Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see Jormungand again?
|WOOH! Best way to finish off the first year of college is with a bunch of GUNS! AND FIGHTS! YAAAHHH! Seriously though, I’ve had to cut off watching Jormungand for a couple weeks because of exams and MAN does it feel good to finally get back into it, haha. Nothing like some good ol’ arms dealing to get you back in the game!|
|Sorry about the delay!!! Zabo had school, I had school, but now we’re both officially done! You know how we’re celebrating? With guns and illegal activity! Yaaay! So yeah, on to the celebrations!|
Episode two, Koko and team unwittingly wander into a warzone and are forced to sell weapons. Koko doesn’t want to though. To make matters more complicated as well, a couple of fighters named Mildred and Lew are there as well as their boss, Currie of the British CCAT. Koko explains to her team that she doesn’t want to sell them weapons since it will be on credit (she doesn’t do credit) and also because she doesn’t think the fighting will last long anyways. However, she plays along and eventually ditches her escorts. That the same time, Mildred and Lew kill Currie’s escorts as well, so their team and Koko’s go into hiding together. Mildred and Valmet (who with Tojo, reunited with Koko’s team) have a friendly(ish) battle while scouting and we learn that Valmet was betrayed in the past. However, that’s not important for long since the people they were pretending to sell to show up and Koko and team make a run for it. …They get away because the end, Koko sold the weapons to the people after all. …Yeah.
Episode three, we learn that Jonah can’t do math to save his life and that there are assassins constantly after Koko. Jonah ditches his lessons to go follow Koko while she goes out with Valmet and it’s a good thing she does since a group of assassins named Orchestra is after her. The assassin team consists of a sadistic girl named Chinatsu (who also apparently doesn’t wear underwear) and her shark-toothed teacher, who has yet to be named. Both of them are just a liiiitle bit mentally unstable and like the sound of guns. Anyways, Jonah jumps in, a shoot-off happens, Valmet gets injured, Jonah runs to attack them head on (after noting that Koko smiles in the face of danger) and Lehm shows up to stop him from being killed. Jonah gets a lecture about how he needs to ditch the child soldier mindset since he’s part of the team now and so he runs off with Koko. Orchestra runs off after them as well and the team notes that they need to separate Chinatsu from sharkface since they can’t kill them easily while together. While on the run, Jonah talks with Koko about how weapons can make a person lose reason and Koko is just happy that Jonah finally told her what was on his mind.
After a flashback of how Chinatsu and her teacher met, we’re thrown back into the action. Orchestra catches up with Koko, as does the rest of her team. Both cars end up totaled though and so the action switches to a shootout. Despite Chinatsu’s warnings though, her teacher ends up dying thanks to Lutz’s sniping skills. She vows revenge on Koko and suddenly a new guy shows up. The asshole kicks Jonah to the water and has Koko arrested. It turns out Scarecrow (the asshole) is from the FBI, but the police let Koko go and cover the whole thing up. 3 days later, Chinatsu scales the roof and Koko has her cornered. Her main question for Chinatsu is why she doesn’t wear pantsu though. The answer is because she shoots better without them (duh, why didn’t I think of that?) and in return, Koko tells her why she sells weapons (not that we get to hear it). Lehm then kills Chinatsu after she attacks Koko and the episode ends.
Okay so, I definitely cannot deny that Jormungand has some serious balls. There is so much action! And when I say action, I mean ACTION. Exhibit A: at the start of Episode 4 the opera singer just gets SHOT DOWN. HEADSHOT. SHE IS SHOT IN THE HEAD DURING HER FINAL NOTE. SHE JUST GOES DOWN. IT CAME OUT OF NOWHERE. *breathes* Ahem. Seriously, though. It’s amazing. Everything just happens so fast and there’s never a boring moment. I never thought guns could be so, well, interesting but Jormungand makes it happen. I still cringe every time I see somebody die, but it’s almost worth it in the face of all the badass-ery that goes down. As a viewer, I can definitely say that I’m hooked on what’s going on. Sidenote: How did Valmet not bleed out from her leg? She was still able to shoot at the Orchestra people. How is that even possible…?
Unfortunately, what suffers in the face of all this action is plot. It’s so hard to follow what’s going on. As far as I’m concerned, it’s just a bunch of mindless, albeit exciting, shooting. For example, I don’t understand why there are so many people going after Koko. Besides the fact that she’s an arms dealer, we haven’t been given any other information as to what she’s done to merit such attention. This Orchestra group just came out of nowhere with the intent to kill her but we were never told why they were doing this. Did she sell weapons to the wrong person? Or not sell the goods to them? Not only so, but the same action that makes Jormungand so gripping is also its downfall. It makes it very difficult to follow what’s going on as it all proceeds at breakneck speed with no time to process it all.
Now, with that in mind, we’re starting to get inklings of some sort of plot when it comes to Koko. She comes from an important background, seeing as her father is a figure of authority in global shipping. This begs the question; why would somebody of such an uppity background be involved in arms dealing? Other than the obvious perks that come with such a background (e.g., her treatment by the police in Episode 4) I don’t particularly understand why somebody so young and of such stature would ever desire to sell weapons for a living. If the reaction of the Orchestra lackey was anything to go by, her reason can’t be too good. I look forward to finding why she chose to do so. Either way, I can still understand why she’s girl-crush worthy. Koko’s a bamf.
Well there’s good and there’s bad, but so far Jormungand has been a hell of a ride. I am a complete shotacon for Jonah. The kid is freaking adorable whether he’s shooting people’s brains out or failing at math. …I might be gay for Koko as well. She’s insane for one thing, but she’s such a kick ass leader. Her team follows her pretty unconditionally and there still hasn’t been any backstory, so it’s still a mystery how all of that happened. Jonah opening up to Koko has been done pretty well though. At first it was more of an obligation to stay with her, but as of the latest episode, he’s gone of his own accord to get her and he’s now also opening up about what he thinks. The character progression has been a bit on the fast side, but one could just attribute that to the fast-paced environment, the fact that Koko is pretty open herself, or even just the possibility that more time has elapsed then you’d think. Who even knows how long it’s been since the first episode.
One thing Jormungand absolutely sucks at though is explaining wtf is going on. Episode two was nearly impossible to follow since I had no idea who was who or why they were there. Sure, there was a bit of explanation here and there, but I was very confused even after going through it twice. Why did Koko send them the weaponry anyways? Who the crap were the other people (Mildred and the other two) and how were they involved in the war again? Stuff like that. Maybe I just missed something, but it was still hard to follow. The team movements in episodes 3-4 weren’t really coherent either. When the car crashed, how/when did the team all get out? Also, During the shootout, Orchestra appeared to be completely cornered (or could have been if some more of the team were there), yet Koko and company all ran away. I don’t want a full blown explanation, but even just a couple of words helps.
Stuff Jormungand does well? The action. Despite being confusing, you could hardly call this anime slow. There’s action 24/7/365. The action is animated pretty good as well and while the plot might not be the easiest to follow, the action is easy enough to understand. Also, Jormungand has a pretty awesome cast of characters. While not all of them have had a chance in the spotlight yet, there are little things here and there to differentiate between them. For example, Lutz seems to have a thing against fighting women. Why? No idea. They might not even have a backstory for that, but the fact is that it’s there and I’m impressed by how subtly they incorporated that fact in while not slowing down the action in the least bit. So yeah, there’s good and there’s bad, but let’s see how Jormungand takes off from here…