Shinmaru: Unlike the previous episode, I remembered most everything that happens in this one. Funnily enough, an orangutan dressing like a ship’s captain, smoking a pipe and fiddling with a Rubik’s Cube. (The silly designs on the cube were added for the anime, because a plain ol’ cube just won’t do!) I feel like this fight is more fun in theory than in practice. Despite an orangutan dressed like a captain, this is a more serious fight than the one in the previous episode, but that actually makes it less satisfying when you see what happens. This actually disappointed me in the manga, too, because there’s so much more that can be done with someone who controls a vast environment like the ship. Burying the hook in that one sailor is good (despite our friend, the black blob), and I like the fan attack (and Jotaro totally no-selling it, haha), but everything else is either boring or skeezy in a way I can’t get behind.
Like, what, the grand plan is trap everyone and crush them? Practical, yes; exciting, no. Jotaro gets binded to the wall with pipes but defeats the orangutan basically the same way as the previous episode — with magic stretchy fingers, except they stretch so fast that they can launch projectiles like bullets from a gun? Maybe I’m just jealous that no matter how many times I flicked things as a kid, they would never go as fast as a bullet. But yeah, the previous episode had shark punching, Jotaro being an underwater ventriloquist, and Jotaro telling the enemy not to piss in the water. As good as the lead image is, it doesn’t measure up to the totality of the previous episode. Luckily for everyone, this is actually the last fight I dislike in Stardust Crusaders. The rest of the serious battles are all really good, and the comedy battles are quite funny. The time to establish the JoJo Formula is upon us!
That said, an orangutan getting ORA ORA ORA ORA ORA’d is still a fun sight. Sorry, animal lovers.
Dio has so many muscles. I’m pretty sure he has muscles that don’t actually exist on the human body. (Not that I’m in good enough shape to know this.)
I did like the conversation between Dio and Enya. One aspect of Dio that I enjoy in this part is how he’s so confident, cautious and cowardly all at the same time. He’s like, “I’m Dio and I’m awesome and I’m the one who’s going to stand (lol) on top of the world,” but his defeat in Phantom Blood imparted enough self-awareness in him that he knows he can’t approach this battle blinded by ego. Dio truly believes he is above the Joestars, but there’s this little bit of doubt nibbling away at him in the back of his mind. Dio wants to grab what he believes he is, but those little shithead Joestars will ALWAYS be in his way, and it’s just the worst thing, so he has to get rid of them forever. Then the ol’ Dio ego kicks in when he’s like, “But yeah it’s not so much those Joestar assholes I fear so much as the possibility they could trip me up, because I’m still cool and Dio so fuck you.” Trying so hard to puff himself up here, it’s adorable. But it also leads into a good excuse for a conga line of Stand users to attack the heroes rather than Dio himself with Enya telling Dio not to bother with this scrub nonsense.
Don’t worry, Dio, there are still a ton of volumes to go before you have to slink out of the shadows!
Scamp: Yup, I’m with Shinmaru. This episode was pretty bad. It wasn’t helped that the only really good part of it was the reveal of an orang-utan in a captain’s uniform, but I have seen most of the early 2000 OVA and that specific part was the one part I could remember from it. Thankfully from here on my knowledge of Stardust Crusaders gets pretty limited, at least until they reach the desert and a dog appears and then Jojo plays poker.
But really, this episode was bad. It was rushed and had basically no funny moments. It was skeevy with the camera being quite keen of panning up and down the naked body of a 12 year old girl. It wasn’t solved in a particularly inventive way. And it was ultimately pointless to the plot and could have been skipped. Have rather little to say beyond that. I hope next week is better.