Jormungand (manga)
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Jormungand Manga
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English cover to first manga volume featuring Koko Hekmatyar (left) and Jonathan "Jonah" Mar (right)
GenreAction, thriller[1]
Written byKeitar? Takahashi
Published byShogakukan
English publisherViz Media
MagazineMonthly Sunday Gene-X
Original run -
Anime television series
Directed byKeitaro Motonaga
Produced byGaku Iwasa
Written byY?suke Kuroda
Music byTaku Iwasaki
StudioWhite Fox
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, TV Kanagawa, TV Aichi, KBS, BS11, Sun TV, AT-X
English network
Original run -
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Jormungand: Perfect Order
Directed byKeitaro Motonaga
Produced byGaku Iwasa
Written byY?suke Kuroda
Music byTaku Iwasaki
StudioWhite Fox
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, TV Kanagawa, TV Aichi, KBS, BS11, Sun TV, AT-X
English network
Funimation Channel
Original run -
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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Jormungand (?, Yorumungando) is a manga series by Keitarou Takahashi, which was serialized in Monthly Sunday Gene-X magazine and published in North America by Viz Media. An anime television series produced by White Fox was broadcast between April and June 2012. A second season titled Jormungand: Perfect Order aired from October to December 2012.[2] Both seasons have been licensed by Funimation in North America and Manga Entertainment in the United Kingdom.


The series follows Koko Hekmatyar, a young arms dealer who sells weapons under HCLI, an international shipping corporation and illegal smuggling operation. As one of the company's unofficial weapon dealers, she sells weapons in a variety of countries while avoiding both local and international authorities. Traveling with her is a team of bodyguards, mostly composed of former soldiers. The newest addition to her crew is Jonah, an inexpressive and deadly child soldier who hates arms dealers.



The manga is published in North America by Viz Media.[3] In Japan, Jormungand is officially published by Shogakukan.[4] In Taiwan, it is licensed and published by Taiwan Tohan.[5]


An anime animated by White Fox and produced by Geneon was announced on the 10th volume of the manga.[6] The anime began airing on April 10, 2012 on Tokyo MX, Television Kanagawa, TV Aichi and KBS and on later dates on Sun TV, BS11 and AT-X.[7] The show will also be seen online in Showtime, NicoNico, Bandai Channel and GyaO.[7] A second season of the series, Jormungand: Perfect Order, was also announced and slated to be released in October 2012,[8] which began broadcasting on Japanese TV on October 9, 2012.[9] The two seasons aired on Japanese TV at 12:30 AM.[9][10]

The first release of Jormungand on DVD and Blu-ray was on June 27, 2012 with the first two episodes, "Gun Metal, Calico Road" and "Pulsar" included.[11] Subsequent releases followed with two episodes each on both Blu-rays and DVDs on July 25, August 29 and September 26 of 2012.[12][13][14] The Perfect Order DVD/Blu-rays was first released in Japan on December 21, 2012.[15] The DVD and Blu-ray version of the first two seasons of the series was released on February 18, 2014.[16] The anime dub clip showed the dangerous species.[17]

Showgate handles licensing aspect of Jormungand outside Japan.[18] A sneak preview of the anime was held on March 31 to April 1, 2012 at the Anime Contents Expo at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba.[19]


The Jormungand Original Soundtrack was released on June 27, 2012 following the conclusion of the first season. It was composed by Taku Iwasaki and released by the record label Geneon Universal Entertainment.[20][21]

For the first season, both the opening and ending themes were produced by I've Sound. The opening song is "Borderland" by Mami Kawada,[22] and the ending theme is "Ambivalentidea" by Nagi Yanagi. "Borderland" was released as a single on May 30, 2012, while "Ambivalentidea" was released as a single on June 6, 2012. Both songs were released as singles by Geneon Universal Entertainment.[21]

For the second season, the opening is "Under / Shaft" by Maon Kurosaki, while the ending is "Laterality" () by Nagi Yanagi.[23]

Additionally, the song "Time To Attack" by American rapper/hip-hop artist SANTA[24] is featured in episodes throughout both seasons of the show, as well as during the next-episode previews at the end of each episode.[25]

Drama CD

A 6-part Drama CD had been released prior to the anime, based on the Orchestra story arc. Of all the voice actors involved in the CD, only Unsho Ishizuka reprised his role as Lehm while the voice actors for everyone else involved in the drama were replaced.

Radio Show

A radio show dedicated to Jormungand has been made public with Shizuka Ito and Mutsumi Tamura as the hosts.[26]


Scott Green, writing for Ain't It Cool News, summed up the series as being enjoyable, but underachieving.[27] Matthew Warner feels that the story in the fourth volume is more focused on the business of trading weapons, describing it as a nice change of pace for the story, but Warner was disappointed that the violence and "dark, twisted plot points" of earlier volumes in the series were not present.[28] Erica Friedman, organiser of Yuricon, noted the yuri potential of Valmet, but declared the manga to be "just a dumb manga that I really like".[29] Karen Maeda enjoyed the action shown in the sixth volume, regarding the panels as being easy to follow, and hoped that Jormungand would be produced as an anime.[30]

Anime News Network's review of Jormungand points out the "challenging ideas about war, peace, and world affairs--and throws in some whiz-bang military action for good measure."[31]

In Japan, the manga's 9th Volume sold 41,712 copies in a week for a total of 42,337 in the 27th place out of 30.[32] Jormungand's 11th Volume was in 10th place and had sold 70,593 copies.[33] It later placed itself in the 20th place out of 30, selling 34,697 copies weekly for a total of 105,290.[34]


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  2. ^ "Jormungand Perfect Order Slated for October 10". Anime News Network. 2012-09-14. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Official VIZ Media Jormungand Website". VIZ Media. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. Retrieved .
  4. ^ ? / 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved .
  5. ^ ? 1 (in Chinese). Taiwan Tohan. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Jormungand Action Manga Gets TV Anime by White Fox". Anime News Network. December 17, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Official Jormungand On Air Page". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Jormungand Second Season Confirmed". SeventhStyle. March 19, 2012. Archived from the original on May 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b "All Cinema's Jormungand: Perfect Order Page" (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Official Jormungand Staff/Cast Page" (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Official Jormungand Blu-Ray/DVD Page" (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Official Jormungand Blu-Ray/DVD Page, Blu-Ray and DVD Volume #2" (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Official Jormungand Blu-Ray/DVD Page, Blu-Ray and DVD Volume #3" (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  14. ^ "Official Jormungand Blu-Ray/DVD Page, Blu-Ray and DVD Volume #4" (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  15. ^ "Official Jormungand Perfect Order Blu-Ray/DVD Page, Blu-Ray and DVD Volume #1" (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Latest 'Jormungand' Anime Dub Clip Highlights Violence & Swearing". The Fandom Post. January 16, 2014. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ "'Jormungand' Anime Dub Clip Shows The Dangerous Species". The Fandom Post. January 22, 2014. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ "Showgate's Jormungand Page". Retrieved .
  19. ^ "1st Anime Contents Expo's Title List Announced". Anime News Network. 2011-12-17. Retrieved .
  20. ^ "VGMdb page for the Jormungand OST". Retrieved .
  21. ^ a b "Official Jormungand Music Page" (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  22. ^ "Mami Kawada to Sing Jormungand Anime's Opening Theme". Anime News Network. 2012-02-18. Retrieved .
  23. ^ "Official Music Page, Jormungand Perfect Order Japanese Page" (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  24. ^ "Official SANTA Twitter account". Retrieved .
  25. ^ "Official SANTA Soundcloud page for the song". Retrieved .
  26. ^ "Hibiki Radio Station's Munmungand" (in Japanese). Retrieved .
  27. ^ "AICN Anime - Three Manga for the AICN Readers Who Don't Read Manga - and Alien vs Ninja". Ain't It Cool News. 2011-04-01. Retrieved .
  28. ^ Matthew Warner (2010-08-10). "Jormungand Vol. #04". Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved .
  29. ^ Friedman, Erica (2010-12-02). "Jormungand Manga, Volume 5 (English)". Okazu. Yuricon.
  30. ^ Karen Maeda. "Jormungand Vol. 6". Sequential Tart. Retrieved .
  31. ^ Santos, Carlo (2013-06-09). "Jormungand GN 11". Anime News Network. Retrieved .
  32. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, February 28-March 6". Anime News Network. 2011-03-14. Retrieved .
  33. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 16-22". Anime News Network. 2012-05-15. Retrieved .
  34. ^ "Japanese Comic Ranking, April 23-29". Anime News Network. 2012-05-16. Retrieved .

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