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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 23 – Hair of the Gods

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Cars, you are such a bastard, but god damn it, you’re rocking a fabulous mane. Look at that thing! Of all the Pillar Men, he definitely looks the most like an ’80s rocker.

In a way, I have to respect what Cars does in this episode, even as it makes me mad and shake my fist at him. His behavior throughout the series has painted him as a different sort than Wham. Cars has shown consistently that he cares only about acquiring the Red Stone of Aja. Would Wham have conducted a sneak attack on the mansion? Nope. Cars has no qualms about that sort of thing, however. The main tipoff in this episode that he’s planning some bad shit is the flashback with Wham: It’s meant to once again hammer home that Cars is a pragmatist. All his talk about honoring the pride of Wham and ACDC, along with killing his vampiric minions for their insolence, is simply posturing, a feint to draw Lisa Lisa into thinking she’ll get a fair battle by dangling the stone as bait.

Then Cars pulls the string. He’s an utter bastard, but a clever bastard, I’ll give him that much.

You know what makes me maddest about what Cars does, though? It deprives us of an awesome battle between Cars and Lisa Lisa! You know that shit would have rocked, especially since Lisa Lisa’s power makes her more of a melee fighter, and she would have had to come up with some clever tricks to get past Cars’ blades and do some damage. She was totally ready to throw down; even when presented with a weird situation that ran counter to her expectations, she recovered quickly and didn’t succumb to panic. Lisa Lisa was defeated solely because Cars is an asshole. He is also a James Bond villain apparently, what with the death trap he sets up so that he can close in slowly on Joseph while he keeps Lisa Lisa aloft.

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Then again, I don’t think a Bond villain ever played another character like a musical instrument.

So, yeah, Cars is definitely the most loathsome Pillar Man, which is why he’s on top. You don’t survive atop a race of superpowerful beings without being ruthless, I suppose. I look forward to Joseph smashing his face in somehow, and I hope a miracle occurs and Lisa Lisa is able to recover enough to also smash Cars’ face in. Stroheim can also join in the face smashing if he likes. Hell, get Speedwagon in there, too! And Smokey. Cars looks kinda white, right? Let Smokey get one up on the white man for once in his life.

Ah, yes, the glorious return of Stroheim. I enjoy how uncomfortable it is to root for a band of Nazis. Stroheim has probably been up to some rather unsavory activities while offscreen, particularly since his new body allows him to be more efficient. You may be cool, Stroheim, but don’t think I’ve forgotten about your extracurricular activities! I also wonder how Speedwagon will be able to explain his association with Nazis once he gets home and starts conducting business again. “No, you see, they were helping my friends battle a horde of godlike beings! You have to believe me!” Speedwagon’s family is going down in history as a clan of Nazi supporters. Such is life.

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How could I close out this post without mentioning the fight between Joseph and Wham? A good conclusion to a great battle. Again, clever tricks win the day, although Joseph must either be a hell of an actor or a lucky fool, because he always reacts like everything is going wrong just before it goes right. There’s no denying the results; Joseph’s plot is certainly explosive, eh? *ducks tomatoes* The aftermath is quite great, too. Wham is an interesting fellow — you can tell that he’s powerful, because he’s survived all this time while living according to the precepts of honor. Numerous battlers must have tried to take advantage of that predilection for fair fights during the course of Wham’s life, and yet not one among them was able to defeat Wham before Joseph Joestar.

But, of course, he is worth respecting most of all because he can operate a crossbow with his hair and use it to launch himself so that he can cut vampires through with his horn. This series is so great, you all.

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  1. Friend_Guy
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 6:50 pm | Permalink

    Man that cars is a total dick, though I was looking forward to it honestly. It wasn’t cars doing the whole cheating thing, or even the james bond style trapping of someone close that made me think. “man cars is being a total ass” It was when he Played Lisa Lisa’s fabulous legs as a guitar. Being all perverted like with her unconscious body, it was then that I said to myself while shaking my fist “Cars! Your so evil!”

    I also wonder if Lisa Lisa’s leg would be a regular guitar or a Base guitar.

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      Judging by the way Cars held Lisa Lisa and the noises he makes, I’d say he was playing her like a bass guitar.

  2. gravethestampede
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Cars certainly has a head bangin’ look. I want to see him do a cover for Roundabout, but he really doesn’t deserve to live till the 70s

  3. Posted March 18, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

    Once again, that crossfading Roundabout at the end is just too damn awesome. It bears repeating that the usage of music in this series is just god damn awesome. Kudos to david production to be able to pull it off time and again, and not feel stale!

    Also it seems I’m wrong, yet again! I did remember correctly that Lisa Lisa is JoJo’s mom. That Lisa Lisa confession before the chariot fight threw me off! Dammit memory, be more effective!

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      Yep, the music has been great all throughout Battle Tendency. Though strangely enough, a few weeks ago I read about the composer for this arc, Taku Iwasaki, taking to Twitter and venting his frustrations about how his music is being used. I don’t remember exactly what he said, but apparently he made a lot more music than we’re actually hearing.

      • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

        There’s MORE awesome music we’re denied from?! D:

      • Posted March 25, 2013 at 7:17 am | Permalink

        See the infamous Overdrive, aka the COMIN THROUGH COMIN THROUGH NOW song heard in the previews. You only hear the instrumental in the actual series, while the lyrical version is sort of like Gurren Lagann’s “ROW ROW fight the powah!”

        Easily the best part about this adaptation was the music. God-tier stuff. I’m getting the Japanese Blu-Rays just so I can collect the soundtrack.

    • Stef
      Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

      I’m actually wondering why Jojo didn’t get that Lisa Lisa was his mother after that confession. If Smokey heard the story of how the little girl saved on the boat married Erina’s child from Erina herself, Jojo surely did too right? Smokey even knows the mother’s name! It’s so simple there isn’t any dot to connect!

      • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

        The only explanation, as I pointed out before, is that Joseph was likely told his mother died of sickness, so maybe he’d be slower to connect the dots. That’s still definitely flimsy, admittedly; we don’t even get a token questioning of the truth! I guess we’ll have to see how Joseph reacts when he learns that Lisa Lisa is his mother.

  4. gravethestampede
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    Another crime of his, denying us the pleasure of looking upon that amazing mane for so long!

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

      To be fair, that’s the type of mane you whip out for max intimidation.

  5. Scarlet
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    I have no idea how Jojo’s keeps getting more amazing, and yet it does. In 24 minutes we got a head launching itself with a crossbow, the return of the scarf made out of friggin’ MAGIC BEETLES, and a horde of Nazis equipped with shoulder lamps, ready to save the day. I agree that it’s too bad we didn’t get to see an epic Lisa Lisa fight, but hey–at least we got that scene where she throws down her cloak to reveal her battle gear, lowers her shades and says, “I don’t need to hide behind a teenager.” Damn.
    Everyone says that the third Jojo’s arc is even better than than this one, and after this episode my brain is struggling to imagine how.

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      Yep, Lisa Lisa is awesome going into battle. It’s kind of funny that Joseph pulls out the, “You’re a woman, just let me at ‘em!” shtick again when Lisa Lisa proved that she can beat the shit out of vampires just fine a couple of episodes ago.

      And, personally, from what I’ve seen, I actually like Battle Tendency more than Stardust Crusaders. That opinion should be taken with a grain of salt, though, because I’ve seen only the JoJo OVAs (which cut out a lot of content and altered at least one scene that I know of) and the first volume of the manga.

      • Scarlet
        Posted March 20, 2013 at 4:19 am | Permalink

        Yup, that line was irksome. It’s sad that even the most badass ladies haven’t gotten much to do. From what I can tell, though, that changes–Part 6′s Jolyne Cujoh looks amazing, and all I have to go on is the character design. It’s really making me want to check out the manga now.

        Or, you know, they could animate the entire manga… Hey, I can dream, right?

      • Posted March 20, 2013 at 4:36 am | Permalink

        Yep, Jolyne really stood out to me, as well. I am so tempted to skip ahead, but in general I am more of an anime guy than a manga guy, so that is reining me in a bit.

        At least Stardust Crusaders is basically a lock to get animated, judging by anime designs that have been released and the generally good sales of the JoJo DVDs/BDs. The same folks who have voiced characters in the anime are also voicing their counterparts in the recent JoJo fighting game, so I’m seeing that as a good sign, as well.

      • Posted March 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

        Only the first couple of volumes of Stardust Crusaders aren’t too good. After that, it keeps getting better and better.

    • Posted March 25, 2013 at 7:38 am | Permalink

      Stardust Crusaders is the poster boy for the franchise, and as such is generally overrated by the public. It’s still good, but it definitely lacks some of Battle Tendency’s charm, bombast, or flamboyancy.

      That said, the fights are brilliant, and the villains are great. The OVAs really didn’t do that justice, outside of D’Arby the Gambler and the final battle with Dio.

  6. Nadgers
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

    One of the problems with part 1 and 2 is that they largely let Jojo do all the work while everyone else is just supporting cast. From stardust crusades on the series has spread out the fights more for the team and not just the Jojo of the generation.

    Also yes, cars is a douche. Though Calling him out for perversion does not work, since the pillarmen are practically asexual. A bit more light should be shed on that in the next episode.

    Ps: dat hair

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, even from my abbreviated viewing of Stardust Crusaders, it isn’t all Jotaro taking over and kicking ass; the other folks get to step in and have some fun every so often, as well.

      • Nadgers
        Posted March 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

        The old OVA was really cut down though. For comparison: if the david productions includes every fight in appropriate length, their adaption of SC should run for 50-60 episodes.

      • DIO'S WORLD
        Posted May 24, 2013 at 10:10 am | Permalink

        I really don’t get the exaggeration of episodes, I think they can do all of this in 25-30 episodes. Remember fight scenes look longer in the manga but they’ll just take a few seconds to execute in an anime, also it had lots of fights but they were not THAT long. Remember the fight with the guy who has a Sun for a stand? or the guy who had the car, Wheel of Fortune? What I’m saying is some of the stand battles might only require like half an episode or a full one for them to finish the fight.

  7. Clinton
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    Once again I agree with my views of Wham being stronger then Cars and having a more impressive power set. However you can see why Cars can be a harder final boss. If Wham knocked you down he would let you get up, if Cars did he would stab you in the balls and jump on your face.

    Even his fighting style shows that he is a dirty fighter as the purpose of his light blades are to blind his opponents.

  8. Madu_Scientisto
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Around the time that Joseph was being ganged up on by the vampires, I was thinking “it sure would be great if Stroheim showed up and helped out”. And then he does… Goddammit Broheim!

  9. Cepech
    Posted March 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    AND WHAT ABOUT SMOKEY REVEALING THAT LISA LISA IS JOJO’s MOM?!?!?!?!

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

      Haha, yeah, I should have mentioned that. It was spoiled for me while reading the first volume of Stardust Crusaders, so I didn’t know how to write about it while pretending I had no idea what was going on!

      An interesting tidbit, though: A Twitter conversation I saw reminded me that this was foreshadowed a bit at the beginning of Battle Tendency. Smokey mentions that he learned Joseph’s father married the baby Erina saved on the ship. Then, of course, way later we learn that baby is Lisa Lisa; viewers with longer memories than myself can then put two and two together and figure out that Lisa Lisa is Joseph’s mother.

      But, then, we also learn that Joseph was told his mother lost her life to sickness, so that’s an out to explain why Joseph doesn’t add that information up himself. :p

  10. Posted March 18, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Permalink

    DAT HAIR!

    This was such a fun episode and high on the action <3

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

      Indeed it is. I’m looking forward to the final part of this arc!

  11. NormalMar
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 12:26 am | Permalink

    I’m not sure if anything can top severed head shooting himself out of a crossbow.

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      There have been many times I’ve thought JoJo can’t possibly top itself, and I’ve been proven wrong every time.

      • NormalMar
        Posted March 20, 2013 at 12:24 am | Permalink

        Same. I just hope it does it again.

      • Posted March 25, 2013 at 7:32 am | Permalink

        To whit: a serial killer with a hand fetish, italian cuisine that makes your guts explode (in a good way), rainbows that hypnotise you to devolve into slugs, Jesus Christ’s corpse gives you superpowers, a lesbian First Lady of the United States, molester orangutans, ghosts AND aliens, and Native Americans who can outrun a galloping horse with barefeet (that one’s actually based on fact by the way!)

        Trust me, these 23 episodes are just the tip of the awesome iceberg. You shan’t be disapointed. They don’t call it bizarre for nothing.

      • Posted March 25, 2013 at 8:16 am | Permalink

        I remember ghosts but aliens? Hmmm.

      • Nadgers
        Posted March 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

        Alien was the dude with elf ears.

  12. Posted March 19, 2013 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Sorry about Lisa Lisa. Unfortunately, in Parts 1 & 2, every fighter who is not a Jojo is merely a jo-jobber.

    (Yes, this show needed more analogies to pro wrestling.)

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

      At least Caesar got to have some cool moments before jobbing. Lisa Lisa needed more cool moments. :(

      • Posted March 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

        Also, I’m not sure if anyone has mentioned this to you yet, but Araki has said that in the 80′s, it was considered taboo by the publishers to have fighting women in shonen manga. That’s why a lot of the popular 80′s SJ series (like Dragon Ball and Hokuto no Ken) had men as the leads and women primarily sitting on the sidelines.

        Araki himself did not personally warm up to the idea until about a decade later, when he wrote Stone Ocean. It’s unfortunate, but it is what it is.

      • Stef
        Posted March 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for that bit of context. It’s always important, especially for an old series like Jojo.

  13. Billish
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 6:21 am | Permalink

    The way they played Cars scheme into the battle imo makes it worth the missing duel. He really doesn’t give a fuck – and he’s an awesome villain because of it, as you say. I also enjoy the type of ‘quick battle’ writing rather than the long and drawn out. At such a high level of power, one mistake should cost you your life.

    This episode had me laughing out loud and vocally saying “No fucking way.” here and there, either from the wham-crossbow or that awesome Jojo uppercut that interrupted Mr. Vampires speach. Neither can I get over some of these scenes in which the protagonist is talking to a disembodied head, as if it’s nothing. Quality scene management.

    I also have to admit I’m a huge fanboy of the character designs, specifically lisa lisa’s. Totally Rose from Street Fighter, I love it. Also, I feel like now that Jojo’s familial ties have been (almost completely) revealed, I’ve noticed a similarity between mother and son; as obvious as that might sound. I also want to say that I should have known, but really, this show can do anything.

    And… finally, I lol’d at your connection of Speedwagons family to history and opinion. Poor, racist bastard.

    Another fabulous week for Jojo!

    • Nadgers
      Posted March 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      Lisa Lisa was the inspiration for Rose’s design actually.

      Remember that Jojo is old and important.

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

      To be fair, I don’t think Speedwagon is racist or a Nazi sympathizer! It’s just going to be a hell of a thing to explain to people if they every find out his group actively collaborated with Nazi scientists. You’d NEVER be able to hide that sort of thing today.

    • Posted March 25, 2013 at 7:23 am | Permalink

      Lisa Lisa is Rose, Stroheim is Guile, Benimaru from King of Fighters is Jean Pierre Polnareff from Part 3, and Juri Han stole Joylne Kujo’s hairstyle. The More you Know!

  14. Stef
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    How come you didn’t take this header, Shinmaru? http://i.imgur.com/h8R5dgo.jpg
    How disapointing.

    • Posted March 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

      I thought about it, but I didn’t like the text scrolling across the bottom of the screen.

  15. R1CK_D0M
    Posted March 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    calling it now, Jojo wins by using lisa lisa’s scarf somehow.

    • Stef
      Posted March 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

      And here I thought this was a trow off thing that didn’t even had the time to be properly used the first time around.

      I’ll bet even further that Cars will blind Jojo with his fabulous glittering blades and Jojo will use the scarf to sense him. There’ll also be a neat parallel with Wham there.

      The Red Stone will have a part in it too, surely.

  16. gravethestampede
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 3:54 am | Permalink

    I think I know why Cars drained those vampires in this episode. He wanted their proteins to enrich his hair, which probably would’ve looked bedraggled and ugly, and with less sheen after a couple thousand years

  17. graham
    Posted March 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Ditto on your opinions why Lisa Lisa was screwed out of a good fight. Then again, as much as it pissed me off the first time, it’s also one of the reasons why I like Cars. ACDC and Wham were painted to be sympathetic, but Cars is too much of an ass for that shit. Gotta have a villain to hate among them besides Santana. And that hair, God that hair.

    Lisa Lisa also has the unfortunate role of being a mentor figure. If Zeppeli was anything to go by, chances were that it wasn’t going to go well for her. Well, if it’s any compensation, I think that’s why we have the Jorge Joestar light novel and Rose in Street Fighter.

  18. kira
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Why all this nazi bashing? Are you a fucking jew or something?

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

      Wow, to be honest, I did Nazi this coming. You really Hitler me reich where it hurts! I ges I’ll have to stapo this way of thinking.

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