Topic started by No_name_here on May 14, 2014. Last post by zaldar 9 months, 1 week ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11

I’m too anxious to catch up to “Stardust Crusaders.” I can’t stay patient with this pace. Also, it was getting a little redundant to find different ways to re-phrase how ridiculous, good and, at many times, ridiculously good this show is. So, I’ll chew through the rest of this season in chunks. It feels just that much more frenetic that way.

Anyway, as we continue to figure out where this show fits in genre fiction’s whole train of influence, it’s worth noting that this batch of episodes really made me think of the ROAD WARRIOR. Obviously, that one flick had tremendous influence on pop culture, inspiring everything from WATERWORLD to JOJO’s contemporary, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, to… well… a good 50% of wrestling gimmicks in the 80’s. On surface level, you might liken the… threatening sexuality of Wez to that of the Pillar Men, but I think the more profound connection is also more subtle.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: George Miller, the director of MAD MAX, started his filmmaking career with a flick called VIOLENCE IN CINEMA that actually spoofed the kind of gory movies he’d later be known for. And I think the reason ROAD WARRIOR made such an impression was because Miller had picked apart action cinema so thoroughly that he understood exactly what to with every competent when he made a serious actioner. Having a healthy sense of humor about all the derring-do - - as opposed to being overly dour about it - - probably helped, too.

I feel like Araki’s done the same thing here. The most striking part about this story is that - - if you take away all the comedy bumps - - it’s still a tightly plotted pulp adventure. The threats are constantly escalating. The reversals are surprising. Tension is infused into even the most seemingly mundane exercise. It just also happens to be funny. I previously called it the shonen antitode, but now it really looks more like an antidote to overly self-service thrillers like GHOST IN THE SHELL, TEXHNOLYZE and GUNSLINGER GIRL are. It’s giving you your cake, and letting eat it, too.

Last point, while we’re keeping tally on all the references - - is one of the Pillar Men really named for Wham? The references to AC/DC, Lisa Lisa and the Cars were easy enough to pick up on, but that one wasn’t so obvious. Tell me, lunatics - - did I guess correctly?

Watch "JoJo vs. the Ultimate Lifeform" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

Post by MasterAsia (152 posts) See mini bio Level 6

Yes you guessed correctly Tom about Wham.Looks like you'll be caught up on Jojo in no time.

Post by takashichea (15,939 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I was watching the episodes along side the W & L articles, but I couldn't resist the addiction. I ended up watching the entire series before Tom did. I can't remember what was going on in those episodes. I'm on Stardust Crusaders right now.

Weirdest but Funny Moment
Weirdest but Funny Moment
Lisa Lisa!
Lisa Lisa!
Post by YotaruVegeta (639 posts) See mini bio Level 12

My favorite moment from JoJo #2

Post by Kino88 (272 posts) See mini bio Level 7
Lol, I don't know enough about music history to catch those references. All in all I think it's great that this show can make even it's Training episodes as fun and suspenseful as any toe to toe Confrontation. we even get a count down for how much longer Jo Jo has to live. so throwing in that twist with the poison rings Was a text book example of how to keep the tension high, even While The hero is forced to contend with an already gruling Life or death Climbing exercise. Genius!.
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I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I felt like a foreigner in Tom's reviews.

Post by ElHa (64 posts) See mini bio Level 9

The only rock-reference I've got was AC/DC ;)

I liked this show but I think it would have been cooler if we saw more of Lisa Lisa's fighting.

Post by zaldar (1,338 posts) See mini bio Level 15

Man I can't wait to see what you say about the next batch of episodes! Even the death flags in JOJO are super sized!

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