The Opinions of Sheep Matter Sometimes – ‘The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar’ Episode 5 Review

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.

Don’t get too attached to the guy in the middle, he dies. Off-screen of course because… reasons?

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.

Me; when thinking about myself when I didn’t watch anime.

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.

One of the few moments of levity in a pretty unemotional episode.

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!

Sometimes the caption writes itself.

Previous The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Reviews:

Game of Boners – Episode 1 Review
The Battle of the Bath-stards – Episode 2 Review
The Twins of Winter – Episode 3 Review
The Wolf And The Horny Maiden – Episode 4 Review


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5 comments

  1. For me I’m thinking the best thing this anime could do is turn its focus to the whole time travel aspect for a little. Because watching the Wolf Clan defeat other clans has been fun and all, but it is going to get repetitive and as you said, they really don’t have the budget (by the looks) for large scale battles. It would be nice to see this story play to its strengths and utilise its set up. That said, I guess we’ll find out what they get up to next week.

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    1. Yeah at this point there only options are focus on him getting home (or how he got there/what that mystical item is that allows him to talk to his girl back home) or do something completely different (which is even more unlikely).

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    1. Maybe. I think they’re already condensing stuff too much. Like the battle in this episode should have been spread over two episodes to allow better animation. And then have half of each episode with lots of talking and stuff that doesn’t cost as much. But then again I’m hardly an expert on how to adapt a novel into an anime!

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