The Twins of Winter – ‘The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar’ Episode 3 Review

What’s the show? The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, Episode 3.

So how many Game of Thrones references/comparisons are you going to drop in this episode? Hey, it’s not my fault if this show lends itself easily to comparison! But right away I can say this show feels a lot like one of the more ‘talky’ episodes that you’d have found in the earlier seasons—you know when they were establishing alliances between the various houses and before they had a ridiculously large budget and just kept making action movies every episode…

Focus! You’re reviewing this trash not Game of Thrones… How dare you! This show is most absolutely not… well yeah it is kinda trashy, but in a soap opera way that’s kind of addictive.

His ceremonial outfit sure looked silly!

Care to elaborate? Well from the very opening scene we’re introduced to two loli twins who have a pointless scene together that’s vaguely incestuous and solely there to cater to those who are interested in the more fan-service-y harem elements of this series.

So for you in other words? Well yeah, but you didn’t have to come out and say it like that, geez!

Because the target audience is horny!

Right and who are these girls and why are they here? Aside to fill a harem quota? They are Albertina and Christina, or Al and Chris as they refer to themselves as. Chris is the little sister (but their twins so that’s merely for the sake of honorific titles) and she’s the more manipulative and calculating of the two—always embarrassing and exploiting her naïve ‘big sister’ for her own gains and advancements. They’ve arrived because they want an alliance with Yuuto and sure they might seem innocent enough—but I know they’re up to something. I don’t think this is just a simple case of expanding the harem for the sake of it. I mean this series is based off 16(!) light novels, I hardly doubt it’s managed to get that far on just harem shenanigans alone!

I thought it was funny that Felicia in the previous scene mentioned Yuuto “invented” paper and then in the very next scene he’s inundated with paper work.

Hmm, true good point I suppose. What else happens in the episode? We get a more out and out antagonist in the form of Steinþór who himself has an acquired a “cheat” of his own (Yuuto has his Internet connected solar smartphone if you recall), though Steinþór’s power is decidedly more magical… he has the power of Rune’s connected to his body including that of Mjolnir which allows him to move at superhuman speeds. Clearly whatever battle they get into in the future will be one hard fought by all!

You know he’s super over-powered because he glows! Either that or he’s been sitting too close to the TV.

And what about the fan-service elements, aside from the moment with the twins at the start doesn’t seem like there’s much (I know you must be so disappointed). Ha… ha… I know you’re just being facetious but funnily enough much like Episode 3 of How Not To Summon A Demon Lord the fan-service is turned all the way down here to the level of ‘implied’ rather than ‘in your face’. But I’m sure it’ll be back to ~normal~ by next week—much to the groans of people who watch this for the ‘plot’!

Oh, hello again, you…

And you don’t? Watch it for the plot that is? Of course I do, this show’s got a fine set of plots on it—in all seriousness though, yes without a decent enough story and characters I wouldn’t be watching it still, though I’m still not sure what to make of the whole ‘Yuuto can call his childhood friend back in the present day world’-plot as it doesn’t really add much, especially the brief scene here which kind of felt like a “oh hey, remember this girl exists too” moment. But again, I assume there will be more of a point to it other than tugging on the heartstrings (of which it doesn’t really do either, but it’s trying at least!) Three episodes in and I’m still pleasantly happy with this show, even if I think they could probably go a lot harder with the harem stuff—but that’s just my personal preference!


Previous The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Reviews:

Game of Boners – Episode 1 Review
The Battle of the Bath-stards – Episode 2 Review


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5 comments

  1. I was actually pretty happy with this episode and the direction it seemed to be going. While this isn’t exactly going to be something I would be all that unhappy to lose access to, it is hopefully going to remain pleasant viewing for the season. The plot and setting are interesting enough as are the characters other than the single minded compulsion to fall in love the with protagonist, but if that was the breaking point you would never start watching a harem in the first place.

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  2. I thought this episode was pretty poor. I mean, the show never rises to anything approaching “better than merely good”, but this ep just didn’t go anywhere, had a lot of whining by imouto (which just struck me as awful and pathetic), and otherwise didn’t do anything besides introduce a jerkwad enemy and associated plot for a coup. And you can get a lot of light novels with just harem shenanigans and atrocious writing. I mean, Infinite Stratos has 7 volumes and it’s just garbage with an atrocious protagonist and only two worthwhile harem members.

    I don’t mind if the show’s not really going to do much, but I’d rather it wandered around without doing much without involving clingy imouto or marriage focused lolis. Siegrune and Felicia are the so-far only passable characters for me.

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