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Who is JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Afraid Of

Episode #12 -- Watch & Learn. Carlos Santana?

I can understand why the translators would’ve been anxious about a lawsuit from Santana’s people, but they were honestly concerned about Donovan making a stink…? Dude’s been more-or-less retired for thirty years!

It’s endlessly amusing - - listening closely to names in the Japanese dialog track, and then compaing them to similar-but-legally-distinct alternatives in the sub-titles. The thought of Carlos Santana being this evil, statuesque antichrist figure with bizarre shape-shifting and absorption powers is just gleefully absurd. And… that… goes for pretty much everything about this.

And the more you know about rock from the late 60’s through the mid 80’s, the more amusing it all gets. I can only imagine what sort of licensing deal Yes got when the American distribution was finally worked out for this show but - - having just seen those seasoned older gentlemen at a music festival last year - - I’m sure the guys must have felt pretty cool to be included in a hip new anime like this. The riff from “Owner of Lonely Heart” is the sound cue for a shonen supermove? Kick ass!

Once again, the show has little moments that I’ve never seen any other heroic serial do. Things like JoJo legitimately thinking his Bugs Bunny cross-dressing ruse would work - - and getting violently angry when it didn’t - - or von Stroheim cracking up over how stupid his own doomsday device is. The villain even seems to be break character in the best way with that latter gag. I’ve seen countless mad scientists unearth ancient evil gods. I haven’t seen one of them lose his shit over that god fumbling around like a newborn idiot.

While we’re on the subject, I’ll add another notch onto the tally card of “Video Games that Probably Ripped Off Jojo’s here” and speculate that Gill [final boss of STREET FIGHER III] probably took a lot of inspiration from Santanna here. Do you lunatics figure I’m right in suspecting that?

Watch "the Pillar Man" and decide for yourself, then ready my comments on the previous epiosode.

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MasterAsiaon May 13, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

I agree I thought as well that Gill was based on Santanna.Not the only Street Fighter character either von Stroheim inspiring Giles design and Rose being inspired by a character you will see relatively shortly.

rubberluffyon May 13, 2014 at 2:29 p.m.

Santana -> Gill is probably a good bet.

Joseph(ina)'s tequila trick totally should have worked. (S)he's a very pretty lady. Stupid Nazis.

There's a few background gags in this ep also, like when the nazis tell the women to lift their skirts, the old lady there looks pretty excited. Also Joseph undressed both the dudes he knocks out. Why? Dude is huge, I doubt either one of them had clothes that would fit him.

takashichea moderator on May 13, 2014 at 2:39 p.m.
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One day Tom Pinchuk's reviews will get me to listen some of the music that Jojo references to:

Yeah, it's my first time hearing of Carlos Santana.

rubberluffyon May 13, 2014 at 3:24 p.m.

@takashichea:

There's a character in Part 7 named after that song.

Also you've probably heard Smooth, I still think it gets regular airplay all over even 15 years later.

takashichea moderator on May 13, 2014 at 4:16 p.m.

@rubberluffy:

Oh yeah, I definitely heard that music. Thanks.

YotaruVegetaon May 13, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.

Gill seems like a JoJo's style villain, sure. Ditto for SF4's Seth.

Lurkeroon May 13, 2014 at 8:22 p.m.

As someone who has little knowledge of 70s-80s music I don't get most of the references (especially the audio ones), but I can definitely see Gil being inspired from Jojo villains.

SamJazon May 14, 2014 at 6:27 a.m.

Yes actually recorded the 1:30 second version of Roundabout specifically for Jojo to use, which is freaking awesome.

And can't remember, but did you catch Dire and Straits from part 1? That's another one that made me crack up.

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