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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 19 – Maniacal Laaaaaaugh … Maniacal Laaaaaaaugh …

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The group I watched this with was like, “WHOA WHAT THE FUCK” when Cars launched into crazy laughter. In a way, it’s more unnerving than ACDC’s crying fit, because up to this point Cars has been mostly stoic and focused on his goals. Now, though, he’s kind of excited about battling ol’ Joseph. One random theme I love is villains being unable to resist testing the limits of their powers when a particularly strong hero shows up. Cars was all about putting Joseph down once he heard about ACDC dying, but now that he’s actually fought the man, he’s gotta have another taste. It gets pretty boring being at the top for so long without anyone to seriously challenge you. (Not that I would know this from experience, mind.) Look at how happy Cars is even though he failed to secure the Red Stone of Aja! Fun times.

The battle between Cars and Joseph is pretty cool, though it comes off like more of an appetizer than the main course, you know? Obviously they’ll have the climactic battle of this arc, so of course they’re not going to go all out here. With that in mind, Cars and Joseph constantly working to one-up each other while take the world’s longest tumble into a chasm is quite fun. Once again, the back and forth of, “I have you now!” “No, it is I who have you!” is what makes this so great. There’s no sleight-of-hand here, either; Cars and Joseph both take the environment into account. Every detail matters. Cars uses the physical space to push Joseph into a more precarious position, while Joseph uses the stone to buy a bit of time and improvise an icicle rope. What a thinker that Joseph is!

Also, how could you not ship Caesar and Joseph after Caesar provides the upper half of Joseph’s icicle rope? They’re clearly made for each other. And just when they get super close, they have a fight and Caesar storms off in a huff; now, Joseph is going to learn Caesar’s dark past and make out up with him. This shit writes itself, people! Plus, two people who look that great together and make such wonderful poses together can’t be with anyone but each other, right?!

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That chainsaw blade is so fuckin’ boss.

Any writing about this episode should be forbidden to go without mentioning how amazing the music is. In general, Taku Iwasaki has done a great job in “Battle Tendency,” but I think this episode pushed it to an entirely different level. The track that plays during Stroheim’s battle with Cars? FUCKING PERFECT. If The Terminator were built by the Nazis, that’s EXACTLY what the theme to the movie would have sounded like. And the pacing, tempo and volume of the music during the battle outside with Stroheim and Cars and the battle between Joseph and Cars is spot-on perfect. It adds everything to the scene and takes away nothing; it amplifies all the feelings from the visuals without being intrusive. Now that’s what I call excellent sound design.

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I can’t add anything to make this screenshot better than it is, so I’ll let Joseph’s face do all the talking:

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The repeated cuts from the carnage Stroheim unleashes to Joseph’s shocked face are beautiful.

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29 Comments

  1. Nadgers
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    I fucking knew you would use that as the first screenshot. Can’t blame you though.

    For the record. This episode contains one of the most annoying Cars wank sources in the whole series. People use the part where he tries to block Stroheim’s eye laser as a “proof” that Cars can react faster then light. It is so fucking stupid that it pisses me off to be a fan of the character along with these people. (MEASURING CARTOON CHARACTER POWERS IM A BIT OF A NERD)

    • random
      Posted February 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

      Usually I just lurk. But, to be fair that is not far from the truth. Part 3 especially if you watch the the 2000s OVA does makes those point.

      Besides all light travel at the same speed in a space vacuum. It’s common knowledge in High School Physics Textbooks.

      • Nadgers
        Posted February 18, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

        Well i would arque that even though they state that stuff, the whole lightspeed thing never really makes any sense. But with Cars even less so.

        But I don’t think we want to star that discussion here. Thanks for the Physics lesson :F

    • Mr. Anon
      Posted February 19, 2013 at 10:29 am | Permalink

      I always wonder why some people think that dodging a projectile means you’re moving faster than the projectile. I can’t even begin to imagine the fucked up brain that comes up with such a thing. If you move half a meter to the side in the time it takes a projectile to cross, say, the 2 m space over to you, then you’re moving at a quarter of the projectile’s speed, not faster than the projectile. And then you need to consider that you could start moving at any time after the shooter finalizes his aim, before the projectile is actually fired (this is a waaaay longer time than the time where a projectile is actually in flight), and that you probably don’t have to move even 0.5 m to be missed depending on which body part they’re aiming at.

      Jojo just works on rule of cool so whatever, but everytime someone says people jumping around trying not to get hit by bullets means they move faster than those bullets, I can’t help but facepalm. You don’t have to outrun bullets to make them miss, they’re not homing missiles.

      • Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

        It’s probably because stories make this claim all the time; once you see various series state, “[insert character here] can move faster than light!” it just embeds itself in your mind, unless you actively think, “Wait, no, that’s not actually what’s happening!”

  2. ggravethestampede
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Suzie Q doesn’t stand a chance in front of Joseph X Caesar.

    Joseph Joestar: Ripple warrior, street magician, troller of cats?

  3. maduscientisto
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    That Joseph vs Cat fight was intense!

    • NormalMar
      Posted February 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

      Life’s a filet of fish! *trip cat*

    • Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Best battle in the series so far obvs.

  4. Posted February 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Took me five minutes before I remembered what movie that post title comes from.

  5. Posted February 18, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    DOUBLE SHOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Fumoffu!!
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Permalink

    When I saw Stronheim reveal that machine gun in his torso…. I freaked out my housemates from the laughter.

  7. Posted February 19, 2013 at 1:19 am | Permalink

    The music actually did end up being pretty intrusive to me as I kept getting distracted by how FREAKING AWESOME it was.

    Stroheim, that… I…

    Really there aren’t any words that can adequately…

    THAT SCENE, MAN. THAT SCENE.

    • Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      “The music actually did end up being pretty intrusive to me as I kept getting distracted by how FREAKING AWESOME it was.”

      This is acceptable.

  8. hint
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    My reaction when Cars did that was the same, kinda out of his character but it was cool… in Jojo everything unexpected works. Also in this episode the animation was very static and repetitive, and on some parts facial expressions were bad.
    damm, i want to see Lisa in action.

    • Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t think it was any worse than the average JoJo episode. Maybe it just seems that way because of the longest five seconds ever? Haha.

  9. Billish
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 10:56 am | Permalink

    I’m thinking that the final battle may be Jojo vs. Wham and not Jojo vs. Cars. Or something. But anyways, this episode was my favourite in weeks and weeks. Great all around.

    Jojo cat troll whata bastard!

    • Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      It would surprise me if the final battle were anything but JoJo vs. Cars, but I suppose you never know with this series. However, I do think I saw/heard Wham in the episode preview.

  10. gravethestampede
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Lol at how Santana is the Raditz of the Pillar Men

    • Posted February 19, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      This comment got a good laugh out of me. Well done.

    • R1CK_D0M
      Posted February 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

      fuck me I read this in public.

  11. Posted February 20, 2013 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    One of the coolest things about Cars in my opinion is his almost triple-sided nature.

    On the one hand, he is precise, meticulous with his actions and will stop at nothing to get that stone thing.
    On the other hand, like Wham and AC/DC, he to enjoys a good fight and that’s strange because it almost clashes with his otherwise meticulous nature.

    And finally, despite being both cold and aggressive, he shows a soft side for innocent living things.

    An episode or two back, he saved the poor dog and in this episode, he went out of his way to make sure the poor flower wasn’t crushed.

    I really like this three-sided nature of his.

    And yes, The Nazinator was quite awesome.

  12. gravethestampede
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Episode 20, perfect, just…..wow

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