The combat scenes here are really quite something. They’re realistic enough to not cause any major concerns (the Valmet fight scene was slightly questionable, but I don’t think I should complain) but at the same time very enthralling and glorious. Everything is more believable because it’s a squad of ~10 exterminating a squad of ~10 rather than two people exterminating everyone on an entire ship.
It’s actually a bit more on the unrealistic side than the realistic when it comes to how dumb the enemy was, to be honest. People working for a very large crime magnate led by what looks to be an extremely competent lieutenant should at least know mountain combat better than a child. It’s true that Jonah is exceptionally gifted in combat, but that does not excuse the enemy’s lack of skill.
I was curious to see how the Valmet fight would be executed. The fighting in episodes 3 and 4 was baseline piss-poor, because it involved two people shooting at about three and none of the bullets ever hit, and it suddenly ends when the enemy gets shot in the head all in the span of about two seconds. I would say that this fight was executed much better. Keep note that Valmet was not really dodging the bullets. It’s not like the bullet was fired and she dodged afterward. She just didn’t get hit because she moved away from the line of fire fast enough so that the bullets were never flying straight at her. The fight in its entirety was still unrealistic, but at least it’s a bit better than the Revy/Roberta fight at the end of the first season of Black Lagoon.
Calling it now. Black Lagoon was a parody of the action genre.
Also, why did they let Karen survive? Once she was immobilized they could have killed her right there and then so that she didn’t contact Chang and it wouldn’t cause all the mess with Koko back on the ground. I won’t get into this kind of logic any further, though. A child on the internet does not know the ways of combat, no matter how much action fiction and Game of Thrones he consumes.
Lastly, I just would have liked a full-on flashback episode like Jonah’s. Episode 8 might be that way, I’m not sure.
A thing I really liked about this episode was the scene shifting. The scene effectively shifts between the tense atmosphere of the mountain fighting to the calm atmosphere of the Chinese dinner. It completely shifts from the battlefield of the guns to the battlefield of the words and minds very quickly, but the same tense atmosphere is kept throughout the entire episode. The Doctor Miami scenes are also very effectively placed by looking at how the Doctor is generally apathetic towards the sound of gunshots just around the corner.
Seriously, this guy is extremely badass. He’s a completely unlikable character, but he is BAD ASS. He doesn’t take shit from anybody and fearlessly practices justice. But is it idealism or morals that compels him to do this? No. Money. That is extremely badass. Completely badass.
Anyway, all that aside, I feel that the character of Chocolade was so suddenly introduced that I couldn’t get a read on her character. Why does she call Koko “Koko-chan”? (I know they’re supposed to be speaking English but the -chan is just an affirmation of attitude) There is a great implication that she knew Koko before or whatever, what with all the “How did you know my code name?”. I guess we’ll see more of her later.
I kind of love the funny scenes at the end of an arc. They’re kind of long and weird and they don’t serve much of a purpose, but their very presence indicates that the crew is basically a family. This contrasts greatly with Kasper’s crew for sure, and it definitely contrasts with the Lagoon company.
I just hope that the next arc is as good as this, or else I might have to call Jormungand hit and miss. I don’t want to do that.
Anyway, housekeeping items:
– This was late. Sorry.
– Space Brothers 8 post following shortly
– Space Brothers 9 post most likely following shortly after that
– I will not blog all 40+ episodes of Space Brothers.
– On behalf of Mushy and myself, I sincerely apologize for all of the #replaceananimetitlewithdick nonsense.