Josuke’s Role Model is Himself?! JoJo’s DU Ep 15

Another week with the amazing Rohan is here! 

Before I start this, I have to apologize for the delay in my taste testing blogs. I just completed Silver Spoon and it has joined the ranks of my favorite anime of all time. Seriously though, Silver Spoon (aka Gin no Saji) is a wonderful slice of life and I would highly recommend. 

Anyway, Let’s return to JoJo’s and see the resolution of Rohan and the JoJo gang


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I suppose this episode wasn’t the most inspirational or deep, but it tied up the story quite nicely. I guess there are two things I want to touch on: how the series mixes story lines, and Josuke’s little flashback (what could the resemblance mean?). 

As far as storylines go, Araki has done an excellent job of laying down a solid foundation, as shown by Phantom Blood. Though Phantom Blood is maybe the least interesting and most contrived arc of the series, it laid out a wide platform that the other series have built off of. Or rather, the series build off of each other in near secession. Diamond is Unbreakable is interesting and unique at this point because we have diverted from the family tree to look at what is (let’s face it) a bastard son. Because of this, the events that happen are no longer one after the other, but rather the events are the exact same. So what does this do to the anime? Well, for the most part, it adds complexity to a fairly straight story line. It also makes it possible to draw thematic parallels among events, like the Dio raid in Stardust Crusaders and Josuke’s illness. 

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The other thing I want to talk about is the man that serves as Josuke’s inspiration. First off all, I’m sure we all noticed the uncanny resemblance between current Josuke and the guy that helped him. Another thing about this scene are the sparkles that come off Josuke when his mom grabs him. Thirdly, the man is beaten and bloodied. He appears to have been in a fight, but appears out of nowhere and couldn’t be found afterword. Now, Morioh is a pretty small town, so you would think that Josuke’s mom would be able to find a single high school boy. 

Another thing that bothers me about that is how angry Josuke gets when the man is insulted. Now, if the unknown guy is actually Josuke who was somehow time warped to save himself be his stand powers (just run with this for a second), then would Josuke’s opinion of himself change at all? I’m not a manga reader, but I am willing to bet that Josuke will find out that he saved himself and become conflicted as to whether or not he can still hold himself (presumably) as a role model. 


 

Thank you for reading this week again! I will keep at it and make another hollow promise to not get sidetracked and produce blogs! happy anime hunting!

Rohan is the Best Villain Yet?! JoJo’s DU Ep 14

I need a moment for life updated here:

Well, not surprisingly, my plans to finish the season strong have died out. As it turns out, I have essentially zero time for anime in my daily life. In fact, JoJo’s is the only anime I watch consistently. I am going to make a blog about the endings of Mayoiga, Kiznaiver, and Kabaneri, but the weekly blogs have lost their significance.  In accordance with my lack of time, my reports on the summer season may look a bit different, although I am not quite sure what is changing. 

Anyways, this week in JoJo we got a wonderful introduction to Rohan, the crazy manga artist.


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I would like to devote the entirety of this week to Rohan, who is one of the best JoJo villains we have had in a while. This time let’s look at what makes his character great as a villain, and what his signifies. 

First, I want to get out there that Rohan is one of my favorite villains since Battle Tendency, and not only because he is totally overpowered. Unlike some other villains who prove themselves to be quite intelligent, Rohan uses not only his intelligence, but also a healthy serving of common sense. Some villains, such as Chili Pepper, want to be found, but Rohan is different. He is very discrete and secretive, as shown by the hefty window coverings and his quiet attitude. Unlike many other bad guys, Rohan is also quite earnest and possesses very protagonist-like values. For example, he doesn’t dupe or attack Koichi and Hazamada until they intrude on his work and open up the manuscript. Though Rohan is not forgiving, he does not attack without reason.  

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You can also find Rohan’s earnest nature in his attitude towards his manga. Unlike others, Rohan values the readers entertainment over money or fame. So despite Rohan’s claims of disliking people, he is actually a people pleaser. Rohan’s kind sentiments towards people seem limited to those who he has deemed worthy. For example, Rohan rejects Hazamada as a subject because he is an unlikable person (cheater, perverted, liar). I would go so far as to guess that at some point in his life, Rohan had his feeling betrayed by others, which caused him to develop a personality that was more tolerant towards being ignored or not accepted. 

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See, Rohan is actually really happy about finding others like him. 

Rohan’s stand is also quite interesting. Heaven’s Door is said to be one of the most OP stands in the entire series (other than the JoJo stands), and I see why. Heaven’s Door essentially gives Rohan the power to rewrite a person’s life, or even decide another’s life for himself. In the hands of someone truly evil like Dio, this power would seem much heavier, however, given how earnest Rohan is, it does not seem as bad. Now, I believe that Rohan is actually a pretty good guy, despite his creepy vibe at times. His inherit goodness makes Rohan a more interesting villain, especially when compared to the JoJo crowd of antagonists, many of which are clearly bad like Hazamada.


I hope you enjoyed my blog this time around and my spring taste testing blogs are on the way 🙂 Happy Anime Hunting!   

Joseph Hasn’t Changed? JoJo’s DU Ep 13

Funny how my blog is completely dominated by JoJo’s…. That could tell you something about how addicting all the series are this season. Anyways, here comes Joseph in the full JoJo swing of things yet again. Let me just say: Even in his old age, Joseph is my favorite JoJo. 


This week I want to talk about a key topic in understanding motion (as know as the changing of time or space). This episode was essentially the pinnacle of the notion that in order to know anything, something about that object has to be unchanged even if time and space change. The unchanged object is the only part of the object that we can know, and is  what we call form, which is connected to matter, which is physical (atom are the most simplified). Example: you have a forest full of trees that are made of wood. If you chop down a tree and make it into a table, the fact that the object is still wood can be held in common with the forest, but the most basic (what I am calling simple) form is different (table vs forest). The same goes for aging; Something about that person (usually personality or intellect) is saved as the person ages, despite the physical form changing. Eventually, only the memory of a person is left.

 

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This episode served primarily to reintroduce Joseph. Last time Joseph was introduced to Jotaro, he was very cognitive and there was no doubt that much of the original Joseph was still there. This time, however, Josuke has major doubts about Joseph’s ability, as well as his sanity. 

As we saw from Joseph’s actions regarding the invisible child, there is actually quite a lot of him that has been saved since last time he appeared in the show. Although his masterful strategy, sparky comebacks, and iron whit have deteriorated, the inherit JoJo kindness runs as strongly as ever. 

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Although the great bulk of the episode came off as a comedy skit, we actually had a handful of good moments. The best being Josuke’s eventual acceptance of Joseph as his father, despite his reservations. Although Josuke had announced earlier in the episode that he would call Joseph Mr. Joestar, the act of heroism convinced Josuke otherwise. I was actually surprised at how little Jotaro appeared in this episode. Since Joseph entered the picture, little attention has been paid to Jotaro’s influence to the story. I am hoping that they actually make some sort of use of his character this season, as I felt he was poorly underused in Stardust Crusaders. 


Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my short notes this week. I’ll make something happen with all the other ones. 

The All-Important Theme of Family! JoJo’s DU Ep 12

Here we are again with JoJo’s! I love how this show is so easy to talk about, unlike some choice others of the season. Either way, here we are with the resolution to the ever so annoying Chili Pepper!


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Introducing Akira, the crazy guitar wielding stand user! How electrifying. Anyways, he is pretty much what you would expect given his stand: narcissistic, arrogant, and zero chill. I suppose that description was within the degrees of freedom I used last week. Regardless, Akira is pretty much a playbook JoJo villain. Unlike some of the duds of Stardust Crusaders, I actually hope to see Akira again. He adds a lot of energy to a cast that would be very bland (without Okuyasu). I find it interesting how this series is keeping the villains in town (hospital mostly) as they mentioned last episode. Given how many of them appear in the opening, I expect more appearances. 

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I also love the three JoJos reunited. Family pride has actually been a fairly prevalent theme throughout all the seasons, but draws little attention from critics, which is surprising considering the premise is based on following the Joestar family.  The family theme has a multitude of implications. First of all, the majority of issues faced in the series center around protecting, saving, or avenging a family member. Just to name a few: Jonathan pursued Dio in part because of his father’s death by Dio, Jonathan also sacrificed  himself for his son, Joseph fights the idols to protect his grandmother, and later Jotaro and Joseph fight to save Holly, and now Josuke fights to protect his mother. But this is not just true of the JoJo line. For example, Polnareff fights to avenge his sister, Ceasar fights for the honor of his late father, and Okuyasu fights to avenge his father.

Another thing I have noted about the family pride theme is that characters, especially male protagonists, feel an extraordinary responsibility towards protecting their family.  Also, if their family meets harm in any way, then the males feel responsible for what happened. You see this a lot in characters like Polnareff and Jotaro, who are both left enraged when the women in their life (sister and mother) are harmed. 

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Another common theme, with exception to Lisa Lisa (Joseph’s mother), is that the men most always protect women. Even with Lisa Lisa, Joseph had to come save her when Kars tried to kill her. As far as my understanding, there is only one female JoJo to date (Jotaro’s daughter) who is the main protagonist of the sixth story. Although this does come off as a bit sexist, given the gender equality realities in Japan, especially when the books were written, this doesn’t surprise me. 

The last thing I want to mention right now (on this theme) is that the “goodness” of any given character directly correlates with how much the character loves/tries to protect their family. At one end of the spectrum, the JoJo’s are big on family, and are the protagonists. Alternatively, Dio is the ultimate villain, and he always wished his family harm and only valued himself. Okuyasu and his brother are also great examples; Okuyasu loved his brother, but his brother always claimed him to be a menace and held little concern for Okuyasu’s safety. Consequently, Big brother bit the dust, while Okuyasu, who retained his love, is left standing and is now a protagonist. Similarly, Ceasar used to want to kill his father, and was going down a dark gang-filled path, that is until his father risked his life to save Ceasar, which made Ceasar regain respect and love for his father (boom, protagonist!). 


Well I hoped you enjoyed my JoJo family centric blog today! Here is a little touch of the ever so hilarious Okuyasu to tie things up:

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Let’s Evolve and Eat Healthy! JoJo’s DU Ep 9&10

Quite Surprisingly, I am back on time. I did say Sunday or Monday! Anyways, Let’s just jump right back into anime, since I have a lit to make up from the past couple of weeks. I will probably just dismiss the Concrete revolutio Analysis, since it is so far behind, and opt for building a timeline when I re-watch the series.

Anyways, I have a bit of JoJo to make up so let’s dive right into the new episodes: Yukako part 2 and Italian food. Might I just say this really quick: Koichi a a stellar character and this series is quickly elevating to be ma favorite JoJo part/storyline;. Battle Tendency step aside! 


Episode nine consisted of an epic showdown in which Koichi evolved and fended for himself. Now aren’t we proud of little Koichi! 

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 3.59.01 PM.pngWe all know Koichi is a pretty timid, yet quietly courageous and kind guy, right? I suppose this episode presented a nice development in which Koichi is losing more and more of his timid nature as he gains a confidence in his stand ability. Though most of this episode focused on action and entertainment, we also got a little bit on Yukako and Koichi. I want to point out that Yukako is, for the most part, a mix of previous characters. A lot of people have compared her to Kars from Battle Tendency. Certainly the appearance is a match, but the conceded and unrelenting personality is also a commonality. Yukako is very entitled and prideful, which although can be related to the “good guy”characters like Polnereff, Iggy, and Josuke, the presentation of these attributes more closely resembles villains like Dio and the D’Arby brothers.

On the other hand, Koichi is far more original a character for the series. Previously timid characters, like Speedwagon and Smokey, are simply wingmen who contribute little and are always in need of saving. I can appreciate the twist to grant Koichi more power. I think the only other instance of this (in full) would be the original Jonathan Joestar. Additionally, Koichi’s honorable nature is rarely seen paired with a timid personality in this series. Take Avdol and Ceasar for example: both are respectable and hardworking, but neither are timid; they are both quite stubborn and influential. Maybe it is just me, but Koichi follows the JoJo spirit closer than Josuke does!

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I also want to point out that Koichi has been throwing a couple of punches in the humor department. Though I’m not quite sure he has challenged the fourth wall, Koichi is standing right beside it, offering a couple of hilarious one liners. In addition, I want to tip my hat to the new haircut, even though I prefer the other, more wild hair, one a bit more. As far as this episode goes, it proves to me that Koichi might just be the true protagonist of this series, as (at least to me) he has the most interesting personality mix and is the most believable and respectable of the bunch. 


 

On to episode 10, where we meet the all famed/hyped character: Tonio!

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Alright, so this episode proved to be one of the funnier ones of this season. All throughout the episode, Josuke is left out of an ongoing joke that is fully based on Okuyasu. I don’t know about you guys, but I have a close friend that resembles Okuyasu, and this series of events is all but accurate, or at least as accurate as health food gets. Despite all the ominous scenes of Okuyasu being physically mutilated, and Tonio giving off serial killer vibes, this was an extremely upbeat episode. 

I could go into detail about what parts are funny and why, but I think it would be more productive to talk about Tonio. The immediate impression of Tonio is pretty similar to Polnareff, except much more respectful and aware. After hearing his backstory, I can’t help but compare him to Avdol a bit. It again reinforces the idea/theme that you can obtain a stand if you train for it. 

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I would also apply my little stand formula, but not much is known about how exactly his stand works. From what I saw, it seems that his stand takes apart living things, and then reorganizes them in a more productive way. I find this to be fundamentally similar to Josuke’s stand, which has the ability to heal people. The one different factor is that Tonio’s stand seems specially keyed towards healing and goodness, while Josuke’s can be easily used for bad activities. As far as Tonio’s personality goes (in terms of determining his stand powers), he seems to be quite nurturing and protective, however these traits can be compromised when his perfection-centric personality is compromised. In tother words, Tonio is able to devote himself to the care of others as long as he is in charge of what is going on. This trait is seen as Tonio freaks out when he sees Josuke in the kitchen, as well as the fact that his kitchen area is extremely organized, and that he is the only person working at his restaurant. I find Tonio to be a pretty redeemable guy, and he makes for a humorous character.


 

Well that is all I have this time around, so I hope you enjoyed reading! Also, DID YOU SEE THAT MY BAE JOSEPH IS COMING NEXT WEEK- HELL YES! Anyways, I will be back soon and Happy Anime Hunting 🙂

Koichi’s Love Story from Hell?! JoJo’s DU Ep 8

Yet another week of JoJo’s to be talked about! This time around we get to meet one of the only women in the series: love interest Yukako. 


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The episode begins with some plot building, essentially telling us that Josuke and company are bound to run into a multitude of other stand users, as they are drawn to each other. After a deadful opening song remix, this then slides down a humorous sequence, in which Yukako confesses her feelings for Koichi. Just a couple of thoughts: for once a JoJo is not the center of attention! *Actually, Ceasar got some booty in Battle Tendency. This used the absolute best comedic tactics to build what I find to be one of the most hilarious scenes this season!

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First of all, we have excellent use of contrast between Yukako’s normal genuine nice girl mode and her Yandere crazy girlfriend mode. In combination with her bipolar attitude, we have top notch Speedwagon-style narration from Josuke and Okuyasu, who are hiding in the buses. We also get an awesome feeling of parody from the overly cheerful music going on in the background. On top of that, the execution of Koichi’s kind personality in the face of an awkward situation is spot on to his character. Really, what sets this scene apart from other humorous ones is that the characters did not have to change personality at all in order to make the scene come off as comedic. 

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The rest of this episode really is just a slur of genius comedy. Seriously, I though Battle Tendency is hilarious, but this is just something else. Now I could talk about how funny this episode is, or I could try to analyze Yukako…

Yukako is, in essence, the crazy mom that you may or may not have. She is very prideful and believes that her way is best and there is nothing that could be better than her train of thought. Even though she claims to love Koichi, she doesn’t bother to take note of his opinion.  I would try to attribute Yukako’s personality to some disorder or issues that she has, but given the presentation, I believe I am not supposed to. Since there are a couple of flaws in reasoning, the closest assessment I would make would be bipolar disorder and general desire for power. The bipolar comes from her obvious swings in personality, but since most all of them have a cause and effect, her condition could also be the result of having a very low tolerance. Her desire for power could have been fostered in the notion that she is very beautiful, and was given a lot of things. With many people who have a lot, they begin conjuring lacks instead of being happy with what they have. As for her confession to Koichi, makes perfect sense! Koichi is probably my favorite character this season because he is an adorkable sweetheart. 

Bummer he only attracts the crazy people.

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Well I hope you enjoyed my short assessment of JoJo’s Diamond is Unbreakable this week! Although this time around lacked much as far as my interests are concerned, JoJo’s DU is still a formidable anime! 

Insecurity leads to Envy? JoJo’s DU Ep 7

Hello and welcome to a now weekly installment of JoJo’s analysis! While I’m here, might as well do a blog update: From now on, JoJo’s, Kiznaiver, and (hopefully) Kabaneri will be put on a weekly schedule, as opposed to once every two weeks. After I do a ep 6-7 feature for Mayoiga, I plan to do a weekly on that. Unfortunately, Concrete Revolutio has escaped me a little bit. Though I plan to catch up, it might be around week 8 or 9 into the season. 

Anyways, JoJo’s delivered a less than impressive episode this week, or at least in comparison with the previous. Hopefully, next week picks up with the romantic sub-plot that appears to be brewing. 


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First I want to point out the exciting opening update! Although (let’s face it) we all expected Koichi to get a stand eventually, this is super exciting nonetheless! I have not read the books, but from what I have heard, in combination with some cosplays, Koichi’s stand is going to evolve soon. This makes sense, as currently, Koichi’s stand is the only one in the opening that does not mirror or copy the user’s movements. 

I also want to address something I read online regarding Kobayashi’s size. In the manga, Kobayashi actually first appeared as a large/normal sized character, and only shrank to his current size, or how he started in the anime, after Koichi put him in his place. Personally, I find this to be an odd adaptation, as the change in size is quite symbolic of multiple things. Thus, far I have not come up with an explanation other than laziness/convenience or trying to keep things simple for the audience. Thoughts? 

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The next stand user Josuke and Koichi run into is a man named Hazamada. His stand has the ability to copy someone to a T and control their movements by using a wooden doll. In other words, his stand is a puppet master. I’m going to throw my formula into the mix here (remember? the one that says stands are culminations/representations of the user’s personality): Normally, Hazamada is completely useless and anonymous, or rather, he has no power. Drawing from his appearance, he tries to pass as somewhat anonymous and does not like drawing attention. However, this has created a lack, or desire in Hazamada, which (in his case) concerns itself with wanting people to follow and/or listen to him. Hazamada simply wants people to follow him and treat him like a leader, but because he is small, quiet, and timid, people aren’t naturally drawn to him. Confused about how to gain this fellowship, he turns to manipulation in the form of physical force. In this way, Hazamada and Kobayashi are completely different. Kobayashi relies almost entirely on emotions, namely guilt, while Hazamada has no grip on how to control people using emotions, so he turns to physical force. This suggests that Hazamada was bullied in the past, and not felt accepted by the people in his life. He may turn out to be an interesting character. 

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You see? Hazamada can’t focus on his strengths because he focuses on the good parts of other people. Since his focus is away from his own good attributes, they suffer accordingly until there is nothing good left about him. Though you could debate between wrath as his main downfall, I would consider envy to be the primary device. When Hazamada attacked the bikers, I see this as more of his way of letting his rage go. Despite his actions, I still see him as not that bad of a guy. Unlike Kobayashi, who manipulates others for material wealth, Hazamada is simply trying to find a way to solve his insecurity. In other words, Hazamada is trying to find something that accepts and/or encourages his being so he can be happy with himself. On the other hand, Kobayashi is perfectly happy with himself, and just wants some spending money to treat himself. Considering selfishness, Hazamada is the clear winner. 

I could talk about the story points this week, but I don’t find many of them to be very interesting. This episode fell into the typical JoJo’s action episode formula, which was pioneered back in Phantom Blood. Regardless of the repetitive story, the characters are what make this series special, so focusing on them is justified.


I hope you enjoyed my (now) weekly ramblings on JoJo’s Diamond is Unbreakable! I look forward to next week and happy anime hunting!