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Look at that! Anne’s back. And it looks like my hunch about her getting set up to be Jojo #3’s eventual love interest is actually panning out. Though, there’s really no points in guessing on that. Nearly every woman who gets introduced in this show winds up being a Joestar’s girlfriend.

(Although, the face that they stress how Anne is still too young for Jojo #3 makes that one scene on the freighter a lot… trickier. Eeesh. I suspect that’s going to be changed in the dub).

Since we’ve been shotcalling all the horror flicks Araki has likely been paying homage to throughout this arc, I’ll take another wild guess and propose that he must’ve watched CHRISTINE just prior to plotting this. Though, the tension and thrills are actually a lot scarier in this case than the “Honk-honk! The car honked its own horn!” freak-outs from that book. Actually, it pleasantly reminded me of Spielberg’s DUEL at points, really drawing a ton of personified terror out of vehicular combat. There was some genuine white-knuckle tension here.

Now that Enyaba’s finally coming along, and Dio probably isn’t that far behind, I ought to say that this has been, by far, the best villain-of-the-week stretch I’ve seen in any anime outside of the gauntlet of angels in EVANGELION. That’s actually one of the harder balancing in serials, as far as I reckon. There are a lot of long-form sagas that could’ve honestly used a self-contained episode or two to give some variety. And on the other end, a lot of classic shows like FIST OF THE NORTH STAR and GALAXY EXPRESS 999 get a little old, really fast, when you see the same cool set-up get played out every week. I guess the key to both ends of that is variety, and JOJO’s has done an awesome job of making the fights with of these Stands feel drastically different from each other.

This episode, the good guys fight an evil car. Last episode, they fought an evil wart. You can’t get a further spread than that...

Watch "Wheel of Fortune" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

Marshal Victoryon July 21, 2014 at 10:04 a.m.

Marthoned season one an caught up on season 2 . Season 1 was a classic mix of B movie ham & shonen cheese. Season 2 has less of both sadly. But more horror movie and Twilight Zone easter eggs. Still some rock n roll names scattered here an there.

This one had not just https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_(1983_film) but https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Car . ZZ was bit to easy to catch the easter egg but the car might not have been for some.....

Thats owned by https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_F._Gibbons of ZZ Top.

takashichea moderator on July 21, 2014 at 2:49 p.m.

Hey Tom, can you remove the first comment from the spam bot? I can't delete comments from front page articles if they are not attached to forum threads.

I couldn't believe Anne was in love with dear Jotaro. Why would she fall in love with a punk who can't even treat his mother right? That came out of left field for me. The only movie reference I picked up was Hell on Wheels about a rapist driving a car and killing people with his car.

zaldaron July 23, 2014 at 1:41 a.m.

Season 1 was charles dickens and classic morality fiction and had zero cheese. Second season had the cheese, and was good for it. Still say hamon is better but yeah this episode was classic. And yes Anne being the love interest is tricky though they put her on a plane back eventually so she may not actually end up being the love interest not having read Christine I didn't pick up on that one. (A book that has curse words in it was never my style....more of a classic literature kind of guy), duel though yup did pick up on that and it channeled that well. If you are going to rip people off rip off the best I guess?

Yup I prefer a long form story over monster of the week as long as the long form story is done well (X-files unfortunately was not) but for a monster of the week this has been good. Watching Fist of the North Star right now and yeah does get boring can only watch an episode a week or so before want to do something else. Yup warts, tanker ships (run by pedo apes) warts....and wait until you see the next two episodes. I give him incredibly high marks for creativity on the monsters that is for sure...

Marshal Victoryon July 23, 2014 at 10:39 a.m.

@zaldar: Speedwagon is a good example of the shonen cheese in the 1st season. All the cuts to him for the over the top drama explanations. How the fight is going wrong for the main character an were all doomed! Where as in the second season grandpa Jojo's " Oh No!" catch phrase is just regular cheese.

Or to put it in a better way 1st season was more cheese like in shonen manga / anime. Where as the second season has more https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_of_Darkness like cheese. Cheese does come in different flavors after all.

Reason I refer to it as shonen cheese is because its the kind you find in shonen manga an anime. Which is ironic as the anime is based off a manga series in Shonen Jump! It can be done live action like this http://www.amazon.com/Tadanos-Secret-Mission-Katsunori-Takahashi/dp/B00B1VM104/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406136116&sr=8-1&keywords=Mr.+Tadano%27s+Secret+Mission%3A Which is based off a tv series.. thats based on a manga. Warning tho if ya watch the movie. It does have bad words an some uncovered boobs!

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