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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 14 – BUTTS






BU– oh. Oh my. I wish my poses were that beautiful.

Now were are introduced to the three pillar men whom I assume are at the top of the food chain. If I am tentative, it’s because I’ve been wrong about both Straits and Santana being major villains. I feel as if I should be waiting for Joseph and Caesar to go to the fuckin’ moon or something and find pillar man Alan Parsons hanging out with the obelisk from 2001: A Space Odyssey. I’d say taking a trip to the moon is the only way JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure could possibly get crazier, but we all know that’s not true. To believe that is to woefully underestimate this story. In “Battle Tendency” we have gone from gangsters to vampires to Nazis to Ultimate Beings. We have but scratched the surface of pulp fiction, my friends.

Oh, these pillar men. They have probably the most ridiculous names yet. Their leader is named Cars even though he probably doesn’t know what cars are (or new wave, for that matter). The second in command is named AC/DC, which is a dynamite name for sure. And then there’s Wham, who probably has my favorite name in the series so far. It’s a musical reference and one of the main sound effects in this anime. Neat! I also love Wham’s peculiar trait of lashing out at anyone who steps on his shadow. I’m not even sure how you sense that, but I’m not an Ultimate Being, so what do I know? Also, I will eat my hat if that is not used against Wham at some point during a battle. (Note: I have no hat.)

Random note: The pillar men are searching for what I thought was the Red Stone of Asia, which could have been a reference to the band Asia, which features band members from King Crimson, Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. However, the JoJo wiki indicates that it’s the Red Stone of Aja, which is also a musical reference (Aja is a Steely Dan album). The hidden depths of JoJo musical references are truly vast.


If there’s one thing the pillar men are great at so far, it’s making me squirm and feel sorry for Nazis. Good lord! This reminds me a lot of the aftermath of the Indoor Fish attack in Hunter x Hunter a while back. By all rights this man should not be alive, and yet here he is, even with half his face blown away. Only the sweet embrace of Caesar’s chest ripple can bring comfort to him. And it’s not like a big chunk of this guy has been ripped off; rather, it’s more like it was melted away, which to me is creepier. That also leads to the other superbly creepy image in this episode: All the empty husks of human skin left over from that initial attack on the Nazis by the pillar men. Blowing people up into chunks of meat and organ is gross, but there’s something all the more disturbing about seeing something recognizably human but warped into something inhuman. Icky.

No matter how awesome Caesar is upon first appearance and how impressive his bubble attack is, I can’t imagine that this attack on three pillar men will go all too well, though it also would not surprise me if he got a few hits in before ultimately getting curb stomped.


And UGH there’s just too much to write about in this episode (as per usual with JoJo), so I shall end this with PIGEON VIOLATION. I feel quite sorry for the poor woman involved in this mess — first she is controlled by Caesar’s ripple (which is a creepy idea in and of itself), and then she has a pigeon stuffed into her mouth by Joseph so that he can get one up on Caesar. Also, this poor bird is stuffed into two people’s mouths. Pigeons are funny! What did they ever do to people?! (Aside from shit on their cars, that is.)

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  1. matrixEXO
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    I came for the title, which was exactly the same as Vividred. I left to untaint myself from further male butts.

    • Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

      JoJo butts > Vividred butts

      • Mormegil
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:05 am | Permalink

        Winter 2013: Vividred vs. JoJo. The War of the Butts.

      • Posted January 15, 2013 at 7:36 am | Permalink

        This is a war JoJo will take to the bank. The butt bank.

  2. Nadgers
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    Now im imagining a pidgeon pooping on Cars. Hilarious.

    Also hell yes wham, he is one of my favorite characters.

    The pillar men names make a bit more sense if they are said like they were first written. That would be Kars, Esidisi and Wamuu. Many people actually like to use them instead, since they could actually pass for real names.

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 7:37 am | Permalink

      They’re not as funny that way!

      • Nadgers
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

        Heh, true.

  3. Posted January 14, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Tarantino, I love you and all, but you just can’t make Nazis sympathetic the way Jojo can. But hey, second place isn’t bad, right?

    • Howard
      Posted June 26, 2013 at 5:13 am | Permalink

      Tarantino sucks, Araki owns. MOTHERFUCKING PERIOD.

  4. Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    The way that woman was controlled by Caesar and Joseph left me very disappointed in this series. I had so much respect in you Jojo, why would you do this?!

    (Great episode otherwise.)

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 7:39 am | Permalink

      It’s definitely kinda weird! But the characters in this arc have definitely been set up as more morally flippant than Jonathan Joestar.

  5. Mucasama
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink

    There is a non-cannonical official JoJo light novel were the main villain of Part 2 is cloned 36 times and all those 36 clones live in the moon

    • Mucasama
      Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Permalink


    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 7:39 am | Permalink

      oh my god I must read this

      • Mucasama
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

        The light novel is called Jorge Joestar, but it isnt translated. There is a recap if you want to read it, but it has spoilers from every JoJo part and even if you dont care you wouldnt understand the plot and his bizarrenes without reading every other part plot.

  6. Scamp
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    You forgot the BUTTS pantyshot

    • Posted January 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

      get your lady butts OUTTA HERE

  7. Clinton
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Also it should be stated that Wham is the only Pillermen resistant to artificial light. Also despite the ranking of the Pillermen (Cars > AC/DC > Wham) the 3 of them are very close power wise. (And power wise the 3 of them are much stronger then anyone we have met so far.)

    • Aris Katsaris
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:12 am | Permalink

      “It should be stated”? Why the spoilers?

      • Clinton
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

        Not really a spoiler. Wham was not effected by the UV light. So I am just confirming he is the only one not effected.

        The 2nd comment is just telling people not to take the ranking of the Pillermen too seriously.

      • Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:05 pm | Permalink

        I will say that even if it’s not a huge spoiler, at least wait for the anime to have a shot at clarifying it before saying anything. If the arc concludes and there are some confusing things that bits in the manga clarify, then by all means, have at it. But give the anime a chance to lay out the details!

      • dfgdfyd
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

        He isn’t immune, though. That’s why he covered the lights with blood.

  8. rubberluffy
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Permalink

    They gave ACDC slightly more clothes in the anime than he has in the manga during the awakening scene. Just think, we could have had BARE BUTTS in this instead.

    This episode was so good. I love the sound effect during Joseph and Caesar’s angerpose. It almost sounds like they’re powering up.

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 7:40 am | Permalink

      Aww. I want the bare butts!

  9. Taka
    Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

    We are so connected on a music level. I thought the exact same thing about the Red Stone of Asia. This might have been my favorite episode of Jojo yet, which is saying something as there have been some ridiculous ass episodes before this, but with the ripple tricks, BUTTS, music references and gore Jojo is throwing all the right punches to knock me out…in a good way.

    That being said it also raised a lot of questions for me:
    1. Why is it that these pillar men were eloquent and aware right from the get-go. Santana was like some newborn child at the beginning.
    2. To go along with that why did they resurrect when the light was taken away? Weren’t they previously in a pitch black cave? Santana had to suck up a bunch of blood before he started coming awake. Are we to assume the Nazi’s while trying to resurrect Santana with the blood of the innocent were simultaneously trying to resurrect the other in the same way?

    I don’t think Santana is down for the count. I think these three thong-wearing douches are just a distraction. I expect Jojo to own Wammu next episode. He’ll probably step in the dudes shadow for shits and giggles.

    • rubberluffy
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:14 am | Permalink

      Santana is something like 1/10th the age of the others, so I guess you could say he is an “infant” when compared to them.

      They needed blood and the lights off to revive. Wham absorbed enough when he killed all the Nazis with his horn while covering the lights, then proceeded to revive the other two with what he absorbed from the rest of the Nazis. I think.

    • StickyFingers
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:15 am | Permalink

      Just to answer a few questions
      1)Santana is indeed a child compared relatively to the other Pillarmen.
      2)I forgot if the anime said this detail or not but Cars,Ac Dc and Wham were “scheduled” to wake up in 1938 so whether they have sucked some blood or not, they are still going to wake up.

      • Taka
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:54 am | Permalink

        I didn’t notice the anime mentioning 1938 but that explains my problem thanks.

    • Shawnistan
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:59 am | Permalink

      To answer no.2, the anime cut a line from the Nazis in which they were astonished because the Pillarmen were speaking in latin.

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, considering the competence level of every non-JoJo/Zeppeli character so far, I would not be surprised in the least if Santana escaped and rejoined the fight.

    Posted January 14, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Speaking of music, I thought the bit of Roundabout they chose to transition into for the closing worked really well.

    • Billish
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:09 am | Permalink

      I agree completely, it is a climactic (for lack of a better word) moment in the song, and really sets the tone for next episodes battle and theme. The production staff has really nailed these ending transitions week-to-week, but this one worked particularly well for me.

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, it’s a neat way to get a “different” ED while not having to pay for an entirely new song.

  11. Morgan
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Great first Wham goes and kill a bunch a nazis in a second, then he goes and says “Awaken my masters” in a series when authority equals asskicking.

    • Clinton
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:51 am | Permalink

      Once again the Piller Men are very very close in power.

    • Billish
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:10 am | Permalink

      They come from a different time – a time where authority equals asskicking. I personally like the change-up, and wouldn’t expect to see this anywhere other than Jojo’s.

  12. Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:47 am | Permalink

    I’ve never been able to figure out whether Cars was a reference to the band “Cars” or the Gary Numan song “Cars.” Maybe he’s the leader because his name is TWO music references instead of one!

    Reading the manga of this part, as soon as Mark mentioned his wife I joked to myself, “well, he’s not going to live to the end of this chapter.” And then he didn’t. I figured he’d at least last a LITTLE bit longer than that, but JoJos is never to be underestimated.

    Joseph and Caesar’s early showdowns were some of my favorite uses of the ripple I’ve seen so far. They just use the ripple for the silliest things! Pigeons and spaghetti and bubbles. They make for such a good “buddy-cop” duo.

    Pillar Men have AWESOME voices.

    The poses! They just keep getting more frequent and more fabulous with every episode! I love it!

    Also, BUTTS.

    • Clinton
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:57 am | Permalink

      On Mark’s death I remember in the manga he actually brought up that he was going to retire as well. So like everyone else I totally thought he was dead. Plus you can’t really give the show flak for killing someone off like that as this was before it was cliche to do it.

      • Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:17 am | Permalink

        Oh, I’m not giving it flak for it at all. I wouldn’t say this was “before it was cliche” with examples like Gundam preceding it (and even that is FAR from the origination of the death flag), but even so, “cliche” is not a dirty word. Cliches are cliches because they work, and if they’re used well, they can be very effective in storytelling. The way JoJo used this cliche was perfectly fine.

        Anyway, my point was more about how I was surprised that JoJo ended up being even more brutal than I had anticipated by actually killing him off within the chapter. I even found it kind of impressive that it still managed to pull the scene off so well. “JoJos is never to be underestimated,” after all.

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

      “I’ve never been able to figure out whether Cars was a reference to the band “Cars” or the Gary Numan song “Cars.” Maybe he’s the leader because his name is TWO music references instead of one!”

      I declare this canon.

      And, yep, the pillar men have great voices. Cars is Kazuhiko Inoue, with whom I am least familiar, but you can’t go wrong with Jerid Messa. AC/DC is Keiji Fujiwara, who is always awesome. Wham is Akio Ohtsuka, who is also always awesome.

  13. shengar
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Wait, where’s the scene of “Awaken my masters” ?!
    Shinmaru, you dissapoint me :(

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink


  14. Billish
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    I scoffed at Caesar’s bubble power beating Jojo, but burst out in laughter at the ripple pigeon. I’m in the boat of the “curb stomping” of Caesar next week too, that bubble attack looks hilariously underpowered – especially if fuckin’ ripple pigeon beats it.

    Gogo Jojo!

    • Nadgers
      Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink


      You did not just insult Caesar’s bubbles.

      Need I remind you that the previous Zeppeli in the series cut up knifes with WINE?

      • Billish
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

        That might have been his greatest accomplishment.

    • Posted January 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

      If Sailor Mercury can be effective with bubbles, then surely Caesar f’n Zeppeli can be deadly.

      • Billish
        Posted January 15, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Permalink


  15. All Fiction
    Posted January 16, 2013 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    Do you like Wham? Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when “Make It Big” came out in ’84, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He’s been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think George has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humor.

    Hey, Cart Driver!

    • Posted January 16, 2013 at 4:17 am | Permalink

      why arre theere copies of the style section errywhere? do you have a dog? a little, chow or something? hahahaha

      is that a rain coat?

    • Posted January 17, 2013 at 12:38 am | Permalink

      My name is Shinmaru, and this is my favorite comment in the Citadel.

  16. Howard
    Posted June 26, 2013 at 5:06 am | Permalink

    band Asia, which features band members from King Crimson, Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer… King Crimson, lol.

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