Anime: Ragnarok The Animation
Ragnarok The Animation
(or Ragnarok Online The Animation
) is an Anime
produced based on the MMORPG Ragnarok Online
Produced in Japan and Korea by Studio G&G Entertainment and Studio Gonzo. Directed by Seiji Kishi and Kim Jung Ryool, written by Hideki Mitsui and Lee Myung Jin with producers Seīchi Hori and Cheong Dae Sik. With an original run of 26 episodes on TV Tokyo in Japan and SBS in South Korea between April 6th, 2004 and September 28th, 2004.
The story initially follows the protagonist Roan in his quest to become a more powerful swordsman and protect his friend Yufa. The plot follows their misadventures as they recruit more friends and allies into their ranks, preform deeds for other and embark on great quests.
A number of in game events were arranged in honor of the anime. These included players being able to speak to a NPC in Comodo then carry out quests paralleling the anime, while two characters modeled after Roan and Yufa roamed around Prontera. NPC characters with appearances similar to the anime's main characters, located in Alberta, gave questions during a weekly event right after the current anime episode ended based on what happened in the episode.
This anime provides examples of:
- An Axe to Grind: Maya, though she doesn't use it often given the nature of her class.
- A-Team Firing: Judia was once this prior to her meeting up with Iruga. She obviously improved since then.
- A Twinkle in the Sky: Done on the thieves from the first episode (well, two Rogues and a Blacksmith according to episode 13) and in the seventh by Maya's Cart Revolution.
- The Anime of the Game
- Armor-Piercing Slap: In Episode 6, Takius does one on Roan after he gets into a heated argument with Yufa. Interestingly the slap was to calm down not Roan but Yufa (although the former was done as well).
- Apathetic Citizens: Similar to the original game.
- Bare Your Midriff:
- Judia as well, although it's not nearly as noticeable.
- Tis of the Thieves Guild from episode 10.
- And Jiltus.
- Big Damn Heroes: In episode 18, Maya arrives with a few other Merchants in time to save Roan and the archers of Payon, entering with Cart Revolution attacks, then supplying arrows.
- Bishōnen: Keough, Iruga, and Roan. The last of which probably a Parody of the stereotype.
- Break the Cutie:
- Maya and Yufa, to a slightly lesser extent.
- Heck, Roan too.
- The whole point of episode 19.
- Cat Smile: Maya.
- Cerebus Syndrome: HOLY HELL!
- Char Clone: Keough, aka "Haze". Bonus points for being voiced by Takehito Koyasu.
- Crapsaccharine World:This 'World of Adventure', barring the classic "Sword, Magic and Monster" elements, had other themes hit too hard...
- Cute Monster Girl: The "Alice" that Maya befriends.
- Dark and Troubled Past:
- Maya. She was the sole survivor of a shipwreck that drifted to Alberta. She lived on her own, with only Poi-poi her Poring as her companion. She once attempted to sell apples, but it was wrecked by some men because she wasn't officially a Merchant. And nobody made a move to help her as she was taken away and they did who-knows-what to her (if not just beat her up). This was what led to her negative outlook on humans and since then forced her to resort to Ninja Looting, ditching her teammates when the going gets tough, and stealing behind their backs.
- Jiltus also has one. As she had demon blood in her, the children not only picked at them, but also their parents and everyone else, even as her mother protected her.
- Dark-Skinned Blond: Judia.
- Erotic Eating: Averted with Yuufa despite eating bananas all the time.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Events that happen in the anime a) have been nerfed since the time anime was made b) can't happen anymore in the game, or c) can't happen at all in the game.
- Gainaxing: Oddly, Takius shows it more than Judia.
- Gory Discretion Shot: In episode 7, Haze raises a Poporing with one hand, holding it up out of the camera's view before squishing it.
- Heel Face Door Slam: The Cat 'o Nine Tails and Jiltus, both delivered by Zephyr.
- We Aren't Lovers: Suuure, Yuufa.
- Kansai Regional Accent: Judia. Rendered as Alabama-southern in English.
- Humans Are Bastards
- Imagine Spot: Roan imagines Takius, Judia and Yuufa in bathing suits, then deciding to go skinny-dipping.
- Magnetic Hero
- Monster Town: Alberta. Well, it is a human town with plenty of (friendly) monsters that live with them. Then it gets worse when the enemy attacks.
- Monster Is A Daddy: Baphomet, as revealed in episode 15 after Judia rescues his child.
- Moses In The Bulrushes: Maya was first found in a shipwreck that has drifted ashore of Alberta. There was a chest containing an orb with a marked stone in it with her.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: At the last episodes, when Takius and Iruga die (at different times) during their battles, Maya and Judia respectively utter their names, the former in wondering and the latter in anguish.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: In episode 18, a Kafra Girl hides from the zombies attacking Payon by wearing a paper over her face like they do.
- Redemption Equals Death: Jiltus. Also Zephyr, who dies along with Takius.
- Revive Kills Zombie: Priest!Yuufa during Payon Arc owns everything, since the soul had been sent to heaven.
- Scissors Cuts Rock: Zephyr performs a One-Hit Kill on Moonlight Flower using Lord of Vermillion, a wind-element spell which Moonlight normally employs No Sell on.
- Sociopathic Hero: Roan, ROAN, ROAN.
- Sneeze Cut: In the third episode, Roan mentions considering asking the Kafra Girl, but Yuufa and Maya have decided against it. A while later, we cut to one of those sneezing elsewhere.
- Stripperiffic: Takius's Magician outfit.
- Sexophone: Roan in the Payon arc, every time he talks or flirts.
- Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Swing in between.
- Spanner in the Works: Baphomet and the Legendary Witch.
- Stealth Mentor: The Legendary Witch to Roan. She gave him various bits of advice to him, the first being getting him to take up the promotion to a Crusader.
- Took a Level in Badass:
- Victorious Childhood Friend: Roan and Yuufa.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In-universe to Takius while in Ant Hell.
- Whip It Good: Jiltus.
- Why Did It Have To Be Bugs?: Yufa and Iruga. It doesn't hamper their ability to fight, though.