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JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE #8 Shows Where 20 Years Worth of Video Games Got Their Ideas

#8 -- Watch & Learn. STREET FIGHTER? CASTLEVANIA?

Araki named a lumbering, undead juggernaut with a ‘snakes face’ after the Doobie Brothers? At this point, I suppose it’s only a matter of time before Jojo runs into some giant, cybernetic bear named ‘E. Manilow’ or something.

The CASTLEVANIA’s parallels are even harder to miss in this one. As exhilarating as it was to see Jojo throw fiery vengeance down upon Dio (and for the show to play out what felt like a second finale episode in only eight installments), I’m sure we’ll see him or one of his descendants crawl around to bedevil the Joestar clan once again. Konami definitely borrowed a lot from VAMPIRE HUNTER D for that particular franchise, but this unmistakably smells like the Belmont/Dracula dynastic feud. The funny part is…

(Well… wait. This show’s almost entirely composed of funny parts).

Something that’s amusing about the show, at this point, is that it really doesn’t feel like a vampire story. I read a lot of essays in film school about all the potential metaphoric undertones which vampires can have in fiction. You know, like how they can represent everything from forbidden sexuality, to xenophobia, to class warfare, to death in itself. I really ruined the whole genre for myself, doing that, because seeing 'vampires' in the logline for any show really makes me lose interest right away.

Well, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen vampirism treated as some forbidden martial art, as it is here. Sure, the fangy-ness still embodies Dio’s quest for power and glory and all that, but it might as well be the Fist of the South Star in this universe. It’s the inversion of basically everything good about the Ripple. I don’t know if there’s anything significant about that, but it does make me wonder if this is where Capcom got the idea for that Satsui no hadou stuff in STREET FIGHTER. Both Akuma and ‘Evil Ryu’ look quite vampiric.

I feel like I’m finally reading the field guide which 20 years of Japanese comics, cartoons and video games took their plays from.

Watch "Bloody Battle Jojo Dio" and decide for yourself, then read my comments about the previous episode.

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rubberluffyon April 29, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

You missed another reference, because CR's subs altered it slightly to avoid some trouble, but the 4 zombies that Straizo (aka Straights...Dire Straights, get it?) kills are named Bonham, Jones, Plant and Page originally (listen, you can hear the heavily accented way they say them), and CR just kinda alters those a bit in the subs.

So yeah, the members of Led Zeppelin became zombies like 80 years before the band existed, and then were killed.

No_name_here staff on April 29, 2014 at 10:41 a.m.

@rubberluffy said:

You missed another reference, because CR's subs altered it slightly to avoid some trouble, but the 4 zombies that Straizo (aka Straights...Dire Straights, get it?) kills are named Bonham, Jones, Plant and Page originally (listen, you can hear the heavily accented way they say them), and CR just kinda alters those a bit in the subs.

So yeah, the members of Led Zeppelin became zombies like 80 years before the band existed, and then were killed.

It was all hiding, in plain sight, right before my eyes!

Lurkeroon April 29, 2014 at 3:02 p.m.

I'm not sure Jojo would be entertaining if Dio wasn't diametrically opposed to the Jojo in every way possible. I don't even understand why he is mad anymore, but its still fun seeing them go at it. Dio could easily live a peaceful life without trying to kill people, but he just has to kill the Jojo.

takashichea moderator on May 1, 2014 at 5:15 p.m.

Didn't catch the references, but it was a good final fight. The heroes should have learn their lesson and check if the guy is dead. Didn't expect one character to die off so quickly. The eye beam was so random to me. Then again, the series is pretty crazy.

zaldaron May 4, 2014 at 8:21 p.m.

AH! You went to film school that is why you are so good and finding cool references in this stuff ok then. So where are vampires used for class warfare? The forbidden sexuality, and death I see....but class warfare...I mean the upper classes sucking the blood of the proletariat I suppose...but that really seems reaching and putting something in the genre that isn't there on its own to me... (which these Marxist interpretations really do love to do at least the few I have read...the Marxist interpretations of little Red Riding Hood...would be laughably hilarious if so many people didn't take them deadly seriously...no wait check that they still are laughingly hilarious...)

wow so Dire Straights kills Led Zepplin - that is almost like musical criticism...man....was the writer of this really into western music I mean could we interpret this as him trying to say something here or would that be a crazy crazy reach?

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