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Marathoning JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE #13-16

Watch & Learn. Wait... so how is this like Mad Max?

I’m too anxious to catch up to “Stardust Crusaders.” I can’t stay patient with this pace. Also, it was getting a little redundant to find different ways to re-phrase how ridiculous, good and, at many times, ridiculously good this show is. So, I’ll chew through the rest of this season in chunks. It feels just that much more frenetic that way.

Anyway, as we continue to figure out where this show fits in genre fiction’s whole train of influence, it’s worth noting that this batch of episodes really made me think of the ROAD WARRIOR. Obviously, that one flick had tremendous influence on pop culture, inspiring everything from WATERWORLD to JOJO’s contemporary, FIST OF THE NORTH STAR, to… well… a good 50% of wrestling gimmicks in the 80’s. On surface level, you might liken the… threatening sexuality of Wez to that of the Pillar Men, but I think the more profound connection is also more subtle.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT: George Miller, the director of MAD MAX, started his filmmaking career with a flick called VIOLENCE IN CINEMA that actually spoofed the kind of gory movies he’d later be known for. And I think the reason ROAD WARRIOR made such an impression was because Miller had picked apart action cinema so thoroughly that he understood exactly what to with every competent when he made a serious actioner. Having a healthy sense of humor about all the derring-do - - as opposed to being overly dour about it - - probably helped, too.

I feel like Araki’s done the same thing here. The most striking part about this story is that - - if you take away all the comedy bumps - - it’s still a tightly plotted pulp adventure. The threats are constantly escalating. The reversals are surprising. Tension is infused into even the most seemingly mundane exercise. It just also happens to be funny. I previously called it the shonen antitode, but now it really looks more like an antidote to overly self-service thrillers like GHOST IN THE SHELL, TEXHNOLYZE and GUNSLINGER GIRL are. It’s giving you your cake, and letting eat it, too.

Last point, while we’re keeping tally on all the references - - is one of the Pillar Men really named for Wham? The references to AC/DC, Lisa Lisa and the Cars were easy enough to pick up on, but that one wasn’t so obvious. Tell me, lunatics - - did I guess correctly?

Watch "JoJo vs. the Ultimate Lifeform" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

MasterAsiaon May 22, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.

Yes you guessed correctly Tom about Wham.Looks like you'll be caught up on Jojo in no time.

takashichea moderator on May 22, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.

I was watching the episodes along side the W & L articles, but I couldn't resist the addiction. I ended up watching the entire series before Tom did. I can't remember what was going on in those episodes. I'm on Stardust Crusaders right now.

Weirdest but Funny Moment
Weirdest but Funny Moment
Lisa Lisa!
Lisa Lisa!
YotaruVegetaon May 23, 2014 at 2:40 a.m.

My favorite moment from JoJo #2

Kino88on May 23, 2014 at 4:04 p.m.
Lol, I don't know enough about music history to catch those references. All in all I think it's great that this show can make even it's Training episodes as fun and suspenseful as any toe to toe Confrontation. we even get a count down for how much longer Jo Jo has to live. so throwing in that twist with the poison rings Was a text book example of how to keep the tension high, even While The hero is forced to contend with an already gruling Life or death Climbing exercise. Genius!.
takashichea moderator on May 23, 2014 at 6:06 p.m.

@Kino88:

I'm glad I wasn't the only one. I felt like a foreigner in Tom's reviews.

ElHaon May 24, 2014 at 9:43 a.m.

The only rock-reference I've got was AC/DC ;)

I liked this show but I think it would have been cooler if we saw more of Lisa Lisa's fighting.

zaldaron May 25, 2014 at 9:18 p.m.

Man I can't wait to see what you say about the next batch of episodes! Even the death flags in JOJO are super sized!

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