Anime News Network’s Otakon 2016 news coverage sponsored by Yen Press.
Manga and light novel publisher Vertical announced at its panel at Otakon on Saturday that it will release Shuka Matsuda’s The Seven Deadly Sins: The Seven Scars Left Behind (Shōsetsu Nanatsu no Taizai -Gaiden- Karera ga Nokoshita Nanatsu no Kizuato) novel. The company plans to release the novel in May 2017.
Matsuda wrote the novel, and original The Seven Deadly Sins manga creator Nakaba Suzuki provided the illustrations. Kodansha originally shipped the novel in Japan in October 2015.
The novel revolves around Margaret and Gilthunder. These two people know the truth about what happened the day the Seven Deadly Sins were framed for plotting to kill Zaratras and to overthrow Liones, but they keep the truth that would shock the country to themselves. With their mutual adoration of each other, they resolve to walk in the footsteps of the Seven Deadly Sins and grow stronger. The novel is a story that ties together the time from after the tragedy until the Seven Deadly Sins return to Liones.
Matsuda previously wrote the Shōsetsu Nanatsu no Taizai -Gaiden- Sekijitsu no Ōto Nanatsu no Negai novel, which shipped in December 2014, and Kodansha lists that The Seven Deadly Sins: The Seven Scars Left Behind is a sequel of that novel. Matsuda is also writing the Shōsetsu Nanatsu no Taizai -Gaiden- Nanairo Tsuioku novel, which Kodansha will publish in Japan on October 17.
Vertical‘s Ed Chavez also mentioned at the penal that Vertical is actively pursuing another Gundam manga license, but didn’t provide more details. Chavez also mentioned that the first Nisemonogatari novel may be delayed until May or June 2017. The novel is currently slated for April 2017.