JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Episode 5

Recap: Dio summons his most powerful servants, the Black Knights, to battle Jojo and crew.

Iro’s Thoughts:
More ridiculous fights, more guys named after 70s rock bands, and more Hirohiko Araki pulling explanations out of his ass. Typical JoJo. I must say though, the anime is proving to be crazier than the manga ever was. Some of this stuff just doesn’t seem as silly until you see it in motion, most specifically Speedwagon’s attempts to thaw out Zeppeli’s arm. Instead of just wrapping his own flesh around it, the anime makes it seem like he has magic steaming abs or something. It’s completely stupid and totally amazing all at once, as per usual.

Other highlights include Zeppeli skipping across the water like a lunatic and the ludicrous narration while Jojo was struggling in the water. What else is there to say, really? Jojo is fucking crazy, and by now you either like it or you don’t.

Gee’s Thoughts:
If there is one thing I fear about Jojo, it’s that I’m going to be repeating the same thing here for every episode. Not that Jojo is boring or repetitive, but there are only so many variations on the phrase “crazy shit happens while men fabulously pose and shout ridiculous things” one can say before it starts to get old.

That said, predictably enough if you’ve been watching, some crazy shit happens. Ready to confront Dio and his horde of vampire zombie minions, the Jojo crew arrive at a small town that has been completely taken over by Dio. After being lured into a trap, Zepelli and Jojo confront the asshole vampire only to discover that not only is he even more powerful than before, but he can neutralize the power of the ripple. With Zepelli seriously injured, things look grim.

As if to make matters worse, Dio summons his two most powerful servants; a couple of bloodthirsty knights named after English rock bands, like almost everything else in this anime.

Meanwhile, Speedwagon, incapable of summoning the ripple, offers his own assistance in the form of his brightly burning spirit. Apparently, Speedwagon’s passion and soul burn so hot that his chest steams from the heat and can even cure frostbite due to its sheer temperature. How this works, I don’t really know, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t crazy awesome.

What else can I say about Jojo? It’s crazy, I love it, case closed.

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