I suppose it was only inevitable. Between Kakyoin’s cherry “luh-luh-luh-luh-luh” tick and Polnareff’s peak-a-boo with the piggy, we were going to see Araki’s odd… interests colliding sooner or later in this arc.
Speaking from experience, I can tell you that the squatters you run into throughout Asia really are that nasty to deal with. The show doesn’t go into great detail about how they work (thankfully), but when you’re at one of these things, you literally have to squat over the bowel and keep your balance as you take care of business (and hopefully avoid falling over, or getting any mess on yourself). Reaching for toilet paper is more difficult, of course. It’s usually out of reach, if it’s there at all. Actually, as I recall, you’re sometimes expected to use the squatter like a bidet, too, and wipe yourself with the toilet water.
So, needless to say, I have some very vivid memories of seeing some absolutely filthy squatters. And when Enyaba forces Polnareff to lick one clean, it’s an especially pointed piece of horror for me.
Anyway, it’s interesting that Jojo #3 is the one to save the day this time (and not just because Star Platinum inhalation of Justice is a rather inspired solution). When you step back from it, he hasn’t really been the focus of this arc. The first and second arcsshined almost entirely on Jojo #1 and #2. Adding these other Stardust Crusaders, and giving them commiserate screen time, has really made this more of a team book than what the title would suggest. Indeed, Jojo #3 has mostly been downplayed.
Part of that has to do with the character, I guess. Jojo #2 had a tendency to talk too much, while Jojo #3 is so anti-social that he doesn’t even seem to especially like talking. Hell, most of the time, it’s like he’s hanging back and letting the other Stardust Crusaders lead the way, and he’ll only intervene to fish them out of trouble.
Of course, given the fate Polnareff suffers here, that might actually be the shrewder strategy…