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Why Chaos And Matthew Can't Be Best Friends (Ragnarok Manhwa)?

Friday, February 28, 2014 No comments:
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How can Chaos and Matthew from Ragnarok: Into The Abyss manhwa be best friends? What is so unbelievable and wrong about this? Why can't those 2 be best friends?

The aforementioned graphic novel first reveals that Matthew and Chaos are apparently best friends in Volume 7. This was when Himmelmez makes the protagonist fight against his supposed best friend.

Chaos refuses to fight and hurt Matthew by virtue of the supposed fact that they were apparently best friends.

As such, he lets himself get hurt without fighting back or defending himself against the onslaught of the blows. What's wrong with the aforementioned scene? To answer that question, let's go to where we are first introduced to Matthew. This in Volume 2 of the comic.

During the scenes centered in the city of Fayon, we know that Matthew and Chaos know each other because this is what we are shown as we read the graphic novel. However, there is absolutely no indication at all that the 2 are close friends, much less best friends.

In fact, they come across as casual acquaintances at best with the way they hardly interacted with each other during the Fayon scenes. There is nothing particular that stands out and makes one think that 'Chaos and Matthew are really close and they are such good friends'.

We only ever see an indication of their supposed best friends status when we get a flashback in Volume 7. Even that flashback wasn't able to show their supposed friendship, not to the fullest extent anyway.

In short, it's really not believable that those 2 are best friends especially when you take into consideration the apparent fact that Chaos didn't seem all that affected by Matthew's death. Sure, he was sad that the guy died. But he was also sad when Peony Irine, the 2 children and the other people of Fayon died.

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He wasn't even shown properly mourning the death of his supposed best friend. After the Fayon scenes are over, we never see Chaos mention Matthew's name ever again.

Is that how a best friend is supposed to act? Why wasn't he affected by Matthew's death if they're really supposed to be close?

It's only now that he's facing Himmelmez and that he's being made to fight Matthew that he mentions the guy and tells us how they're supposedly best friends and this is the reason why he can't hurt the man. Doesn't this sound contrived and convenient for plot purposes (like the only reason this entire thing happened was so false drama could be created)?

Besides, we already know that Matthew is long dead and yet Chaos refuses to destroy the creature that looks like the guy. Why is that? Whether he kills this version of Matthew or not, it won't bring back the guy, so what difference does it make?

When things are seen with this kind of perspective, this whole scene with the main character having to fight his supposed best friend really seems contrived. Do you think that Chaos' supposed friendship with Matthew and how the 2 are supposedly best friends is believable or is this just something that has been made up on the spot (or so it seems) for plot-related purposes?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by mikanxsakura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to represent Chaos and Matthew who are supposedly best friends because the 2 figures in said image appear to be best friends as well
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

Why Does Fenris Fenrir Like Chaos (Ragnarok Manhwa)?

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 No comments:
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This post is also known as, "What is Fenris Fenrir's relationship with Balder?" From reading Ragnarok: Into The Abyss manhwa, we know that she apparently likes Chaos. But do we ever get a reason as to why this is so?

Chaos, the resident main character of this comic, is the reincarnation of the god Balder, so, if Fenris likes Balder, then it stands to reason that she would like Chaos as well.

The main summary of the very first volume of the graphic novel tells us that she is searching for Balder's reincarnation because he is apparently the key to making sure that Ragnarok happens. It makes it sound like a great part of the manhwa will be devoted to Fenris Fenrir and her search for Chaos except that's not true at all because she and the main character soon meet up and she didn't seem to have had that much of a problem trying to find Balder's reincarnation.

In this regard, the comic's summary could be said to be quite is definitely misleading. Honestly, I think that scenario could have been very interesting especially since Fenris is one of the better characters in this series (yes, way better than Chaos. It's really too bad that she isn't the main protagonist of this story).
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Another thing to ask about the summary is why is it Fenris' job to search for Chaos? Why couldn't this task be entrusted to someone else? Was it necessary that she be the one to look for Balder? For instance, couldn't the Norns, or even his mother Frigg, be the one to tell the protagonist all about his destiny and the task that lies before him?

After all, both Frigg and Skuld (one of the 3 Norns, specifically the Norn of the future) appeared before Chaos to tell him things and neither seemed to have any problems in doing so. It thus stands to reason that either of them could have been the one to tell the main character about his past life as a god.

The reason that Fenrir was the one who went in search of Balder could very well be because she apparently likes him. We can see an implication of this in Volume 2, Chapter 7, wherein Fenris and Chaos finally meet up and we see her hugging the latter and even crying.

This is where readers begin to wonder as to the past relationship between the 2. It's quite interesting to think and wonder about the possibility of them being lovers in the past. However, unfortunately, it seems that this is all that we will get in terms of being shown about their relationship.

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Later volumes appear to indicate that Fenris likes the protagonist though we are never given any reason as to why this is so. What is so likable about Chaos? Why does she like him so much?

What is it about his character and his personality that makes him so dear to the woman? We don't know because the graphic novel says nothing about this. It looks like we're just expected to believe that the woman likes the hero and that's that.

After all, we don't even get a flashback as to what happened a thousand years ago, which could indicate the reason why our female protagonist likes the main character so much.

This can be quite disappointing. However, what might be more disappointing is how we are told (told, instead of shown and not even in the manhwa proper itself) in one of the extras in Volume 6 (where we get a preview of her unwanted and unexplained makeover) how Fenris Fenrir's love for Balder is actually unrequited.

We are even told how tragic this is and how she ended up sacrificing her life for Balder before (not that we ever get an explanation as to how that came about). Say what? Do you think that's believable? We don't even know what she likes about him. But, if he doesn't like her, then why does she still like him so much?

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This brings us back to the reason why Fenris Fenrir went in search of Balder. It's easy to see why she would do this if she likes Chaos and he likes her back.

But if her love is unrequited, then it's harder to see why she would bother looking for him. Why would she do that if she'll just get hurt again?

Furthermore, wouldn't it have been more interesting if it had turned out that she and Balder were actually together in the past?

This can be a good reason as to why she would go looking for the god's reincarnation as she would want to help him remember their past together and regain his lost memories.

As it is, it sounds like the only reason Chaos apparently doesn't like Fenris is so he could choose Iris Irine over her, which is unfortunate because Iris comes across as an annoying nuisance pretty much a lot of the time. What do you think?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Anzel-X (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Said image is meant to represent Fenris Fenrir since the figure has long hair and even has a staff as her weapon
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

Why Does Loki Help Chaos (Ragnarok Manhwa)?

Saturday, February 22, 2014 No comments:
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What reasons does Loki have in wanting to help out Chaos in Ragnarok: Into The Abyss manhwa?

This post is also known as "why and how does Loki suddenly end up being friends with Chaos and joining the protagonist's group?" The validity of the aforementioned question knows no bounds.

In order to easily be able to understand things, let's recap the events that have just transpired in the comic between Chaos and Loki.

Thanks to a misunderstanding caused by Skurai (let's not get into the ridiculousness of such a misunderstanding now as that's discussed in this post), Loki ended up believing that Chaos was the one who destroyed his beloved Assassins' Guild.
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Readers know that the resident main character is innocent, but Loki is convinced of his guilt. When the 2 first meet, they end up fighting because of this. Skurai soon ends up joining the fight, but nothing is resolved as our heroes end up being imprisoned by the guards of Prontera and Loki and Skurai run off.

Later on, in Volume 5, we are surprised to see Loki showing up to help Chaos and his friends by giving their weapons back to them. The question 'why' does not begin to cover the craziness of this scene as Loki then suddenly says that he wants to join their group.

What in the world is going on? How did that happen? Why does Loki suddenly want to join the main characters? Didn't he want to destroy Chaos and make him pay for what the latter did to the Assassins' Guild? Didn't he want revenge for what had happened (never mind the fact that Chaos is innocent; we know that, but Loki doesn't)?

Loki isn't supposed to know the truth about this yet. If he does know the truth, then how does he suddenly know? Nothing is ever clarified, so we don't know for sure if Loki has found out who really destroyed the Assassins' Guild.

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Needless to say, because of that, this scene comes across as very unbelievable especially when you consider how the assassin was so mad at the protagonist just a few pages prior to that.

How does he go from wanting to get rid of the main character to wanting to help him? That doesn't make sense in the least.

Rather, that just adds to making this scene seem really contrived because there is just no rhyme or reason as to why and how this could have happened.

It's like this particular scene is just an excuse and it only happened so that Loki could join the group already. The really sad part is how we don't get anymore explanations. We get nothing satisfactory at all and it's like we're just expected to suspend our disbelief and start getting used to the fact that the assassin is now a part of the group of heroes and that's that. Unfortunately, that doesn't make this any less unbelievable.

Later on, we see how Loki and Chaos are starting to become good friends. Even though the 2 have some good dynamics with how they banter and act around each other, it's still so hard to believe that they're becoming friends because there is still the looming question of why and how this could have happened.

Perhaps if the 2 had actually talked to clear up the misunderstanding between them, then things would have been far more believable. Speaking of talking, how come Chaos isn't asking Loki about the whole Dragon Knights thing?

During the extremely and unbearably long fight scene between those 2, the protagonist wanted to know about the Dragon Knights so badly that he kept bugging the assassin about it.

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This is in spite of the fact that he could have asked Fenris Fenrir about this instead since she clearly knows all about this, having just explained some things for the benefit of Iris Irine and the readers.

And yet, now that the 2 men are working together and being all friendly with each other, why is it that Chaos isn't asking anymore questions about this?

It's almost like he just forgot all about the Dragon Knights. But why? Why wouldn't he take the opportunity to ask Loki about this now that it didn't seem like the assassin wanted to kill him?

Why do you think Loki suddenly wanted to help Chaos and join his group? Do you think it was believable that the assassin and the main character suddenly became friends? Do you think we should have gotten more of an explanation about all this?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by lilie-morhiril (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Figure in the image is meant to represent Loki because it looks like said figure is offering to help someone by way of his outstretched hand
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

What's Wrong With Skurai's Plan To Fight Chaos (Ragnarok Manhwa)?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 No comments:
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Skurai wants to fight Chaos in Ragnarok: Into The Abyss manhwa. Just what is so wrong and what doesn't make sense about the plan that he came up with?

First, let's take a look at the reason why Skurai wants to fight Chaos. According to the character handbook of Volume 5, after Skurai met Chaos in Fayon, he now apparently wants his blood.

This is very much unbelievable though because we never see any indication of this whatsoever. If you look back on the scenes in Fayon involving Skurai, you can see that the swordsman was only ever interested in Lord Irine and Sara Irine.

He was even shown attacking those 2. But we never see him pay even the slightest bit of attention to Chaos. So, how could he possibly be interested in fighting the graphic novel's resident protagonist?
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Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the comic has any plans of answering that question anytime soon (or at all) as it appears that it just wants us to believe what it says without question. Sigh. Let's just move on to the next thing that the character handbook tells (yes, tells and not shows) us.

It now adds that, apparently, Skurai tricked Loki into going after Chaos by destroying the Assassins' Guild and blaming it on the main character. That doesn't make an ounce of sense though because the swordsman wouldn't have been in the guild's headquarters if he hadn't been brought there by Odin's Beholders.

In fact, in reading the manhwa itself, we can see how it was Odin's Beholders who convinced Skurai to decimate the entirety of the Assassins' Guild, so how can the comic change its mind so easily now and tell us that it was the swordsman's plan all along?

If you think that's not enough unbelievable stuff, don't worry because there's more and it's just as crazy as the aforementioned things, if not more. The 'story so far' continues to tell us about Skurai's plan to fight Chaos. And how very nice of it to tell us things that never happened.

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For starters, if you're wondering why the swordsman doesn't just attack and fight against the manhwa's hero directly instead of having to resort to such an odd and unbelievable plan, this is apparently because Chaos is stronger than Skurai.

To get Loki and Chaos to fight, the swordsman blamed the destruction of the Assassins' Guild on the former. Once the hero has been weakened, Skurai intended to step in so he could fight Chaos and be the one to finish him off. Yeah. So, how believable was that?

Needless to say, this would have been so much more believable if these things didn't just suddenly come from out of nowhere. If we had any indication or even just foreshadowing of what was to come instead of being outright told, then things would have been far more realistic, logical and believable.

More than that though, what makes Skurai's convoluted plan even more unbelievable is the apparent fact that the main character is stronger than him. Sure, it would make sense for the heroes of the story to be strong and powerful.

However, at this point in time, we have seen no indication at all that Chaos is more powerful than Skurai. In fact, all we've seen so far is just how deadly of a fighter the swordsman is. We saw how he single-handedly destroyed the guild and how good and capable he is in wielding his sword, Talatsu.

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As for Chaos, we see that he has potential, but that, as of the moment, that potential hasn't been reached, which is to be expected because we're still in the beginning parts of the story.

As we continue to read the manhwa, we're supposed to see the growth of the main characters as they evolve and develop their personalities and improve their fighting skills and abilities.

It's not supposed to happen all at once or right away, otherwise it would be beyond unbelievable. As such, what makes Skurai say, right now, that Chaos is stronger than him?

Maybe if we were in the latter parts of the plot, this could be believable, but, right now, this just falls flat. What can you say about Skurai's plan to fight Chaos? Do you think it's right that Chaos is apparently already stronger than Skurai?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Rusembell (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to represent Chaos because the figure's hair is messy and spiky
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

What's Not To Like About The Scene Changes In Ragnarok Manhwa?

Sunday, February 16, 2014 No comments:
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There are many scene changes in Ragnarok: Into The Abyss as we move from one part of the story to the next. What can be said to be so annoying and abrupt about these scene changes from the manhwa?

One of the things I've noticed in reading the aforementioned graphic novel is that it likes to shift or change scenes in a very abrupt way.

This is also how it introduces new characters to us, but it does so in such a way that it can seem as if the new character pretty much just appeared out of nowhere while also, at times, making things a bit confusing for the readers.
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For instance, in Volume 1 of the comic, we are first introduced to Fenris Fenrir. So, we're reading about her and seeing her encounter with Sara Irine and trying to find out more information about all this when, seemingly all of a sudden, you turn the page and we are being introduced to 2 new characters (Chaos and Iris Irine).

There's really nothing wrong with that at all. But it would have been much better if there was an indication or a warning of some sort that we're moving or shifting scenes. That would have been much better instead of just bringing us to that new scene right away because it can be quite confusing otherwise. This is especially so if a new character is being introduced.

Another prime example of how confusing these abrupt scene changes can be is on Volume 2, Chapter 14. This is the chapter wherein we are first introduced to Loki as the manhwa brings us to a new place with new characters. The scene before this is with Chaos and the others in Fayon.

The change between scenes was so abrupt that the scene with Loki seemed like a flashback at first, which made things even more confusing. In addition to that, we don't even know when and where this particular scene is taking place. Is this happening at the same time as the event in Fayon? Where exactly is the location of this scene? How far away is this place from where our resident main characters currently are?

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Another thing that warrants answers is exactly what is the point of introducing Loki and the rest of the Assassins' Guild to us at this point in the comic? You really have to wonder as to the importance of these new characters.

After all, if the name Loki wasn't recognizable from Norse Mythology and we were just introduced to some random character, it would seem even more useless and pointless than it is right now.

This is just like when we suddenly got introduced to Lidia, way back in Volume 1, for some unknown reason. It's even more apparent with her because we know absolutely nothing about her. There's also the question of why we had to shift to another scene.

Moreover, if we're just going to move to another scene, then why not move to one where we can see characters that we already know? That would be much better instead of, all of a sudden and seemingly from out of nowhere, being immediately introduced to some new character that we know nothing about.

So, what do you think of the scene changes in the manhwa? Do you think that some of them were really quite abrupt and confusing? Do you wish that these scenes were shown to us in a clearer manner?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Rusembell (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to symbolize the abrupt scene changes in the comic
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

What's To Dislike About The Chaos, Loki, And Skurai Fight (Ragnarok Manhwa)?

Thursday, February 13, 2014 No comments:
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Just what is there to dislike about the Chaos, Loki and Skurai fight in Ragnarok: Into The Abyss? What can be said to be so wrong and even annoying about this scene in the manhwa?

The fight between the 3 aforementioned characters happens in Volume 4 of the comic. One of the first things that can be said about this particular scene is that it's very, very, very long.

Those words might not even be enough to adequately describe things because this fight scene seemed like it would never end. Seriously, it just went on and on and on. It was such a drag.
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We first start with Loki and Chaos fighting one-on-one with each other in Chapter 32 of Volume 4. This fight scene goes on long enough that one has to wonder why our resident main character won't let Fenris Fenrir and Iris Irine help him when he's clearly on the losing side against the assassin.

Seriously, what are the readers supposed to think of our protagonist when he acts like that? Why won't he ask for help and why does he insist on trying to defeat Loki on his own when he's clearly having a hard time? This just prolongs their fight in such an unnecessary way.

Just when you think it can't get any worse, it actually does, because, when we get to Chapter 35 of the same Volume, Skurai shows up seemingly from out of nowhere. Why did he just suddenly show up? And why does he want to take on both Loki and Chaos at the same time? Wasn't his plan to let these 2 fight and then to take on Chaos when the hero's been weakened?

After all, isn't that the whole reason why he destroyed the Assassins' Guild (so he could blame all this on the protagonist, not that that makes sense, but that's what the graphic novel says anyway)? Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we'll be getting any answers to those questions any time soon as the 3 just get on with fighting each other and this scene gets even longer than it already is.

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Now that Chaos is fighting against 2 people, we once again have to wonder why Iris and Fenris aren't helping their friend. Two against one is certainly not fair even if Loki and Skurai are also fighting against each other.

Moreover, if the ladies are so concerned about innocent people dying and getting involved in this fight, then why aren't they doing anything about it?

Why are they so focused on watching this long and never-ending fight instead of helping all the people get away? They could be leading the people out of harm's way. They could ensure that no one will get hurt or get caught up in this 3-way fight.

More than that though, let's take a look at the people of Prontera who are around to watch this really long fight scene. If these people already saw that some of them died because of all the fighting, then what in the world are they still doing here?

Why are they still continuing to watch this annoying fight scene? They should have run away already before they end up getting involved in this and losing their lives. Seriously, what are they waiting for? Why are they watching this aggravating fight?

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This is really something that warrants being asked especially when we later see that a little girl gets in the way of the Chaos, Loki and Skurai fight.

If all these people had left already, then that girl wouldn't have gotten in the way of the fight. After all, even others who weren't near the 3 currently embroiled in this match should have heard the sounds of fighting.

They should have known to get out of the way and not even approach the fighting trio. Is it supposed to be believable that a little girl suddenly shows up from out of nowhere (or so it seems) just to get in the way of the fight?

This just ends up coming across as unbelievable, not to mention contrived. What do you think? What are your thoughts on the fight between Chaos, Loki and Skurai? Do you wish that it ended sooner?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by lilie-morhiril (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to represent Loki since the figure looks tough, strong, and serious
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

Things To Dislike About Iris Irine (Ragnarok Manhwa)?

Monday, February 10, 2014 No comments:
This post is also known as "Changing opinions or thoughts about Iris Irine." What do you think about the character named Iris Irine from Ragnarok: Into The Abyss manhwa? What's there to like and dislike about her? What's your opinion about her? What can you say about her?
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We are first introduced to Iris Irine in Volume 1 of the comic. Initially, we knew absolutely nothing about her except what she looked like and how she was apparently traveling with this guy (Chaos) for one reason or another.

What initially drew me to this character or what got me interested in wanting to know more about her was noticing that she was wearing what appears to be an ankh. If you know Death of The Endless from the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, then you might have recognized said object too.

I thought it was pretty cool that she had that with her. Her ability seemed pretty cool too even though I still didn't know much about her or why and how she could do all these magical things.

However, things soon changed as she seemed to quickly evolve, or maybe the right word is devolve, from a pretty cool character into a whiny, childish and pretty annoying character that was rather hard to like or find interesting. She can come across as really quite annoying with the way she can be so childish. It also seems as if she is merely there for purposes of comic relief, much like Lidia.

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But there are some pretty rare moments where we see Iris Irine shine and become somewhat likable. It's only too bad that these moments don't last. It appears that there is much wasted potential with her.

For instance, in Chapter 11 of Volume 2 where we see Iris being so mature, determined and insistent on wanting to protect her family and her people, she is actually likable and even cool. Unfortunately, this doesn't last.

Later on, we see her eating in what is meant to be a humorous way, but this scene just falls flat because this is pretty much right after her father was killed and the city of Fayon destroyed. As such, shouldn't she still be grieving about her tragic loss? How could she recover so quickly?

It doesn't seem believable for her to be acting like this when she should have been sad about what just happened to her family and her people. With her acting like this, she seems very immature, so much so that, if the traveling trio were a family, she would be the kid with Chaos as the father and Fenris Fenrir as the mother.

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When we see her fighting though, such as during Volume 6 when she and Fenris battled against Bijou and her troll, she is actually pretty cool and even likable.

It's quite unfortunate that she has to be all childish and immature a lot of pretty much all the time.

Of course, this isn't to say that she can't be funny at times.

In fact, she can be pretty funny especially when paired with Lidia such as when you see the two bantering in Volume 8.

If the graphic novel had actually been finished, perhaps we would have seen her evolve into someone more likable. Perhaps we would have seen her become more mature and serious and stop being so childish and annoying although, honestly, it seems more likely that we'll just end up seeing her paired with Chaos, which is a horrible thought. What do you think?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by mikanxsakura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- The figure in the image is meant to represent Iris Irine because said figure can be said to be childish
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

Things To Dislike About The Fight Scenes In Ragnarok Manhwa?

Friday, February 07, 2014 No comments:
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This post is also known as "The pointless fight scenes in Ragnarok: Into The Abyss."

What can be so annoying and aggravating about the numerous fight scenes in the manhwa? For one thing, they can be classified as pointless. The reason is because they do pretty much nothing at all except needlessly prolong the story.

Instead of advancing the plot and letting us readers know what happens next, we keep seeing pages and pages of ongoing fights that serve to tell us nothing much of interest.

Those who like action and fight scenes might not mind the many such scenes in the comic. I'm not too fond of them though even if I don't really mind the fight scenes that we can sometimes see when watching anime shows. The reason is because, when you watch a movie with a fight scene, it doesn't take that much time to show us, the viewers, what happens and how the battle progresses.
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Watching a fight scene can be said to be better than reading about it in a graphic novel because these are shown to us fast enough and they end soon enough that they don't end up stopping the progression of the plot. Being able to see the characters moving and seeing them fully-colored also makes the fight scene more interesting and enjoyable to watch.

This is because we won't have much of a hard time trying to identify their movements and we can see just how they fight against their opponent. On the other hand, fight scenes in comics can appear to be quite slow because it takes several pages to show us what's going on and how the characters are moving and who is attacking and who is defending.

As such, it would be best if fight scenes in graphic novels could be minimal because, really, what's the need to draw these scenes out? Wouldn't this just be a waste of time? Instead of making us read about these pointless fight scenes, we could have been shown more plot-related scenes, which would surely be more interesting.

This is especially the case if we already know or if we can already tell exactly who is going to win. In effect, the plot of the manhwa is being put to a stand still because we have to stop and read about some pointless fight, which is completely unnecessary since we already know what the outcome will be.

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If these fight scenes were shortened or if they were omitted or limited to 1 or 2 pages, then what will we have missed? Will we miss anything of importance if we skipped these fight scenes or if we only read a few pages of them?

Let's take a look at some instances in the Ragnarok manhwa wherein we can see these annoying and pointless fight scenes that never seem to end.

In Volume 3, we see pages of nothing but fight scenes between Loki, the members of the Assassins' Guild that were with him and those who were trying to summon Surt.

Since Loki is one of the main characters, isn't it practically a given already that he isn't going to die and that he and his group are going to win? So, what's the point of prolonging these fights? Don't you wish they were short and to the point instead of being long and drawn out?

In Volumes 4 and 5, we have one of the more annoying and pointless fight scenes in the comic in the form of the fight between Loki, Skurai and Chaos. This particular fight lasted so long, it really seemed like it would never end. Really, it was such a drag. One of the more disappointing things about it is that we hardly find out anything of use.

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Sure, in the beginning we learned a bit about the Dragon Knights, but that's about it as the focus is on the fight between the 3 characters.

I thought at least one of them, like Skurai for instance, would die already, but even that didn't happen. So, what else is the point of having this guy join the fight?

There's also the fight scene between Bijou, her troll, Iris Irine and Fenris Fenrir as well as the fight between Himmelmez, Loki and Chaos, both of which, unfortunately, lasted for quite a while.

If these fight scenes had ended sooner, maybe we could have learned more about the world of Ragnarok. Maybe we could have seen the plot advance and progress and we could have found out more important things about the series.

What do you think about the numerous fight scenes in the manhwa? Do you find them pointless and annoying? Do you wish they were shorter and that the focus should have been more on the plot instead?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Rusembell (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Image of two fighters is meant to represent the many fight scenes in the manhwa
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

Questions And Trivia About Fenris Fenrir (Ragnarok Manhwa)

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 No comments:
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Fenris Fenrir is a character from Ragnarok: Into The Abyss manhwa. She is a very likable person that can also be said to be cool and awesome. What are some of the questions that we can ask about her and what trivia is there about her?

If you've read or been reading the aforementioned comic, then you might have heard that it is actually loosely (this is definitely an understatement) based on Norse Mythology.

Did you know that there is a figure or being in Norse Mythology known as Fenris Fenrir? The two characters might share the same name, but they're both very, very different.
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For starters, the Fenris in the graphic novel is a woman whilst the one in Norse Mythology is actually a male wolf. This wolf is the son of Loki and is actually considered to be an evil, but very powerful, monster.

It has been said that, when Ragnarok (the end of the world) comes, he will kill Odin (the king of the Norse gods) and even swallow the sun. Thankfully, Odin's death will be avenged by his son, Vidar, who will destroy Fenrir. Until that time comes though, he is tightly bound by an unbreakable cord made by the dwarfs. As you can see, the 2 figures are highly different from each other.

This is why those who know about the wolf in Norse Mythology, were no doubt highly surprised and astonished to find out that the likable, cool and awesome woman we met at the beginning of the manhwa actually turned out to be named Fenris Fenrir. It's only natural that there will be many questions about this revelation, foremost of which is why she is a woman and not a male or a wolf?

If this is because the comic is only loosely based on Norse Mythology, then said comic really should have said so. As it is, we get no explanations whatsoever and we just have to go with the apparent fact that the Fenris in the graphic novel is not evil and is actually a very nice and kind woman. These aren't the only questions that we can ask about her though.

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For instance, in Volume 1, Chapter 4, we find out that her memories have been sealed. With this revelation, don't you wonder what she could have been doing before she suddenly remembered all about her past memories?

Furthermore, how did her memories get unsealed in the first place? How did she suddenly remember about Balder and her past life? And where did she get the money to buy the Prophecy Medallion that she intended to use to locate Chaos?

What was her job before she began searching for Balder? And, if this medallion can help her find the main character, then why did Arkana say that she wandered around until she remembered Balder's Temple?

Shouldn't the magic trinket be able to tell her about this temple or something? After she did the weird spell or ritual thing using Balder's sword, does she remember all of her memories and her past now?

Unfortunately for us, none of these intriguing and interesting questions are ever answered. It looks like we just have to forget these or just not think about these things. It's really rather frustrating, isn't it?

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Let's just move on to Volume 2, Chapter 10 before we get any more displeased about this.

In the aforementioned volume and chapter, we see that Fenris Fenrir and Chaos have met up with Iris Irine whilst Sara Irine is busy attacking the city of Fayon.

Fenrir says that none of them are strong enough to take on Sara, which is really quite confusing because she herself had confronted the Valkyrie way back in Volume 1 and she didn't seem to have had any problems at all.

She was able to get away from Sara's clutches and was even able to destroy the Frost Giants that accompanied said Valkyrie. As expected, we don't get any explanations regarding this matter as we just move on to Chapter 12 of the same volume wherein things become even more puzzling.

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This is because of Fenris' seeming disappearance. Those who've read this particular chapter might have noticed that Fenrir isn't being shown right now even though she was with Chaos and the others when Sara ensured that they would all be unable to move.

However, at this point, the only ones we see talking are Lidia, Chaos and Iris. It seems as if Fenris just suddenly disappeared. But where could she be?

Why did she disappear? If she's still there, then why isn't she saying anything? Why isn't she participating in the conversation?

Sigh. No, none of this is ever explained, and, a few pages or so later, we see Fenris again as if she'd never disappeared except she certainly did.

Volume 8 of the manhwa brings us yet something else to ask about Fenrir and this time it's about the Irine sisters, Iris and Sara. We've known this fact (that the aforementioned women are half-sisters) since Volume 2 and Fenris herself should have known about this too.

Remember way back in volume 2 when she saw Iris for the very first time? She noticed right away that Iris looked familiar and she thus recognized her as being related to Sara. The question now is why she is being shown to be surprised to find out that the 2 are sisters when we get to Volume 8? She should already know this. This shouldn't be news to her.

What do you think are the possible answers to all of these questions? What other questions do you want to ask about Fenris Fenrir?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki based on the image by Anzel-X (CC:BY) from deviantArt
- Said image is meant to represent Fenris Fenrir since the figure has long hair, a weapon and appears to be strong and powerful
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget

What's So Crazy About The Summary And Preview Of Volume 5 Of Ragnarok Manhwa?

Saturday, February 01, 2014 No comments:
Volume 4 of Ragnarok: Into The Abyss manhwa includes a short snippet about Volume 5 while there is a blurb at the back of the latter. Just what can be said to be so crazy, frustrating, bad and even annoying about the summary and preview for the fifth volume?
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Oh, wow, I don't even know where to begin with this post. Maybe I should start by saying that, really, seriously, the preview and summary for Volume 5 of this graphic novel is really, really crazy. In fact, it's so crazy that it doesn't even make sense anymore. Forget believable because we're way past that. Unbelievable doesn't even begin to cover all this anymore.

But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start from the beginning, so we can better discuss the post title. First, let's talk about the preview for Volume 5, which is located at the end of Volume 4. The fourth volume ends with the ongoing fight (and, man, what a long fight; really, it was such a drag to have to slog through pages of pointless fight scenes) between Chaos, Loki and Skurai.

With this, wouldn't you expect that the preview for the next volume would be about this fight and its possible outcome? We could have gotten some sort of teaser, which would make us wonder if one of the trio was going to die or get really hurt or if Loki and Chaos might end up working together to defeat Skurai or something like that.

Unfortunately, we don't get any of that at all. Instead, we get the beginning of how crazy all this is with the fact that the preview introduces us to a new character called Himmelmez who's supposed to be a necromancer and a Valkyrie (don't get me started on that little tidbit as it's discussed in further detail in this post).

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Why are we being told about this instead of shown? Why are we being introduced to Himmelmez who has never even been been alluded to or mentioned before? We know nothing about her apart from what the preview tells us.

But why does the preview have to tell us about this? Why can't we find out about this while reading Volume 5 of the manhwa? How is this supposed to be believable or interesting if we already know all about this?

In fact, we really already know all about it because the preview also tells us that Himmelmez is working for Freya. But, wait, that's not all.

Clearly, we haven't been told enough yet as the preview also informs us that Freya wants the pieces of Ymir's heart, which is apparently Midgard's life force, so that she can continue ruling for a thousand more years.

Well, thank you for telling us all about this new plot point, which we never knew about until now. Seriously, preview, why must you reveal such plot points to us now? Why can't this wait until we're reading the next volume? Why is this being told to us now?

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I also want to know exactly how Ymir's heart can help Freya with being able to rule for a thousand years more.

None of this sounds believable in the least, largely because we never knew any of these stuff before, so we don't know how things work and how any of this can be possible.

To top it off (as if this wasn't enough as it was), we're also told that Chaos and his friends will be going to Himmelmez's flying fortress (thanks for telling us that she has a flying fortress, by the way), so they can stop her, but that they're no match for her so they'll be needing Loki's help.

And this is just for the preview. We haven't even gotten started on the summary yet. Speaking of which, let's get started with that, just to get it over with already. As you can expect, the blurb at the back of Volume 5 is as crazy as the preview, if not more so.

Actually, I do think the blurb is crazier than the preview, mostly because it tells us even more stuff that we should have been shown instead or that we should have found out by reading the graphic novel.

Apparently, Midgard was created from Ymir's heart. The blurb also cheerfully adds the phrase '1000 years after Ragnarok'. Well, thanks for telling us that Ragnarok already happened, but what about a flashback? Seriously, don't we get a flashback? Sigh, let's just discuss that in this post and get back to the craziness that is Volume 5.

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We're also told that Freya wants to control the world and that she's looking for the heart of Ymir to help her with this.

We're not told how the heart can help her though, which, I must say, is a surprise since it looks like we're being told pretty much everything already anyway.

I suppose it's also to be expected that the shard of Ymir's heart that Freya sent one of her followers to collect is exactly where our resident main characters currently are (in Prontera). How convenient, wouldn't you say?

So, Himmelmez has been sent by Freya to Prontera where all the protagonists have converged (sounds like what happened back in Fayon, huh? What, are we rehashing scenes now? How 'bout something new?).

Without having to tell us, it's already obvious (predictable) that Loki and Chaos will soon be working together, but what would be good is finding out how they can get over the misunderstanding that they've gotten themselves into.

By the way, blurb at the back of Volume 5, thanks for telling us pretty much the entire plot of the fifth comic. How very helpful of you. Sigh. Really, it's more like how frustrating and utterly so, wouldn't you say? Should we even bother reading this volume? Do you think the preview and blurb for Volume 5 could have been done much better? Were you disappointed when you read said blurb and preview?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by hayashinomura (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Said image is meant to symbolize the craziness of Volume 5's summary and preview since the figures in the image can be described as crazy
- The rest of the pics are enlarged product images from Amazon.com; links shown above via Amazon's Native Shopping Ads widget