JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 26

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The Man Who Became a God (神となった男 Kami to Natta Otoko)[1] is the twenty-sixth and final episode of season one of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the seventeenth and final episode of Battle Tendency. It covers the end of Chapter 111 through Chapter 113 of the manga.

Kars is thrown into lava but still manages to get out. Joseph Joestar finds himself out of options as he faces the Ultimate Being in the crater of a volcano.

Summary

Joseph's victory, along with his arm, is cut short when Kars manages to survive the volcano by forming a carapace full of air bubbles to protect him from its deadly lava.

Seeing him a threat, Kars' own tribe threatens to kill him

It is explained how Kars (and the other Pillar Men) was a member of an ancient species of humanoids who lived underground. Desiring to surpass their current status, Kars developed the Stone Masks and threatened the local ecosystem as he consumed everything to fuel his rise in power. However, his tribe saw the danger and turned against him, forcing him to exterminate almost all of them. He subsequently left with Esidisi and two infants, Wammu and Santana.

The Ultimate Being is launched into the sky

Joseph attempts to fight back but Kars crushes his leg with the Ripple which he now masters at a potency one hundred times more powerful than Joseph's, causing the leg to start melting away. As Kars prepares to kill Joseph using his Ripple, Joseph subconsciously holds up the Red Stone of Aja just as Kars is about to strike, causing the island to erupt, launching both Joseph and Kars into the sky. Distracted by Joseph's severed arm hitting him, Kars is launched further into the sky by volcanic debris, pushing him outside of the Earth's gravitational pull. On the chunk of Earth that had dealt the final blow, Joseph finally rests. Stroheim, watching on in horror, realizes the inevitable. Eight hours later, he informs Speedwagon of the events. And on February 28, 1939, Joseph Joestar is pronounced dead.

Kars does all he can to try to attempt to return to Earth and avoid his own death, but all attempts are in vain. He eventually turns to stone and travels throughout the universe. Unable to move and unable to die, Kars eventually stops thinking entirely.

The funeral attendees are shocked to see Joseph alive

At Joseph's funeral in April, Smokey, Speedwagon, Lisa Lisa, Messina, and Erina gather to pay their last respects, until Joseph arrives, complaining that no one picked him up at the airport. Fitted with a new prosthetic arm from Stroheim, everyone is shocked that he is still alive but he is more shocked that they are holding a funeral for him. Suzi Q arrives, flaunting her new wedding ring, and everyone is shocked once more to learn that she and JoJo are married. JoJo reveals that after the rock he was on landed, it acted as a life raft, and he was eventually picked up near Venice, where Suzi Q nursed him back to health, but she reveals she forgot to send a telegraph to tell the others he was not dead.

An old Joseph using his Walkman

Over the next several years, everyone peacefully lives out the rest of their lives. Joseph learns that Lisa Lisa is his mother Elizabeth, and they all travel to America, where she eventually remarries a Hollywood screenwriter. Erina lives out the rest of her life teaching at an elementary school until she dies at the age of 81 in 1950 with her loved ones at her bedside. Speedwagon dedicates the rest of his life and fortune to medicine and science, dying of a heart attack in 1952 at the age of 89, having never married. Smokey Brown pays his way through college and studies political science, ultimately becoming the first black mayor of his hometown in Georgia. Stroheim never meets JoJo again; in 1943, he dies an honorable death on the front lines at the Battle of Stalingrad.

A menacing teenage delinquent sitting inside of a cell

It is now 1987. In New York's JFK Airport, a 67-year-old Joseph Joestar lashes out at a Japanese tourist after the man runs over his foot with a luggage cart, sorely upset that he has not seen his daughter since she married a Japanese man and moved to Tokyo. Four years earlier, a strange coffin was salvaged from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Canary Islands, engraved with the name "DIO". Back in the present, a teenage delinquent sits alone in a Tokyo jail cell.

Appearances

Characters
Kars
(Mental death)
Esidisi
(Flashback)
Santana
(Flashback)
Wamuu
(Flashback)
Jonathan Joestar
(Photo only)
George Joestar II
(Photo only)
Holy Kujo
(1st appearance)
Sadao Kujo
(1st mentioned)
Jotaro Kujo
(1st appearance) (Cameo)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
小林 靖子
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
加藤 敏幸
Episode Director (演出)
加藤 敏幸
Animation Director (作画監督)
清水 貴子
Key Animation (原画)
Fumiaki Kouta
Miyuki Nakamura
Kenji Yokoyama
Madoka Ozawa
Kei Tsuchiya
Yuichi Nakazawa
Yumiko Ishii
Tomoaki Kado
Kohei Ashiya
Tatsuya Shiraishi
Makoto Takahoko
Naoto Abe
Mitsuhiro Yoneda
Yukitoshi Houtani
Akihide Muraji
Shin Hyung Woo
Kiyotoshi Aoi
Takeshi Morita
Satoru Nakaya
Sachiko Mori
Takako Shimizu
Masayuki Sato
Michinori Chiba
光田 史亮
中村 深雪
横山 謙次
小澤 円
土屋 圭
中澤 勇一
石井 ゆみこ
かど ともあき
芦谷 耕平
白石 達也
高鉾 誠
阿部 尚人
米田 光宏
宝谷 幸稔
村司 晃英
Shin Hung Woo
青井 清年
森田 岳士
中屋 了
森 幸子
清水 貴子
佐藤 雅将
千葉 道徳
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
石本 峻一
西村 彩
河原 久美子
糸井 恵
小美野 雅彦
小林 亮
町田 真一
秋田 学
White Line
Kang Sul A
Kwan Hyun Ae
Sim Myung Ju
Kang Sul A
Kwan Hyun Ae
Sim Myung Ju
In-between Animation (動画)
In-Between Animation Inspection
Shuhei Fukuda
Masato Ujibe
Sae Akama
福田 周平
宇治部まさと
赤間 紗枝
david production
Sae Akama
Shuhei Fukuda
Asami Yamaguchi
Makoto Yaguchi
Hiroyuki Moriguchi
Dai Misawa
Shota Sugimoto
Aya Konishi
Takahiro Okawa
赤間 紗枝
福田 周平
山口 朝美
矢口 真琴
森口 弘之
三沢 大
杉本 将太
古西 彩
大川 貴大
White Line
Kim Jong Kyu
Ku Ja Chun
Kim Yun Hui
Park Jin Hee
Park Hee Joung
Byun Jin Sun
Sin Jin Eun
Yang Hyo Jung
Lee Hye Kyoung
Jung A Yung
Cha Hyun Ju
Chae Youn Kyung
Kim Jong Kyu
Ku Ja Chun
Kim Yun Hui
Park Jin Hee
Park Hee Joung
Byun Jin Sun
Sin Jin Eun
Yang Hyo Jung
Lee Hye Kyoung
Jung A Yung
Cha Hyun Ju
Chae Youn Kyung

Triple A
Hayashi
CL Corporation
F.A.I
AAA
ハヤシ株式会社
CLコーポレーション
F.A.I
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
小美野 雅彦
宝谷 幸稔
村田 護郎

Music

Episode 26: The Man Who Became a God
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:33
Ancientry
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Kars' ambition
02:20
04:10
Awake
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Kars has survived the lava
04:11
06:43
Fields of fright
Battle Tendency (Musik)
How Kars wanted to tame the sun and killed his tribe
06:53
09:49
Avalon
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Kars can use the Ripple!/Joseph uses the Super Aja on Kars' Ripple
10:14
12:33
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
A volcanic eruption propels Kars into space
14:50
15:58
Never Be Mine
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph's funeral
17:07
18:14
Old Town
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph sees his tombstone/Happy couple
18:47
20:17
Season
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Epilogue for the cast
21:21
22:51
BLOODY STREAM
BLOODY STREAM
Ending/Departure for Tokyo

Manga/Anime Differences

  • Additional scenes for the character epilogue were added including Erina at her deathbed, Speedwagon walking away after making a business deal, Smokey during his term as mayor, Joseph, and Lisa Lisa together after his "funeral" and Stroheim going into battle.
  • Joseph is shown listening to the The Beatles on his Walkman in the manga. In the anime, the name on the cassette isn't revealed, though it is assumed he is listening to BLOODY STREAM after it subsequently starts up during the credits.

In other languages

Language Title Translation
Japan Japanese 神となった男 The Man Who Became a God
China Chinese 超級生物的誕生! The Man Who Became a God
United States of America English The Ascendant One
Spain Spanish El hombre que se convirtió en un dios The man who became a god
Brazil Portuguese O Homem que Tornou-se um Deus The Man Who Became a God
France French L’homme qui devint un dieu The man who became a god
Germany German Der Gottgewordene The One Who Became God
Flag of the Arab League Arabic الرجل الأعلى The Ascended Man
Italy Italian L'uomo che divenne una divinità The man who became a god

Commentary

Our senior animation director Takako Shimizu personally handled this episode's animation. We took the best of the staff for the key frames. For Toshiyuki Kato (storyboard, direction), it was apparently the comfiest episode to work on (laughs).

The level of finishing touch is worthy of what you'd expect for a final episode. The spectator is constantly surprised by the twists until Kars' final defeat. "This time, we did it! Crap, we're screwed!" Up to the climactic final where Kars stops thinking. Summarily, the shonen manga in all its glory.

I think Kars is the centerpiece of Episode 26. We already know Joseph well, it's more interesting to go look at the antagonist. We had planned more scenes to flesh up his past, but the lack of screen time pushed us to select only a few...

The cemetery scene happens completely in the rain in the manga. However in the anime, the sun progressively comes. It probably fits more in the spirit of a "final episode".

"Thanks to your unwavering support, Stardust Crusaders will also be adapted into an anime." This is the message you have to receive when you see Jotaro at the very end as a bonus. Because, in truth, a typical end twist with the dreadful coffin coming back from the abyss would have been the perfect end.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Gallery

Trivia

  • The episode features two scenes from Stardust Crusaders at the end: DIO's casket being found by fishermen and Jotaro's first appearance in the jail.
    • The Blu-Ray version of the last scene of Jotaro's first appearance added the signature "To be continued..." arrow, hinting at the anime adaptation of Part 3.

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