Loki, the Norse god of mischief, has been exiled to the human world for what was apparently a bad joke. Along with being exiled, he's forced to take the form of a child. He's told the only way he can get back to the world of the gods is if he can collect auras of evil that take over human hearts, and so to do this he runs a detective agency. Loki is soon joined by a human girl named Mayura who is a maniac for mysteries, and she soon helps out in her own way. However, soon other Norse gods begin to appear, and most have the intent to assassinate Loki for reasons unclear.
Well, I was only expecting to watch Special A at the time, but found this instead. Since it was the weekend then, I was able to watch 4..or 5 episodes of this, from around episode 4 I believe. Initially, I expected something like Detective Conan, but of course that was wrong. MaLoki is a show that focuses on Norse mythos, the main character obviously being one of the deities.
The show is good for laughs, I'll admit, but if you're looking for detective work here, the manga does a better job, though of course the manga's focus isn't on that so it's still a far cry from any mystery novels and such.
It's surprising for me to find out that the mangaka who made the series which this anime is based on is also the co-creator of another anime/manga I watched and somewhat liked, Tactics.
Honestly, I like Yamino-kun here better than Loki, though he has his moments. Mayura is a bit more loopy here than in the manga, but she has her "fushigi mystery!" moments in the manga too..just not that often.
This series, manga or otherwise, I feel needs a little more fan love and I recommend it, as it's a funny series, but also delves into mythology (if a little bit distorted from the actual Norse myths) but as usual, I would rather people go for the manga instead, although the anime does have good clean animation and the episodes are nice, they just don't have that same feel as what the manga had. But maybe that's just me, missing the murder elements in the manga...ah well.read more
I decided to write a review to warn people about this dreadful anime it starts off with a decent enough concept but it quickly loses interest with pointless episodes that try to be humorous but just end up getting on my nerves now there are some epic scenes that were 10 star moments but 60% of this anime is the pink haired girl saying "mystery" and doing something stupid or running into obvious danger she also has to be one of the most dense characters i have ever encountered and 30% of this anime is pointless comedic humor... now the other 10% is the ACTUAL STORY and no it isnt half bad i might've not liked how it turned out but really it isnt that horrible its the only reason i continued watching...
now to be completely honest if i was 8 years younger and still have the maturity and attention span of a gerbil then i probably would've enjoyed this anime
now if you dont heed my warning and pursue to watch this regardless of what this random person on internet is saying... well then keep keyboard mouse glasses at a distance to avoid unconsciously throwing them also move yourself back 2 feet from desk to avoid slamming your head on the desk...read more
As a fan of many shows that are about nothing, I have to say this is the first show I have ever watched that truly had nothing going for it.
Matantei Loki Ragnarok is an anime based around Loki, the Norse god of mischief, forced to live among humans in the body of a young boy for a sin he committed...... with the twist of he doesn't remember his sin. Also some how he is the key to ragnarok.
That is just about all I learned threw watching this dreck. 26 episodes of pure rubbish. Pretty much Oden got mad and decided to turn some of his underling Gods into preteens and teens is pretty much all the back round you get from watching this show. Everything else is badly done or not worth talking about. So I apologize in advance since this will now turn from a review to a complaint list.
1) The characters in this show are probably the most under developed I have ever seen. There is not 1 single memorable person from the 700 minutes of my life I wasted watching this show. The cookie cutter archetypes of idiot(Mayura/Narugami), serious introvert (Heimdall,Urd,Verdandi) love smitten pet(Loki's crew,Reiya) got old quick.
There is also the curve balls thrown in there like Skuld, who is love smitten and a serious"Im going to kill you" character. Or Freyr, a love smitten idiot who spends the whole series either buying food for half price or chasing his lost sister Freya and his "classic Japanese beauty" Mayura.
2) I have never watched 20 plus episodes of anything and not have the story convey anything to me. I don't know if I missed the 1 clip in the whole series, but I never found out why Loki was banished. I also personally don't understand why Odin seemly pulled out the ban hammer on the other 3-5 characters in the series either. Was this a love story or a story of redemption??? A comedy or an action Anime??? I can't tell you because this show did everything terribly. The mail order everything jokes where over done. Loki's aristocracy humor is dry and the stupidity of the idiot characters isn't worth a single chuckle. "What action" is about all I need to say about the fights in this anime. Because they're basically Loki summoning that moon staff of his and saying " I have the winning move".
There is very little put into the fights in this show, and I honestly can say that Loki only has about two or three attacks. Swinging his staff is just about all he does. When you would think he would be more like a wizard type fighter, it's pretty sad that the maker of show wouldn't pick up on that or find it a problem.
3) This may be petty, by why in the name of Odin is this show called "The [B]Mythical Detective[/B] Loki Ragnarok". Mythical Detective my ass, the guy doesn't even work on any real "cases" after about the 8th episode. And what "Detective" work he does in those few episodes is definitely the most laughable thing about this show. We all know he's a god, but solving cases because " I had a feeling" doesn't cut it in a world where shows like Conan, Death Note, Un-go, ect, exist!!!!
Leg work(interviewing/ interrogating) pretty much never happens in this anime. It is replaced with everyone running around usually screaming what ever person is missing name. With the conclusion of this being Loki finding the evil object or god that he is looking for and saying " I had a feeling...". Where is the logic or Mythical diagnostic tools??? In Neuro, at least that main character will pull a slug out of his ass, then explain that it test the air or tells him the content of a substance, and gather more/other evidence before he makes his accusation....... then he eats the persons secret!!!???(Wtf Lame)
He just doesn't say I know because I had a FEELING!!!
COULD YOU IMAGINE IF LAW AND ORDER WAS BASICALLY THE COPS BREAKING IN ON A MURDER AS HE WAS CHOPPING UP A BODY AND SAYING "I HAD A FEELING"!!!!!!!!!!
What an insult to anybody who enjoys a solid detective backround in a show that this show calms to be in the DAMN TITLE.
When it comes to art and music, I can't really judge by 1-10. To me things are pretty much either bad, good/average/meh, or great. This is the only reason this show isn't a 1. The art is pretty average. Even if it isn't constance in my eyes by making many characters look pretty simple or most of the specters/monsters kind of have a filter or barrier around them......... but then drawing Ecchan the pink thing that sits on Loki's head, pretty much like jiggly-puff's stool or Fenrir like a shadow with zero definition.
SideNote- A testament of how poor this show is, Loki summons Ecchan like in the 4th or 5th episode and when I was writing this guide I wanted to know what it actually was. A ghost, familiar, demon. The official description I found on here is exactly what I wrote, THE PINK THING THAT SITS ON LOKI'S HEAD! Way to go the extra mile and add in backround about your characters!!!
The Music is also fine. It's not out of place and I really dig the opening and outro songs. They really feel Mythical and what not.
Not the worst show I watched, but pretty close. Just watch the first 4-5 episodes and the last if you have to. Pretty much everything you want to know is in that small sample. It ends exactly as it starts, you wondering WTF is going on!??!
The overall story is definitely good and to a point original. The idea of a god stuck on Earth forced to collect evil souls is a good one and the anime even gives you a small amount of information on Norse Mythology (the manga tells you more but what it doesn't tell you, you can look up).
I was mostly pleased with the fact that the anime didn't have the standard characters that comedy animes usually have; the lecherous pervert who somehow gets away with only a hit on the head, the klutzy girl/guy who trips over her/his own feet all the time, or the immature adult who can't act his own age. The fact that these three highly annoying character types are NOT present in this anime is a definite bonus.
The anime does follows the manga to a point but as per usual, changes the story a little bit as needed. Some scenes in the anime are completely different than the chapters they mimic in the manga and some scenes in the anime just plain don't exist in the manga.
The only thing I didn't like about the anime is the ending. It seemed rushed and hastily thrown together. Despite the shoddy job on the ending, it doesn't leave too many questions and any it does leave can be answered by doing a little homework on Norse Mythology (hint: Ragnarok).
The anime is pretty much anything but serious but it does have it moments. The series would have been better had they stretched out some of the episodes from one to two. The actual serious points of the anime could not be brought across to the audience in half an hour and should have followed Black Butler in stretching one episode into two.
I recommend this series to anyone looking for a laugh but also something that older viewers can watch without feeling like they're five.read more
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