Jormungand: Perfect Order has raised Season 1’s stakes in every way, from character development to the actual nature of the game itself. The last arc of this brilliant show then, doesn’t just change the rules of the game – it redefines it.
World Domination has never been one of my most favorite tropes in TV shows; it’s lazy, trite, and incredibly unoriginal. And yet, Koko seems to be aiming for it and all I can do is root for her. I think Avvesione made an excellent point the other day in one of her posts on how Jormungand’s finest moments lie within the buildup rather than the actual gunfight, and these two episodes have been nothing short of intense and satisfying as Koko finally takes the stage to herself and starts her own plan. In a way, it makes sense – Koko is an arms dealer, and thus she is nothing more than a medium for victory, whether it means the cost of lives, or the cost of money. This last arc is different in that not only does it initiate Koko being on the offensive for once, starting her own plans rather than creating them in reaction to someone else’s attack, but it also is the loose crack as we see a different side to her – a crazier, more loose version of Koko. It’s a Koko that Lutz is afraid and concerned about; a Koko who has nothing to hide, not even from the CIA, or other arms dealers, who are all now crawling to her side to find out what’s going on.
Bookman is also back, which is nice – I think he’s an interesting opponent, though he does verge on the typical “I’m crazy, mwahahaha!” trope sometimes. His twisted obsession and respect/admiration for Koko is something that will put him further into the game, more than anyone else, and I’m looking forward as to how the showdown will go when he and Koko come face to face. On the other hand, Hinoki as seen in Episode 21, is knocked out of the field in one blow as he is just no match for these two. One one hand, I guess this is a good thing, as he’d be quite a bland antagonist to face off against in the finale, but on the other hand, it makes his interference in the matters rather useless, unless he actually does play a pivotal role in the arc somehow.
It’s obvious that Koko’s plans lie within her own field instead of HCLI’s, which was something I hoped to be explored – Chiquita only gave the mere hint that Koko and Kasper were ‘thrown into the fodder’ as arms dealers by their own father, which is why Koko neither cares nor desires to be watched by her father. Instead of delving into that interesting territory, the show instead uses a lot of professional lingo which in turn, goes over my head as I only understand the basic intent of Koko’s plan and how it’ll affect the world (something done on purpose, perhaps? Not all of us know every agency and firearm type in the world, of course). What I do understand is this: Koko’s plan is far greater than HCLI’s when it comes to shaping how arms dealing works. I’m not sure what Koko is up to – a supercomputer doesn’t really sound like her thing? But it’s something massive that will change how arms dealing works, and will give her the upper hand in terms of negotiations; perhaps make her so independent that she doesn’t need to rely on HCLI. Of course, Koko is quite clever, and this may equally be nothing of value that was just fabricated to shake people up for one reason or the other. The latter seems to be Koko’s kind of thing, but it also would mean a very disappointing climax. So I can only assume that Koko does have something quite large and defining in store for us all; something that will change the world. She didn’t name this Operation Jormungand for nothing.
And yet I can’t shake the feeling that Koko, like Kasper, can be nothing but an arms dealer; that arms dealers need to exist, computerized or not, because they are the messengers of Death and Life (as Kasper would have it). They toss a coin, and it lands with victory for one side, and loss for another. And as long as they get that coin back, arms dealers don’t care what happens. They wouldn’t have it any other way. Koko, whether she hates it or not, is an arms dealer and can’t be anything else. So if she were to change the landscape of arms dealing, wouldn’t she as well be affected? Or is this her way of ‘exiting’ the battlefield she’s been living on since she was young? How will Jonah play a factor? There’s a lot at stake here, a lot of questions raised, and I’m excited to see how Jormungand will tackle them as it finally sets the stage for a mighty and explosive finale.