Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 36-37


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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure may be best known in this day and age for helping define the landscape of shonen storytelling conventions, but one thing that shouldn't be ignored is ome of the sheer creativity creator Hirohiko Araki brought to those fights. 

And considering that in the wider canon of JoJo's story arcs, Stardust Crusaders is particularly straightforward, and almost dour by some comparisons. That in mind, the return - and end - of Hol Horse can serve as a landmark encounter, one that is frequently hilarious and even occasionally profound.

I am, of course, referring to the desperate strike mounted on Jotaro and co. by the deadly combo of Hol Horse...and Boingo (aka Mondatta), the younger brother of the Oingo-Boingo duo from several episodes back. We're quickly reminded of Boingo's power to predict future events using his comic-book-shaped Stand, Thoth, but given how great that particular "fight" turned out, it's hard to forget.

Hol Horse ropes Boingo into backing him up as he tries to eliminate the good guys once and for all, and once again, problems come up constantly as the duo try to bring about the events predicted in Boingo's book.

I honestly don't want to talk more about the actual chain of events, as it would ruin so much of the fun of seeing things play out. Instead, I'm going to explain why I think the episode borders on having a truly profound message, particularly about the pitfalls of prediction and fortune-telling.

There's no denying that Boingo's prophecies are true, but the events of the fight - as well as the previous run-in that left the elder brother maimed and hospitalized - prove that the problem with fortune-telling predictions isn't accuracy...but precision. 

For example, it would be very accurate of me to say that the sun will rise tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, my information would be quite useless to pretty much anyone. Had my prediction included more precise information, like the exact time of tomorrow's sunrise, then the information would be more useful and relevant, at least for some purposes.

It's the same deal with Boingo's comics. It's one thing to happily exclaim that Jotaro and his companions will be lying half-dead in the street, but without better, more precise information on how and why Hol Horse sticking his fingers up Polnareff's nose can lead to that, the only result from the prediction is fear, nervousness, and crisis.

And it's not even Boingo's fault either. The prediction's are accurate, but it's the human errors that tend to muck it all up, like having a watch that's a few seconds fast. Too bad for Hol Horse though. It's funny to think that he seemed like such a threat back when he was shooting Avdol in the forehead. It's a sad, yet hilarious way to go for a surprisingly appealing villain.

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