God damn it, I love this show.
(A quick note: There was no episode of Hunter x Hunter this week, so of course, there’s no post from me this week, either! I might post something else tomorrow if I’m feeling generous, but more likely than not I will spend the day playing video games and preparing for the balls out craziness that will be December.)
Wow, we’re almost finished with “Phantom Blood” already. I thought this episode went by super quick, in particular the battle with Dio; however, I was informed on Twitter that the manga goes by this quickly, too. Boy, it sure is crazy that a battle manga story is enjoyable when the pacing is streamlined and the battles are developed with some thought behind them, right?! Seriously, though, I actually don’t think I would have minded if David Production had found some way to extend the battle into the next episode. This is, after all, the ultimate battle between Dio and JoJo — doesn’t it feel as if it should be a bit longer? Maybe I’m just so used to turgid shonen pacing that I don’t know what to do when I’m presented with something that actually moves!
But, of course, nobody actually believes Dio is truly dead, yes? He’s already tried to fool us once by appearing to perish in the blaze that consumed the Joestar mansion. Would little things like being cleaved in two and exploded with energy powers meant to mimic the sun really kill an all-powerful vampire in a story like this? Of course not! Dio Brando is no ordinary vampire — he even outlived Vampire Jack the Ripper! Sure, Dio’s body is disintegrated, but only a real LOSER would let something like that kill them for good. Plus, yet again, we see no body; Dio plunges down a chasm after he falls from his castle. This isn’t Disney, folks. No body = not dead.
(Side note: I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Takehito Koyasu’s amazing “dying” performance. I wonder how long the poor guy had to record all those gurgling noises? When Dio Brando dies, he goes all the way.)
This episode leaves us with one massive question: Where in the holy fuck did Dio get these creepy ass animals?? I’m almost certain these guys aren’t running around Great Britain, though I have never been there, so I can’t say for sure. Are all you British folk hiding these weird creatures from your friends across the Atlantic? I can see why you would: The shock of seeing such bizarre animals would surely be too much for our simple hearts and minds to bear. The cat owl in particular is sneaky terrifying. It’s not as outwardly horrifying as those other creatures, but you’re giving something with the mind of a cat (and as we all know, cats view humans with utter disdain) wings and talons. Congratulations, Dio: You just made cats better, more terrifying predators. What a bastard!
In fact, now that I think about it, aside from the one animal Dio squashed because it was rude (how very British of him), all these other freaks of nature are still among the living. Who knows what terrifying misadventures these scamps will get into now that they don’t have Dio to rein them in? Remember, friends: If you’re ever walking around Britain in the dead of night, keep your eyes and ears out for the deadly cat owl. It strikes when you least suspect it.