Yuri Manga: Jormungand, Volume 4 (English)

October 10th, 2010

Jormungand, Vol. 4There are a lot of things to like about Jormungand….was the way I wanted to start this review, but in reality, there is *very little* to like about this series. I just happen to like it anyway. ^_^

In Volume 4, the gang is wrapped up in protecting “Dr. Miami” from an enemy she doesn’t even know is there. Most of the rest of the volume is taken up in a game of chess with an ex-actress-turned-arms dealer/negotiator.

Extra time is spent on Valmet and the good Doctor kvelling over Koko in a spectacularly impotent manner, while both USA pawn “Schokolade” and ex-actress Amalia Torohovsky are macking on Koko probably half in reality and half in my imagination. It hardly matters who likes who because the storyline is rushed and inconsistent and while it makes sense overall…it’s not particularly well-conceived or executed.

The real problem here in Volume 4, though, is that the art is utterly craptastic. There is one panel in the entire volume that looks nice. The rest look so rushed, so dashed off, so plain old *bad* that it’s hard to take seriously. NOT that we were taking a manga about happy-go-lucky arms dealers seriously or anything. It just looks like the entire volume was drawn under deadline, while the artist had the flu, while the editor shouted at him.

Other than the terrible storytelling and horribly inadequate art, Volume 4 had a lot to like about it. (^_^);;

Ratings:

Art – 2
Story – 5
Characters – 8
Yuri – 4
Service – 4

Overall – 4 if you’re anyone else but me

By Volume 4, you have either decided that you enjoy this series, or you don’t. Nothing I could say, good or bad would convince you otherwise. I like it, despite the obvious flaws. I like Valmet, I like Dr. Miami, I like Schokolade, I like insanely violent women, so, I obviously like Koko, too.

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4 Responses

  1. DezoPenguin says:

    I actually picked up Volume 1 due to your original review and loved it and 2-3…but honestly, the art has been toweringly awful since the beginning (though at least with the action scenes you can at least usually tell who is doing what to whom, unlike, say, Kaishaku). The stories are entertaining enough, but this series wins on characters, characters, characters (and the byplay between them).

  2. @DezoPenguinI agree that the art has always been bad. This volume is exceptionally awful, even for this series.

    You are 100% right – this series runs on character.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is probably not the right place to post this, but I was just wondering if you’ve watched Strike Witches? It is Yuri, and it seems most people don’t know about it.

  4. @Anonymous – We know of Strike Witches and there’s probably a review or two around here. Use the search bar on the top to find them.

    I personally have not watched it, because I find the idea of staring at little girl’s asses repulsive.

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