Is the Record of Ragnarok Manga Over? (& What About the Anime?)
Record of Ragnarok is a seinen manga written by Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui and drawn by Ajichika, published in Monthly Comic Zenon magazine since November 2017 by Coami; it is also published by Tokuma Shoten in bound volumes since May 2018. A derivative series entitled Shūmatsu no Valkyrie: Ryo Fu Hō Sen Hishōden, created by Takeo Ono, has been published in Monthly Comic Zenon since October 2019. An animated series adaptation produced by Graphinica studio was produced by Netflix in 2021, with a second season scheduled for a January 2023 release. While we’re waiting for the new season to start, we are going to tell you whether Record of Ragnarok is really over.
Record of Ragnarok is a series consisting of two works – a manga series and an anime series – and both of these works are still ongoing and are not finished. The manga series has been ongoing since November 25, 2017, and has 17 volumes as of the time of writing, while the anime series has been ongoing since June 17, 2021; although a third season has not been confirmed, it is likely going to be. There is no foreseeable ending for any of these works as of the time of writing.
The rest of this article is going to focus on the publication of the Record of Ragnarok series and all its aspects. We’re going to go over the whole publication history and ultimately tell you whether the Record of Ragnarok series is over or still ongoing so that you know how much material from this great series you can expect.
Is the Record of Ragnarok manga over?
Record of Ragnarok is written by Shinya Umemura and Takumi Fukui, and illustrated by Chika Aji. It has been serialized since November 25, 2017, in the monthly Zenon magazine published by Coamix (previously published by Tokuma Shoten). The chapters have been collected in tankōbon volumes since May 19, 2018. Seventeen volumes have been released as of December 20, 2022. The structure looks like this:
|No.||Original release date||ISBN|
|01||May 19, 2018||ISBN 978-4-19-980495-3|
|02||September 20, 2018||ISBN 978-4-19-980517-2|
|03||March 20, 2019||ISBN 978-4-19-980557-8|
|04||July 20, 2019||ISBN 978-4-19-980581-3|
|05||November 20, 2019||ISBN 978-4-19-980603-2|
|06||April 20, 2020||ISBN 978-4-86720-119-0|
|07||June 19, 2020||ISBN 978-4-86720-155-8|
|08||September 19, 2020||ISBN 978-4-86720-168-8|
|09||December 19, 2020||ISBN 978-4-86720-187-9|
|10||March 18, 2021||ISBN 978-4-86720-204-3|
|11||June 18, 2021||ISBN 978-4-86720-240-1|
|12||September 18, 2021||ISBN 978-4-86720-263-0|
|13||December 20, 2021||ISBN 978-4-86720-285-2|
|14||March 19, 2022||ISBN 978-4-86720-316-3|
|15||June 20, 2022||ISBN 978-4-86720-389-7|
|16||September 20, 2022||ISBN 978-4-86720-415-3|
|17||December 20, 2022||ISBN 978-4-86720-446-7|
A spin-off titled Shūmatsu no Valkyrie: Ryo Fu Hō Sen Hishōden was published between October 25, 2019 and November 25, 2022 also in Zenon as well, as an addition to the main storyline. The chapters have been collected into seven tankōbon volumes released between April 20, 2020 and December 20, 2022. The structure is like this:
|No.||Original release date||ISBN|
|1||April 20, 2020||ISBN 978-4-86-720120-6|
|2||September 19, 2020||ISBN 978-4-86-720169-5|
|3||December 19, 2020||ISBN 978-4-86-720188-6|
|4||June 18, 2021||ISBN 978-4-86-720243-2|
|5||December 20, 2021||ISBN 978-4-86-720286-9|
|6||June 20, 2022||ISBN 978-4-86-720391-0|
|7||December 20, 2022||ISBN 978-4-86-720448-1|
As you can see, as of the time of writing this article, the Record of Ragnarok manga series is quite alive and well. There are absolutely no signs of cancelation, and while the story certainly is slowly approaching its final arc, as is every story (except, maybe, One Piece, but that is a wholly different topic), there is no news about any cancelation or the series reaching its end as of this moment, which means that there is still a lot more of the manga to enjoy.
Is the Record of Ragnarok anime finished?
It was revealed in December 2020 that an anime version of the series will be created by Warner Bros. Japan and animated by Graphinica. The anime adaptation was eventually made available on Netflix on June 17, 2021. Masao Kubo served as the director, while Kazuyuki Fudeyasu wrote the narrative, Masaki Saito created the character designs, and Yasuharu Takanashi created the music. Maximum the Hormone performs “Kamigami,” the opening theme, while SymaG performs “Fukahi,” the closing theme.
The series was confirmed to get a second season in August 2021. The main cast from the first season is back, with Yumeta Company and Graphinica producing the show, and Yuka Yamada and Kazuyuki Fudeyasu penning the scripts. The season will have 15 episodes, with the first 10 of those episodes set to air on January 26, 2023, and the final five episodes to follow later in the same year. Masatoshi Ono’s “Inori” serves as the closing theme, while Minami’s “Rude, Loose Dance” serves as the opening theme.
The first season consisted of a total of twelve episodes which were released in a single batch of episodes by Netflix. It ended with Kojirō taking a surprising win against Poseidon, which was the first win for humanity and it surprised both them and the gods. With the battle over, a new battle was announced, it being the one between Heracles, who was chosen by the gods as their next fighter, and Jack the Ripper, humanity’s most famous serial killer.
The first season thus left us with a cliffhanger that the second season is definitely going to resolve. Although it has not been confirmed, it is most likely that the second season is going to have twelve episodes as well, all of which are going to be released in one single batch, as is Netflix’s usual way of releasing its content.
Everything we’ve said about the manga above can be applied to the anime series as well. Although we haven’t received official confirmation of a third season of Record of Ragnarok (the second still hasn’t aired, thought), the popularity of the manga and the initial anime adaptations make it almost a certain thing, so we can confirm that the anime is not over either and that we are going to see more of the anime in the future. We just don’t know when.