Netflix Hasn’t Released Record of Ragnarok in India

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Record of Ragnarok, based on the popular manga that launched in 2017, was reportedly supposed to debut on Netflix India on June 17. The anime is already available on Netflix US and it is ranked #10 on Netflix’s Top 10 list at the time of writing. You can’t watch it in India right now.

The official description of Record of Ragnarok reads, “Before eradicating humankind from the world, the gods give them one last chance to prove themselves worthy of survival. Let the Ragnarok battles begin.” The anime is directed by Masao Ookubo and Masaki Sato has designed the characters.

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As reported by Kotaku, Record of Ragnarok has several popular figures such as Rasputin, Nikola Tesla, and Jack the Ripper, along with religious figures such as Zeus, Buddha, and Lord Shiva. Featuring the Hindu god Lord Shiva has become controversial for Record of Ragnarok. The President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Rajan Zed, had released a statement about the anime, calling it “highly inappropriate.”

Zed said, “Hindu gods and goddesses were divine and entertainment companies were welcome to create projects about/around them showing their true depiction as mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. Inappropriately reimagining Hindu deities/concepts/scriptures/symbols/icons and redefining Hinduism for commercial or other agenda was not okay as it hurt the feelings of devotees.”

Zed had urged Netflix co-CEOs Ted Sarandos and Reed Hastings to reconsider the release on Record of Ragnarok. Zed has a history of criticizing games like Smite and Overwatch for in-game characters and skins.

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Since Netflix is pushing for new content in India with original series and movies, it is a bit disappointing that Record of Ragnarok hasn’t released in the country. It’s currently unclear whether the anime will ever debut in India.

We have reached out to Netflix for a comment and we will update the story if we get a response.

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