Stardust Crusaders - Episode 40

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D'Arby the Player, Part 1 (ダービー·ザ·プレイヤー その① Dābī Za Pureiyā Sono Ichi)[1] is the fortieth episode of Stardust Crusaders, the sixteenth episode of the Egypt Arc, and the sixty-sixth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 228 through most of Chapter 232 of the manga.

The Joestar Group have reached DIO's Mansion. Telence T. D'Arby appears to greet them but drags Jotaro, Joseph and Kakyoin further inside of the mansion to bet their souls in a contest of video games.

Summary

Telence T. D'Arby summons his Stand Atum

As the Joestar Group opens the front door of DIO's Mansion, a new challenger comes out of the shadows to greet them. Polnareff summons Silver Chariot, but the man then throws a card to interrupt his attack, finishing his formal greeting. The man presents himself as Telence T. D'Arby, butler of the mansion and younger brother of Daniel J. D'Arby. However, he reassures his guests that he bears no ill will for his brother's defeat, explaining his superiority to Daniel. Telence openly brings out his Stand Atum, and when Jotaro comes out and summons Star Platinum, Telence perfectly guesses Star Platinum's incoming attack and evades it. Grabbing its arm as a dark hole appears on the floor, Atum drags Jotaro with it into the hole, followed suit by Joseph and Kakyoin. However, Joseph manages to instruct Avdol to burn the place in ten minutes.

Like his brother, Telence challenges the group in exchange for their souls for his puppets

Jotaro, Joseph and Kakyoin find themselves on a strange island in the middle of the sea, said island in the middle of which are a bunch of TV sets and a game console. The mystery of D'Arby's prescience is still intact, but Joseph cuts to the chase and tries to investigate the powers of those few remaining enemies inside the mansion. D'Arby explains that they won't be able to proceed until they defeat him. When Joseph points out that it is a three-against-one fight, D'Arby then shows his collections of dolls infused with the souls of his victims as testament of his strength, and incidentally showing his twisted soul. Indeed, Telence can also steal the soul of anyone who loses to him in a game. Moreover, D'Arby already has his grip on part of Jotaro's soul due to having guessed Jotaro's next blow earlier. Thus, the group is forced to play games with D'Arby to defeat him.

D'Arby requests that Kakyoin is the first to challenge him to a video game of his choosing, to which he agrees as he himself is quite talented at them. Thus, Kakyoin chooses F-Mega, a racing game. On the starting line, Kakyoin forgets to mash the acceleration button that gives the cars a boost. D'Arby is now slightly ahead and is confident that he will keep his advantage but Kakyoin purposefully spins his car and crashes it against Telence's, making things even; still, Kakyoin is at a slight disadvantage. As D'Arby praises Kakyoin for resisting his fear, Kakyoin internally thinks about the moment he met and fell to DIO, which was the most terrifying, reassuring and humiliating moment of his life. Determined to erase the dishonor of having been brainwashed, Kakyoin is determined to win this race.

An intense racing game ensues between Kakyoin and the young D'Arby

At the sixth corner of the race track, both players expect to enter a shortcut tunnel, but the tunnel is only large enough to fit one car. Due to his spinning, Kakyoin's car has less energy and is pushed aside by Telence's but he then expertly makes his car drive on the wall of the tunnel. The cars enter the shortcut's most dangerous area where they cannot see the car yet must avoid the mines and a cannon. The suspense rises until both cars emerge from the tunnel and D'Arby is shown to still have the lead.

Appearances

Characters
Sonia
(1st appearance)
Dr. Elliot
(1st appearance)
Tatsuhiko
(1st appearance)
Dio Brando
(Flashback)
Pet Shop
(Flashback)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Kazuyuki Fudeyasu[1]
ふでやす かずゆき
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
Episode Director (演出)
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
Animation Director (作画監督)
Cha Myoung Jun
Akihiro Yamamoto[1]
Cha Myoung Jun
山本 晃宏
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
小川 エリ
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
Shin Hyung Woo
Choi Hee Eun
Lee Eun Young
Shin Hyun Woo
Choi Hee Eun
Lee Eun Young
Key Animation (原画)
Kim Ki Yup
Cha Myoung Jun
Lim Seun Bong
Seo Jung Ha
Kwak Soo Hyeon
Ko Seong Woon
Juhg Ho Won
Sumio Watanabe
Akihiro Yamamoto
Kim Ki Yup
Cha Myoung Jun
Lim Seun Bong
Seo Jung Ha
Kwak Soo Hyeon
Ko Seong Woon
Juhg Ho Won
渡辺 純夫
山本 晃宏
Doll Illustration
滝れーき
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Makoto Yaguchi
Shuhei Fukuda
Yuri Yamamura
White Line
Sinaion
Big Owl
Triple A
矢口 真琴
福田 周平
山村 有理
WHITE LINE
SINAION
Big Owl
Triple A
In-between Animation (動画)
Digital In-Between Animation
David Production
Yusaku Nagahama
Mai Oshima
Rie Takahashi
長濱 佑作
大島 舞
高橋 梨恵

White Line
Big Owl
Triple A
Core
CL Corporation
AI
D-Motion
WHITE LINE
Big Owl
Triple A
コア
CLコーポレーション
AI
D-Motion
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
糸井 恵
小川 エリ
前田 学史
泉 寛
Production AI
Junko Nagasawa
長澤 順子
Egyptian Arabic Dialect
Ehab Ahmed Ebeid
イハーブ アハマド エベード
3D CG
Kenichi Higaki
檜垣 賢一

David Production
Kazuya Yamanaka
Ryo Morinaka
山中 一也
森中 亮

Graphic Model Cooperation

株式会社バンダイナムコエンターテインメント
株式会社サイバーコネクトツー
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
町田 真一

Music

SC Episode 40: D'Arby the Player, Part 1
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
02:06
Uneasiness
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Telence T. D'Arby
02:07
04:04
Apparent Crisis
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
D'Arby's Atum; Jotaro, Joseph & Kakyoin taken elsewhere
04:35
06:26
Gambler
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The heroes on an island
06:28
10:34
Space of a Lone God
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
D'Arby's collection/The heroes must play with D'Arby
10:47
11:40
Apparent Crisis
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Kakyoin challenges D'Arby
11:50
12:53
Powerful Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Preparing to play
12:54
16:14
Sprint
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Playing at F-Mega
16:23
17:27
A Message To My Friends
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Kakyoin remembers how DIO swayed him
17:28
20:04
Noble Hierophant
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Kakyoin's resolve
20:10
20:52
Life-and-Death Matter
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Racing in the tunnel
21:25
21:55
Powerful Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Kakyoin is behind!
21:56
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

  • A scene where DIO seduces Kakyoin to his side is expanded upon.

In other languages

Language Title Translation
Japan Japanese ダービー·ザ·プレイヤー その① D'Arby the Player, Part 1
United States of America English D'Arby the Player, Part 1
Spain Spanish D'Arby, el jugador - Primera parte D'Arby the Player - Part 1
Brazil Portuguese D'Arby, o Jogador - Parte 1 D'Arby the Player - Part 1
France French D'Arby the Player, Partie 1 D'Arby the Player, Part 1
Germany German D'Arby, der Spieler, Teil 1 D'Arby the Player, Part 1
Flag of the Arab League Arabic داربي اللاعب الجزء 1 D'Arby the Player, Part 1
Italy Italian D'Arby il giocatore, Parte 1 D'Arby the Player, Part 1

Commentary

We're about to get into serious business leading to the finale, but alas, the first fight is via a video game. (laughs)

Telence's dolls were animated by Reki Taki, who is really one of Hirohiko Araki's old assistants. We didn't get to him through Shûeisha or anything, it was pure luck. He had found himself among us via a completely different path. But thanks to him, the dolls are all the more successful and creepier.

For the racing video game, we had decided to make everything in 3D. Some of us would have preferred to make it with traditional drawings, but I won't dare imagine the exertion and hard work we would have to endure for these parts. In fact, people were wondering if we really could render a video game from the 80's in 3D. Even if it's a good question, let's say that the end justifies the means. (laughs)

Building the race track for F-Mega was really interesting. The game session itself is rather enjoyable. The Stands pummeling the buttons without reason, Joseph being completely invested in what he's seeing, the sensation of absolute speed coming out of the game... What a fun atmosphere.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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Trivia

  • The spin attack used by Kakyoin is a reference to the same technique that can be performed in the F-Zero games

References

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