A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
There are a lot of character backstories on historical figures and cultures that could spark interest, however these accounts are highly fictional.
Humanity fighting for survival, selflessness, and pride are themes.
Positive Role Models
Adam has no hatred towards his enemies; he only wants to fight on behalf of humanity to protect his family and descendants.
Record of Ragnarok is a Japanese series. The series takes place in a supernatural otherworldly arena. The cast is made up of various historical figures and gods from across many different cultures. Male and female characters are featured; however, all the combatants are male. Many of the background characters appear to be from a wide variety of ethnicities.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of fantasy violence (physical altercations, weapons, dead bodies, blood, dismemberment, decapitation). There are many extreme action sequences as characters fight to the death inside a colosseum style arena. One scene shows giants eating people. Another shows multiple people skewered on a large wooden stake. A character gets their head decapitated by a large hammer.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is some nudity and sexual references throughout. One character is shown naked with their backside exposed. Aphrodite is depicted as a woman with a very large chest, two stone men appear to be holding up each of her breasts. Aphrodite's breasts are used as a running gag, they frequently bounce and blow in the wind in an exaggerated manner.
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Language includes "idiot," "hell," "bastard," "asses," "f--k."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Record of Ragnarok is an action anime series based on the Record of Ragnarok manga series. The series centers around humanity's fight for survival in arena combat against a pantheon of gods. Expect to see lots of graphic fantasy violence and scary imagery (physical altercations, weapons, dead bodies, blood, dismemberment, decapitation). Characters fight to the death in extreme action sequences and are often killed in brutal combat. There is some nudity and sexual references throughout. One character is constantly nude with their backside exposed. Another shows their cleavage and makes sexually suggestive comments about being excited. Language includes "idiot," "hell," "bastard," "asses," and "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
Despite the over-the-top premise this action anime fails to deliver -- it's plagued by poor pacing, bland characters and a confusing plot. Record of Ragnarok is a show about bloody arena combat. The story is nonsensical, jumps around a lot and there isn't much to take away from the plot. The show starts off with a council of gods deciding humanity must face them in combat if they want a chance at survival. Then in the next sequence we're already witnessing the combat with no explanations about what is going on. Why were these figures chosen to represent humanity? How are they picked from throughout history? How did they get here? Why are they strong enough to fight deities? How do they feel about this situation? Most of these questions go unanswered or are only briefly touched upon. Instead, the focus tries to be all about the action, but even that fails.
Constant cutaways in the middle of combat to show the reactions of unnecessary side characters and combatant flashbacks completely ruin the flow of the action. Many of the characters are uninteresting and flat, they feel like they're only there as punching bags for their opponents. The art and animation are good when done right. Unfortunately, there are many still shots that make the show feel more like a visual novel rather than a proper anime. Overall, Record of Ragnarok doesn't offer anything that other anime series don't already do better.
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