I feel like this is a sitcom in the making. “Joseph Joestar is a young Rippler on vacation in Rome, but one day he wakes up to find he’s married to two men! Oh, what wacky misadventures will our cocky cad get himself into this week! *laugh track*”
For serious, though, I love Joseph’s plan to keep himself alive for another day. I’m not a particular subscriber to honor in battle; short of being a complete dickhole and sacrificing myself to keep my sorry hide alive, I’d do whatever I could to keep myself breathing, even if it came off as cowardly. Joseph specifically appealing to Wham’s deeply embedded sense of honor? That’s smart, even if it is a complete bluff, as Joseph reveals in the next episode preview. Usually it’s the hero who’s a chump and let’s the villain walk away because of honor; I love it whenever the tables are turned.
But because this is JoJo and villains and heroes alike are ridiculously well-prepared, Wham has a trick up his sleeve in the form of his poisonous wedding ring. This at least mitigates the arrogance of giving Joseph an entire month to hone his abilities. A month in shonen anime is like 10 years in reality! Wham may as well escort Joseph to the Hyperbolic Time Chamber and wait outside for Joseph to beat the shit out of him. Ah well. I can’t underestimate Wham, though, since he tore through Caesar’s bubbles with such ease and then unveiled that ridiculous sandstorm power. And considering how much Wham looked down upon Joseph and Caesar in that initial skirmish, I wouldn’t be surprised if he had another power waiting in the wings, as well. I am steeling myself for a fuckin’ incredible battle when Joseph and Wham lock horns again.
Also I love AC/DC being all, “Yeah, I’ve got no beef with you, but fuck it, I’m gonna bind you to me just because. Bring it, asshole.” I really can’t wait to see what mad powers AC/DC and Cars will pull out of their hats. It will probably be a particularly long time before we see Cars do anything, too, because he’s shown himself to be someone who doesn’t act on whims. Even when Wham attacked him in the previous episode, Cars barely reacted; he simply talked it out and went on his way. Cars doesn’t dirty his hands unless it’s absolutely necessary. And why do it when Wham is so eager to battle that he throws down when someone steps on his shadow?
Getting back to Joseph here — how could anyone not love the man’s fighting style? It surprises me that Speedwagon is so incredulous about Joseph’s methods of feints and sleights of hand to get the advantage over a stronger a foe. That’s basically how Joseph has fought every battle in the series, though I suppose Speedwagon has been around for precious few of those. But, yes, this is another reason why I love Joseph: He plays the fool to great effect. Every battle we’ve seen so far has demonstrated that Joseph is a sharp thinker, well observant and excellent at improvisation. His every move is also precisely calculated to undermine his strengths on a surface level to gain an edge, even if it’s an enemy letting his guard down only the slightest bit. That’s what separates Joseph from Caesar right now. I bet Caesar is likely more advanced in the art of the Ripple from a pure power standpoint; however, Joseph makes up for that with keen observation and strategy. With some knowledge of Wham’s powers and personality, Joseph is able to formulate a strategy to keep everyone alive. It’s the same when Joseph battled Caesar in the previous episode. Give Joseph a bit of knowledge, and he’ll do a lot with it.
Just a couple of random things before I close this out: First, I really should have praised the sound direction of this series by now. (Unless I did before and forgot, which is a distinct possibility.) It’s not just the music and how it’s used that’s wonderful, but also the sound effects and how they add so much impact to the battles. My favorite, of course, is the one that sounds like everyone’s strikes are shattering the sound barrier. Every hit sounds so much more bone crunching when you have that ringing in your ears.
Secondly, I am SO looking forward to seeing this character, Lisa Lisa! Her namesake is Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, and I assume that she is the one who taught Caesar the ways of the Ripple from the sound of the episode preview. Also, she is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka aka the motherfuckin’ Major from Ghost in the Shell. She is already a 10/10 on the Cool Scale in my book!