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Jotaro calls for Joseph “OH MY GOD” Joestar to arrive at Morioh so they can use Hermit Purple to track down the Bow and Arrow, but that also means the murderous Red Hot Chili Pepper has a new target…
This is the first time since the battle against Angelo that Diamond is Unbreakable has reached the life-or-death stakes that were commonplace in Stardust Crusaders, and it functions well as the first big threshold for our heroes. I love the more chill vibe that much of DU has, but it wouldn’t work unless shit got real every so often, and the ratio is going to slowly tip over to the “shit-getting-real” side as the show moves forward.
And shit gets very real, as Red Hot Chili Pepper reveals himself. It hasn’t been that long since he killed Okuyasu’s brother, which is reminiscent of how gosh-darned quickly we went from Polnareff being introduced – his purpose in life being to track down his sister’s killer – to him actually doing it barely a few episodes later. We even follow a roughly similar arc to the fight with the Hanged Man, in that our heroes get completely trounced in their first encounter with Red Hot Chili Pepper and have to chase him for a proper showdown. It’s a great opportunity for everyone to show off how strong they are, as Okuyasu uses ZA HANDO to overtake a motorcycle and Josuke uses Crazy Diamond to suck an entire body back to its severed hand.
The second confrontation is markedly less impressive, although seeing Akira Otoishi in person is some top-tier JoJo insanity. Red Hot Chili Pepper is an electric-based Stand, so of course it’s user is a crazed rocker with flowing hair and an electric guitar who sometimes plays his words instead of just speaking. Koichi’s gotten plenty of action lately, but it’s still a bit disappointing for him to be reduced to the Speedwagon duty of loudly narrating the entire battle. Okuyasu doesn’t even get to really participate, only being allowed to deal the final blow as Akira somehow manages to sneak his way onto Joseph’s ferry. Still haven’t figured that one out.
We close things off with a genuine emotional beat, a rarity in JoJo. Seeing Joseph as a decrepit old man is honestly upsetting, considering how spry he was in SC, and we’ve already seen that Josuke is reluctant to face the entire issue to begin with. Offering his hand instead of fixing Joseph’s cane is exactly the right type of sweet, with the music, visuals, and voice work all complementing the moment perfectly. Not everything is fixed between them, but we still have two cours of show to get through. There’s plenty of time.
- Are there actually any RC model planes that can go over 100 kmph or is this just good ol’ Araki bullshit?
- The random conversation about the rules of battle in episode 12 reminds me of a scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
- Red Hot Chili Pepper seems to break some of the established Stand rules, chiefly the inverse relationship between power and range. I guess you can hand wave that with the whole absorbing electricity thing?
- We see here that Koichi can shift between Echoes’ forms at his leisure, as he calls up ACT 1 (weaker, and thus with a larger range) to do some scouting.