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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 11 – Nazis! Why’d It Have to Be Nazis?!

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As if simply being a Nazi weren’t already bad enough, Maj. Stroheim has to antagonize me further by sacrificing a bunch of Mexicans to resurrect a long dormant vampire lord. Hey now, buddy! Not cool! Not cool!

(P.S. The names so far have mainly referenced rock stars and albums, but I have a sneaking suspicion that our top Nazi’s name is referencing Austrian director/actor Erich von Stroheim, whose role as a beleaguered manservant in Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard has inspired no shortage of homages over the past 62 years. Wow, is that movie really 62 years old?! Good lord!)

I’m really enjoying Joseph’s particular quirks so far. The “I’m going to predict what you’re going to say next, and then you’re going to say it!” gag could get old in the wrong hands, but as long as the use of it remains absurd, I don’t think it will get too stale. I also love that Joseph gets so into character as the hero who gives zero fucks that he forgets what he says while he is busy being a hero. Anything to rile up the villains, even if it doesn’t end up working out. That poor journalist was more riled up than Straits, really. She just wanted a scoop, damn it! It’s not every day you get a vampire on the front page of a rag that isn’t Weekly World News.

As for the battle between Straits and Joseph, it’s pretty awesome! I’m surprised the battle went by so quickly, but that’s mostly because JoJo still hasn’t quite stomped the traditional shonen battle mindset out of me yet. A hero who doesn’t let the villain live and fight another day?! Shock! Joseph is also quite well informed, too. Good on him for using history and being prepared when ambushed by a vampire. I can just imagine Erina sitting Joseph down every day and drilling him on the finest points of defense against vampires. And, of course, when Joseph gets something wrong, Erina gives him a good whack with the cane.

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SPACE RIPPER STINGY EYES

Just looking at that attack makes my eyes hurt. All these ridiculous tricks and feints had me pumping my fist so hard. The mirror trick, for instance, is pretty clever since it’s been established that the “vampires don’t see their own reflections” part of the lore is very much true in this world. I do wonder if Straits should have been able to tell more easily that he’d blasted a mirror. Wouldn’t a vampire, as a nocturnal creature, have keener senses more attuned to the darkness? Guess he was just too confident that his awesomely named attacked ripped Joseph apart. The bit with the scarf is appropriately ridiculous, too. The fact that 50,000 beetles went into the making of that scarf killed me. How much of those beetles are you actually using?! Straits is clearly not a conservationist.

And the grenades. Oh, those grenades. I didn’t even bother to question just how the hell Joseph tied all those explosives to Straits’ body. You know how he did it? By being FUCKING AWESOME, that’s how. And, man, ohhhhhhhhhhhh man, the bit where Straits’ body reforms like the alien from The Thing? Holy shit. Even the censorship couldn’t ruin that. Poor Smokey never asked for this! He is about as scared shitless as I would be in the same situation. That alien is freaky, people.

I really should stop wondering how the hell JoJo will keep topping the fights it’s already presented, because I know for a fact that it will happen since I’ve seen the third arc. Those fights are all quite cool, and several of them have very clever construction and payoffs. With that in mind, I have high hopes for how the battles will pay off in “Battle Tendency” — if something like Joseph vs. Straits is the appetizer, then the main course will be delicious.

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ALSO SPEEDWAGON LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVES SUCK IT, SCAMP

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28 Comments

  1. Posted December 15, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m not watching the episode until tonight, so I don’t know how far it goes, but this entire string of episodes kicking off Part 2 is going to be an unbroken chain of pure, unadulterated AWESOME.

    That battle with Straits was really something else. It just keeps pulling stunt after stunt after stunt, each more ridiculous and deliciously JoJo than the last. Can’t wait to see it in action.

    • Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

      ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh man why can’t it be next week already

  2. Scamp
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

    About the only reason Speedwagon living would be acceptable is if he was forced into a straight-jacket and tortured by Nazis.

    …oh hey, fancy that!

    • Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

      You are officially worse than Nazis. Congratulations!

  3. rubberluffy
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I hope you didn’t watch the next episode preview, because it kinda spoils one of the funniest scenes in Battle Tendency.

    I can’t stop watching the opening. It’s so amazingly stylish and it moves much better than the first opening. I still miss the fist pumping SONO CHI NO SADAMEEEE, but when this one ramps up with the three dudes all doing various attacks before going into Joseph and the other character spinning around…damn I love it. More I listen to it the more I like the song, too.

    • Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

      I did watch it, but JoJo previews are such a crazy blur of nonsense that I can’t separate one scene from another. It’s all a big mush of crazy in my mind, haha.

      I LOVE the new opening, but the new song will take some getting used to. The first is just SO perfect.

      • spazer
        Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

        The first OP is pretty much the essence of high-octane hotblooded shounen. The new OP, in comparison, is a lot more toned down, but I really like the style they went with. It has a real 70′s Bond feel to it, and I love it.

  4. Madotsuki
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    What do you think about the new OP?

    • Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

      Guess I should have put my thoughts on the OP here! But, yes, I love the animation — perhaps even more than the first OP. Wish we still had the first song, though.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted December 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

        The new OP is fantastic just because it doesn’t skip and freeze every seconds like the first one did.

        Did anyone else have that problem or was it just me?

      • Posted December 16, 2012 at 1:35 am | Permalink

        Nope. Happened for me, too. My computer’s pretty old and it can’t handle the GLORY of JoJos.

      • Stef
        Posted December 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

        I don’t have any problems on my PC, but my laptop does, and it’s not that old. Too much AWESOME for it, I suppose.

  5. Posted December 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    I could not blog this show. My style of writing just doesn’t conform to something that runs on pure awesome.

  6. Billish
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

    Stroheim’s voice actor is so over the top… absolutely killed this episode! I love how the author’s stereotype characters – the nazi in this case – really fit the bill: That ‘choice scene’ and “only the strong should survive” had me grinning like an idiot.

    And… ripple tommygun! God this show is awesome

    • Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

      Ripple Tommy gun, indeed.

    • Stef
      Posted December 16, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

      Don’t forget ripple shot glasses! That redirect SPACE RIPPER FUCKING STINGY EYES!

  7. Nadgers
    Posted December 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Damn. First time you did a writeup before I could see the episode. GGsubs are a bit late.

    What I have seen however, is the OP and it’s so fucking fabulous.

    • Mucasama
      Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

      I recommend you to see Nutbladder or BuddyWaters (I heard Commie is better but you’ll have to wait a little longer) gg are just bad.

      • Nadgers
        Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

        GG is hilarious. It just helps with the eighties cheese that part 1 and 2 have.

        Also makes reaterdedly funny lines like “I PERMANENTLY PURIFY YOUR PUTRID PASSIONS”

      • Posted December 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

        I do enjoy how silly gg is, but the Buddy Waters subs have been just fine. Subs are a bit small, but not to the point where they’d bother me.

  8. TheVoid
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    At least Stroheim did spare the mexican kid so that’s something and Straits died the way he wanted: young and beautiful.

    Can’t wait for crossdressing Joseph next episode.

    • Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

      lol, that makes me feel so much better about Stroheim. :p

  9. JoeQ
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    LIKE A BLOODY STORM (Stream?)

    Could’ve done without the spoilers in the OP though. I get that JoJo is an old show, but cmon! They haven’t even introduced Headband Guy yet!

    • Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

      Haha, well, I am ignorant as to this whole arc beyond this point, so what looks like a spoiler to you means nothing to me!

  10. an
    Posted December 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    This episode was hands down one of the most amazing I’ve ever watched. You have Joseph’s amazing personality and comedy, the cleverness of the fights, some gruesome violence, fabulous colourful sequences, larger-than-life characters and deliveries, and just awesome stuff all around.

    The entire episode had tons of colourful psychadelic colour sequences. The Araki-ness in this is really ramping up, just like it did in the manga. I bet David’s really enjoying those DVD sales about now, because production quality has been quite high these past two episodes as well.

    I have to say as well, Stroheim’s voice is pure and utterly delicious ham, and it just gets more crazy from here. He was done amazingly. Him gurgling water, spraying bugs, sitting in that ridiculous chair being licked, he was just amazing.

    Ah, I can’t go on enough on how good this episode was, but I can’t wait until the next one!

    • Posted December 16, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, on my second watch of the episode, I was really drawn to the color used in each scene, particularly when Joseph is fighting Straits. They’re really vibrant in a weird way!

  11. Nadgers
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Episode kicked ass.

    Also, fuck yes Stroheim is like my fav char in this arc and this voice actor is amazingly fitting.

    “GERMAN SCIENCE”

  12. IKKI
    Posted March 11, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    “I have a sneaking suspicion that our top Nazi’s name is referencing Austrian director/actor Erich von Stroheim”

    It’s been assumed for many years.

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