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What's So Annoying About Some Of The Scenes In Ragnarok Manhwa?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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While many of the scenes in Ragnarok: Into The Abyss are perfectly fine, just what can be so annoying, frustrating, wrong and even pointless about some of the scenes in said manhwa?

In other posts, we've already discussed just what is not to like about the fight scenes that appear in this comic. You can find those articles here (the Chaos, Loki, Skurai fight), here (the Fenris Fenrir, Iris Irine, Bijou fight) and here (fight scenes in general).

We've even touched up on the pointlessness and uselessness of some scenes that introduce us to nameless characters, some of whom seem to exist just to dump information on us before being killed off.

Now, let's take a look at some of the other scenes in the manhwa that can be said to be annoying, aggravating and even confusing. What scenes are these and what's so wrong about them?
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If you've read the graphic novel, then you might have noticed the many pages wherein we get absolutely no dialogue at all. We just get a drawing of a scenery or some such and that's it. Pages with no dialogue appear to be a complete waste because it just takes up space in the comic, which could have been put to better use by advancing the plot.

Instead, the action appears to have stopped as we pause to take in pages of scenery or pages where pretty much nothing happens since there is no conversation. There are many such scenes in Ragnarok, so let's take a look at some of them to provide examples.

Chapter 23 of Volume 5 starts with a full page of no dialogue. Instead, we just get a drawing of Himmelmez's fortress and some houses, which takes up an entire 2 pages. What do you think is the point of that? Does that entire drawing really need to take 2 pages? Why?

It seems to be such a waste since we could have gotten some dialogue by now. We could have seen some of the characters talking or discussing what to do. We could have seen the plot advancing by now and moving forward instead of being held at a stand still because we have to pause to take a look at a pointless scene.

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Even the next page of this chapter has pretty minimal dialogue. Why can't we have both scenery and dialogue at the same time?

Sure, the artwork is nice, but there's no reason why we can't admire the artwork even with dialogue to go along with it.

Moreover, scenes with no dialogue just make things harder to understand and it can even get confusing.

A prime example of this is in Volume 10 wherein we finally find out all about Skurai's past.

Such a scene could have been very interesting, but, thanks to pages and pages of no dialogue, readers just end up confused and even miffed as they struggle to understand exactly what happened.

We get a few things such as that the swordsman apparently fell in love with this noble princess. But why was he imprisoned? Could he really be imprisoned just because he fell in love or did something else happen?

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Why was the sword, Talatsu, even in the dungeon with Skurai in the first place?

Why would the sword just happen to be exactly where he is? Why was he placed in that particular dungeon? Don't you think it's way too convenient?

It's like they're just asking him to please escape since they're giving him an opportunity to do so by leaving Talatsu with him.

What about the girl that Skurai fell in love with? Why did she have to die? Why did that guy have to kill her?

Thanks to several pages of no dialogue, Skurai's past just became confusing and even annoying instead of coming across as interesting.

What do you think of these aforementioned scenes? Do you find them annoying and confusing and pointless? Do you wish there were less scenes with no dialogue in the manhwa?

*Notes:
- Image with added text was modified by Freya Yuki (CC:BY-SA) based on the image by MizuSasori (CC:BY-SA) from deviantArt
- Image is meant to represent the scenes in the manhwa where there was no dialogue since the 2 figures in said pic appear to be talking
- 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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