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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 7 – Halfsies

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.

But nope.

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.

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17 Comments

  1. Karry
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    The ads in the break were pretty hilarious, they just HAD to choose the gayest figurines to put on display, all pink.

    • Posted November 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

      Haha, I watched the gg version rather than Nutbladder, and oddly enough, they DIDN’T keep the commercials in. Might still have the other file, though, so I could still check out that commercial …

  2. JoeQ
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    “P.S. Dire and Straits lol.”

    Don’t forget their master, the sage Tom Petty!

    • Posted November 19, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

      lol, yes, of course! I hear he’s a real heartbreaker.

  3. Lanf
    Posted November 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Reason for Speedwagon surviving #4 – who else would carry the burden of Zeppeli’s sweet, sweet hat? Quite frankly it was JoJo who got the raw deal of Zeppeli’s will.

  4. Posted November 20, 2012 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    This moment with Zeppeli was one of the scenes I was most waiting to see from this part. Of course it was still hard to watch him die. You have to respect a guy like Zeppeli, so seeing him go out fighting was never going to be easy no matter how it happened. At least we know he has a family to remember him fondly. Perhaps we’ll get to see one of his descendants fight one day.

    • Posted November 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, and the way Zeppeli went out just made it all the more harsh.

  5. R1CK_D0M
    Posted November 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Any plan where you lose your hat is a bad plan. Fortunately, Speedwagon gained a hat, so I guess it evens out.

    • Posted November 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

      Here’s hoping he put razor discs in this one, too.

  6. Nadgers
    Posted November 21, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    I don’t watch nearly enough anime to usually end up in blogs like this, but being an avid jojo fan lead me here (google) and I gotta say I really these little writeups about jojo.

    It’s always fun to read people’s first impressions of something I really like and I hope this goes on as long as the series itself does.

    Wryyyy~

    • Posted November 22, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

      I will definitely write about JoJo for as long as David Production sees fit to put out episodes. The current thought is that this series will run 26 episodes, which fans estimate will carry them through Battle Tendency. I’m hoping the series will prove popular enough and sell well enough to justify continuing on after that. They can’t stop just before what’s considered to be the most popular arc in the series, right?

      • Nadgers
        Posted November 22, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

        Yeah I hope it will go on. Though just having phantom blood and battle tendency already makes all the fans really happy.

        Personally I would like to see golden wind (part 5) the most. Lots and lots of homoerotic overtones and it stars Dio’s son. It’s amazing.

      • fluffybunnyboy
        Posted November 24, 2012 at 1:37 am | Permalink

        I thought that every part of Jojo had homoerotic overtones… xD

  7. Posted November 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    “P.S. Dire and Straits lol”

    Just wait for the villains of part two. They are named AC/DC, Cars and Wham.

    • Posted November 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

      omg

      • Clinton
        Posted November 26, 2012 at 6:08 am | Permalink

        Also another character named Santana and the guy that served as the insperation for Guile from street fighter are in it

        ohter characters from the top of my head that show up much futher in the future are named Hol Horse, Vanilla Ice, T T D’arby, Funny Valintine, Hot Pants, Mountain Tim, L.A Boom Boom and Mrs Robinson (Who is a dude)

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