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Since Shinmaru felt like being a big auld Murican hero all over this blog, I felt like it was only fitting to have my next post laughing scornfully at another Murican patriot.
Jormungand is a bit all over the place quality-wise. For an action show, it’s surprisingly shit at doing action scenes. The characters have magnetic fields of plot protection barriers that mean no matter how many times otherwise perfectly skilled gunmen shoot at them, they will forever miss. This came to a quite ridiculous head when two skilled gun-mistresses were both emitting this anti-bullet plot protection barrier, so even though they were literally running alongside each other shooting the other in the face, both of them kept missing. However, when it nails a scene, Jormungand can really capture this awesome beauty in ferocious destruction. I could easily have picked the scene from the first season where they shoot a giant cannon out of the back of a plane and the frightening majesty of thousands of iron arrows raining from the sky, but instead I’ve gone for this moment from the second half of the show.
A quick recap up to this point: A member of Koko’s team had shed his bullet repellent barrier and was promptly shot in the face. He was the first member of Koko’s team to die until that point. Koko had gotten mad before, but this was the first time events had genuinely shaken her, causing that near-permanent wolf grin to leave her face. One she finally regained her composure though, she got mad. Really mad.
The person who killed the member of her squad was a crazy Murican nationalist, hiding out in the mountains because she had been shot in the face. Up until now she had relied on her plot protection barrier to keep her safe, so she was starting to doubt her place in the world and the reality of everything. She believed her power came from her country and would do anything to defend that, so getting shot and failing her mission was causing her rock-solid faith in herself and her country to show cracks.
Thankfully for her, she hears the instantly recognisable sound (for a crazy Murican nationalist like herself) of a B52 Bomber. The Muricans had come to save her! Faith restored in herself, her country, and the very thing that keeps her going, she rushes outside her cave to greet her saviours. Thing is, Koko that sent those bombers. The B52 opened its bomb bay doors and dropped several bombs across the mountains with the intent of laying waste to her. Koko’s revenge was not just to kill the person who killed her squad member. She wanted to crush the very thing that drove this person in the first place. She wanted the one thing she believed in turn against her to be the last thing for her to see before she died.
She didn’t even wait for the bombs to drop.