The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar

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The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar
The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar, volume 1.png
The cover of the first light novel volume.
百錬の覇王と聖約の戦乙女
(Hyakuren no Haō to Seiyaku no Valkyria)
Light novel
Written by Seiichi Takayama
Illustrated by Yukisan
Published by Hobby Japan
English publisher
Demographic Male
Imprint HJ Bunko
Original run August 1, 2013 – present
Volumes 16 (List of volumes)
Manga
Written by Chany
Published by Hobby Japan
Demographic Shōnen
Imprint HJ Comics
Original run 2015 – present
Volumes 4 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Kōsuke Kobayashi
Produced by Daiki Meguro
Takaya Ibira
Makoto Kuwabara
Hideyuki Saida
Kenji Gotou
Masaaki Yokota
Written by Natsuko Takahashi
Music by Kouta Yokoseki
Studio EMT Squared
Licensed by
Original network Tokyo MX, BS11, AT-X
English network
Original run July 8, 2018 – present
Episodes 12
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The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar (Japanese: 百錬の覇王と聖約の戦乙女ヴァルキュリア, Hepburn: Hyakuren no Haō to Seiyaku no Varukyuria, literally "Well-tempered high king and valkyrie of covenant") is a Japanese light novel series written by Seiichi Takayama and illustrated by Yukisan. The series is published in English by J-Novel Club. Chany is serializing a manga adaptation on Hobby Japan's website. An anime television series adaptation by EMT Squared premiered on July 8, 2018.

Plot[edit]

Yuuto Suoh is a normal high school student who is knowledgeable about urban legends. In order to prove one of these legends, he and his childhood friend Mitsuki Shimoya visit a local shrine nearby. However, while using his smartphone to take a picture of himself next to the shrine's divine mirror, he find himself mysteriously transported to another world called Yggdrasil.

This new world he arrives in is heavily steeped in Norse mythology. He also finds that many people fight each other over land domination. Yuuto is later taken in by the so-called Wolf Clan, a group of people with weak military tactics. Using the knowledge of military tactics he gained from school and his smartphone, he gradually makes the Wolf Clan rise to prominence. In turn, he also gains the affection of a group of magic-wielding warrior maidens known as the Einherjar.

Characters[edit]

Wolf Clan[edit]

Yuuto Suoh (周防勇斗, Suō Yuuto)
Voiced by: Kōdai Sakai[1] (Japanese); Brandon McInnis[2] (English)
A high school student who accidentally transported himself to the world of Yggdrasil when he took a selfie in front of a divine mirror. Afterwards, he became the patriarch of the Wolf Clan and used his knowledge of the 21st century to update their Bronze Age technology. Despite not having any unique abilities, he has proven himself to be an excellent commander, imitating tactics from famous conquerers from his world. However, he doesn't fully recognize his own worth and considers his military tactics to be mere "cheats".
Felicia (フェリシア, Ferishia)
Voiced by: Rie Suegara[1] (Japanese); Bryn Apprill[2] (English)
One of the Wolf Clan's Einherjars and Yuuto's sworn younger sister. She fights using a whip and her rune allows her to move at super human speeds. She also securely harbors a crush on Yuuto, taking every opportunity to seduce him with her beauty.
Sigrun (ジークルーネ, Jīkurūne)
Voiced by: Arisa Date[1] (Japanese); Amanda Lee[2] (English)
One of the Wolf Clan's Einherjars and Yuuto's sworn daughter. She fights using a katana given to her by Yuuto and her rune enhances her strength. She greatly admires Yuuto, desiring his praise and causing her to be very protective of him. This eventually causes her to develop feelings for him.
Ingrid (イングリット, Inguritto)
Voiced by: Maki Kawase[1] (Japanese); Felecia Angelle[2] (English)
One of the Wolf Clan's Einherjars and Yuuto's sworn daughter. Her rune gives her master-class blacksmith skills. She has a crush on Yuuto and often misinterprets the meaning behind his words as him wanting to have intercourse with her.
Jorgen (ヨルゲン, Yorugen)
Voiced by: Satoshi Tsuruoka (Japanese); Bryan Massey[3] (English)

Horn Clan[edit]

Linnea (リネーア, Rinēa)
Voiced by: Kanon Takao[4] (Japanese); Jad Saxton[2] (English)
The patriarch of the Horn Clan who became Yuuto's sworn younger sister after her clan was conquered by the Wolf Clan. She is a hereditary patriarch, which is illegal in the technocratic Yggdrasil. Considering herself unworthy to lead, she proposed to marry Yuuto and unify their clans with him as patriarch. Despite her proposal being diplomatic, she eventually develops a genuine affection for him.
Rasmus (ラスムス, Rasumusu)
Voiced by: Takaki Ōtomari (Japanese); Aaron Roberts[3] (English)

Claw Clan[edit]

Albertina (アルベルティーナ, Aruberutīna)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki[5] (Japanese); Monica Rial[3] (English)
One of the princesses of the Claw Clan and the older twin sister of Christina. In contrast to her sister, she is innocent and slow-minded. She is an Einherjar who's rune allows her to move at superhuman speeds and conceal her presence a little, making her an excellent assassin. She became Yuuto sworn daughter merely because her sister did so as well.
Christina (クリスティーナ, Kurisutīna)
Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu[5] (Japanese); Kate Bristol[3] (English)
One of the princesses of the Claw Clan and the younger twin sister of Albertina. In contrast to her sister, she is mischievous and intelligent. She is an Eingerjar who's rune allows her to conceal her presence and increase her speed a little, which, along with her information gathering skills, makes her an excellent spy. She became Yuuto's sworn daughter due to her respecting his leadership skills.

Lightning Clan[edit]

Steinthor (ステインソール, Suteinsōru)
Voiced by: Atsushi Tamaru (Japanese); Daman Mills[6] (English)
The current patriarch of the Lightning Clan as well as it's Einherjar. He wields a huge hammer and possesses two runes: enhanced physical abilities and the ability to destroy anything he touches. However, his commanding skills are poor. Because of his abilities, he is very confidant to the point to arrogance. He grows interested in Yuuto and eventually develops a rivalry with him.

Hoof Clan[edit]

YNGVI
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (Japanese); Christopher R. Sabat[3] (English)
The former patriarch of the Hoof Clan. He was killed by Sigrun during the Hoof Clan's battle against the Wolf and Horn Clans.

21st Century[edit]

Mitsuki Shimoya (志百家美月, Shimoya Mitsuki)
Voiced by: Aya Uchida[1] (Japanese); Lara Woodhull[2] (English)
Yuuto's childhood friend whom he has a crush on. She is able to call Yuuto using the phone he still possesses while he is close to the divine mirror that summoned him to Yggdrasil.

Media[edit]

Light novel[edit]

The light novels are written by Seiichi Takayama and illustrated by Yukisan. Hobby Japan published the first novel in August 2013.[7] Digital publisher J-Novel Club licensed the series for an English release, and published the first four chapters on January 27, 2018.[7]

Volumes[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 August 1, 2013[8]ISBN 9784798606545March 17, 2018[9]
2 November 1, 2013[8]ISBN 9784798607047May 28, 2018[10]
3 February 1, 2014[8]ISBN 9784798607474September 3, 2018[11]
4 May 1, 2014[8]ISBN 9784798608129
5 September 1, 2014[8]ISBN 9784798608716
6 November 1, 2014[8]ISBN 9784798609102
7 February 28, 2015[8]ISBN 9784798609560
8 July 1, 2015[8]ISBN 9784798610436
9 December 1, 2015[8]ISBN 9784798611099
10 March 1, 2016[8]ISBN 9784798611877
11 July 1, 2016[8]ISBN 9784798612553
12 November 1, 2016[8]ISBN 9784798613215
13 July 1, 2017[8]ISBN 9784798614762
14 November 1, 2017[8]ISBN 9784798615622
15 March 31, 2018[8]ISBN 9784798616742
16 June 30, 2018[8]ISBN 9784798617220

Manga[edit]

A manga adaptation by Chany is serialized on Hobby Japan's website since 2015.[7]

Volumes[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 October 27, 2015[12]ISBN 978-4798611044
2 July 27, 2016[13]ISBN 978-4798612607
3 June 27, 2017[14]ISBN 978-4798614540
4 June 27, 2018[15]ISBN 978-4798617176

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation premiered on July 8, 2018,[a] and will be broadcast on Tokyo MX and BS11.[16][18] The series is directed by Kōsuke Kobayashi and written by Natsuko Takahashi, with animation by studio EMT Squared.[19] Mariko Ito serves as the series' character designer and also as chief animation director alongside Miyako Yatsu.[19] Aya Uchida will perform the opening theme song "Bright way", and petit milady will perform the ending theme song "Sekaijū ga Koi o Suru Yoru".[5][20] The series is simulcast by Crunchyroll, who also co-produced the series.[21] Funimation will simuldub the series.[22] The series will run for 12 episodes.[23]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title[b] Original air date
1 "The Oath of the Chalice"
"Sakazuki no Chikai" (盃の誓い) 
July 8, 2018
Yuuto Suoh, a young man who was transported to the world of Yggdrasil and became the patriarch of the Wolf Clan, leads his people into war with the Horn Clan alongside one of his Einherjars, Felicia. Using phalanx formations, which Yuuto knows about due to his knowledge of the 21st Century, the Wolf Clan overpowers the Horn Clan. The battle ends in the Wolf Clan's victory when another their Einherjars, Sigrun, captures the Horn Clan's patriarch, Linnea. Yuuto then threatens to burn the Horn Clan's capital to force her to become his sworn little sister, making her his vassal. After the battle, Yuuto contacts his childhood friend, Mitsuki Shimoya, in the 21st Century using the cellphone he still possesses. Later, Yuuto and Linnea attend a ceremony where she becomes his sworn little sister. However, Yuuto then receives news that the Horn Clan is being invaded by the Hoof Clan, prompting him to come to their aid. 
2 "Tactics of the Wolf"
"Ōkami no Senjutsu" (狼の戦術) 
July 15, 2018
The Wolf Clan agrees to aid the Horn Clan in their conflict with the Hoof Clan. Yuuto has Sigrun perform nightly cavalry raids on the Hoof Clan's camps, depriving them of sleep and causing them to be exhausted during the battle. The Hoof Clan's patriarch, YNGVI, attempts to flank the Wolf Clan's phalanx formations, but he is intercepted by Sigrun and killed. Thus ending the battle with the Wolf and Horn Clan's victory. Later, Linnea reveals that she is hereditary patriarch, which is illegal in the technocratic Yggdrasil. Believing herself unworthy to lead, she proposes to marry Yuuto, uniting their Clans with him as patriarch. However, despite Felicia going over the advantages of this, Yuuto cannot bring himself to accept. Later, a young man arrives at the Wolf Clan's capital. 
3 "Twin Runes and Twin Sisters"
"Sō mon to futago" (双紋と双子) 
July 22, 2018
The Wolf and Horn Clans celebrate their victory over the Hoof Clan when Steinthor, the patriarch of the Lightning Clan as well as an Einherjar with two runes and the murderer of the Horn Clan's previous patriarch, arrives unannounced. He and Yuuto have a brief face-to-face after which he peacefully leaves. After the celebration, Yuuto contacts Mitsuki, who scolts him for not calling in for such a long time. Later, Yuuto is visited by twin princesses of the Claw Clan, Albertina and Christina, who came to him with a marriage proposal. However, Yuuto rejects them and Christina reveals that it just a test. She then reveals that she and her sister wish to become his sworn daughters as they had deemed him to be the greatest patriarch in Yggdrasil. 
4 "Steel Is Tempered One Hundred Times"
"Hyakuren seikō" (百錬成鋼) 
July 29, 2018
Yuuto and Felicia visit a Horn Clan city, escorted by Albertina and Christina. The city's inhabitants were unwilling to accept their subjection by the Wolf Clan and refused to execute their policies. Luckily, Linnea was there and convinced the people to try crop change. Linnea later confronts Yuuto about her marriage proposal, which he respectfully rejects. When asked why, he tells her about him being from the 21st Century and that he has a crush on Mitsuki. He is then informed that the Lightning Clan is preparing for war against the Wolf Clan. While Albertina and Christina volunteer to spy on the Lighning Clan, Yuuto does research on Steinthor and learns that he is actually a "brave fool" who can only use brute force, causing him to vow not to lose to him. 
5 "The Lion That Devours the Tiger"
"Tora o kuu shishi" (虎を食う獅子) 
August 5, 2018
The battle between the Wolf and the Lightning Clan begins. The Wolf Clan initially has the adventage with their superior weapons and strategies. Until Steinthor single-handedly turns the tide when he overpowers Sigrun and breaks through the Wolf Clan's phalanx formations, forcing them to retreat. He gives chase and eventually catches up with Yuuto at a river where he fights the Wolf and Horn Clan's Einherjars by himself. While Steinthor is able to hold him own, he and the Lighning Clan are defeated when they get caught in a flood wave caused by Linnea destroying a dam. Yuuto notes that Steinthor was foolish to rely only on his own strength and believes him to be dead. However, he actually survived, but with his army annihilated he is forced to admit defeat. 
6 "Valkyrie's Day Off"
"Sen'otome no kyūjitsu" (戦乙女の休日) 
August 12, 2018
Following the war against the Lighning Clan, Yuuto agrees to take a vacation with Linnea and the Wolf Clan's Einherjars. However, it turned into a disaster when they all try to use the opportunity to seduce him. After the vacation, Sigrun receives a new katana from the Wolf Clan's blacksmith, Ingrid, to replace the one she lost while fighting Steinthor. However, this doesn't erase her shame for losing it in the first place, until Yuuto returns it to her after he found it on a market. Later, the Wolf Clan receives a huge profit by selling glass cups Ingrid made using Yuuto's instructions, which he then uses to fund free education. 

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The series is listed to have premiered on July 7 at 25:30, which is the same as July 8 at 1:30 AM.[16][17]
  2. ^ All English episode titles are taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Mike McFarland on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-07-29. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Our Summer 2018 SimulDub lineup is just for you!". Funimation. June 21, 2018. Retrieved July 30, 2018. 
  4. ^ "The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Anime Reveals Cast Replacement, Teaser Video". Anime News Network. May 9, 2018. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c Pineda, Rafael Antonio (April 2, 2018). "The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Anime Adds Cast, Theme Song Artists". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Daman Mills on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved August 11, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b c Hodgkins, Crystalyn (January 28, 2018). "J-Novel Club Licenses The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Novel". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "百錬の覇王と聖約の戦乙女". Hobby Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  9. ^ "The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar: Volume 1". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  10. ^ "The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar: Volume 2". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 1, 2018. 
  11. ^ "The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar: Volume 3". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 8, 2018. 
  12. ^ "百錬の覇王と聖約の戦乙女 1 (HJコミックス)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  13. ^ "百錬の覇王と聖約の戦乙女2 (ホビージャパンコミックス)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  14. ^ "百錬の覇王と聖約の戦乙女3 (ホビージャパンコミックス)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  15. ^ "百錬の覇王と聖約の戦乙女(4)". Amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved May 28, 2018. 
  16. ^ a b "The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjer Releases New Visual". MANGA.TOKYO. May 18, 2018. Retrieved May 18, 2018. 
  17. ^ "ON AIR". hyakuren-anime.com (in Japanese). Retrieved May 18, 2018. 
  18. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (May 1, 2018). "The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Anime to Replace Yurie Funato as Linnea's Voice". Anime News Network. Retrieved May 1, 2018. 
  19. ^ a b Pineda, Rafael Antonio (March 8, 2018). "The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Light Novels Get TV Anime". Anime News Network. Retrieved March 8, 2018. 
  20. ^ Pineda, Rafael Antonio (June 14, 2018). "Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Anime's Promo Video Previews Opening Song". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 14, 2018. 
  21. ^ Luster, Joseph (May 19, 2018). "Crunchyroll to Simulcast "ISLAND," "To Be Heroine," and "The Master of Ragnarök & Blesser of Einherjar"". Crunchyroll. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  22. ^ Ressler, Karen (June 21, 2018). "Crunchyroll, Funimation to Stream Attack on Titan 3, Overlord III, How NOT to Summon A Demon Lord, Angels of Death". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 21, 2018. 
  23. ^ "BD/DVD". 

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