Jormungandr (often written as “Jormungand”) is the World Serpent from the Norse Mythology. It is one of the three children created by God Loki and the giantess Angrboda. Its ‘siblings’ are the monstrous wolf Fenrir and the being Hel who is the goddess of an afterlife world. Its main enemy is God Thor himself and they are fated to lose their lives in one final battle at Rangarok when the God kills the Midgard, but also falls himself after nine passes, poisoned by the enemy’s fatally powerful venom. Jormungand is called the World Serpent because it is so immense, that it can circle its body around the world and bite its tail. If it lets go, the world will end, or so the story goes…
There is one anime that really caught my eyes when I saw the Spring season’s upcoming list. It was Jormungand. Classified as Seinen, Adventure with a lot of events and real Action promised, it is definitely worth at least a wholeheartedly attempt to watch. With a couple of females in the lead profiles, as well as a young boy, who are all mad killers and plotters, this adaptation of the popular seinen manga going by the same name. Reminding me of CANAAN as I see it and read about it for now, I can’t help but wonder if a new series for the more grown-up audience with a female lead character will work out or if it will just simply go down the drain…
The story revolves around Koko Hekmatyar who is the child of a heavily connected businessman and a very ambitious leader of a group of mercenaries. Knife-master, explosives expert, intelligence gathering member and even a secret agent are what makes her group unique. But will the young Jonah find his place in this group? With his hatred towards weapons and the fact that he is quite an outcast, he needs to forget about his prejudices and ideals for as long as the group helps him towards his goals. However, there is a bond in the band of Koko and there is little Jonah can do to obstruct its path into his soul. Guns, bombs, knives and sniper shots; lies, manipulations and games; admiration, appreciation and loathe – these have been promised to the fans.
We are expecting the show to begin broadcasting April 11, 2012. A second seasn has also been announced and it will begin in October this year.
Judging by the original manga “Jormungand” by Keitarou Takahashi, the show should be a great success, especially with the fans of fast-moving and underground shows. Director Keitaro Motonaga, who has worked on GetBackers, has been proven in the genre. If Jormungand keeps the charm and the feeling of something happening all the time of GetBackers, it will definitely work out.
(from left to right)
Wilee is the explosives expert.
Lehm is the second in command. He has once worked as a Delta Force operator and as such has great experience. Currently a veteran mercenary.
Mao is an ex-artillery expect, who has been discharged by his Asian country’s military forces because of a life-costing fault.
Valmet is a former jäger major of the Finnish Rapid Deployment Force and is the best with knives. She also has a thing for Koko.
Koko Hekmatyar is the main protagonist who is a young arms dealer and the daughter of a shipping magnate. She often acts childish and oblivious, but is still the leader. Lutz is the team’s sniper.
Tojo is an ex-Japan Defense Agency secret agent.
R is experienced in intelligence gathering being a former Army Bersaglieri officer. Ugo has worked as a driver for the mafia who was added to the team after Koko defeated his former boss.
Jonah (Johnathan Mar) hates guns and arms dealers, but joins Koko for the sake of vengeance. he needs to revenge his parents’ death; he is a skilled child-soldier and the clear mind between the two.
Here is the officially released PV of the anime!(1:43min):
(sorry, but I have been told it has a very limited copyright protection. If you’re unable to see it, please do search for the video as it is really well-made)
Mutsumi Tamura as Jonah
Sayaka Ohara as Valmet
Shizuka Itou as Koko Hekmatyar
Unshou Ishizuka as Lehm
Go Shinomiya as Mao
Hitoshi Yanai as Tojo
Katsuyuki Konishi as R
Kenji Nomura as Wilee
Kiyoshi Katsunuma as Ugo
Wataru Hatano as Lutz
Animation Production: WHITE FOX
Director: Keitaro Motonaga (GetBackers, Katanagatari)
Series Composition: Yousuke Kuroda (Mobile Suit Gudam 00)
Script: Yousuke Kuroda
Music: Taku Iwasaki
Original creator: Keitarou Takahashi
Character Design: Kazuhisa Nakamura
Art Director: Yoshito Takamine
3D Director: Hiroshi Souma
Sound Director: Yasunori Ebina
Director of Photography: Kazumasa Someya
Color design: Miyuki Sato
Editing: Masahiro Goto
Sound Effects: Daisuke Jinbo
Theme Song Performance:
OP Mami Kawada (Onegai Sensei!, Shakugan no Shana)
ED Nagi Yanagi (Waiting in the Summer)
Images: ©2012 高橋慶太郎・小学館／ヨルムンガンド製作委員会