What’s the show? The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, Episode 5.
So last week promised a big battle did it not? Are we rewarded? Well~ more or less, amidst some obvious budgetary restraints there are some good action bits… but that’s just it, it’s a lot of good “bits” interspersed with some otherwise mediocre staging and grand posturing.
It’s never a good sign when you’re invoking an anime’s budget, is it? And I hate to do it, I really do—it’s such a lazy complaint especially coming from a place of privilege as I do as a reviewer of things, but things could have been so much better if this had been given the room to breathe. I’ve not (nor will I ever) read the light novels this show is based on nor do I care enough to research it—so take this assumption as just that but to my mind it feels like this episode could have been based on an entire novel volume. A lot happens—that is to say it probably should have been better fleshed out, instead we’re given a sort of ‘highlight reel’ of a long battle—and subsequent military pursuit, as well as ~sort of~ defeat of our main antagonist Steinþór.
Sounds… unsatisfying. Yeah, it kinda is. I know it will come as no surprise, and I know some will disagree, but bring back the harem shenanigans; at the very least they were well animated, well paced and visually interesting to watch.
Yeah… I think you’re going to be alone with that opinion. So do you have any compliments to give this episode? The ending—specifically to do with the ‘dam strategy’ that they use to defeat their enemies and the fact that it’s implemented by Linnea—who in the last episode was feeling particularly useless at her allotment in life was a nice touch. As was bringing the whole story of how Yuuto had once been arrogant like Steinþór too back to the forefront and extolling the virtues of utilising the best qualities of your allies rather than fighting alone.
Anything else to add? In some ways this episode felt like a climax, an anti-climax but a climax all the same—probably true of the source material too, I would imagine this being the end of a volume of the light novel series too. What’s bad is that this episode doesn’t engender any kind of enthusiasm to return to the show, despite their still being 7 more episodes to go. At the very least there might be some forward progression with regard to Yuuto’s situation of being stuck in this ~other~ world and/or his relationships with his daughters/sisters. But at the same time it might just end up being more of the same, which would not only be a waste of a potential but would be grounds to drop this show. Believe it or not, I don’t want to do that though as I do genuinely like the idea of this setting and of course I like the female characters. Time will tell whether sticking with this series is the right idea or not, until then let’s see what else this show can do!
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