Jormungand: Perfect Order

Jormungand: Perfect Order

Jormungand: Perfect Order anime series cover art
Jormungand: Perfect Order

R the Spy

I didn’t mention R (Renato Socci) in my review of Jormungand for two reasons. First, I couldn’t really remember what he actually did in the first season. And second, it was revealed that he was a CIA spy at the end of the season, so I knew I’d get to write about him here.

Jormungand: Perfect Order (ヨルムンガンド PERFECT ORDER) is the second season of the Jormungand anime. It starts off with an arc about R in which he’s trying to play multiple sides of a dangerous situation.

R’s primary mission as a spy is to keep tabs on Koko for Book Man. Book Man wants to control Koko, not take her down. However, another one of Book Man’s underlings, Hex, wants to kill Jonah because she knows it will hurt Koko.

Renato "R" Socci from the anime series Jormungand: Perfect Order
Renato “R” Socci

Since R is a nice guy, he obviously doesn’t want Jonah to be killed; Jonah is still a child. This puts R in the awkward situation of trying to protect Koko and Jonah from Hex while also negotiating with Book Man to call off the hit. And he has to make sure he doesn’t blow his cover, too.

In the end, R decides to reveal that he’s a spy to Koko before he gives his life to save both her and Jonah. While not the first member of Koko’s crew to die, this does make R the first member of her crew to die within the scope of the series.

The only other member to die was Echo, who died before the start of the series. R was Echo’s replacement, and so losing him was devastating for Koko. In fact, she was so upset that she carpet-bombed some mountains to take out R’s killer.

Lehm, Echo, and Wilee

One of the other arcs in Perfect Order goes into the backstories of Lehm, Echo, and Wilee. As I mentioned in my review of the first season, Lehm is my favorite character. Wilee is my second favorite, so it was great to see how the two of them were connected before joining Koko.

Originally, both Lehm and Echo were members of Delta Force. They met Wilee when they were tasked with demolishing a chemical plant during the first Gulf War and needed an explosives expert.

Later on, Lehm joined Koko before Echo and Wilee were also recruited. I wish we got to learn why exactly Lehm left Delta Force to join Koko. But it’s implied that both Echo and Wilee left so that they could continue to work alongside Lehm.

Wilee is the main character of this arc even though Lehm and Echo are involved too. It explains how Wilee became the man he is today. His parents and grandparents were architects, and he turned into a demolitions expert working for an arms dealer.

As Lehm explains, the fact that he and his team praised Wilee’s abilities in the Gulf War may have had something to do with this. Wilee was already a demolitions expert. But after that point, he apparently dove deeper into that role.

It’s also revealed that Wilee is the only member of Koko’s crew aside from Koko herself who has been blacklisted by the FBI. This is likely because while the other members of Koko’s crew are dangerous, Wilee has the capacity to become a huge terrorist threat all on his own.

Oh, and Wilee is also pretty sadistic when it comes to enemies making use of explosives. His calling card is to rewire enemy explosives and use them to kill those who originally laid them.

Jormungand Unleashed

Overall, I think Perfect Order is better than the first season of Jormungand. While I still love the finale of the Orchestra arc from the first season, Perfect Order’s arcs following Renato and Wilee are better than the arcs of Jormungand.

However, there is one, tiny problem with Perfect Order — the ending. I wasn’t a fan of how the season, and series, ended at all. I also wasn’t really all that surprised by the twist at the end. Though, I don’t really get the feeling that the twist was supposed to be all that surprising.

Back in the first episode of Jormungand, Koko tells Jonah that she’s an arms dealer to create world peace. That stuck with me ever since then because it seemed to go against everything she and her crew were doing. Nothing they did was peaceful.

Koko Hekmatyar and her crew from the anime series Jormungand: Perfect Order
Koko Hekmatyar and her crew

At the end of Perfect Order, it’s revealed that Koko was telling the truth back then. She’s been using her role as an arms dealer to amass money to use to end all war. Her answer is Jormungand, a quantum computer connected to 126 satellites that allows her to manipulate information.

Using this, Koko can effectively shut down the skies, which cripples modern war efforts around the world. She can even manipulate GPS data, so ground forces get lost trying to reach their targets.

The problem is that she doesn’t activate Jormungand in earnest until the last scene of the anime and we don’t get to see the outcome. Also, as Kasper points out, there will still always be war. Just because modern planes no longer work and Koko can manipulate the spread of information doesn’t mean there won’t be war.

The end of the series makes her seem like a child who doesn’t understand how the world works. I think I would have rather had an ending in which Jonah killed her to stop Jormungand from going into effect.


Jormungand: Perfect Order is a 7/10 from me. That’s the same score that I gave the first season despite the fact that I think this season is better. I just can’t give Perfect Order an 8 due to the ending.

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