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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 2

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A Letter from the Past (過去からの手紙 Kako kara no Tegami)[1] is the second episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the second episode of Phantom Blood. It covers Chapter 6 through Chapter 10 of the manga.

Jonathan and Dio have grown into young men. As George suffers from an inexplicable illness, Jonathan discovers a letter from the late Dario and realizes that Dio may be poisoning his father.

Summary

In 1888, seven years have passed since Dio came to the Joestar mansion and the mysterious Jack the Ripper has begun his murders. Elsewhere, the battle between Jonathan and Dio begins... A rugby match is occurring at Hugh Hudson Academy and the hero of the team is Jonathan himself. Jonathan runs with the ball in hand as many other opponents get on top of him. Jonathan just keeps dragging until a fourth player gets on him as well. With that, Jonathan passes the ball to Dio with which he's able to score and win the final match before graduation. Dio is graduating the top law student while Jonathan has written a magnificent thesis in the archaeological field. Jonathan even notices that Dio is referring to George as "father" instead of "Lord Joestar" as he used to call him. While everything seems good on the outside, Jonathan still can't feel any friendship for Dio. In reality, Dio has been acting well just to get through the years before he could be of legal age to gain the fortunes of the Joestars.

Back at the Joestar Mansion, George is shown to be sick in bed. At first, it was thought to be a common cold, but it seems to be getting worse. George congratulations them on their rugby victory and is very proud of his two sons. That night, Jonathan is testing out the Stone Mask by putting a drop of his blood on it. Just like what happened seven years ago, tentacles sprout from the mask but soon go back to normal. While looking through some books, Jonathan accidentally drops a case. Inside the case is a letter from seven years ago that was sent from Dio's father, Dario, while on his death bed. To his shock, Jonathan realizes that the symptoms that Dario is describing are the same ones that George has. Jonathan goes to Dio to confront him.

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Jonathan learns that Dio killed Dario, Dio's father and is trying to use the same poison to kill George. Dio denies this claim but Jonathan says that he plans to investigate the medicine to see if it's legit. Dio tries to make Jonathan return the medicine to the tray but he refuses. However, Jonathan says that if Dio swears his innocence and on his father's honor, he will return the medicine and never speak of it again. However, Dio refuses and says that someone like Dario had no honor at all. The thought of Dario causes Dio to hit Jonathan. However, the years have past and Jonathan is much stronger now. Jonathan grabs hold of Dio and throws him down from the second story of the house to the first. Jonathan knows that they never were friends and says he'll make sure to get the medicine analyzed and send Dio to jail. Dio knows it will take Jonathan at least three days to find proof of the poison and says that he'll have to finish off Jonathan before then.

Jonathan goes to his father and says that he'll be going to London for two or three days and asks him to allow these doctors he brought to take care of him. He also tells George not to accept any medicine from anyone other than the doctors. George decides to follow what Jonathan is saying, trusting his son. Jonathan leaves for London and promises that he'll protect his father. In the Joestar Mansion, Dio reads the notes that Jonathan had written about the Stone Mask in his research. He decides to kill Jonathan by putting the mask on Jonathan and let the tentacles in the mask kill him. By doing this, no one would suspect Dio of killing Jonathan. In London, the carriage that is carrying Jonathan stops and the driver says that he won't go any further due to the danger of the area they are in, Ogre Street. Jonathan decides to continue on alone even if it costs him his right hand. When hearing that Jonathan is in Ogre Street, Dio is determined that Jonathan is either dying or dead and he won't have to kill him after all. Jonathan sees the danger of Ogre Street when he sees a cat eating a puppy. After that, three men come in with the intention of killing him. Jonathan, determined, grabs a knife with his hand and says that he doesn't care what happens to him as long as he can save his father. Of the three men, a Chinese man attacks Jonathan. However, Jonathan is easily able to beat him with one hit and then asks him the location of the store that sells the Oriental poison.

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As Jonathan drops the knife to the ground, the last of three men rush towards him with killing intent. The man's bowler hat begins to spin and is revealed as a spinning blade top. Jonathan is forced to move into a defensive stance as the man prepares to launch his hat. Thinking quickly, Jonathan kicks the knife he had dropped earlier and sends it flying towards his opponent. The man is easily able to dodge the knife and follows with throwing his hat. He succeeds at cutting deep into Jonathan's arm. Jonathan does not flinch, however, and the man is completely caught off guard, taking a heavy kick to the face. Having defeated all three men, Jonathan is suddenly surrounded by a mob of thugs who proceed to attack him. The same man who Jonathan had defeated earlier tells the mob to not harm him. He introduces himself as Speedwagon and asks Jonathan why he did not use all his power into the kick that sent him flying. Jonathan claims that he is simply looking for a way to help his father and figured Speedwagon must too have a family that cares for him. Amused by Jonathan's naivety, as well as nobility, Speedwagon offers to take Jonathan to the oriental shop.

Back at the Port City outside the Joestar Mansion, Dio is distressed by suspicions towards Jonathan. He is worried Jonathan may have found the medicine that would be able to cure his father. Because of this, Dio had taken up drinking and curses himself for doing the same thing his own father did.

He eventually bumps into a couple of hardy men on the street, and they proceed to taunt him for being out so late at night. Dio swings his bottle of booze and smashes it into one of the men's faces. The other man retaliates and pulls out a knife to attack. Dio decides this would be a good time to test out his plan for killing Jonathan. Dio brings out the Stone Mask and places it on the man with the knife. He then grabs the man's hand and forces him to stab his partner in the neck. A bright light suddenly bursts forth from the Stone Mask.

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The Stone Mask begins to shine as tentacles sprout forth from it and impale themselves into his head. The man falls down a moment later, and the light completely disappears. Jonathan's research had apparently been wrong since the man had not morphed and appeared to be quite dead. Upon walking away, however, the man gets up and attacks Dio from behind. Dio manages to pull out his knife and dodge the man's strike, whilst managing to cut his assailant's hand in half. The momentum behind the attack forces the man's fist into a wall of a nearby building instead, causing a large crater to form around where his fist struck. Dio is amazed at how much power the man has, as well as the fact that he doesn't seem to feel any pain from his injured hand. The man's aging process had seemed to reverse as well as his physical appearance diverted back to an age no more than 25. He grabs Dio by the throat and begins sucking blood from him via tentacles from his fingers, but just before Dio falls unconscious from blood loss, the sun appears over the horizon, and the man is disintegrated.

Dio arrives home only to find Jonathan waiting for him.

Appearances

Characters
Dario Brando
(Flashback)
Robert E. O. Speedwagon
(1st appearance)
Tattoo
(1st appearance)
Kempo Master
(1st appearance)
Jack the Ripper
(1st mentioned)
Vagrants
(1st appearance) (Death)

Credits

Staff

Script
小林 靖子
Storyboard
加藤 敏幸
Episode Director
加藤 敏幸
Animation Director
小谷 杏子
秋田 学
Key Animation
Manabu Akita
Kyoko Kotani
Yasuyuki Ebara
Shinpei Koikawa
Chiaki Abe
Ryousuke Senbo
Hiroshi Tatezaki
Yuu Kaneshiro
Kana Miyai
Reika Hoshino
Nozomi Sakamoto
Yui Kinoshita
Yoshiko Takemoto
Miyuki Nakayama
Hideaki Matsuoka
Kōdai Kitahara
Koji Maruoka
Kanayo Nakanishi
Emi Honda
Masafumi Nomura
秋田 学
小谷 杏子
江原康之
鯉川 慎平
阿部 千秋
泉保 良輔
舘崎 大
金城 優
宮井 加奈
星野 玲香
阪本 望実
木下 由衣
竹本 佳子
中山 みゆき
松岡 秀明
北原 広大
丸岡 功治
中西 加奈世
本多 恵美
野村 雅史
2nd Key Animation
Yuuko Kamiyama
Manami Ito
Kumiko Kawahara
Kanami Nakao
Aya Nishimura
Katsuyuki Yamazaki
Shunichi Ishimoto
Megumi Itoi
Eri Kojima
Seigasha
Wombat
Wafuu Animation
Hadashi Pro
神山 裕子
伊藤 真奈美
河原 久美子
中尾 香奈美
西村 彩
山崎 克之
石本 峻一
糸井 恵
小島えり
菁画舎
ウォンバット
和風アニメーション
はだしぷろ
3D CG
ソエジマ ヤスフミ

Music

Episode 2: A Letter from the Past
Start End Title OST Description

0:00
0:29
Sudden Turn
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jack the Ripper kills a woman
0:30
1:58
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
Opening
2:01
4:02
Lightning Speed
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan and Dio play rugby
4:19
4:50
Suspicion
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan doubts Dio's friendliness
4:59
5:55
Gaps Of The Heart
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio plots internally
6:46
7:24
Stone Mask ~The Secret~
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan experiments with the stone mask
7:41
10:04
Results of The Plot
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan confronts Dio about poisoning George
10:05
11:18
Transcend
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan throws Dio through the banister
11:56
13:25
Hidden Feelings
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio plots internally
13:26
15:09
Strutting The Ogre Street
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan defends against Speedwagon, Tattoo and Kempo Master
15:09
5:55
A Duo Of Courage
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan defeats Speedwagon with a single kick
15:35
17:23
Decisive Battle ~Overlapping Destinies~
Phantom Blood (Future)
Jonathan's surrounded by Ogre Street thugs
17:30
18:33
Heart Of Darkness
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Drunken Dio decides to test the mask
19:20
21:00
Decisive Battle ~Overlapping Destinies~
Phantom Blood (Future)
Dio's attacked by a vampire
21:11
23:25
Roundabout
Roundabout
Ending
23:26
23:42
Intertwined Destinies
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Next episode preview

Manga/Anime Differences

  • Jonathan lamenting that he studied archaeology instead of medicine so he can help his father after George tells Jonathan and Dio that he's getting better is removed in the anime.
  • Dio's flashback to him bringing his father some medicine after making money with chess, his father punching him and demanding that he buy alcohol instead and yelling at him to sell his dead mother's dress is shortened (only the part where the dress is thrown is shown) and placed when Dio is walking away after punching Jonathan and being thrown in the anime.
  • The servants asking Dio what happened after he was thrown from the upper floor through the railing (Dio states that he slipped) and Dio thinking that it'll take the police a few days to analyze the poison and he has to finish Jonathan in 3 days is cut in the anime.
  • Dio pricking his finger to put blood on the Stone Mask and thinking that he also knew about the Stone Mask being activated with blood is cut from the anime. The manga also clarifies Dio's plan a bit more: Dio will put the Stone Mask on Jonathan and kill him with it, so the police would just think it was a research accident due to Jonathan's notes instead of murder.
  • Dio tells the coach to not tell George about Jonathan going to Ogre Street in the anime instead of a servant. It is also moved to after Jonathan defeats Speedwagon.
  • Dio kicking the vagrant after putting the Stone Mask on him is removed in the anime. He also doesn't mention that his body can't keep up with the power given and that his body is being destroyed when he attacks.
  • The part of the manga where Dio buys the medicine from Wang Chan was shortened to a few shots in the anime.

Commentary

Toshiyuki Kato has been remarkable for the second episode where he was in charge of the storyboard and the direction. We have many manga fans in the team but Kato was one of those who read it for the anime. Yet, he immediately grasped the work. With the excellent Manubu Akita who handled the key animation, it gives a high-quality episode, don't you think?

I especially enjoy the second part with Dio's aggressiveness, then this final scene softly transitioning into the ending. Moreover, the parts blackened for the TV broadcast will be revealed in detail in the disks.

It's also the episode where Speedwagon is introduced. The character gives off a very strong presence, it's impossible to do things half-hardheartedly with him (laughs). Everyone in the team had a hard time giving him life, we had to work twice as hard. A lot of secondary characters accompanied Speedwagon, but the one in charge of this part managed to give them all a true bad guy's look.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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