Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2012 to Jun 27, 2012
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisA ruthless arms dealer on a quixotic quest for world peace. A child soldier born into chaotic conflict. Their lives will intertwine as they journey together through the seedy underbelly of the world's arms market.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Jormungand
Sequel: Jormungand: Perfect Order
Summary: Jormungand: Perfect Order - First Stage Soushuuhen
Characters & Voice Actors
TL;DR Jormungand is a good series.
Jormungand is the story of a crew of arms dealers, led by the charismatic Koko Hekmatyar. The series is mostly episodic, weaving in some character arcs on the way. Usually the formula is this:
1. The crew arrives.
2. Stuff goes awry and they need a way out / need to out-think their opponents / straight up kill dudes.
3. Mission completed and on to the next arc.
Pretty easy formula to make a series from. I’m sure that if you’ve heard about this series earlier, then you’ve heard about the series that undoubtedly stands as a huge influence: Black Lagoon. Black Lagoon is about a small group of people who conduct usually illegal business and get in trouble with all sorts of people. Jormungand is basically this, but with a bigger group. Now, obviously Jormungand isn’t a straight rip-off of BL, it just builds from the same ground. While BL arcs usually comes together with cooperation and the combined with of the Lagoon Crew, Jormungand is basically The Koko Show. And that’s perfectly fine. Koko carries the series very well. For a more fleshed out character run-down, look below:
Koko Hekmatyar: Arms dealer, handling business mainly in Europe and Africa. Very charismatic and beautiful. Usually very energetic and behaving sometimes like a child, she has a ruthless interior and on multiple occasions called a monster. Although usually cool with a smile on her lip, Koko has one of the most intimidating glares in anime.
Jonah: Child soldier. His parents were killed in an air-strike and he became a child soldier shortly after. Has a strong hate for weapons, but still works for Koko, often serving as her bodyguard. He definitely shows more understanding than expected from a child.
Lehm: Ex-Delta Force operator. Used to be active in Somalia. Second in command of Koko’s crew. Veteran mercenary who takes charge when armed conflict arises. Used to work for Koko’s father. Very versatile in weapon use, ranging from long-distance sniping to close quarters combat.
Valmet: Ex-Major serving for UN forces in Africa. Her unit got slaughtered by Chen Guoming and she lost an eye in the attack. Since then, she suffers from anxiety whenever she sets foot in Africa. Very proficient with knives and pistols.
Then there are the rest of the cast, that aren’t given much other than support roles most of the time. Technically only Koko and Jonah are the only real main characters, but Valmet and Lehm are given much more time on screen than the other side characters, so they sort of slide into main roles by association. The entire crew is 10 men strong, and the series struggle to give decent air time to all.
The big cast isn’t a bad thing in itself, but it doesn’t help either. It’s quite logical that an arms dealer would have a decently sized squad with her, but most of the characters see very little air time. Most characters get to have their arcs play out (some might have theirs in the second season) sooner or later, but it’s a shame we aren’t given more time to know the entire cast better. Especially since they keep being given airtime and dialogue with Koko that are defined by their characters and their pasts, both of which we don’t know. Valmet's arc is especially strong. The characters mostly revolve in and out when they have an arc or not. When they’re around, they contribute to the colourful group of people.
To my surprise, there is little discussing of morality around, especially considering Jonah is a fucking child soldier. Sure, it’s brought up, but quickly shot down at times. Let’s be frank about this, the characters in the show aren’t good guys. They’re varying degrees of bad, I guess. Or, a better way to put it would be that they are all in the moral grey zone. They’re portrayed romantically as the heroes, so naturally you’re going to root for them when the oddball villains pop up to kill them. I wanted to see some more discussion or feelings about war, than what we got. It is a character-driven drama/action series, which is right up my ally, but I feel they do themselves a disservice to skip some strong discussion points on the way. And it’s topical because, you know, there’s tons of child soldiers in the world.
As for the story, there’s not a whole lot to be had, except for when the supporting characters have their arcs. The story follows the crew as they deliver and/or sell weapons and other necessities to a diverse set of people. They’re usually dealing in Europe and Africa through the season. Then there’s usually a villain for each episode, with some villains lasting another one or two more. The formula mentioned before is how the episodes unfold.
Something that quickly stands out is the very distinct art-style. It’s not super drastically different compared to most other anime. It’s usually very realistic, sometimes with some exaggerated details, usually the eyes. For the most part it’s absolutely gorgeously drawn and animated. Backgrounds are usually done nicely as well, and at times with great and impressive detail.
The voice acting is excellent across the board. The only drawback is that there’s rarely chances for the actors to use a wider range than slow drama and some comedy here and there. The soundtrack is good when used. Pretty sweet electronic battle music. OP (opening theme) and ED (ending theme) are both excellent songs.
As far as the general theme of the show goes, it’s usually a slow-paced drama with some comedy blended in. Then there’s the occasional high-speed action scenes when deals either go tits-up or there’s other people that want to hit Koko’s group.
As for the comedy, it’s a bit too much. I would have prepared being almost completely without it. In the most serious episodes, there’s practically none of it, and they’re so much better off without. The comedic parts being randomly inserted here and there just disturb the pacing and atmosphere of the series. It just feels like something inserted to please the mainstream audiences. The thing is though, that this isn’t really a series made for mainstream audiences. It’s about killers and mercenaries selling weapons to guerillas and warlords. Not something that you want your kids or the family to sit down and watch in the evening. Inserting comedy into the formula is detrimental to the concept and leaves us a worse product to enjoy. I want to stress that I’m not anti-comedy, but doing it as half-heartedly and shallow as it is here it can only work badly.
The antagonists that pop into the episodes are along the lines of the comedic tendencies mentioned. They’re almost always very eccentric or have some crazy fighting style. In some arcs it works, like when the crew goes to Africa and come face-to-face with an old enemy of one of the crew members. They usually don’t take anything away from the enjoyment, but they don’t usually add to it either.
An excellent scene which stands as a display of how good the drama of the series can be is when it's brought up that killing to much people can make you "a dragon," and a character asks Koko if she would ever become one. The scene is unbearably tense for it's short running time, and shows how good the series is when it sticks to straight-up drama instead of faffing about with random comedy.
As for the enjoyment, it’s great. While not being the best I’ve veer seen, this series is highly enjoyable. It’s variance is it’s strength, and while I don’t usually like the comedy, some light-hearted scenes are always good in a series like this, and some scenes succeed in being genuinely funny. From slow-paced planning with some tense meetings with antagonists; to high-speed gun-play and chase-scenes, Jormungand is one hell of a ride, and it’s a pleasure watching it. While not always ending in cliffhangers, the show still gets you excited to watch the next episode after you finish one, and that’s high praise for a series. Jormungand is a delight to watch, and should be seen by people interested in serious drama, and is obviously very recommended for fans of Black Lagoon.
If you like it, check out it’s sequel, Jormungand: Perfect Order. read more
“People who kill too much turn into dragons one day. Beasts that rule the land atop piles of money and fly the skies on wings of authority. They become more and more violent until they can no longer understand the language of men. We cannot allow dragons to remain in this world, even though we are the ones from which they are spawned.”
Koko Hekmatyar is a unique person, one of those people who keep equlibrium in the world, setting the delicate balance between right or wrong. As a guns merchant she encounters many chaotic situations where the line between right or wrong is easily crossed, however that doesn't stop her, as she stands collected in the face of perils. As every person working in this line of business, she gathers a team of people who subordinate to her. As you might have guessed, they are not ordinary people, but experienced soldiers who came alive from the pits of hell. They choose to follow the bright light that Koko emits, being attracted by her charm and wisdom, talents which make her a natural leader.
As her new subordinate, she recruits Jonah, a boy who fought as a child soldier in the Middle East. Jonah meets her team and is taken by surprise by all the new information he finds out about the world outside the war zone, since he only knew who to shoot a gun and fight. Koko gives Jonah a chance to be free and discover the world in his travels. However, Koko doesn't babysitt him, making him a new addition to her team, and giving him the role of protecting her in her gun transactions with people of the underworld.
The story follows the journey of Koko and her team to various countries and continents where Koko sells different guns and war machinery. As expected, the transactions don't always go so well, thus making Koko's team enagage in badass combat to protect her when the situation gets out of hand. It does remind of Black Lagoon, but this show stands on its own, the story being engaging and interesting enough to set itself apart. However, it does have flaws, the story not being coherent at times in the transition between episodes as well as having some characters's backgrounds unexplained.
The art is appealing, especially the designs of Jonah and Koko. The animation is constantly good, and the fighting scenes are engaging and highly-elaborated. I find the guns designs pretty imaginative as well as the various combat styles.
The music in this anime is really stunning, from the up-beat rap music to the classic music played in the background and the music in various languages that suits the multi-cutural backgrounds of the characters. One of my favorites songs from this anime is in portuguese, its beauty touching the strings of your heart.
At first Jonah clearly states that even if he's talented with shooting guns and killing people with them, he hates guns and those who sell them. However, he soon discovers that Koko is not your usual cold-hearted, insensitive gun merchant, but follows her own code of morals, even if it at times ambiguous. For example, she doesn't accept payment in drugs, and it's been shown that she admires determination and bravery even in her enemies. The way she chose her followers is the best example. For instance, her bodyguard and driver, Ugo, was a member of the mafia when Koko ordered for them to be killed when they wanted to pay her in drugs, leaving Ugo the only survivor. When asked why did she leave Ugo alive, she replyed that she liked the fact that Ugo looked away in disapproval when the mafia showed the drugs.
Koko is a force of nature, one of those rare people who can become anything they put in mind to be, however, Koko instead chose to be part of the dangerous underworld. She was born at sea, thus not having a place where she belongs, but because of that she feels unbounded, being able to feel freedom at another level. In norse mythology, Jormungand is called the "World Serpent" because he grew so large that he could surround the world and grasp its own tail. That may be a metaphor for Koko, who has the ability to feel free everywhere she goes in the world, thus by following her, she gives other people who strive for freedom, the chance of feeling eliberated.
We also meet her other subordinates which are people who survived wars and conflicts. There is Lehm, the always calm and collected veteran soldier and mercenary who is very compelling as a character. There is also Valmet, a skilled war combatant from Finland who still pursues revenge for her murdered comrades. As Koko once stated : "She's her teacher, her friend and more than that".Another member of Koko's team consists of Lutz, who serves at times the role of a comic relief, being shot in the ass several times, however showing superior skill as a sniper.
The character of Jonah is very interesting to watch as he develops, at the beginning showing a strong loathe of guns and the criminal world, joining Koko's team he finds out things aren't as black and white as he initially had thought. And that people like Mao, for example, who have a family and are good-natured persons, but still have to kill because of their job.
However there are problems with the characters as well. The portrayl of the characters as being the “good guys” is highly unrealistic, because of the profession they have. Seeing a sympathetic law-breaker is acceptable in anime format, though. There are also interesting supporting characters but who aren't developed, which is quite a pity. I would also had liked to see more of Jonah's experience as a child soldier and how it affected him. That would have been very interesting for me to watch, but unfortunately, it was totally discarded.
I enjoyed this anime, I recommend it to those who watched Black Lagoon as well as those who like action scenes and imaginative combat styles.
Overall: 8 read more
Both shows are full of action. Feature 'gangs' and main characters are trying to achieve a certain goal with the use of guns and clever strategy's.
Same kind of style and it's tied together with lovely violence!
Strong Female Characters with the protagonist acting as the mind.both feature an skilled team getting involved in some awesome fights throughout the story with Guns,Blades and Blood
Guns, mercinaries, arms dealers, cursing, swearing, booze, and lots of action and great stories and characters. Both series show the darker side of the world. Shows why some people should not be messed with ever. Wether it be Koko and her mercinarie or the Lagoon Company you do not want to mess with either of them.
Similar plot, similar characters, arms..
Just to make the emphasis stronger, it has alot of action. Also, there is alot of mindgames involved which makes these two similar.
Non-Japanese setting, favoring the eastern hemisphere. Gunfights and generally crazy action with some strong female leads. Engrish OP.
Both anime deal with gun fights in deferent parts of the word,
Both has to do with mafias
If you liked black lagoon you'll simply love jormungand !!!
Mercenaries, guns, action with a bit of crazyness. Similar atmosphere and similar opening with music from I've sound.
The whole generally feel is quite like black lagoon.
they are both more realistic animes, meaning no fantasy or super powers
they both have the similar theme of working in shady businesses
they both have great gun fighting and action
they are both darker toned anime
Both have a similar premise of a group of people delivering goods while trying to fight off their competitors, lots of gun fights and OTT action.
Very similar characters, gunfights, violence, action.
Both series shares the same feeling, crude humor, violence, and crime! The actions and fighting scenes in both are amazing - full of entertaining movements and suspense!
Has the same background as black lagoon an organization that is working for the underworld but can never be touched by anybody. Most of the characters have dark pasts just like Jormungand and is trying to make a difference
This is another black lagoon!
Guns,skilled fighters,awesome music,same art,style,setting.Everything *_*
Main chick in lagoon is a tough killer who does not give crap about anothers to much. In this one she is leader with a skilled team,And alot more playful.
Yes, this is being recommended again. Why? Because both of these series are just that damn awesome.
Black Lagoon and Jormungand are both series involving a lot of drama, action, and some comedy involving a crew of badass characters. The lead female character in both series are skilled with a gun as well as other forms of combat.
Both series also has a main male protagonist who gets involved with the crew but also has skills of his own.
Both series has a lot of violence that is presented in the way that is suited for more mature audiences.
Both series contains a lot of gun action so expect blood being spilled.
Similar Plot, Similar Character, Similar Style if you like one you'll like the other.
Guns and action. With both a witty, skilled, and a clever team of people taking up dangerous jobs for money. Also both main female protagonist have a certain comedic view of the world, while enjoying what life has to offer to the fullest.
- Main female character
- Fighting with guns in modern world
both gunplay anime with really cool characters and lots and lots of lovely violence
both have the mindless senseless violence that excites the viewer when guns start shooting
both have a strong independent woman that stands with the main male protagonist, but the male protagonists are far different
both are not situated in japan,
both work in the shady business by transporting cargo/selling weaponry
both have some supporting psychotic characters that make the anime exciting
both contain blood, and just the beauty of gun fighting
similar in the character personalites/plot/style, the pure violence :3
Guns/Action for both
Both are very fast paced
Appealing chicks and good quality animation in both
They both have their own seriousness to them
But, generally they are just the same type of anime
both anime have the same atmosphere revolving around a group of criminals. they are both dark in their own way , although jormungand is based more around the real world then black lagoon .
both are bristling with guns and full of over the top action, whats not to love?
both also have some interesting characters, although the characters in black lagoon tend to be a little bit more colorful, while those in Jormungand are a little less so (Koko being the notable exception)
Bloody, gritty, badass, and still able to entertain. The anime doesn't take itself too seriously and it's fun to watch. The storytelling is fantastic and the way the episodes are structured keeps it from getting boring or repetitive. The characters' interactions are great to watch as well.
Trigger- happy mercenaries from illegal companies shooting at each other.
Seinen Stuff... Mafia, Politics, War if you like serious, somehow "realistic" anime, you gotta watch it.
Both anime deal with arms dealing and a group of mercenaries. While Jormungand has a more diverse cast that gets fairly equal development, Black Lagoon has a short cast of four where the main focus is placed on the leads Rock and Revy. Black Lagoon emphasizes its focus on the fights the lagoon group goes through whereas Jormungand would rather place attention on the distribution of the weapons themselves. All in all, if you've seen one then I 10/10 recommend the other.
Guns and badass women. Both great to watch if you're hungry for action-packed gun fights and amazing OSTs.
Opening Theme"Borderland" by Mami Kawada
Ending Theme#1: "Ambivalentidea" by Nagi Yanagi (eps 1-3, 5-12)
#2: "Shiroku Yawaraka na Hana (白くやわらかな花)" by Nagi Yanagi (ep 4)
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