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Terence T. D’Arby, younger brother of gambler Daniel J. D’Arby, challenges our heroes to a video game competition for their souls.
Considering this battle is another confrontation with one of the D’Arby brothers, it should come as no surprise that it follows the same sort of narrative beats as the previous one. Our heroes battle him once and lose, giving Jotaro an opportunity to figure out the powers of the enemy Stand, and then he battles D’Arby and wins. Despite this, the inherent silliness of a life-or-death video game battle and JoJo‘s usual panache manage to keep the fight engaging throughout, and the ending isn’t a complete retread of the previous D’Arby fight. It would have been easy and expected to just have Jotaro bullshit some way to win, but having ol’ Joseph Joestar outwit the villain is pretty gratifying after seeing him fail during the previous battle.
More disappointing is that this is supposed to be Kakyoin’s big return battle after spending the entire season (he’s been out of commission since Episode 26!) recuperating in Aswan. He’s been a major member of the squad since the beginning, but still manages to screw up and have to be bailed out by the Joestars. Considering that the only remaining villains in Stardust Crusaders are Vanilla Ice and Dio himself, there just isn’t much time left for Kakyoin to strut his stuff. He’s not completely useless however, and I’m definitely looking forward to his role in the climactic confrontation.
It bears mentioning that the second half of Episode 42 is the beginning of the Vanilla Ice battle, but considering how I’ve been doing the posts per-fight so far, I’ll cover the rest of that in its own recap post.