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Catching Up: JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE #17-19

Does this show... actually make you think?

Speaking of tropes…

Considering how often we see shonen heroes inevitably run through various martial arts mentors, it’s a nice novelty to see Jojo have some romantic tension with Lisa Lisa. Or, is it more accurately a love triangle - - or love quadrangle? - - with Caesar and Suzy Q involved? The more complication, the better, in this case. When you watch however many shows run through their heroes through the requisite paces of anti-bad-guy-training, you start to appreciate the slightest amount of added intrigue. Again, even if you took away all the outrageous and parodic elements, JOJO’s would still be a deftly woven pulp adventure.

As the show establishes its lore further, I find it interesting that Araki has designed Hamon to be so comprehensively associated with every positive option in life. Jojo and Caesar’s powers come from sunlight, and breathing, and blood flow, and even flowing water (as opposed to frozen ice). Then you have the Pillar Men, and all their minions, who take their power from every negative inverse. From darkness, death and, of course, stagnate water.

That’s the most basic cliché in superheroic fiction - - pitting darkness against light - - but again, I admire this show for taking that concept to heart instead of relying on the surface details. There always seem to be some inherent contradiction in the concept of pacifistic warrior monks preaching peace, even while as they identify with the violent arts they study, day in, and day out. This show finds a more reasonable explanation for that, identifying chi/hammon/breathing as a positive force that is admittedly destructive - - but one that only destroys negative threats.

Well, this is an awful lot of thematic subtext for a show that seems to be a total goof fest at first appearance, isn’t it?

Watch "A Race Towards the Brink" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episodes.

Lurkeroon June 2, 2014 at 12:58 p.m.

Jojo engages with plot, world design, and action. Can't ask for a lot more than that. When it seems like a story knows that it is ridiculous upfront it becomes a lot easier to digest.

zaldaron June 2, 2014 at 2:09 p.m.

"Romantic tension with Lisa Lisa" HAHAHAH oh I can't wait until you get the end of this section....

and yes it is ridiculous but scratch the surface and there is stuff there. Why I like it so much entertaining AND enlightening - and utterly Bizarre...

Kino88on June 2, 2014 at 2:51 p.m.
Oh just wait Tom, the powers used by the bad guys here gets CRAZY!!!, And I found the ending to this arc to be so utterly outrageous it actually makes the Climax of Phantom Blood look subtle in comparison, This show may very well be the best fusion of action comedy And camp I have ever witnessed, I never know what's coming next, I can see now, how this show became so legendary,
rubberluffyon June 2, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.

There's also the interesting stuff regarding Stroheim's character. He's a Nazi, introduced as an asshole, but ends up helping the heroes out because as bad as he/Nazis are, the Pillar Men are a bigger threat. Which is his fault too, since he woke Santana up and the Nazis woke the other 3. He is kind of the cause and solution to a number of problems.

Plus he blows up and comes back as a cyborg, with a machine gun instead of a stomach. And with EXTREME KUNG FU GRIP.

zaldaron June 2, 2014 at 4:29 p.m.

@Kino88: You forgot drama there is some real heart rendering drama in this, beyond all the crazy....I forget has tom gotten to the gladiator chariot match yet?

YotaruVegetaon June 2, 2014 at 7:53 p.m.

"it’s a nice novelty to see Jojo have some romantic tension with Lisa Lisa."

MUAHAHAHA!

takashichea moderator on June 2, 2014 at 8:21 p.m.

Collusion and betrayal!! How will Bellamy get out of this one?!

That's headliner is for One Piece, Tom.

This is not Nagi no Asukara. Love Squares don't exist! The romance is pretty straight in this show.

@zaldar:

The gladiator fight is in episode 22 and 23.

Destinyheroknighton June 2, 2014 at 9:33 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta said:

"it’s a nice novelty to see Jojo have some romantic tension with Lisa Lisa."

MUAHAHAHA!

LOL!

zaldaron June 3, 2014 at 12:07 a.m.

@YotaruVegeta: yeah....my response but really we are going to give this away but oh well...

@takashichea: Ah ok can't wait till he sees that heh.

Kuma_From_Argentinaon June 3, 2014 at 5:40 a.m.

@YotaruVegeta said:

"it’s a nice novelty to see Jojo have some romantic tension with Lisa Lisa."

MUAHAHAHA!

I also laughed my ass off with that line

takashichea moderator on June 3, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.

Don't spoil Tom guys. Just not yet.

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