Normally I wouldn’t post such a spoilery image up front, but it’s been a few days since JoJo aired, so what the hell. Anyway, ZEPPELIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
This scene is such a perfect kick in the gut. The end of the previous episode, with the use of the opening notes of “Roundabout” to lend weight to Zeppeli accepting his fate. He knows he will die in the coming battle. The audience knows he will die in the coming battle. However, it also primes our expectations in a devious way. For people like myself who don’t know the story, there’s the assumption that Zeppeli will go out during a big battle where he struggles and falls against
Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s second album Tarkus, and perhaps weakens him enough that JoJo can strike the mortal blow.
Zeppeli strolls into battle, ready to die in a super awesome way. He evades Tarkus’ attacks and readies himself to get in one good strike, the Tornado Overdive, and then . . . Tarkus avoids the attack, wraps Zeppeli in chains and rips him into pieces. Wait. What? That . . . that wasn’t how it was supposed to happen. Right? Right? Wrong. It’s a beautiful kick in the balls. With this kind of turnout, there’s the risk of the audience reacting like, “Wait, that’s it?” But here, the turn is so swift and brutal that I could react only with horror.
What a horrible end for Zeppeli. That guy got a real raw deal, didn’t he? He leaves his wife and child to train in the ways of the Ripple to eradicate the stone mask from the world once and for all, but he dies an unceremonious death and must pass on his powers and mission to his new disciple, JoJo, whom he barely even knows. Judging from this and the third arc, being a hero in the JJBA world kind of sucks! More so if you’re not the main character!
But Zeppeli doesn’t care. He was warned of his death from the moment he began training, and he embraced that face because he knew fighting against the stone mask was a goal higher than himself and his life. Who would want to live in a world full of vampiric assholes like Dio? People are like bread to him. I don’t know about you all, but I don’t want to be bread! Unless it’s garlic bread — then I will be delicious and Dio won’t want to eat me, because vampires fear the garlic. Everyone wins! Unless Dio is one of those vampires who doesn’t fear the almighty power of garlic. There are so many varieties of vampire that I can barely keep them straight anymore.
Anyway, with Zeppeli’s sacrifice, JoJo fuses with Zeppeli and becomes a Super Saiyan. (Joking aside, I believe this part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure was penned well before the relevant portion of Dragon Ball Z. Then again, fusing with people to become stronger or power up with glowy auras is unique to neither story, so whatever!) You’d think this would give JoJo the necessary power to defeat Dio, but with this in mind, it’s clear the battle between the two won’t be that simple by any stretch of the imagination. Dio probably has several crazy vampire powers that he hasn’t bothered to show off yet. When you can suck people’s blood by sticking your fingers into their veins, you can pretty much do anything you want.
Also, I wonder if Speedwagon will bite it during the final battle with Dio, but there are a few things in his favor: 1) His awesome name, 2) His beautiful anime mullet and 3) If he is gone, then who will cry for JoJo and narrate every portion of the battle?! Obviously, Speedwagon must live.
P.S. Dire and Straits lol. Just waiting for a pair named Quiet and Riot.