Jormungand 7: Wine is Fine
In this recent episode of Jormungand, Koko is wining and dining with Mr. Chang while Scarecrow and his partner Chocolade survey from afar and Koko’s crew is fighting Chang’s in their hunt for Dr. Miami. However, when Karen shows signs of being involved in a tragic moment in Valmet’s life, will Valmet be able to keep her cool or will she snap in the middle of the battlefield?
We begin with Koko being treated to some nice Chinese food with Mr. Chang as they discuss business. Little do they know that Scarecrow is on the case as he is in the restaurant spying in on their conversation to see if there is something that gives away their operations. Luckily, Chocolade is with him to try and mellow him down as she enjoys herself some noodles.
On her crew’s side, Valmet goes berserk and darts across the battlefield as she commences in a big epic knife fight with Karen, who’s fighting style and stance resemble that of the people who had killed Valmet’s close ones.
Meanwhile, Dr. Miami is waxing philosophical about her role in the business world as her inventions don’t always go how she would have wanted them to be, and she feels as if her original intent is overshadowed by the potential that her creation could hold in a less hostile field, such as the cybernetic doll she wanted to be a kid’s toy ended up being used as a nuke.
As Scarecrow continues to try and hear in on Koko’s conversation, her crew has decided to switch things up a bit. According to Jonah, the guys Karen brought in the field are all accustomed to battles in city terrains and have no knowledge in mountain gunfights. As such, his plan is to stop shooting to lure out the soldiers who think that they might have killed them so that Lehm and the guys can head shot them all.
But there’s no way that they’d be dumb enough to stand up during a shootou-
Chocolade is about to go to the bathroom to spy on Koko, but in the end Koko was the one who found her and told her to pass on a secret message to Scarecrow involving their involvement with Koko.
On Valmet’s front, she has cut Karen’s arms badly as she writhes in pain on the ground. Valmet is pissed that she would be so weak in the battle. This sparks a flashback of her dead comrades as Valmet starts to spasm and lose herself in her thoughts. Luckily for her, Vehm pops in to tell her that they are leaving and that they have won this battle.
Chocolade informs Scarecrow that it is in his best interest to side with Koko as she told him that if they worked together, they’d not only be able to make more of a profit, but they could prevent Mr. Chang from growing in influence as his power is much more threatening than other arms dealers. Scarecrow caves in as they join Koko and Ugo in their HIND helicopters as they avoid the snipers Mr. Chang hired to try and assassinate the four in their cars. Mr. Chang is utterly defeated as he falls on his ass after breaking his own cane in anger.
Jonah and the crew finally make it to the area Dr. Miami is hunting for her butterflies in as she finds herself captivated in Jonah as the newest member of Koko’s team. In a humorous twist of fate, Dr. Miami skips out on another meeting with Koko to go excavating for seashells.
As Koko’s team heads to England, Jonah has many confessions to make as he has had a bullet stuck in his ass for a while. On top of having to explain it to airport security, he also admits that he doesn’t want to get it removed because he is afraid of having to get shots.
The episode ends on one more funny note as a disgruntled guy waiting in line is complaining about the time it’s taking to deal with Jonah’s ass. However, Valmet’s yandere is further emphasized as she takes this as an insult to Koko, resulting in Valmet trying to crush the man’s face, much to Lehm’s amusement.
Overall, I liked many aspects of the Golden Butterfly arc, specifically I liked Koko’s & Dr. Miami’s segments in the episode. The verbal battle between Koko and Mr. Chang was well-done with her treating the conversation lightly with heavy drinking and refusal to be under his thumb. The Scarecrow/Chocolade parts were also alot of fun to watch with Chocolade’s laidback approach plays off of Scarecrow’s jerkass seriousness with great success and it makes Scarecrow’s scenes much funnier when having Chocolade appear to disregard his kooky schemes. Speaking of kookiness, I love Dr. Miami. Especially in this episode when she comes off as more down-to-earth than usual as she finds her current position to be the result of her cybernetics getting into more destructive hands.
I would’ve hoped that they made the gunfight more than seeing if the Daixinghai troops were dumb enough to wander out in the middle of the battlefield and that they would’ve went further into Valmet’s backstory because it seemed like they rushed through her battle with Karen and doesn’t pack the oomph I would expect from such a tumultuous match-up. That being said, I’m still impressed with the heavy emphasis on the politics of battle along with the fighting that differentiates this series from other action shows of a similar vein. Looking forward to the next one.