Now available is the very first preview video of recently announced seinen action adventure series, “Jormungand” – and quite frankly, describing it as “incredible” would be an understatement, it’s purely blood pumping.
With a German title which references a fearsome sea serpent, a heart racing musical theme which combines heavy beats of adrenaline intermixed with a song reminiscent to that of traditional Arabic melodies, and characters which are clearly not only diverse amongst themselves, but different than any ever seen in an anime before, Jormungand looks to be an anime nearly as rumored as the creature its named after.
Watching the PV, it’s of a quality unprecedented on every level without a single flaw – indeed there’s recently been many high caliber series announced, yet nothing as shuddering as this which doesn’t even bother with moe. It’s difficult to put into words as this short clip of what to anticipate from Jormungand is just so breathtaking – yet everything is so ridiculously refined, down to even the typography. Just upon seeing the emblem of the series pop up in blood red kanji, with a resonating thud, you immediately realize this is going to be something spectacular.
There’s a consistent dark vibe throughout the PV – value is utilized to make every scene predominantly engulfed in shadow, making even the white hair of the albino characters seems to be grey in what is a harsh environment. The colors are all very direct, they’re neither flashy nor vivid – rather, they’re very realistic, unlike the usual rich colors seen within an anime. This likewise immerses the viewer into an atmosphere of realism, an example being the bullet fire shown within the PV – you can just tell there are no magical weapons or special powers to save anyone easily.
Tension is ringing like the tune of the female we hear singing – you can truly feel that this series is one which will challenge the characters, one where a mistake may mean death even for the protagonist.
Now what exactly is the synopsis of this riveting tale?
It’s a story of “escapades around the world”, showcasing the life of an illegal arms dealer by name of “Koko Hekmatyar” who secretly deals weapons to many nations whilst avoiding law enforcement. Alongside her in travel are her bodyguards, a group composed mostly of former military veterans. The latest to join her however is a child named “Jonah” – a solider, despite his age, who is skilled in combat, yet in a seeming irony, happens to hate arms dealers. He decided to tag along merely to find the arms dealer responsible for the death of his family.
While the month is uncertain as of yet, the year is 2012, and we’re feeling the vigor of this series already.