Jormungand

Jormungand

Series name: Jormungand
Studio: White Fox
Director: Keitaro Motonaga
Producer: Gaku Iwasa
Head Writer: Yousuke Kuroda
Music: Taku Iwasaki
Sub/Dub: Subtitled
Available Through: Hulu, Crunchyroll  
Originally Aired: April 10th - December 26th 2012
Number of Episodes: 24
Manga Available: Yes
Age Recommendation: Late Teen-Adult
Mature Content: Occasional strong language, occasional bath/bath house scenes, sexual references/innuendos, censored seduction scene, war violence, gratuitous amounts of blood.

Please note: Apparently the DVD’s differ from the versions we streamed. We cannot confirm that there is additional content we may miss in extended or uncensored versions of this anime.

REVIEW
Look at the news today and it’s no surprise that the world is covered with armed conflict and war. This causes a high demand for weapons, and if a government isn't providing you with them, it is obvious that you have to find another means to arm your cause: arms dealers. At the start of this series, you meet Jonah, a young child soldier who hates any form of weapon and fighting. He has a pretty good reason though, because a hi tech jet fighter killed his family. In a cruel twist of fate however, Jonah is very talented in using both of the things he hates. To make matters worse, due to a strange course of events, he finds himself employed by a weapons dealer named Koko Hekmatyar. Koko is a young woman possibly in her late twenties and early thirties, who has a very eclectic team of ex military, foreign intelligence, and mobster bodyguards who tend to get things done.

After watching the team make weapons deal after weapons deal, shoot their way out of many conflicts, and attempt to help Jonah recover a form of normality in his life (well as normal as you can for having a young kid wield an assault rifle everyday for his job; you can't help but fall in love with the characters. All of the take a liking to Jonah and want him to succeed, so they take turns teaching him social skills (something that a kid who has killed people their entire life hasn't had), math and languages (because those subject don't really help you aim better or patch bullet wounds), and a little about the world as they jump from country to country. You also try to figure out who exactly the brilliant Koko Hekmatyar is. Despite having a business which literally deals in death, she has a code of conduct. No drugs, no killing if unnecessary, and she protects her people no matter what. This seems very hypocritical of a modern day weapons dealer, but it's because she has a very large scheme she is working towards that will one day change the world more than her small time weapons dealing.

This series is a great watch. While it shows that humanity is truly a fallen race, it also reveals that there is hope at the same time. You will feel mixed emotions of love and hate against many of the characters, you will find yourself questioning if any form of armed conflict is worth it, and you will also discover that sometimes ordinary people can be monsters and enemies can become friends. If you love military action, this is a good watch. If you like character development, you will not be disappointed. Overall I give Jormungand a 8 out of 10 stars.           

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