Jormungand: Perfect Order – 11
「ウォーモンガー」 (Uo Monga)
Continuing off from last week’s major cliffhanger,Jonah’s ultimately decides to run away—unwilling to accept Koko’s method of achieving world peace, but also unable to explain why. Looking in hindsight, it’s not particularly surprising this separation was coming—though it didn’t make the scene that much less emotional. In the end, the fact of the matter is that despite their similarities in terms of how much both Koko and Jonah hate weapons and war, it doesn’t change the fact that they both have fundamentally different views on what to do with the world. On one hand we have Koko, who believes sacrifices are necessary and is willing to commit them if it means changing the world. On the other hand we have Jonah, who despite hating various aspects of the world, still feels that there are parts of the world worth preserving and that lives in general are precious. One represents the view of an adult—one disillusioned by years of knowing nothing but wars and battlefields, a view of jaded pessimism mixed in with the ultimate of idealism. The other a view of a child who has still managed to maintain his youthful “innocence” and optimism in humanity. Inevitably, this makes you wonder: which side would you choose? Is there a correct choice?
And like every series that does moral dilemmas and philosophical matters correctly (Zetsuen no Tempest comes to mind)—the answer is: who you choose will depend on who you are. There is no right choice. Because if you think in the viewpoint that war will be inevitable, then 700,000 lives really is a drop in the bucket compared to the tens of millions that would die. At the same time, how can you know for sure there will be one? Can’t you try to take other proactive methods to try and prevent that? Or do you use what’s available now (the Jormungand system) and try to change the world while you have the ability to? Do you believe it’s one’s responsibility to use one’s potential to its maximum as Koko is doing? Or do you trust that someone else can carry on in your stead? There’s just so much here to discuss and phew* It’s a testament to how much this series has managed to develop in the background while luring us in with hollywood-isque action scenes.
Moving onward, perhaps the best part of this episode was that the aforementioned wasn’t even the only highlight this week either. Yup. I’m referring to the sequence of events where Bookman gets trolled (for lack of a better term)—BIG TIME. I mean wow. The guy spent so much time developing Operation Undershaft in an attempt to use Koko and her Hek-GG system, but as it turns out, Koko ends up being the one deeming Bookman useful and even rubbing it in his face by intentionally giving the Marine rescue operation responsible for saving him the same namesake. Not only that, but she manages to paint Mr. Plame as the mastermind behind “an assassination attempt” on Bookman, and well.. it was just spectacularly done and hilarious to boot.
Sadly though, as the age old adage goes: all good things must come to an end. The coming of next week brings us finale (SO FAST!) of Jormungand and it’s just gonna be a darn shame to see such a great series end. To say the least, it’s been a darn enjoyable ride and Jormungand in general (at least I feel), has been one of the best series of the year. I am slightly worried about how all the respective threads will work out in one episode (Kasper and Jonah for instance)… but if they do it right (and I have every confidence they will)… it could be one of the best finales of the year too.
Author’s Note: Just want to express my gratitude to Guardian Enzo for covering last week, as well as BakaMochi for providing this week’s caps! Thanks again! (:D).