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Does JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Need to be Explained?

STARDUST CRUSADERS #12 -- Watch & Learn. Evil warts!

Since this arc has wound up playing like Araki’s comprehensive homage to ‘video nasties,’ I have a strong suspicion that he must have watched at least one David Cronenberg flick before he dreamt up this evil, little wart. When people use the term ‘body horror’ these days, they’re pretty much referring to that guy’s oeuvre, or to other movies paying direct tribute to it. From titles like THE FLY to THE BROOD, Cronenberg demonstrated that monsters who seem to have grown off of you (more often, from your naughty parts) are far creepier than any gill-monster or werewolf.

(Special tidbit for J-horror fans: Cronenberg’s decades-ahead-of-the-curve movie VIDEODROME provided more than a little inspiration for the RING movies).

So, suffice it to say, Araki’s pool of inspiration spreads far wider than Japanese shonen and American pop music.

To hop off the praise train for a second, I guess I ought to rub my thumb over the double-edged sword of this show’s exposition. I’m really curious if the forthcoming dub will minimize or outright remove it. The thorny issue of all the copyright-violating names means the translation team will already have to be putting the material through more scrutiny than usual. And having characters say what they’re doing – instead of just showing it – is really one of your most basic red flags for storytelling. I wonder a lot of times if the show would be even better with another pass that trimmed the dialog.

However…

On the one hand, these breathless, hysterical monologues are part of the appeal, aren’t they? Much like how, say, the 60’s BATMAN show would lose some of the fun without all the tongue-in-cheek, on-the-nose asides. Plus, since Araki’s trying to one-up himself with the intricacy and creativity of the Stands, I don’t know if you’d even understand a lot of these fights if the characters didn’t explain their tactics later. I feel like the whole back-and-forth with the barrel of tar and the map Jojo #2 divines in the sand would be lost on the audience without those various explanations.

What say you?

Watch "the Empress" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episodes.

SamJaz is online on July 14, 2014 at 5:22 p.m.

Love the over-explaining personally. A lot of what's going on you wouldn't be able to follow 100% without it, certainly not to get the subtleties to answer your "Wait, that shouldn't work?" moments.

Destinyheroknighton July 14, 2014 at 8:56 p.m.

@zaldar said:

ahhh no comments on Anna falling in love with JoJo or talking about running away from home before she has to put on bras and paint her nails for the boys? Come on Tom I was waiting for you to pick on that aspect much like the "racism" to India in earlier ones....you are leaving out soooo many things that you might usually pick on! Don't loose your politically correct diatribes they are so much fun!

Hmm, I really don't want Tom to sound like Fluffy and Uranus from Duckman. That don't sound fun to me

I feel Nena is the better target, then the 10 year old kid. Since she pretty much throw her live away for Hol Horse and kill a young lady to wear her skin to look attracted to him. Also, don't forget about people with a disfigure all being evil villains and all the animal being abuse.

YotaruVegetaon July 15, 2014 at 6:47 a.m.

In the case of bragging about how you bested your enemy, I excuse the "show, don't tell" rule.

zaldaron July 15, 2014 at 8:16 p.m.

comment deleted in hopes that I didn't spoil stuff. If others that quoted me could do same be appreciated.

Edit:

General comments on this episode: I agree with Takashichea below his OH NO do crap me up and I enjoyed watching him trying to use Hammon even if it didn't work. Which Cronberg films did bad things with the naughty bits? The fly is the only one of his (which I think is the most famous) need to see videorome if it is like the Japanese version of the Ring - which is very superior to the western version.

takashichea moderator on July 15, 2014 at 8:19 p.m.

@zaldar:

I'll do the same thing.

Comments on this episode:

It was nice to see Joseph get some spotlight. His OH NO! or OH MY GOD cracks me up.

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