Lose control, lose control, lose control
Her name is Koko; she is Loko.
I said, “Oh no.”

VM8000Jormungand aired during the Spring 2012 season. That made me realize that I stopped watching anime due to my Ateneo adjustment period. Stupid me for thinking it was my brother’s fault— then again, it’s difficult to watch streamed episodes when the internet is horrendously slow and “juice” priority is for online gaming.

I remember myself raving about Jormungand because of the lead character, Koko Hekmatyar. Koko is a female arms dealer and works for HCLI, a company owned by her father. She has nine bodyguards, as shown by the picture to the left with the newest addition being a child soldier, Jonah (bottom left). Jormungand attempts to narrate how Koko is in Jonah’s eyes because Jonah hates arms dealers and being recruited as a body guard of one is ironic.

At some point, the story deviates from how Jonah sees Koko and into a story about the lives of certain members like Valmet (the only girl bodyguard) and at times, a quick peek on how Koko thinks about herself. Nevertheless, Koko is a protagonist shrouded with mystery for the duration of the first season that it could probably be one of the reasons a viewer continues to follow the series. However, I stuck to following the series and continuing where I left off because of the character development and interactions AND THEM ACTION SCENES.

You see Jormungand has no definite plot— I’ve established that after watching the first season. Maybe the second season will prove to be different (but I haven’t watched it yet), but who knows except those who’ve watched it. What makes Jormungand wonderful is the set of characters it has and how they interact. All of them have a past since they were all part of the military/militia/mafia (look at them M’s) before meeting Koko and all with their respective skills. It’s seeing these group of people working together that makes the series more than just plotless— hello, the group has time to joke around during missions. It becomes funnier because there are only two girls in the group: one with assets and the other without, but the one who does quickly retaliates anyone who harasses her. It’s a sort of running gag and I’m quite happy it isn’t used often in the series (or it’d get boring). Moreover, the sibling dynamic that Jonah and Koko have appeals to you even though it looks pedophilic at certain parts of the series.

As for action scenes, it’s funny because there are bullets flying around yet here you have someone running and not getting hit by them. It’s as if the invisible bullet shield surrounded them 24/7, but it was still amusing nevertheless. It’s watching the bullets fly around and big ass explosions that give you a sense of thrill even though you’re certain that the Koko’s group is going to win anyway. At least, every episode had someone injured in the end— or some resemblance of injury. It shows that they are human and still prone to injury, even if it’s just a bullet to the butt. Plus, the guns are massive or have extreme firepower— or maybe both.



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