Anime of Tomorrow
Jormungand Ep. 1
Initial impression – risky, clever and auspicious
Spring 2012 (12 episodes) (more info)
I really like the sharp attitude of Jormungand. It makes me think of a grittier version of Full Metal Panic. There are even a lot of superficial similarities that can be drawn between the characters of both series—especially child soldiers Jonah and Sousuke. Also, the incongruent premise of an arms dealer who claims to be working for world peace is so intriguing that I could get hooked on this series by that trait in and of itself.
But this anime also has a smirkingly dark sense of humor that fits perfectly with the steely realism that permeates everything else. I suppose it would be most appropriate to call this a model of exemplarily well-timed comic relief. It’s nice to see that while Jormungand may have an air of serious intensity it’s fully capable of having some good-natured fun that is complementary rather than at odds with the main story. It has some smartly constructed action sequences with the correct sense of occasion, timing, setting and strategy, all supported by well-written political wrangling that always keeps Koko teetering on the edge of disaster.
The voice actress Shizuka Itou (which fans of Amagami SS will recognize as Haruka Morishima) was the perfect choice to depict Koko’s fun and quirky personality as she revels in the thrill of constantly cheating death. The beginning of Jormungand has me pumped and I can’t wait to see more of how Koko plans to accomplish her goals.
But what do you think? There are a lot of characters in this series that are breaking the stereotypes associated with this military-ish setting. Is it capable of adding up to more than the sum of its parts like Full Metal Panic was able to? Or is antihero Koko just too much to handle?