The power of Koko compels you
|So normally, I dislike shoving two episodes in one post, but Hyouka 7 and 8 are going to be joined together since it’s part of the same arc. Anyways, for those of you who are here for Jormungand, YES! It’s time for some more explosions and action. That asshole should have known better then to mess with Koko.|
So this episode was mostly people dying and more confirmation that Koko and team are the most badass people around. There wasn’t much for characterization this time, but Koko did get some great lines in the episode (the one with the dragon being what stood out the most, though I’m sure that was the point in the first place). I wasn’t (and at the same time was) expecting her to go back for the missing doctor. We know that she doesn’t sell weapons for profit, but at the same time, this whole doctor thing didn’t have much to do with selling weapons. She could have easily just left him behind and had the FBI deal with Dragon, or just, you know, left him, but her team picked him up personally. Despite all of the illegal stuff she does, Koko does seem like a good person at heart (world peace, yo). …Though there’s always that fine line, but that’s what makes her appealing as a character in my eyes.
He’s committed so many crimes against humanity, they had to make a new term for it.
Now for the Dragon guy. His plan was to torture a doctor (who was there to help people) in front of a camera and then broadcast it? …How was this guy a national hero again? No, really. They didn’t exactly do a great job explaining wtf was going on in the country. …Hell, I don’t even know where this anime takes place/where the team is half the time. Dragon fell into the EXTREME asshole category of villains here, which seems a bit odd since normally Jormungand adds in something redeeming about it’s antagonists. …Though she basically sold him off at the end, and if he had anything redeeming to him, it would kind of be counter productive to the image she built herself by saving the doctor. Long story short, everything Koko’s team did against him felt like some sort of retribution.
Schokolade’s interactions with Koko were enjoyable to watch, as always (Schokolade could totally have her own spinoff show. She’s just the right mix of ditzy). Also, due to her and Koko (well, mostly Koko toying with him), he doesn’t seem like such a bad guy anymore. Sure, he’s still a complete asshole, but now I find his behaviour with Koko funny on some level. It’s hard to stay mad at the guy when Koko totally has him dancing on the palm of her hand. …Though I really wonder how and why Schokolade managed to make it in the FBI and what her job actually is. Scarecrow catches criminals. …She doesn’t seem to do much.
So apparently the single for the ED (Ambivalentidea) is out already. …Yay! Just waiting on that OST now. As for the actual episode, this was just another episode of gunfights and a convoluted mess of action sequences, so it’s hard to really comment on much. Don’t get me wrong, this is extremely fun to watch, but I’m not that big of a gun otaku, so my mind doesn’t really wander past “oh look, this person is shooting that person” during Jormungand. If you haven’t picked up on this yet, I enjoy watching violent anime and it the fighting IS fun to watch. However, I think my main enjoyment from this comes from the character interactions in this show (which is why I can get by without understanding half of the plot). I swear, half of what I write in these is a Koko and Jonah appreciation post. So if you don’t hear me talk much about the action sequences, it’s not because I don’t like them, but it’s just because they don’t require much thinking.
I don’t know how many of you were expecting Mao to die after talking about his family like that, but I was never particularly worried because I spoiled myself with a bit of the manga. Speaking of family, Koko’s father had something to do with the whole thing. Seeing how Kasper and Koko get along fairly well, I assume the same extends to their father and there had to have been some level of trust between Koko and her father if he knew she was going to sort it all out for him. Or maybe Koko just makes for a really reliable pawn. …Since the siblings are extremely influential/ powerful/ borderline insane, I can only imagine how their father is. Their parents are most likely their influences since Koko and Kasper are so similar in personality (…assuming that their mother is still alive. I don’t think they’ve said differently but there still hasn’t really been a mention).
Preview: So we’re entering the final arc of the first part of the anime! …Let’s see how that goes.