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JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE #6 -- Watch & Learn

Unblinking evil that you can never turn away from!

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?

Watch "Tomorrow’s Courage" and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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Lurkeroon April 22, 2014 at 2:52 p.m.

I think Jojo's Adventure is supposed to be something similar to Castlevania. The battle is (almost) always between the Belmont family and Dracula. It's a personal battle even if the stakes occasionally involve other people.

takashichea moderator is online on April 22, 2014 at 3 p.m.

I feel like Castiel in Supernatural, a foreigner. You can enjoy these references if you don't know them. That's my thing. I guess I haven't been reading or watching enough books and films. It was a great episode with a great fight and flashbacks of Zepelli and the young lad.

Most shows take a long time to fight the main villain with a villain per arc like a video game. For this show, it's pretty unusual.

rubberluffyon April 23, 2014 at 12:48 p.m.

Dammit Tom you gotta get to episode 9 before the weekend! Get to it!

zaldaron April 30, 2014 at 4:08 p.m.

It definitely does have a 90's rpg feel to it. Should have seen that last episode when "final" boss shows up says - you are beneath me underlings kill them HOW many 80's and 90's RPG's had battles like that? Answer: all of them...and it looks like the trainer is about to die - and give his last power to JOJO and give JOJO even more reason and strength to fight. AKA again like nearly every 80's to 90's RPG...

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