0 Items | £0.00



Thursday 17th July 2014

Helen McCarthy on girls, guns and dealers in death

Teenage arms dealer Koko Hekmatyar travels the world selling weapons in her work as an unofficial subcontractor for international shipping company HCLI. Under the cloak of its main activities, the company has a lucrative and illegal network of dealers in death. Constantly surrounded by her team of ex-military bodyguards, Koko has a new travelling companion – a withdrawn, seemingly emotionless but very skilled child soldier named Jonah. Jonah actually hates arms dealers, and has joined Koko's crew to find the arms dealer responsible for his family's deaths.

If you can't see what's coming, you haven't watched enough anime, or enough war movies. But if you’re after a show that gives you gallons of blood and flocks of flying artillery, thick and fast enough to level buildings, without a single preachy precept to leaven its amoral revelry in death, but with real character development and plotting strung so tight you could play a guitar riff on it, this is your show. Opening with a running fight down a freeway where anti-tank missiles and heavy vehicles are tossed around like party favours, the first episode never lets up, setting a standard that the show maintains throughout.

There are echoes of the premise of Gunsmith Cats a deadly killer girl with actionably young sidekick, hiding behind a hail of bullets from a lifetime of abuse. Jormungand doesn't quite live up to that perfectly polished artefact but it's good, and dangerously seductive in its embrace of action as its own justification. It reminds us how good it can feel when the bullets and bazooka rounds fly, the choppers explode and cannon fodder shreds in a red storm, how admirable it is to see a group of professionals get the job done effectively. The moral issues are given more room in the second series (coming later in the year), but the scales come down on the side of making mayhem fun.

Jormungand season one is out now on UK DVD and Blu-ray from Manga Entertainment.

 Buy it now


Jormungand Complete Season 1

was £24.99
The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, an international shipping corporation that secretly deals in the arms trade. As one of the company's unofficial weapon dealers, she secretly sells weapons in many countries while avoiding the local authorities and law enforcement as most of her work is actually illegal under international law. Traveling with her is her team of bodyguards who are mostly composed of ex-military veterans. Her latest addition to her crew is Jonah, a seemingly emotionless child soldier who is skilled in combat yet ironically hates arms dealers. Jonah joins Koko as he wishes to find the arms dealer responsible for his family's death. What follows is Koko and her crew's escapades around the world.




Hugh David calls Czechmate on the endgame
"The action scenes remain superlative, designed and executed in a way Western live-action directors would do well to study. The way character moments are woven within elevates them above mere technical exercises. The Prague shoot-out and Tokyo car chase are the sort of gems that prove that anime can still trump live-action in the same creative arenas when it wants to."


Who's Who in Dragon Ball 1

Ever wonder just how Goku and friends became the greatest heroes on Earth?
Wonder no more, as the original Dragon Ball reveals the origins of Akira Toriyama’s beloved creations! The faces may look familiar, but everything else is different in this classic series!

Ghost in the Shell: Innocence

Jasper Sharp on Oshii's Innocence abroad
Mamoru Oshii’s unashamedly esoteric sequel to his earlier global crossover Ghost in the Shell lent the most credibility to claims for anime as ‘Art’ with a capital ‘A’, when it became the first animated film from Japan to be entered in competition at Cannes.

Samurai Westerns

Andrew Osmond investigates the long love affair between samurai and cowboys
28th February sees the classic Hollywood Western go East. Yuresarazaru Mono has the English title Unforgiven; it remakes the celebrated 1992 Western of that name, which was directed by its star Clint Eastwood and won the Best Picture Oscar.

A Kim Jong-Il Production

Jasper Sharp reviews a book on the maddest film producer of all
Paul Fischer’s hugely entertaining book, A Kim Il-Sung Production, is the story of two men who lived, ate and breathed cinema, the actress who brought them together and the monster they created together – the Godzilla-inspired Pulgasari (1985), the last of seven features Shin and Choi made in the DPRK in a period of just three years.

Podcast: Speaking of Hugos and Gareths

More than one way to skin a catbus, in our 24th podcast
Jeremy Graves is joined by Jerome Mazandarani, Andrew Hewson and Jonathan Clements, for a series of rants and ill-informed commentary about anime, manga, the storm over the Hugo Awards, and your most awkward convention moment.
Jordan and Fray have been checking out the new series that are being simulcast this season and have tried their very best to narrow down their favourites.


Andrew Osmond has been here before…
Some sci-fi plots are staples of anime. The boy who pilots a fighting robot; humans who evolve into cyborgs; cute space girls who fall for the biggest doofus in Japan. Compared to these, time-travel has never been a big anime genre, though it’s been used on many occasions.

Harlock Music: Tetsuya Takahashi

Tom Smith on the man behind the music
Shinji Aramaki’s digital reimaging of Japan’s classic sci-fi adventure Space Pirate Captain Harlock is serious business. Not only is it ranked amongst Toei Animation’s most expensive productions to date, weighing in with a mighty £20+ million budget, its staff is also a who’s-who of the Japanese animation industry.
Contact Us   |   Refund Policy   |   Delivery Times   |   Privacy statement   |   Terms & Conditions
Please note your card statement will show billing by MVM. Jormungand from the UK's best Anime Blog.