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12 Days of Anime #11: Roundabout


Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmef! What better way to follow a post on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure than with a 12 Days post on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure?

I love it when shows use music in just the right way. It’s not about telling the audience how to feel about a certain scene so much as amplifying the emotions that should already be present. For instance, I’m not a particularly big fan of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, but even a hater like me has to admit that the way the ending bleeds into the conclusions of each episode fits that show perfectly. There’s a certain melancholy tone that strikes a great chord (lol); again, I did not enjoy like half of SEED, and yet I could legitimately appreciate the way that series uses its ending theme. It works to excellent effect.

What does that have to do with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure? All of you who watch the series already know, so I’m not sure why I am keeping up this silly pretense. When “Roundabout” was announced as JoJo‘s ED, people got excited — it’s a good song, and it fits in perfectly with the menagerie of classic rock references in the manga and anime. But did any of us expect that David Production would use the song to such great effect in the anime itself? Episode 2 has the first and longest use of “Roundabout” to punctuate the action: The whole intro plays as Dio barely escapes his vampiric experiment and is afterward confronted by JoJo.

Those first few notes of “Roundabout” paired with the above image is perfect. This show already feels larger than life, and this small part of episode 2 feels like what would happen if Sergio Leone directed a movie about vampires in the Old West. The rising sun casting the light of death, the stark shadow stretching out in the shape of a stake, and Dio alone and shaken up, barely comprehending what he’s just witnessed . . . it’s just perfect, so fucking perfect, and as much as I enjoyed what I saw beforehand, this is the moment I was 100 percent sold on JoJo.

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  1. Posted December 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Man, you are killing it with the moments.

    • Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

      I do have amazing taste in moments, after all.

  2. Posted December 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Permalink

    BUMMMMMM dadyannnnnnnnnnnnn! Dat dadlyat dun dunnnnnnnnn…


    *insane air bass solo*

  3. Fumoffu!!
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 1:43 am | Permalink

    I really have to agree, it just works so well. There are so many things like this that make JoJo great, there are almost countless things the show did pitch perfect.

    • Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

      Yep, there are a ton of things that I could have chosen to highlight in JoJo. This is simply something I’d like to see done in more shows if possible.

  4. Billish
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    I love that Yes gave rights to this song to an anime!

    Great track, great band, great show.

  5. Posted December 16, 2012 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    Excellent choice.
    Not only did episode 2 make everyone happy with that superb opening, but that ending. Man, it really is perfect and just one more reason the JoJo anime is super awesome.

  6. Posted December 16, 2012 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    What David Production does with the show is really fantastic. It’s been said before that Jojo is a low budget production, but fuck it, what they accomplish on an aesthetic level is nothing short of phenomenal. Everything, from the unique visuals to the awesome OST complements the show so damn well that it’s sinful.

  7. an
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    The use of it in later episode where Zeppeli walks into the dungeon at the end was also fantastic. Sad, but peaceful.

    • Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

      Definitely. Probably my second favorite example so far behind Joseph blasting Straits and then leaning on the window frame in front of the bar.

  8. fluffybunnyboy
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    The entire soundtrack for Phantom Blood is amazing. It really got the MANLY TEARS feel of the story down perfectly.

    I’ll never forget the ending to episode 5, where Jonathan dives to the bottom of the lake to get some air trapped under the rocks, simply because the music accompanying the scene was so epic and powerful.

    “You’re the one who can’t fight underwater!”

    • Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

      Yep. Very fitting for a show with so many musical references to use music in such a great way!

  9. shengar
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Zeppeli’s entrance in the end of episode 6 was just amazing. It was one of them most memorable moment in anime. Seriously who can tapped that moment, when Zeppeli accept his fate, walk to scene as the guitar starts. It send shiver down to my spine.

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  • […] Peeps have talked about this scene in terms of its timing. Joesph Joestar guns down Straits with a tommy gun seemingly pulled from hammerspace. Roundabout starts playing right when Joseph steps on the frame of the broken window. Tears flow from Joseph’s eyes as he speaks of vengeance for Speedwagon’s perceived death. It’s good stuff man. […]

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