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Jormungand Episode #24 Anime Review

In episode 24, the last holdouts decide to join her as well, even Kasper thinking the brave new world of Koko’s making will bring excitement and prosperity. In the end, after a two year timeskip, Jonah gives in to Koko’s logic, and the old crew welcomes him back in a sentimental ending complete with a song about soldiers and rainbows. The closing montage showing everyone living happily ever after is insulting. READ MORE...

Jormungand Episode #23 Anime Review

The 23rd episode starts off strong, with the inevitable confrontation between Koko and Jonah. Koko basically reveals to Jonah that she’s been living a lie, and hates the world, her job, and herself. She tries to convince Jonah of the righteousness of Jormungand, but ultimately fails. He jumps off Koko’s carrier ship into the sea. It’s a perfect place to end, about 6 minutes in. Do yourself a favor, and stop there. The contradictions in Koko’s and Jonah’s relationships prove to be too much, as he finds himself unable to tolerate the death of innocents in an attempt to bring peace. READ MORE...

Jormungand Episode #22 Anime Review

Episode 22 starts out little better, again continuing with the kidnapping of scientist babe #2, this time with the bizarre nickname of "Chatty" Rabbit’s Foot. Koko’s crew is up against a team of Navy SEALs with the code name "Night Nine," but we know Koko can’t lose because the show’s not over yet. There’s more CIA blather, and it seems all interest is lost, when suddenly the show comes alive again, with Koko cornering Jonah in the bath. READ MORE...

Jormungand Episode #21 Anime Review

After a whole season’s worth of teasing us about Koko’s secret master plan, we finally get our answers. After episode 21, in which absolutely nothing happens. Well, I’m being flip. Things do happen, but mostly in the area of further foreshadowing and hinting at Koko’s master plan. More characters and complexity is added to the scenario, while we still don’t have any answers about Koko’s father, Floyd, or her mysterious past bodyguard, Echo. READ MORE...

Jormungand Episode #20 Anime Review

Everything seems to be setting up for a final confrontation. Koko shows up at an opening at one of Dr. Miami’s toy factories, which gets Schokolade’s attention. She gives this information to Scarecrow, who relays it to Bookman, who are all curious as to what is happening. Jonah goes butterfly hunting with Karen Low and Dr. Miami, and asks what Koko and Miami have planned. Miami refuses to talk. READ MORE...

Jormungand Episode #19 Anime Review

It’s a bit difficult to turn in episodic reviews of the Koko’s entourage episodes, so thankfully we have reached the final one, Pazuzu. In this, we get the back story of the last member of Koko’s crew, William "Wilee" Nelson. He is so named due to his proficiency with explosives: The name is meant to recall, somewhat ironically, Wile E. Coyote, who could never figure out how to make them work right. Wilee worked with Lehm and Echo during the Gulf War in 1991, and he joined up with Koko shortly after. READ MORE...

Jormungand Episode #17 – 18 Anime Review

Since we’re dealing with another character introduction arc over two episodes, with part 1 having a narrative dump, and part 2 being primarily action, I thought it would simply make more sense to review the arc as a single narrative. But even then, Jormungand’s just doing what it’s been doing with mechanical efficiency. It’s not exactly dull, but I’m very happy we only have one more character to go before the finale. From the last episode we know that Kasper’s business is drying up in Southeast Asia due to the machinations of a Japanese secret agency known as the SR unit. Their movements were mysterious, so Kasper decided to provoke them by killing the son of a client. Now, he wants to get Koko to assist, and it’s likely part of the reason why is because Tojo used to work for the SR unit. Tojo bravely, or foolishly, calls up his old boss, Colonel Hinoki, and tells them to stop messing with HCLI. When there seems to be no reaction, Tojo naively assumes that the SR unit will discuss things peacefully. READ MORE...

Jormungand Episode #16 Anime Review

We’ve only got two members of Koko’s crew left to learn about, and seeing how Kasper’s crew asks about how Tojo’s doing, it’s obviously his turn this time. Unfortunately, about half of the episode is given to old footage we’ve been before, and the recap hinders the forward momentum of the new arc a bit. We start off in flashback with Jonah’s speech about he hates weapons, using the same footage and poorly-rendered CGI bomber from episode 1. Jonah’s motivations haven’t exactly been forgotten, so it’s hard to know why White Fox decided they had to resort to this to fill out an episode. When new animation begins, we cut to Jakarta, Indonesia with Kasper and his crew. It seems a business deal with a Colonel in the Indonesian army fell through, and Kasper suspects that a mysterious Japanese firm is involved. This unknown Japanese firm apparently wants to drive HCLI out of Southeast Asia altogether. READ MORE...

Jormungand Episode #15 Anime Review

Jormungand has to be doing something right, because even as I watch and pick apart its flaws, it never gets boring. This episode starts, and even concludes the battle between R, Hex, and Koko that was teased from the end of season 1. It almost feels a bit rushed, as I expected Hex to be a much greater adversary. I guess somewhat like Koko herself, Jormungand never does things the right way, but gets things done regardless. The last episode ended off with Bookman telling R that he’d decided to let Hex claim Jonah as a sacrifice. R decides to convince Bookman that this is a mistake, and that Jonah is critical to keep Koko tethered to sanity. If Jonah dies, R contends, Koko will become an uncontrollable monster and Operation Undershaft will be a failure. Perhaps it’s too sentimental to have a speech sway Bookman’s heart, but the two men have grown to trust each other, so in the end, Bookman tells Hex to call off the raid. READ MORE...

Jormungand Episode #14 Anime Review

Jormungand loves to turn on a dime just to keep me on my toes. Last episode I praised the use of conversations rather than flashbacks to get viewers back up to speed after the seasonal hiatus, but this episode relies much too heavily on the same trick. While it’s still as entertaining as ever, I have to penalize such poor writing. The first of a two-parter, this episode is basically the info dump that sets up the context for part two. And what a dump it is! One of the structural weaknesses of Jormungand’s story is the way it mechanically introduces the characters. The show started out with Koko and Valmet, and all of "those guys", and we really didn’t get to know any of the men until they were each given their one special episode where we learn their past. Gradually they’ve become less of an undifferentiated mass, but there has to have been some better way to develop them organically. Perhaps having fewer characters in the first place, or maybe by skipping that nonsense with Orchestra in season one? READ MORE...