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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episode 12 – OH NO!!!!!!!!!!!


“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.

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  1. BigFire
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, Ripple Overdrive works great against vampires. Almost 100% useless against Stand, especially when that Stand is composed of your own and the Stand user’s blood. Polnareff macking on Nena is great in his own obliviousness of her total and complete indifferences. As the guys over at dynamiteinthebrain.com’s podcast said, Joseph probably rushed to find Nena just to see Polnareff’s shocked reaction.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

      RIP the Ripple

  2. gedata
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    This movie reminded me about a terrible movie series about evil parasites or something https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Me6ncnRBjU

    I swear nearly every one of these episodes has reminded me of at least one horror movie. The next couple will be no different in that regard.

    • Traintop
      Posted June 23, 2014 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

      I hear the next episode’s gonna be directed by Spielberg.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 27, 2014 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

        I see what you did there.

    • Nagisa33
      Posted June 24, 2014 at 1:50 am | Permalink

      Quality scream in the end. It reminded me of my favorite one.

      Also, seeing Joseph in focus was great. The solidifying liquid reminded me of Kars’s fate.

  3. Stylized54
    Posted June 23, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    “, piloting a plane full of piranhas, ”

    With that line I’m reminded with this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ_nZsTHmDs

  4. Nagisa33
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 1:57 am | Permalink
    • strukingfourd
      Posted June 24, 2014 at 3:20 am | Permalink

      Was watching a bit of the first season of Jojo and was amazed at the composition of some shots and how they connected with the next one. Let’s hope DP get their budget cut in half and start to get creative again.

    • Scamp
      Posted June 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

      From listening to manga readers, this sounded inevitable. Hopefully they grow into the story and get better as it progresses.

      • Shinmaru
        Posted June 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

        I think the pacing has picked up a lot as the fights get more battly and less talky.

  5. C
    Posted June 24, 2014 at 4:31 am | Permalink
    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      That is interesting. I wonder if it’s popular enough to justify the cost?

  6. Posted June 25, 2014 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    >If you like Stardust Crusaders, you might like Midori Days.

    You monster!

    Anyway, this episode was awesome. Seeing Joseph take the centre stage again made JoJo’s adventure appropriately bizarre. But all it did was make me miss part 2 even more.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2014 at 7:26 pm | Permalink

      Joseph is just the perfect old man.

  7. EastN
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    So far, I’m really enjoying Stardust Crusaders. I don’t dislike the MotW formula, in fact I think it’s more fun than Battle Tendency. Yeah it was unpredictable and wacky, but sometimes that didn’t play out as it should have. For example, AD/DC popped up out of nowhere and got taken out like a punk. Unexpected, but anticlimactic as heck. This current formula allows for more character development, as well as providing entertaining episodic episodes without turning into Space Dandy.

    As for Jotaro not being as good as Joseph, I’m mixed. Joseph is still in, and has his moments, as this episode shows, but he’s had his turn. “You’re going to say-” is over, it’s time for “Yare yare daze”

    • Shinmaru
      Posted June 27, 2014 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, for as fun as they are, most of the battles in Battle Tendency aren’t structured as well as in Stardust Crusaders and beyond. Joseph’s talent was misdirection and charisma, which meant Araki could bullshit his way out of any fight.

      As far as Jotaro goes, he’s not as good as Joseph, but I do like him as a secret goof who tries a little too hard to be cool.

      • Posted June 30, 2014 at 6:53 am | Permalink

        Yo, I know Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is a fight shounen and all, but I still find it strange that the only point anyone seems to compare the arcs on is the fights. While I DO think Battle Tendency’s fights leave Stardust Crusaders’ for dead thus far in terms of engagement, the really entertaining thing about Battle Tendency was all the wackyness the unpredictability led to OUTSIDE of the fights.

        Seriously, at any moment the series could have Joseph cross-dressing to sneak into a Nazi compound, shooting coke lids at cops, making insane bluffs, reuniting with a newly cyborgified Nazi ally, or shoving rippled pidgeons down random womens’ throats. To me it’s the Bizarre Adventure side of Jojo’s that has always held the most appeal, not the fights, though I’m sure I’m in the minority, it’s surprising to see so few people actually discuss this aspect of the show. SC IS a better structured shounen show, but with that it’s become MORE of a shounen show, and I just don’t find that as compelling as whatever the hell Battle Tendency was. At this point I’d agree with Scamp and say it isn’t even as campy and fun as Phantom Blood, but I think it’ll probably pass that one in my estimation given a bit more time.

  8. ShigyC
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm | Permalink


    And, I liked how the very first sound effect in this episode – that “screaming man” was one that was used in the 1993 OVA.

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