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Things To Dislike About Iris Irine (Ragnarok Manhwa)?

Monday, February 10, 2014
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

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