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.