Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 11, 2012 to Jun 27, 2012
24 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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Score: 7.991 (scored by 27103 users)
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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
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“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
What in your mind if we're talking about a series that have gunfire packed with some stunning action? Maybe you would think a hollywood movies that usually have stunning action and amazing gunfire scenes like The Raid Redemption (2012) or maybe James Bond series , how about in anime? Dont worry we have like that too, its called Jormungand.
The story in jormungand is about Jonah, a boy who fought in middle east as the child soldier is being recruited as Koko's companions. Koko itself is an arms dealer who travels all around the world for selling the guns. As the arms dealer, Koko must have many obstacles like resistance from a group in the country or even a rival in dealing with arms. As her subordinate, Jonah and the companions must make sure Koko's safety in every transactions. By reading the premise of the story maybe you can imagine. There will be many spectacular action and stunning visual gunfire which means you will being served by a full-pack of action. Well, its true.
What make me love about this series was this anime wasnt always about gunfire or battle scenes. There was a time when this anime shows good jokes and some lighthearted story. Having a great action battle doesnt mean they forgot about the story, the story in this anime was well-made and not too hard to understand. Jormungand is really great at composing the story when times to jokes and when the times for serious.
Of course, in Jormungand there was some moments when you have question in your mind like "what happen?" or "how could it happen? what the reason"
but eventually, it would happen if you werent focussed. But aside from it, Jormungand is pretty enjoyable action anime that will make you sitting down quietly on your chair.
The art in this anime was awesome, especially in the weapon details. They were specifically put extra details in the weapon that being used in this anime, like when there was a scenes with a weapon usually they make it really like a realistic weapon. Not just the weapon details, The background in this anime was really synch with the situation or the atmosphere, even the background seems so simple but it isnt decreasing the "epic" effect when there was a gunfire scenes. The simple background that White Fox usually does is being covered by how the gunfire scenes works. So people usually being sidetracked and focusess on the battle scenes.
You wouldnt get spaced out if you're watching Jormungand, since when watching this anime you will feel like in the middle of battles. Gunfire and exploding sound will echoing your room and makes like you're in the middle of battleground. Not just the sound effect, the BGM which made by Yasunori Ebina (known for To Aru majutsu franchise) is helpfully increasing the feel from "war" situation.
The OP of Jormungand, which is "Borderland" by Mami Kawada is pretty catchy. With some electro tunes and fast beat, this OP easily grasp my heart. This OP itself is quite match with Jormungand themes, which have a full-suspense action and fast battles. I cant help to not to rewind after hearing the OP, its really good and easy listening.
This is maybe what make Jormungand shines the most. In this anime, you will find many interesting characters. Its not tsundere or dandere that you would find in any anime but its more into realistic terms. Like Jonah, our main character who is mostly quiet (because of the trauma) but at the same time pretty skillful in battle, Koko which is the "boss" in this anime, she is very charismatic and sometimes behave like a child but when comes to serious, she is can be very scary, and also there was Valmet, who is Ex-Major serving for UN forces in Africa, looks scary on the outside but can be pretty darling when it comes to Koko and there is still more, from a freaky one into a badass one. This anime full of interesting character that you wouldnt get bored from it.
Above all the appreciate that i gave in this anime, Jormungand is really deserve to have all the apreciation, Jormungand is really a great action one that rarely seen in another series. You have great story packed with amazing battle scenes, wonderful soundtrack that can hyping up the atmosphere, great backgrounds and loveable characters. What else did you need again? anyway, this anime is for those who loves action. FYI, i am not action fans but i started to getting addicted with action after watching jormungand. So, basically this anime is RECOMMENDED! 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.
Both have really entertaining gunplay, settings that take place (There is a few exceptions.) out of Japan and really great character development for the main cast. Although the supporting cast can be a little weak, but if you liked one of these, you'll like the other, I guarantee it.
And hey, if I was wrong, send me a message or a comment, I'd like to see why you didn't like either of these.
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.
both have strong female leads , funny dark humor , gun fight , knife fight and team work what more can you ask for
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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