Let me first apologize for the extreme lateness of this post, because I decided to allocate all my blog-writing time to drafting my season preview, a process which requires through and rigourous research, along with some complicated IRL stuff (not the bad kind of IRL stuff, so no worries mates). Anyway, let’s move on to the JoJo episodes, shall we?
You though it was going to be Star Platinum in the opening, but it was me, ZA WARUDO!
REALLY GUYS REALLY DIO LIKE CAME OUT OF FUCKING NOWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE OPENING AND HE PUNCHED THE SCREEN AND THEN HE WENT MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA AND JOTARO WAS LIKE ORAORAORAORAORAORAORA AND IT WAS SO FUCKING COOL AND DAVID PRO IS SO BASED BECAUSE IT WAS CLEAR THAT THEY PLANNED THIS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE EGYPT ARC GOD THIS WAS SO FUCKING AWESOME
Erm… Ahem. Er… excuse the outburst. It’s just natural reaction to this week’s episode.
I’m quite fond of David Pro’s opening for the Egypt Arc as a whole even before DIO’s fourth wall antics. It’s the kind of opening spoilers that I love; the ones that give out events, but you have to know which events happened and then actively seek out the clues in the opening. Avdol reaching for Polnareff and Iggy in the same pose he died, Kakyoin being fisted by a giant arrow thing and Joseph being punctured by a triangle in the neck would have not crossed my mind the first time around, but now it makes much more sense.
Sounds kind of vague, but go watch Seraph of the End‘s opening and see how that Wit Studio could not figure out how to do opening spoilers right, although it has more to do with Seraph being really shit and generally terrible direction in that series.
I can’t really stress how much of a joy it is to see DIO animated. It’s absolutely incredible how Takehito Koyasu manages to just perfectly land the right tone and how completely and utterly over-the-top his acting is that makes DIO so entertaining to watch. Hell, more than one time I can fucking hear Koyasu taking a sore throat lozenge just after recording the dialogue.
Of course, Daisuke Ono as Jotaro Kujo is also perfectly cast. Ono’s incredibly exaggerated baritone somehow manages to fit despite the fact that Jotaro is supposed to be fucking 17. And yet, it isn’t as deep as it was in the 2000s OVA, but that was because he was literally voiced by a 50 year old there. But I digress.
There’s a a point during the final battle in any given JoJo arc where Araki clearly starts giving negative shits about logic or reason and he pulls out something out of God knows where to make the villain win, to an extent. It happened when Dio (notice the caps) managed to kill Jonathan Joestar and take over his body. It happened when Kars turned into Ultimate Life Form after he used the Red Stone of Aja.
But as much as he likes pulling out stuff out of his ass, he also has an habit of pulling further stuff out of his ass to make the heroes come out on top (except for Jonathan, because fuck Jonathan). Like, the volcano that made Joseph defeat Kars, or Will A. Zeppeli giving the rest of his Hamon to Jonathan after somehow being able to talk after being decapitated. That is the biggest plot hole in history, by the way.
Jotaro’s defeat of DIO also smells strongly of ass, too. When was Jotaro ever implied to be able to stop time with Star Platinum? Why is he able to out-punch ZA WARUDO? How is he able to fly with Star Platinum? Is there anything Star Platinum can’t do, being the Stand equivalent of a Swiss army knife with 25 tools? And so on, and it keeps raising so many questions.
To me however, the asspulls here don’t matter.
It’s pulled off with enough style and flash that it manages to work despite raising more questions than a shark has teeth. After all, DIO is such a repulsively and cartoonishly evil villain, and has already caused so much loss for our heroes, that he deserves at all costs to be snatched victory out of his sexy, muscled hands. So, who cares about it being total bullshit? It was an amazingly well-done fight anyway, and it was certainly the best conclusion it could have.
Despite this, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. For the heroes, Kakyoin, Avdol and Iggy are all dead, and that is sad. For the viewers, there is no Diamond is Unbreakable teaser, so whether the antics and adventures of best guy Josuke Higashikata will ever be animated is an undefined variable. On the other hand though, Diamond is Unbreakable is Araki’s favorite part and he’ll not be happy if it doesn’t get animated. You don’t want to fuck with Araki the Ageless and whatever nefarious Stand powers he may be hiding from us.