Jormungand – 08
「モンド・グロッソ」 (Mondo Gurosso)
Yes, Jormungand is an action adventure. But like someone mentioned before, there’s also a lot going for it being classified as as a slice of life too—a slice of the arms-dealing life that is. Not that it’s a bad thing.
Following the action packed African Golden Butterflies arc, we get an expected lull in the action this episode… that is, if your definition of relaxing is playing capture the flag in the mountains, getting shot in the ass by a paintball, and complex behind the scene politics involving unmanned aerial vehicles. But yeah, relaxing’s the name of the game this time around, and boy does that make for a good episode.
First off, we get some great comedy per the norm. There’s the continuation of running gags like Lutz getting shot in the ass, Jonah’s inability to count, and Valmet’s priceless expressions when with Koko. There’s also the funny scenes with Schokolade, the CIA gal who seems more like she’s working with Koko rather than against. And finally, there’s the more subtle insertion of Usain Bolt, the re-branding of BBC –> BBG, as well as the Koko version of “The Thinker” statue. Really, this show does comedy so well that I wouldn’t hesitate to put “comedy” under its many genres while I’m at it, even though it’s definitely more of a dark, complex series.
Moving on, while the comedy does play a major part this episode, the big topic at hand was still the art of arms dealing. We get yet another new character in Amalia Tolokhovsky, the person who deals arms just to meet new people. Just when you think you’ve seen every type of crazy… Jormungandreally knows how to keep great characters coming. Virtually every episode we get someone new introduced to an already large cast, but gosh darn, they’re just great additions with their own unique personalities and high levels of skill. This time around though, that skill is using her acting past to put Koko on the brink of total defeat early on. Sure, Koko shows her the major difference in experience between an arms dealer who has been to a battlefield and someone who hasn’t, but we got some priceless expressions while it lasted though. It turned out slightly confusing to understand and I had to do some research to get all the nuances, Koko sure does pull out all the stops in her counter attack. Not only does she get all the other major European countries to buy her American sponsored Predator drones and thus make the Euro Group’s UAV look like it’s less trustworthy, she even uses her sources to purchase stock in the EAE—the company that Amalia represents—for good measure.
Notably though, the latter was quite a gamble for the most part actually, as it seems to have relied on the assumption that purchasing parts of the company will set off enough of a panic to both nuke the deals they were trying to make AND cause them to want to buy back their stock at a higher price. There was the chance the plan would backfire and cause Koko to lose a lot of money, but really, it just goes to show just how complex the arms dealing business is. Furthermore, it shows just how amazing Koko is to be able to pull out such an absolute victory even when Country B was already virtually in the EAE’s grasp. Talk about thinking outside the box! “If you can’t persuade one country to buy your product, then screw em’ and persuade everyone else to.”
In the end though, I find it quite intriguing how Koko decided to save Amalia’s life, which was definitely in danger due to her epic failure this time around. As she says, I doubt this is the last we’ll see of her, and I reckon she might be on the friendly side next time around. Speaking of recurring appearances in the future, Schokolade seems like she’ll be around for a bit too, and I sure ain’t minding that at all. She’s definitely turning out to be my favorites in a show full of great characters.
But yeah, it’s also notable how even in a “relaxation episode”, Jormungand still manages to impress. I mean, when you’re able to seamlessly shift between action focused episodes and dialogue heavy episodes like this without disappointing your viewers… just amazing. Words can scarcely express how subtly the writer inserts in the differing views regarding arms dealing and weapons and there’s just an insane amount of reading in between the lines that can be done at all times. But hey, it just shows just how Jormungand is really a different beast from others shows. See, Jormungand is complex, yet suave enough that you’re not bothered about the amount of intricate details involved. Heck, you could even ignore the deeper aspects completely and still enjoy it.
And speaking of enjoyment, it sure looks like things ramp back into gear next episode with the start of another multi-part arc. With a fancy episode name like “Dragon Shooter,” I can’t help but be excited for what’s to come, and I reckon it won’t disappoint in the slightest. What’s sad though, is that there are only 4 more episodes left this season. =[
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