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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 21 – Deal With It

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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.

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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:

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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!

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22 Comments

  1. gravethestampede
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    The North American release introduced me to the series, so when I checked out the first 2 arcs, I looked at them like. i woukd a flashback arc so I never got that spoiled feel.

    • Posted March 6, 2013 at 7:05 am | Permalink

      Yeah, it was actually kind of the same for me when I got that big Phantom Blood infodump while watching the JoJo OVAs. It was all stuff I wasn’t familiar with, so it mostly washed over me. This, though, is right when I’m in the thick of Battle Tendency.

  2. Nadgers
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    The weird disappearing tricks that Wham and Cars pull off kind give them a mystical quality. That was not in the manga.

    Also I love how they animated the sillier Joseph antics in this episode. In particular the part where he is all confused about Lisa Lisa’s age.

    • Posted March 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      Yes, and I also love Joseph prancing around trying to be nonchalant while setting up his failed trap.

    • fEast91
      Posted March 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

      I guess that’s a carryone from Araki’s later manga, since I don’t remember the “attention” lines back when I read the earlier arcs.

      Also I remembered wrong, in that I thought Lisa Lisa is JoJo’s mother. :P

  3. Taka
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    If you’ve been paying attention since the end of Phantom Blood you know exactly the significance of Lisa Lisa being the baby saved on board that day. I’m pretty sure they outright told you at the end of Phantom Blood.

    I really really wanted Jojo to say “You’re already dead” to the scrub vampire dude.

    The chariot stuff was funny but what really cracked me up was that to go along with the ridiculous theme they had some how cooked up a bunch of Roman Centurion outfits for the vampire lackeys.

    • Posted March 6, 2013 at 7:08 am | Permalink

      Haha, yeah, I love that they’re so prepared for this ridiculous battle. So wonderful. I love anime.

  4. gravethestampede
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 3:13 am | Permalink

    That random mook at the beginning of the episode was damn creepy OKAY?! It was funny seeing him job to Lisa Lisa OKAY?! She really needed to demonstrate how boss she can be OKAY?! Oh and it turns out that Wired Beck’s seiyuu played Caster from Fate/Zero OKAY?! Makes sense since they both sound horribly creepy OKAY?!

  5. graham
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Nothing about Lisa Lisa’s age? Joseph’s reaction was priceless! I kept imagining that if Caesar was there, he would’ve smacked JoJo on the spot! Haha, young Joseph’s such a punk.

    I liked how the same piano song from Jonathan and Erina’s final moments together was playing in the background when Lisa Lisa was talking about them. It’s a tiny detail, but it’s a nice touch to keep consistency like that. For me at least, it was also one of the best songs of the first part.

    • Posted March 6, 2013 at 7:15 am | Permalink

      I was going to write a little bit on it, but I couldn’t think of a decent way to work it cleanly into the post. Oh well!

  6. Friend_Guy
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 5:08 am | Permalink

    Lisa Lisa makes a good impression when she actually starts to fight, and she never disappoints. Though I wonder if i’m the only one who hears that song that goes like “These boots were made for walking and thats just what they’ll do and one of these days these boots just might walk all over you” When Lisa Lisa shows off just how much of a badass she really is. Lisa Lisa really shows off just how much of a smooth criminal she could possibly be if she wanted to.

    • Posted March 6, 2013 at 7:18 am | Permalink

      I want to see Lisa Lisa moonwalk while floor panels light up beneath her.

  7. Billish
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 5:39 am | Permalink

    Lisa Lisa’s badassery obscures the finer points of the episode for me, some of which you outline here. I love how she wraps her scarf and then throws on the shades before battle – and they’re not like crazy stupid anime sunglasses, more like popular-designer raybans or something. Anyways, she’s fuckin’ cool, Jojo’s fuckin’ cool, Caesar was fuckin’ cool, the villains are fuckin’ cool, I have nothing left to say but watch and be hyped.

    • Posted March 6, 2013 at 7:20 am | Permalink

      Yes, everyone and everything in this anime is fuckin’ cool.

  8. R1CK_D0M
    Posted March 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

    VAMPEQUINES.

    btw calling it now: Jojo wins, lisa lisa dies giving cars a heavy blow. Either cars takes the gem and jojo fights him and kills him anyway (maybe dying in the process), or jojo manages to negotiate a second duel.

    • Posted March 6, 2013 at 7:21 am | Permalink

      VAMPEQUINES!!!!!

    • Matt Wells
      Posted March 9, 2013 at 12:46 am | Permalink

      Not even close. Put it this way: the final fight between Cars and Joseph is ten times greater than your primitive human brain can comprehend. SEX IS USELESS BEFORE THE ULTIMATE BEING YOU HAIRLESS MONKEYS.

  9. gravethestampede
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Yeah Caesar is in! http://i.imgur.com/YZp20uu.jpg

    • gravethestampede
      Posted March 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      Confirmed, bubbles and blood noodles

    • Graham
      Posted March 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

      Oh, that means all of the main Zeppelis are playable! What’s next? All of the Dios? So much hype for this game and it’s still five months from now. But there’s just too much awesome already packed within it. Hope it plays as well as it looks.

  10. gravethestampede
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    I could imagine the fight with Wired Beck (I’m using the term “fight” loosely here) taking up a whole episode in a more run-of-the-mill shounen

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