And so, the Vanilla Ice battle draws to an end, and the end is definitely better than the battle itself and not because the battle ended (heh). That said, despite this battle not being as much fun as D’Arby the Gamer’s, it does contain several character’s finest moments. And the conclusion is pretty epic too, even if the result isn’t greater than the sum of its parts.
Sadly, due to real-life circumstances beyond my control, I’ve been unable to keep up with much of my watchlist (which is probably way too long for my own good). So, I must say I will have to suspend Arslan until next month or so. To compensate, JoJo coverage will now be weekly instead of bi-weekly, because I clearly have my priorities in order.
Ah, I see. I guess Seraph is DROPPED.
A lot of shit went down in these two episodes so I’ll first start by talking about the rest of D’Arby the Gamer’s fight because it’s by far the least brutal thing that went down in these two episodes. Mind you, this is the fight that included that creepy-ass Kakyoin doll without a rerorerorero button, so of course the rest will be fucking brutal. And, believe it or not, this and D’Arby the Gambler’s fight are indeed Jotaro’s finest moments.
If there’s one change I’m aware of in Arakawa’s version of The Heroic Legend of Arslan is the addition of her sense of humor. I’m also aware that it’s also a point of contention in the old-time Arslan community (read: 8 smelly old men who are probably literature professors in Tokyo University) because they find it to be a bit jarring considering the rather serious and epic tone of the overarching plot.
In my opinion? The humour is fucking excellent. Especially since episode 4 of Arslan is a goldmine of hilarious exploitable screengrabs like the one above.
I have a lot of things to say about this portion of the D’Arby the Gamer’s fight but first let’s start with the fact that Stardust Crusaders takes place in 1987 and that is an amazing-looking game for the era. If I were a child in the 1987 and I saw an NES suddenly play voice samples and real-time 3D graphics my head would explode harder than the Nagasaki atom bomb. For the record, this was the best CGI available at the era.
Yes, I know this is definitely artistic license for the purpose of thrilling because seeing Kakyoin and D’Arby drive vague 8-bit blobs posing as vehicles through a largely featureless 8-bit landscape is boring as fuck. Still, it’s fun to pretend and all. Now with that out of the way, let me ramble about why D’Arby the Gamer’s fight is the best fight in Stardust Crusaders.
After the disappointment of last season, we finally get some new shows. Will it break the terrible curse that Winter put upon 2015 in anime? Will it be as good as last Fall? Will Wit Studio do a quality product once again? Will there be more quality fujoshi bait? Will people who eat pizza with ranch please stop doing that shit?