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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun Discussion

I really hope this adaptation does the manga justice. Seriously one of the funniest manga I've ever read, so I hope it can translate well to anime form. Every scene involving Seo is the goddamn best.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

@takashichea said:

I was surprised they killed Avdol. I forgot they do that every arc in Jojo. At least, they didn't have a Zeppeli character filling the heroic sacrifice role. They mix some things up with two new Stand users instead of the usual, one Stand episode. No horror movie reference here. Though, I think I remember in a TV, horror show where they use mirrors to kill people like Centerfold did. I can't remember the name of the show. I thought it was X-files, but I don't think so.

Stuff like Bloody Mary is probably what Araki was going for.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

@LHWKnight said:

@SpeedForceSpider: That part was just weird and the dude ate a big ass beetle to lmao. Okay I wish this had been a longer fight because it seems that lately each fight had been way too short.

Next week is the first two-parter episode. A lot of fights in SC are pretty short-ish.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

So if ep 7 was based on any of the "haunted boat" movies, and last week was Child's Play, this week is based on The Blob (confirmed in one of the JoJo art/infobooks). Araki playing around with some horror movie ideas.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

@ElHa said:

Last episode was nice. It was cool to see only Polnareff fighting.

Every part from 3 on is much better about letting the characters other than the JoJo shine. Sure, the main JoJo will probably get a majority of fights, but it won't ever be like Part 1/2 again where only Jonathan/Joseph actually did anything.

Also Polnareff is probably the best of the main crew in Stardust.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

@takashichea said:

@ElHa: @rubberluffy:

I finally watched the last week's episode. Didn't have much time. The Orangutan was too weird. I agree it didn't fit in this show. I didn't like this episode. It was pretty decent. The show is doing this Monster of the Week trope except with Stands. It's like Riddle Story of Devil's episode layout.

Oh, Forever fits just fine, I just think it's hilarious that this ape is such a dick he's working for an evil vampire. He's far from the weirdest Stand user, but he is one of the funnier ones, solely because of the Rubiks cube and the captain uniform. Stardust Crusaders, Diamond Is Unbreakable and Vento Aureo all follow this kind of "Stand of the Week" format, and Stone Ocean sort of does but is generally completely bonkers. Steel Ball Run and JoJolion are structured quite a bit differently because SBR switches to a monthly magazine, and JJL is still running in it.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

@ElHa said:

Thoughts about last episode:

*Well, having a hyper-intelligent Orang Utan is somehow creative, but would fit better in the world of One Piece.

*I didn't like the fact that the ship was a manifestation of a stand which can be seen, unlike other stands. It breaks the rules, although it might be convenient.

*So there's a ship which is a stand and there are sailors on it, but why and how did they get on there, if there's no captain?

"Rules" in JJBA are only rules unless they aren't. Don't think about it.

But I think Forever's Stand (that's the ape's name that I don't think the anime mentioned, wasn't named until years after in an artbook, named after the Wu-Tang album), creates a large boat out of a smaller one, so the large freighter isn't his Stand but it also is, I guess? I think Araki just wanted to have a smart ape for Jotaro to beat up.

I think the bigger question is why an orangutan decided to join DIO. We've seen people doing it for his charisma, from a flesh bud, or because he promised them something. Did DIO pay Forever with Playboy mags and cigs?

Also all the sailors were survivors from the original boat that Deep Blue Moon destroyed.

Also this encounter does serve the purpose of showing that it's not only humans that can have Stands, and also that Stands can really be and do anything.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

If anyone is curious what kind of person Araki is, here's a link to the translated volume notes that he wrote on each volume that got released (of course some are missing). He's a really interesting and weird dude.

Like, his favorite "scary" movie is Night Of The Living Dead and one of his favorite albums from the 70's is Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. Also he really doesn't want people to climb trees because it's dangerous.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

6 was great. DBM is kinda forgettable in the manga but the anime really brought out the good points of it. Jotaro is such a nerd, he's so bad at one-liners.

Next ep I think is gonna be the one to really get anybody who is wavering on this season on board. I can't wait for the reactions, it's gonna be a lot of fun.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Hunter X Hunter Discussion

Pouf is petty, cruel, and obsessed. He probably believes the other 2 guards are worthless and Meruem only needs him. Wanting to kill Komugi (as he has for a while now) is definitely betraying Meruem, only to Pouf it's "rescuing" the King from her clutches.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Hunter X Hunter Discussion

128 is great because I can't believe Madhouse went for the whole thing. It was weird as hell in the manga and MH just didn't hold back animating it. So good.

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JoJo's Bizarre adventures » why did Hirohiko Arami replace Hamon with Stands?

I've seen a lot of discussion on this, and some people agree that in the late 80's manga scene, psychic powers were pretty "cool". And Araki just kinda twisted them into ghostly beings tied to the user. A lot of the early Stands in Part 3 have basic psychic abilities, like Telekinesis (Jotaro), Pyrokinesis (Avdol), and Clairvoyance (Joseph), to name a few. Later Part 3 and onward they become really surreal and bizarre, in good ways and bad.

There's not a lot you can do with the Ripple without keeping Vampires and Pillar Men relevant. DIO is still a vampire, but a Ripple user without a Stand wouldn't stand a chance in Part 3 and beyond.

Storyline wise, I'll spoiler this as it relates to to stuff in and after Part 4 Diamond Is Unbreakable:

Araki adds the Stand Arrow, and ancient artifact that imbues people with a Stand if it pierces them and they survive. Someone gives it to DIO, who uses it on himself, triggering the Joestar bloodline's Stands as well.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

@ElHa said:

I also think that Phantom Blood was the best story arc until now. It had a certain kind of melodrama which I liked a lot. Still the story could have been developed more, especially with the relationship between Jojo, Erina and Dio. Does the Ripple still matter in Starship Crusaders? I sometimes have the feeling as if I'm watching a totally different series.

The Ripple doesn't matter anymore. There's no Pillar Men, no Stone Masks, and Joseph didn't bother to really keep his training up. Ripple still works on vampires, but if a vampire has a Stand, a Ripple user who didn't would die.

Stands are pretty much the face of the series and the main draw, and it's so weird to see so many people on different forums being like "What about the Ripple? Why Stands?" when most (but definitely not all) old school JoJo fans don't even care about the Ripple. I know I don't. Araki doesn't either, pretty sure there was a thing where he said he had done everything he could think of with it. Stands can pretty much be and do anything, they aren't tied to as many rules as the Ripple.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

I like to think of Jotaro as a guy who is trying really hard to be a total badass. I mean, he already is one because he's got Joestar blood, but there's enough evidence (like a lot of his terrible one liners which I know David Pro won't leave out) that he's just trying really hard to be this delinquent badass. Like, we already see he loves his mom, he's just too "cool" to show it, and she's the only one who knows that.

I know one of his early profiles from the manga mentions that he doesn't show his emotions because he thinks everyone can tell how he feel just by looking at him. Yeah, real cool, Jotaro. Only your mom can do it.

I think he's cool

And Stardust Crusaders really does start the better cast dynamic that stays with the rest of the series, where everyone is actually competent and doesn't need that Part's JoJo to step in to save them/finish the job. Baron Zeppeli, Lisa Lisa and Caesar all kinda suffered because of that.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

@takashichea:

It gets worse (...better?) later on. A lot of manga chapters are named after a character's special ability, so later on you'll see "Green Day" or "Metallica" 1, 2, 3 etc. It's why licensing the series can be a nightmare. All Star Battle on PS3 just came out in the states and I'd say more than half of the names in it got changed.

Araki is obsessed with western music and movies. I believe they said Roundabout was used as the ending for season one because it's a favorite of his and he was listening to a lot of Yes while writing parts 1 and 2.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

@takashichea said:

I finished the Battle Tendency arc last night. I like Joseph, but some of his quirks was annoying especially when he predicts what his enemies would say. He's more funny and entertaining than Jonathan, but I find Jonathan less overbearing and a cool gentlemen.

I was reading your and Tom's comments on the recent W &L article. I wish I got those references, but I guess it's another way for fans to enjoy who are rooted in music and old video games. I still enjoy the show.

Were there less video game, music, or cultural references in Battle Tendency than Phantom Blood arc? I felt I didn't find anything.

Besides that, Lisa Lisa was a surprise to me when the family portrait was revealed. I had thought Jonathan didn't have enough "alone" time with Erina. I thought he didn't had sex with Erina to produce an offspring. I assumed the baby whom Erina had saved was Joseph's father.

Joseph is pretty much The Mentalist if he was a smartass vampire-punching Brit. He's even better as a cranky old dude in Stardust Crusaders.

BT has a lot of references, definitely. Some are kinda lost because of CR's subs (although the Pillar Men's spellings are official, they're clearly references), but there's Wamuu (Wham!), Esidisi (AC/DC) and Kars (The Cars) and Santviento (is supposed to be Santana, as in Carlos Santana), Loggins and Messina (changed to Logs and Meshina I think in the subs), Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam), Aja is an album by Steely Dan, vampire Wired Beck (Jeff Beck's album Wired), Suzie Q (singer Suzie Quatro, also an album by Creedence Clearwater Revival "Susie Q").

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

@ElHa said:

Does anyone know what happened to his father? Where is he?

Jotaro's? All that's ever said is he is on tour as a jazz musician. He's pretty irrelevant overall.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

@takashichea said:

@rubberluffy:

I'm finished the Phantom Blood part, but I'll wait for Tom to catch up. Erina was in the dark with Dio and Jojo's fight. I haven't seen a lot of shows that kill the main character. I was surprised.

Yeah, for as much as Phantom Blood is literally just Fist Of The North Star + Vampires, I think the ending is the strongest point just because it does that. It's funny but because even though it's an adaptation of an older series, it coming out in today's anime (or more shonen anime) climate makes it stand out from newer series, solely on the fact that even the main character can die.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Hunter X Hunter Discussion

Ep 126 -

Hype levels so high off the charts that my heart stopped.

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#Anime Vice Discussion Threads » Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion

More I watch the ending the more I love it. Perfect fit.

@LHWKnight:

Imported the game when it came out in Japan last year when I was sure it wouldn't have a US release :( Gonna get the US version, even though some of the name changes are really baffling and kinda bad (Polnareff->Eiffel and Sticky Fingers->Zipper Man? ugh). Platinum'd the JP version, not that it was hard to get all the trophies, but still, I really love that game as a JoJo game, even though it's pretty average as an actual fighting game, although they've already patched a number of issues it had.

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