Record of Ragnarok

Record of Ragnarok (終末のワルキューレ, Shūmatsu no Warukyūre, lit. "Doomsday Valkyrie") is a Japanese manga series written by Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui and illustrated by Ajichika. It began in Coamix's (formerly also published by Tokuma Shoten) seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Zenon in November 2017. It was licensed in North America by Viz Media in June 2021. The manga was adapted as an original net animation (ONA) by Graphinica and premiered on Netflix in June 2021. A second season by Graphinica and Yumeta Company premiered in January 2023.

Record of Ragnarok
Record of Ragnarok volume 1 cover.jpg
Volume 1 tankōbon cover, featuring Lu Bu (left) and Thor (right)
終末のワルキューレ
(Shūmatsu no Warukyūre)
Genre
Manga
Written by
  • Shinya Umemura
  • Takumi Fukui
Illustrated byAjichika
Published by
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Comic Zenon
DemographicSeinen
Original runNovember 25, 2017 – present
Volumes17 (List of volumes)
Manga
Ryo Fu Hō Sen Hishōden
Written byTakeo Ono
Published by
  • Tokuma Shoten (former)
  • Coamix
MagazineMonthly Comic Zenon
DemographicSeinen
Original runOctober 25, 2019November 25, 2022
Volumes7 (List of volumes)
Original net animation
Directed byMasao Ōkubo
Written by
Music byYasuharu Takanashi
Studio
Licensed by
Released June 17, 2021 – present
Runtime24 minutes
Episodes22 (List of episodes)
Manga
Kitan: Jack the Ripper no Jikenbo
Written byKeita Iizuka
Published byCoamix
MagazineMonthly Comic Zenon
DemographicSeinen
Original runOctober 25, 2022 – present

PlotEdit

The Gods' Council assembles once every millennium to decide the fate of humanity, deciding that mankind’s 7 million years of irredeemable history gives justification for their extinction. But the valkyrie Brunhilde proposes giving humanity one last chance to prove their worth and the gods agree to hold the tournament of Ragnarok, where humanity will be spared if they can best the gods in seven out of thirteen matches. Humanity’s representatives are the Einherjar, notable humans across history who are each granted a valkyrie who becomes a powerful weapon tailored for their user's combat style called "Volund", at the risk of losing her life if the user is killed.

CharactersEdit

ValkyriesEdit

Brunhilde (ブリュンヒルデ, Buryunhirude)
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro[3] (Japanese); Laura Post[4] (English)
The eldest of the valkyries and their leader, she convinces the gods to hold the Ragnarok. She despises the gods and takes advantage of the situation to enact her revenge at them.
Göll (ゲル, Geru)
Voiced by: Tomoyo Kurosawa[3] (Japanese); Anairis Quinones[5] (English)
Brunhilde's youngest sister and a valkyrie in training.
Randgriz (ランドグリーズ, Randogurīzu)
Voiced by: Aya Kawakami[3] (Japanese); Kayleigh McKee[6] (English)
The fourth of the 13 valkyrie sisters. She becomes a Halberd for Lu Bu during Ragnarok in round 1.
Reginleif (レギンレイヴ, Reginreivu)
The seventh of the 13 Valkyrie sisters. She performed a Völundr with Adam in round 2, turning into brass knuckles.
Hrist (フリスト, Furisuto)
The second of the 13 Valkyrie sisters. She performed a Völundr with Kojiro Sasaki in round 3 and turned into the "Monohoshizao", an ōdachi. Due to Hrist's Bipolar Personality the sword is able to reform itself into two shorter blades.

Human representativesEdit

Known as the Einherjar, they are thirteen humans that Brunhilde personally selected to participate in Ragnarok, later joined by Buddha.

Lü Bu (呂布奉先, Ryofu Hōsen)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki[3] (Japanese); Kaiji Tang[7] (English)
A military general and warlord who lived during the late Eastern Han dynasty of Imperial China and humanity's representative for the first match, killed by Thor. His weapon is the Sky Piercer, a halberd granted by the valkyrie Randgriz, whose special ability allows Lu Bu to break any armor.
Adam (アダム, Adamu)
Voiced by: Soma Saito[8] (Japanese); Jonah Scott[9] (English)
The progenitor of all humanity who fights and loses against Zeus in the second match. Designed in the image of a god, Adam can perfectly replicate any move and technique he lays his eyes upon. His weapon is a knuckleduster, granted by the valkyrie Reginleif.
Kojiro Sasaki (佐々木 小次郎, Sasaki Kojirō)
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Yamaji[8] (Japanese); Keone Young (English)
A famous Japanese swordsman who fights and wins in the third match against Poseidon. His weapon is the Monohoshizao, a two-handed nodachi granted by the valkyrie Hrist, whose special ability allowed her to transform into two weapons after the Monohoshizao was shattered.
Jack the Ripper (ジャック・ザ・リッパー, Jakku za Rippā)
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[10] (Japanese); Jeff Leach, David Errigo Jr.[11] (young) (English)
An infamous British serial killer from the late 19th century who fights and wins in the fourth match. He wears a pair of gloves granted by the valkyrie Hlökk, whose special ability allows Jack the Ripper to turn anything his gloves touch into a divine weapon.
Raiden Tameemon (雷電爲右エ門)
Voiced by: Subaru Kimura[10]
The highest-rated Japanese sumo wrestler from the 19th century who fights and loses in the fifth match. He wears a mawashi granted by the valkyrie Thrud, which gives him complete control over his body's muscles.
Buddha (釈迦, Shaka)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura[10]
A former human who founded Buddhism, known as "The Enlightened One". Despite having attained godhood, Buddha decides to represent and win for humanity in the sixth match, much to the ire of the other gods. He initially wields the Six Realms Staff, an oversized praying wheel that can assume six different forms according to his current emotional state. During his fight with Hajun, Buddha is granted by Zerofuku’s soul to use Great Nirvana Sword Zero.
Qin Shi Huang (秦始皇, Shikōtei)
The founder of the Qin dynasty and the first emperor to unify China, in the 3rd century BC. He represents humanity in the seventh round, which he wins. His weapons are the "Allmighty Spaulders", granted by the valkyrie Alvitr.
Nikola Tesla (ニコラ・テスラ, Nikora Tesura)
A Serbian-American inventor from the 20th century, who represents humanity in the eighth round. His weapon is the "Super Automaton β", a powered exoskeleton granted by the vaklyrie Göndul.
Souji Okita (沖田 総司, Okita Sōji)
The captain of the Shinsengumi a special police force from 19th century Japan, famed for his swordsmanship.
Michel de Nostredame (ミシェル・ノストラダムス, Misheru Nosutoradamusu)
A French astrologer, physician and reputed seer from the 16th century.
Simo Häyhä (シモ・ヘイヘ, Shimo Heihe)
A Finnish sniper and war veteran from the 20th century, recognized as the deadliest marksman in history.
Leonidas I (レオニダス王, Reonidasu-ō)
A Spartan king from the 5th century BC, famous for his instrumental role at the Battle of Thermopylae.
Grigori Rasputin (グリゴリー・ラスプーチン, Gurigorī Rasupūchin)
A Russian mystic and self-proclaimed holy man from the early 20th century.
Sakata Kintoki (坂田 金時, Sakata no Kintoki)
A Japanese folk hero from the Heian period.

GodsEdit

Thor (トール, Tōru)
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa[3] (Japanese); Jalen K. Cassell[12] (English)
The Norse god of thunder and a representative for the gods for the first match, which he wins, armed with the hammer Mjölnir.
Zeus (ゼウス, Zeusu)
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi[3] (Japanese); Chris Edgerly[13] (English)
The supreme Greek god and chairman of the Gods' Council who fightsand wins the second match, fighting barehanded.
Poseidon (ポセイドン)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai[8] (Japanese); Bumper Robinson (English)
The Greek god of the sea and Zeus' older brother who fights and loses the third match, armed with a trident.
Hercules (ヘラクレス, Herakuresu)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi[10] (Japanese); George Newbern[11] (English)
A former human and Greek god of strength and heroism who fights and loses the fourth match by the gods' side, armed with a divine club.
Shiva (シヴァ)
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki[8] (Japanese); Benjamin Diskin (English)
The four-armed Hindu god of destruction and one of the three gods that make up the Trimurti who participates in and wins the fifth match, fighting barehanded.
Zerofuku (零福)
A deity armed with the Misery Axe and the original form of the Japanese Seven Lucky Gods, a group of deities under Bishamonten (毘沙門天) who bestow good fortune and serve as executioners of those who dare to defile the gods. Originally a kind-hearted deity who absorbed others’ misfortune, Zerofuku’s views on humanity changed upon witnessing humanity’s deprived nature and being replaced by Buddha. This made Zerofuku resent humans enough to consider killing them all, acting on the last of his kindness to stop him by splintering himself into the Seven Lucky Gods. When Bishamon represents the gods in the sixth round against Buddha, he absorbs the other Lucky Gods to resume their true form as a grudge-driven Zerofuku. The two battle to a standstil before Buddha rekindle Zerofuku’s old self, only to be consumed when Hajun reconstitutes himself to continue the fight. Zerofuku aids Buddha in spirit by performing Völundr to become his weapon to kill Hajun, dying in the process while departing in peace.
Hajun (波旬)
The Demon Lord of the Sixth Heaven, Hajun is a legendary berserker whose vast power eventually destroyed his body. demon of legend, Hajun died as the result of his body being unable to compensate his vast power. His remains were found by Beelzebub and cultivated into a seed that he planted in Zerofuku, which germinated the moment that the deity lost his resentment towards humanity. The revived Hajun consumes Zerofuku to recreate his body, taking over in the deity’s match with Buddha before being killed by the ascended human.
Hades (ハデス, Hadesu)
The Greek god of the underworld. He replaces Buddha on the gods' roster and participates in and loses the seventh match, seeking vengeance for his brother Poseidon. He wields a bident, fused with the remnants of Poseidon's trident.
Beelzebub (ベルゼブブ, Beruzebubu)
A Philistine deity portrayed as a demon in Jewish and Christian lore, he fights in the eighth match, armed with the "Staff of Apomyus", a cane with both offensive and defensive capabilities, depending on which hand Beelzebub uses to wield it.
Hermes (ヘルメス, Herumesu)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe[8] (Japanese); Cory Yee[14] (English)
The herald of the Greek gods.
Aphrodite (アフロディテ, Afurodite)
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka[8] (Japanese); Reba Buhr[15] (English)
The Greek goddess of love. She is accompanied by a group of stone golems that she uses as a throne and to hold up her large breasts.
Ares (アレス, Aresu)
Voiced by: Hinata Tadakoro[8] (Japanese); Tim Friedlander[16] (English)
The Greek god of courage and war.
Susanoo-no-Mikoto (スサノヲ, Susanowo)
The Shinto god of the sea and storms. One of the three central deities of Japanese mythology.
Odin (オーディン, Ōdin)
Voiced by: Show Hayami[8] (Japanese); Bill Butts[17] (English)
The supreme Norse god, he is Thor's father and blood brother to Loki.
Loki (ロキ, Roki)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka[8] (Japanese); Ryan Colt Levy[18] (English)
The Norse god of deceit and blood brother to Odin.
Heimdall (ヘイムダル, Heimudaru)
Voiced by: Yukihiro Nozuyama[8] (Japanese); Kellen Goff[19] (English)
A Norse god who keeps watch for invaders and the onset of Ragnarök. He oversees and comments on the fights of Ragnarok.
Huginn and Muninn (フギン&ムニン, Fugin & Munin)
Voiced by: Taisuke Nakano (Huginn), Tomohiro Yamaguchi (Muninn)[8] (Japanese); Michael Chapman (Huginn), Ben Pronsky (Muninn) (English)
A pair of ravens that fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring information to the god Odin. They are usually seen resting on Odin's shoulders.
Anubis (アヌビス, Anubisu)
The Egyptian god of death, mummifying and embalment.
Apollo (アポロン, Aporon)
The Greek god of the sun.
Adamas (アダマス, Adamasu)
The Greek god of conquest and older brother of Zeus, whom he attempted to overthrow after the Titanomachy. While seemingly killed by Poseidon with his existence expunged from historical records, Adamas survived with Hades arranging for him to be made into a cyborg by Beelzebub, remaining on Helheim under the name of "Adamantine".

MediaEdit

MangaEdit

Record of Ragnarok is written by Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui and illustrated by Ajichika. It began in Coamix's (formerly also published by Tokuma Shoten) Monthly Comic Zenon on November 25, 2017.[20] Its chapters has been collected into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on May 19, 2018.[21] As of December 20, 2022, seventeen volumes have been released.[22]

On June 17, 2021, Viz Media announced that they had licensed the series for English release in North America. It will be released in digital starting in fall 2021 and in print starting in spring 2022.[23][24]

A spin-off manga titled Shūmatsu no Valkyrie: Ryo Fu Hō Sen Hishōden (終末のワルキューレ異聞 呂布奉先飛将伝) was serialized in Monthly Comic Zenon from October 25, 2019,[25] to November 25, 2022.[26] Its chapters have been collected into individual tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on April 20, 2020.[27] As of December 20, 2022, seven volumes have been released.[22]

A spin-off manga centered around the Jack the Ripper character titled Shūmatsu no Walküre Kitan - Jack the Ripper no Jikenbo will begin serialization in Monthly Comic Zenon on October 25, 2022.[28]

Volume listEdit

Record of RagnarokEdit
No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 May 19, 2018[21]978-4-19-980495-3October 26, 2021 (digital)[29]
January 18, 2022 (print)[30]
978-1-9747-2786-5
2 September 20, 2018[31]978-4-19-980517-2April 19, 2022[32]978-1-9747-2787-2
3 March 20, 2019[33]978-4-19-980557-8July 19, 2022[34]978-1-9747-2977-7
4 July 20, 2019[35]978-4-19-980581-3October 18, 2022[36]978-1-9747-2978-4
5 November 20, 2019[37]978-4-19-980603-2January 17, 2023[38]978-1-9747-2979-1
6 April 20, 2020[27]978-4-86720-119-0April 18, 2023[39]978-1-9747-2980-7
7 June 19, 2020[40]978-4-86720-155-8
8 September 19, 2020[41]978-4-86720-168-8
9 December 19, 2020[42]978-4-86720-187-9
10 March 18, 2021[43]978-4-86720-204-3
11 June 18, 2021[44]978-4-86720-240-1
12 September 18, 2021[45]978-4-86720-263-0
13 December 20, 2021[46]978-4-86720-285-2
14 March 19, 2022[47]978-4-86720-316-3
15 June 20, 2022[48]978-4-86720-389-7
978-4-86720-390-3 (SE)
16 September 20, 2022[49]978-4-86720-415-3
978-4-86720-416-0 (SE)
17 December 20, 2022[22]978-4-86720-446-7
978-4-86720-447-4 (SE)
Shūmatsu no Valkyrie: Ryo Fu Hō Sen HishōdenEdit
No. Release date ISBN
1 April 20, 2020[27]978-4-86-720120-6
2 September 19, 2020[41]978-4-86-720169-5
3 December 19, 2020[42]978-4-86-720188-6
4 June 18, 2021[44]978-4-86-720243-2
5 December 20, 2021[46]978-4-86-720286-9
6 June 20, 2022[48]978-4-86-720391-0
7 December 20, 2022[22]978-4-86-720448-1

AnimeEdit

In December 2020, it was announced that the series would receive an anime series adaptation produced by Warner Bros. Japan and animated by Graphinica. It is directed by Masao Ōkubo, with series composition by Kazuyuki Fudeyasu, characters designs by Masaki Saito and music composed by Yasuharu Takanashi. Licensed by Netflix, the series premiered on June 17, 2021, on the streaming service.[50] The opening theme is "Kamigami" (KAMIGAMI-神噛-, lit. "Gods" / "God Biting") performed by Maximum the Hormone,[51] while the ending theme is "Fukahi" (不可避, lit. "Unavoidable") performed by SymaG.[8] In North America, the first season has been licensed for home video release by Viz Media and is set to be released on Blu-ray on April 4, 2023.[52]

In August 2021, it was announced that the series was renewed for a second season.[53][54] The main staff is returning from the first season, with Yumeta Company producing the series alongside Graphinica, and Yuka Yamada writing the scripts alongside Fudeyasu.[55] The season consists of 15 episodes, with the first 10 episodes premiered on January 26, 2023, while the remaining five to be released later that year.[56] The opening theme is "Rude, Loose Dance" (ルードルーズダンス, Rūdo Rūzu Dansu) performed by Minami, while the ending theme is "Inori" (, lit. "Prayer") performed by Masatoshi Ono.[57]

Season 1 (2021)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
11"Ragnarok"
Transcription: "Ragunaroku" (Japanese: ラグナロク)
Yasutaka YamamotoKazuyuki FudeyasuMasao ŌkuboJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
At the Council of Valhalla, the gods had gathered after a 1000 years since the last meeting and decide that humanity is iredeemable and must be destroyed. Brunhilde, leader of the Valkyries, objects to the decision and proposes that the gods demonstrate their mercy and power by testing mankind. Brunhilde convinces the gods to hold Ragnarok, a competition where thirteen humans and thirteen gods face one-on-one battles to the death and the first to achieve seven victories wins, with mankind spared for another 1000 years should they achieve victory. For the first battle, the first representative of the gods is the strongest Norse god and God of Thunder, Thor, while the human representative is the most powerful of all Chinese heroes, Lü Bu and their fight begins with both opponents fighting at full force.
22"Worthy Opponent"
Transcription: "Kōtekishu" (Japanese: 好敵手)
Hiroyuki KitakuboKazuyuki FudeyasuMasao ŌkuboJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
The gods are surprised that Lü Bu forces Thor to fight him seriously and reminisce about the Norse god's greatest feats while details of Lü Bu's past are also revealed, including the fact that unlike the official story, Lü Bu surrendered to his enemies after realizing that there is no one else strong enough to fight him. When Lü Bu's weapon deflects Thor's Hammer, the gods realize that Lü Bu is also equipped with a divine weapon, while Brunhilde gathers the 13 Valkyries to assist the humans in Ragnarok.
33"Killer Move"
Transcription: "Hissatsu Waza" (Japanese: 必殺技)
Takushi ShikataniKazuyuki FudeyasuMasao ŌkuboJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
Before Ragnarok, Brunhilde calls the fourth sister, Randgriz, and orders her to help Lü Bu by transforming into a sacred weapon for him. As Lü Bu manages to injure Thor again, Zeus confirms that the Valkyries are rebelling against the gods, but is thrilled by the challenge it brings. Brunhilde is informed about the full list of Ragnarok participants. By removing his restraints, Thor shows the full extent of his powers and prepares to deal the finishing blow on Lü Bu.
44"Joy"
Transcription: "Kanki" (Japanese: 歓喜)
Hirokazu YamadaKazuyuki FudeyasuKōjin OchiJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
Lü Bu's legs break from the full might of Thor's attack and his trusty steed, Red Hare, appears to support Lü Bu, but the fight is decided when Lü Bu's weapon breaks and Randgriz returns to her normal form. Defeated, Lü Bu rejoices at having finally fought a worthy opponent. Thor then beheads Lü Bu with his hammer, sealing the first victory for the gods.
55"File No.00000000001"Yasutaka YamamotoKazuyuki FudeyasuYasutaka YamamotoJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
After Lü Bu's death, his army led by Chen Gong and Red Hare charge at Thor, who kills them in respect for his fallen opponent. Göll, the youngest of the valkyries, learn from Brunhilde that both Lü Bu and Randgriz's souls were destroyed, thus they can't be revived. Angry that Brunhilde does not show any sadness for their sister's fate, Göll reprimands her, but Brunhilde yells at her stating that you can't slay a god if you act sad. Brunhilde chooses Adam, the father of all mankind as the human representative for the second match, but while Shiva, the strongest Hindu god was originally chosen as his opponent, Zeus steps in and assumes his place, much to Brunhilde's surprise.
66"Great Emulation"
Transcription: "Karei Naru Mohō" (Japanese: 華麗なる模倣)
Kōjin OchiKazuyuki FudeyasuMasao ŌkuboJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
Zeus convinces Shiva to give up his turn to Zeus and Adam is equipped with a knuckleduster with the spirit of the seventh Valkyrie, Reginleif, while Zeus decides to fight barehanded. Zeus have the advantage at first, until Adam uses his enhanced perception to dodge and copy all of the enemy's attacks, astonishing the crowd when he starts fighting back and brings Zeus to fall to the ground.
77"Expelled from Paradise"
Transcription: "Rakuen Tsuihō" (Japanese: 楽園追放)
Masahito OtaniKazuyuki FudeyasuKōjin OchiJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
As Adam keeps overpowering Zeus, Brunhilde comments Adam's strength comes from his rancor, his hatred for the gods, revealing that both he and his wife Eve were banished from paradise after Eve was falsely accused of eating the forbidden fruit, accepting their exile after killing The Serpent for incriminating Eve after she refused his advances. Just as the battle is almost decided, Zeus shows his true form and Adam stops attacking upon realizing the danger.
88"Grace Abounding"
Transcription: "Afureru Ai" (Japanese: あふれる愛)
Shin'ya UneKazuyuki FudeyasuMasao ŌkuboJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
Zeus assumes his ultimate form, Adamas form, and evens the odds against Adam. However, Adam eventually adapts to his opponent's strength and regains the upper hand, but just before Adam deals the finishing blow on Zeus, he dies from exhaustion, his soul vanishing along Reginleif's. Despite defeated again, the humans on the audience celebrate Adam's example and express their will to defy the gods and win the Ragnarok. For the third match, Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea is chosen to fight for the gods' side, while an elderly Kojiro Sasaki appears as his opponent.
99"Tyrant of the Ocean"
Transcription: "Taikai no Bōkun" (Japanese: 大海の暴君)
Hirokazu YamadaKazuyuki FudeyasuMasao ŌkuboJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
Poseidon begins the third match against Kojiro Sasaki equipped with a sword with the spirit of the valkyrie Hrist but neither take a step, as Kojiro fails to look for any opening in Poseidon's defense and realizes that he will be killed should he attacks carelessly. After Brunhilde tells the story of how Poseidon killed his older brother Adamas for deeming him a coward, Kojiro gives up from taking the first move against Poseidon and sits on the ground.
1010"Greatest Loser"
Transcription: "Saikyō no Haisha" (Japanese: 最強の敗者)
Akira ManoKazuyuki FudeyasuYasutaka YamamotoJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
After the story of how he perfected his skills just by his training is revealed, Kojiro provokes Poseidon and evades all of his attacks, until his opponent starts dealing blows too fast for him to dodge completely.
1111"The Swallow Gazes into the Abyss"
Transcription: "Tsubame ga Mita Shin'en" (Japanese: 燕が見た深淵)
Kōjin OchiKazuyuki FudeyasuKōjin OchiJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
Poseidon eventually steps up his attacks against Kojiro, injurying him and eventually breaking his sword in two. After reminisicing about his famous encounter with Miyamoto Musashi, Kojiro decides to keep fighting and the broken sword is reforged into two new swords, reflecting Hrist's dual persona and turns the tables against his opponent.
1212"And Ragnarok Goes On"
Transcription: "Soshite Ragunaroku wa Tsuzuku" (Japanese: そしてラグナロクはつづく)
Kōjin Ochi
Toshikatsu Tokoro
Kazuyuki FudeyasuMasao ŌkuboJune 17, 2021 (2021-06-17)
Poseidon decides to stop trying to outsmart Kojiro and attacks him with fast and direct strikes, albeit much faster. However, Kojiro uses all of his skills to counter Poseidon's moves and slices him in four, winning the match. Both humans and gods are surprised with mankind's first win. Zeus admits that mankind is indeed strong and that Brunhilde truly intends to defeat the gods, thus they need to take Ragnarok seriously and decides to send another Greek god to enact their revenge. Hercules is chosen as their representative for the fourth match, while Brunhilde sends Jack the Ripper against him, which astonishes the entire audience due to the latter's reputation as mankind's most devious murderer.

Season 2 (2023-present)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
131"Good vs. Evil"
TBATBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)
142"The Indomitable War God"
TBATBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)
153"Birth of a Monster"
TBATBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)
164"The Final Labor"
TBATBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)
175"Requiem"TBATBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)
186"Conflicting Motives"
TBATBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)
197"Hundred Seals"
TBATBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)
208"The Pinnacle of 1116"
TBATBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)
219"Resonance"
TBATBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)
2210"The Brink"
TBATBATBAJanuary 26, 2023 (2023-01-26)

ReceptionEdit

Record of Ragnarok ranked 5th on Takarajimasha's Kono Manga ga Sugoi! 2019 ranking of Top 20 manga series for male readers.[58] The series ranked 5th on the "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2018".[59] It placed 12th on the "Nationwide Bookstore Employees' Recommended Comics of 2020".[60] In 2019, the manga ranked 20th on the 5th Next Manga Awards in the Print category.[61] As of March 2021, the manga had over 6 million copies in circulation.[62] As of June 2021, the manga had over 7 million copies in circulation.[63] As of December 2021, the manga had over 9 million copies in circulation.[64]

In October 2020, Rajan Zed, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism Rajan, made a statement addressed to Coamix, criticizing the depiction of Hindu deities in manga and urged the company "not to trivialize Lord Shiva and other highly revered Hindu gods and goddesses in its manga publications".[65] The anime received backlash for its depiction of Shiva by a large group of Indian Americans, calling the series "highly disturbing to them" as it trivializes the deity.[66] To avoid further criticism, Netflix altered the trailer to remove Shiva, and later removed the anime itself from its streaming library in India.[67][68][69]

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