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「Pulsar」

We have a special guest today. Her name is Koko and she is a bit loco, but she’ll teach you everything you’ll ever need to know about arms dealing!

Official HCLI Corporation Arms Dealer Guide ver.Koko

**FOR HCLI USE ONLY. ALL OTHERS IN POSSESSION WILL BE TERMINATED WITHOUT QUESTION.

  • An arms dealer must always know every weapon in existence, whether it’s a Stinger, Hind E, or every variety of infrared sensor available on the continent. Failure to have such knowledge will allow rival dealers like the British CCAT to encroach on our territory and our earnings, lead to an inability to create deals, and may lead to an immediate death.
  • An arms dealer must be capable of making quick decisions in any scenario. One must know when to negotiate and when other, more extreme or unorthodox tactics will be likely to result in a more favorable situation. Remember that violence may not always be the answer and that a quick escape utilizing everything and everyone at one’s disposal may be a better alternative.
  • An arms dealer must possess great instincts and guts. One’s gut feeling is correct more often than not. This may be one’s key to survival, even in the grimmest of situations. When all else fails, luck is quite a large factor as well.
  • An arms dealer must be able to gather his/her own group of loyal and capable bodyguards. One must then be able to organize them in a proper manner and command them to ensure to success of an operation. The use of hand signals and deception are a must.
  • And the rest? You’ll just have to find out yourself. WARNING: THIS PAPER WILL SELF-DESTRUCT IN 30 SECONDS.
  • Fake lesson plans aside, it’s amazing just how much you can learn by watching one episode of Jormungand. I mean, I think I just learned more in this one episode than I have in all of of my three years of college! Okay, I’ll admit that’s probably just a bit exaggerated. Maybe. Regardless, there is one thing I know for sure, and it’s that Jormungand continues to amaze as one of the best shows of a great season. Yes, the episode itself is a straight forward continuation of the first episode and once again demonstrates how Koko and her comrades do their jobs, but there’s just so much subtle goodness inserted in between.

    For one, there’s the random comedic moments that are sprinkled throughout, many of which are capable of making you laugh out loud in real life. Typically only a few seconds in length, they’re a testament to how well comedy works when done correctly, and how even shows with a serious premise and atmosphere can utilize it to their advantage. What makes it even more amazing is how the comedy also serves as a character development tool, as it also shows how crazy Koko and her comrades can be. In turn, this makes the contrast just so much greater when we see how serious they can also be, and demonstrates the deepness behind each character, as well as the quality of the overall work.

    Then there’s also the subtle alteration we’re seeing in Jonah’s behavior as well. It’s nothing major and is merely a laugh and the realization that Koko’s not just any arms dealer, as well as the fact that a battlefield doesn’t have to involve bullets all the time, but we’re seeing the potential beginning of changes in his character due to Koko’s antics. It’s barely noticeable and some may even say I’m grasping at straws a bit, considering he also laughed in the first episode, but I feel like there’s something developing on that front, especially with that preview. But if there is one thing this show does, it’s make sure the characters and the developments are anything but what you’d expect, so the preview may yet be a red herring of sorts.

    Overall though, virtually everyone should be watching this show. I know the show isn’t necessarily down everyone’s alley and that some people came in expecting something similar to Black Lagoon and are disappointed with the fact that there hasn’t been much similarity per se, but I have to say that Jormungand is one of those shows you won’t regret watching either way. Looking forward, it looks like we’ll have the first episode of a multi-part arc next week, and it looks awfully exciting. Sadly I have finals coming up and I’ll be pretty busy, but I know I’ll definitely find some time to watch and post about it.

    **On a side note, I just want to mention how much I’m loving Itou Shizuka at the moment. Granted, she keeps reminding me of Haruka from Amagami SS, but she does a darn good job as Koko and really brings the character to life.

     

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    April 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm
    59 comments »
    • April 18, 2012 at 5:21 pmZanibas

      That moment when Koko left the “smaller group” to fend for themselves…I found myself laughing at their misfortune more than anything :D.

      But anyways, I’m loving the unique post style Zeph! It’s inspiring me to do something cool with my posts too! :P

      • April 18, 2012 at 5:23 pmZephyr

        Keh keh keh. It’s all good till I run out of ideas though. -_-

    • April 18, 2012 at 5:24 pmCybersteel

      funny man fuunny!!! Awesome post Koko Locoooooo

    • April 18, 2012 at 5:35 pmJohn Hayabusa

      • April 18, 2012 at 6:58 pmzleihsh

        SO TRUE!

      • April 18, 2012 at 7:11 pmzleihsh

        Sorry for 2nd post on the same thought below, I did not click the your link when I first scan through the comments…. Still LOL

    • April 18, 2012 at 5:40 pmbk201my

      I wish ppl would stop comparing this show to Black Lagoon. This show is more realistic than that. If you like Jormungand don’t forget to check out Lord of War http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0399295/ starring Nicholas Cage. It’s based on a true story of a Russian arms dealer.

      • April 18, 2012 at 6:00 pmJunglepenguin

        Realistic =/= Entertaining

        Just saying.

      • April 18, 2012 at 8:57 pmKasrkin519

        both shows are pretty entertaining but i wouldnt call either “realistic” by any stretch of the imagination

        unless the random ass knife fight this episode is common behavior among those kind of people in that kind of situation

      • April 19, 2012 at 11:20 amBio D

        Realism or no, I’m going to second that Lord of War recommendation.

    • April 18, 2012 at 5:55 pmTre

      I agree that the comparisons to Black Lagoon must stop. Jormungand is capable of providing just as much satisfaction to the viewer that Black Lagoon did, but in a very different way. Outside of some superficial similarities, these two shows don’t have much in common.

      • April 19, 2012 at 6:47 ameHugger

        So what exactly are the differences between Black Lagoon and Jormungand? I still don’t see any significant differences. Hyperactive heroines, trigger happy cast, exaggerated gun/knife fights, explosions galore, backstabbing/fraudulent deals etc. Yes, I suppose these are “superficial” comparisons but aside from that, we haven’t been offered much else have we?

        • April 19, 2012 at 5:05 pmboingman

          Yeah, I am wondering the same.
          So far it seems pretty similar to Black Lagoon. And I like that.

    • April 18, 2012 at 5:55 pmActene

      I think this show will be consistently surprising me with how much content it can pack into a regular-length episode. Koko’s really making up the backbone of the action here, though; I’m interested to see if Jonah rears his head as a focal character in the next episode. The episode’s hilarious climax made the mid-episode meandering worthwhile; pacing seems to be the one problem so far, since a lot of time passes off-screen without much to herald the shift.

      On a side note, merely from the OP and preview from the first episode, I was convinced that Mildred was a thin, creepy guy. Go figure.

    • April 18, 2012 at 6:04 pmJif

      This show is absolutely stunning. Koko exhibits a tactical cunning and an aura of confidence that makes her leadership absolutely enthralling to watch. I feel like the antagonism that Jonah was painted with in the opening segment has not been done justice. It should be a focal point, a divisive point, where all sorts of moral and emotional values clash in his decision to do what he does. Sure, there’s still a TON of room for that to develop, such as how he even was picked up, but I think that tension should be played up more.

      • April 18, 2012 at 6:19 pmActene

        I think we got a hint of that from his laugh at the end of the episode. When I look back on it now, perhaps he was simply exhilarated that he didn’t have to use the guns he hates so much after all. But you’re right, this episode was pretty much all about Koko… which, I think, is exactly the way she likes it.

      • April 18, 2012 at 8:25 pmbk201my

        There will be a sad backstory for Jonah regarding that issues. Basically he will meet Koko’s brother.

    • April 18, 2012 at 6:15 pmjrj

      I absolutely love the post! awesome job, Zephyr :3
      Koko and her team are sure crazy bunch, but they are capable for sure… one great lesson from this episode… don’t get into the arm trading business if you are weak or extremely violent…
      and yes, the BGM to the preview is golden! best preview BGM of the year hands down :)

    • April 18, 2012 at 6:37 pmxephx

      Koko playing everyone to escape was an awesome thing to watch. The only thing wrong bad in this show is that laughably bad song in the preview, but everything else is awesome.

      • April 18, 2012 at 6:42 pmTre

        “The only thing wrong bad in this show is that laughably bad song in the preview”

        It’s so bad, it’s good.

        • April 18, 2012 at 6:51 pmZephyr

          And it’s so darn catchy.

      • April 19, 2012 at 8:29 pmiron2000

        Thats the highlight at the end of the 20+ minutes :P

    • April 18, 2012 at 6:49 pmzleihsh

      It is amazing how she can keep up her poker face when thinking, “This is bad, very bad” and continue smile confidently in the war zone. Sigh~ What a self-control!

      Koko has the most interesting panda eyes……………

      I love her soldiers’ reaction when Koko give the hand signals, and, “I, Koko Hekmatyar, would never do business on credit!”
      All: Ohooooooooooo~~ XD

      Also, how she “double cross” or trick (?) Mr. Currie, and left the 3 of them in there so she can get away out of there….Oh Man, she is such a trickster, LOL.

      She and her soldiers’ relationship is really something……
      Can’t wait for ep3….

    • April 18, 2012 at 6:54 pmzleihsh

      Also,”Whoa, this feels great!” XD
      Oh Valmet, lol.

    • April 18, 2012 at 6:56 pmUnajuuphile

      I hate how everyone is grinning in the opening. Creeps the hell out of me all the time. Apart from that, I’m enjoying this show.

    • April 18, 2012 at 7:02 pmcancerlad

      Best post you’ve ever done, Zephyr. Great job. Loved the fake Koko lesson.

      • April 18, 2012 at 7:05 pmZephyr

        Arigatooouu.

    • April 18, 2012 at 7:13 pmricz

      I really love jormungand

    • April 18, 2012 at 7:15 pmJhacks

      As a businessman myself, you forgot two things: Avoid doing business in credits and always smile at your customer, yes DAT SMILE! XD

      As for the episode itself, if it doesn’t bore me, then I’ll watch it. And how can I get bored with Koko and her antics.

      • April 18, 2012 at 7:34 pmZephyr

        Ah crap, I knew I forgot something. =[

      • April 18, 2012 at 8:26 pmbk201my

        A boss should hide his/her true feelings/emotions behind a smile.

    • April 18, 2012 at 8:01 pmewok40k

      It seems that in all deals Koko has a hidden agenda of stabilizing conflict zones by restoring balance of power and deterrence…
      Also those with the Yuri NVG were right about the extent of Valmet’s dedication to Koko. It sadly seems played just for laughs with unreciprocated feelings.
      Oh and if youre hunted in the mountains by attack helos, youre truly screwed. Good MANPADS would help but it seems those delivered by CCAT were junk.
      Military dictionary for my comment:
      MANPADS – Man-Portable AIR DEfence Systems – like SA-7, SA-16 or Stingers featyred in this ep.
      NVG – night Vision Goggles, including the VERY specific use ones (Yuri!)

      Ewok over and out.

      • April 19, 2012 at 1:25 amZen

        It seems that in all deals Koko has a hidden agenda of stabilizing conflict zones by restoring balance of power and deterrence…

        That does indeed seem to be the case. And the stick with which she measures how much power any one faction should be afforded seems to be money; she did state that she would only sell to those who had the means to pay on the spot, after all. The richest = the fittest, or something, and should therefore be in control. Not saying that this is definitively what she thinks, but given the information that is available in these first two episodes, that’s as much as I can gather (I haven’t read the manga)…

        The woman’s personality, on the other hand, is an open book, more likely than not falling into a subset of one of two general, over-arching personality types, the former being significantly more likely and interesting than the latter. The first is a variant of the infamous “some wo/men just want to watch the world burn” personality type for which the Batman villain Joker is so renowned. Like Joker, Koko gets a kick out of control, destruction and death; she enjoys being an arms dealer because these things are central to the job. But her personality diverges from that of Joker in the sense that her ego is so excessively inflated that it gets in the way of her penchant for destruction (This more likely than not, comes from being brought up in a proud and rich family); she perceives herself as being above all the other petty arms dealers who sell weapons simply for the sake of perpetuating conflict; within her own mind she elevates herself by adhering to something of a personal noble lie where the true objective of her gun-peddling is world peace through manipulating the balance of power- when it really is not; she’s just a self-deceiving, self-righteous madwoman who wants to watch the world burn…and she keep Jonah around to make sure that she doesn’t get ahead of her own ego by having too much fun destroying things.

        The second possible personality type is that Koko’s flamboyant, ruthless appearance is simply a front put up for show; (Something akin to how folks say that female politicians have to put up a “hard front” to succeed in a world of men) when deep down inside she’s really a peace-lover who was driven to violence by unavoidable circumstances. This variant of Koko keeps the gun-hating Jonah around as a reminder of of her true, hidden self, as a reaffirmation of her own buried identity. The context of the way she is portrayed in the show makes this second possibility significantly more remote than the first; there were hardly any instances in the first two episodes that could even arguably be interpreted as signs of remorse, instead every overt indicator seems to point towards her getting a kick out of being generally ruthless and destructive.

        The most interesting scenario, however, would be one where she was somehow part of both categories; one where she starts off as a type 2, but over time degenerates into a type 1. Meaning that she began selling arms for the noble purpose of achieving world peace by manipulating the global balance of power but gradually becomes numb to all the violence occurring around her, and ends up disillusioned with her vision. Eventually, the way she perceives violence shifts and she begins to find pleasure in destruction; the flamboyance that was once a front now becoming the the true face of her persona. Ah, is not the road to hell truly paved with good intentions…

      • April 19, 2012 at 3:59 amJohn Hayabusa

        Yuri NVG? Is that a new type of Yuri Goggles?

        With it, I can now see yuri even at night! I better get one! XD

    • April 18, 2012 at 8:35 pmBlackStealth1989

      Ir read the manga but i don’t recall kook’s age. anyone know?

    • April 18, 2012 at 9:23 pmLightnDark

      A short knife wielder with an eye patch owning someone dual wielding parangs…SEEMS LEGIT

      • April 19, 2012 at 12:29 amCybersteel

        I see that you have not watch One Piece yet.

        • April 19, 2012 at 2:58 amVivace

          I feel really sad that non of the writers in RC willing to pick up One Piece’s post.

    • April 18, 2012 at 10:41 pmNymphetamine2791

      Lol, love how crafty Koko is, makes this series unpredictable and fun to watch

    • April 18, 2012 at 10:42 pmJHN

      It’s this show that makes me glad to trust my instincts.

      Jormungand is not something I would normally watch, but seeing it in the season preview made me think: “I should try this.”

      Best decision ever!

    • April 18, 2012 at 11:40 pmXumbra

      Until colleges provide diplomas for arms dealing, you’ll have to make do with the education that you’ve got. For now. :P

    • April 19, 2012 at 12:00 amD-LaN

      Koko and her plan = Crazy enough to work.
      And boy, is the psycho yandere lesbian psycho….
      And I do notice tht sometime Koko smile got a bit creepy… o.O

      Also, @JHN tht the same reason for me too!!!

    • April 19, 2012 at 12:01 amStereoman

      Great post for a great show (so far)! Loving the guide! :]

    • April 19, 2012 at 12:43 amMrTerrorist

      Speaking of Black Lagoon, apparently Revy has meet Koko when she was a kid.
      http://i.imgur.com/SL2Kq.jpg
      http://i.imgur.com/9rjey.jpg

      • April 19, 2012 at 1:18 amD-LaN

        Is this two series connected???

        • April 19, 2012 at 2:06 amSingerOfW

          That’s a crossover short that the manga author made for the Black Lagoon artbook, since both series are published in the same magazine.

      • April 19, 2012 at 4:05 amBeedle

        Loco-Koko wasn’t kidding when she said she never had any formal education o.0 Awesome find, by the way. I find it hilarious how Koko’s had that smile since she was a kid (never mind the fact that she’s been selling weapons since she was a kid…)

        Revy: Little kid with a business card selling me weapons…SEEMS LEGIT!

    • April 19, 2012 at 1:18 amshez

      I have notice that the music composer is the same person who did gurran laggan, soul eater and katanagatari. I also like how we see them drinking coke as well.

      • April 19, 2012 at 6:10 pmKaka

        Instead of Dr. Pepper

    • April 19, 2012 at 4:14 amMAR-KLAC-VELOUS DE-KLAC-CADE

      indeed this loco koko is really something.

      yea also send other buyer team do all the shooting while koko & crew just run free without even shooting very koko-clever.

      no wonder this is squad edition of black lagoon.

    • April 19, 2012 at 6:52 amJustinnnnnn

      Great post, Zephyr! Keep up with the creativity :) .

      The episode was great, showing us once again these characters have a past, and they don’t reveal all at once. Conversations flow casually and overall feels like a much more mature show than most animes this season. Lovin’ it.

      x) Now, if only the episodes didn’t end so suddenly…

    • April 19, 2012 at 8:26 amKumakaori

      I watched the first episode, and if I wanted to watch child soldiers, I’d dig out my Gunslinger Girl DvD’s. This series ended up on my chopping block, for better or for worse. I’ll probably follow it here to see if I should ever change my mind ;).

    • April 19, 2012 at 8:29 amAnishuma

      Black Lagoon is Black Lagoon, Jormungand is Jormungand, and don’t pretend Black Lagoon was the first manga/anime series to have violent killing and all that jazz, because it’s not and it ain’t the first to put it on the map or anything so don’t pretend that Black Lagoon is like the Mario of it’s genre.

      That being said, my dream has come true, Valmet’s nosebleeds animated, I need more!

    • April 19, 2012 at 11:18 amBio D

      The complete non-reaction to Jonah is starting to frazzle me.
      Child-Soldier here! Anyone want to raise SOME objection to that!? A little? No? WTH

      • May 25, 2012 at 12:17 amPOO

        I agree, it’s bothering me…. let’s just make light of something that serious…………

    • April 19, 2012 at 5:50 pmDa5id

      • April 19, 2012 at 6:05 pmAnishuma

        You’d know that was Koko if you actually watched the episode, or read the manga.

        • April 19, 2012 at 11:14 pmDa5id

          Ah, sorry. The episode’s been in my backlog for a couple days, so I was just going by the screenshots.

    • April 20, 2012 at 8:53 amEraser

      Ladoga-F is the cash register machine. It is not surprising that it was necessary to equip the helicopters with more appropriate sensors.