The Battle of the Bath-stards – ‘The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar’ Episode 2 Review

What’s the show? The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, Episode 2.

I’m surprised you decided to keep talking about this show on an episode-to-episode basis? Didn’t last week you say it was the kind of show you wouldn’t really remember after the season was done? Yup, and I still stand by that fact—but there’s something about it that keeps me thinking about it occasionally, very occasionally mind you like bare minimum but still there’s ~something~.

Is it the chick with the big boobs? No, it’s the loli, isn’t it?! Wow, just how shallow do you think I am?!

I mean of course she brought the katana into the bath!

If the body pillow fits… That’s not even an expression!

Fine, prove me wrong, what is it about this show that’s got you mildly captivated? I made mention of it last week and I was willing to write it off as a fluke if it didn’t happen again but it did—this show is a lot like a budget network anime version of Game of Thrones.

Generic extras, as far as the eye can see! (I mean kudos to the animators at least they have different faces)

And by ‘budget network’ version you mean? Like if it was on network television in the US and not a premium cable channel, it’s still got the violence and ‘fake’ incest mostly in tact but with no swearing or sex scenes and the battles while incredibly reminiscent of Game of Thrones feel a bit more low-budget.

Nobody likes a weak phalanx… or so I’ve heard!

How are the battles reminiscent? Well in this episode specifically our protagonist Yuuto employs a battle tactic in the latter battle scene that’s very reminiscent of the ‘Battle of the Bastards’ episode of Game of Thrones—specifically when (Game of Thrones spoilers inbound) when the Knights of the Vale ride in from the side and take out Ramsay Bolton’s troops.

Bastards!

You know this review probably doesn’t make much sense for people who haven’t watched Game of Thrones… I know I know… I hastened to even write this much on it because this is an anime blog after all! (Also before anyone points it out, I know a lot of the land battles in Game of Thrones and the George RR Martin’s source materials are based on real military battles of history and that’s where this anime’s protagonist gets his knowledge but aesthetically the parallels are pretty clear too!)

*cling*

Right, that’s enough Game of Thrones talk, how is the anime itself? It’s still good fun—I still enjoy Yuuto’s capable military leadership as well as his compassionate side, still not sold on his nervousness around the girls, but whatever he’s a teenage boy, I suppose I’ll forgive it as long as there’s some progress towards the end of the series. He at least seems a little bit more comfortable around Felicia, he even calls her his ‘closest friend’—or something to that effect and it was honestly a really nice moment! I like when anime can have male x female friendships and acknowledge them as such… even though Felicia is obviously angling for something ~more~.

And I take it by that there’s some trademark “harem shenanigans” here? Of course! It wouldn’t be a show like this without them, there’s a bath scene but it at least serves a narrative purpose as Linnea the “patriarch” of last episode’s captured tribe wants to marry Yuuto and of course proposes while in the bath with Felicia and Siegrune.

Could you say no to that face?!

That’s very bold of her. Indeed, but while it would be diplomatically advantageous Yuuto wants nothing of it. Also while I mention Siegrune I just want to add that she is an absolute bad ass in this episode—the way she cuts down the enemy tribe leader with her newly acquired katana was so damn cool—in fact everything about her character is pretty awesome, I dare say she deserves to be in a better show. Also, ha! It wasn’t the big breasted girl or the loli that’s my favourite—it’s Siegrune!

Bad… ass.

Sure sure, but isn’t that kind of harsh saying that, I thought you liked this show? Maybe, like there’s nothing inherently wrong with this show it’s just kind of generic for the most part, which is why last week I said I probably won’t remember it once it’s done—which is sad because there are some compelling elements about it! Personally I don’t think it’ll get much better and it obviously has the potential to get worse, but I’ll still keep watching—if only so I can keep making dumb Game of Throne pun titles.


Previous The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Reviews:

Game of Boners – Episode 1 Review


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