「Century of Shame」
To be honest, I didn’t expect the ending to turn out the way it did. I guess I was expecting a bit more “piew piew”… or at least some glimpse of the “New World”. We don’t end up getting that glimpse in the end, but at the same time, I gotta say: I actually quite liked how they decided to do things here. It just felt right—so Jormungand-isque for lack of a better term. Because while Jormungand had a significant portion dedicated to action, there was always a bit of extra going on in the background (especially with the coming of the second season). It wasn’t just about a charismatic (and quite nutty) arms dealer running around. It was about guns and the people that wield them, with a bit of exposition about the world and human nature on the side. But more on that in my final impressions.
Shifting back to the finale itself, perhaps the most notable of developments was the fact that Koko held back the activation of her Jormungand system for two years. Granted, her plan wasn’t exactly complete and you could argue putting the miniaturized version of Jormungand had a part to play… but for me, it was particularly notable because of how it seems like Koko was intentionally waiting this time frame in order to give time for Jonah to make his decision and return of his own volition. Who knows though, it could’ve been a coincidence… or perhaps just another point to show just how well both Koko and Kasper know Jonah and his tendencies (perhaps even more so than he knows himself). Either way, this and the whole reunion scene where everyone prepped their own “I’ve been waiting for you” line set up some great emotional dynamics, and it’s one big reason why the finale still felt good despite it being different than what I expected. To top it off, everyone else of note in the cast made their own appearances too, and it certainly gave this episode that finale feeling that a series’ end should have.
Moving on, there’s really not much extra to say admittedly about the finale. I suppose one could discuss Kasper, his views on war and himself as a character, but at this point, it’s pretty clear we all know what a suave beast the guy is. In the end, the finale was one of those that just wrapped things up fairly well, and gave off the feeling necessary for some sort of closure. I’m sure some (or perhaps many) of you dislike the fact the series went the “open-ended” route (and I myself am admittedly not completely on board with it), but it just goes back to the fact that there was always something extra in the background. The way Perfect Order ends just makes it a great testament to human nature: that you just never know what the future holds… we all have differing views of what makes an ideal vs. a realistic world… and that humans have the potential to do limitless things, but our own nature is something that we will run into at some point in time. Depending on your view, the future could be one indeed filled with more peace than any other time period (although forced by humanity having their wings clipped), or it could just be the one Kasper talks about (one where we’ll just find new ways to kill each other and profit off of it). Either way, it sets up the foundations for some intriguing discussion about something we just can’t know about, but of which everyone has their own views regarding (and their own reasons for believing it). The question now is: which side do you fall under? Koko’s? The world as is? Kasper?
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ED3: 「虹航海」 (Niji Koukai) by かの 香織 (Cano Caoli)
Looking way back to the start of the first season, Jormungand was one of those series that just screamed “YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS” the moment you see it. The PV’s promised high-octane action that drew comparisons to the well loved Black Lagoon, Guardian Enzo spoke glowingly of the source material, and there was just nothing really going against it in terms of reasons to watch it. Now that the series is over, the question is: did it deliver on its promise?
Suffice to say, it sure did. For one, it gave us a great cast of characters that were not only memorable, but also filled with enough back story to really make them come to life. To say the least, there’s just nothing like knowing exactly why each individual character does the things they do, possesses the skill set they have, and how they ended up at this point. Look ahead to the future some six months or maybe even a year or two from now and it’s just going to be hard to forget the the craziness of Wilee and his bomb antics, Valmet’s blood-soaked revenge story, R’s final moments against Hex, and the fun moments we had with Schokolade, Scarecrow, Kasper, and Chequita (just to name a few). Still, all of these pale in comparison to that one person we haven’t mentioned yet, the one who linked everything together and pretty much single-handedly powered this series to the heights it did.
Yes, we can’t forget about Koko Hekmatyar, our charismatic white haired, blue-eyed arms dealer. Undoubtedly a contender as one of the best characters of the year, she was just ridiculously fun to watch week-in week-out, and it’s going to be hard to ever forget about her (or her jingle HER NAME IS KOKO, SHE IS LOCO), let alone a few years from now. Because who else can better show off the arms dealing business and aim for world peace at the same time? Admittedly though, it can be said that almost everyone one in the main cast could have a case for being mentioned in a short list for best character. That’s just how great of a cast this series had, and it’s a testament to how good the series was to be able to manage such a large cast, as few series even manage with just a handful of characters. Heck, even the “enemies” were memorable—because who could forget about Chinatsu!?