Shaking my god damn head if you don’t think JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is the best show of the season.
I know Bruford (named after the original drummer for Yes) and Tarkus (named after Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s second album) aren’t real knights, but I totally wish they were. They were definitely quite loyal, if a bit dumb. I’m pretty sure everyone watching this episode called that they had been tricked, even if they didn’t know Mary Stuart was executed as ordained by the laws of history. Perhaps if Bruford and Tarkus had gone to the future and cracked open a book of British history, then they would not have found themselves in this mess! Then again, if they had done that, then they wouldn’t have the sheer anger necessary to be Dio’s servants, and we wouldn’t get the battle we’re witnessing in this episode.
So, obviously, history worked out perfectly well.
For all the theatrics with Dio and Speedwagon’s hilarious running commentary (when he is reborn in his next life, it is almost certainly as a Japanese pro wrestling commentator), my favorite part of this episode is the beginning where JoJo and Zeppeli seem almost happy that that kid flies in out of nowhere to steal their bag and then clambers up the mountain while Speedwagon freaks out about all their money being stolen. Oh, Speedwagon, did you forget that you are hanging out with two dudes who are basically superheroes? Let them remind you by altering the properties of the lake so that they may walk on water. They can do that, you know. Jesus Christ has officially been confirmed for possessing Ripple powers.
Of course, JoJo still has much to learn about the power of Ripple, as Zeppeli demonstrates when he prances across the lake like a true man. He probably doesn’t even need to make those weird noises when he does shit; that’s just how Zeppeli rolls. All the better to make his opponents think he is simply some fool before he makes their arm explode with his Ripple powers.
Is it just me or did the fighting seem particularly brutal and cringeworthy in this episode? Not so much for the blood and gore and whatnot (this is probably the least bloody episode so far aside from the opening episode), but more so for what they actually do in the fights. Like, Dio freezing the veins in Zeppeli’s arm so that blood cannot flow there horrified me. Would anyone actually be able to recover from that?? It’s a good thing Speedwagon is such a hot-blooded hero, or else his bosom would not be able to heal Zeppeli’s frozen arm. Poor Zeppeli is also the victim of the other cringeworthy bit of violence in this episode: Dio sticking his fingers in Zeppeli’s knee and basically breaking it in two. Holy shit! Seeing the angle at which Zeppeli’s knee bends pretty much made my knees explode in pain. Ew ew ew.
Then there’s also the super gross detail of JoJo’s ripped up flesh dangling from his hand after he deflects Dio’s attack. The censorship decisions in this show are so weird. “Well, we’ll block out a man stabbing a knife through his neck, but bits of torn up flesh are OK by us!”