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Ragna Crimson episode 10 pales in comparison to last week’s episode for me, although it wasn’t exactly a bad time episode.
The core problem I have is that a lot of talk is heard but not much is actually said. Most of the first half of the episode will be exciting as it focuses on Princess Silverine planning the upcoming battle. Unfortunately, the planning isn’t complex or interesting, with fairly standard dialogue. The only interesting parts are where Ragna and Crimson interrupt, but those parts ultimately seem more like distractions to the plot’s progression than anything.
Last week I mentioned that I enjoyed the comedic beats with the princess and Ragna, but not to this extent. It’s a funny character moment to begin with. However, there is one sure way to turn humor into frustration and that is to repeat the same joke over and over again in a row. Even some slight change in the princess’s reaction face would be welcome here, but mostly it’s the same kind of reaction, followed by the same joking reaction from her jealous subordinates that. Maybe it worked for others, but this whole scene felt like we were simply spinning our wheels.
The second half of the episode focuses on Lady Ultimatia and Woltekamui. This part is the inverse of what came before. There are many vivid camera works and wonderful expressions, fun and diverse visual motifs. However, I don’t find dragons to be very interesting characters. It’s hard to sympathize with these monstrous alien creatures that are currently destroying humanity and want to do it. Even in the context of extremely powerful gods, they’re fundamentally not complex or nuanced, and the emotional beats don’t move me.
Hopefully next week will increase a bit more.
Grant is a cohost on the Blade Licking Thieves podcast and the Super Senpai Podcast.
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