OP: 「UNDER/SHAFT」by 真音 黒崎 (Kurosaki Maon)
「天を仰ぐ蛇」 (Ten wo Aogu Hebi)
“The Snake That Admires the Heavens”
It’s only been a few months since the first season, but to say the least, it definitely felt longer than that. But like the snake that it is, Jormungand comes slithering back with its eagerly anticipated second season: Perfect Order. And I’m glad to say that I’m back and ready to continue coverage, so sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride!
Going right in, this first episode notably starts out rather similarly to the first season. We get the quick mention of the Jormungand myth again and a seemingly more mature Jonah to go along with it. We’re not quite given how much time has passed since the first season and this one, but what we do know though, is Koko’s busy schemin’ away and launchin’ em satellites (OVER 100 OF THEM!). Once again though, her dialogue with Dr. Miami just so happens to be blocked out (darn it!) so we don’t get to hear her grand plan for all em’ satellites, but it is interesting to note how the satellites are named “Jormungand” and crisscross around the world — just a bit similar to the myth don’t you think? Hmmmm… sure makes you wonder a bit.
In the end though, the satellite launches with Dr. Miami are only one of the many threads started in this introductory episode, which surprisingly, was lacking in the trademark action of its predecessor season. But with some of that piew piew clearly coming next episode and the nice developments this episode, I can’t say I’m disappointed in the slightest. I mean, how can I when I get to see Karen Low back again (and working under Dr. Miami of all people)? Not to mention, you just can’t help but smile a bit seeing Schocolade and Scarecrow still hanging around as comic relief for the most part.
But that’s enough nostalgia for now. It’s time to shake off the cobwebs and delve right in to the new developments… and some key revelations too. And first on that list is the reveal of R (a.k.a. Renato Socci) as a spy for the CIA! I was already flipping out when he had that suspicious meeting at the end of the first season, but gosh darn it, seeing him actually talking with the man known as Chief Black… really hammered it in for me. At least though, it seems like they’re not the ones who want Koko dead, and Koko seems to be on to him as well. Ultimately, this brings us to who actually ordered the hit from the end of last season and the other major reveal this episode —the agent known as
Hax Hex. Though admittedly, the way she gets her way with men and enjoys it at the same time… she might as well be hacking.
Bad jokes aside, it looks like things are really rollin’ toward some more serious developments, as we have Koko caught in the crosshairs of two different groups at the CIA. And I don’t know about you, but seeing how Koko tries to realize her plans for world peace while battling off her toughest opponent yet and a spy within her own group… as well as wondering how the two dynamics between the CIA factions will work out as they try to complete their own respective objectives… phew* That’s some set up. There might’ve been no real actual action this episode, but gosh darn, I’m getting chills down my back just thinking about the things that could happen in Perfect Order. Combine that with the new OP theme by Kurosaki Maon (which gives off that perfect badass vibe) and darn, it might be a bit premature, but the second season’s already looking like it’ll be every bit as (if not better) than the first. Here’s to next week, as we get our first multi-part arc! Already!
ED: 「Laterality」 (ラテラリティ) by やなぎ なぎ (Yanagi Nagi)