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Why Does JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Need Kakyoin?

STARDUST CRUSADERS #19. W&L. He's scarily bland!

I hate to say it, but Kakyoin’s really proven to be the weakest link. None of these Stardust Crusaders need a scene where they’re opening up about their feelings at the dinner table, but at least Polnareff has (or had? Is it totally resolved, now?) that score he needed to settle. After that, he doesn’t have to go on some breathless monologue for there to be an added level of empathy when he’s squaring off with a villain. We know the memory of his dead sister is motivating him.

Kakyoin, though? He was only evil for an episode. There isn’t much of a redemption arc there. You might say the he’s trying to get revenge on Dio for manipulating him, but that still doesn’t put much of his skin in the game. Even if you removed the ticking clock hanging over Jotaro’s mom’s head, the Joestars still have a bitter bloodfeud with Dio. Kakyoin’s got nothing and, honestly, at this point, he’d add more value to the story if he were killed off (if only to reassert the danger Dio’s minions pose).

Anyway, if the last couple episodes were paying homage to ‘Video Nasties,’ then the references were too obtuse for me to pick up on. This 'Baby Reaper,' however, isn’t a direct tribute to Freddy Krueger, but I’d be shocked if Araki didn’t get the idea for this episode after watching one of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. flicks (let's hope it was DREAM WARRIORS).

Of course, that said, I have no idea what musical act ‘Mannish Boy’ is a reference to (taken literally, it obviously means that the baby possesses a preternatural, malevolent intelligence?). The gimmick of the ‘waking dream’ might not be as fresh, but the notion of these big, burly men fighting against an evil toddler is both hilarious and scary.

Watch "Death 13, Part 1" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

zeemod155on Aug. 14, 2014 at 10:11 a.m.

I quite liked the maniacal creepy nature the villain and his power this episode. Also, Mannish Boy is a song by Muddy Waters www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5IOou6qN1o

rubberluffy is online on Aug. 14, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.

Mannish Boy is a Muddy Waters song. And Kakyoin is great because he's pretty cool headed and knowledgeable, and he goes well with the rest of the cast. And we already know that Araki has no problems killing off characters, he just doesn't do it whenever or all the time.

Also Death 13 is cool as hell and Araki's vendetta against dogs is still ongoing.

takashichea moderator on Aug. 14, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.

I would say Noriaki serves as a pillar in their group. He's got those guys out of trouble with his thinking. Polnareff is not bright but he's lucky and relies on instinct.

Good point, Rubberluffy, I didn't pick that pattern of animal abuse from Jojo series. We had 3 dogs dead so far excluding the corpse dog that Enyaba used.

SpeedForceSpideron Aug. 14, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Well as Kakyoin being my all time favorite manga character, I am going to say yes he is needed.

YotaruVegetaon Aug. 14, 2014 at 7:06 p.m.

Even before getting into future events, Kakyoin is important. Why?

THAT IS WHY!

Marshal Victoryon Aug. 15, 2014 at 12:44 a.m.

The diaper changing scene was lol worthy for me at least.

EVA_01on Aug. 15, 2014 at 3:09 a.m.

He IS needed, just...not now.

phantomranton Aug. 15, 2014 at 12:38 p.m.

He's got a long-ranged Stand that can be decently versatile.

That's something the more power-based short range Stardust Crusaders need in their group.

Otherwise none of them would have even been able to left Japan in da first place....

SpectroRaphaelon Aug. 20, 2014 at 1:33 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta said:

Even before getting into future events, Kakyoin is important. Why?

THAT IS WHY!

+1

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