Otherwise known as “We Really Want To Be Black Lagoon”.
Otherwise known as “Her Name Is Koko She Is Loco I Said Oh No”. Who the hell on the team thought that was a good idea? I never thought I’d see the day a next episode preview had worse music than the one for Chrome Shelled Regios.
This really does want to be Black Lagoon, doesn’t it. Right down to a heavy rock OP sung by a girl in autotuned engrish with lots of shots of empty casings with a grainy filter over them. For the most part though, I mean this as a positive comparison. It that same element of sexy danger that makes the two appealing. A cast of characters with distinct personalities who are fascinating to watch even if they are not the kind of characters you’d want to go to a party with. Not necessarily because they wouldn’t be fun to hang out with, but because you know the only reason they’re there is because there will be some shooting later.
While the cast of characters seem interesting, it’s hard to get a grips on most of them because Jormungand simply tossed you right into the centre of the action. It’s more a stylistic choice rather than bad directing. Baccano/Durarara do the same thing, tossing you right into the centre of the story and allowing you to slowly pick up the names and mannerisms of the various characters. Jormungand did that very well. Everything we learn about the characters come through their actions. Even the one point where a character starts explaining what Koko (she is so loco) is like, it says more about his relationship to her than Koko’s own personality. It all speaks to good writing. It’s very confusing, and I didn’t have a clue what the actual heist they were pulling had any relevance to, but I don’t feel it was particularly important to understand what was going on. With 24 episodes, there’s plenty of time to get to know these characters.
While the actual animation quality isn’t up to much, it has a style it’s going for, something that’s far more important than simply how fluid the movement is. OK, the whole grey filter over everything is something White Fox already pulled with Steins;Gate, but it works in this setting just as well. The music as well was surprisingly good, apart from that stupid Koko Loco thing. I’m terrible at placing music exactly, but it’s like a mix of techno and middle eastern music, which I’ll give points to for originality at the very least.
So a very solid first episode. Confusing, and I have little idea what the overarching plot is going to be, but it has a confidence and assuredness that means I’m happy to let it prove itself. It also doesn’t fall into the overly sadistic side that I hate these kinds of shows to do, although I suppose there’s plenty of time for it fall into that territory.
Nooooo Johnny No Sense of Humour is going to be eaten by a dog noooooo!