Where to see and read Jormungand

Keitaro Takashi’s Seine series Jormungand and its continuation Perfect order Follow a team of arms dealers and international mercenaries centered around their newest recruit, stoic child soldier Jonas. Often compared to Rei Hiroe’s title Black LagoonJormungand offers gripping action and complex, mature themes and extravagant technical details.

From the original manga from 2006 to its adaptation and sequel from 2012 Perfect orderAlthough Jormungand’s unstable, viscous tone and expansive context are relatively limited in volume, they can feel boring and draining at times. However, the spectacular action and mature storytelling make getting into this highly technical world a lot easier – and more rewarding – than it seems.

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The Jormungand Conspiracy

The title of the series is a nod to the mythical beast that surrounds the world of Norse mythology – a nod that is expanded upon in the manga’s introduction:

I devour the five lands and dry up the three seas,

But only heaven is unreachable

with this body without wings, land or legs.

This inscription relates the main themes of the series to its main characters. Jonah (also called Yona) is an 11-year-old child soldier and orphan with glowing red eyes. He is the newest hire at HCLI, an illegal arms trading company run by 22-year-old Koko Hetmatyr. Despite Jonah’s hatred of guns, he inexplicably becomes part of Koko’s bodyguard team.

Likely named after the infamous former mujahideen and Afghan warlord, Koko is almost albino and has a vaguely reptilian appearance, childish and manic demeanor but highly intelligent and calculating, and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of weapons technology, modern warfare, and economics. Though young, she inspires healthy respect from her enemies and fanatical loyalty from her companions. The series revolves around Koko’s relationship with her new bodyguard Jonah and his murderous squad, her rivalry with her brother Kasper, and her secret plan for world peace dubbed Project Jormungand.

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Where to read Jormungand manga

The first volume of Jormungand appeared in his manga magazine Monthly Sunday GX in April 2006. Published by Shogakukan, JormungandThe series eventually consisted of 11 volumes and ended in 2012. Although the manga broke into the top 30 bestseller list several times in Japan, even its last 11th volume didn’t make it into the top 10. In English by Viz Media, it took three years to follow later. Its run ends almost exactly six years after the original Japanese debut. Along with its rich technical detail and intimate look at the arms trade, the manga features a diverse and memorable cast of characters: professional military personnel, spy agents, mercenaries, contractors, and assassins.

The manga’s conclusion would almost coincide with the start of its anime adaptation; his announcement came with the release of his penultimate 10th volume. Jormungand was written by Yosuke Kuroda and directed by Keitaro Motonaga, animated by Studio White Fox and produced by Geneon. The manga is currently available in physical and digital form from Viz Media and can be read online at ComiXology, Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as purchased from local retailers.

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Where to Watch Jormungand Anime

Launched less than four months after its announcement in December 2011, JormungandThe anime adaptation premiered on Tokyo MX, Television Kanagawa, TV Aichi and KBS, in addition to streaming services Showtime, NicoNico, Bandai Channel and GyaO. the second season, Perfect orderpremiered in October of the same year, followed by Funimation’s English localization in 2012.

Currently, the anime is available for streaming on Hulu and now Crunchyroll, Funimation’s sister service, as well as Amazon Prime, in addition to DVD and Blu-ray. Its story follows the source material closely, but with notable deviations; Like the manga, the anime oscillates wildly between its heavy, mature themes and viscous tone, its highly aestheticized and beautifully animated action sequences poignantly colliding with its unabashed attention to the absurd and gruesome realities of modern warfare.

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