Of all the great things Lisa Lisa does in this episode, by far the most impressive is wearing sunglasses indoors and actually looking cool instead of like a total asshole. She is a rare breed that Lisa Lisa. (Also, I’m sure that aside from looking cool, her sunglasses are a negotiation aid — much easier to keep that poker face if it’s more difficult to peer into her eyes.)
But, yes, I and others have been eagerly waiting to see Lisa Lisa in action. Definitely not disappointed so far! She doesn’t do super crazy Ripple shit right away; clearly, the advanced stuff will be saved for her battle with Cars. What she shows her is fitting, though: Lisa Lisa doesn’t expend any more time or energy than is necessary on someone who is clearly a scrub just waiting to be mutilated. No flashy maneuver is needed, because she doesn’t need to show off at all. That’s the mark of a true Master.
Equally impressive are her negotiation skills. When she tells Cars about a bomb she planted on the Red Stone of Aja, Lisa Lisa betrays nothing. Cars is reasonably sure that she’s bluffing; however, he’s not certain, and Lisa Lisa says just the right things to unnerve Cars. Lisa Lisa was there when Cars and Joseph battled while falling down the chasm. She certainly would have seen Cars hesitate to attack Joseph when Joseph whipped out the stone to protect himself. Cars is careful in all matters pertaining to the stone. He wants it more than anything, and that is a weakness that can be exploited. Even if Cars is 99 percent sure that Lisa Lisa did shit all to the stone, the mere 1 percent possibility of the stone’s destruction is too great a risk for him to take, especially since Cars would be confident that he and Wham could defeat Joseph and Lisa Lisa.
So instead of a fight against a fuckton of vampires and facing off against Cars and Wham afterward if they were to win, Lisa Lisa and Joseph get exactly what they came for in the first place: One-on-one battles with the Pillar Men on a fighting ground that is a bit more even. (Note: I don’t think Wham would battle a worn-out Joseph and Lisa Lisa if they were to defeat all those vampires, but to acquire the stone, Cars would absolutely kill them in weakened states. Stepping beyond the confines of honor is a reasonable price to pay on the path to becoming unstoppable.) Joseph and Lisa Lisa didn’t see the battle, but Caesar’s fight against Wham proved that he can be beaten with a good enough strategy, and Joseph has certainly held his own against the Pillar Men so far.
Also, you guys all laughed, too, when Wham looked so pleased at gaining the opportunity to battle Joseph, yes? That’s a nice character touch, particularly since it leads to Cars getting so pissed off.
The reactions all throughout the negotiation scene are so great.
So, yes, Lisa Lisa saves the day. She’s displayed the cool mentor abilities; now, it’s time to throw down without hesitation! There probably won’t be much — if any — of that in the next episode, though, since the setup and episode preview is centered on Joseph’s chariot battle with Wham. I don’t have too big a problem with that the buildup is so great. A ton of vampires chanting for Wham as if he’s a chiseled gladiator preparing for battle? Awesome. I imagine Hirohiko Araki was grinning from ear to ear as he conceived and drew this fight. I think a couple of you fine commenters have said that this is one of the best — if not the best — fights in Battle Tendency, so I am ready for ALL sorts of crazy shit. And then afterward, Lisa Lisa will give Joseph the rest of her background before fighting Cars for maximum dramatic impact.
Those connections are pretty cool, and I like the way it wraps together much of what we’ve seen since the end of Phantom Blood. I’d write more and dabble in a bit of speculation, but I was actually spoiled on a couple of things by reading the first volume of the American release of the JoJo manga. Oops! So I’ll not say anything more, and I’ll kindly mention that neither should you reveal anything, because we do have many folks watching who are new to the story!
Anyway, this episode has some solid poses, so here are screenshots:
This shot included mostly because I think it’s cool. Also, I applaud the introduction of vampire horses, as well as the return to the original clothing of the Pillar Men. Loincloths!