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Manga / Shuumatsu no Walküre: 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 Walküre in "Monthly Comic Zenon". As of now, 5 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:

  • 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.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the biblical myths, Eve was convinced by the Serpent to eat an apple from the Tree of Knowledge and did so of her own volition. Here, she was actually framed by the Serpent in an act of spite after he tried and failed to force himself onto her.
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  • Adaptation Species Change: Heracles, the demigod, was actually born as a fragile human boy in this version of his story and only ascended to godhood by drinking the blood of Zeus.
  • All Myths Are True: Played with. While pretty much all of the historical characters from various religions and mythologies exist in the manga, there were plenty of instances where some of the finer details were misinterpreted, changed, or had been erased.
  • 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.
  • Anti-Villain: Heracles, oh so much. He may be fighting for the gods, but he thinks incredibly highly of humanity. He also outright tells Loki that he is firmly against exterminating humanity and will keep the rest of the gods from destroying them even if he wins his round.
  • Anyone Can Die: No matter how powerful or how sympathetic the fighters are, all bets are off for the combatants.
  • 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.
  • Back Story: Because of the limited amount of chapters for each round, this is a must for all the fighters to flesh them out.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: Adam's specialty, on account of his Eyes of God.
  • Bishōnen: For the father of all mankind, Adam sure looks a lot like a teen idol. Of course, he's still absolutely shredded, though he's more toned than bulging with muscle.
  • 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 appearance 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.
  • Cain and Abel: The eponymous brothers are spectators during their father's fight with Zeus. Amusingly, Cain continues to beat up an oblivious Abel even as both continue to cheer Adam on.
  • Cast from Hit Points: Heracles's Hercule Exodus is manifesting one of his Twelve Labors as an attack, but causes his tattoo to grow and consume him. If it completely consumes him, then Heracles's will be completely annihilated.
  • 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 "honorable" 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.
  • Cowardly Lion: During their fateful confrontation, Ares was ready to battle Heracles to the bitter end, but was relieved when Zeus intervened to stop them from fighting further as he was aware there was a real chance the demigod would slay them if the duel had continued.
  • 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.
  • Defeat as Backstory: Sasaki Kojiro's entire life when he was alive.
  • 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.
    • Happens to the Gods at the Third Round. Sasaki Kojiro, History's Greatest Loser who outright defeated Poseidon who was hyped to be the God Among Gods sent the spectators on the Gods side into stunned silence.
    • Heracles gets hit with this in the fourth round when he deflected Jack The Ripper's desperation attack of throwing The Big Fucking Ben's clock face with his left arm. This maneuver completely backfired as Big Ben's clock face sliced off his arm like a hot knife through butter.
  • The Ditz: Sasaki Kojiro is introduced like 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.
  • Dual Wielding: Sasaki Kojiro's Nito-Ganryu, the ultimate culmination of his Ganryu style of Swordsmanship combined with Miyamoto Musashi's Niten-Ichi-Ryu.
  • Elemental Powers: Played straight with Thor, but subverted with Zeus and Poseidon whose lightning and water-based abilities are depicted metaphorically.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: In the red corner, we have Jack the Ripper, who murdered several women, mutilated their bodies, and taunted the authorities for not being able to catch him, fighting for humanity's continued survival. In the blue corner, we have Heracles, one of the most famous heroes in all of the mythology who's clearly quite conflicted over where his loyalties lie, fighting for humanity's immediate extinction. Even the human crowd don't know if they should be rooting for history's most infamous serial killer, even though literally all of their lives will come one step closer to extinction if he loses.
  • 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.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade/Historical Villain Upgrade: The setting really pushes for making all characters as badass as they can possibly be, with that historical and mythical figures, good and bad, have their commonly known backstories completely revised if they contained any shameful moment in them, such as loss, a moment of weakness, cowardice, etc. Case in point: a common record of Lu Bu’s final moments was him throwing a fit upon being captured by Cao Cao’s forces and being denied a chance to work with their army, as he was known as a serial betrayer; this series, however, changes that event into Lu Bu being completely calm in his final moment, going as far as to say the previous record is completely false, the “truth” is that Lu Bu actually allowed himself to be captured, the man was so bored of being unmatched in battle throughout his entire life that nothing mattered anymore, so he might as well free himself of such a meaningless life.
  • Hot Goddess: Aphrodite, naturally.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: Zeus and especially Adam. Both of them make tens, if not hundreds of blows that would turn people to paste, and Adam does this while possessing the body of a mortal.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: Pretty much almost every combatant's entrance, but the one who took the cake was Sasaki Kojiro who stilled the turbulent waves of the ocean with a single move of unsheathing his Nodachi in front of The God of The Sea, and completely cementing him as THE Master Swordsman.
  • Irony: Sasaki Kojiro, the man who was known as the Greatest Loser, wins humanity's first victory.
  • It's Personal: As badly as Siva wants to fight the fourth round, he's forced to hold off by the collective, quiet fury of Zeus, Hermes, and Ares wishing to avenge Poseidon's death in the name of the Greek pantheon.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Gods: All of them, though special mention goes to Poseidon who never has a single good thing to say about anyone, god or human.
  • Knife Nut: Jack The Ripper's Weapon of Choice.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: After Alcides' transformation into Heracles, Ares tried to stop his army from needlessly attacking someone with Zeus-tier strength, but was too late to stop what was essentially their suicidal assault.
  • Lonely at the Top: Thor and Lu Bu both share this problem, having no challenges outside of Ragnarok.
  • Loophole Abuse: Jack's true Volund is a pair of modestly-sized pouches that he can pull anything he wants from, provided that they could conceivably fit in each bag. The most obvious application is the production of small arms and gadgets, but Jack can create larger tools by pulling individual components from both Volunds before combining them into a completed form. The pouch being a Volund is a complete lie.
  • 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.
  • The Magic Touch: Jack The Ripper's real Volund, a High Class Glove where everything it touches becomes a divine weapon.
  • 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.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": All of the gods suffer this after Sasaki Kojiro kills Poseidon in the third fight, their hubris being shattered by the realization that they could possibly lose.
    Loki: Seriously...? This... is no longer a joke.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Face: All over the place, especially from the side of the Gods. Zeus and, surprisingly, Brunhilde of all people are the worst offenders.
  • 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."
  • Posthumous Character: All of the human audience and champions have long past into the afterlife.
  • Power Copying: Adam's specialty, enabling him to beat his enemies with their own attacks.
  • Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs and Pummel Duel: What Adam vs Zeus eventually boils down to. Even until the former's death.
  • 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.
  • Running Gag: Despite claiming to have omniscience in all forms of violence and combat, Ares keeps missing finer details in the fights and has to be informed by Hermes, only to bluster that he already knew that.
  • Shrouded in Myth: One common theme of the manga is that history got only the Broad Strokes of what actually happened, mostly to make the fighters even more kick-ass than their original counterparts. For example, Lu Bu didn't beg to be spared before his execution; he actually told them to get on with it already because he was just that bored with everything on Earth being unable to provide him with a decent challenge.
  • 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 Heracles, 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.
  • Speed Blitz: Poseidon's 40-day Flood, who was so fast that his afterimage encapsulates the entire arena like a dome.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Jack the Ripper for mankind, described by the valkyries as "the most hated of all humans."
  • Token Good Teammate: Heracles 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 Heracles are fighting on behalf of the gods in spite of how they attained fame for protecting humanity in their original legends.
  • Unconscious Objector: Despite getting hit by Zeus' 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. Even after he died from the punch-out, Adam's body stands smiling refusing to fall in defeat.
  • 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.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • Lu Bu and Thor come to really enjoy their fight together, having lived their whole lives without a foe on their level.
    • Zeus has the time of his life getting into an all-out fistfight with Adam.
    • Everybody Kojiro has fought and lost to nonetheless respect him deeply as a master of his craft, including Miyamoto Musashi himself.
  • 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.

13 Gods. 13 Mortals
Current Score: Gods: 2 - Mortals: 2

Alternative Title(s): Record Of Ragnarok


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