Mael vs. Zeldris「マエルvs.ゼルドリス, Maeru vs. Zerudorisu」 is the 298th chapter of the manga, Nanatsu no Taizai.
Ludociel expresses his relief in seeing Mael alive. Zeldris questions why Mael came here and points out he should've gone back to the Celestial Realm when he awoke. Mael says he's partly responsible for the Holy War taking place before revealing he didn't come to fight and promises to not interfere if Zeldris lets them stop Meliodas becoming Demon King and withdraws the Demon army. The Original Demon then begins thinking he has to stop Meliodas becoming Demon King before realising that those thoughts are due to Cusack's consciousness awakening. He launches into the air and yells at Mael to stay out of their way.
Mael fires his Cruel Sun and the Original Demon exclaims he'll swallow his sun whole as the fire coming off of his head flares, only for Mael to use Greatest Sun to significantly enlargen the Cruel Sun, hitting the Original Demon and engulfing him in a massive explosion. Riding on Hawk behind Gowther, Escanor is in awe at how powerful Sunshine is in the hands of its original owner. Zeldris questions if that was supposed to scare him and reminds Mael that not even the strongest magical attack will work on him, due to God. Mael says he knows and Zeldris then says this is his answer before slashing a wave of darkness at Merlin. Ludociel tries blocking the attack with Ark, only for the slash to split into pieces and still go after Merlin.
The Sins then gather around Merlin and thwart Zeldris's attack. Elizabeth asks how long Merlin has left and Merlin informs her she has only 5 minutes left to go. Mael then flies at Zeldris. The Executioner tries slashing at him but Mael grabs his sword arm before spinning Zeldris and throwing him to the ground. Landing, Zeldris then activates his Ominous Nebula. As the Sins try to stop themselves from getting pulled in, Ludociel yells out for Mael, who has gotten into Zeldris's range. Suddenly, Zeldris's sword melts, leaving him unable to attack and thus, cancelling Ominous Nebula. Escanor realises that the explosive power of Sunshine doesn't just cover the surface of Mael's body: it seeps in him as well, so both Ominous Nebula and God can't stop his attacks.
Mael brings up the fact that Merlin has five minutes left and says that if he can hold Zeldris at bay for five minutes, they'll win. Conversely, if Zeldris overwhelms him in five minutes, he wins. Zeldris then jumps up and tries attacking with his elbow and left knee but Mael stops both attacks. Zeldris then begins attacking Mael from every direction at high-speeds, questioning if this is all Mael has. Diane exclaims Mael is losing ground while King recognises that Zeldris's physical prowess is on par with Meliodas. Escanor then notices that Mael is focusing the power of Sunshine into his fist. Zeldris charges at Mael, who blocks the Demon's fist with his wings. Mael then uses Helios Fair, launching a barrage of flames at Zeldris. Zeldris seemingly blocks the attack and comes out unharmed, only for Zeldris to suddenly cough up blood. As he staggers, Mael asserts he's saddened.
Q325. missa-san (From Yamaguchi Prefecture): Does the strength of the Goddess Clan change when they're possessing a human versus when they're not?
Nakaba: Depending on the compatibility their strength changes but fundamentally, of course, their original form is stronger.
Characters in Order of Appearance
- Original Demon
- Elizabeth Liones
- In its original release this chapter had 15 pages. In Volume 36, this chapter was revised, including redrawing in several pages and additional pages as well, rising to an amount of 18 pages.
- The additional pages extend Mael and Zeldris fight.