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JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #10 + 11 -- Double Review!

This one will make you cry the manliest tears!

Since this is a two-parter, it made sense to cover both episodes. And what an emotional one-two punch, huh? Alas, poor Avdol -- we hardly knew thee!

If nothing else, Araki’s truly demonstrates himself to be a storyteller never content with limiting action to a simple exchange of punches and kicks. The sense of awkwardness -- with Polnareff and Kakyoin racing to flee any reflective surfaces -- adds such a greater sense of urgency. Our heroes are forced to do battle in a fashion so unconventional, they barely even understand it. Seriously, where else are you going to see battle tactics that actually require the good guys to kick sand in innocent bystanders’ eyes? It’s as laugh-inducing as it is pulse-raising.

That said, the real reason the show works is that Araki never forgets to underlie all this insanity with real emotions -- even if they do get hysterically overwrought. Yes, I’ll fess up to it. Even despite all the other ridiculousness, I was moved by Avdol’s murder, and Polnareff’s tragic regrets regarding the deaths of his friend and sister. That’s what separates this from just being a creative exercise like KILL LA KILL. No matter how outlandish the predicaments gets, Araki always keeps the characters grounded with at least some emotional honesty.

Anyway, I bring this up every time, but the gimmick of naming all these unspeakable evil villains after pop rock acts from 70’s and 80’s never ceases to delight me in the most morbid way. In this case, it’s our villain being alternately called J. Geils or ‘Centerfold’ (in another legally-anxious discrepancy between the spoken dialog and the subtitles). Presuming that none of you get the reference, Araki named this diabolical Hanged Man in direct reference to this…

Do you see why it’s so funny, now? Imagine that guy as a murderous super-villain.

Watch "the Emperor and the Hanged Man, Part 1" and "the Emperor and the Hanged Man, Part 2" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

takashichea moderator is online on July 10, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

Was watching the music video by J. Geil. Haven't seen anime series that touch upon the 70's and 80's especially music. 90's fashion look like the 80's.

For Jojo, I forgot that they killed off characters. I do agree that Kill la Kill was too looney and character deaths wasn't taken so seriously. They didn't repeat the Zeppeli family sacrifice theme. I remember in the Kill la Kill reviews someone told me that character deaths don't make a show great. I wasn't saying that. I was talking if you're going use character deaths, the execution has to be good to make the audience feel sad or emotional. That's why I like Gurren Lagann better than Kill la Kill because the raw emotions separated from its counterpart.

Destinyheroknighton July 10, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.

Hmm, I like these episodes. But, it didn't effort me emotionally. I guess believe I hardy knew Avdol (and another thing, I don't want to get into)

Here to Avdol, we'll miss you

zaldaron July 11, 2014 at 8:27 a.m.

Sigh not going to comment on the hatred to kill la kill - except to say I disagree...again... I will say though surprised the India bashing didn't get a mention. I mean I know several people who would have considered that part of the episode racist. (I found it quite funny but I have no idea how accurate it is). Yes the emotions were certainly overwrought and the uncomfortableness of having to fight with the person who got your other friend killed before you really have made up with him yet was good (though I really think they made up to easily).

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