JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 6

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Pluck for Tomorrow (あしたの勇気 Ashita no Yūki)[1] is the sixth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the sixth episode of Phantom Blood. It covers Chapter 29 through Chapter 33 of the manga.

Bruford is vanquished by Jonathan but Tarkus proves to be a tougher opponent and drives the heroes into a corner. At the same time, Will Anthonio Zeppeli recalls his master's prophecy about his ultimate fate.

Summary

Bruford grants his sword to Jonathan as his body disintegrates

After having barely managed to avoid Jonathan's underwater overdrive, Bruford ensnares the protagonist with his hair once more. However, Jonathan manages to block Bruford's attack and channels an overdrive through a kick into Bruford's sword, which causes one of his arms to disintegrate. From here, Jonathan is able to escape, and unleashes a sunlight yellow overdrive barrage against him. As Bruford's body starts to disintegrate, he regains his human soul, feeling at peace and leaving JoJo his sword before completely disintegrating.

Tarkus steps forward, crushing the remains of Bruford beneath his feet before declaring his commitment to evil. Jonathan and Zeppeli manage to get Speedwagon and Poco to safety using a bunch of leaves as a hang glider. As they make their escape, Zeppeli recalls how he learned to control the Ripple from a man named Tonpetty. Incidentally, Tonpetty predicted a dire fate for Zeppeli.

Zeppeli prepares to fight against Tarkus

However, Tarkus leaps after them, causing them to touch down at a knight's training ground in order to stand against him. Tarkus manages to crash into one of the outer walls and enters the training grounds first. Jonathan is pulled inside the grounds, thrusting him into a Chain Neck Deathmatch, in which the two fighters have been bound by an iron shackle around the neck and one must decapitate the other in order to free himself. Unfortunately, Jonathan has trouble breathing because of the collar and Tarkus takes the advantage. Realizing Jonathan will be killed if no one does anything and remembering his sister's uplifting words, Poco overcomes his nerves and enters the grounds via a window, managing to unlock the door so Zeppeli can get inside. Zeppeli steps into the chamber and suddenly remembers Tonpetty's prophecy, which stated that he would die, but steel his resolve and prepare to meet his doom.

Appearances

Characters
Bruford
(Death)
Mary Stuart
(Mentioned only)
Oriental Doctor
(1st appearance) (Flashback)
Tonpetty
(1st appearance) (Flashback)
Poco's Sister
(1st appearance) (Flashback)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Taizo Yoshida [1]
Episode Director (演出)
Shingo Uchida [1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Daisuke Takemoto [1]
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
Hiroko Kuurube
Seok-pyo Hong
Kosuke Yoshida
Yumi Shimojo
Yuya Takahashi
Hitoshi Miyajima
Key Animation (原画)
Tadashi Shida
Atsuko Sugawara
Katsunori Tanaka
Hitoshi Miyajima
Emiko Kataoka
Hiroki Goto
Hiroko Seigan
Katsuyuki Sato
Taeko Ogi
Ayumi Tsukishita
Koji Kataoka
Junichi Fukunaga
Seok-pyo Hong
Yuya Tsukada
Hideo Maru
Yuichiro Masuda
Arisa Kajiyama
San Kim
Koji Nobuhara
Mitsuhiro Nanbe
Koichi Nakaya
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Chiyo Imamaki
Mariko Kubo
Tomoko Shimizu
Ayana Nishino
Triple A

Music

Episode 6: Pluck for Tomorrow
Start End Title OST Description

01:28
02:57
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
Opening
00:00
01:27
A Duo Of Courage
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
JoJo and Tarkus continue to fight
02:58
04:04
Depths of the Pale Darkness
Phantom Blood (Future)
Tarkus' powerful hair
04:06
05:09
Decisive Battle ~Overlapping Destinies~
Phantom Blood (Future)
Sunlight Yellow Overdrive!
06:01
08:06
Parting Regrets
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Bruford regains his humanity
08:36
09:31
Overdrive
Phantom Blood (Future)
Tarkus attacks
09:34
11:19
Lightning Speed
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
A glider made of leaves
11:19
12:27
Stone Mask ~Prologue~
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
How Zeppeli learned the Ripple
12:45
13:14
Return from the Verge of Death
Phantom Blood (Future)
The knights' training grounds
13:30
14:08
A Peace that Embraces
Phantom Blood (Future)
Tarkus still alive
14:25
15:52
Results of The Plot
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan trapped with Tarkus
15:53
17:14
Knights of Terror
Phantom Blood (Future)
Tarkus has the advantage
17:15
19:35
Looking Toward Tomorrow
Phantom Blood (Future)
Poco's Courage
19:36
20:59
Full-Body Courage
Phantom Blood (Future)
Poco opens the door
21:09
23:25
Roundabout
Roundabout
Zeppeli's fate/Ending
23:26
23:42
Intertwined Destinies
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Next episode preview

Manga/Anime Differences

  • When Tarkus crushes the remains of Bruford's armor, the debris goes flying and damages Zeppeli in the process. This wasn't shown in the anime.
  • The scene after where Tarkus squeezes to death acquaintances of Poco and drinks their blood is not shown as well.

Commentary

It's time for Poco to shine.

There's a lot to see in Episode 6: Bruford's death in the first half, then the duel against the imposing Tarkus in the second one. Bruford's death is an important moment, directed perfectly and accompanied with a beautiful background covered in flowers. For that I greatly thank the color designer Shinichiro Yoshihara, who gave us a beautiful background as usual.

There is also a flashback of Zeppeli, which obliged us to create a young version of his design in this one scene. In JoJo, there are few designs we only use once, as they break our rhythm. Fortunately, the team managed to deal with that in time.

In the first half, Tarkus has this shout that goes "Gobabaa": it's an improvisation for the voice actor, Tetsu Inada, who read the onomatopoeia out loud. We didn't plan on keeping it, but at the end, the result is quite funny.

Lastly, I am fully satisfied by Poco's signature scene. "Tomorrow is now." There's also Zeppeli who dramatically enters the room, as determined as ever. The music perfectly sublimate this instant.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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