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Ragnarok the Animation
Logo ragnarok.png
Genre Adventure, Drama
TV anime
Director Seiji Kishi, Kim Jung Ryool
Producer Seīchi Hori, Cheong Dae Sik
Writer Hideki Mitsui, Lee Myung Jin
Studio G&G Entertainment, Gonzo
Country Japan, South Korea
Licensor United States Canada FUNimation Entertainment
Network Japan TV Tokyo
South Korea SBS
Original run April 6, 2004September 28, 2004
Episodes 26
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Ragnarok the Animation is an anime and aenimeisyeon series based on the MMORPG Ragnarok Online, produced in the first quarter of 2004 and was broadcast on TV Tokyo of Japan. In 2005, it was broadcast on SBS in Korea. It has 26 episodes. The Philippine and Brazilian distributor of the game, Level Up! Games, Inc., cooperated with ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation for local licensing and distribution rights of Ragnarok the Animation. On January 22, 2007, FUNimation Entertainment announced the U.S. license of Ragnarok on the website's Kickoff 07.

The story happens in the same world of Rune-Midgard. An evil entity called the Dark Lord wants to create chaos in the world with the help of seven crystals that represent the seven ambitions (also known as the Seven Strengths) who sealed him away years ago.





The main protagonist, Roan (ロアン?, voiced by Daisuke Sakaguchi) is a swordsman whose main goal in the anime is to gain power to protect his childhood friend, Yufa. At one point, he believes he has failed in this and goes off alone to get stronger. After a fateful encounter in Byalan, Roan returns to the group as a Crusader, successfully rescuing Yufa. However, as the story progresses, Roan begins to lose sight of his duty. He later realizes his wrong after some advice from the Legendary Witch in Payon and Comodo. However, it was too late as Roan made it only on time to see Yufa leave with her brother. Afterwards, the group heads towards Glast Heim to save Yuufa and to stop Dark Lord. On the way, they are confronted by a possessed Yufa who sends a torrent of undead monsters at her friends. After their victory, she teleports them directly to Glast Heim. With the help and sacrifice of the rest of the party, Roan manages to locate Yufa. However, he finds her to be unable to truly hear his words. Tricking Roan, Yufa kisses him with her tongue thus sliping a cursed ruby into his mouth, which he then swallows. Upon realizing this, the cursed ruby begins to kill Roan. Unable to draw his sword, Roan allows Yufa to stab him with a cursed blade. Eventually, Yufa breaks free from her mental bonds and frees Roan from the curse she had set on him with a kiss of true love. Then, he, Yufa and the rest of the surviving group reunite to defeat Dark Lord. In the end, Roan and Yufa were each seen wearing a ring, implying that they are now married.


The love interest of Roan, Yufa (ユーファ Yūfa?, voiced by Nana Mizuki) is an acolyte and Roan's childhood friend. Though she puts on a smile for Roan, it's obvious she's still mourning the loss of her older brother, Keough. When Keough suddenly returns to life as an evil being, she becomes confused and doesn't know whether or not to fight her brother or protect him. Later, in an effort to save the souls under the control of the Moonlight Flower in Payon, she becomes a Priestess. Eventually, Roan's ignorance and arrogance pushes Yufa away and prompts her to leave the group (and Roan) behind for her brother, Keough. Keough eventually corrupts Yufa by removing her soul crystal, something that seems to give her the ability to stay pure, and is also consequently one of the key items of Dark Lord's revival. After stabbing Roan in her corrupt state, Keough comes to her in a vision and tells her that he must leave her... but that Roan would protect her in his absence. This vision broke Dark Lord's corruption, and freed Yufa to allow her to see what she had done. Holding the dying Roan in her arms, Yufa kissed her childhood love at last. This kiss of true love destroyed the cursed ruby ailing Roan, allowing the two to stand together against Dark Lord. With the help of her friends and Roan, Yufa sealed Dark Lord away with a Magnus Exorcismus spell. At the end of the series, it is implied that Roan and Yufa married.


The third character to be introduced to the series, Takius (タキウス Takiusu?, voiced by Aya Hisakawa) is a mage who wears a blindfold ("Takius Blindfold") and searches the world for the ultimate truth. Her mission for this "ultimate truth" was put on her by her teacher, Zephyr (who also gave her the blinker). With the blinker and her original staff intact, Zephyr had the ability to control her. After going mad and being recruited by Dark Lord, he uses this ability to manipulate Takius in favor of Dark Lord's plans. Eventually, Takius is able to conquer her internal struggles, breaking free from her ties with him and removing the blinker permanently. To further this transformation she became a Sage, resulting in one final confrontation with the one man she ever loved. During the final battle with Zephyr, her master was betrayed by the Dark Lord, who had been using Zephyr from the beginning. As a result, he falls from a collapsing wall, only to be saved just in time by Takius. However, the two are killed from a spell Zephyr had casted previously. However, this wouldn't be Takius's last appearance in the anime. The voice of Takius would come to Roan during the final battle, encouraging Roan to fight on for he had lost all hope (some believe that Takius has survived the Lord of Vermillion spell Zephyr summoned). Takius's staff would then come crashing down from the air, cancelling the Meteor Storm spell Dark Lord was using (somehow, the wand seems to contain a Sage class magic called Spellbreaker, which is the reason of the spell cancelling effect). Maya carries out her wand as a memory of her. Her real name is Catherine (キャスリン Kyasurin?), but hates being called that for unknown reasons. Speculations may involve being considered to be related to High Wizard Katherine Keyron, a monster within the final level of the Lighthalzen Biolabs although is considered not canon since Lighthalzen didn't appear during that time - not to mention they have different hairstyle and class.


Maya (マーヤ Māya?, voiced by Haruko Momoi) is the next person after Takius to be introduced in the anime. She's the merchant in the group and usually joins parties to steal loot and make off with their money. Her rather disagreeable way of doing things comes from a tragic event in her childhood where she was beaten in her "hometown" of Alberta after trying to sell apples with her self-made cart. She met Roan and Yuufa in the Prontera Sewers when they saved her from a large number of Thief Bugs. In return, she saves them by delivering a Blue Potion to Yuufa during their fight with a Golden Thief Bug. She later changes her rather roguish ways after becoming attached to Yuufa and the rest of the group. She has a known affinity for monsters, never being seen without her pet Poring named Poy-Poy. In Episode 7, she befriends an "Alice" (monster who resembles a human maid) but sadly meets a tragic end because of the actions of Zealotus (a half monster who despises humans) in Episode 19. However, she makes peace with Zealotus, but too little too late in Comodo. Maya only ever uses two skills in the series, Mammonite and Cart Revolution. Maya is the only member of the group to not "advance" to another job. She does, however, throw potions much like an Alchemist.


Like Yuufa is childhood friends with Roan, Yirga Alam (イルガアラム Iruga Aramu?, voiced by Kazuya Nakai) is childhood friends with Keough and is an assassin. After witnessing his friend "die" in Glast Heim, Yirga decided to protect both Yuufa and Roan in Keough's memory. Later on in his travels, he meets an amateur female hunter by the name of Judia. After saving her from a couple of bandits, they become companions (or rather she just follows him). When Yirga finds out Keough is alive and now working for evil, he fights his former friend in an effort to bring the real Keough back. During one confrontation, he becomes gravely injured, and is forced to battle Keough in a weakened state numerous times. In the final battle in Glast Heim, Yirga and Keough fatally struck each other at the same time. However, Yirga managed to stab Keough's wound, freeing his friend's heart from the evil the Dark Lord placed in it. Unfortunately, this killed Keough in the process and the two died.


A hunter who has developed a relationship with Iruga. At first, Judia (ジュディア?, voiced by Minako Arakawa) is a terrible hunter, but after a chance encounter with Iruga, she improves a great deal. She has incredible skills with her bow by the time of the anime. She is also apparently able to read tarot cards like a Minstrel or Gypsy. She falls in love with Iruga and comes to understand what he's trying to do in fighting Keough as he is. When she teams up with Roan's group, she gets jealous after Yuufa holds his hand and keeps calling him "Brother Iruga". By the end of the anime, she has Iruga's child which was the product of giving her "life force to Iruga when he was injured with a sword which is enchanted with poison(can be seen in the end of episode 17 and the beggining of episode 18). In the Japanese version she speaks with a Kansai accent; in the Philippine version she speaks in the Bisaya accent.


Dark Lord

The main antagonist of the series, Dark Lord (ダークロード Dāku Rōdo?) is the greatest representation of evil within Rune-Midgard. He shows a noticeable superiority to all other monsters in the anime, and proves to be the world's greatest threat, despite being sealed away long ago by the "Seven Ambitions." He is so cunning and devious, he manages to convince three of the seven souls he needs to be revived to work for him. From several scenes, it seems that the Dark Lord consists of two identities, both being equally evil. There is no apparent difference between the two identities, seemingly only shown to explain the different voices of this villain. Dark Lord is an actual MVP (boss) in Ragnarok Online.


Yufa's elder brother, a knight, and currently a subordinate of the Dark Lord. Keough (キーオ Kīo?, voiced by Takehito Koyasu) is childhood friends with Iruga and accompanied him to investigate Glast Heim. The ruins proved to be too much for the group and forced them to flee. However, their escape route was blocked by an Abysmal Knight. Despite Iruga's protests, Keough distracted the knight as Iruga got Roan and Yufa out. However, before Iruga could make it back Keough was stabbed and the doors of Glast Heim closed. In the beginning it is assumed he died, but the group later learns that he was brainwashed and corrupted by the Dark Lord. Keough's stab wound was made by a "Blade Lost in Darkness," which would become symbolic to what he had become. His main purpose would be to lure Yufa to join the dark side, for she was holding a soul crystal vital for Dark Lord's revival. Merely seconds from death, Keough reforms and apologizes to Iruga for everything. His soul later appears in Yufa's dream sequence telling her not to choose the path he had taken, and to follow Roan for he would protect her. Iruga nicknames him Haze after he turns to the dark side.


Zephyr (ゼフェル Zeferu?, voiced by Nachi Nozawa) is a wizard, and Takius's teacher. He possesses similar characteristics to The Joker. He has a high-pitched laugh and does some very goofy antics throughout the anime, from laughing for no apparent reason, to fighting Roan with a candy cane. However, all that cannot seem to hide his incredible power, knowledge of magic, and his utter insanity. Zephyr once had a family, but they had lost their lives due to a failed experiment of his. Coupled with the ridicule of the public, Zephyr was driven insane to the point where he could be easily manipulated by the Dark Lord. The anime is vague on whether he went insane during teaching Takius or after. He is eventually saved by his former pupil, but too late for both of them. In the anime, Zephyr was the only character to have attained an "aura" which signifies the ultimate power he has gained through mercilessly killing hundreds of monsters and people (in Ragnarok Online it instead represents reaching level 99).


Jiltus (ジルタス Jirutasu?, voiced by Mariko Suzuki) is the offspring of a monster father and a human mother. Because of the prejudice of her monster half, Jiltus and her mother were forced to leave their village. The cruelty of the villagers left a deep hatred of humans in Jiltus' heart. After her mother's death, Jiltus lived among the monsters and became a cruel being. A chance encounter with Baphomet made her rethink her lifestyle until she is approached by Dark Lord to serve him. She was first seen in Prontera Sewers, manipulating the actions of the Golden Thief Bug. During the anime, she has a particular dislike for Maya because of Maya's love for monsters and relationship with Alice. They eventually resolve their differences. In the end, she sacrifice her life to protect Maya as a sign of their friendship. Her spirit would appear before Maya during the final battle and instruct her on how to defeat the Dark Lord. Jiltus(Zealotus) is an actual monster in the game.



Baphomet (バフォメット Bafometto?, voiced by Mugihito), a towering, horned goat-like being who is the first to best the entire group of protagonists, possessing immense power, but obviously not fighting to the fullest in his fights (and often toying with his opponents). Though considered evil at first, he shows mercy by sparing the group and then respect when Judia rescues his son. It seems the Baphomet was one the greatest beings preventing Dark Lord's revitalization, though he never directly interferes until the end. It is unknown whether or not Baphomet is stronger than the Dark Lord. At one point in the series it is revealed that Baphomet is concerned for the "balance of good and evil" which could explain why he opposes Dark Lord while being the evil himself. His weapon is a large hammer in the anime, while in the game he uses a purple scythe. Baphomet is an actual MVP (boss) in the game.


Melopsum (メロプシュム Meropushumu?, voiced by Rumi Ochiai) is a shapeshifting witch who was responsible for a tragedy at Comodo many years ago (although it has been implied that is was just a misinterpreted tale). She seems to be associated with Baphomet, but is a largely mysterious character. She has a particular interest in Roan. She first changed into a Crusader in Izlude Island and saves Roan and convinces him to become a Crusader. Then she changes into an Archer in Payon to teach him the true path that power isn't everything and finally a Monk when Roan is trapped in a cave near Comodo, teaching him not to use the sword arrogantly and that pure strength is not enough. In her last appearance to Roan, she (and two dancers indirectly) teach Roan to tell the enemies moves and gives him a sword that was used to seal herself away, entrusting him to use it to protect those he loved.

Skills used in the anime

Episode 1

Cold Bolt (コルド ボルト, Korudo Boruto)
Frost Diver (フォロスト ダイヴァ, Forosuto Daiva)
Heal (ヒル, Hiru)
Holy Light (ホリ ライト, Hori Raito)
Lightning Bolt (ライトニング ボルト, Raitoningu Boruto)

Episode 2

Magnum Break (マクナム ブレク, Makunamu Bareku)
Heal (ヒル, Hiru)
Blessing (ブレシング, Bureshingu)
Increase Agility (ソクル ソカ, Sokuru Soka)

Episode 3

Heal (ヒル, Hiru)
Lightning Bolt (ライトニング ボルト, Raitoningu Boruto)
Cold Bolt (コルド ボルト, Korudo Boruto)
Increase Agility (ソクル ソカ, Sokuru Soka)
Thunder Storm (サンダ ストム, Sanda Sutomu)
Frost Diver (フォロスト ダイヴァ, Forosuto Daiva)

Episode 4

Frost Diver (フォロスト ダイヴァ, Forosuto Daiva)
Ruwach (ルワク, Ruwaku)
Lightning Bolt (ライトニング ボルト, Raitoningu Boruto)
Increase Agility (ソクル ソカ, Sokuru Soka)
Cold Bolt (コルド ボルト, Korudo Boruto)
Double Strafing (ダブル スタレフィング, Daburu Sutarefingu)
Sonic Blow (ソニク ブロ, Soniku Buro)

Episode 5

Aqua Benedicta (アクワ ベネディクタ, Akuwa Benedikuta)
Frost Diver (フォロスト ダイヴァ, Forosuto Daiva)
Double Strafing (ダブ スタレフィング, Dabu Sutarefingu)
Lightning Bolt (ライトニング ボルト, Raitoningu Boruto)

Episode 6

Magnum Break (マクナム ブレク, Makunamu Bareku)

Episode 7

Cart Revolution (カートに革命, Kāto Ni Kakumei)

Episode 8

Heal (ヒル, Hiru)

Episode 9

Angelus (エンジェラス, Enjerasu)

Episode 10

Thunder Storm (サンダ ストム, Sanda Sutomu)
Heal (ヒル, Hiru)
Cold Bolt (コルド ボルト, Korudo Boruto)

Episode 11

Heal (ヒル, Hiru)
Double Attack (ダブ アタク, Dabu Ataku)
Sonic Blow (ソニク ブロ, Soniku Buro)
Holy Light (ホリ ライト, Hori Raito)
Blitz Beat (ブリツ ビタ, Buritsu Bita)
Frost Diver (フォロスト ダイヴァ, Forosuto Daiva)
Thunder Storm (サンダ ストム, Sanda Sutomu)
Increase Agility (ソクル ソカ, Sokuru Soka)
Blessing (ブレシング, Bureshingu)
Quagmire (クアグマイア, Kuagumaia)
Cold Bolt (コルド ボルト, Korudo Boruto)
Lightning Bolt (ライトニング ボルト, Raitoningu Boruto)

Episode 12

Fire Pillar (ファイア ピラ, Faia Pira)

Episode 13

Gangster's Paradise (ガンス パラダイス, Gansta Paradaisu)

In-game events

Japan, Indonesia, and Philippines have held some sort of in-game events to commemorate the release of the anime. On jRO, players could speak to an NPC in Comodo then carry out quests paralleling the anime, while two characters modeled after Roan and Yufa roamed around Prontera on pRO. In idRO, there are NPC with appearance similar to the anime's main characters, located in Alberta, that will give questions during a weekly event right after the current anime episode ends, based on what happened in the episode.

Voice actors

Japanese voice actors (seiyū)

English voice actors

Episode list

  1. For What Reasons Do You Wield That Sword? (その剣は何のためにあるのです Sono Ken wa Nani no Tame ni Aru no desu?)
  2. Nice To Meet You, Big Brother (よろしくね、お兄ちゃん Yoroshiku ne, Oniichan?)
  3. I Will Believe (私は信じてます Watashi wa Shinjitemasu?)
  4. Is That Your Strength? (それはお前の力なのか Sore wa Omae no Chikara nano ka?)
  5. What Did You Just Say? (今、なんていったの? Ima, Nante Itta no??)
  6. Because I Won't Let Anyone Interfere (誰にも私の邪魔はさせないんだから Tare ni mo Watashi no Jama wa Sasenain dakara?)
  7. Are You Consoling Me!? (なぐさめてくれるの!? Nagusamete Kureru no!??)
  8. Those Who Don't Know the Value of Life are Unfortunate (命の尊さを知らぬものは不幸だ Inochi no Tattosa o Shiranu Mono wa Fukō da?)
  9. Everything is For the Sake of Truth (全ては真理のために Subete wa Shinri no Tame ni?)
  10. You are my Brother, Right!? (兄さんなんでしょ! niisan Nan desho!?)
  11. There is Only Despair in This World (この世にあるのは失望だけだ Kono Yo ni Aru-no wa Shitsubō Dake da?)
  12. I'm No Good… (僕じゃダメなんだ… Boku ja Dame Nan da…?)
  13. Guardian… (守る者… Mamoru Mono…?)
  14. Why Don't You Answer? (どうして答えてくださらないのです Dōshite Kotaete Kudasaranai no desu?)
  15. Don't Worry, I'm Here (大丈夫、俺がいる Daijōbu, Ore ga Iru?)
  16. I Can't Save Anything… (何も救えない… Nani mo Sukuenai…?)
  17. You've Already Dirtied Your Hands (すでにお前も汚れている Sude ni Omae mo Kagarete Iru?)
  18. Everyone Already Knew (みんなわかってたんや Minna Wakatta n'ya?)
  19. We'll Always Be Together (ずっといっしょだよ Zutto Issho da yo?)
  20. Enough Already… (もう、いいや… Mō, Ii ya…?)
  21. I Need You (お前が必要なんだ Omae ga Hitsuyō Nan da?)
  22. Which is the Lonely One!? (寂しいのはどっち! Samishii-no wa Dotchi!?)
  23. Goodbye… (さよなら… Sayonara…?)
  24. The Place of Everything's Conclusion (全ての決着をつける場所 Subete no Ketchaku o Tsukeru Basho?)
  25. He Who Realized His Mistake (過ちに気付きし者 Ayamachi ni Kizuki-shi Mono?)
  26. For the Sake Of Our Future! (私達の未来のために! Watashi-tachi no Mirai no Tame ni!?)

See also

External links

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