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.
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?