Summer 2018 Anime

And Now My Watch Has Ended – ‘The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar’ Episode 12 (Finale) Review

What’s the show? The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, Episode 12.

So the final episode… you’ve spent the last 3 or 4 reviews complaining about this show, how does the finale hold up? In what can only be described as the unexpected result of the season, this show absolutely succeeds in delivering an emotional and satisfying final episode that not only makes its shortcomings seem minor but also legitimises the entire existence of the series—at least in my opinion.

Well hold your horses there buddy, let’s not rush to the last paragraph so quickly. What happens that makes you so praise happy about it? Well Yuuto is back in the real world with his best girl Mitsuki, and not only do they have a lot of chemistry together but it’s obvious—despite his shyness and occasionally being a bit of a dick that he actually loves this girl. Which helps explain why he was so hesitant to connect with any of the girls in his other-world harem. I know he said as much, but as they say actions speak louder than words and I absolutely bought into the connection these two characters have!

Top 10 Anime Kisses.

That’s good to hear I suppose. So does Yuuto end up staying with Mitsuki? What about his ‘family’ in the other world? Hang on, one question at a time. So Felicia and Sigrune are in a hard spot over what to do as their enemies are taking this opportunity—with Yuuto out of the picture—to make a move on the Wolf Clan. And you know that old story-telling adage ‘show, don’t tell’, well for once I actually disagree with that and think that the way they just had Felicia and the others relay what was happening, rather than bother showing pointless and averagely animated battle scenes worked in the episode’s favour.

Sure sure, maybe next season, whatever your name was.

So wait, you’re saying you liked that the romance aspect prioritised “actions speaking louder than words” but simultaneously preferred when there was no action to do with fighting and it was just spelled out? Don’t you think that’s a bit contradictory? Maybe, but in both instances the show played to its strengths. The romance aspect between Yuuto and Mitsuki was something the show had the ability to pull off with sincerity—yes it actually made me tear up when he proposed to her, and the little animation details leading up to the kiss as she put her hand to his heart and grabbed tight to his shirt—all perfect. Whereas if they’d had some still montage showing the strongholds that the Wolf Clan was losing in Yuuto’s absence I don’t think it’d come off as well as having his other world “family” telling him what’s happening.

Someone’s keen…

Okay, I get it, you’ve made your point. So what ends up happening? Does he go back and rescue them? And wait, what’s this about a proposal?! For a second I was worried Mitsuki was going to do the whole ~honourable~ “you need to go back, don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine, you keep having your harem shenanigans and I’ll wait for you” but nope—Mitsuki rightly acts selfishly (I mean she’s been worried and alone for 3 years now) and she tells him that if he’s going back she’s going with him. And there’s nothing Yuuto can say about the hardships of the ‘other world’ that are going to dissuade her, because she loves him! But his one condition for her coming with him, is that she has to marry him because he doesn’t want a girlfriend, he wants a wife. And putting aside whatever sexist connotations you could infer with that comment it’s actually pretty sweet—plus it’s exactly what she wants too so win-win!

Happy couple!

So it sounds like you were happy with the final episode of The Master of Ragnarok & The Blesser of Einherjar? As I noted in my first paragraph, it’s kind of impressive how ending on a high can make a series that I was otherwise kind of annoyed about and at times indifferent to seem better than it was. Obviously the issues I had still stand and I’ll cover them in more detail with my QandA Rundown at a later date, but this was about as good of an ending as could have conceivably had given where things were at the end of the previous episode. Yes you could argue that ostensibly nothing has changed and it’s just Yuuto back in the ‘other world’ except with a wife in his harem but as far as ending an anime series that’s based on a still ongoing light novel series there really wasn’t any other option. It’s also probably the most technically impressive episode of the season too so that certainly helps sell the finished product.

A hero’s return.


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
Breaker of Harems – Episode 11 Review


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7 replies »

  1. Yes, I thought this ended well for all the reasons you noted. In fact, after considering all the possible ways, they could wrap things up, the best I could think of was to have them both go back. BUT I didn’t expect the proposal, and it worked perfectly to raise the ending to that next level!

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    • Yeah, it seems like marriage proposals are pretty rare, at least in these types of anime. Though from what I can tell from online sources this anime adapted 8 or 9 light novels worth into the one anime season (the usual number is like 2 or 3 per 12 episode season)! So I guess if you’d read the books this proposal would have been a long time coming!

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  2. I just skipped to the last episode (and a few minutes of the penultimate episode). Why watch a bunch of dreck to get to the better part? It was ok. I would have preferred a bit more commitment on Mitsuki’s part, maybe. If she’s committed enough to Yuuto to be going to a pre-industrial world fprever, then getting married doesn’t seem to be that much of a leap.

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      • Oh, I’ve watched way worse, also. But I’ve also learned a valuable lesson about the sunk cost fallacy. If I’m not enjoying it, then I’ve got better things to do.

        Personally, I found too many of the girls in the show to be a little too samey samey (after 3 or 4 episodes). And the ones I liked were not getting enough screen time to make slogging through increasing amounts of time with the ones I didn’t like worth it. For me, Filicia was good, Siegrune was good, blacksmith girl was ok, and everyone else no thanks.

        Still, thanks to you for watching it (and writing about it) so I didn’t have to!

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