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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 9 – Everybody Wang Chung Tonight

Still laughing at the revelation of vampire Chinese Vegeta’s name: Wang Chung. (Or Wang Chan as I’ve seen it represented on the JoJo wiki. Given the source, it’s certainly still meant to evoke a certain British New Wave band.) Oh, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Between that and Father Styx, I know I can look forward to more great JoJo names. (Well, also because of the JoJo OVAs. There are some great names there, too. Don’t spoil for those who already know!)

So this finale was quite . . . explosive, eh? Eh?! *nudges elbow into your e-ribs* I’m glad there was no false suspense built about whether Dio was truly dead. The hero cannot be allowed to have a happy ending, duh! Wasn’t Dio’s body disintegrated in the previous episode, though? I guess that was all for dramatic effect. Dio cutting his own head off his body so that Wang Chung can catch it and put it into one of the jars from Futurama is pretty boss, though, so I can forgive it. The jar seemed to exist mostly for giving Dio a clean place to inhabit, because he sure as hell doesn’t need it for protection — he’s got eye lasers and neck tentacles! I don’t remember vampires having eye lasers before now; this secures Dio’s position as the World’s Greatest Vampire.

Dio getting flustered and angry while JoJo hugs him into his broad, mighty chest. Moe.jpg.

JoJo sure got taken down in a hurry, didn’t he? Then again, like me, he probably wasn’t expecting Dio to have eye lasers. That JoJo was nonetheless able to move out of the way enough that Dio struck his neck rather than his brain is a testament to JoJo’s coolness. (He was moving faster than the speed of light!) It was hilarious to see Dio quite helpless and angry as his perfectly plotted plan imploded because Wang Chung is an arrogant shonen villain crony. “Don’t be silly, Master Dio, the hero of this series couldn’t POSSIBLY pull off a final attack that will kick off an improbable turn of events! That never happens!” Silly Wang Chung! Now JoJo controls your body.

But, yes, overall a good ending befitting the ridiculousness of this series. The more I think about it, the more I enjoy the appearance of that one vampire in the dining area. How did he get there? From the sound of it, he was turned after he got onto the boat. Did they just tell him to keep quiet until the right time to strike? In all, quite the silly plan, but any operation that results in a horde of vampire zombies in tuxedos running around a cruise ship has my approval. Perhaps the only truly disappointing start is that Erina remains a rather lame character. At least she gets a cool escape by yoinking Dio’s indestructible coffin and floating away on the high seas with a baby.

So here we are at the end of “Phantom Blood.” It was a good, tremendously fun ride, and I continue to be excited by the repeated assertions of some JoJo fans I follow on Twitter that the next arc, “Battle Tendency,” is roughly one bajillion times better than “Phantom Blood.” Normally this kind of talk pops up when the beginning of a show is not good, and thus it makes me skeptical since people are extra desperate for folks to not hate on their beloved fictional story. But in this case, just about everyone still watching JoJo has enjoyed “Phantom Blood.” Nobody is afraid of people being scared away; they’re simply hyped for more awesomeness. So in this case, their hype has me hyped as well!

I know precious little about “Battle Tendency”: Part of it takes place in New York, and part of it takes place in Mexico. There are more vampires. (But now they’re American vampires . . . or possibly Mexican vampires? Why not?!) There are Nazis. (Perhaps the action will travel to South America at some point? I’d enjoy some Boys from Brazil-type action, but I believe this arc takes place in the 1930s, so that wouldn’t make any sense.) The main character, Joseph Joestar, is voiced by Tomokazu Sugita. And there’s the extent of my knowledge! People in the know, please reveal no more! I’m prepared for anything to happen in this arc.

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  1. Nadgers
    Posted December 1, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh Jonathan ;~;

    He’s like the nicest guy in the whole series (along with his dad) and he gets such a sad end.

    Dio’s head hanging from the ceiling with his hair was hilarious, im so glad they kept that.

    As an offtopic note, I suggest you check out the new Jojo fighting game that is coming out. Just the trailers alone are quiet the spectacle.

    • Mucasama
      Posted December 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

      maybe better not, the second trailer makes a huge spoiler about part 5

      • Nadgers
        Posted December 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

        Oh right.

        It’s a pretty freaking kickass spoiler though.

      • Mucasama
        Posted December 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

        Agree, that is why no one should tell him about that until he sees it for himself.
        Now that I think about it I cant wait to see it animated in the anime :D

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

      Oh, so this is an actual new fighting game and not the HD remake of the old PlayStation/Dreamcast fighting game? Hm.

      • Nadgers
        Posted December 2, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

        Yep. Being made by the guys who made some of the NURATO fighters and recently asura’s wrath. It might not become the most competitive fighter around, but it sure as hell seems like a treat for Jojo fans.

        Beep beep stardust crusades Dio confirmed.

  2. Karry
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    ” floating away on the high seas with a baby.”

    TWO babies.

    “American vampires . . . or possibly Mexican vampires?”

    Isnt that the same thing ? Are you saying Mexico isnt America ?

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 12:41 am | Permalink

      Only the southwestern portion for now. But soon … soon …

  3. leokiko
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    I heard the new Jojo is a nutjob.

    • fluffybunnyboy
      Posted December 2, 2012 at 2:39 am | Permalink

      He’s not a “nutjob”, but he is very hot-blooded and willing to pull whatever crazy stunts it takes to win.

  4. Shadow
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    I really hope that the series recieves popularity enough for David Production to make the most badass JoJo arc animated. Stardust Crusaders!

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 2:32 am | Permalink

      I would like to how they would adapt part 5 and 7 more than the other parts now, mostly because I lovelovelove part 5, and part 7 is just wacky, way more than it’s possible. I would like to say the real reason why, but then it would be MASSIVE SPOILERS.

      • rubberluffy
        Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:22 am | Permalink

        I’m pulling for Part 4, since I found it to be really, really enjoyable. Maybe because I really like Persona 4 and I really think it was at least somewhat influenced by JJBA part 4.

    • Kyano
      Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

      I want to see part 6 animated. I know it’s probably one of the least popular parts but it’s my favourite.

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      Yep, I enjoyed the OVA adaptations of “Stardust Crusaders” very much, but I hear a few things were changed around. I imagine they crunched events a bit, too, although in terms of time it’s about twice as long as David Production’s “Phantom Blood.” Does that sound right? Anyway, yes, I want to see “Stardust Crusaders” in this style.

  5. dfgdfyd
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    Laser eyes? More liquid eyes…

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 11:12 am | Permalink

      I’m kind of confused why they made it more like laser eyes and less like “eyes that shoots its aqueous humor (or something. My biology is failing me) at high pressure as hypersonic bullets”, bit maybe that would require too long of a convoluted explanation.

      • Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

        I was in a Skype call last night and was told about the same thing, haha. Maybe it’s just difficult to get across what Dio is projecting from his eyes? They at least don’t LOOK like traditional lasers. (And Araki has the advantage of the written form to convey his information.)

      • Posted December 2, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

        He’s shooting liquid from his eyes at high speed. So basically, he’s crying really, really hard. At least, that’s what I’m going to believe.

      • Posted December 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

        That makes sense too. Crying for his love towards Jojo, his brother.

      • Za Waarudo
        Posted December 8, 2012 at 10:13 am | Permalink

        erm well, its the vitreous humor of the eyes, the actual gel-like substance within the eyes being pushed out at high speeds. since dio can regenerate, it doesn’t really matter much to him.

      • Posted December 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

        oh gross LOL

  6. Stef
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    This show reminded me how much I loved my childhood’s shounen: Nicky Larson, Cobra, DBZ, that silly arena show I never got the name right…

    *watery eyes* Thank you Jojo. Thank you!

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      Yep, it’s basically the big battle show done right.

  7. Posted December 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    RIP Johnathon Joestar. You were a noble soul.

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

      RIP indeed.

    • Stef
      Posted December 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

      And RIP Dio Brando. Such an awesome villain. I don’t know how they can top this magnificent bastard.

      • Clinton
        Posted December 2, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

        They considering he is not dead. And the fact that they never really top him given that he is heavily involved in every part of Jojo. (With Part 8 being the only one he is not involved in so far though he is responsible for it happening)

        Also here is the trailer for the new Jojo game with no spoiler’s

      • Posted December 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

        Well that fact itself is kind of spoilery to others, you know. Sure long time readers already known that but not the newcomers. (-_-;)

      • Stef
        Posted December 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Permalink

        Well, you know what? I don’t mind this particular spoil. That just means more “DIOOOOOO!” for me!

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  8. Anonymous
    Posted December 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Best attack name ever.

  9. hint
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    what is excessively good doesn’t last long… JJ

  10. ranmao
    Posted December 6, 2012 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Okay now I’m picking up this series. Your intro on the JoJo names encouraged me to google it. If there’s a villain named Tarkus, I’m in.

  11. Clinton
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Part 2 trailer

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