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|Well, Zabo is back in school again taking spring classes, so I’ll be on my own from now on (meaning that the posts will also be regular from now on. …Hopefully.) Anyways, since there is a TON to cover, I’ll just be saying an abridged version my thoughts on each particular episode.|
This episode was great not only because of the introduction of Koko’s brother (the best side character to date an no one is going to tell me differently), but also because it went into Jonah’s past a bit. It was surprising how well Jormungand could pull off an entire episode set on story as opposed to nonstop action considering that it’s just been barreling through everything at breakneck speed, but it covered the story aspect rather well. If only it did that more often. They CAN actually explain things when they try. Anyways, another part I really liked about this episode was the fact that Koko and her brother weren’t at each other’s throats. I’ve seen way too many anime where siblings in the same business are trying to kill one another for various reasons, so it’s nice to see that these two kind of get along. Hell, Kaspar was the reason Jonah even joined Koko in the first place, I’d say he was helping her. Overall, it was a great episode.
So are all illegal business owners in anime named ‘Chang‘ or what? Odd connection with Black Lagoon aside (good thing this Chang didn’t wear sunglasses), Jormungand continued it’s routine of shooting helicopters out of the sky and establishing every single female character as being well off her rocker. This episode was more setup for episode 7 then anything, but it had some good places characterization-wise. Jonah is seeming more and more human with every episode (his saving the random child being the major one here), but he still is able to retain that same level as badassery. He’s also fitting into the team a lot more ever since Lehm yelled at him for being a self sacrificing retard a while back. He even got to join in the team’s glowing eyed ‘pre-hunt’ scene this episode. If that’s not progress, I don’t know what is.
The brief look into Valmet’s past was fun this episode, though that Schokolade (dear lord that name is difficult to spell) character stole the show for me since she seems to be the most normal of any of the female characters that we’ve come across thus far. I didn’t even think it was possible at this point (plus her ditzy personality was weirdly endearing). Anyways, Jonah was surprisingly useful this week with his mountain information and I don’t know if they ever mentioned this before, if we were supposed to assume this due to his backstory, or if they just threw this fact out there just because and then decided it was canon. Another thing that was a tiny bit confusing was Chang’s motives for any of this. Though at this point, I’ve gotten used to the fact that Jormungand just likes to throw things out there and run with them.
So if Koko’s forte isn’t running around shooting things, then it’s definitely being a manipulative strategist. This was the episode that made me realize just why Koko was so badass despite her not really doing things in battle, and it’s because she’s just so great at making things all go according to keikaku. While watching her run around and set things up was a bit tedious to watch, having it all fall together for her in the end was glorious to see. On the other hand, that other woman was a great opponent for Koko and brought out her strengths. I wish they could have explained Koko’s relationship with that FBI woman more (would Scarecrow really just let her hang out with Koko like that? I pegged him as more of an opportunistic asshat.), but I don’t think they ever will.
…I don’t know what was funnier. The fact that the team was casually throwing Jonah around like it was nothing or that fact that Valmet was more muscular then I thought humanly possible. Anyways, this was another great episode for characterization and for once, I actually enjoyed the beach section of an anime. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but Jormungand manages to pull off humour rather well for me. This episode being one example, but also the episode before with Jonah kicking Lutz’s ass at paintball. Anyways, the second half of the episode was rather enjoyable as well. Koko excels at making difficult situations go her way by playing the right cards, so I’d like to see how this finishes off. This episode went to both extremes of action and non-action, but it managed to balance both pretty well.
One Last Thing…
So as long as I don’t try to think of how realistic or unrealistic a situation is, this anime is still fabulous. For a show that doesn’t break it’s pace for anyone or anything, it’s doing a rather fantastic job of slowly characterizing each of the characters in a way that doesn’t break that pace. Sure the show relies on a LOT of character stereotypes (Lutz being the guy who doesn’t like shooting women and children, Lehm being the older/wiser mentor with great observational skills and Valmet being the revenge-bent (yuri) character), Koko always manages to remain fresh and entertaining to watch. Actually, I find all of the characters fun to watch really. Along the way, they’ve also managed to turn Jonah from an emotionally void soldier into an adorable shota character who still kicks ass. I have to admire how smoothly they managed to integrate that transition since they’ve been adding it in subtly every episode. What I want now is for Jormungand to focus on more backstories (since they did Jonah’s so brilliantly) and maybe a bit more on some of the characters they haven’t covered. All of Koko’s team are great characters, they just need more time to shine.
So as far as animation goes, I see corner’s cut every now and then, but the screenshots of action shots I take are always pretty great quality. The unique art style this uses has definitely grown on me over the past 9 episodes as well. As for the music in this, the single for the OP came out a couple weeks ago and it still hasn’t grown old with me (I’m just waiting on that ED single now). On the other hand though, the soundtrack has a few songs that I like, but the rest are pretty forgettable with me. It’s hit and miss really. As a whole? Jormungand is extremely entertaining if you can overlook the fact that they hardly ever explain anything 100% and this show likes to break a few laws of physics now and again.