Here’s a lesson: Guns don’t kill, people do
|…This should be obvious at this point in time, but Jormungand is a bit late due to me being distracted by Arcana Famiglia. This was a fun series while it lasted and I’ll definitely look forward to it when it starts again in the fall.|
Before I go into Valmet’s half of the episode, I’ll focus a bit on Koko and the hitmen. Koko’s team was extremely impressive when they turned the fight around, but I can’t help but feel that the opposing team was way weaker then they came off as the last episode. They had Koko’s team at their mercy for all of two minutes before things went sour. Sure, it’s more than most antagonists have gotten over the course of the anime, but they looked really impressive the last episode, only to turn out slightly better than average (combat-wise; personality-wise they were levels above most antagonists). Long story short, I’m disappointed. Though on the bright side, them not doing any damage means that Koko didn’t need to kill them.
The character focus on Ugo was probably unnecessary in all of this, but it was great nonetheless. It was an interesting callback to the last episode where Koko killed someone for trying to pay in drugs. Also, it one again brings up the fact that Koko is pretty impulsive and that her team trusts her enough to take on a random guy just because she liked the fact that he looked disgusted.
And no one ate dinner that night.
Jormungand came in going all out and it left in the same fashion. …Though this time, what was going on actually made sense. Valmet’s revenge story was easy enough to follow, as was watching Koko get the upper hand on her would be assassins. For a show all about gun porn and action scenes, I’m surprised that they cut out the whole fight between Valmet and Chen. …Though judging from the way he was dead at his desk, there probably wasn’t much of a fight between them. I also want to know how the hell Jonah managed to overcome being drugged. Was he resistant or what? On the bright side though, that whole issue was probably the thing that made the least amount of sense this episode (other than Ugo having the strength to break through what appeared to be a solid wall).
So Valmet’s side story is now over… or is it? That other woman looks like she’s now in the same position (having everything she lived for taken away) Valmet was in before she joined Koko. …What were they thinking putting the two women who JUST tried to kill each other in the same hospital room without supervision? No, seriously. I guess it worked out okay since Valmet didn’t die, but normally I don’t think that would be such a great idea. I understand the necessity of containing them in a single room since Koko already had to bribe the hospital to keep the whole thing quiet, but still. Someone should have been there to make sure that they didn’t try to kill each other.
As for the last part, YES R is actually part of the CIA. I don’t think they explained that clearly, but oh well. Sure, I could do some speculating here, but this is partially what I spoiled myself on regarding the manga, so I’m not going to go through the effort of pretending that I don’t know. Were the CIA the ones who sent the hit men after Koko? That, I don’t know. I wasn’t expecting Koko to even bother asking them who they were hired by. I guess they were a big enough threat for Koko to be concerned about who sent them… Either that or she just wanted an excuse to let them go. Maybe it’s a mix of both motives.
This episode could have fit pretty much anywhere in the series, but it wasn’t that bad of a place to end off. It’s also forgivable for them to end it this way since there’s a whole other season of this coming up again in fall. …If they pull something like this at the end of the next season, I’ll be pissed. So over the course of the anime, Jormungand has proven itself to be… well, a dumb, over-the-top action anime with great character interaction. Not to say that the fighting wasn’t fun to watch, but they didn’t always make a lot of sense. This show was too busy racing forward to actually explain what was going on. On the plus side though, one could hardly call the pacing boring. Also, despite all of this, I can’t say that this was a complete failure because the character interaction was always enjoyable to watch. Sure, a few of them were complete asshats, but the characters added life to the show where the plot didn’t.
For those of you who aren’t aware, the OST for Jormungand is out and the tracks are… odd. Not only do they mix names like “Rock n’ Roll Boobs” in with a bunch of Latin, but the song genres cover classy violin, techno, some guy singing Italian (…?), and even something that sounds like it’s coming from an old western movie. I didn’t realize that this anime had so much variety until I listened to this. And before you even ask, yes. THAT song is on there under the name “Time to Attack”.
So yeah, overall I can conclude that this was fun to watch as long as you don’t care about the small details since Jormungand likes to focus on explosions and high action content.
Until next time~