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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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:20 AM)
    It also delved into the depth of what a desperate goodie-two-shoes people-pleaser protagonist would actually be like, and the reception he would get from his peers, specially the women. That alone right there was a deconstruction of the majority of shonen main characters.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:00 AM)
    There was no hype machine back then. The internet was still in its infancy. So when a show became this popular there was certainly some merit to it. The organic/machine hybrid mecha was relatively new, and the scene construction and cinematography was for the most part immaculate. There’s a reason why the mecha genre is divided to “pre-Eva” and “post-Eva”.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:53 AM)
    It also didn’t hurt that the character, costume and mecha designs were slick and attractive, done by the under-appreciated Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:31 AM)
    It came up with clever scenarios to common mecha tropes, and answered the questions that would arise from them:
    -Why do we use mechas with melee weapons against alien invaders instead of conventional weapons? AT fields on Angels.
    -Why use kids to pilot them? The Gehrin Project.
    -What happens when you put kids in sever combat situations? Extreme PTSD.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:27 AM)
    These types of deconstruction shows that are run-of-the-mill now didn’t really exist back then. Eva did afterall became the tropemaker for Gainax endings. To see the creator’s psyche twist in front of our eyes was incredible. The show went from a regular monster of the week mecha series to a deranged psycho-thriller by the end of it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:23 AM)
    Eva was fresh and quite unique for its time. Not that everything they did was original, but they certainly put their own twist on it. I also enjoyed the “fuck-you” ending of the tv series. Anno always defended it as intentional, but we all know it was really a budgetary constrain. well, at least we got the amazing End of Evangelion movie to supplement it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:21 AM)
    @K-of: yup Eva geek here, guilty as charged. In my defense, I watched it week-to-week when it aired back in 96, and the landscape of anime was a lot different back then.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:19 AM)
    @Kaiser: sorry I was gone for a bit.
    I saw all the other shorts, and have saved the new ones and will get to them soon as well. Thx, I usually always enjoy your recommendations- we share a similar taste in a lot of stuff.
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    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:57 AM)
    Space patrol Luluco > kokoro connect > Kiznaiver.
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