The second season of Jormungand will start in a few week, so I had to catch up the few episodes I hadn’t watched yet. All cleared. My verdict: an explosive mix of action with original but cool animations, crazy leads but somehow a forgettable rest of the cast (including the antagonists).
But the question is, did I enjoyed it? A lot. This was a funny action-packed ride. You don’t watch Jormungand for the character development or relations (even if there are interesting ones), but the adrenaline emanating from it. Each episode have a fight of some kind. Well, let’s review now.
Summary: Jonah is a child soldier and he is hired by Koko Hekmatyar as a soldier of her cool protection and action team. As a weapon-dealer, she travels the world to sells these deadly products and many people wants to see her death. The CIA, represented by the fool mouthed Scarecrow and the glutton cute Chocolate, also sees her as a threat. Many assassins are sent to eliminate her.
Fortunately, Koko also have a team to protect and help her: Valmet, the woman soldier, specialist in knife fight, infatuated with Koko; Lehm, the veteran bodyguard sniper who used to work for Koko’s father; Mao, a Japanese solder who let his family behind; Lutz who was in the anti-terrorist police and is disgusted with killing people; Ugo, the ex-mafiosi who drives the car; and e few others less meaningful. Now, let’s review.
Story: The story is divided in mini-arc of one or two episodes each. There is probably a more complex story coming for the season two, but here it looked like “monster of the week”, or “assassin of the week” in this case. Even thought, these mini-arc were entertaining. Like I’ve said in the introduction, this isn’t an anime worth watching for the storytelling or the characters development, it’s fun to watch for the action. We have a little character development and the behind story of a few characters, particularly Valmet and Jonah, a bit of Koko’s past too, but that’s all there is.
I understand that as a weapon-dealer, she have to keep a number of trained soldier by her side for protection, but the little number of episode (12) don’t let place for the development of each one of them. On the other hand, This isn’t a serie that should be more than 25 episode (season two is coming after all) and the second season will probably be more linear than episodic. Note: 7 on 10
Characters: Like many others bloggers have stated, what we retain of this anime is “her name is Koko, she is loco I said oh no!”, because Koko is what hold the show. Sure, Jonah is interesting and his reactions are funny to watch, the fact that he is a child could have been shocking, but sice he is sometimes threated as a child it become less deranging. The author puts in the story other young killers, but the show don’t really focus on this side of the reality, more on the gun fight and cool tactics moves. So, Koko is the real main character here, even if we follow the point of view of Jonah. Koko is interesting: a young beautiful and cunning woman, a genius of business but with a crazy side. Sometimes too crazy, it become ridiculous, but she is fun to watch.
Valmet, who have one of the only background and characters development of the serie, is interesting. She is absolutely in love with koko, and is so cute with her, but she is also a very well-trained soldier and is serious in battle. I would have liked to have more of Lehm back story, he seems to had an interesting life and is the down-to-earth of the team. The others member are quite forgettable. Lutz is pretty cute, but we don’t get to know him much. The antagonist were forgettable, “bad of the week” style. The first assassins from orchestra were funny, but other than that… The CIA couple, Scarecrow and Chocolate are also funny, but there isn’t much to say about them. Not much to say, is like many of the characters . Note: 5 on 10
Graphics and animation: The graphics of Jormungand aren’t your usual “anime-style”, they are original and gives a little touch to the show. It’s a bit strange at first, be after getting used to it, it gives a special vibes that I really like. It gives a more brutal look to the show. There are also little detail added here and there for the artistic touch, like a view like the camera was full of blood. The many guns and weapon seems to be depict quite realistically (well, as far as I know), idem for cars or building. I really liked the background: in the desert, it feels like the desert and Europe looks like Europe, which isn’t always the case in animes. The animation were fluid, the battles exciting, and the characters had normal movement for the most. I can says the graphic side of the show was really good. Note: 9 on 10
Sound and music: The sound of Jormungand is excellent. I even bought it! A mix of many musical style: electro, classical, middle-east voice, a bit of rap, calm guitar, etc. It also really fitted the serie. I usually don’t really listen to background anime music, but this one was really well made and is fun to listen to. The Op was dynamic, fun but a bit cliché for the genre, with the gratuitous English, but somehow fitted well. The ED was a cute calm music, but not really special either. Sound was gun fight. I’m kidding, but nothing to add on this register. Note: 9 on 10
Enjoyment factor: the enjoyment factor is really important when reviewing an anime. Why? because some anime don’t have a great story neither great characters, the plot isn’t complicated or mysterious but they are fun to watch. Jormungand is in such categories. I liked it a lot, I liked the characters, even if they don’t get development, I like the fights, I like the concept, I liked the music, brief, I liked it a lot! I’m really looking forward the next season ( in a few week!) so this anime was fun. It’s not for everybody and it have many flaws, but it’s still good enough for me. Note: 8.5 on 10
So, overall, Jormungand have many flaws, don’t have any development between the characters and poor antagonist, but it is fun to watch. So if you are looking for an action-packed anime with funny side and original animation, this is for you. If you are looking for deep story, nice people or development, go watch something else. This is a crazy ride with many explosive moments involving guns, weapon, a child soldier, crazy weapon dealer, lesbian veteran, brief, an exploding cocktail on the screen!
Final Score: 77 on 100