Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Review – a stagnating story

By Daniel Hart
Published: January 26, 2023 (Last updated: last month)
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Summary

Record of Ragnarok Season 2 is not disappointing, but it’s hardly as memorable as the debut season.

We review the Netflix anime Record of Ragnarok Season 2, which does not contain any major spoilers or plot points.

Record of Ragnarok, a manga-adapted anime series with all the potential in the world, should be at the forefront of everyone’s mind in this community. It’s not entirely apparent how much this story has grabbed audiences yet, but there is an argument to suggest that more was expected. 

Record of Ragnarok Season 2 Review and Plot Summary

Record of Ragnarok Season 2 is a direct continuation of the ending of Season 1. It’s Hercules (voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi) versus Jack the Ripper (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita) in a reimagined London. It’s the famous man who turned God against a vile evil human being. Wildly, the studio behind the anime decided to dedicate almost five episodes to this battle. A formidable battle of two historical figures that you would not expect to be a considerable match-up. 

Without knowledge of the manga, I was somewhat surprised this battle was not condensed for the purpose of expanding this vast, open world where anyone can fight anyone. Hercules versus Jack the Ripper is entertaining, full of twists, turns, and back stories, but it does not leave much for the team behind Record of Ragnarok to play with for the remaining five episodes. After waiting almost two years, more felt expected in the arena. 

Record of Ragnarok Season 2 continues to put mankind at risk. If the legendary Gods win more fights than the legendary human beings, then mankind will cease to exist. The anime series shows characters deploying various strategies and surprises, giving both camps the opportunity to surprise each other. It is a game of chess, but there’s an “underdog” story that runs through the script. We never expect humans to beat Gods.

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Despite some changes in the background for the production of the anime, Season 2 is more or less the same again. By the time Season 2 ends, you’ll have learned a lot about a few more characters, but the scoreboard has barely changed. It’s a repetitive loop of fighting, back story, winner, next opponents picked and then fighting. The obsessive nature of 2-episode plus fighting bouts feel overindulgent. The story needs to speed up if Netflix decides to renew this anime. 

Is Record of Ragnarok Season 2 worth watching?

Record of Ragnarok Season 2 is not disappointing, but it’s hardly as memorable as the debut season. While the animation itself is a joy to watch, with gore, muscles, and plenty of expression, there’s not much to comment on. 

We’ll undoubtedly remember Hercules versus Jack the Ripper, but after that, audiences will be desperate for the story to speed up. The fate of humanity is, of course, up for grabs, and so that requires some measure of attention.

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