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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 2 – Pro Wrestling Archaeologists vs. Vampires

Wow, holy Christ, that OP! I think we know now where the budget for the first episode went! Hands down my favorite OP for the fall season. Like that Code Geass movie, it’s a good use of stylized CG to do some things it might be extremely difficult to do with regular animation while also minimizing the downsides of CG. Crazy shit happening everywhere with a super evil Dio — who, no doubt, will end up becoming a vampire himself; how could he resist all that power? — and a heroic JoJo. Pure awesome.

So we’ve got another wild episode of JoJo‘s Bizarre Adventure, except this time around JoJo and Dio are gigantic, hulking 19-year-olds rather than gigantic, hulking 12-year-olds. They do things I imagine every English university student does: play some rugby, dabble in archaeology and law and wear silly clothes. Not much like my college experience. The closest I came was playing in a dodgeball tournament with my colleagues on the student newspaper. We got our asses kicked because we were journalists going up against athletes. In fact, it probably turned out similarly to the other rugby players ganging up on JoJo and desperately trying to drag him down.  Every shonen series at some point has to have some part that shows how ridiculously awesome the hero is, and the rugby match is an all right way of showing JoJo in his element rather than getting his ass kicked by Dio.

This episode does a good job of showing how much JoJo has matured, although the moment at the beginning where he wonders why he can’t get close to Dio is pretty ridiculous. Stuff like poking JoJo in the eye can be forgiven, obviously. Being a royal jerk to Erina is a major step on the asshole scale, clearly — much harder to forgive, and nobody would blame a person for cutting off all ties to an asshole like Dio after that. But putting a dog in a position to be roasted alive? That’s Britannia levels of evil right there. You can’t reason or be friends with someone who has stepped into the realms of Cartoon Evil. Just can’t be done.

Thankfully, JoJo wises up a bit when he finds the letter Dio’s father sent to JoJo’s pops, although I wonder exactly why Dio’s dad describes his illness in such detail to a man he barely knew. Then again, Dio’s dad seemed pretty gross. I bet he talked about his various bodily ailments all the time to anyone who would listen. That’s the real reason Dio hated him: the man would never shut up about his goiters and gangrene. Also, he passed on his alcoholism to Dio. That’s kind of bad, too. Anyway! At least JoJo puts two and two together and realizes that Dio is slowly poisoning his father. I’d have thought Dio would have no problem swearing on his father’s honor and lying to JoJo, because fuck that guy obviously, but no, any connection with that scallywag is too much for Dio. I dig the Dickensian vibe behind Dio’s origin and villainy. So much squalor and so much melodrama, man, especially in the visuals as Dio recalls how much he despises his father. My only wish is that he shouted, “Curses!” as his nefarious plan was foiled.

I’m loving the idea of inserting a shonen vibe into this distinct era of history, especially since there’s a small hint of alternate history with the brief mention of Jack the Ripper. (Aside: I love pretty much any alternate history story, no matter how dumb or ridiculous. I couldn’t get enough of those glyph entries in Assassin’s Creed II, for example, even as they became more hilarious with each one. The one where Henry Ford laughs about using the magical artifact to trick his workers into thinking they’re getting raises when he is actually cutting their pay, and afterward chuckles as he plans to pass the artifact to Hitler so that he can start the Holocaust, is undoubtedly my favorite. That’s supposed to be funny, right?) The tone of how we see the Victorian era versus shonen anime could not clash more, but in the ridiculous world of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, it somehow works. I literally laughed out loud when I saw JoJo in his outfit while searching the alleys. He looks like Sherlock Holmes after a year in WWE. But it totally works! Grabbing a knife? A hat with blades as the rim? Why not?!

And a mask that turns people into vampires! You can’t have Victorian England without vampires. It’s impossible. Come hell or high water, Dio is becoming a vampire. Not sure whether it will be by accident or on purpose, however. I could see Dio being attracted to the kind of power that felled him so easily, but the downsides are obvious, even to people who may not know what a vampire is.

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  1. Posted October 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    I can confirm that this is totally representative of the British university experience. I just got in from a spot of rugger myself, actually.

    • Posted October 13, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

      You British folk are just so quaint!

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted October 17, 2012 at 6:45 am | Permalink

        You know, I actually did play rugby back in uni (when I was far more pysically fit), whilst studying for my… *cough* archaeology degree! Oh god, I’ve become a caricature. The Japanese have called my number!

  2. Karry
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    They censor gore, and considering that at the end of part one there should be lots and lots of it…i dont know how they will make it watchable and faithful at the same time. The guy hidden in the horse ? Crushed limbs ? Blowing up heads ? There’s just too much of it to censor.

    • Posted October 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

      There was definitely a lot more censoring going on in this episode … I don’t care THAT much about getting crazy violence, but it’s definitely annoying staring at a black blob every so often.

  3. Posted October 13, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    This show is DANGEROUSLY CHEESY.

    The CG in the OP reminded me a lot of those JoJo fighting games we’ve been seeing advertised alongside the TV show. And oh man the way they used the guitar intro for Roundabout at the end was PERFECT.

    I am just eating up every second of this; between JoJos and Hunters we are set with good shounen this season.

    • Karry
      Posted October 14, 2012 at 1:26 am | Permalink

      “the way they used the guitar intro for Roundabout at the end was PERFECT.”

      It wasnt bad, but still ways to go to the absolute champion of perfect ED lead-ins – Gundam SEED.

      • Posted October 14, 2012 at 1:37 am | Permalink

        Have to say … much as I dislike Gundam SEED, this IS one of the legit good aspects of it. I always enjoyed the way it uses the first ED in particular.

      • Posted October 14, 2012 at 2:51 am | Permalink

        I’ll have to keep an ear out for that when I watch SEED tonight. I’m only a few episodes in so I haven’t gotten to see the ED too many times yet.

      • Karry
        Posted October 14, 2012 at 3:38 am | Permalink

        In my experience people who hate SEED are, without fail, either complete idiots, or blind fanboys of garbage like Wing.

      • Posted October 14, 2012 at 3:39 am | Permalink

        Well, I don’t like Wing, either, so I guess I’m an idiot in your eyes! Not the worst thing in the world.

      • Posted October 14, 2012 at 3:53 am | Permalink

        SEED is probably my least favorite Gundam I’ve seen so far. I AM enjoying Wing, so I guess you got me there, but that’s only because of the deliciously hammy dub and not anything the show actually has to offer.

      • luffyluffy
        Posted October 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

        Yeah but the problem with SEED is there’s pretty much nothing going for it. At least Wing has Endless Waltz and idk Trowa’s a hot piece of as or something idk Wing was so dumb. I did like RAMIUS KANCHO but she’s like, just Bright with tits yeah? oh, and Mu La Flaga was grt i wanna kiss him

        this is related to jojo, takehito koyasu voices dio and mu guys come on work with me here

      • Posted October 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

        https://twitter.com/ghostlightning/status/214171869333553154

        That tweet sums up Endless Waltz for me.

    • Posted October 14, 2012 at 1:32 am | Permalink

      Oh my god YES. The way the guitar riff was playing over how Jojo and Dio were confronting each other in the darkened mansion was fucking magical.

      So excellent.

  4. Taka
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 12:19 am | Permalink

    I fucking love this show.

  5. Karry
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Another thing, i looked up impressions of Jojo on youtube, and apparently in USia its dominantly watched by blacks. Weird.

  6. Daniel
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 2:41 am | Permalink

    Anyone watch SOA (System of Record) ep 15?

    No one of course, because SOA ended at ep 14. They would never ruin such a perfect ending with “not really siblings” or another comic villain.

    • Posted October 14, 2012 at 2:58 am | Permalink

      And yet ironically, Episode 15 was one of the better episodes.

  7. Posted October 14, 2012 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    It’s starting to become more and more obvious what time period this series was written in. The show is starting to grow into the more bizarre elements like the vampires and Speedwagon’s razor hat, so it’s good to know it can capture the feeling of the story fairly well.

    • SQA
      Posted October 14, 2012 at 4:18 am | Permalink

      Considering the Knife-based Hat, doesn’t a series with that HAVE to be set in England? It would seem wrong outside of a, seemingly, British lead.

  8. leokiko
    Posted October 14, 2012 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    Best anime of the season so far, David Production is making an incredible job with so little budget.

    The directing is absolutely wonderful. They are actually rushing through the manga but this episode didn’t even feel rushed. The first one did, sure, but it wasn’t enough to ruin the experience of watching JOJO.

    Seriously. Jojo and HxH are incredible shounens, and they are airing in the same freaking year(HxH started way earlier but you get my point).

    • Posted October 14, 2012 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Yeah, this episode’s pacing feels more reined in, although I’m not a manga reader, so I don’t know how much material was covered. But there’s a nice balance here.

      And, yeah, Hunter x Hunter has been soooooooooooo good lately. People who aren’t watching it are totally missing out!

  9. Noname
    Posted October 15, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    I’m watching this show because of Dio. Also what the heck is wrong with anatomy in this show. Dio and Jojo both look like human heads attached to mechanized robotic battle units. xD

  10. Matt Wells
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    – MASSIVE SPOILERS –

    Jack the Ripper was a Vampire. Take that Kim Newman!

    Trust me this show only gets crazier from here on out. Cour 2 features Nazis and Mexican super vampires. Dio’s villainy only gets ever more cartoonish, and it’s glorious to behold. It really goes hard for the Alternate history thing; Part 4 and onwards take place in the (back then) far future times of 2001-2015 respectively.

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