Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders S2 – 03

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Something looks different this week…

I find it amusing that they have to censor character names to avoid getting sued. Censoring blood and guts is commonplace, but having to censor a name? That’s not something I see every day. But I’m not personally in any danger of copyright infringement so I can freely call them Oingo and Boingo instead of the much-less-catchy Zenyatta and Mondatta. ….Please don’t find a way to sue me.

You would think a group of guys used to being targeted by all sorts of weird-ass Stands day and night would learn to expect the unexpected and be a little cautious for once. Aside from avoiding tea for maybe 5 seconds, the gang fails miserably at consciously defending themselves from Oingo and Boingo’s onslaught. Polnareff and Joseph are so clueless they wouldn’t recognize Oingo as a fake Jotaro if he pointed to himself and told them he was one of Dio’s henchmen. Instead of being frustrating, it’s actually pretty funny that the two miss out on the most obvious of signs of there being an imposter. It doesn’t take an astute observer to pick out that the “new” Jotaro’s uncharacteristic choice in apparel and strange behavioural ticks don’t match up with the original. But nonetheless, the two of them just attribute these differences to Jotaro being in some weird mood or feeling sick. Not once are they aware that their lives have been in mortal peril this entire time. And it’s amazing.

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So rad, they even get their own ending song

I’m oddly fond of useless, Team Rocket-esque villains who seem to be more bullied by the heroes of the story than vice versa. I actually almost felt bad for Oingo! He tries so, so hard to emulate Jotaro and even mimic his cigarette tricks. I originally thought Polnareff might have caught on and was just trolling Oingo, but it appears that Jotaro honestly does have a cigarette trick he shows off every now and then when the cameras aren’t rolling. Maybe Jotaro is actually a fun guy when he’s not punching bad guys or brooding. Maybe he juggles and pulls quarters from ears like a fond Uncle. It’s kinda cute to picture Jotaro being all “hey, look guys! Look what I can do with a cigarette!”.

Anyways, no one figures out Oingo’s identity and now we have 2 more henchmen crossed off the list. These Stands were very…different from usual. I’m used to seeing raging monsters, not a book and a rubber face. Stands really are just an excuse for villains to have any power that Araki thinks will make for a good story. And it’s great, because it means every now and then we get silly little side stories like this one. Is this fight important to the plot? Not really. I think this could have easily been skipped. But I liked it so much that I’m glad they didn’t.

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Orange you glad Iggy picked this up for you?

It was tense in all the ways most of the JoJo fights aren’t. It was tense because you just knew that sort of prediction would somehow go horribly awry – it always does. When you predict the future and say it will definitely come true, then even the act of trying to change it will then bring about what was supposed to happen. Oingo running from the car and getting blown up anyways was a perfect way to end it. We all knew he’d blow up as soon as he got into the car, but we didn’t know exactly how. It was all a fun waiting game to see just how he’d get there. And boy, he didn’t get there until he really suffered at the hands of Polnareff and Joseph.

And of course, the seemingly insignificant punch the brothers throw at some nerd is what does them in. The fact that they went out of the way to say “this doesn’t matter” is a flag letting you know “THIS REALLY MATTERS.” Ahhh what a fun ride. The manga told us everything that would happen, but all the in-between was left open – leaving just enough wiggle room to create a really memorable and surprising chain of events. This was probably one of my favourite Stardust Crusader fights so far because of how darn silly and inconsequential it was…but dammit, it was well-crafted. Polnareff and Joseph accidentally trolling their potential murderer for 20 minutes is something I’ll always remember.

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8 Responses to “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders S2 – 03”

  1. skylion says:

    I does make me wonder…after all this time, why they choose to censor the names. Is Danny Elfman like sue-crazy! This was the funny episode…makes me think that they got the tragic episode coming up. Two are still in hospital after all…

    • Overcooled says:

      Maybe Oingo Boingo was one of the names they felt was more likely to get them in trouble? I dunno, it doesn’t make much sense to me after they named so many other characters after bands and such. But I know nothing about law so eh.

      Tragic, huh? I’m kind of hoping Kakyoin is permanently blind and has some crazy special powers awaken due to all his other sense becoming heightened. Very unlikely…but a girl can dream.

  2. bobob101 says:

    Just wait till we meet the ultimate henchman, Vanilla Ice!!! He’ll probably be pronounced as Iced or something else because so many people are still listening to Ice Ice baby.

    • skylion says:

      What people are still listening to Ice Ice Baby? I mean by choice? I can understand it being forced on, like say in an elevator….to hell or sumpin’?

    • Overcooled says:

      I can’t even tell if you’re joking or if that’s a real villain because Jojo is just so weird lol

      • bobob101 says:

        Vanilla Ice is a giant sultry guy wearing a muscle shirt, a speedo and… thats about it.

  3. Namaewoinai says:

    Hmmm…I See Those Brothers are so…Dumb, Still Not bad for that Boingo’s Art Stuff there or he called it a comic…

    and…Whoa, had anyone check that ED lately? and also…HMM
    …Anubis, Huh…well…bring it on!

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