Summer 2018 Anime

Breaker of Harems – ‘The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar’ Episode 11 Review

Breaker of Harems - An Anime QandA Review of 'The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar' Episode 11

What’s the show? The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, Episode 11.

So how are things in this penultimate episode of the series? Well the majority of the action is as flat as we’ve come to expect from this series—with the only exception being the fight between Steinthor and Sigrune, and even then it’s only passable. Unfortunately the majority of the episode is the action—either that or standing around talking about the action, and well, it just doesn’t make for very dynamic viewing.

Sigrune is too cool for this show.

But you’ve never been a fan of this component of the anime, so it’s unlikely that they’d manage to win you over now. I know that, doesn’t mean they couldn’t have tried something more interesting, like having any of the main named characters die. Even skinny dude whose name I can’t remember who was fighting alongside Sigrune falls off a (small) cliff and doesn’t die—I was kind of like, what’s the purpose of keeping this character alive? At least give some dramatic weight to that moment.

“We’ve still got plenty of books to get through!”

So is that your way of saying this episode was pointless? Well it would have been except for the last few minutes of the episode where something that should have happened a long time ago finally happened!

Oh and what’s that? Well after Yuuto is attacked by Loptr and Yuuto manages to knock him out Sigyn, the witch sings a magic song and sends Yuuto back to his own time and place. And the moment was actually pretty emotionally charged; watching Felicia look on helplessly as he starts to disappear while there’s nothing either can do about it was good dramatic material. And so Yuuto disappears from Yggdrasil and reappears in (presumably) his room in Japan and is reunited with his childhood friend Mitsuki.

You sure about that?

Well that’s certainly a big event! But you say it should have happened earlier? I mean I guess it depends where they’re going with this development—if he’s just going to end up back in Yggdrasil and this was just some sort of dramatic diversion then yes it should have happened earlier to break up the monotony of the episodes that were just boring battles (or boring harem shenanigans depending on which reviewer you ask). If, however, this is going to play into the overall end game of the series, then that’s fine. I did have an idea about how the show might end but I think it would be an unpopular one—at least with those wanting a satisfying conclusion.

I guess they were short on quality savior’s. Man am I being catty today, or what?!

Oh yeah? And what was your idea for the ending? Well obviously he’s just left his harem behind and they’re going to be sad—so why have the series ending with all the girls from Yggdrasil suddenly appearing in the modern day and then it just becomes a harem school comedy!

Yeah, I don’t think that’s going to happen… It’s worth a thought!

Reunited! But for how long?

It’s really not. So anything else you wanted to add? This episode had some good moments like the aforementioned ending, but other than that it just felt like a show that was outstretching its reach. Hardly any the action was compelling and so much of what happened just felt like dumb luck or plot armour—neither of which are the signs of good writing. Maybe they can salvage this show with the final episode but I don’t really foresee any satisfying conclusion on the horizon.


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
You Win Or You Tried – Episode 7 Review
Across The Jealous Sea – Episode 8 Review
The Old Gods And The Noob – Episode 9 Review
The Toast of Harem-hall – Episode 10 Review


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6 comments on “Breaker of Harems – ‘The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar’ Episode 11 Review

  1. I had a sudden thought while reading this, where are Yuuto’s parents? Like his childhood friend greets him on his return and he’s been talking to her on the phone, but he’s been missing for two years. That’s going to bug me forever now.
    Anyway, the fight was pretty pointless but I am glad that they did something with Sigyn sending him back to his own time. The question I guess is how long he’ll stay there. If we’re going to speculate on endings I say we just summon Mitsuki and Yuuto back to the past together given she doesn’t seem to have any life outside of waiting for Yuuto to call her and clearly no one else cares if he’s in the past or not. There we go, happy ending for both plot and harem fans.

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    • Yeah that’s true about the parents, though a lot of harem anime I watch don’t mention the parents or it’s just left to be implied that the parents are out of the picture.
      And yeah that kind of ending would probably be best for everyone.

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      • I hadn’t even considered it before but now I’m just wondering why there don’t seem to be people looking for this missing teenager.

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      • negativeprimes

        Given that it’s been a couple years since he vanished, I figured they did look and have given up by now.

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  2. Heh, if you want a show where the whole magical harem shows up from another world, you might try Shuffle! Although that one’s got a LOT more cheesy drama than these shows, including one of the very few actual yandere characters you’ll see.

    I feel like I’m glad I quit on this one after like 3 episodes. I’m kinda behind on other shows, and this one was just not going anywhere except kid-ville (a place I’m not really interested in), since basically it seemed like all Yuuto did was actively ignore Felicia.

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    • I kinda wish I’d quit the show too, the only ~interesting~ thing it’s done so far was the hot springs episode if only because of the ridiculous levels of fan service and foot licking scene (which for the record, I’m not into, but it was still interesting to see all the same!)

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