August 9, 2022
Record of Ragnarok

Why did Shuumatsu no Valkyrie SS1 disappoint the audience?

Fans of Shuumatsu no Valkyrie manga had expected the anime to make a blockbuster. Contrary to expectations, the anime version disappointed those who expected.

Record of Ragnarok is an anime adaptation of Takeo Ono’s manga of the same name that is serialized in Monthly Comic Zenon with 1 or 2 chapters per month.

Shuumatsu no Valkyrie has so far received a huge following, and therefore, the manga’s anime adaptation has made all the fan community very excited.

However, the anime version made by Netflix has completely disappointed the majority of fans as well as neutral viewers. So what is the cause?

Synopsis of the work

Shuumatsu no Valkyrie
Synopsis of the work

Synopsis: After 7 million years of history, humans have become more and more evil by destroying the environment, nature and killing each other. Therefore, the gods gathered together and decided to erase the human race.

However, a Valkyrie angel proposed to organize a contest between humans and gods according to ancient rules to decide the fate of mankind.

With arrogance and contempt for humans, the gods agreed to converse with the 13 most powerful people in human history. Shuumatsu no Valkyrie is an epic about the eye-catching battles between the greatest humans and the most powerful gods.

Shuumatsu no Valkyrie is loved for its creative content, the use of many historical and mythological characters of great interest, and the battles that are made in a very grandiose, dramatic, and engaging manner.

Besides, the stories have many layers of meaning, the details reflect the society, the profound philosophies have made this manga not stop at the scope of ordinary fighting comics. In addition, the details heavy on the level of violence also bring values ​​to stimulate viewers.

And when it was adapted into an anime, there were many problems caused by the difference between black and white paper and moving images.

Bad graphics and weird drawings

Shuumatsu no Valkyrie
Bad graphics and weird drawings

It seems that when the author started writing the manga, the author did not anticipate that his work would be received to such a degree.

Therefore, the characters in Shuumatsu no Valkyrie are drawn with unusual deformities, it seems that the author intends to be satirical in the work.

It can be seen that the character of Thor is effeminate (probably representing the boredom of not wanting to go to war because of his contempt for his opponent), the character of Zeus is old but in fact he is chubby and loves to pretend (suitable for everyone).

with the character of both mythological and anime), the character Lu Bu is like a wild animal with sharp teeth and aggressive eyes (similar to Lu Bu’s personality in history), …

These things when appearing on the page with a white background is full of art, the completely deformed character’s body looks like old folk paintings of characters fighting with each other. Therefore, manga with this drawing has become full of art.

Contrary to this, when brought to the manga and colored, the drawing returned to its singularity, not compatible with the 7th art. Not only that, the color, light, and pouring effects.

The shadow of the whole movie is absolutely terrible, far inferior to anime produced in Japan. Another small but important detail is that the stage is made different from the manga.

In the manga version, the stands of humanity is full of people from different cultures with very diverse looks and costumes, but in the anime version, the people sitting in the stands are very different. simply, losing a quality feature of the film.

The battle scenes are stretched

Shuumatsu no Valkyrie
The battle scenes are stretched

“Like an Indian movie” is the most widely felt comment for the anime version of Shuumatsu no Valkyrie. In the manga, the battle scenes are depicted using multiple story pages/plots at the same time.

All manga readers understand and feel that a fight scene that spans many pages is actually experienced within a few seconds. As for the anime version, that scene was stretched to a few minutes to fit the length of an episode.

In a life-and-death battle like in Shuumatsu no Valkyrie, a movement has to be made very quickly, creating drama for the fight (typically the battle in the Attack on Titan anime, there are manga half-chapters when adapting. into an anime took less than a minute because the plot happened very quickly).

The fact that the anime prolongs a fight episode simply by showing the scene at various angles plus the faces of the followers makes the fighting anime no different from the Indian films.

The length of the battle animation is not effective, and its effects are really bad, instead of the lighting effects like in the Ufotable studio anime, the battle scene in Shuumatsu no Valkyrie is filled. by… violently shaking the frame, increasing or decreasing the brightness, or blurring the image; these things only make the viewer bored instead of creating visual effects.

The anime also adapts the manga in a way that is overly structured, making it possible for scenes that appear in the manga to appear in the anime.

So, at times of tension in the manga (there are no specific details but simply one or both characters will attack continuously) the anime could add beautiful battle scenes without Doesn’t change the plot of the manga.

For example, when Lu Bu attacks Thor repeatedly, the anime can draw scenes where Lu Bu tries to stab and Thor struggles to dodge.

It was a mistake for the producer to adapt the three matches of Shuumatsu no Valkyrie in 12 episodes, with the length of 4 episodes/game being too much, in fact the number of episodes of these three matches should be shortened.

Scenes omitted

Shuumatsu no Valkyrie
Scenes omitted

The most unfortunate part of the anime version is the story where Thor’s God Realm is attacked by a giant army. In the manga, this is a very tragic, fierce segment, and somewhat similar to the opening of the Attack on Titan anime.

The producer can completely turn this segment into one of the most memorable segments in the anime series.

But contrary to expectations, this segment in the anime version is only done in a very skimpy way, as it is telling a vague story, ambiguous images, and most disappointingly, this segment only has a few frames.

Unclear images are switched back and forth like a Powerpoint presentation slide. The scene that could have been extremely satisfying in the manga was unfortunately skipped.

The producer can even add more scenes to the anime to make it more quality, instead of spending a lot of time to prolong the battle details.

For example, the fact that humans cause so much evil that the gods decide to destroy humanity, the producer can completely add simple scenes to describe the actions of humanity.

Other elements are not prominent

The battle sequence that is the best point of the Shuumatsu no Valkyrie manga does not convince the audience, other factors cannot save this anime.

The soundtrack is not excellent, there are no lines to attract attention, the char dev (character development) is not outstanding because the characters in Shuumatsu no Valkyrie only have land to act in their matches.

All in all, Shuumatsu no Valkyrie does not leave what other anime series have done so well.

Can there be hope for Season 2?

At this point, no predictions can be made. The Shuumatsu no Valkyrie fan community is also extremely hopeful that Season 2 of this anime will learn from Season 1 to be able to do better.

Besides, the 4th and 6th battles of Shuumatsu no Valkyrie are also considered to be better and more meaningful than the first 3 matches, plus the characters that appear later no longer have strange appearances. more satirical, which has become more “good-looking”, the audience can fully hope for a better Season 2.

(This article only focuses on the differences between the manga and the anime. Therefore, the manga’s shortcomings will not be mentioned in the article, such as flashbacks in the middle of the battle, buffs. power…).

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