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What's Wrong With The 'Story So Far' In Volume 7 Of Ragnarok Manhwa?

Saturday, March 29, 2014
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What could possibly be wrong with the 'story so far' portion of Volume 7 of Ragnarok: Into The Abyss that appears before the manhwa starts?

For starters, let's just say that said graphic novel really seems to love telling its readers things instead of showing them.

Needless to say, the main problem with the 'story so far' of Volume 7 of the comic is the sheer amount of telling it does.

This happens to be one of the worst telling yet as we are told more about the world of the Ragnarok series as opposed to being shown these important things by way of reading it in the graphic novel.
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Apparently, according to the 'story so far,' Odin created the world from Ymir, the giant. We're even told that Ragnarok already happened. We even find out that there's a war between the demons, gods and men though this is seriously not that noticeable in the least, so much so that it borders dangerously close to being classified as unbelievable.

Why? This is because things seem pretty much at peace at the moment. The city of Fayon was attacked because Sara Irine wanted revenge against the people that hurt her. Prontera was only attacked because this was where a piece of Ymir's heart happened to be located.

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When the main characters (Chaos, Iris Irine, Fenris Fenrir, Loki and Lidia) arrived at Geffen, things seemed perfectly fine there, so much so that they're even having some sort of festival and a tournament.

So much for there being a war, huh? Not only does the comic tell us so many things, some of these things don't even seem to go with how the story is shown to us.

Again, we're told that Freya wants Ymir's heart, so she can control Midgard for another thousand years, but we're not told how this is possible or how this is supposed to work.

We don't even know how Freya knows where the shard of heart is located. She obviously does though since she sends Himmelmez and Bijou to Prontera to get it.

The aforementioned points are actually quite surprising. You would have thought that the graphic novel would give us details about these things considering it doesn't seem to have any qualms telling us a whole lot of other plot-related things.

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One of the really funny things about the 'story so far' is how the comic tells us the following phrases - "as the fates would have it" and "just happened to be in Prontera".

It's almost like the manhwa is acknowledging that the only reason everyone converges in Prontera is so that a great big fight scene between the good guys and the bad guys can occur.

When you put it that way, this seems like a coincidence that sounds seriously contrived.

Really, of all places for a shard of Ymir's Heart to be located and of all the places our heroes just happened to be at, it just had to be Prontera. How contrived is that? What do you think? What can you say about the 'story so far' in Volume 7 of the Ragnarok 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 Freya in the graphic novel because we still don't know how she looks since we haven't seen her yet
- 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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