White Fox hasn’t disappointed so far, let’s hope that continues.
First Impressions: Opening
Strangely enough I liked the opening. Although, it wouldn’t hurt if the English was omitted completely, or at least pronounced correctly. The English words are slurred, and more often than not, the grammar blows. As for Mami Kawada, she does good songs, I prefer the songs that are completely Japanese though. “Hishoku no Sora” from the first season of Shana is ridiculously memorable, her other songs from the newer seasons aren’t. Anyways, the song’s name is “Borderland” by Mami Kawada.
GG is awesome for trolling the audience by leaving the commercials in.
First Impressions: Episode
The story begins with an introduction to Jonah, the young boy. He hates weapon dealers, weapon-users — essentially anybody affiliated with weapons. This inherent disdain of arms is most likely the result of childhood trauma, caused by murdered parents. Ironically enough, he travels with an arms dealer, Hekmatyar Koko. [She’s a chick, like what the fuck, assumed she was a dude. Oh well, chicks are cool.] Anyways, she’s introducing him to her team of eight members, his introduction will make 9; she doesn’t work with the most conventionally sane team. [Also, her voice doesn’t seem to match her passive sinister face.]
They’re carrying out a retrieval mission; this will be the “rite of passage” for the kid. The kid appears to be apathetic against killing; he’s also the epitome of what he hates. Let’s see how this develops.
I’m enjoying this far too much. Nothing results in me fanboying a show like a metropolitan setting, with skyscrapers everywhere. Koko questions the boy; she informs him that she knows everything about him, his past, his likes and dislikes, along with his exile. He doesn’t care for talking, but instead questions her on the policy against tailers. She tells him to shoot first, ask questions later. Given this, he mounts onto a machine gun, and opens fire on two cars, obliterating and destroying both with a barrage of gunfire. This startles Koko, but the boy notes that they were only scouts; the real fun is yet to come. I don’t know if the source has a lighthearted mood such as this, but I seem to enjoy it. The boy has to have a reason for joining Koko’s group; there isn’t a reason for him to join something he loathes, unless he has a reason, a goal. Anyways, it’s assumed that the boy has past martial experience given his keen senses, along with his induction of them being scouts. The container that they’re retrieving are prized, air-force parts, crucial to the security of the country. Unlike most sold equipment, these parts aren’t out of date, or easily retaliated against, these are state of the art, new parts.
They take care of the remainder of the trailing enemy forces, and arrive at their destination. Jonah hates guns, but he also knows that he can rely on them. Basically, his parents were killed by guns. I’m assuming that he learned that guns can kill those who take away from you. It’s almost like a drug-dealer-and-druggie-like coexistence. He asks her why she sells arms; she replies.
“For world peace.”
Jonah questions a member of the crew on why he obeys Koko, he essentially tells him that he’ll eventually see why. Koko commences an emergency operation, to prevent a third-party group from hindering their mission at hand. To do this, they need to stop the shipment of Mi-24s.
They arrive at a building, possibly to delay the shipment of the Mi-24s. They negotiate on one end with the person in charge of the shipping, while arguing with the other arms dealer on the other. On the latter end, Koko infuriates the arms dealer, causing an injury. She tells Jonah to not attack, given that they’re surrounded by snipers. However, that weakness was essentially a ruse; Koko’s team kills the arms dealer’s snipers. They then halt the shipment, then kill the arms dealer.
The mission’s successful, Jonah finds it fitting to stick around. Koko introduces him to his new brethren. A bit abrupt, but it’s a logical development.
First Impressions: Ending
The ending fit the show, I didn’t care too much for it, but it wasn’t bad. It was done by Nagi Yanagi; I preferred the ending to Ano Natsu de Matteru and Bakemonogatari, the more upbeat ones. But hey, it’ll probably grow on me.
First Impressions: Concluding Thoughts
White Fox is a relatively new production studio, they haven’t done too many. I’ve watched every show that they have done, and most of them, have this sense of community, this familial feel among the crew. As of right now, Jormungand conforms to that, and that’s a great thing. Whether it’s the group of Steins;Gate, to the eccentric members of Tears to Tiara, to the duo of Katanagatari, White Fox typically adapts great series. They do not disappoint with this pilot episode, I enjoyed it greatly.