Jormungand – 09
「Dragon Shooter phase.1」
Well, to say the least, THAT was surprising. It’s like: “WHAT, A SWIMSUIT EPISODE IN MY JORMUNGAND!? NO WAY!” Not that it was a full episode of it, but I reckon it’s as close as we’ll get to one with this series. Don’t get me wrong though, I ain’t complaining in the least. I mean, how can I? I got some great screenshots of Jonah, Koko, Valmet, and the rest of the group and got some great laughs to boot also! Seeing Jonah getting tossed around for fun, Valmet going demon mode and launching R after getting groped, Lehm intentionally sneezing on Tojo… really, it just goes to show how great this series is to be able to make such quality comedic moments in between all the action and seriousness. And to top it all off, they even fit some nice character development within it too.
This time around, Mao actually takes a fair amount of the character focus this episode… and the surprises just keep rolling in. Considering how insane everyone else in Koko’s group is, it’s quite interesting to see that there’s actually someone kind of normal hanging around. Heck, he even has a family too, although all his children look more like his wife rather than him… And speaking of family, it was also quite something to find out that Lehm was married to Chequita a few times before as well. To say the least, Mao’s comment of “Quite a team, don’t you think?” couldn’t have captured my reaction any better. Notably, Jonah gets quite a bit of development as well, as his interactions with Koko and the rest of the group let’s us see that he’s a soldier on the exterior, but still has bits of being a child within him as well.
One can go on and on about Jonah and the other characters, but in the end, Mao’s comment of “Ten people, ten pasts. We all have our histories. You’ll understand one day” really summarizes everything I want to say. I mean, it really just hammers in how big of a cast we’re dealing with here, as well as how unique each character is. Heck, I can’t help but feel the dialogue here was intentionally phrased this way by the author as a sneaky way of saying: “Don’t worry, we’ll get to phasing out each and every character before it’s all said and done.” But yeah, at this point, I’ve given trying to predict what’ll happen from episode to episode. The series just mixes its elements of comedy, action, adventure, seriousness, and character development so well that they’re able to throw it in anywhere and anytime and yet not have it out of place.
Moving on to the more serious elements of this episode… Koko’s main objective this time involves the ironic delivery of a humanitarian aid organization (“ODH” or “Outspoken Doctors for Human Rights”) to a “Republic T”. I keep wondering why this series keeps referring to these respective nations as letters, but meh, I suppose that’s not quite a big deal. In any case, yet another new adversary appears this episode in the form of Dragan Nicolaevich, who seemed quite brutal from his initial actions and his past as described by the ODH leader. But alas, it seems like he wasn’t really that big of a threat apparently, as Koko’s group pretty much wipes the floor with him at the end. It seems like he’s probably dead, but I wonder about that. The preview doesn’t show him at all though… so it seems like to assume that he’s dead and that his death will lead to some great complications for Koko’s group’s attempt to leave Republic T per the preview.
In the end, what can I say? It’s more of the norm this episode and really, Jormungand’s such a breeze to watch through every week. Next week concludes this arc I believe… and if the other multi-part arcs have been any indication, it’ll be quite the action packed episode. Until then, I’ll leave you here with a bunch of nice full screens. :D
Author’s Note: Just a quick thanks to the people that stopped by my blog last week! :D