Oh nothing, just burying some bodies out in the middle of nowhere.
|I’m definitely excited for the summer season, but there are some shows that I don’t think I’m ready to let go of yet… Jormungand being one of them. On the plus side though, the fun will continue on in the fall season!|
New bad guys this week! Though these were slightly more interesting to me then the other antagonists before them. Not just that one girl’s hair, but the fact that they don’t really seem as into the whole assassin/hitman/whatever you want to call it business as say Orchestra was. In fact, that one guy doesn’t seem like he wants to do much at all. Sure, I like the character types they used here, but I think most of my interest stems from the fact that these guys are kind of like Koko’s team. Based on this episode, they work best as a team (like Orchestra), but they also have the intellect behind that to catch Koko off guard and pick off her men one by one. They also seem to have the skills to back all of that up as well. It’s probably because they caught her off guard, but as of the end of this episode, they seem to have the upper hand against Koko. I’d love to see them developed more than the usual antagonist in Jormungand. Who hired them? It could be anyone really. Koko did mention at the beginning of the anime that she since has so many enemies from her job, there’s no point in keeping track. What a time for Jonah and Valmet to go missing.
Valmet was probably the last person I would ever expect to just get up and leave Koko without warning. Then again, she definitely has personally issues to deal with. I have no doubt that she’ll be back. At first I assumed that she went out to deal with her past in order to come back and serve Koko better, but then again, Koko sent Jonah out to make sure that Valmet comes back. Koko doesn’t do things without a reason. It seems like Koko doubted that Valmet would come back if she didn’t do something about the situation. Would Valmet have really wandered off if Koko didn’t do anything? …Though there’s also the possibility that Koko sent Jonah to keep Valmet from getting killed. Valmet is probably less likely to brush off a child then any one of the men and judging from how she was in the mountain battle, she is not going to keep her cool when she exacts her revenge.
Loli(?) Koko is glorious.
On the other hand though, Valmet’s past wasn’t as strong of a link to Koko as I thought it would be. Koko offered her a choice and Valmet took it. There was no dramatic fight involving one of them saving the other’s life or anything. Hell, Valmet even said herself that she hated Koko at the beginning. Just when and why did she become so attatched? Or was she even really attached in the first place? There’s so much about Valmet that we don’t really know yet. I’m sure when she comes back (I have no doubt that Valmet will return), maybe we’ll find out the answers to some of these questions in flashback form or something.
So Ugo definitely has a death flag raised here. …I’m less assured that he’ll live then I was with Mao, but then again, we hardly know anything about the guy compared to the rest of the team (I think he’s the guy who likes cars). Maybe he’ll live since we know nothing about him? The end of the episode didn’t look too promising though. He seems pretty expendable as a character and ending the season with a death seems like a course of action to get people to watch the second half of the anime. Well, if he dies hopefully we learn more about him afterwards. I’d hate for any of Koko’s awesome team to remain undeveloped. Plus if he dies, maybe we’ll see Koko get really angry or break her smile. Nothing ends a season quite like having the main character go full out.
It wasn’t that big of a part of the episode, but Koko actually shot someone. Just thought I’d point that out.
Overall, a pretty interesting arc. They focused a lot on the characters, which is always great, and while Valmet is one of the characters we know a bit more about, more focus on her is welcome. I wasn’t expecting Chen (his name is Chen, not Chang apparently. …Which makes this show less likely to be confused with Black Lagoon. Yay!) to be the guy who took out one of Valmet’s eyes since he was in that other arc, but then I realized that she was off in the mountains when Koko met him. I wonder if Valmet would have realized it was the guy from her past if she saw him before. I’m betting on her and Jonah coming back either in an extremely convenient and well timed manner to save Koko, or arriving after the fact (in which Koko and team got their act together and throughly kicked the other team’s asses) and going “Well shit, we missed everything.” …With maybe a bit of regret in there if Ugo ends up actually dying. I think there’s a 50-50 chance that he will. I also hope that they at least go a bit into how Valmet suddenly found herself gay for Koko since the dots don’t seem to be connecting fully here. They definitely have an interesting setup for the next episode.