「New World phase.2」
Continuing right where we left off last week, the world eyes are all on HCLI’s Hek-GG system as expected, and we get the development of multiple plot threads as a result.
And foremost amongst them? Koko’s continued gathering of the parts and people necessary for her Jormungand plan. As Bookman says himself, her plan is now at a point where secrecy no longer matters, and things are ramping up indeed—starting off with the kidnapping of Elena Baburin (from Caucasian Republic J!) and culminating with a variety of business ventures into companies involved in Quantum Optics and Photonic Nanodevices.
Granted, despite the scientific nature of my current college major, I’ll admit that I don’t have the slightest clue about either of the above. But after reading some literature and utilizing the information given this episode, it’s safe to say that Koko’s plan involves a new generation of computers known as Quantum Computers. Powered by lights (and photons) rather than the electronics (and electrons) that we currently use, the result is something immensely more capable than what we have now in virtually every sense of the word. With this system, it subsequently becomes possible to bypass virtually every security system in the world (and thus gain access to any system and virtually every piece of digital information around). Needless to say, it’d give its users (Koko and Dr. Miami) “the world at their fingertips”—something miles above the Hek-GG system in terms of ambition and capability and also something that really could lead to world peace… albeit an “artificial” one based on total domination.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that Koko ends up not going this route though… as the capabilities of a Quantum Computer allow it to be used in countless ways, and it’ll be interesting how she and Dr. Miami end up utilizing it to “create their new world.” In the meanwhile though, the NSA are busy trying to combat the Hek-GG system, and Hinoki’s back as an adviser assisting in their endeavor.
In the end however, Bookman’s still in play too, and he does what he does best: manipulate the situation to his favor. As Hinoki realizes himself in the end, it turns out that Bookman intentionally let him rise up as the valued adviser of the NSA so that he can take advantage of this by giving him “actionable intel” (or intel he must act on). Caught between advising the NSA, Koko, and Bookman, Hinoki’s at a point where he’s pretty much guaranteed to fail in some shape or form and where things are getting bigger than he ever imagined they would be. As such, with one move, Bookman tosses out Hinoki (and the NSA) from getting involved in Hek-GG by guaranteeing that they must act on the information given (and fail doing it). At least, that’s what I managed to get from the sequence of events at the end of the episode. Either that, or Hinoki and the NSA are out of the picture due to the fact that Bookman has already acted first. The result’s the same though, and it’s that Hinoki and the NSA are eliminated as potential sources of trouble involving Hek-GG, opening up the venue for him to take advantage and take the system for himself.
Looking forward, it looks like it’s most likely going to be a two horse race between Bookman and Koko (+Dr. Miami) as Koko attempts to fulfill her grand scheme and Bookman attempts to thwart her enough to be able to gain access to and take advantage of HCLI’s Hek-GG system. Admittedly though, things could become a three (or four) horse race too, as Kasper’s still in the background with his own view of how the world should be, along with their yet to be seen father, Floyd, who may attempt to interfere with the power of HCLI. But seeing as how HCLI pretty much rides on Kasper and Koko at this point, it looks like it’s unlikely he’ll play much of a part though.
In any case, there’s plenty of political power play going on behind the scenes as the respective sides start fighting amongst each other for their own respective ideals and goals, and it should be a damn nice ride… especially with Koko’s impending attempt to “kidnap” Rabbitfoot from “Camp No” and the Navy Seal team coming after her. The three pronged intrigue formed from R, Hex, and Bookman in the Dance with the Undershaft Arc was already darn awesome to watch, and this should be no different. And as I finish up, I gotta say, this series just knows how to mix its serious and funny moments. Got Jonah getting that bullet finally removed from his arse, Koko making Bookman pay for all their lunches, etc. Just funny stuff.
Author’s Note: Due to finals, I will be unable to cover Jormungand next week. Depending on Guardian Enzo’s availability, there may still be a post however. If not, coverage will resume with a double post the following week. Apologies in advance if this happens.