Considering how half the characters in this show are named after rock bands, I’ll guess that Will A. Zeppeli’s name probably alludes to Led Zeppelin in an especially obtuse way. I really can’t imagine the thought process that ciphered one into the other, though. It’s not the neatest anagram.
The chain of inspiration behind ‘the ripple’ is quite clear, and very fascinating, though. From what I understand, the whole preposterous concept of ‘chi’ which FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, DRAGON BALL, HUNTER X HUNTER and STREET FIGHTER, et al, run so far with is actually rooted in a real martial arts principle.
‘Qi’ means ‘air’ in Mandarin, and that’s exactly what we’re talking. Learn to master your breathing so totally as a practitioner of ‘internal’ styles of Kung Fu, for example, and you can time your inhaling/exhaling so precisely with your strikes that their physical force will be significantly more powerful. It requires several layers of imagination to turn that into heroes throwing energy balls at planets, of course, but there’s the root.
JOJO takes this thought train a few tracks further. Fantastical chi is linked more explicitly with breathing; breathing is linked with the cardiovascular system; that system is linked with blood; blood is then linked with all other sources of life, like sunlight. The show’s already got vampires, and who better to embody the antithesis of all that than creatures who are repulsed by sunlight and who ostensibly don’t breath or have blood flowing through their veins?
I used to have a little in-joke with friends about Rorion Gracie’s famous/infamous self-defense instruction videos. The man was so confident in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu’s power to solve all problems, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he said it enabled practitioners to defeat ghosts or other creatures of the night. Well, hats off to JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE for actually realizing that idle thought. Not only do we have anti-vampire martial art here - - it’s an anti-vampire martial art with an actual ethos behind it.
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