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Josuke and OldJo find an invisible baby. I bet the kid's name is Eno, because she tried to reenact the second line of "Baby's on Fire", requiring a typical Joestar rescue.

I wonder if the bank that issued Josuke's "777" ATM card is the same one that makes the "666" ATM cards from C: Control.

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11 hours ago, Terrafamilia said:

Can I get class credit from watching this?

I'm waiting for episodes which cover Tibetan folk remedies for constipation and scrimshaw of the Persian Gulf.

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“Baby with a Stand? Hey, why the fuck not?!?” At least this one is cuter than Mannish Boy and his creepy Renaissance-looking jester of death by dream. Lally-ho!!

Gotta feel for Josuke. I think he was born in 1983, so Joseph still had his marbles and nerve when he met his mother. And plowed her. You think he shouted “OH MY GOD!!!” at the key moment?

Oh, and this was the last of CNBT we’ll get in the credits. Something new pops up in a few weeks.

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13 hours ago, Lantern7 said:

You think he shouted “OH MY GOD!!!” at the key moment?

And did he do his Home Alone hands-to-the-face expression when he said it?

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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure can ask the tough questions without meaning to do so. This week: did Rohan the manga artist molest Koichi and Hazamada?

Seriously, if you kept flashing back to that old guy from WKRP doing weird shit with Arnold Jackson and his friend, I wouldn't blame you. Basically, the tiny boys (did not notice Hazamada was that wee) find out a famous mangaka is living in Morioh. One thing leads to another, and then Rohan basically turns the boys into high-concept cosplay. Seriously, I think that I'd have to hit a really big anime show to see somebody have a face that opens up to reveal tightly-written pages. This is Heaven's Door. Rohan is so awesome, Bob Dylan's lawyers were okay with that title being used. Or maybe it's past the statue of limitations. Turns out Rohan's Stand can open people up like books and read their life histories, which is weirdly esoteric but understandable. And he needs inspiration, and he hit the mother lode with Koichi and his knowledge of Stands . .. enough to rip a fucking page from his face and fix things for Koichi to unknowingly come back for regular "sessions." Oh, and the experience caused Koichi to lose 20 kilograms. That's 44 lb., right? How is a guy that small still alive? Good thing Josuke and Okuyasu are snooping on him. Who needs to go to school anyway. If Kagome can miss months of school at a time to pal around in Feudal Japan . . .

Yeah, it's molestation. At least to me.

No opening credits; ending now has Rohan's studio, along with Rohan, Akira, Joseph and the Invisible Baby.

On 11/27/2018 at 2:54 AM, Sandman87 said:

And did he do his Home Alone hands-to-the-face expression when he said it?

No, that happened when Joseph found out Hermit Purple was not effective birth control.

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The latest episode makes me wonder if all of the houses in that town are sprawling Victorian mansions.

Some of the artwork on manga-guy's wall looked intriguing enough to make a close-up shot worthwhile.

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I only caught the cold open because I was watching SNL. Like I said two weeks ago, we have new credits. This is "Chase," which might be the closest DiU gets to opening credits like the other three editions.

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The freaky fast, freaky good manga artist with the seriously freaky stand meets his match with Josuke. Then Koichi acts as Mr. Exposition to retell the story of how Josuke got his hairstyle. I can't help but conclude Josuke was/is/will be responsible for his own hairstyle via stable time-loop bootstrap paradox.

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Time loops? Hey, why the hell out at this point? Koichi's secondhand story comes after Jouske defeated Rohan through blind rage. This is a guy whose Stand turns people into literal open books, AND he's voiced by Vic Mignoga.

Seriously, Koichi got worked so hard. With Yukako, Koichi would have stilled died, but he would not have have died a virgin. Okuyasu unknowing lighting himself on fire was also funny.

Anybody watch Rohan go nuts on the page get flashbacks of Teru Mikami from Death Note? Only with manga instead of screaming "DELETE!!!!!" and writing in a Death Note?

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This week: Nephew and uncle go rat-hunting, because Aspiring Rock Star shot a rat with the enchanted bow and arrow, and now it has a Stand. Wait, Akira shot two rats. Josuke kills one, the other tries to Cronenberg Jotaro. In the end, Josuke gets the job done, and we get one less Stand to deal with. Its name is "Ratt," by the way. I don't think it came up.

After Iggy and Pet Shop, a Stand-using animal isn't so unusual . . . but Ratt's flesh-melting effects are horrifying. One or both of the rats turned would-be rivals into a writhing mass, and stufed a couple in the refrigerator. I don't think that would qualify for this list, though. "Bug-Eaten" was so dangerous, Jotaro had to bring out Star Platinum: The World's time-stopping abilities to deal with it . . . and even then he got nailed by a few barbs.

Bad news: no "new" episodes for three weeks. Also, the series is moved to 1:30. A quick look at the Wikia shows we'll have another one-shot episode.

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Rohan returns! And we get to see Heaven's Door!

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Wait, the guy shot two rats with the bow and they both got exactly the same stand? WTF? Why would it work that way for rats when it doesn't do that for people?

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On 12/17/2018 at 3:16 AM, Sandman87 said:

Wait, the guy shot two rats with the bow and they both got exactly the same stand? WTF? Why would it work that way for rats when it doesn't do that for people?

This ain't Jojo's Adventures Where There's an Acceptable Amount of Logic. Two rats got shot, they both wound up with tank-like Stands that can dissolve flesh. And Jotaro had a different outfit on for some reason. Maybe that's the camouflage look for him?

What's better coming from Santa: "Jo Jo Jo!" or "Ho Ho OH MY GOD!!!!!!!"

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After some thought, I've decided that he must have gotten both rats with one shot, so they both got the same energy (or whatever).

4 hours ago, Lantern7 said:

What's better coming from Santa: "Jo Jo Jo!" or "Ho Ho OH MY GOD!!!!!!!"

The second one, but only if he does the hands-to-the-face pose.

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It’s bizarre that a rat got a ranged sniper style attack, but maybe that’s what rats dream about?  It’s also strange that Jotaro acquired master tracker skills somewhere.  

This episode did a great job showing off Jotaro’s “hat in the front, hair in the back” thing, which makes a lot less sense than the rats. 

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A ghost story tied to the "killer licking the hand like a dog" urban legend? As Hirohiko Araki might put it: "Why the fuck not?!? Oh, and OH MY GAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWDDDDD!!!!!!"

Basically, Rohan ropes Koichi into playing tour guide to his old home town, not really getting that if you deconstruct someone and violate them, they're not going to be too eager to help out. But since Koichi is Koichi, we wind up with the guys meeting a girl who was killed sixteen years ago. Her dog's with her as well. Yes, he's also dead. Yes, I still think Araki has issues with canines in general. Anyway, Koichi and Rohan (is there any other character Vic Mignoga voices that sounds like that?) end up going through the whole Morpheus/"Don't Look Back At What's Following You" ordeal, with Rohan saving Koichi by taking his eyesight after he gets fooled. Oh, and it turns out young Reimi Sugimoto had died saving a four-year-old Rohan, so he's probably going into the quest to find the killer.

Oh, and we meet what might be the Big Bad of Diamond is Unbreakable . . . a blonde guy named Kira who talks to a woman as they drive to a rendezvous. Expect, oops, it's her detached forearm and hand, the same kind of thing we've seen a few times already.

In other news, Heaven's Door comes out as an odd-looking short man, similar to Rohan's manga protagonist. Nice-looking Stand. What do you think?

ETA: I stumbled into this on Facebook. Thoughts?

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Ugh. My DVR cut off the end of the episode right at the point where Koichi turns around.

For a few minutes I thought that maybe the street was going to turn out to be a stand or a stand user. Kind of an anime version of Danny the Street.

Loved the ghost story. It's a perfect take on the scary stories that kids tell each other, complete with the fact that if they were true no one alive would know the story to tell it.

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On 1/6/2019 at 8:44 PM, Sandman87 said:

Ugh. My DVR cut off the end of the episode right at the point where Koichi turns around.

Did you ever get to watch the rest of the episode? Koichi turns around to see disembodied hands ready to do who-knows-what with him. Rohan saves him . . . but since he's Rohan, he does it in the most dick way possible, using Heaven's Door to take Koichi's eyesight. And then they're free.

Free-associating: if the main villain is "Kira," and that was the name Light Yagami went by in Death Note . . . would that mean Light's Stand would be Ryuk?

ETA: Tonight's episode: Jotaro & Okuyasu meet Shigekiyo Yangu, a weird-looking kid with the bug-like group Stand known as Harvest (Neil Young reference). Basically, it's a get-rich-quick scheme where the guys wind up fighting. In other news, Koichi finds that Yukako is following him. Well, if she likes short guys, she would friggin' adore Shigekiyo. Well, if she looks past the weird bumps/horns on his bald head. Maybe she'd like those.

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Don't get me started. I still have a pad of Mr Bill notepaper around here somewhere.

Jotaro & Okuyasu meet a young kid with a spiky head who has the Stand version of the old "rounding error" bank fraud computer program. Getting rich one penny at a time. Naturally he turns into a jerkass the moment any real money is involved.

Damn, those little Harvest collectors run fast!

Japan culture note: Jotaro mentioned that Okuyasu should be able to collect on his lottery ticket as long as he has his ID and his name stamp. In Japan those stamps (hanko or inkan) are registered with the government, and are used instead of signatures on legal documents. People usually pay a professional to design theirs, similar to the way we might pay  someone to make up some business cards.

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I feel this needs to be shared, even on a solo thread. So wrong. So wrong.

Curious . . . anyone watching Golden Wind? I've seen bits and pieces.

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I think the current popular bit is this torture dance set to music, where three Stand users achieve perfect choreography. It's beautiful. Oh, the living detached head is due to Sticky Fingers, which is basically all about zippers.


 

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This week: the boys engage in fraud to collect 5 million yen!* And then Shigekiyo shows how dangerous Harvest can be. Nothing quite says "fuck off" than getting stabbed in the eye, as Okuyashu discovered. While I still insist Josuke is a meathead (at least compared to the other Jojo's), he's pretty good at thinking on his feet. Then we got Okuyashu, who didn't think of "The Hand removing space" trick to catch up with Shigekiyo. And the little guy can be a bastard, but he's good with Harvest . . . especially as speedy transportation.

On 1/15/2019 at 1:00 AM, Sandman87 said:

Japan culture note: Jotaro mentioned that Okuyasu should be able to collect on his lottery ticket as long as he has his ID and his name stamp. In Japan those stamps (hanko or inkan) are registered with the government, and are used instead of signatures on legal documents. People usually pay a professional to design theirs, similar to the way we might pay  someone to make up some business cards.

Do you know when that started? Because I don't think that was the case back in 1999. Of course, our heroes would be dense enough not to look at the back of the ticket to see another person's name and phone number. And since this is Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, the banker was sinister and over-the-top as hell. Luckily, Crazy/Shining Diamond can apparently rearrange numbers and characters. Hey, why not? On the other hand, nice job remaining viewers that most people can't see Stands.

*I don't know how to make the "yen" sign.

Next week?

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Yukako returns for a one-shot story! Hopefully, Koichi will come out of that with far less mental trauma.

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"Something weird is happenin' in my pants!" Yeah dude, you're at that age. Reminds me of Hank Venture (or was it Dean) running in circles and yelling "Teepee in my pants!"

18 hours ago, Lantern7 said:

Do you know when that started?

They entered general use (for non-nobles) around the 1870s.

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This week: one-shot tale without either set of credits, pitting Yukako against a salon owner who fancies herself a fairy godmother. Her Stand's name is Cinderella, so . . . yeah, I can see that. And it's a U.S. band reference that wouldn't get lawyers mad. The episode explains the bit from the opening credits, which included an interpretation of what Love Deluxe would look like given that it is to Yukako what Hermit Purple is to Oldjo. Yukako gets her yandere moments with Aya Tsuji, but I think we got a happy ending with Yukao and Koichi being a couple. Like I said: if she kills him, he won't die a virgin. I'll have to rewatch this episode, because it's not clear in my mind.

Here's an article excerpt from OtakUSA on Golden Wind, which is airing in Japan. I'm thinking we get this on Toonami next year, but I'm probably wrong on that.

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Salon Lady is less a fairy godmother than she is a limited scope Jerkass Genie. "You want to get your guy? Sure, just follow these simple but annoying instructions. But I'm not going to tell you the horrible consequences that will result from you inevitably not doing as you were told."

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I enjoyed the art still frames in this ep - they did a nice job illustrating Yukiko and the Cinderella stand user in storybook fashion. 

This is the second stand recently that can slice up or peel off someone’s body, making this a particularly strong season for body horror aficionados.  Yuck!

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Alternate ending: "Hey Jotaro, we just killed another stand user. Could you come over here and fix my girlfriend's face?"

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I'm not sure Jotaro can do that since his stand can't fixed anything that's permanently destroyed (I think it came up in relation to The Hand's ability).  I'm not sure how I feel about the episode.  Overall it was good but I don't like pairing off Yukako and Koichi especially this quickly given what she did to him earlier.  But the whole crew is quick to befriend former enemies so it is fitting with the story.

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This week: Yoshikage Kira! Wait, his name ends in "kage." Does that make him "King of the Yoshis"? Probably not, but he is super creepy, traveling around with a severed female hand and talking to it like he's on The Bachelor. His full-on debut clashes with the story: a comedy of errors where Shigechi inadvertently grabs Kira's bag from the upscale sandwich shop. Turns out it's got a sandwich inside, as well as a severed female hand. Kira winds up getting the bag back before Josuke and Okuyashu notice, but his secret is revealed to Shigechi. After monotoning about wanting a nice orderly life, Kira responds to Harvest coming out with his own Stand: Killer Queen Deadly Queen, which looks way more menacing than a swarm of weird-looking bugs.

Seriously, though, is Shigechi actually human? I know this is pure fiction, but his proportions are fucked up, and I can't explain the crap on his bald head. Horns? Tumors?

@Matt K: The Hand basically erases stuff. Basic, but I think it's true. If The Hand wipes something out, Josuke can't fix it with his Stand.

ETA: A montage of Star Platnium’s beatdowns. Also, Lil’ Jotaro destroying Alessi.

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The severed hand guy finally gets his story started, and he manages to remind me even more of the Tom Lehrer song I mentioned before. He's even carrying a severed hand around in a sandwich shop bag! Hilarity ensues when there's an accidental bag swap. Looks like the spikey-head kid is in serious trouble, because the guy is a stand user, and his stand is called Killer Deadly Queen.

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This episode: Shigechi leaves this world the same way he entered it: screaming and worthless. I doubt there was an explosion at his birth, though.

Anyway, Kira's Stand can make whatever it touches able to explode, and "Deadly" Queen blows up Shigechi. Twice. There's no trace of the little mutant, but one lone Harvest critter delivers a button from Kira's jacket before vanishing. Oh, and Reimi and her dog get to see Shigechi floating to the heavens, still screaming in terror.

The Stand users of Morioh get together . . . possibly to pose for the picture at the start of the credits, but to basically show us that shit just turned serious. Jotaro's in a new outfit . . . once again, I think he wears stuff like that because he can pass as a teen with questionable fashion tastes. He takes the button and does some investigating. And because he's supposed to be underestimated due to his thuggish looks, he manages to track down a lead with a tailor. And we basically get this:

Tailor: That button is familiar! Well, boy howdy, I keep my clientele information in the ol' noggin! But I got the jacket right here!

Koichi: Oh, wow! Originally, I accompanied Jotaro because I needed to be more involved with the main plot and that he's way stronger than Josuke. But it looks like I'm here to see the mystery solved!

Jotaro: (grunting, showing no emotion)

Tailor: Lessee . . .  must be gettin' too old. I can't read this character!

Jotaro: Yara yara daze. We can read it for you.

Tailor: Nope, I got it. It's-

[twelve seconds later]

Tailor: MY HAND BLEW UP!! HOW IN ALL THE LIVING FUCK DID MY HAND BLOW UP??!?!??? MOTHERFUCKER!!!

Jotaro: [unnerved] Look! A hand grabbing the jacket!

Koichi: In a moment of rashness, I'll stop this asshole!!

Jotaro: Kid, you do realize there's something on the guy's shoulder telling us to look at it.

Koichi: But the killer!!

Jotaro: And it's ticking.

Kira: [thinking] My, my, my. This has been an eventful week for me. Now I have to murder this innocent tailor to hide my murderous intent. At least there's a new woman waiting for me back home. Well, just her hand with a ring on it. And "Single Ladies" won't be released for years. Ah, well.

Tailor: [looking at his shoulder] What the hell is that?!? Wait, how can I see a Stan-

Kira: Bang.

[explosion; "To Be Continued." Cue Savage Garden]

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The hand-guy killed the annoying spikey-head kid! Turns out that he's so cheap that he gets his tailoring done at a shoe shop.

Turning things into bombs isn't exactly an original power. I've come to expect a little more from this show.

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I’m not going to miss Shigechi, but I’m glad we’re moving forward on the main baddie.  I was surprised we didn’t have Josuke put him back together though. 

Possibly I’ve watched the Flash too much; I kept waiting for OldJo to vibe the button they found.

I finally spotted the Cinderella sign in the end credits (overhead in the train station) so I’m feeling good about that.  

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Question: why is it that when Koichi levels up, he acts like a complete and utter screechy punk before that time?

Actually, I can't really blame him. Kira leaves behind a little present for him and Jotaro: Heart Attack, a tiny tank that loves to explode, even when Kira is far out of reasonable range. You know it's tough when Star Platinum can't do shit against it. Once Jotaro is knocked out and probably dead (waiting for the Josuke ex Machina), Koicihi manages to hold his own, albeit extremely loudly. Getting Echoes Act 2 Reverb Act 2 to stick a "sizzle" onto Heart Attack, fooling the heat-sensing Stand (Stand-lite? Shorty Stand?) But that gets blown up . . . only to be reborn as Reverb Act 3; a weird-looking robot figure that we see in the "chase" credits. Also, it can think for itself. And it weighs down Heart Attack deep into the ground. This is awesomely funny, since Kira can feel that while he's having coffee, breaking a glass into pieces. And a table. And then he inadvertently rips a waiter's top off.

I think I like Kira. His whole deal is control and order, and he honestly gets perturbed when someone defies him. Look at him talking with doomed Shigechi last week. "Ah, those two boys also have Stands? I wish to learn more about them. Hurry up, boy! An adult is giving you an order." And I'm digging the leitmotif. It's calm and villainous . . . perfect for the well-dressed sociopath with a woman's hand in his jacket.

ETA: I went to a small comic show this weekend. I got my first DiU sketches What do you think?josuke-diamond.thumb.JPG.bb732c7293887d58ec741923737ab1db.JPGrohan-heavens-door.thumb.JPG.0af6fc4ca37678e2451d7c159a6001a1.JPG

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