So, if anyone has googled ‘Escanor’ you may have been confused by the number of obscure Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Wikipedia references that surface in the results list. I finally realised that our medieval Escanor has been reincarnated as Esukanōru in a Japanese manga series called Nanatsu no Taizai, or The Seven Deadly Sins! All of these ‘seven sins’ are in fact people, or knights, tied to one sin each and represented by a totem animal. They are Meriodasu (Meliodas) as Wrath, symbolised by the dragon; Diannu (Diane) as Envy, the serpent; Ban as Greed, the fox; King as Sloth, the Grizzly bear; Gowther as Lust, the goat; Merlin as Gluttony, the boar; and Esukanōru as Pride, the lion.
Anyone who reads the summaries of the manga stories and characters will realise immediately that medieval chivalric romance traditions and Arthurian tales form the foundation for the modern series. The scene is set in the semi-fictional location of Buritania (Britannia). It features both some of the best known characters like Merlin, as well as the more obscure figures like Escanor. Some characters have interestingly accurate seeds, for example Gowther’s sin is lust. Obviously, however, the modern characters quickly become divergent.
The comics are illustrated and written by Nakaba Suzuki and have been published in instalments in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since 2012. As of late 2014, the comics began airing as an anime television series by A-1 Pictures. From descriptions of Escanor on commentaries of his manga/anime character, it doesn’t sound as if there are (m)any similarities with medieval Escanor. However, for those able to follow the anime series I would love to hear of any interesting links.
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