Zeppeli’s mentor’s name is Tonpetty? Oh, like Tom Petty? Some of these references are reaching. Then again, I suppose the cobbled Engrish names that get throw around in any American-produced ninja epic are just as eye-roll inducing to the other side of the Pacific. The notion of Tom Petty of the Heartbreakers being some Tibetan sage is just… patently ridiculous.
(Maybe not any more ridiculous than him being the leader of a post-Apocalyptic community in the POSTMAN, though...)
To continue my observation about the show’s ‘reverse-inspirational relationship’ with video games of the 80’s and early 90’s; the whole procession of events still feels exactly like something out of a Genesis title. Zeppeli making a giant hang-glider out of leaves, Jojo getting stuck in a neck chain death match, Poco having to sneak in through a vent to save him… it’s just pressing on a ton of sensory buttons for me. Maybe I played some bootleg of a JOJO on my GameBoy and didn’t realize it?
I’m curious how long this fracas with Dio is going to continue. The show’s different from a lot of contemporary anime for how it’s tightly focused on this one conflict between the good guy and the bad guy. Very personal stakes were established immediately and the tension’s been kept relentlessly highly-strung for all this tim. There have been no real breathers, nor jumping around to establish other B-plots or side-characters that aren’t directly involved in Jojo’s struggle with Dio.
It makes for an unusually strong thrill ride, now, to be sure... but I do wonder how long this focus can be sustained over a whole season?
About the Author
|Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk|