First Impression: Warlords of Sigrdrifa

As if 2020 weren’t bad enough, back in July, glowing pillars erupted from mountains around the world and began spawning monsters (or maybe they’re robots?). With the pillars proving impervious all known human weapons (up to and including nukes), the world is in crisis. Obviously, this calls for the Norse god Odin to show up uninvited at a gathering of world leaders. He says Ragnarok is nigh and promises humanity a weapon to fight the pillars. Flash-forward five years, and a biplane-piloting “valkyrie” named Claudia shoots a magic missile at a pillar, turning it into a floating tree. No, really, that’s what happens. Apparently there are a number of these valkyries, girls empowered by Odin to fight the pillars. War-weary Claudia gets transferred from Europe to Japan, and meets her three new valkyrie kohai (friendly Miyako, shy Sonoka, and tsundere Azuzu). They tackle a team-building first mission against a “pillar” (in the form of a giant flying whale-robot?), and the stage is set for this group’s further adventures.

Yes, Azu-chan, I like this very much. Warlords of Sigrdrifa feels like The Magnificent KOTOBUKI but with Norse mythology instead of a wild west vibe. So, basically, it’s awesome. Cute girls flying vintage aircraft from the 1920s/30s/40s while getting into dogfights and being silly, accompanied by a lovely swashbuckling soundtrack… *chortles gleefully* Based on the first episode, this show is right up my alley and could be one of my favorites of the season. Do be aware that this is a double-sized episode, which means it can pace itself, but also means you’ll need twice as long to watch it (I assume subsequent eps. will be standard length?). I had a lot of fun watching Warlords of Sigrdrifa, and I happily recommend it to you.

Warlords of Sigrdrifa can be streamed on Funimation. Read our thoughts on all the new fall anime series, in additional comments from our other writers, on our fall 2020 anime first impression master post.

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