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12 Days of Anime #9: You won’t like Koko when she’s angry

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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.

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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.

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She didn’t even wait for the bombs to drop.

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21 Comments

  1. Madu_Scientisto
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    A True American Hero!

  2. Madu_Scientisto
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    As a side note, there sure are plenty of American characters in anime. The only anime character from Sweden (ore no homeland) that I know of is Stella Bremer from that shitty Muv-Luv series.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      Ireland gets a few. Celty from Durarara is probably the most badass. There’s Lockon Stratos from Gundam 00, and some guy from Nabari no Ou who is afraid of trains.

      • Gunslinger
        Posted December 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

        Both the lancers in the Fate series are from Ireland too.

      • Scamp
        Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

        You’re right. Gotta say, as a small nation absolutely nowhere near Japan, we’re doing all right in the world of anime

  3. Posted December 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Lesson: Don’t mess with Koko and her loco.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      I said oh no

  4. Posted December 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I really wanted to like Jormungand, but the cheapness of the action scenes just got to me one day. Not sure when it happened, but I think it was sometime before the scene you just described.

  5. Posted December 17, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m participating.

    • Posted December 17, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

      Cool, I’ll get you on the list!

      • Posted December 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

        Hey, hey me to! (Thanks for the list guys!)

  6. TheVoid
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Don’t forget the guy she killed was a murican spy who worked for the same man that she does.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

      And then Bookman did a funky dance with their ghosts

  7. Posted December 17, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Hex’s main problem is that she fit into that stereotype of wanting to be loved by America as much as she loved it. A true ‘Murican hero knows that their love will always be unrequited.

    • Scamp
      Posted December 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      We all know the Childhood Friend ship never works out

  8. Posted December 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    Ahmahgad! Scamp mentioned my blog!

    NOW I CAN DIE HAPPY!!

  9. Posted December 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    I was actually thinking “Maybe Koko isn’t really loco at all”, and then WHAM! Fuck yeah only 700k victims, but that doesn’t include deaths from plane crashes (thinks 9/11) so that number could easily topple 1 million. Ahh, Im gonna miss this show so much when it ends.

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