JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 20

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Caesar: A Lonely Youth (シーザー孤独の青春 Shīzā Kodoku no Seishun)[1] is the twentieth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the eleventh episode of Battle Tendency. It covers Chapter 89 to Chapter 93 of the Battle Tendency manga.

Caesar loses patience and goes alone to seek the Pillar Men and avenge his family. On the way to their lair, he encounters Wamuu again and prepares to fight.

Summary

Caesar's childhood with his father and siblings

Lisa Lisa tells JoJo of Caesar's childhood. When he was young, Caesar adulated his father, Mario, before Mario inexplicably left his children and the money he left them was taken by unscrupulous relatives. Believing that Mario abandoned his children, Caesar repudiated the traditional family pride of all Italian men and took to crime with the exception of murder at a young age. However, when Caesar turned sixteen, he saw his father again and stalked him to murder him. Caesar came across the wall containing the Pillar Men, which was booby-trapped by Kars. Suddenly, Mario saved Caesar from the trap, getting absorbed into the wall, but lived long enough to tell Caesar to find Lisa Lisa and learn the Ripple. Afterward, Caesar understood everything Mario did and redoubled his pride for his lineage.

Wamuu is hit by sunlight

Back to the present, Joseph is impressed by Caesar and changes his mind, deciding to head for the hotel with Lisa Lisa. As Caesar arrives at the hotel, he is attacked by an invisible Wamuu who is using streams of moist air to both protect him from the sunlight and reflect the light around him. Messina arrives to assist, but Wamuu then swiftly takes him down and drags him into the hotel, coming back for Caesar. However, Caesar has made progress and his Savon Cutter are more resistant than ever. He throws bubbles at Wamuu and forces him to flee inside the hotel, then follows him to the main hall. An intense exchange of wind blasts and soap bubbles ensues, in which Caesar takes the advantage. Moreover, using a series of refractive bubble lenses, Caesar manages to redirect the sunlight inside the hotel to pin down Wamuu. However, when Caesar is short of delivering the final blow, Wamuu takes advantage of the split-second the sun is blotted by Caesar's attack to deliver a critical counter-attack.

Caesar reminisces about his grandfather and father

Too injured to continue the fight, Caesar recalls how his father and grandfather gave their lives to turn death into a fighting chance to survive and uses the last of his strength to steal the piercing containing the antidote for the ring around JoJo's heart. He then uses his Final Ripple to create a blood bubble to deliver the piercing and his bandana to Joseph before being crushed by a cross-shaped debris. Wamuu, finding Caesar's fight and loyalty to be admirable, allows the bubble to remain.

Joseph yells for Caesar's name in tears

Joseph and Lisa Lisa are attracted to the hotel after Messina does not return, and unknowingly see the light of Caesar's Final Ripple. They discover the state of the hotel, finding the bubble with the antidote and Caesar's scarf. They try to find Caesar, but only see blood leaking out from under a cross-shaped debris. Realizing it's Caesar's blood, all they could do was weep over the loss of their friend and ally.

Appearances

Characters
Mario Zeppeli
(1st appearance) (Flashback) (Death)
Caesar's Siblings
(1st appearance) (Flashback)
Kars
(Flashback)
Esidisi
(Flashback)
Jonathan Joestar
(Flashback)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Episode Director (演出)
Animation Director (作画監督)
Manabu Akita
Masahiko Komino[1]
Effects
Tatsuya Shiraishi
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Key Animation (原画)
Hideyuki Sugiura
Shunichi Ishimoto
Toshihiro Irie
Hisashi Samejima
Eisuke Matsuhara
HIGA★KING
Kiyotoshi Aoi
Mayumi Oda
Dai Imaoka
Hiroki Abe
Yoshinobu Ando
Daisuke Ogata
Toshiharu Sugie
Masafumi Nomura
Manabu Imura
Masaki Kosaka
Noriyasu Murata
Hideaki Matsuoka
White Line
Cha Myoung Jun
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Futamatsu Mari
Nishimura Aya
Ito Kimitaka
Itoi Megumi
White Line
Sul-ah Kang
Hyun-ae Kwan
Myung-ju Sim
Ace Company
Studio Mark
Mouse Hebaraki
FAI Studio
Triple A
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)

Music

Episode 20: Caesar: A Lonely Youth
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:15
Il mare eterno nella mia anima
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Caesar's flashback: happy childhood
00:16
03:15
Pain Just Like Strange Rain
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Caesar and Mario's backhistory
03:16
04:46
BLOODY STREAM
BLOODY STREAM
Opening
04:47
05:35
Mystic
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph and Lisa Lisa decide to go after Caesar
05:44
06:57
Chaos
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
An invisible man
07:13
08:41
Demon
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Wamuu's wind suit
08:42
11:23
Small Soldier
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Caesar's Bubble Cutters make Wamuu retreat
11:37
12:37
Abyss
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Caesar vs. Wamuu
12:49
13:38
Oh please...
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Bubble Lenses!
13:45
14:17
Burning Colosseum
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Divine Sandstorm!
16:16
19:14
Never Be Mine
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Zeppeli Family spirit/Caesar Zeppeli's death/Crimson Bubble
19:42
23:24
The eternal sea within my soul
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph and Lisa Lisa crying for Caesar
23:25
24:55
Roundabout
Roundabout
Ending
24:56
25:08
Oh please...
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Next episode preview

Manga/Anime Differences

  • Caesar's flashback at the beginning of the story is told by the narrator rather than Lisa Lisa directly.
  • The entire scene from when Caesar entered the hotel up until the use of the bubble lens was present in the anime only.
  • In the manga, Joseph and Lisa Lisa enter the hotel to find a badly wounded Messina and attempt to find him medical care, only to notice Caesar's crimson bubble soon after. In the anime, the Messina scene is skipped; they enter the hotel and immediately see the crimson bubble.

Commentary

Here's an episode where a lot of things are narrated, but not necessarily with words. Toshiyuki Kato was in charge of the storyboard and the direction. I wanted him to do a good job but he ended up surpassing every expectation; the image of a homerun is what I felt in front of his exemplary work. I have nothing to say about it, it is a genuine lesson on direction. As for animation, Manabu Akita and Masahiko Komino formed a golden duo and the result is excellent. Again, I have nothing else to say.

For the music, Taku Iwasaki directly came to the studio for the final editing to ensure that the soundtracks perfectly fitted the images.

People aren't sensitive to the same scenes. For some, the real emotional sequence comes when Caesar hits Wamuu in vain with his last strength, others are more sensitive to Lisa Lisa's tears or Joseph's cry. I think it's a generational thing. (laughs).

Anyway, every member of the team's fits together brilliantly, it's one of our best episodes.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

  • This episode was widely considered by fans and staff alike to be one of the most moving episodes of the TV anime.[2][3][4]
    • Tomokazu Sugita (v.c: Joseph) and Takuya Sato (v.c: Caesar) shared a brief character exchange over Twitter after the episode aired.[5]

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