|Top (left to right): Ugo, Tojo, R, Mao|
Middle (left to right): Valmet, Koko, Lehm, Wilee
Bottom (left to right): Jonah, Lutz
Episode 1: Koko personally recruits Jonah, a child soldier, before they travel en route to Eastern Europe where a local government official has kept a shipment of HCLI MiG-29fighter upgrades under lockdown from his country's air force for fear it would lead to regional tension with its neighbors. Jonah protects Koko from the government's elite Voshkod 6 unit with Lehm and Valmet backing them up as Koko heads to the harbor to secure the MiG-29 upgrades which forces the official to give up. Later, Koko is informed by HCLI that a rival arms dealer named Kroshkin is trying to sell Hind-D's to the air force. Koko and Jonah, pretending to be the former's younger brother, visits Kroshkin to dissuade him. In truth, the meeting is a diversion to allow Tojo and Valmet to convince the air force to cancel Kroshkin's deal while Lutz, Mao, Ugo and Lehm kill the snipers protecting him. Realizing too late that he has been fooled, Koko orders Jonah to kill him. Koko celebrates with her bodyguards over dinner where they welcome Jonah into their group. However, everyone except Jonah gets sick after eating his scrambled eggs.
|Hello scary face #1|
Episode 2: Koko and her team are en route to deliver weapons to a country south of Russia, but discovers that the nation's forces led by Major Pollack and the Russians are fighting over the country's oil pipeline. But Koko isn't the only weapon's dealer as Curry and his team from CCAT are here as well. Koko wants to get out of the country as soon as possible as she doesn't deal with clients who pay on credit, but Pollack wants her to deliver antiaircraft weaponry for his army and he won't take no for an answer. Left with no other choice, she agrees but secretly tells her bodyguards they're going to rendezvous with Tojo and Valmet and escape through the border. Koko is forced to work with Curry after his bodyguards Mildo and Lu killed Pollack's escorts. Valmet also ends up dueling Mildo, who is very insistent on the matter. The former comes out victorious. When Pollack's mountain infantry unit surrounds everyone in the building they're hiding, Koko and her team decides to face the unit, but she betrays Curry by the telling the unit that the people who murdered Pollack's escorts are inside before the group flees. Despite Koko's escape, Pollack manages to build a fake SAM truck to fool the Russian military thanks to Koko's delivery. A day later, Koko, her bodyguards and Curry's team manages to flee the country where Koko watches a news report at the airport of the war having a quick conclusion just as she predicted.
|Meet Mildo. She's actually obsessed with Valmet.|
Episode 3: In Dubai, Koko has Tojo giving Jonah math lesson while she goes out shopping with Valmet. However, the assassin group Orchestra, composed of a teenage girl name Chinatsu and her mentor Shishio (Master), are hired to assassinate Koko. Koko and Valmet are saved by Jonah from Orchestra after he skips Tojo's lesson. As a gunfight ensues in downtown Dubai, Jonah and Valmet protect Koko from Orchestra while the latter easily kills Dubai Police Force officers responding to the shootout. Valmet is shot in the leg, to which Jonah responds by engaging Shishio in an open gunfire confrontation so as to allow her and Koko to escape. However, Lehm drags Jonah back using a hook and rope and chastises the boy for needlessly sacrificing his life. Lehm has Jonah escape with Koko while he holds off Orchestra. Orchestra soon run out of ammo and retreat to their pick-up truck armed with an M2 machine gun. Lehm concludes that Chinatsu has great observation skills and natural instincts and is able to control the wild Shishio as he and Valmet rendezvous with the rest of the team and try to separate the duo before they reach Koko. Meanwhile, Jonah tells Koko how he thinks guns make people into monsters, and she thanks him for opening up to her.
|"A date with Koko!!!"-Valmet|
|Jormungand is quite the fitting name for this series.|
|Brother and sister. The resemblance!|
|Meet Dr. Miami. Butterfly obsessed genius.|
|Chocolade. What an odd codename.|
Given the fact that I've read the manga, I had trouble adjusting to the voice acting at first. But by episode 3 I had gotten used to it. It's not to say the voice acting is bad. I just had another type of voice in mind by reading the manga. Itou Shizuka and Ohara Sayaka do marvelous jobs for Koko and Valmet respectively. Overall, I have no complaint about the voice acting. The music is rather odd, but in a good way. It's quite badass in fact.
The art is to be noted as different. I found it odd at first when reading the manga, but then...I realized that it's different in the way CLAMP art is different. Which means its interesting and attracts you. Specially the constant slasher smiles. They are eerie and yet very enjoyable to look at.
|Valmet vs Karen. Time for some ass kicking.|
Allow me to say, if you are looking for something like Black Lagoon, most people will say to watch Jormungand, but I would advise against it. Though they have similarities, they are clearly different. If you go into Jormungand thinking it will be like Black Lagoon, you will be sorely disappointed.
So far, if I hadn't read the manga, I'd have given this an 8/10. But I'm biased. And I know S1 will end with Valmet's arc which in itself is already 200/10 worthy. I will probably give the end series a 10/10. But for the sake of this review, I'll say 8.5/10.