Posted by psgels on 4 December 2012 with categories: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Just… what the hell, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Here I was thinking that this would quietly start off the next arc and another over the top clash between Jojo and Dio, and here they come and pull this episode. In just 20 minutes they go over 9000 again with this bizarre talking head of Dio, only to kill off the two most important characters in the series. What other shounen series does that?

This show really lives up to its name. What I especially like here is how helpless Jojo was: he was instantly disabled, hardly being able to use his ripple, and most of this episode was Dio monologueing about something, or zombies being evil. What a contrast with the previous episodes. Dio by the way was hilarious as talking head. The way in which he also used his veins as a weapon… how did they come up with that idea?

And then there is that zombie that on its own made that ship blow up, Elina who survived in the bomb-proof coffin that Dio brought on board both carrying a random child and being pregnant, there was just so much awesome stuff going on in this episode. I can only imagine how many chapters this part took, which makes it even more amazing that the creators managed to condense it to just 20 minutes. I really wonder what would have happened if David Production were handed the rights to remake Bleach ten years from now… it probably would not be as awesome as this series, but most definitely much more bearable than the normal Bleach series.
Rating: 6/8 (Awesome)

8 Responses

  1. arcanes says:

    Yeah it was a good episode, but for me it lacked something… don’t know what, but like you I loved the ending.
    I’m super excited about what’s next because I’ve been told that the upcoming arcs are even better.

  2. rubberluffy says:

    Since you were curious, I checked and this episode covers the last few pages of chapter 41 all the way through to the end of 44, which was a big 2 page shot of the character’s heads over the water, just like the anime used.

    All in all, I think the anime is better than the manga for this particular section. I think because they were able to look at later JJBA parts and help bring more of the later weirdness to Phantom Blood, which, in all honesty, it lacks compared to what comes later. Plus, Dio’s VA is amazing.

    The last seconds with Roundabout starting (used awesomely as usual) as it creeps into a cave to reveal a strange man in a pillar, lightly teasing us for Battle Tendency…good stuff. I am excited.

  3. Ebisu says:

    You forgot to mention Speedwagon breaking the mask in a cool way as if being the hero of the show and the coffin saying the WRYYY to the worker’s ear. I really laughed at that.

    I found interesting how Jojo managed to make a ripple with his lifeforce to make the zombie do what he wanted, but doing it in a kind of intiutive way, as he really didn’t comprehend what he had exactly done and why he had suddenly lost the rest of his strength. I loved the chapter and also liked how the coffin made to be openable from inside by Dio’s group was the way to save Erina.

  4. Juno says:

    Jojo is separated into a few different arcs based on the main character at that point in the series, to my knowledge. I’ve only read about 150 chapters or so, somewhere in the middle (and indeed, it gets far better–at least, up to that point in the story, of which I don’t know where exactly that point is, so I can’t say anything about it).

    I just hope they can do something more with this anime. It’d be a shame to end it so short…

  5. Houlgrave says:

    My guess is they plan to adapt JoJo all the way through Stardust Crusaders. At that point, depending on how the Blu-Rays are selling, they’ll start adapting later arcs. :D

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 08:56 PM)
    Eh, I’ve updated myself now on the onepunch manga and also the manga for yuruyuri, I can cross the shows off my list now. I forgot to mention onepunchs first episode crammed in the first volume.
    I stopped reading though around chapter 30, it was decent fun for a bit but I’ll be continuing with it in small doses.
  • k-off
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 08:19 PM)
    @Aidan Yeah? Well I at least have to hand it to psgels for continuing to pay for the site. By the way, is WordPress still fucked up on your end, or is it fine now?
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 04:57 PM)
    @;(: Actually that was probably a bad word choice on my part, I meant that the humour in those episodes didn’t always work so well for me.

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