Hey doods and peeps. Welcome to another episode of The G-Views. As you can tell, despite not talking about many shows this season, I haven’t been completely out of the loop, which is the case with the following kickass show I’m about to review, Jormungand 1st season.
Objectionable content: Significant
Number of episodes: 12
Plot Summary: The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, an international shipping corporation that secretly deals in the arms trade. As one of the company’s unofficial weapon dealers, she secretly sells weapons in many countries while avoiding the local authorities and law enforcements as most of her work is actually illegal under international law. Traveling with her is her team of bodyguards who are mostly composed of ex-military veterans. Her latest addition to her crew is Jonah, a seemingly emotionless child soldier who is skilled in combat yet ironically hates arms dealers. Jonah joins Koko as he wishes to find the arms dealer responsible for his family’s death. What follows is Koko and her crews escapades around the world.
This one should a pretty easy one to describe without going too deep as it isn’t necessary to know much more than the bare minimum before deciding whether this one’s for you or not. The content of this show can be summed up in one sentence: A fictional, yet not far from reality look at both the casual and professional lives of arms dealers along with their allies and mostly foes, such as rival dealers, assassins, smugglers, bounty hunters etc. I say fic yet somewhat realistic because even though I haven’t seen a special concerning this subject on Nat-Geo or Discovery, I can believe some negotiations can range from calm to utterly chaotic as the ones depicted on the show. You get to hear lots of fancy jargon about the dark side of the US, European, Asian and African governments, terrorists, mafia and stuff like that, how cheap each of them, how filthy some of their tongues can be and how large the ladies associated with these agencies/organizations’ busts are.
The casual moments have both bonding, , mostly Jonah and the rest of the crew, and humorous moments in them. The action scenes are what you’d expect from a show involving firearms, brutal servings of bloodbaths with a side dish of head shots. The show also comes equipped with grim flashbacks. Again, guns and war torn veterans always equals dark and miserable pasts with corpses, divorce and tons of monkey vodka. For gun aficionados, they obviously mention the brand of fireamrs and battle cruisers. I don’t know if they’re as detailed as Upotte’s gungirls but close enough. I’ll get to Upotte! later.
Lastly, expect the world to be drawn in a grim, depressing and greedy atmosphere as it’s quite literally a battle of survival and wits.
I seriously dislike talking about animation but whatever. I noticed a lot of shading and white on this show, and not just from Jonah, Valmet and the Hekmatyars. A lot of detail has been put on physical proportions, abs, hairy eyebrows (REALLY hairy) and the token bouncy-bounciness (Thankfully not frequent). You even get to see each individual teeth, both intact and knocked off. The crew travels a lot so many different countries and climates are explored. I’m not saying it has a comic book feel, just that the numerous locales and characters are quite noticeable and pleasing with strawberry jam on the side.
I don’t quite recognize the style of music being used but if I had to guess, it’s a it of hip-hop, radio, and techno beats. Excuse my lack of music knowledge. Point is, it kicks ass.
Characters: Easy. Men are sane despite which side they’re on and most of the women are members of Harley Quinn’s Joker fan club, meaning they all have screws loose and demonic smiles that will make male viewers piss their pants in frightened ecstasy. In short, they’re sexy and scary.
These people, despite being the protagonists, are NOT good guys. They just kill those who don’t play by the rules, are their targets or just plain disgust them. No mercy to the unarmed unless they’re on the payroll or they have a bounty on their heads. They don’t care about the glory, just getting the job done. Besides, the show continues teasing as to why Koko’s even in this business to begin with, aside from her family also being rival dealers.
Most of the male half of the cast are pretty cool and thankfully none insult your intelligence. All have their fun and dangerous sides and get their time in the spotlight, some more than others.
What amuses me about Jonah in particular is not that he’s a Gunslinger Boy, not his combat skills and strategies, not his occasional youthful smile and enjoyment of life (as rare as those occasions are), not the fact that despite being a child soldier he’s still a child, it’s his hilarious regular facial expression. The kid has a face that only a mother could love and I can’t help but laugh.
As mentioned above, the girls are all nutty as fruitcakes, yet lethal geniuses at the same time. Talking about only one is not worth it as all of them are worth gawking at…except one loli, of course. I, however, have three favorites:
Codename: Chocolade. This white chocolate cutie’s main appeal isn’t her data gathering skills or sexiness, but rather the fact she looks like a fan sketch of a sexy Princess Peach. Oh, and she’s somewhat free spirited…somewhat.
Valmet, for several reasons.
1) Her black hair, eye patch, six pack that would make Michael Phelps question his existence and E-G cup (I’m not good at breast measurements either) combo.
2) Her absolute love and devotion to Koko. Why does she live and breathe for Koko? Not quite clear yet. Yes, Koko’s gorgeous (See episode 9) and has helped open her eyes but that’s still not enough. Hmm, maybe in October. Then again, does it really matter? She wants Vanilla Cream Pie and that’s all that matters. Yes, she’s an excellent team player but pie comes first when not on duty.
3) Mood shifts. Casually, she’s a lovesick puppy who delivers the funniest expressions next to Jonah. On the battlefield, she delivers the best action scenes on the show in my opinion and is both a blast and bed wet inducing killer to watch.
4) Her picture perfect Cannon Spike.
5) She’s over 30 years old, I think.
6) Being a determined woman in love. Despite initially being happy just working for the woman that means the world to her, she still wants pie and even though Koko may not take her feelings 100% seriously yet, that won’t stop Valmet from trying. I think she may have more luck on winning than Kuuko from Nyaruko-san does…unless they plan on pairing Koko with Jonah in the end.
Lastly we have the star herself, Koko Hekmatyar, or Koko Loko, or the love child/hybrid of,
Koko is the undisputed #1 member of the aforementioned fan club as defines being a nutty and clever tactician who approaches everything with a smile, yet can be the last person you see before entering the black gates of hell as her cold grin of death guides you there. A full grown, well endowed, playful, inspiring, dangerous, mysterious and deadly brat. Getting on her bad side means instant death or prolonged torture. She’s the main source of humor, yet beating or outwitting her means you deserve an Academy Award. It’s awesome seeing her fool around and always pulling a trick out of her bottomless pocket as she isn’t afraid to get dirty, or even bloodied to both execute a perfect plan or ensure there are as few casualties as possible.
In conclusion: If you like guns, screwy negotiations, competent males and lethal hooters of destruction, this is for you. If you’re a really serious person or sensitive to bloody brutality that isn’t the level of Akira or Fist of the North Star, yet still makes you feel uncomfortable, stay away.
Here’s to an equally awesome continuation this Fall.