OP: 「ジョジョ 〜その血の記憶～end of THE WORLD～ JoJo – Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD」 by Tanaka Kouhei
“Iggy the Fool and Geb’s N’doul, Part 1”
(Za Fuuru no Igi to Gebu-shin no Nduuru Sono 1)
It’s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. What else is there to say? It’s been three months since the last episode and yet it feels like no time has passed. I appreciate that we jumped back into the swing of things without much waiting about, and I’m glad that there isn’t any shift in quality or approach with this episodes when compared to all those before it – it’s consistent, it’s JJBA, it’s fabulous. What else can you expect? First of all, the OP and ED really stick out to me. Both have incredibly slick visuals that tick all the boxes. The OP has the same 3D character models that have been featured in the others (and boy, they look awesome. I wouldn’t even complain if the whole adaptation had CGI at this quality). I must say, I already miss Walk Like an Egyptian playing at the end, but even if the new song wasn’t as memorable the sliding visuals bursting with pop-art colours were brilliant. I’m still gonna miss jamming to such a classic at the end of every episode…
Speaking of visuals, once the actions gets going the colours start shifting in the way that we’ve all grown to love (or at least I hope you all do, cause I love it). It’s a much appreciated quirk that adds even more to the fights than we got in the manga, and I’m looking forward to seeing some pretty dramatic and intense fights in this season.
Introducing Iggy and N’doul:
But the first new fight has already started. The group learns Dio has appeared again and this time it’s said that he’s gathered nine men and women for his needs. As pointed out, the tarot card Stands have been dealt with already, with only Dio’s left, so this means that these new villains are a different breed of Stand users – the first of which being introduced this episode. N’doul is a blind man armed with a cane and possessed an incredibly long ranged Stand with the ability to manipulate water into various shapes and deal some deadly blows. Like many a JoJo villain, though, he doesn’t quite have the depth you’d like, but that’s hardly a problem when you weigh up everything else this bizarre adaptation has to offer.
We’re also finally introduced to the last addition to the main cast of Stardust Crusaders (yes, he is technically a main character): Iggy. He’s a dog, he’s vicious and too smart for his own good, and his stand is made of sand. I remember when I first read this part in the manga I was just… confused. Then again this group of characters is strange enough already: you’ve got a well built stoic highschooler, his ridiculous grandpa, his pink-haired schoolmate who tried to murder them, a magical Egyptian man, and a really dumb Frenchman. Once you consider what we have, adding a creepy dog to the group isn’t too outlandish. This is JJBA after all.
Overview – What’s Next?:
This isn’t a point where you can just jump aboard and expect to understand and enjoy everything to its maximum; this is another addition to this ongoing adaptation (we’re currently 183 chapters in) of one of the longest manga in shonen history. As a fan of the franchise and someone who really loved reading Part 3 in the manga, seeing this Egypt Arc underway is wonderful. This may not have been the most impressive episode to return to, but I’m sure all who are familiar with the source material can vouch for me when I say that these next six months are going to be a wild ride.
Note: There are currently no plans on blogging this weekly.
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ED: 「Last Train Home (ラスト・トレイン・ホーム)」by Pat Metheny Group