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Manga / Record Of Ragnarok

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Cover for the first volume. Lu Bu (left) and Thor (right).

The end is nigh for humanity. The gods have called together their convention, and at last decided that humanity must be eradicated. Yet, there is one last hope: the ultimate battle between mankind and the gods themselves, Ragnarok. Set forth by the Valkyrie Brunhilde, the tournament for the fate of all of humanity begins.

Written by author Fukui Takumi and art done by Aji Chika, the manga began publication on November 25, 2017 under the title of "Shuumatsu no Walkure". As of now, 3 volumes have been published and 3 of the 13 battles have been completed.

Compare to Kengan Ashura in the tournament style and long, drawn-out battles. Also compare to Baki the Grappler in the brutality of its combat.


This Manga contains examples of:

  • All Your Powers Combined: Kojiro manages to accumulate the experience of his fights while he was still living and hone them in the afterlife. As such, he's managed to incorporate all the techniques of the swordsmen he's faced into his own unique style.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Poseidon, who in contrast to his ever-evolving opponent (Kojiro) or Zeus and Thor before him, never bothers to adjust or improve his fighting style (that is, thrust his trident at a problem multiple times with overwhelming strength) because he believes he is an utterly perfect being.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: Adam, Adam, Adam. All humans fighters will obviously receive support from humanity, but Adam takes the cake. Just being the Father of all mankind already guarantees him to have filial love from his "children" regardless of races, ages, classes, good or evil; but he also backs it up by loving them in return which only makes humans adore him even more. It gets to the point that all humans would rather have him lose but survive than win but lose his life in the process. Unfortunately, Adam chooses the second option.
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  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Adam's specialty, on account of his Eyes of God.
  • Blade on a Stick: Of the six combatants so far, two have wielded these: Lu Bu and his famed halberd, and Poseidon wielding his trident.
  • Blood Knight: Thor, Zeus, and Lu Bu, with the latter even simply letting himself get hanged so that he can escape the boredom of having not a single worthy foe.
  • Bookends: Before Sasaki passes to the afterlife, he is killed by a cross-slash from Musashi. Fittingly he ends the fight against Poseidon with a cross-slash of his own.
  • Break the Haughty: Sasaki Kojiro's defeat of Poseidon, the one recognized as the most prideful of gods. Also, Poseidon's killing of Adamas.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Inverted. Zeus is critically injured after "defeating" Adam to the point that his wounds keep exploding when he gets even a little bit stressed.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: As stated in Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass below, Sasaki Kojiro’s first appearence depicts him as a ditzy old man, and even in combat he's full of laughter and relaxation. He's also the greatest swordsman of his era, beating out the majority of famous Japanese swordsman up to and including Miyamoto Musashi.
  • Butt-Monkey: Shiva keeps trying to enter the early rounds of the competition, but is repeatedly vetoed by the Greek pantheon.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Sasaki Kojiro's ability to predict as well as his superhuman swordsmanship and physical prowess stem not from his natural body but from years of training and constant defeat.
  • Combat Commentator: As the tournament is set up half so that the gods can be entertained and demonstrate their might, Heimdall commentates on the tournament throughout its duration.
  • Combat Pragmatist: After his arm and trident are chopped off, Poseidon grabs them both with his other arm, but unlike the more "honourable" previous fights, Sasaki doesn't give him a chance to reorient himself and presses onward with his onslaught as the sea god had proved himself to be a loveless snob devoid of empathy.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Sasaki Kojiro. The ditz as mentioned below and portrayed both in present and past as a warrior with a seemingly total lack of will for victory turns out to be the one considered humanity's greatest swordsman. Hell, he's even the one who pulls of mankind's first victory.
  • Defiant to the End: In a world where the fate of Humanity will be decided in a fighting tournament between Man and God, you can expect moments like these to show up.
    • First round: With his body completely broken by Geirröd Thor's Hammer, Lu Bu simply muses he gave it his all before having Red Hare charge him forward for one final blaze of glory. He gets a face full of Mjolnir for his trouble.
    • Second round: Adam dies in the midst of his punch-out with Zeus. But even in death his body relentlessly continues to punch back and only stops when Zeus is brought down to his knees.
    • Third round: While prior combatants showed respect to the humans they've defeated, Poseidon only contemptuously says that Kojiro is a piece of shit while he's dying.
  • The Determinator: Adam may just beat everyone out at this. Despite getting hit by a fist that was stated to have enough power to kill him in a single strike multiple times, Adam simply takes that opportunity to latch onto Zeus and start a pound-for-pound punch-out, taking tens if not hundreds of the aforementioned blows. He proceeds to win said punch-out despite literally dying in the middle of it.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Adam's response to the gods accusing his wife of eating the forbidden fruit? Bring two baskets of said fruit into the court of gods, chomp on each one before spitting it out, and complain about the sourness. Then he proclaims that he would go with Eve to Earth. Of course, not before he killed the Serpent who hurt Eve first.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Brunhilde gets hit with this in the first round when she assumed that destroying Thor's Jarngreipr will keep him from properly using Mjolnir, thus making him easier to beat. Unfortunately, Jarngrepier's true purpose was to hold back Thor's strength to keep him from accidentally destroying Mjolnir (which turns out to be a Living Weapon) before it could awaken. This mistake costs humanity the match and Lu Bu and Randgriz's lives.
    • Happens to Zeus the next round when he enters his fight with Adam without his divine weapon under the assumption that he didn't need it to beat the latter. This only makes him more susceptible to Adam's Eyes of God, who then proceeds to beat the holy hell out of him with his own techniques.
  • The Ditz: Sasaki Kojiro is introduced as this, appearing as an old man who seemingly stumbled into the warrior selection for the third round.
  • The Dreaded: Poseidon. His presence is such that even the other gods are intimidated by him.
  • Elemental Powers: Played straight with Thor, but subverted with Zeus and Poseidon whose lightning and water-based abilities are depicted metaphorically.
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Hades, the eldest Olympian, is mentioned but has yet to make an appearance save for a single hand.
  • Heroic RRoD: Adam suffers this on the cusp of his victory.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: Zeus and especially Adam. Both of them take tens, if not hundreds of blows that would turn people to paste, and Adam does this while possessing the body of a mortal.
  • Irony: Sasaki Kojiro, the man who was known as the Greatest Loser, wins humanity's first victory.
  • Jerkass: Jack the Ripper enters the arena wearing a Guy Fawkes mask only to smash it against the ground as an insult to the legendary revolutionary.
  • Lonely at the Top: Thor and Lu Bu both share this problem, having no challenges outside of Ragnarok.
  • Made of Iron: Lu Bu, whose form was considered freakishly resilient even by the gods. Although it allows him to survive several of Thor's swings, he is in the end broken.
  • Manly Tears: All over the place in a series about humanity's greatest warriors fighting to the death, but most especially the death of Adam, as not only has he lost the fight on the cusp of his greatest victory, but his reason to fight was not to seek satisfaction, but to defend ALL of his children.
  • Martial Pacifist: Sasaki Kojiro never officially defeated or killed a single opponent in his life. Rather, he'd duel them, observe their techniques, train himself to surpass the moves that overwhelmed him, and then move on to a stronger opponent whilst foregoing a rematch with those that had formerly trounced him. Since he was such an affable and harmless fellow, his opponents decided against killing him which allowed for a life full of adventure and self improvement until he found his ultimate opponent in Miyamoto Musashi who impressed him so much that he had to see that match to the bitter end.
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Lu Bu and Thor share this sentiment.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Adam gives one of these to Zeus before his Heroic RRoD.
  • Old Master: Sasaki Kojiro projects this image, but it's mostly because he likes the aesthetic as he actually died fairly young.
  • Papa Wolf: Adam's reason for fighting in Ragnarok? To protect his children of course. Even if he's blinded and on the verge of death, Adam still tells a crying baby to not cry because "your Dad will protect you."
  • Power Copying: Adam's specialty, enabling him to beat his enemies with their own attacks.
  • Rated M for Manly: Back to back death fights? Check. The strongest both above and under the heavens? Check. Manly tears and intense action? Check.
  • Reality Ensues: Sadly, blocking an attack does not mean the force of the blow is magically dissipated. Lu Bu's body crumbles under the stress of stopping Thor's strikes.
  • Sore Loser: Poseidon.
  • Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Inverted. Heavy hitter head gods such as Zeus, Poseidon, and Thor are the first ones to challenge humanity. The first one to follow these three is Hercules, a mere (if famous) demigod.
  • Super Mode: Adamas(meaning diamond or indestructible in Greek) is Zeus's own, a state where all his muscles compress to its fullest extent. In this form, even normal punches becomes a One-Hit Kill and normal movement is more akin to Super Speed with the transformation's drawback being self-destructive in this state.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Jack the Ripper for mankind, described by the valkyries as "the most hated of all humans."
  • Token Good Teammate: Hercules for the gods, but his nobility just results in the valkyries setting him up against the deplorable Jack the Ripper for what they hope will be an easy win.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sasaki Kojiro's whole schtick: he continually loses, and from those losses, grows until he can defeat his opponents.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Demigod heroes (including Buddha) like Susanoo and Hercules are fighting on behalf of the gods in spite of how they attained fame for protecting humanity in their original legends.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Humanity as a whole serves as this compared to the gods, but Sasaki Kojiro especially embodies this, having become skilled enough to beat out the other swordsman of his era including Miyamoto Musashi.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Poseidon's fighting style in a nutshell. An enemy stands before him? Thrust his trident at it. If that doesn't work? Thrust harder and faster. Rinse and repeat.
  • The Worf Effect: Poseidon is hyped up to be a dignified and almighty deity on par with Zeus, but he proves to be petulant at his core and and falls to the Weak, but Skilled Sasaki Kojiro, rattling his fellow gods with the real prospect of defeat and death.
  • World's Strongest Man: Thor and Lu Bu are viewed as the strongest god and strongest human respectively. Note, this seems to only apply to absolute physical strength.
  • Younger Than They Look: Zeus might look like a grotesque geezer compared to his brother Poseidon, but he's actually the youngest of Cronus' three sons.

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