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Through 8 episodes...
Very good; very entertaining; very interesting.
Last updated Friday, August 31 2012. Created Friday, August 31 2012.
Following in the footsteps of gritty action anime like Baccano! and Black Lagoon, Jormungand offers an addicting action romp featuring the escapades of young arms dealer Koko and her group of bodyguards. The series is divided up into one or two episode arcs where Koko's group deal with different elements of the criminal underworld in their arms dealing like assassins, Mafia hitmen, militia groups and rival arms dealers. The series puts a great emphasis on the teamwork and cohesion of Koko's group as they quite often find themselves in tense and life-threatening situations thanks to their profession and aren't afraid to kill anyone who crosses them the wrong way. It even offers some fleshing out of members of Koko's team like Valmet and Jonah. The series is left open-ended as there are a few loose ends with Jormungand's plot and a number of characters in Koko's group are a bit underdeveloped. But considering I hear that a second season of the series is currently in the works, these flaws are actually fairly minor here.
The series sports some well-detailed scenery shots of the various international areas such as the Balkans, Italy and South Africa. Character designs are well detailed as well, though the facial designs of a number of characters looked a bit off and took some getting used to for me. The series does offer up fluid movement in normal and battle scenes, as well as makes use of effective cinematography in creating the illusion of fluid movement in situations where it looked like there were some corners cut with animation.
Overall, Jormungand is likely my surprise hit for this season since I never knew about it airing until I came across Anime News Network's recent review on the first half of the series. This is definitely worth a look if you are a fan of any crime/ gun-action anime titles.
Last updated Wednesday, June 27 2012. Created Wednesday, June 27 2012.
|Official Japanese Series Web Site||http://www.jormungand.tv/|