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I've Figured Out the Secret of JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE!

Episode #11 -- Watch & Learn. It's actually very meta.

I’m still trying to figure out which band or singer this “Pillar Man” is supposed to be referencing, but I’m drawing a blank. I suspect that the nefarious ‘Rudol von Stroheim’ is actually named for Erich von Stroheim - - breaking entirely from the whole rock tribute conceit.

See, von Stroheim was one of the most famous multi-hyphenates of the silent film era. Nicknamed ‘The Man You Love to Hate,’ he played a lot of heels, obviously. I remember him more for directing this epic melodrama, GREED, because I had to watch all 140 minutes of that interminable, silent mess in film school...

And this connection would confirm my suspicion that Araki must’ve been drawing inspiration from turn-of-the-century morality plays by the likes of Dickens and Upton Sinclair, et al. As I said previously, the first few episodes of this show very much felt like Araki got anxious reading heavy-handed tomes like OIL!, or watching heavy-handed motion films like FOOLISH WIVES, and figured they’d benefit tremendously from an injection of shonen kickass.

It doesn’t play as stupidly as any of those books that put monsters into Jane Austen novels because Araki isn’t reaching for the lowest hanging fruit. And he obviously drew in many other inspirations, and put the whole potpourri through several imaginative turns, as well. The conceit is kind of basically the same, though. Especially the way that JoJo#2 keeps losing his cool and disrupting the proper order of the plot. It's like he keeps pointing out the literary devices and tropes which surround him - - and then attacking them!

The show might not explicitly presenting itself as “What if a hot-blooded Shonen hero wandered into a Victorian melodrama?” but, ipso facto, that’s really what it boils down to. It’s basically a parody and, once again, you’re seeing a parody shonen playing as a better pulp adventure than a serious shonen.

And I harp on this because it proves a point that the most enduring series are the ones by creators who aren’t just taking inspiration from what’s immediately in front of their faces. This isn’t Stereotypical Anime. Oh, no. Not by a long shot.

Watch "The Game Master" and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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rubberluffyon May 9, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.

Santviento is actually a change only in CR's subs. His name is actually Santana, as in Carlos Santana.

Lurkeroon May 9, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.

For whatever reason the subtitles are opting not to have the original names. I don't know why copyright would be an issue, but they are clearly avoiding it with some of the names.

I love the idea of putting a hot blooded shonen in different settings. It's almost as if Jojo 2 (Joseph) is a parody of his grandfather Jonathan. As in, "What if Jonathan Joestar realized how silly this stuff is?" My favorite live-action TV shows are police dramas. Perhaps I missed a few shows, but I would love to see a series with a Joseph Joestar character as a cop or lawyer.

SamJaz is online on May 9, 2014 at 12:35 p.m.

@Lurkero: It wasn't a choice. Carlos refused to allow his likeness to be used in the show. Some artists were okay with it, other's weren't, and some slipped under the radar.

As for the cop shows, mentalist is a subdued joseph with a focus on reading. He also likes pointing out the silly stuff that goes on around them a lot.

Kino88on May 9, 2014 at 2 p.m.
This show is just amazing!, I'm loving how much it differs From Most standard anime today, no "Ordinary Highschool Student" as our protagonist this time, and more importantly No FILLER!!, Jo Jo rocks!, unlike some shonen, that move at The pace of a day time soap opera, hey Togashi, come over Here for sec, SLAP!, now sit in the corner and think about what You've done,
takashichea moderator is online on May 10, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.

This is one the best moments of Jojo's character. It was an entertaining watch. When he told them to run or he will French Kiss them, I was laughing hard. The grenade attack Jojo did was insane.

rubberluffyon May 11, 2014 at 5:40 p.m.

Also it should be noted that Araki is embarrassed by Part 1, and Part 2 feels much more in line with what the series is and will become.

Also, not a parody. JJBA is always completely serious about its bizarreness.

Destinyheroknighton June 3, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.

@Kino88:

Jojo don't need any filler, it have tons of source to go through. It longer then One Piece, it pretty much the same age as me. It will take a long time for the Anime to need filler

Also, don't slap Togashi. He might go on hiatus again :(

The pace of a day time soap opera

Well, that pretty much what Shonen and Wrestling is LOL! But I still enjoy them

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