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JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE #3 -- Watch & Learn

And, now... VAMPIRES!

Comparing any anime to a Tarantino flick always feels like reaching for low-hanging fruit (dude featured a whole anime chapter in one of his movies, lest we forget). However, there’s really no denying the comparison when you’ve got a show that’s as exuberantly retro as this one.

THE WOMAN CALLED FUJIKO MINE might’ve also blended the past with the present, and hewn closer to the spirit of older manga, but it still wasn’t nearly as… baroque as this has been. The show’s got the earnest hot-blooded of the most memorable anime of the 70’s and 80’s - - SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA, SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, et al - - and that shouldn’t be shocking, since it seems to be based on the original comic from that era.

The backgrounds constantly shifting through neon colors, the sound effects being actual physical props and the sort-of cameo device revealing Dio’s true, inner thoughts, though…?

JOJO isn’t just bold enough to use stylistic storytelling flourishes that have fallen out of vogue for being too over-the-top, it’s using them all at once. When you’re used to most modern anime playing things a certain way, getting such a lush antidote is just… exuberant, like I said.

There were thousands of ways to play out this scene of Dio’s betrayal of the Joestars finally coming to surface. At every step, the show cranks to the dials to 11, and my head’s still spinning after trying to keep up with each outrageous twist. Put it this way - - a major character being named after R.E.O. Speedwagon is unquestionably the least ridiculous part of this episode.

So… wow. Just, wow. I don’t know what the hell’s coming next, because I’m still not sure how the hell we even got here.

Watch "Youth with Dio" and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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rubberluffyon April 11, 2014 at 4:20 p.m.

For all you can say about the lack of a budget David Productions got for this season, I really think the crew behind the show did a fantastic job of delivering the pitch-perfect tone and creative flourishes JoJo needs. It's really obvious that the director and rest of the crew are big fans, or at least are really respectful of the original manga.

And I love that this episode could almost be a fricking season finale or something, but it's only the 1/3rd waypoint of this arc. And I love how they tease it like "maybe Dio's not so bad, he just had a terrible upbringing" and Speedwagon is like "Hell no that dude is just straight evil".

zaldaron April 11, 2014 at 7:16 p.m.

Damn....this or psycho pass....first can't decide....

Kuma_From_Argentinaon April 13, 2014 at 4:52 a.m.

In the second season, being released thi season, the amped up the animation, and is glorious.

Dio is one of my favorite villain in Anime.

takashichea moderator on April 15, 2014 at 12:58 a.m.

The fight is pretty intense. It's weird that all this action came in the 3rd episode like Kill la Kill. Makes me wonder if the show can top episode 3's fight.

zaldaron April 19, 2014 at 12:12 a.m.

I don't even....no words..none...is the end song a speed wagon song? Because I think it is...and that would be just perfect...seriously this is soooo far from what I usually watch but damn if I am not enjoying every fucking second...

I will go on this magical mystery tour any and all times....

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