「Dragon Shooter phase.2」
If there’s one philosophical quote I could attribute to Jormungand, it’s that “if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” In this case, there’s also a “might as well tack on some style and flair on to it” as well. Because that’s exactly how Koko rolls: whether it involves eliminating the Balkan Dragon militia, avoiding surface to air strikes, or bow tying wanted war criminals for the CIA. But yeah, Mr. Dragan Nicolaevich sure chose the wrong dragon to mess with… and well, that’s just too bad. At least his loss was our gain though, as we got some darn great action scenes this episode as a result, mostly due to those epic cannons. And really, the fact that Mao was the one given center stage via the use of the cannon to knock out most of the anti-air batteries was just fitting. Considering they just showed some back story to him last episode, this was definitely something intentionally done, and just goes to show how awesome Jormungand is to be able to link things in such a way while throwing off a fair amount of viewers who figured that Mao’s death flag was raised.
Moving on, I have to also mention how much I loved the insertion of some new songs to emphasize the air combat scenes, as well as the fact that Wilee got some nice airtime this episode as well. But in the end, none of that really compares to how much I loved Scarecrow getting owned and put in as comic relief again and Schokolade pulling her usual shenanigans. At this point, even though she doesn’t get as much focus as the member’s of Koko’s group, Schokolade’s definitely continuing to rise on my list of favorite characters for this show. Considering how many great characters are in this show, it really also just demonstrates how great Jormungand is to be able to also phase out their side characters to such a memorable and likable degree.
And last but not least, perhaps the more intriguing part of the episode involved the fact that Floyd Hekmatyar makes his way into the picture a bit via some machinations from behind the scenes. It’ll definitely be interesting to see if Koko’s father appears at some point in time. Considering the way Floyd’s able to do such things and the fact Koko probably learned a lot of her skills from her father, it goes to reason Floyd’s on an equal, if not better level than Koko. And seeing Koko’s awesomeness through these first 9 episodes… it’s gonna be something words cannot describe if we ever get an episode focused on her father.
All in all, what else is there left to say except that this episode was just superb. We get the usual great action scenes, a mix of seriousness and comedy with the Koko dragon aspect, the return of the comedic relief CIA crew, and an episode that just kept your adrenaline rushing all the way through. What more could you want? And with that, we head into the final arc of Jormungand’s first season… and from the preview, it looks like Ugo’ll take center stage this time around. Can’t wait!
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