Stardust Crusaders - Episode 34

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D'Arby the Gambler, Part 1 (ダービー·ザ·ギャンブラー その1 Dābī Za Gyanburā Sono Ichi)[1] is the thirty-fourth episode of Stardust Crusaders, the tenth episode of the Egypt Arc, and the sixty episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. This episode skips Chapter 210 and covers Chapter 211 through most of Chapter 213 of the manga.

The Joestar Group have reached Cairo. Seeking DIO's Mansion, the heroes meet the gambler Daniel J. D'Arby who bets against Polnareff and steals his soul with his Stand Osiris. To save their friend, they must challenge D'Arby to various games.

Summary

The group finally arrives in Cairo

The Joestar Group has reached its final destination, Cairo. However, they must now find DIO's lair and Cairo is a sprawling and labyrinthine city, thus forcing them to scan the outskirts first. Moreover, a few enemies remain and Holy's condition has worsened to the point she may only have a few days left.

Daniel J. D'Arby challenges the group in exchange for DIO's location

After some time showing photos of DIO's hiding spot and asking about its location, the group eventually reach a café where they come across a man named D'Arby who claims to know where DIO's mansion is. However, D'Arby presents himself as an inveterate gambler and wishes the group to win the information on a gamble. He thus throws two pieces of dried fish in the ground and asks the group to bet on which piece a nearby cat will go for first. Although Jotaro and Avdol are suspicious, Polnareff accepts the bet and foolishly accepts to "bet his soul", taking D'Arby for a lunatic. Although Polnareff bets on the bigger piece, the cat goes for the other one first. D'Arby now demands his prize: his Stand Osiris appears and steals Polnareff's soul, turning it into a poker chip. After a single gamble, Polnareff has died.

D'Arby's Stand, Osiris, steals the souls of the people who lost their bets

The group realizes they have come across one of DIO's assassins but D'Arby dissuades them to beat him up, threatening to destroy Polnareff's soul. Moreover, the gambler unapologetically claims his pride in his ability to cheat and shows his collection of poker chips as proof of his skill. The group is forced to wager their souls to free Polnareff, so Joseph comes forth to challenge him. Filling up a glass with whiskey, Joseph invites both of them to take turns and put coins in the glass, whoever making the whiskey spill being the loser of the bet. As Joseph officially wagers his own soul, D'Arby accepts the game but also momentarily checks the glass for possible tricks. Having a lot of experience, Joseph evaluates that the glass will overflow in about seven coins. Trying to destabilize D'Arby by maliciously misnaming him, Joseph then secretly spills more whiskey in the glass as he puts the sixth coin, expecting D'Arby to fail. However, the gambler then puts the seventh coin without a hitch, taking Joseph by surprise. At wit's end, Joseph subconsciously acknowledges his defeat and gets his soul stolen by Osiris.

Jotaro looks at the glass and sees a piece of melted chocolate. D'Arby had in fact tampered with the glass, slightly tilting it to make Joseph underestimate the number of coins that could fit in it. Jotaro subsequently challenges D'Arby at a game of poker, the game D'Arby is best at. Despite Avdol's protestations, Jotaro is determined to win back the souls of his friend and grandfather.

Appearances

Stands
Osiris
(1st appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
ヤスカワ ショウゴ
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
津田 尚克
浮由 段
Episode Director (演出)
Yuta Takamura[1]
高村 雄太
Animation Director (作画監督)
Megumi Itoi
Kohei Ashiya
Akihiro Yamamoto
Satoru Nakaya[1]
糸井 恵
芦谷 耕平
山本 晃宏
中屋 了
Episode Director Cooperation (演出協力)
Naokatsu Tsuda
Kenichi Suzuki
津田 尚克
鈴木 健一
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
西村 彩
伊藤 公崇
石本 峻一
Cha Myoung Jun
Key Animation (原画)
Yuji Tsuchiya
Takayuki Nakao
Shuhei Fukuda
Nagisa Takahashi
Akie Muratsukasa
Ayu Tanaka
Masami Gohda
Kohei Ashiya
Yuki Tsugihashi
Sayaka Maruyama
Bark Ma Kang
Takaaki Sekizaki
Tetsuji Shigesawa
Takafumi Mitani
Hitomi Shiroki
Kenji Yokoyama
Teruyo Kato​
Kwon O Sik
Shinya Ito
Motonao Komiya
Akihiro Otake
Hiroki Goto
Yuichi Nakazawa
Yuki Ieda
Akinori Fudesaka
土屋 友次 (Key)
中尾 高之
福田 周平
高橋 渚
村司 晃英
田中 亜優
合田 真さ美
芦谷 耕平
次橋 有紀
丸山 沙也香
Bark Ma Kang
関崎 高明
繁澤 哲二
三谷 高史
白木 仁美
横山 謙次
加藤 照代
Kwon O Sik
伊藤 進也
小宮 素直
大竹 晃裕
後藤 洋輝
中澤 勇一
家田 佑樹
筆坂 明規
Rotoscope Key Amimation
宝谷 幸稔
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Jin Hirakawa
Rie Omori
Makoto Yaguchi
Sae Akama
Yuri Yamamura
Natsue Chibayama
Arata Kawabata
Ran'u
Mitsuko Arasawa
Saaya Kume
Kaede Yasuda
White Line
Teddy
平河 仁
大森 理恵
矢口 真琴
赤間 紗枝
山村 有理
千葉山 夏恵
川端 新
藍雨
荒澤 光子
久米 紗綾
泰田 楓
WHITE LINE
テディー
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Kimitaka Ito
Eri Ogawa
伊藤 公崇
小川 エリ
Production AI
Junko Nagasawa
長澤 順子

Card Motion Cooperation
Kamimaro[2]
紙磨呂
Egyptian Arabic Dialect
Ehab Ahmed Ebeid
イハーブ アハマド エベード
3D CG
Graphic Model Cooperation:
株式会社バンダイナムコゲームス
株式会社サイバーコネクトツー
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
芦谷 耕平

Music

SC Episode 34: D'Arby the Gambler, Part 1
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:28
Fire Shaman
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The heroes in Cairo, at last
00:33
00:59
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Cairo: 4 Gods to go
01:00
02:55
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Synchronized drinking
02:57
03:19
Gambler
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Someone recognizes DIO's lair
03:20
04:49
JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~
JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~
Opening
04:51
07:12
Awakening of the Evil Spirit
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
The man asks to gamble for the information
07:20
08:59
Bizarre
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Polnareff gambles his soul... and loses
09:00
09:44
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Osiris steals Polnareff's soul
09:47
11:39
Powerful Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Daniel J. D'arby, gambler and stealer of souls
11:40
13:28
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
D'Arby's collection/Joseph challenges D'Arby
13:37
15:36
Gambler
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Joseph plays against D'Arby
15:47
17:45
Clash
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Joseph's stratagems
17:55
19:50
Apparent Crisis
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
D'Arby manages to put in another coin!
19:50
22:06
9 Glory Gods
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
D'Arby own stratagem
22:14
22:48
Final Battle
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Jotaro challenges D'Arby to poker
22:49
23:25
Last Train Home
Last Train Home
Ending
23:27
23:41
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Added a scene where the Crusaders arrive in Cairo.
  • Added a flashback where D'Arby gambled against the Moor family in person.

Commentary

Banjo Ginga, Daniel J. D'Arby's VA, was simply excellent. This sentence alone would be enough to describe the episode.

Jotaro and co. have finally arrived in Cairo, but they are already gambling in a café. Polnareff is aggressive and is masterfully tricked, so his chances of winning were slim. (laughs)

I think the episode gives a really good visual of the playing cards. In fact, we had asked a professional magician (紙磨呂) to do some moves. We filmed it and used it as reference material for the animation.

Daniel has some really strange motifs on his face. During the animation process, we had treated them as tattoos but in truth I confess I have no idea what they could be. (laughs) The two brothers have similar motifs, maybe it's something genetic...

Also note that even if the story is the same, we've made multiples modifications on this Blu-Ray and DVD version. Have fun spotting all the differences.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

  • The ending in this episode includes a different part of Last Train Home. Given the dark tone the episode has, the ending features a black screen instead of the normal video.

References

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