Ah, yes, nothing like an ultimate life form leaping into the bleeding stump of a Nazi’s leg to remind me of how much I have missed JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, even though it has been gone for just a week. The winter season thus far has given me little to watch (though I hesitate to brand it a failure, because there is still more to come), but as long as great stuff like JoJo is coming out each week, then I have little to complain about! I mean, I’ll still complain, because bloggers are a bunch of whiny little shits, but still.
“Battle Tendency” has definitely been more gruesome than “Phantom Blood” so far, and it seems as if it gets grosser by the episode. The image above, for instance, made me yelp, and I quote, “Oh, Jesus Christ!” during a livewatch Saturday evening. I’m not sure if this is worse than when Santa leaped into that Nazi’s eyes the previous episode. Both scenes are quite disgusting in their own special ways. The aftermath of the leap in this episode is a bit less disgusting (no Stroheim turning into a giant fat man), but probably funnier (Stroheim getting off to Santana being inside him).
And that ending. Man.
I don’t know why I’m still surprised in this series when characters meet sudden, violent deaths. Stroheim is such a goofy, charismatic character that you figure he’ll be around for the long haul, ja? WRONG. (Well, wrong if, like me, you haven’t read the manga.) And, Straits, you figure a relatively big minor character from the previous arc will become a decent villain in this arc after making the turn to vampirism, yes? NOPE. Basically nobody is safe unless he is Joseph Joestar, because nobody can combat that level of fabulousness and improvisation. The plan with the water and sunlight? Brilliant.
The only thing more brilliant is Joseph’s line as he mocks Santana: “Calculate the Earth’s rotation before you jump in a well, shit for brains!” Joseph is truly the shining beacon of the Joestar lineage. If my suspicions are correct, though, Joseph has yet to figure out how to truly kill the ultimate life forms, yes? Santana is immobilized, of course, and would probably require a ton of blood to free himself from his stone prison, so he’s not going to be a problem for quite a long time, especially if Joseph fills in the well with a ton of cement or something. I’m guessing, however, that Joseph will eventually discover how to destroy them. No spoilers, manga readers!
Of everything in this episode, however, this may be the most awesome. Joseph is a madman. Only an unhinged person would willingly dive face first into Santana’s chest to get a peek at what makes him tick. It’s kind of weird that Santana doesn’t let Joseph phase through him totally to avoid Joseph’s attack, but perhaps that’s an exploitable weakness of this ability? Or maybe Santana was so arrogant that he believed Joseph couldn’t harm him even in this position. It didn’t seem as if he was that familiar with the Ripple powers, even though his skin rendered him invulnerable to it . . . or maybe he was just surprised that a human had these abilities? Makes me wonder what the origin of the Ripple powers is . . .
But, yes, we’ll have plenty of time to worry about that as Joseph jams to Europe for the next leg of his journey. I’m loving the increased globetrotting in this arc. It makes sense, too, because transportation is so much more advanced in this time. You’ve got cars, better trains, better boats, and aircraft. It’s much easier to get wherever you need to go; it wouldn’t make any sense for the series to remain stationary!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this here, as well. Only Joseph Joestar could take something as corny as the disappearing hand joke and make it amazing. Is that actually a sleeve Joseph is wearing? I thought that was tape wrapped around his arm, haha.