Jormungand (manga)

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Jormungand
Jormungand 1cove r.jpg
Cover to Vol. 1 released in North America by VIZ Media featuring main characters Koko Hekmatyar (left) and Jonathan Mar (right)
ヨルムンガンド
(Yorumungando)
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy-Drama
Manga
Written by Keitarō Takahashi
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher Viz Media
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Monthly Sunday Gene-X
Original run 2006January 19, 2012
Volumes 11
Anime television series
Directed by Keitaro Motonaga
Produced by Gaku Iwasa
Written by Yousuke Kuroda
Music by Taku Iwasaki
Studio White Fox
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, TV Kanagawa, TV Aichi, KBS, BS11, Sun TV, AT-X, Funimation Channel
Original run April 10, 2012June 26, 2012
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Jormungand: Perfect Order
Directed by Keitaro Motonaga
Produced by Gaku Iwasa
Written by Yousuke Kuroda
Music by Taku Iwasaki
Studio White Fox
Licensed by
Network Tokyo MX, TV Kanagawa, TV Aichi, KBS, BS11, Sun TV, AT-X
Original run October 10, 2012December 26, 2012
Episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

Jormungand (ヨルムンガンド Yorumungando?) is a manga series by Keitarō Takahashi, serialized in Monthly Sunday Gene-X magazine and published in North America by Viz Media. An anime television series produced by White Fox was broadcast between April and June 2012. A second season titled Jormungand: Perfect Order aired from October to December 2012.[1] The first season has been licensed by Manga Entertainment in the United Kingdom and Dybex in France. Both seasons have been licensed by FUNimation Entertainment in North America.

Plot[edit]

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 agencies 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. What follows is Koko and her crew's escapades around the world.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

The manga is published in North America by VIZ Media.[2] In Japan, Jormungand is officially published by Shogakukan.[3] In Taiwan, it is licensed and published by Taiwan Tohan.[4]

Anime[edit]

An anime animated by White Fox and produced by Geneon was announced on the 10th volume of the manga.[5] The anime began airing on April 10, 2012 on Tokyo MX, Television Kanagawa, TV Aichi and KBS and on later dates on Sun TV, BS11 and AT-X.[6] The show will also be seen online in Showtime, NicoNico, Bandai Channel and GyaO.[6] A second season of the series was also announced and is slated to be released in October 2012.[7] Known as Jormungand: Perfect Order, it began broadcast on Japanese TV on October 9, 2012.[8] The two seasons aired on Japanese TV at 12:30 AM.[8][9]

The first release of Jormungand on DVD and Blu-ray was on June 27, 2012 with the first two episodes, "Gun Metal, Calico Road" and "Pulsar" included.[10] Subsequent releases followed with two episodes each on both Blu-rays and DVDs on July 25, August 29 and September 26 of 2012.[11][12][13] The Perfect Order DVD/Blu-rays was first released in Japan on December 21, 2012.[14]

Showgate handles licensing aspect of Jormungand outside Japan.[15] A sneak preview of the anime was held on March 31 to April 1, 2012 at the Anime Contents Expo at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba.[16]

Music[edit]

Both the opening and ending themes will be produced by I've Sound. The opening song is "Borderland" by Mami Kawada,[17] and the ending theme is "Ambivalentidea" by Nagi Yanagi. "Borderland" was released as a single on May 30, 2012, while "Ambivalentidea" was released as a single on June 6, 2012. Both songs were released as singles by the record label Geneon Universal Entertainment.[18] For the second season, the opening is "Under / Shaft" by Maon Kurosaki, while the ending is "Laterality" (ラテラリティ?) by Nagi Yanagi.[19]

Drama CD[edit]

A 6-part Drama CD had been released prior to the anime, based on the Orchestra story arc. Of all the voice actors involved in the CD, only Unsho Ishizuka reprised his role as Lehm while the voice actors for everyone else involved in the drama were replaced.

Radio Show[edit]

A radio show dedicated to Jormungand has been made public with Shizuka Ito and Mutsumi Tamura as the hosts.[20]

Reception[edit]

Scott Green, writing for Ain't It Cool News, summed up the series as being enjoyable, but underachieving.[21] Matthew Warner feels that the story in the fourth volume is more focused on the business of trading weapons, describing it as a nice change of pace for the story, but Warner was disappointed that the violence and "dark, twisted plot points" of earlier volumes in the series were not present.[22] Erica Friedman, organiser of Yuricon, noted the yuri potential of Valmet, but declared the manga to be "just a dumb manga that I really like".[23] Karen Maeda enjoyed the action shown in the sixth volume, regarding the panels as being easy to follow, and hoped that Jormungand would be produced as an anime.[24]

Anime News Network's review of Jormungand points out the "challenging ideas about war, peace, and world affairs—and throws in some whiz-bang military action for good measure."[25]

In Japan, the manga's 9th Volume sold 41,712 copies in a week for a total of 42,337 in the 27th place out of 30.[26] Jormungand's 11th Volume was in 10th place and had sold 70,593 copies.[27] It later placed itself in the 20th place out of 30, selling 34,697 copies weekly for a total of 105,290.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jormungand Perfect Order Slated for October 10". Anime News Network. 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2012-09-27. 
  2. ^ "Official VIZ Media Jormungand Website". VIZ Media. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  3. ^ "ヨルムンガンド / 1" (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  4. ^ "軍火女王 1" (in Mandarin Chinese). Taiwan Tohan. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Jormungand Action Manga Gets TV Anime by White Fox". Anime News Network. December 17, 2011. Retrieved December 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Official Jormungand On Air Page" (in Jormungand). Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  7. ^ "Jormungand Second Season Confirmed". SeventhStyle. March 19, 2012. Retrieved March 19, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "All Cinema's Jormungand: Perfect Order Page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  9. ^ "Official Jormungand Staff/Cast Page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  10. ^ "Official Jormungand Blu-Ray/DVD Page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  11. ^ "Official Jormungand Blu-Ray/DVD Page, Blu-Ray and DVD Volume #2" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  12. ^ "Official Jormungand Blu-Ray/DVD Page, Blu-Ray and DVD Volume #3" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  13. ^ "Official Jormungand Blu-Ray/DVD Page, Blu-Ray and DVD Volume #4" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  14. ^ "Official Jormungand Perfect Order Blu-Ray/DVD Page, Blu-Ray and DVD Volume #1" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  15. ^ "Showgate's Jormungand Page". Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  16. ^ "1st Anime Contents Expo's Title List Announced". Anime News Network. 2011-12-17. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  17. ^ "Mami Kawada to Sing Jormungand Anime's Opening Theme". Anime News Network. 2012-02-18. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  18. ^ "Official Jormungand Music Page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  19. ^ "Official Music Page, Jormungand Perfect Order Japanese Page" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  20. ^ "Hibiki Radio Station's Munmungand" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  21. ^ "AICN Anime - Three Manga for the AICN Readers Who Don't Read Manga - and Alien vs Ninja". Ain't It Cool News. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  22. ^ Matthew Warner (2010-08-10). "Jormungand Vol. #04". Mania.com. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  23. ^ Erica Friedman (2010-12-02). "Jormungand Manga, Volume 5 (English)". Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  24. ^ Karen Maeda. "Jormungand Vol. 6". Sequential Tart. Retrieved 2012-04-15. 
  25. ^ Santos, Carlo (2013-06-09). "Jormungand GN 11". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  26. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 28-March 6". Anime News Network. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  27. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 16-22". Anime News Network. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  28. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 23-29". Anime News Network. 2012-05-16. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 

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