What Makes A Consistent Story Plot?

Kumo desu ga nani ka

Just like the Kumo desu ga nani ka, the Seven deadly sins is not slow paced. Only by volume 12 do we know that the initial problem is solved. While 13 volumes seem really long, it is kind of short in comparison with other big hits shonen by Weekly Jump. With this pace, the seven deadly sins keep pacing forward with not many fillers. Of course, there are some breaks with humorous talks and side stories (and some romance for the fangirls), but it does not wander off its course, which is a thing worth celebrating.


What struck me is that this series is really well thought. Of course, there are plot holes here and there, but the battles are all connected to each other, making a spine throughout the story. To make the deadline of each week, some authors have confessed that they just improvise or throw some fan service out in the chapters, or just bend the story into an illogical path, unable to follow the original idea. However, this is the only exception that I have ever seen recently. The author has a solid plan up his sleeve, and he is staying true to it. The characters that have made an appearance, no matter how minor, will show up at some points, contribute to the plot. A meaningless chatter in a bar will be a reference for new things to happen in the future. The author has shuffled his deck of cards so that the first 13 volumes will be interconnected. the Kumo desu ga nani ka also has this feature, which makes it so addictive.
In my opinion, the seven deadly sins have a lot of room to improve, since the main cast, or the deadly sins squad do does not have all of the sacred treasure for themselves, and the group does not stick to each other all the time. However, it helps the story from falling into the path of complete the hardest quest and another one will appear. That should not be called the hardest, if there is something bound to happen later, that is why I enjoy this series more.

Sure, the seven deadly sins in a typical fantasy story, but not everything of it is copied and pasted from other stories. I am looking at you, mainstream shoujo. It is also a problem that I have to deal with when I Kumo desu ga nani ka.
In other shounen series, there is more than often a powerful male lead, who is the strongest of them all. It is rarely a female who is the strongest. However, in this series, the author made it so that there is a whole cast of strong fighters. While other fighting light novels are very much like RPG games in their level one, where you can just casually pick up your gears and defeat the boss in like 5 minutes, the seven deadly sins need you to go through 98 levels, to fight all kind  of bosses and pick up all kind of gears and struggle your brain and power out to beat the final boss. That is another good tweak that the author has introduced to the series.

In other shounen series, there is more than often a powerful male lead, who is the strongest of them all. It is rarely a female who is the strongest. However, in this series, the author made it so that there is a whole cast of strong fighters. While other fighting light novels are very much like RPG games in their level one, where you can just casually pick up your gears and defeat the boss in like 5 minutes, the seven deadly sins need you to go through 98 levels, to fight all kind  of bosses and pick up all kind of gears and struggle your brain and power out to beat the final boss. That is another good tweak that the author has introduced to the series. Another refreshing thing is that the Princess in this light novel, who is called Elizabeth, is no dreamy weak girl, she intends to find the evilest of them all to stop the coup de tat.

Since Kumo desu ga nani ka, there are not much breakthrough in the world of literature, and this is an exception.

 

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