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.
    WRYYYYYYY!!!!!

  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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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:07 PM)
    @Aidan: then the best solution would’ve been to make a two cour season covering the 2nd and the 3rd book. Have the cours air two anime seasons apart, and in the middle have an offshoot short OVA that covers the 1st book, but has a more harem comedy feel to it. Think Full Metal Panic and Fumuffu.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 01:34 PM)
    @bam, Muv Luv has the problem that most of its brillence lies in the third title. But in order for the third title to have the same effect you need to read the first two. Successful or not, I doubt theres animation studio willing to go all in and adapt the full trilogy. There’s also the issue of the first title being a really mediocre harem.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 12:48 PM)
    just a glimpse at the tip of the iceberg of reasons why y’all need a PS4 for the upcoming year:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3Hz8eXWHNY
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 08:09 AM)
    Why they didn’t adapt the original Muv Luv novel or Alternative is a mystery to me. Wasn’t the VN really successful? Whats with these offshoot shows instead of doing the real deal? They are avoiding it for some reason.

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