Black Lagoon is my favourite action show of all time, it’s wonderful blend of extremely well-directed hyper-violence, cynicism, great characters, and humour stemming from a heart of black served to create one of the most entertaining shows I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. Lord of War is what I consider to be one of the most entertaining films of the last decade, for being an incredibly stylish, yet still human look at the world of arms dealership. You give me an anime that combines those two things the way Jormungand seems to be going, and I’ll go insane with joy.
Jormungand could very easily be called derivative of Black Lagoon, and the comparisons are almost unavoidable if you seen both of them. They’re both action shows dealing with the seedy underbelly of humanity that places large amounts of focus on a group of incredibly interesting protagonists who are far from good themselves, but I can hardly fault Jormungand for doing this, because what it’s done so far, it’s done extremely well. The dialogue is sharp, the action is fantastic, and not a single scene bored me. (The meeting scene with Kroshkin for example, was terrific)
I have very few complaints here, except maybe that the music didn’t seem to commit to any one style and ultimately ended up just OK in all of them (except for the great closer) and that perhaps the stable of characters is a little too large, and I’m worried not all of them will get fleshed out, though even if they won’t, Koko and Jonah seem like they’ll be able to carry a large amount of this series on their own. (Particularly in the hints of Jonah’s backstory, which I’d love to see more of)
So this post is a little short yeah, I’m sorry about that, but there really isn’t much more to say, just that I’d like a little more information as to where the story is headed, as this first episode didn’t give much indication. Apart from that though, this has easily been my favourite first episode of the season, and I can’t wait to see more.
Oh, and whoever made that next episode preview song needs to die.
Will I blog this?
Yep, and I’ll have more to say about subsequent episodes to boot.