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STARDUST CRUSADERS #7 -- Watch & Learn. Evil orangutans!

High praise to the depth of Araki’s imagination, everybody…

This episode was so out there, it felt like some outside iconoclast was brought in to shake up a long-running serial. Specifically, it made me think of when Grant Morrison took over this DC Comic, DOOM PATROL, and pitted the superheroes against sentient city streets and a painting that ate Paris. The pointed difference, of course, is that Morrison took that book over after it’d been around for 20 years, while Araki always been the one calling the shots here.

Really, the notion of the Stardust Crusaders running into an intelligent, malevolent orangutan is already strange, in of itself. Throw on the twist of that orangutan’s Stand being an actual cargo freighter, and the legitimately creepy atmosphere hanging over this ghost story, and now the episode’s going several degrees further ‘out there.’ It feels like Araki is almost projecting a separate consciousness that’s reinterpreting his own work from an outside perspective.

If that sounds like a convoluted description of the creative process here, then you should how understand how thoroughly JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE lives up to its title. The show outdoes its own creativity so consistently, that's getting beside the point to even comment upon.

On a note that’s… ahem… closer to Earth, I suppose this episode confirms my suspicion that Anne’s being set up as Jojo #3’s love interest. I just hope she’s more… mature than she appears, because that’d make the ‘fan service’ scenes here a little less uncomfortable.

And now, I can’t wait until next episode, because the guys have finally reached my old home town. The quick run-through on Singapore’s history is largely on point. However, I have to say that - - outside of that one shot of the Merlion - - the cityscape shots look rather general. I’m very curious to see if they’ll get more specific with their locales next time...

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

zaldaron June 25, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.

Ah yes pedobear wasn't odd enough so now we have pedo ape!

rubberluffyon June 25, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

Forever (named in a later artbook long after Part 3 was over, named after the Wu-Tang album) is such a weird fucking villain. Like, was he smart before gaining a Stand or was that a side-effect? Did he willingly work for DIO? Was he paid in porn and tobacco? All questions I don't even care about the answer to because in this episode an evil ape got beat up by a punch ghost.

YotaruVegetaon June 25, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

Whatever age she is, she's not old enough to get an extended look at her! I mean, that moment is still the most unsettling in JoJos- as far as sexual content goes.

takashichea moderator is online on June 25, 2014 at 1:48 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta said:

Whatever age she is, she's not old enough to get an extended look at her! I mean, that moment is still the most unsettling in JoJos- as far as sexual content goes.

I agree. I don't see them hooking up, Tom. The age gap is too big. She is a small girl, and Jotaro is a high schooler.

zaldaron June 25, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.

@rubberluffy: Yeah...I stand by my liking of the earlier episodes more but crap man was that wild. The refrigerator logic just doesn't matter. I especially love seeing everything that is going on from the girls perspective and how she doesn't see the stands and has to be going WTF did I just get into.....

rubberluffyon June 25, 2014 at 6:50 p.m.

Also, if you're interested in what kind of person Araki is and what his thought processes are like, you can read some of the translated author notes from the manga volumes. Might have some spoilers? Not sure, so be wary.

zaldaron June 25, 2014 at 11:02 p.m.

Ok....wow....so I have to admit the stands are growing on me. After this episode and the one after. Mostly all set pieces now and not character but the set pieces are pretty damn awesome.

Lurkeroon June 26, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

C'mon, Tom. This is shonen. You should have expected that the ridiculousness would only increase.

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