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.
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.
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!
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…
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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Categories: Summer 2018 Anime