The spring season slowly comes to an end.
I often consider the endings to series the most difficult to mess up. Even Shakugan no Shana III, and Zero no Tsukaima F [Both mediocre last seasons] wrapped up in a way that was both fulfilling and enjoyable. I don’t consider Jormungand’s first season finale to be “bad”, but I didn’t quite like it a lot either.
Perhaps the root of this starts with Valmet’s past. I really didn’t care for the trite story of retribution and guilt. But it may have even started beforehand [for me at least], with Valmet’s character. I don’t really care for it. It’s not my general preference, and at times, her interactions with Koko are obnoxious. But objectively speaking, I didn’t quite love how her story concluded. Her entire squadron was annihilated by one man, the man who made her who she is today. But, she effortlessly defeated the man. It’s seemingly anticlimatic. But rather than that, what proceeded bothered me more.
Karen is extremely similar to Valmet, physically at the very least. But after this episode, she’s also similar to her in that they share a “similar” type of past. Now, it doesn’t take a lot of assuming to assume that the season finale for the next season is going to be a showdown between the two of them. But the problem with that is that the showdown really should not have occurred [this is nitpicking at the storyline; I realize that they can’t quite change the manga adaptation]. Karen was distraught and furious after Valmet killed her boss, given this, she shot to kill. Yet, she only shot Valmet twice with a flurry of bullets at an extremely close range. Given that she’s also highly-trained, it’s a bit illogical and unbelievable as a development. The same goes for Jonah, he probably shot to kill, but, he still did not kill Karen after a flurry of bullets. It’s also to be assumed that Karen did not bleed out from the bullets alone, until the ambulance arrived [Koko noted that Valmet would have died if Jonah did not give her first aid; I’m assuming that Jonah did not give Karen first aid, and that the damage done to her was somewhat similar]. So in my eyes, the fight between the two in this episode was somewhat meaningless, it just happened. Yes it was unexpected, but I didn’t really like the development that much.
Now, the next season is developed through the last few minutes. It doesn’t develop too much, but it shows that the possible antagonist is somewhat intelligent. That should be a change from the brawn vs brawn type of encounters found during this season. But, it could also be very similar. I’m not sure if I’ll watch the next season, nevertheless write about it. Jormungand was a disappointment from White Fox, but if it was separate from it, it would still be somewhat mediocre [albeit not bad, my bads typically resonate some “good” into them, so my mediocre is best defined as a decent show]. The intelligent discourse and negotiations were the most unique thing the show had to offer, and unfortunately, it wasn’t centered on it. Instead, it focused on the incessant action. The action would not be bad, if it was well-animated, but the production quality from White Fox for Jormungand seems surprisingly lower than usual [I like to believe that they’re allocating all their resources to the Steins;Gate movie.
On-going Thoughts: Concluding Thoughts
Nevertheless, Jormungand was an enjoyable watch. Not one that will be remembered as being revolutionary, or an all-around, great show, but one that will be remembered as
White Fox’s failure a show that mixed together two relatively ambivalent elements in a manner that was both enjoyable, and intelligent .