You Win or You Tried – ‘The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar’ Episode 7 Review

What’s the show? The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, Episode 7.

So what happens in thi— OH MY GOD I AM SO BORED…

Sorry, what? We’re reviewing a show now, you need to at least ~pretend~ to be a professional… Ugh, sorry, it’s just this episode… man, talk about opening up a big ol’ can of ‘I Don’t Care’ and pouring it all over the proceedings. I mean Episode 5 was bad enough what with that seemingly endless battle against Steinthor that and the battle against the anime’s budget. Episode 6 at least had the decency to give us some quality fan-service but Episode 7, my god… it’s like they took what little was interesting (plot wise) about the show, condensed it into a concentrated exposition dump and expected me to care when it whizzed past me at the speed of light.

Sounds like you’re just mad there’s not more fan service… Oh it can be both, rest assured—How Not To Summon A Demon Lord has show that you can have your cake and grope it too. But this… this show decides to have an all-important flash back to the pre-series pre-patriarch days when Yuuto was just a follower of the Wolf Clan, introduces us to a new character who we’re expected to both like and then the next minute hate (?!) and then decides we need to go to war with this character, oh and by the way he can copy a bunch of technology that Yuuto has because magic runes, also he’s Felicia’s sister, also he tries to kill her also there’s magic zombie soldiers also fuck this show now.

Okay, guy we just met!

Wow. Quite the stance you’ve taken against this show—and quickly too. Early on I didn’t mind that (according to the internet) it was rollicking through the source material at a blistering pace, decimating light novels by the episode. But now it’s become abundantly apparent that any pretence for creating a well-paced show has been tossed aside in favour of adapting as much source material as possible—presumably to get to some sort of arbitrary end goal that makes this whole endeavour worth adapting, you know as opposed to giving a well-paced and faithful adaption.

Apparently horses are afraid of the smell of camels, they use this to win a battle… so exciting…

Seems like you’re awfully hung up on the ‘adaptation’ side of this despite not having read word one of the actual source material. I hate to say this because it sounds kinda smug and arrogant, but I think I could have done a better job of it—and I don’t even mean writing or adapting I just mean editing for starters! Imagine, instead of Episode 6 spending so much time setting up the Hot Springs shenanigans we had the ‘flashback’ scene from Episode 7 start that episode instead. So that means we’re establishing a new character (Loptr, Felicia’s sister and the rightful patriarch—let’s be honest) well ahead of his appearance, while still focusing on the current plotline. Then the episode ends as it did already with Felicia getting the letter from her brother, except instead of making out like she’s illiterate (which I assumed was the purpose of the scene when I first watched it) have her whisper “nii-san” as she’s looking over the note therefore bookending episode six and teasing a confrontation to come rather than having it all front-loaded into the seventh episode where it ends up feeling rushed!

Man this flashback was super lame and corny. 

That’s all well and good to speculate but that’s not what we have here, is it? We have to review the show’s that’s been given not the show you presume to know better. Fine. You want a review; here it is short and sweet just for you. This show is mediocrity masquerading as more, compared to the likes of How Not To Summon A Demon Lord (yep, I mentioned it again) it doesn’t hold a candle, heck, it doesn’t hold a spark. Sure the female characters are quirky and charismatic and sexy as heck but everything else feels unfortunately generic and worst of all rushed to the point of incomprehensibility. I defended this show week after week, presuming it was capable nay on the verge of something bigger and better but the truth is this show doesn’t offer much and doesn’t deserve much. At this point I kind of don’t care if Yuuto gets back to the 21st Century and his childhood friend Mitsuki—in fact I don’t care what happens to anyone! All I want is a show that affords its plot and its characters the time to breathe without being beset upon by deadlines and budgetary restraints and a heavy handed adaptive pen that seeks to reach a conclusion without realising the importance of the journey. Maybe next week will give us an episode worthy of this show at its best…

I liked this new character though, no particular reason…

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
The Opinions of Sheep Matter Sometimes – Episode 5 Review
The Things I Do For Lust – Episode 6 Review


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9 comments

  1. I wasn’t quite as put off by this episode but that’s because I’d wanted to know how Yuuto became the patriarch. The point about the pacing is very well made and to be honest everything about the plot and characters of this show is incredibly shallow and not well done. There’s potential for both the story and the characters to be great but instead they barely scrape by at mediocre in the way they execute it each week.

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    1. Yeah I guess that’s why I was so put off, I had more faith that this series would pick up but it keeps making the same mistakes and just feels like it doesn’t know what it’s doing–hence my frustration at its mediocrity.

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      1. I’m still kind of hoping it realises some of its potential, but I’m fairly doubtful. I think we’re just going to get a pretty middling kind of story delivered fairly poorly.

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  2. I really couldn’t have said it better. This show is just painfully dull. It’s not pretty to look at. The action’s sub-par at best. The plot’s not that interesting, all of the lead’s character development happened off-screen, *two years ago*, and those are just some of the issues. It’s overall just so rushed that it skips over anything potentially interesting or important to let the audience get invested. Thus it comes off as the *worst* kind of generic. The lazy kind. And I’ve seen *many* people being harder on it than me. I finally just threw in the towel on it because even if it does get better, waiting for over half the season to get there just isn’t a good look.

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  3. Let me play devil’s advocate: the *rightful* patriarch? What’s the grounds for that? There’s no evidence that in this society authority is hereditary; quite the opposite, as the family titles of father, etc, get appropriated into the ever-changing political structures (which is why everyone calls the patriarch father). So why shouldn’t the patriarch be able to choose whomever he wants, especially if the heir presumed turns out to be unstable (as in this case)?

    As for the rest, this was one of my favorite episodes in the series; were I the animation editor, I would have dropped the plot-unnecessary hot springs episode and extended this one. But that’s a matter of taste, and as they say, De gustabus non disputandum. 👍

    Finally, thanks for your review, which was entertaining as always! 😺

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    1. Lol I was wondering if someone would pick up on that. I don’t know, just kind of seems like a dick move not to pick your son. But then again, it’s just as much a dick move for him to not have picked Felicia too. My thought process is, given we know very little about what Yuuto was like back then (other than he made some mistakes that got some people killed) there’s nothing we’ve learnt from that flashback or otherwise that makes Yuuto ~more~ qualified to be patriarch then a guy we just met. Yes, we know he is qualified with the benefit of hindsight but unless the previous patriarch was a really good judge of character (which is doubtful since he said, ‘if you end up leaving this world just give it to my son anyway’) then it just seems like it was a move just to piss off his unstable son. That whole flashback was just terrible imo.

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