First Impressions Double Feature – Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar | Asobi Asobase

Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar – Ep. 1


And here I thought there wasn’t enough isekai anime for Summer 2018…

Not that I was gleeful over what this genre offered last week but Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar (again with the long titles!) is pretty carbon copy if you ask me. Same generic fantasy world, same generic protagonist, same generic harem. Actually, the generic harem thing might be even more on the cringe level since every major female the protagonist nabs becomes contractually obligated to call him “Big Brother” or “Father”. Like…why?

Whatever ideas the show thinks it had has already been used before. The protagonist uses a smartphone to look up battle strategies. Big deal. That’s been done by other isekai anime already, one of them literally called In Another World with My Smartphone. I guess it’s neat that the protagonist uses it call his family across dimensions (an aspect of isekai that gets horribly overlooked) but that’s hardly something that’ll convince me to watch more of this show. Pass.

Asobi Asobase -workshop of fun- Ep. 1


Wow, talk about a bait and switch. From the synopsis, I thought this was supposed to be a pleasant slice of show about students helping each other on their English and Japanese. And Asobi Asobase more or less executes that premise though once the girls start insulting each other and scheming behind each other’s back, it dawned on me that this is actually a very mean-spirited comedy. Maybe, it’s a little too indulgent in its shock humor and contorted facial expressions but the premiere did get a few laughs out of me. Olivia trying to avoid teaching Kasumi English because she’s secretly not that fluent at it was a very amusing dilemma. The whole indoor pool at the end was especially hilarious too because of how weird it gets towards the end (that teacher…)

With how segmented Asobi Asobase‘s narrative is, I think this would serve better as a short series. Not that my patience ran thin with this one but it’d probably be a bit more enjoyable to watch each plot self-contained from each other as opposed to in a sequence. Having things at half an hour on average could make things get stale sooner than intended. It’s still a pretty funny show so I guess this is a big maybe for me.

Thanks for reading!

Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar is officially available on Crunchyroll.

Asobi Asobase – workshop of fun is officially available on Crunchyroll.

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