Final Review: Jormungand Perfect Order

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Jormungand Perfect Order is the second half of Jormungand, which had premiered earlier in 2012. You can read the review of season 1 here. It continues directly from the events of its prequel and seeing as they aired within the same year, I will keep this review brief. Jormungand Perfect Order premiered during the Fall 2012 anime season and like its prequel, it was simulcasted by Funimation.

After the disappointing and uninteresting performance that Jormungand presented in the first half of 2012, it returns once more to redeem itself. Unlike season 1, the combat is far more believable with Koko’s team actually struggling, or so we thought. At the end of the day, Koko loses only one member in her team (not counting Jonah). Operation Jormungand really just comes out of nowhere and of course becomes the “overarching” plot. The show’s buildup to what Jormungand really is as well as its impact is overall weak even after its revelation. Conclusion wise, the two year time skip is quite unnecessary and in fact more of a bother than anything else. Furthermore, it feels as if the “story” is not over at all.

Art is still grainy like the first season and character designs obviously have not yet changed. Animation has improved with better action sequences but that’s about it. Jormungand still remains White Fox’s weakest title by a mile.

Enjoyment? At the end of the day, Black Lagoon is a far more interesting show in almost every regard. Better action, better developments, better everything that Jormungand tried to do. The one “advantage” that Jormungand currently has is that along with Black Lagoon this space in anime remains relatively scarce. One could argue titles like Cowboy Bebop, Black Cat, Phantom, Gunslinger Girl, Ghost in the Shell, Speed Grapher, Trigun, etc… are all similar. To some extent they are and I may have alluded to this in the first season review, but at the end Jormungand and Black Lagoon deal more with dealings to couple the action. The aforementioned titles do little to none. Hence Jormungand is indeed a niche title to some degree though certainly not without a lot of holes.

Overall, Jormungand can be a good time waster. But as said above, as well as in the first season review, Black Lagoon is a better title and I would think something else will eventually usurp Jormungand’s position as it has set the bar relatively low for itself.

Story and Character:

  • Premise (0.5/1): Starts off better action wise than season 1 but still no real hook.
  • Character Personalities (1/1): Koko is still a great character and really what drives this series.
  • Character Development (1.5/2): A little more detail on a number of Koko’s members.
  • Character Usefulness/Presence (0.5/2): Still too big of a cast to remember.
  • Pacing: (0/1): Operation Jormungand kinda just comes out of nowhere half way through and then builds
  • Reasonable/Plausible (1/2): Better than prequel.
  • Conclusion (0/1): Time skip in the final episode? “Story” ends early with what seems to be inconclusive for a complete source material?
  • Total: 4.5/10

Art and Animation:

  • Backgrounds (1/2): Still grainy but art work is at least respectable now.
  • Character Designs (1/2): Designs leave much to be desired. It’s different very but low quality.
  • Fluidity (2/2): Significantly better than prequel.
  • Visuals/Special Effects/Flashiness (1.5/2): Flashy effects kept to a minimum, which is good as it should be. Real explosions don’t have “cool” special effects. Visuals are fake though.
  • Art and Animation “Expectation” (0.5/2): Still White Fox’s worst production values.
  • Total: 6/10

Sound and Music:

  • OP/ED/Insert Themes (2/3): Maon Kurosaki’s OP theme is great. New ED theme is still only okay.
  • Background Music (2/2): Strong and good. Hilarious preview song.
  • Sound Effects (1/2): Improvement is there.
  • Seiyuu (2.5/3): Solid overall. Itou Shizuka is priceless.
  • Total: 7.5/10

Enjoyment:

  • Amusement (1/2): Koko is still one heck of a character
  • Weekly/Next Episode Anticipation (1/2): Some ups and downs. 2 very solid episodes in this series but not enough to really carry weight.
  • Presentation: (1/2): Better plot continuity but still weak overall.
  • Re-watchable (0/1): Not really when Black Lagoon does everything this does but better.
  • Recommendation (0.5/2): Jormungand turns out to be a niche title but the space is small. Black Lagoon is far better.
  • Value (0.5/1): Short-term sure or so long as this space remains only with Jormungand and Black Lagoon. Otherwise no.
  • Total: 4/10

Preliminary Score: 6/10

Final Score: 6/10

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