After months of anticipation, Warner Bros. Japan's animated adaptation of the hit manga series Record of Ragnarok finally hit Netflix but unfortunately wasn't able to live up to the hype. The new anime which premiered last June 17 is causing quite the buzz on social media and it's definitely not the good kind of publicity as fans are expressing their disappointment over the series' sloppy animation which looks pretty outdated by today's standards, at least.
A clip from the anime is making the rounds all over social media which puts emphasis on just how bad and underwhelming the animation turned out to be. The said clip features one of the anime's biggest battles and instead of it being visually thrilling, the controversial sequence ended up looking like a slideshow presentation with still images.
Expected too much from Record of Ragnarok and those Mfs handed over a anime with Power Point presentation like animation. pic.twitter.com/hnVPlYQglY— LUCIFER / One Piece (@LuciferxOP_) June 18, 2021
Warner Bros. Japan and Graphinica, Record of Ragnarok's animation studio have yet to address the matter. Naturally, a lot of manga and anime fans felt robbed over the way the project was handled. The issue also seemed to shut down hopes for a second season for Record of Ragnarok as fans have clearly given up on the show. Check out the reactions here:
Record of Ragnarok is trending only bc everyone is talking about how bad the animation is pic.twitter.com/B1EaHzboE0— (@4NUBlS) June 17, 2021
Another amazing show falls victim to bad animation. RIP Record of Ragnarok. Didn't even last a day pic.twitter.com/qSTIHeIsh8— yung rich (@ayuubh_) June 17, 2021
Live footage of the Record of Ragnarok animation team adapting the manga pic.twitter.com/MI7ghdXhNO— Zarts (@Zarts327) June 17, 2021
Record of ragnarok animation pic.twitter.com/UIFJOWYQR2— Fed (@_Lewus_) June 17, 2021
Record of Ragnarok had terrible animation for sure, but the voice acting was perfect (subbed, I didn’t watch it dubbed yet) and the general feel of the show is there. If u enjoyed reading the manga for the story as a whole then the anime is still enjoyable, calm 7/10 fr pic.twitter.com/NCGV7mzc2G— Mansa-Strat (@MansaStrat) June 18, 2021
I just started watching Record of Ragnarok and the animation isn’t giving a great first impression pic.twitter.com/uX2QWEMhiD— Julie D. Rouge ー (@JulieDRouge) June 17, 2021
I would rather have Seven deadly sins S3 animation than that slideshow record of ragnarok gave us pic.twitter.com/Vu5SCeovNj— (@ALimbu_) June 17, 2021
Record of Ragnarok came out and apparently has trash animation.Guess what else the studio behind it is working on... pic.twitter.com/0kbRebeAzL— Snow Buster (@SnowBusterVN) June 17, 2021
We still don't know what the future holds for Record of Ragnarok's anime adaptation but it's not a good sign that fans have already withdrawn their interest in it before the series even took off. Obviously, this should serve as a huge lesson to all animation studios out there and despite the controversy, I'm hoping that the series will still be renewed for a second season just so the folks over at Graphinica can redeem themselves. There's always room for improvement and I sure hope WB Japan reconsiders.
Record of Ragnarok is streaming on Netflix.
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