Readers might already be conversant in the title Warlords of Sigrdrifa due to the anime adaptation that aired again in 2020, written by Re:Zero creator Tappei Nagatsuki. Now Yen Press has introduced the primary of the prequel gentle novels Warlords of Sigrdrifa Rusalka to the English marketplace for these seeking to pattern extra within the franchise.
The story takes place on Earth the place humanity is threatened by mysterious Pillars that seem instantly and go away mass destruction of their wake, earlier than retreating briefly. To struggle again, the Norse god Odin has gifted some younger ladies with the title of Valkyries. They’ll pilot Deus ex Machinas (particular magically enhanced planes based mostly on these used throughout World Struggle II) and are able to defeating the Pillars in battle.
Whereas the anime collection was set in Japan, this collection takes place in Europe and follows Rusalka Evereska, a second-generation Valkyrie. At some point she meets Amy, the one member of the primary era famend for her success on the battlefield, who goes round supporting whichever areas want extra firepower or discover themselves on the point of being worn out. The 2 type a detailed friendship and finally, Rusalka and her squad are invited to hitch Amy and type a brand new unit that fights on the frontlines.
Amy is humanity’s hope, however the second era of Valkyries battle to maintain up along with her, attributable to missing the identical stage of proficiency or, merely, energy. Even Rusalka’s unit (whose members are unusually gifted) isn’t with out issues throughout the few missions they take along with Amy. Due to this and since Rusalka lacks confidence in her skills, she turns down the provide which hurts Amy and the remainder of her comrades who’ve chosen to maneuver to the brand new unit.
Not lengthy after, Rusalka learns that Amy and her pals have been worn out throughout a mission. Filled with regret for not having joined the squad, Rusalka retires from her position as a Valkyrie and sinks right into a melancholy. This continues till she meets Alejandro Ostley, somebody who, identical to Amy, could also be about to vary her destiny perpetually.
In Japan Warlords of Sigrdrifa Rusalka was launched over two volumes, however for the English launch, Yen Press has mixed them into one thick omnibus. Whereas I’m often not a fan of that method, I believe this time it really works out since Quantity 1 could be very a lot Rusalka’s origin story whereas Quantity 2 makes higher use of the overarching storyline. So, we get one of the best of each worlds.
I haven’t truly watched Warlords of Sigrdrifa, so I picked this assortment up blind, going solely off of the synopsis and the truth that I’m a fan of Nagatsuki’s work. Regardless of having no prior information of the collection, I loved this launch quite a bit. As all the time, Nagatsuki as an creator manages to betray the readers’ expectations and ship one thing way more attention-grabbing than you’d first anticipate.
Early on, I anticipated Rusalka would be a part of Amy’s group and the 2 books could be about her missions there, so I used to be shocked when throughout the first chapter or two that didn’t occur. I’m glad it went on this course as an alternative as a result of it gave Rusalka’s story much more emotional weight than it could have in any other case. And, like I stated earlier, that is properly balanced out by the second guide which does see Rusalka participating in routine missions extra actively with a brand new squad, so we get to expertise that kind of comradery and each day life.
This steadiness of extremely emotional conditions and life-or-death battles is in line with Nagatsuki’s strengths, as readers of Re:Zero might be very conversant in. The battle scenes circulate effectively with ample quantities of pressure. They’re detailed sufficient for readers to know a transparent image of the scene, however don’t get slowed down with lengthy descriptions. They’re simply gentle sufficient to maintain you turning the web page rapidly, keen to seek out out what’s subsequent, very similar to different works from the creator. Maybe most significantly, by the point I obtained to the tip of this assortment, I discovered myself keen to take a look at the anime adaptation to study extra concerning the world and characters there.
As beforehand talked about, Warlords of Sigrdrifa Rusalka involves the West due to Yen Press and has been translated by Dale DeLucia. The interpretation reads effectively with no points to notice. This launch is a hardback that features color pages in the beginning (illustrated by Takuya Fujima), however attributable to this being a 2-in-1 launch the illustrations at the beginning embrace these from Quantity 2, so chances are you’ll wish to skip previous them till you’re executed studying all the guide.
In Japan Warlords of Sigrdrifa has a second two-volume prequel collection subtitled Sakura, which is about in Japan as an alternative of Europe. It’s unclear at present if Yen Press additionally holds the license to those or in the event that they’re a separate license. No less than for now there’s nothing additional within the schedule, so we is probably not getting these anytime quickly – which might be a disgrace!
General, Warlords of Sigrdrifa Rusalka is one thing that current followers of the franchise might be wanting to get their palms on. In the meantime, newcomers in search of a brand new fantasy by this standard creator or who’ve a passing curiosity within the collection will get pleasure from themselves as they comply with Rusalka’s struggles to come back to phrases along with her place on the earth.