Stardust Crusaders - Episode 32

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"Sethan" Alessi, Part 1 (「セト神」のアレッシー その1 "Seto-shin" no Aresshī Sono Ichi)[1] is the thirty-second episode of Stardust Crusaders, the eighth episode of the Egypt Arc, and the fifty-eighth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers the last few pages of Chapter 204 through the first few pages of Chapter 207 of the manga.

Polnareff spots the assassin Alessi and decides to confront him. However, Polnareff soon discovers that Alessi's Sethan has turned him into a little boy.

Summary

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At the same time Joseph and Avdol pursue Mariah, Jotaro and Polnareff grow impatient. While Polnareff looks at children playing in the mud with a degree of nostalgia, Jotaro suggests to actually go look for Joseph and Avdol as they could have encountered an enemy. For his part, Iggy leaves to wander on his own.

However, Jotaro and Polnareff are also trailed by an enemy: Alessi, User of the Stand Sethan. When a boy bumps into him and gets mud on his trousers, Alessi reveals his character as he cowardly beats up the kid when he learns that his father is absent. Alessi trails Jotaro and Polnareff in the streets, but Polnareff soon confronts him alone, as he's guessed he was an enemy. Alessi plays dumb but must reveal Sethan when Polnareff summons Silver Chariot. Sethan, which in reality takes the form of a shadow, takes Polnareff by surprise and grazes him before the Frenchman jumps out of the way. Alessi flees with Polnareff behind him, but Jotaro has lost track of him.

As Polnareff pursues Alessi in the alleys of Luxor, he notices that the world around him has gotten abnormally tall. It is only when he looks at a mirror that he finds that he's been turned into a child. Jotaro meets him but fails to recognize him and leaves, allowing Alessi to come out and try to assassinate him. Alessi corners him in an alley and tries to shoot at him, but thankfully, Polnareff has had his Silver Chariot since childhood and it deflects the bullets. Nonetheless, the young Silver Chariot is weak and it is overpowered by Sethan. By chance, its blade snaps and stabs Alessi in the shoulder, causing him to roll in pain. Polnareff escapes and then meets a kind woman mistaking him for a lost child.

The woman takes Polnareff to her house and gives him a bath, but Alessi still lurks near. He enters the bathroom, taking Polnareff by surprise, and swings his ax at the boy.

Appearances

Credits

Staff

Script
ふでやすかずゆき
Storyboard
Taizo Yoshida[1]
吉田 泰三
Episode Director
Kentarō Fujita[1]
藤田 健太郎
Animation Director
Shinichiro Minami
Kohei Hashimoto
Haruki Miura[1]
南 伸一郎
橋本 航平
三浦 春樹
Chief Animation Director
小美野 雅彦
Animation Director Cooperation
糸井 恵
石本 峻一
芦谷 耕平
Assistant Animation Director
Isamu Utsuki
Chengkuang Hong
Kazuhiro Sasaki
宇津木 勇
洪 承鉱
佐々木 和宏
Eyecatch Illustration
小谷 杏子

Music

SC Episode 32: "Sethan" Alessi, Part 1
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
01:29
JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~
JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~
Opening
01:31
02:10
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Children playing in the mud
02:21
02:52
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Jotaro & Polnareff go look for Joseph & Advol
03:05
04:00
Dizziness
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Alessi asking a boy where his parents are...
04:00
04:59
Close Combat
Stardust Crusaders (World)
...and beats him up. Alessi and Sethan
05:00
05:41
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Jotaro & Polnareff search the hotel
05:57
06:25
Cheerful Journey
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Iggy steals a sandwich
06:29
07:07
Lady's Invasion
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Joseph & Avdol fight Mariah
07:10
08:24
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Polnareff sees Alessi
08:24
09:29
Close Combat
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Sethan touches Polnareff/Pursuing Alessi
10:46
11:26
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Polnareff has become a kid
11:33
12:50
Creeping Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff's losing his recent memory
12:59
14:45
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Alessi comes back to kill Polnareff
14:55
16:05
Uneasiness
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Silver Chariot Jr.
17:09
17:26
Dizziness
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Polnareff must defeat Alessi or he'll stay a kid
17:44
18:18
Dizziness
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Alessi plots his revenge
18:24
20:20
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Polnareff takes a bath
20:20
20:39
Dizziness
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Sethan attacks
20:42
21:30
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Malèna shampoos Polnareff
21:36
21:55
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Alessi has returned
21:55
23:25
Last Train Home
Last Train Home
Ending
23:27
23:41
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • An entire scene featuring a recap of the Mariah battle is added, along with Iggy stealing a falafel.

Commentary

When Polnareff pursues Alessi through the alleys, he's shrinking little by little. This scene is similar to Episode 1 where Holy runs across the prison to go see her son. It's a mix of 3D effects and drawing, which is very difficult to pull off. Even more so because you have to change the animation as Polnareff becomes tinier. It was a real ordeal for the whole team.

If there's something unforgettable in the episode, it would be the sexy bath scene. On one side, the humor of Polnareff who is a child again, and then the lightly risqué touches while never falling into vulgarity. There's also these soap bubbles floating in the bathroom, which I'm sure some of you will feel you've seen them somewhere before. I won't tell you where. (laughs)

The scene where Iggy is peacefully strolling across town was added in the anime. He steals a kebab directly from a passerby's hands and watches the fight between Joseph and Avdol against Mariah without batting an eyelid... He's doing whatever he feels like. As I have said about Episode 31, it's this kind of scene that represents the timeline more clearly.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

  • Due to the Mariah fight and Alessi fight happening at the same time, some scenes were reused from the previous episode.

References

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