Shinmaru: “I asked my sister’s friend what she saw, and this is what she told me: ‘He had two right hands . . . and a GLORIOUS ASS. My god. Those cheeks could crush a boulder. Actually, I might have seen his face, but I’ve forgotten what it looks like because, seriously, THAT ASS. What were we talking about, again?’”
Yep, after this episode and the preview to the next one, I’m totally convinced David’s going for the whole shebang with this adaptation. Much as I enjoy this battle (it’s the first “fighter think of a clever workaround to opponent’s powers” fight in the series), it definitely could’ve been paced quicker, and the battle featured in the next episode is eminently skippable if the production team just wanted all the cool, important stuff fit into 24 episodes. Good news is once we get out of this early portion of the story, the battles have more of interest going on (since the whole point of most of them is figuring out the enemy’s ability); therefore, the pacing will feel more organic (because there’s a clearer build) and less “gotta stretch things out and explain everything.”
BUT WHATEVER I GOT BUTTS SO I’M VERY HAPPY
Joseph is also getting more moe by the episode. I really enjoy the forced perspective in this shot. Jotaro’s just plucking out a little Dio bud, he’s not ripping an octopus out of Polnareff’s brain! (Oh, yeah, we can call him Polnareff now since he’s actually named in the first few seconds. The “Eiffel” joke was nice while it lasted.) But yes, Joseph is the cutest racist old man. Very angry that nobody thought to hug Joseph and make it all better. Quite rude, if you ask me.
I will say that as much as the general pacing is getting to me, I do love seeing everything in motion. Silver Chariot’s sword flourishes, Magician’s Red being a GIANT BURNING BIRD MONSTER, Polnareff’s posing, and so on. For as much as the sluggish pacing hurts the fights, all the color and motion and whatnot evens it out. Polnareff skewering coins with fire between the coins helps, too. If someone told me Polnareff is a French magician, I would absolutely believe it. He’s already goofy like a magician. Silver Chariot’s armor also seems prime for some tricks. Be a magician, Polnareff. It’s your destiny.
I’ll leave Scamp to talk about other stuff, but before I leave, HEY BUDDY. Looking forward to seeing you again in like 35 episodes or whatever it is.
Scamp: The pacing is getting to me a little too. It’s not so much that the fights are slow, but it’s taking a while to get to a fight that I can get a real feel for the stakes. To draw a comparison, this fight between Avdol and Eiffel (thanks Shinmaru, but I will always call him Eiffel in my head now, plus Polnarwoof is too hard to remember how to spell) is stakes-wise similar to the one between Joseph and Caesar. You know, the one where one character shoves a pigeon in another person’s mouth. There never felt like there was any doubt anybody would get hurt in this fight between Avdol and Eiffel, yet we spent a full episode on it.
As excited as Shinmaru is for these fights, I’ll admit I’m not really feeling them yet. Colour design is as great as ever. They might even be a touch better visually thanks to David Production having more time and money to work on this season. But again I think the lack of real stakes at play in these battles means I’m not getting invested in the twists and turns. And no Joseph, shouting out what just happened on screen isn’t going to get me more invested. I don’t need you to tell me how many mirror images of Eiffel’s stand he made. I can count up to 7 you know.
I think probably the biggest demonstration of how I’m not feeling the fights is how much I eagerly anticipate the moments when they’re not fighting. As soon as the fight ended and they started goofing around in Hong Kong again? That was my favourite part of the episode by far! Joseph started acting like himself again. Eiffel got to show different sides of his personality. It was goofy and highly entertaining. I’m not sure how the show can get me invested in those fights again, although I don’t think animating fights that you could remove from the story with no serious impact as Shinmaru suggests is the right way. On the other hand, maybe if the characters started acting like themselves during the fights they would become more entertaining.