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

Sunday, February 16, 2014
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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

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