Posted by psgels on 14 January 2013 with categories: Anime Reviews

I have been putting this one off for way too long, but that’s not because I was looking up to reviewing it. Rather there was so much coming out that I instead wanted to cover, but I guess that I’d just wrap up this sequel that really improved a lot over its original series. The key for that was its plot, for once.

The first Jormungand series really was a build-up series: it’s there to introduce the characters, get the viewers a bit used to the world and concepts of this series. It could have done this better though, because it was too monotone, both in terms of stories and characters. Perfect Order drops the random stories, and instead is much more coherent, not to mention varied in both terms of content and characters.

The improvements first become visible with the characters. The first season was flawed because it had too many characters who were trying too hard to be snarky. The second season then commences to both introduce characters with significantly different personalities, as well as develop the current cast to go beyond their snarky self. Suddenly, a cast that was once bland sparkles with personality, just as I hoped.

The plot takes a while longer to show its trumps, but in the end, it actually does pay off with a number of really good plot twists. Not going to say when they show up, but let’s just say that the characters were preparing for a certain events for a very long while. It really impressed me in any case.

This is not one of those cases in which all of the build-up comes together, though: the plot twists themselves are really good, but the first season’s random stories remain rather… random, and just could have been done better. It’s really the writing that improved so much, but Jormungand as a whole is not a series that is perfectly paced or told, not to mention that even though the setting for this series is very original (taking place over the whole world and not just Japan, America and Europe), it just doesn’t feel real or relatable. There remain a few too many one-dimensional characters in this series, despite the added variety. Nevertheless though: very solid show. Including an awesome soundtrack.

Storytelling: 8.5/10 – Big improvement: things feel much more solid and coherent and it finally starts building up to something, with a great payoff.
Characters: 8.5/10 – A varied cast, that really shines in comparison to the bland cast of the first season.
Production-Values: 8.5/10 – Solid animation, but what really stands out here is the soundtrack. Again a big improvement in how it’s used.
Setting: 8/10 – Nice choice of locations, but it doesn’t make enough of an impact for a higher rating.

Suggestions:
– Black Lagoon
Irresponsible Captain Tylor
Seikai no Senki

9 Responses

  1. Jojolion says:

    I prefer Black Lagoon.

    But i will rate thisone higher, because Black Lagoon takes forever to end.

    And the Black Lagoon mangaka is a lazy bastard… i dropped the manga only due to hate.

    I dont care if it is good.

    Jormungand was awesome tho.

    • Kaiserin Emma says:

      I think even in its episodic arcs/bits jourmungand was better than black lagoon in my opinion, it felt like they were more consistently enjoyable to me while black lagoon was more of a mixed bag for me. Agree with you though on Rei Hiroe, I got fed up waiting on him to release more chapters too.

      • wicked says:

        mean while artist by the name of Tex-Mex still has time to draw doujins

        • Kaiserin Emma says:

          Think I heard before somewhere, maybe crunchyroll a while back, that black lagoon is coming hiatus. He has another series out there I read what was available of but I can’t recall the title, never cared for it all that much nor his doujins.

  2. Kaiserin Emma says:

    *Coming back from

  3. Jojolion says:

    Still for this reason I ended up enjoying Jormungand a lot more.

  4. Souther says:

    Can’t say I agree with the score or the review.

    I do think the second series was better than the first, but the ending was a rather pointless tease and ultimately destroyed most of the good will had been previously built-up by the previous episodes.

    There are open-ended resolutions which I can accept, but this was really an ending showing signs of the author wanting to close off the story as quickly as possible, either out of lack of interest or due to editorial necessity. It’s way too sloppy to end everything like that.

    • Radec says:

      Hey Souther, after reading reviews on this blog i find myself agreeing with your comments, would you mind recommending me a list of anime, you enjoyed?

    • Danmaku says:

      I feel that whoever made Jormungand had a really great story or idea he wanted to run in season 1, but spent too much time building up for it and then just cut it off with a half-assed ending. I mean in the first episode Koko told Jonah she would show him the value of weapons not as just tools of death, and then season 2 she does a complete 180 and kills off random people for the hope that countries wont fight. Her brother at least showed reason that even if people cant fight with drones and aircraft, they will fight with guns, and if they cant fight with that they will go to swords and arrows, etc.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 07:02 AM)
    Oh for fucks sake sword art? You put HIV drama into your show?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:57 AM)
    Pretty much looking forward to the next two episodes and hope it gets more seasons too.
    I also liked how bleak it was.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:55 AM)
    *how twisty
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    . I was told to stay away from story six. Story seven was the most developed and ambitious of the selection but I feel mixed on it and didn’t really get into it until midway or so.
    Still I do love weird tales anthology stuff and this all fit the bill for me.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    The first story even I have to admit was genuinely horrifying, uncomfortable and got under my skin and of the selection it still stands out as having the greatest impact. The second one was good social commentary but doesn’t really give me much I didn’t already know. Stories three and were the most emotionally investing for me. I thoroughly enjoyed who twisty, twisted, truly nasty and cruel story five was and it is my second favourite of the lot.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:54 AM)
    I did however feel that some of the dialogue and acting could have done with some very very slight tweaking in parts/some segments.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 06:53 AM)
    Okay even though I don’t watch western tv shows all that much I finally properly spent whole day going through black mirror. For the larger part this is creative, unpredictable, well thought out/written, varied, I like the technological end of it, the stories manage to fit into the short film runtime without ever feeling like they needed more time and its clear that Charlie Brooker has a lot to say with this and is very intelligent man, some of it does ring fairly true.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 03:17 AM)
    @Aidan: …Jesus I read that wrong at first and read it as Liam Neeson…
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 02:09 AM)
    @swa, and hearing those lines voiced by Liam O’Brien would be a godsend.
  • swa
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 01:24 AM)
    Even in slow paced intermezzo episodes and with just a couple of lines, still so GARcher.

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