“God, this ALWAYS happens, I swear!!!!!!!!!”
Shinmaru: Those of you who wanted more comedy from Stardust Crusaders got your wish with this episode, I hope. It’s horror-focused, but definitely more of the weird, cheesy kind that absolutely would have featured a hilarious puppet monster if this weren’t animated. In fact, when I’m rich I am going to make a live-action version of this part of the series just so an actor has to run around while being threatened by a disgusting growth in his arm. Suffer for your craft!
Out of everything in this episode, what made me laugh most is that the evil growth starts with a high-pitched voice that gets slightly deeper as the growth grows, but the voice is still childish by the time the growth is ready to kill Joseph. You’re still but a child, my angry, disgusting friend! A close second is the visual trickery going on with the growth punching Joseph’s lovely bearded face. It’s low enough on Joseph’s arm that Joseph could let his arm hang there, and the growth wouldn’t be able to reach him. However, it’s still getting up there and whacking Joseph’s face. You could probably make some silly excuse for it, but who cares? There wouldn’t be a fight if the growth’s fists couldn’t reach Joseph’s face, so it happens via the miracle of ANIMATION~! Good enough for me!
Also funny (and cute): Big, burly Joseph Joestar — who defeated three near-immortal creatures and one actually immortal creature — is afraid of sharp things. To be fair, though, once I heard, “Hm, this scalpel is a bit rusty — oh well!” I would have gotten the hell out of there in a hurry. Clean your tools, buddy! I like to think that’s the real reason Joseph’s growth killed that surgeon. Nobody approves of tools that have not been properly sanitized beforehand!
The only thing that disappoints me is that because this is a Stand, Joseph has to defeat the growth. The story cannot move on if evil is not defeated. What if Joseph could make friends with his new growth? It starts off hostile, but eventually they earn each others’ respect and become best buddies. They could have their own in-jokes and everything! There would also be way more opportunities to annoy Jotaro, and everyone is a winner when that happens. I will take heart in the fact that somewhere, in some alternate universe, this may very well be happening.
Also, if you’re wondering why Polnareff never got even the slightest bit suspicious that his date was clearly bored while they were walking around, well, it’s because he’s used to it.
Scamp: If Shinmaru wants a show in which a man with super powers develops a relationship with a weird deformed face in his arm, I highly recommend he, and all of you, watch the anime adaptation of Parasyte in Fall. Or if you want to watch an anime that’s already out, there’s Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust. Or hey, Midori Days if you want your sightly bizarre wank fantasy. If anything Midori Days is the closest because it’s a lady on his arm, just like it was for Joseph Joestar. There’s a MAL recommendation for you. If you like Stardust Crusaders, you might like Midori Days.
I liked this episode, if only because I get to make a ‘stop hitting yourself’ joke with Joseph. The stand is suitably bizarre and hilarious. It doesn’t strike me as a stand that would be that strong. I mean it’s just a funny old rash on your arm. Poor old Joseph Joestar has the least capable stand of the lot. It’s just a load of thorns and he can make maps. I wonder if he activates his stand anywhere he etches the shape of Dio’s naked body when he’s not thinking of something specific. I like having Joseph back centre stage again and having the shoutbacks. For example, we had Hamon! People doing funny breathing and yelling OVERDRIVE. It didn’t have any effect, but the thought was there.
I also enjoyed Joseph going full old-man mode and showing the world that folks like him can still kick it too. What I like about this new Joseph is we’ve seen him do all the crazy things in his youth. The fighting off immortal beings, being launched into space on a rock fired from a volcano, piloting a plane full of piranhas, so on and so forth. Now as an old man he’s the least competent fighter of the bunch. Plus he acts like an old man, with his slightly obnoxious, vaguely racist attitude and senior member of the group. But he’s got that history and calling back to it while he mocks the villain for implying he’s old and past it was a rather kick-ass moment.
He’s still the best Jojo.