Jormungand 4-5: His Name is Caspar, He’s a Bastard
I totally screwed the pooch you guys.I was watching Ep 5 of Jormungand to do my weekly post. However, halfway through watching Jormungand 5, I realized I hadn’t watched Jormungand 4 and I realized that I didn’t do a post for the 4th episode last week, so now instead of what I thought would be a one ep post, I will now do a two-parter here. Also planning two-ep posts for MGX and KtB so those’ll be up ASAP.
But enough of that, as two of our episodes of Jormungand are pretty awesome with Episode 4 being the climactic conclusion to the fight with Orchestra and Episode 5 articulating how Jonah got to meet both Koko and her brother Caspar who has admitted to taking a role in killing his family and neighbors.
We start where Chinatsu meets her Orchestra guy as an average person attending a concert when she tries to defend herself against the Orchestra guy who killed everyone there. He admires this though and has her join him on his endeavors.
In present day, Orchestra ends up having to skid after their car screws on them mid-chase and tries to have another shootout. However, the guy decides to go agro which results in him getting shot in the chest and head by a faraway sniper.
Chinatsu is thoroughly pissed as she flees while vowing that she will turn Koko “into swiss cheese” once she finds them again, most likely in 3 days. There is no comfort though, as Scarecrow, a CIA agent looking to make a quick buck with bounty hunting work, decides that he wants to arrest Koko.
Scarecrow doesn’t get his way though, as the Dubai authorities are working with Koko and have eliminated any proof that there was a gunfight that was caused by Koko or anyone around their. Meanwhile, Koko gets a briefing to watch out for Scarecrow as he hassles everyone around him during his visits.
Scarecrow is pissed and punches Koko in the face, but she takes it like a boss and brushes it off as she leaves him fuming, vowing to kill her. Koko tells him he should join Chinatsu but this leaves her feeling scared stiff as she remembers her vowing to shoot the crap out of her. Luckily, Jonah’s there for her to talk it out with.
Koko expresses to Jonah the displeasure she has with those who are involved with the arms dealer trade and while she likes profiting from her work, in return the weapons that arms dealers sell has fueled selfish conflicts at the expense of everyone around them. She also tells him that the people with the most amount of guns in the world are civilians with 60% of average people owning a firearm, while armed forces and cops only make up to around a small portion.
Later that night, Koko ambushes Chinatsu who intended to do a stealth assassination on her. After telling Chinatsu to disarm or face the consequence of being gunned down, Koko asks her a strange question; why aren’t you wearing panties? This is because after having to take them off to wade through a swamp, Chinatsu felt more comfortable with her aim without them.
However, Koko tells her a secret so horrifying, she thinks she’s a monster and tries to shoot her, but all is for naught as Lehm fires at both Chinatsu’s pistol and her chest. In her dying moments, she appreciates the sky she had never taken the time to soak in as well as view Koko as a monster with swirly hair. The episode ends as Lehm has no regrets with shooting her as many of his friends have died to people similar to her and won’t discriminate on the battlefield.
Onward to Episode 5,
Koko and her guys are on a ship heading to Africa when she finds out that her brother Caspar is on a similar trip on a cargo ship heading in their path.
Meanwhile, Jonah is told to go off with Wiley to learn more about English as he teaches him the word “contradiction” using Koko as an example. Through this, he also tells Jonah of a classic arms dealer story “Pike and Shield” about an Ancient Chinese tribe who gave a man a spear to try out, though the man said he would only keep it if he were able to shatter a shield with it. Needless to say Jonah is more fascinated with Wiley than his other “teachers”.
Speaking of Koko, she must deal with her twin brother Casper the Unfriendly Douche who is heading to Africa because of some Chinese business partners he has to work with despite his clear opposition to them. First though, he has to go to the bathroom, something that coincidentally Jonah also has to do.
Jonah somehow planned this out, as his pissing allowed him to try and get the upperhand and stab Caspar. This gets thwarted easily as his righthand lady Chiquita goes bananas and restrains Jonah as Caspar showboats about being more awesomer than he is in front of his visibly pissed self.
We then flash back to when most of the story begins as Jonah and his friends were taken away as child soldiers and held captive by a base where there is currently a deal being made by a member of Caspar’s group. It appears that Jonah is familiar with him as he notes that he seen his eyes before.
Things go downhill as the arms dealer orders Jonah’s close friend Marka to come with him to scout for mines on a road. After hearing that Marka was killed by one of the mines, Jonah is so distraught that he calls for vengeance as he takes out almost everyone in the base and then kills the arms dealer when he fails to recognize Marka and thinks that giving him a briefcase of money will make everything all sugar and rainbows.
This raid, while satisfying, backfires for Jonah as Caspar wanted to get rid of all of the soldiers in this base and Jonah did that scot-free, not to mention that Marka only died because he wanted to claim a road for himself. To add insult to injury, Caspar asks Jonah if killing all of the soldiers really avenged Marka as vengeance begets vengeance and all that.
Actually, Caspar almost seems hellbent on shitting all over Jonah’s happiness as he locks him in a cargo container for days with nothing but water. After starving him to his weakest point, Caspar pops in to tell Jonah that he found out that he was the reason why Jonah’s parents are dead, his village is destroyed, and his friends are gone.
However, Caspar is feeling somewhat generous today as after reducing Jonah to tears and mocking his weakness due to starvation, he tells Jonah that he sent his other surviving friends to Japan where they are being taken care of, but in return he wants Jonah to work as a bodyguard for his sister. Luckily, his sister is Koko.
In present day, Koko is mad that Caspar was trying to rile up Jonah and demands him off of her ship along with Chiquita who is having fun lowering Lehm’s spirits as well. Koko’s kicking and growling in particular make this scene hilarious
We end with everyone trying to find Jonah as we see from his perspective that he is climbing up on the crow’s nest, using it as his secret spot where he can reflect on his thoughts and shout about being the king of the world.
I have to say I was impressed with both of these episodes. It seemed like the 3rd episode was so over the top that I thought it would continue heading down a similar path with hijinks combined with gunfights, but these two episodes were very powerful in terms of character development. Chinatsu who could’ve been a throwaway character was very sympathetic despite being a villain as she was pulled into Orchestra by her man and his death was a tragedy for her. Her dying moments are just as powerful with both her MGS boss speech as well as her vision of Koko as a monster. Not sure what to make of Scarecrow but that’s for future episodes to determine.
Episode 5 was a high point in terms of storytelling as Jonah’s backstory on the events leading up to joining Koko were heartbreaking, and we see the extent of all of the terrible things that have happened to Jonah and the orphans as a result of arms dealing that motivate his current hatred for them. As for the newer characters, I’m more interested in Chiquita as she seems somewhat more grounded despite her Cheshire smile and teasing Lehm, and Caspar deserves the highest amount of pain that exists on this earth as comeuppance for all of the monstrosities he takes pride in being involved with. Other than that, I do like the dynamic between Wiley and Jonah a lot as it not only let the two bond more since languages are his cup of tea, but it’s also interesting to see Jonah open up more about how he thinks that Koko is just fooling around with him and whatnot.
Nonetheless, with two great episodes in a row, I’m definitely hoping the show keeps it up and expect many more great things to come out of this series.