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Annotated Anime: JoJo: Stardust Crusaders episode 4

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BUGS ON A PLANE

Lemme get hyperbolic for a second here:

It is virtually impossible to have more fun watching an anime than you can have watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. And I'm talking genuine, no-caveats, no-qualifications, no-justifications, fun

It's one of the few things in this sinful world where you can tell a person who hates it that they hate fun and don't deserve good things. No wonder so many old anime codgers have such nostalgia for the '80s. If everything from the period was as good as this show (Protip: They weren't), then the reverence is well-deserved.

But enough about that, let's talk about the Tower of Gray.

You might not like Tower of Gray. You might hate conflict. You might hate bloodshed or violence. You might hate mother-effin' beetles on a mother-effin' plane. About the only valid complaint you can level against Stardust Crusaders is its lack of cool ladies. So far no women in the show have even come close to matching Lisa Lisa, or even Suzie Q. Or even that girl from Battle Tendency who lost a tooth to Straits.

But damn is this a good fight, one that establishes the storytelling template for the rest of Stardust Crusaders. The crew sees a new Stand-user. The Stand-user has the advantages, and the majority of the fight is figuring out what they do, then countering it to deliver a righteous ass-kicking.

Even the crew's settled into the template of their interactions for the rest of the story. Joseph is the experienced, grumpy old codger, Jotaro is the unflappable badass that can only be surprised, but never driven to despair. Noriaki is the Caesar of the bunch, laid back but serious when it counts, who catches the ladies JoJo forgets to acknowledge. Avdol is the worrywart, who cares enough to keep everyone anchored, thinking, and on track to the end goal: Dio.

Today is Noriaki's time to shine, simultaneously proving his Stand can hack it in a straight-up fight, but finish it smart. Now that Joseph's not nearly as crafty as he was when he was younger, it's up to him and Hierophant Green to fight dirty. He even pulls a "I hid this string while you were busy monologuing, you evil moron" to end the battle with Tower of Gray, a Stand that is nothing but dirty and underhanded (and pretty obsessed with tongues).

On to Hong Kong, where the crew gets its first taste of Chinese delicacies, and decides on a water route through pirate city, the Straits of Malacca. But before that, Jeanne-Pierre Polareff. Aww yiss!

This is gonna be good.

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