Episode - 21: Thor VS Raiden
You know, one of the most common criticisms we get with Death Battle is that some matchups are “too one-sided.” But sometimes this seems to be based on the research presented in the episode itself, so doesn’t that mean we did our job well? Convincing you of a winner’s legitimacy is one of Death Battle’s main goals, after all! If a Death Battle convinces you of its winner so thoroughly that you come out of the show thinking the matchup is a one-sided stomp, I’d say that’s a very successful episode!
Perhaps this opinion is actually meant to be interpreted as another, totally reasonable one; that a particular episode’s outcome was too obvious from the get-go. For the most part, I think our matchups have been compelling enough to stave off this potential issue. But whenever I’m asked if there was ever a Death Battle that was such a complete and horrendous stomp that the episode never needed to exist, only one comes to mind.
Thor VS Raiden! (Woo!)
Back then, this was a surprisingly frequent request. That might sound like a surprise, but I think it had a lot to do with how ScrewAttack was still predominantly a video gaming website first and foremost at the time. Today, our most popular Death Battles usually involve superheroes or shonen anime characters, and episodes with video game characters rarely get the same sort of recognition. But back in 2012, the opposite was actually the case.
Outside of it being a strangely high requested fight, I’m not entirely sure why I went with this match in particular. I believe I chose this one to give myself a bit of leeway going forward. See, the next few episodes had already been planned, and several of them would be humongous undertakings, so it made sense to do something that could be researched and written in a shorter time-frame and then dedicate that newly acquired time to, say, Cloud VS Link or Batman VS Spider-Man.
Fortunately, I don’t think many people minded how obvious the victor was, because our new animator Lange really pulled out all the stops for this battle animation! It’s still really fun to watch today! I legitimately don't want to talk about it all that much here, because I'd rather you just go watch it and have a good time. Though I think as far as the character rundowns go, our Thor VS Wonder Woman episode covers Thor's powers waaaaaaaaay better than this one.
There’s honestly not much else to discuss concerning this episode. Sorry if this blog seemed a little short, though I’m quickly coming up on some matchups which I’ll have a LOT to talk about, so stay tuned! Thanks for reading!
-Ben B. Singer
P.S. What’s an obviously one-sided match-up you’d still like to see a Death Battle of?