In the near future, massive hostile beings called "Fiarem" are waging war on Earth. To defend the world from this alien threat, Japan unleashes a special team known as "Ragna Strikers"—six young women wielding advanced weaponry and the ability to grow to gigantic sizes. Ragnastrike Angels follows Ayano Anemori and her friends as they live their daily lives and battle the violent Fiarem.
Ragnastrike Angels is not just one of the best animes released this year. It is also one of the most revolutionary animes in the past 15 years and will always be rembered by everyone who watched it. Do you want to know why?
In the last couple of years we saw an increase of animes made with the only purpose of advertising video games. The problem with those animes is that not only are they extremely bad but also have very long episodes. Some of them even have 20 minutes. Like, seriously? 12 episodes, 20 minutes long each, with the only purpose of pursuading people
to play your game? Why are you wasting people's talent on such crap? They could be making an actually good anime! And the viewer is wasting his time when he could be making the world a better place or just watching a good anime! Do you know why Albert Einstein created the mass–energy equivalence concept? Because he was not wasting his time watching 12x20min animes made to advertise games.
This is where Ragnastrike Angels brilliance shows up, revolutionizing this sub-genre of anime and becoming the best among them. Since each episode only has 30 seconds, even if you don't give a f*ck about what's going on in the anime, you will watch it and enjoy it because it is very short. I mean, it is so short that you could finish it while having breakfast. And maybe you will be interested in playing the game. AND they are not wasting people's talent with this because who made this has enough time to work on other animes.
I really hope that people who make these kind of anime-ads will keep using the same model because this will save the anime industry and our souls from other long anime-ads.
Ragnastrike Angels. What a masterpiece. Truly very beautiful and touching.
If you haven't noticed, that was sarcasm. This anime is crap. You barely even had a chance to get to know the characters, there was no plot, and I couldn't even understand what was happening every episode. IT WAS LITERALLY JUST AN AD FOR A GAME
There was nothing that made it worth watching, no potential, and only relief when it ended. Holy mother of corn it was bad.
Yeah, there's not much to say about this short piece of crap. Watch it if you want, at least it's short and won't waste that much of your time.
Nice art, cute character designs, a couple moments might make you smile.
It's impressive how much was able to happen in the 30 second episodes.
It ends without resolving the final battle.
I like ambitious memorable stories, and though Ragnastrike Angels completely fails at that (I'll probably forget everything about it by next week) it's still a fun way to spend 6 minutes.
MyAnimeList doesn't allow extremely short reviews, so this text is just here to make my review longer.
Ragnastrike Angels is so short that I spent more time writing this review than actually watching it lol
Who else likes the Halo videogame series? The music is so perfect and
the gameplay is a lot of fun. The early games were very innovative and while that has slowed down in later games they are still some of the best FPS games on the market. Have a good night!
Ragnastrike Angels is often seen as unoriginal or nothing special, but beneath the veil of normality is a surprisingly deep and well thought out show that questions and challenges social boundaries and issues. But before we get onto that, let us start by deconstructing the title.
"Ragnastrike Angels". Let's break that down - "Ragnastrike", obviously short for Ragnar Lodbrok Strike - basically, to strike Ragnar Lodbrok, a notorious viking - and "Angels", obviously short for Angels. So what does this mean? Ragnar Lodbrok was an infamous viking, who often raided Christian monasteries and settlements, and angels are often found in Christian beliefs.
Clearly, the title of this
show is a strong statement opposing the actions of Ragnar Lodbrok, encouraging the angels of heaven to strike him down. As an Englishman descended from Anglo-Saxons who suffered from attacks by the degenerate Norse heathens, this message deeply resonates with me and I can tell the producers were very intelligent in their choice of aiming the show towards my demographic - Anglo-Saxon descendants who are disillusioned by the false peace with the Scandinavian failed states.
Moving on, let's look at the main feature of this show. Girls are able to to increase to 38 metres tall - much taller than the average human, obviously. But since the deep and subtle message of this show would easily be missed by the majority of braindead anime viewers (the very same people who fail to recognise the powerful analysis of rape culture in shows such as Tatami Galaxy, Gakkou Gurashi, or Putt-Putt Saves The Zoo), the publishers even dropped an unmistakable hint in the synopsis - "The series follows fighting girls" - 'fighting girls' obviously refers to women in every day society who bears the weight of centuries of oppression on their beautiful shoulders.
Upon realising that, it's quite clear what the real message of this show is. We put so much pressure on modern women that the only way for them to be able to bear the weight we've piled upon them is to increase their body size by several factors. Indeed, these young girls constantly must bear this weight - but only when they multiply their size do we notice, just as we might only notice the dishwasher isn't working when your dishes start coming out dirty, or how you only realise you cared about someone when they're gone, or how you only realise lolicon is illegal when the police break down your door at 4am in the morning.
As a gender-neutral loli-kin who identifies as a Catholic crusader in medieval Europe, it's hard to find a show which I can really identify with, but Ragnastrike Angels is just that. I hope the studio which created this keeps doing what they're doing and giving us this type of anime - things which might go unnoticed now, but will surely be praised as some of the best anime of all time in a couple of years - the true sleeper hits of this season.