Stardust Crusaders - Episode 1

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A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit (悪霊にとりつかれた男 Akuryō ni Toritsukareta Otoko)[2] is the first episode of Stardust Crusaders and the twenty-seventh episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 114 through half of Chapter 117 of the manga.

In the year 1987, Joseph's Japanese grandson Jotaro Kujo discovers that he is "possessed" by an evil spirit. Joseph and the fortune-teller Muhammad Avdol visit him in Tokyo and reveal to him the existence of the power called "Stand". Meanwhile, an ancient evil has returned.

Summary

Several years after the events of Part 2, a group of treasure hunters retrieves a coffin from the water off the coast of Africa with the name DIO written on it. Some time later, the boat is discovered by the Speedwagon Foundation void of its passengers, though the coffin had been found empty.

Jotaro Kujo reveals his Stand, Star Platinum

In the year 1987, 17-year-old delinquent, Jotaro Kujo, grandson of Joseph Joestar, is sent to prison after beating up three armed men and a trained boxer. Despite Holy's insistence, he refuses to leave, claiming that he is possessed by an evil spirit. To demonstrate, he takes a prison guard's gun and shoots himself in the head, but the bullet is stopped by a mysterious floating arm that only he and his mother can see. Holy mentions that his grandfather also possessed similar powers. Joseph arrives in Japan with a mysterious partner and is greeted by Holy. The three head to the prison, where Joseph confronts Jotaro and asks him to leave the jail cell. Jotaro refuses at first due to his "evil spirit" and takes the pinky off Joseph's prosthetic hand. Joseph reveals his partner to be an Egyptian fortune teller by the name of Muhammad Avdol, whom also reveals a spirit of his own. Avdol's spirit manifests itself as a humanoid with a bird-like head and the ability to produce flames. The spirit launches a projectile of flames causing Jotaro to get pinned against the back wall of the jail cell. Having no other choice, Jotaro releases his own spirit and briefly engages Avdol, but not before the latter halts the fight after pointing out that he had accomplished his goal of removing Jotaro from the cell.

DIO, bearing a Joestar birthmark, in the image created by Hermit Purple

The group leaves the prison and, at a local cafe, Joseph demonstrates using his Stand, Hermit Purple by creating an image of DIO by smashing a camera. He tells the group that the sudden appearance of their strange manifestations had erupted from the recent resurrection of the Joestar arch-nemesis, Dio Brando, who is now referred to simply as DIO. Joseph also reveals that this link is due to the fact DIO had managed to take over Jonathan's body. But nonetheless, Jotaro barely believes Joseph’s story, even with the proof he had made. Somewhere else, DIO lies in the shadows fully aware that the group had been watching him with Joseph's Stand. DIO walks off mentioning that while this may be fate, he had already prepared to take care of the Joestars.

Appearances

Characters
Japanese Police Officers
(1st appearance)
Sadao Kujo
(1st mentioned)
Jotaro Kujo
(1st full appearance)
Muhammad Avdol
(1st appearance)
Lisa Lisa
(Mentioned only)
Jonathan Joestar
(Mentioned only)
Erina Pendleton
(Mentioned only)
Stands
Star Platinum
(1st appearance)
Magician's Red
(1st appearance)
Hermit Purple
(1st appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
小林 靖子
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
津田 尚克
Episode Director (演出)
津田 尚克
Animation Director (作画監督)
小美野 雅彦
Episode Director Cooperation (演出協力)
Yuuta Takamura
高村 雄太
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
糸井恵
芦谷耕平
Key Animation (原画)
Yukiyoshi Shikiji
Yuji Tsuchiya
Yoshinobu Ando
Yuzuru Jogashima
Etsushi Mori
Masahiko Komino
Hiroshi Tanabe
Ryousuke Senbo
Masato Hagiwara
Kimitaka Ito
Megumi Honda
Kohei Ashiya
Akie Muratsukasa
Shunji Suzuki
Toshiharu Sugie
Ryozo Sugiyama
Takenori Tsukuma
Hideyuki Sugiura
Megumi Itoi
Manabu Imura
Yuriko Ishii
Shinpei Koikawa
Hiroshi Tatezaki
Masashi Nomura
式地 幸喜 (Key)
土屋 友次 (Key)
安藤 義信
城ヶ 島譲
森悦史
小美野 雅彦
田邉 博
泉保 良輔
萩原 正人
伊藤 公祟
本多 恵美
芦谷 耕平
村司 晃英
鈴木 俊二
杉江 敏治
杉山 了蔵
津熊 健徳
杉浦 英之
糸井 恵
井村 学
石井 百合子
鯉川 慎平
館崎 大
野村 雅史
David Production
石本 峻一
西村 彩
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Haru Watanabe
Megumi Tonegawa
Kaori Saito
Yuu Kaneshiro
Keiko Watanabe
Takayuki Nakao
渡邉 葉瑠
刀根 川恵
斉藤 香織
金城 優
渡辺 恵子
中尾 高之
David Production
福田 周平
White Line
Sinaion
Snowdrop
Studio Toy Box
Studio GAO
WHITE LINE
SINAION
(株式会社スノードロップ)
スタジオToy Box
スタジオGAO
3D CG
Yasufumi Soejima
Aiki Watanabe
Kenichi Higaki
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
渡辺 藍希
檜垣 賢一
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
小美野雅彦

Music

SC Episode 1: A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit
Start End Title OST Description

01:19
02:11
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Abandoned boat found
03:51
04:09
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Holy runs toward Jotaro's cell
06:41
07:05
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro shows his evil spirit
07:17
05:06
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Joseph meets Holy
09:11
11:05
Dizziness
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Joseph confronts Jotaro
11:06
12:46
Fire Shaman
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Avdol appears
12:47
15:05
Awakening of the Evil Spirit
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Star Platinum appears
15:27
15:42
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Star Platinum breaks bars
15:57
16:39
Omen
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Avdol steps out of the fight
17:37
18:32
Sadness
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Joseph narrates Jonathan's fate
19:17
20:10
Purple Thorns
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Joseph shows Hermit Purple
20:20
22:25
Omen
Stardust Crusaders (World)
DIO has stolen Jonathan's body
22:47
23:25
Dark Rebirth
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
DIO realizes the Joestar are after him
23:28
23:42
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Rather than appearing at the end, the discovery of DIO's coffin appears at the beginning of the episode.
  • A scene is added, showing Holy talking to officers in the police station before they escort her to Jotaro's cell.
  • In the anime, Jotaro is seen reading Baoh in his cell instead of Shonen Jump. This is much like when Joseph reads it in the first episode of the adaptation of Part 2.
  • In the anime, when Jotaro is pinned against the wall by Magician's Red's Red Bind, he kicks a table that hits a toilet and frees himself. In the manga, Jotaro kicks the toilet itself.

Commentary

In this first episode, I am the director. Frankly, it is quite dense, beginning with the minor characters in the boat scene. We had the same tension from the previous series. The making of this episode took more time than most.

To be precise, one must know that an anime uses three different frames for lips synchronization. For this episode, we went up to four frames. This is extra work for the key animator, for an ultimately discrete result. We then went back to normal for the remainder of the series, except the close-ups chosen by the director.

With this series, we sought to reach a Western aesthetic by observing animation processes used in foreign series and movies. In fact, to apply too many "anime-esque" tropes would have worked against JoJo. It was already the case in the first series, but some motions were still not realistic enough. The goal of this season was thus to improve this aspect as much as possible.

Regarding the animation, we had to manage 12,000 drawings like madmen. That was crazy. (laughs) But the benefit (if there was any?) was mainly towards Magician's Red's flames. In the end, everyone survived (laughs), and I am very satisfied with the first episode. It is a major work and a long series, and we had to jump into the fray and have a good start. Mission accomplished.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

  • This is the first episode to introduce the inclusion of "Stand info cards", which appear after commercial breaks.

References

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