No, I can’t even pretend to be coherent when choosing post titles anymore. Also, it was a tough choice among this, Joseph telling Cars he’s going to bury him in a volcano, EVIL SQUIRREL and
JET PIRANHAS as the lead screenshot. This made me cheer the most, though, so there you go.
As a quick aside: I just came back from a great trip to SakuraCon in Seattle where I met up with my cohort, Inushinde, among many other fabulous folks. I even met one of you dear readers at the convention! That was pretty wonderful; it made me wish I had played up my visit much more on here so that some more opportunities like that might crop up. Well, just so you all know, as long as I get the time off, I’m planning on attending Anime Boston and Anime Expo this year, as well. If you’re in the area, be sure to say hello!
Anyway, enough of that shit, let’s chat about how CRAZY AWESOME this episode is!
First off, the sound effects in the OP got me so hyped. For any other series, that would fall flat on its face, because it’s rather obtrusive; for JoJo, though, it’s so damn goofy that I ate it up. Hell, I watched it again immediately after finishing it! Makes me wonder if there will even be an OP next week, since it seems like this would be the type of stunt you’d pull for the finale. Or maybe David Production will just use the sound effects again next week for the hell of it. I’d laugh.
Then, of course, EVIL VAMPIRE DUBSTEP SQUIRREL. I knew this squirrel would be evil as soon as it went over to kick it with another squirrel, but damn, it didn’t even pretend to be nice before tearing into that other poor squirrel! The perfectly timed drop made me laugh quite hard. It’s also too bad this scene got censored, because I definitely wanted to see that squirrel tear into some squirrel guts. Yum. Also Nazi guts! I mean, I know they’re Stroheim’s buds and all, but I can’t feel too bad about them getting their torsos chewed through. They were sacrificed for the grand cause of ultraviolence. That’s really the best that you can ask of a Nazi; it’s the same with the Nazis whose faces are melted at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
But I’m sure Cars would have murdered them all if the squirrel hadn’t done the job first. Lots of fresh meat is the perfect way to test out new powers, yes? But Cars has his laser focus on Joseph Joestar. I laughed hard at the callback to the beginning of the arc — I’m pretty sure everyone saw that coming when Joseph started hyping up his plan. Of course, like all Joseph Joestar plans, it evolved into something a bit better midway through . . .
. . . PLANE AGAINST ULTIMATE BEING. Truly a beautiful sequence with Cars flapping his lustrous wings in pursuit halting only to shoot hardened feather bullets that morph into god damn piranhas. Really, this whole post should just be a .gif of me bowing to the computer, eager to deliver whatever offerings the series desires to remain strong. There are no limits to the pulpy battiness of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. That’s what I appreciate about the developments in this episode: Cars has become an Ultimate Being, and, damn it, the powers inherent in that status are going to be shown off. Cars morphs his hand into a squirrel, a flower and a butterfly? Fuck it! Cars gives himself wings that can turn into shields, projectiles and killer fish? Fuck it! Cars can make an octopus/squid materialize to destroy the plane’s engine? Why the fuck not! JoJo doesn’t use the status of Ultimate Being to make Cars all powerful and boring. He’s going to do some shit with his newfound abilities.
But we need not fear for Joseph Joestar, for he always has tricks up his nonexistent sleeves. I knew the parachute trick was coming when the scene was set up with all long shots, but Cars’ reaction and Joseph going kamikaze made that bit of predictability worth it. And Stroheim? Fucking Stroheim. World’s greatest Nazi. He can launch his fist, and he’s willing to let his legs explode to save Joseph from a fiery, magma-filled death. He’s definitely a keeper; Joseph should get Speedwagon to pull some strings and funnel him to America so that the government can secretly hire him to do stuff. That is, if America doesn’t brand Speedwagon a traitor for his blatant connections with the German government. Holy shit, Speedwagon, you’re not even trying to hide it! Is the Speedwagon Foundation REALLY funded by oil money, or is that just a convenient story?
Next episode will be wonderful, I’m sure. Even though Cars is all melty, he is clearly not dead; you don’t even need to peek at the episode preview to know that. I assume the way he is dispatched will be truly outrageous, and I cannot wait to see that, along with Joseph predicting Cars’ final words before kicking his ass. That has to be how this ends. Nothing else will be acceptable.
INCOMING PIC SPAM OF SHOTS I LIKED IN THIS EPISODE