enemies”May 26, 2021
21“What the Witch Had Always Wanted”June 2, 2021
22“A Taste of Chaos”June 9, 2021
23“An Everlasting Kingdom”June 16, 2021
24“Heirs”June 23, 2021


Additional Notes: The second OVA episode, “Heroes Fun Time -Extra Stories Compilation-“, which aired on August 12, 2015 as part of season one, contains several short, funny episodes from the characters’ lives and can, essentially, be watched at any time; this is why we have not listed it separately in this section. The second movie, The Seven Deadly Sins: Cursed by Light, is not listed here as it has yet to come out so we still don’t know where exactly it will fit into the chronology.