Diamond is Unbreakable - Episode 28

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Highway Star, Part 1 (ハイウェイ・スター その1 Haiwei Sutā Sono 1)[1] is the twenty-eighth episode of Diamond is Unbreakable and the one hundred second episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 381 through Chapter 386 of the manga.

The game of dice between Josuke and Rohan goes awry as Mikitaka Hazekura's lack of subtlety as the dice makes the mangaka suspect that Josuke is cheating.

Summary

Rohan raises his suspicions on Josuke's playing dice

During a game of Cee-lo with Rohan, Josuke starts piquing the former's interest with a series of rolls that suspiciously keep ending up in the latter's favor. Convinced that Josuke is cheating, Rohan stabs his own pinky with a pen and bets 200 million yen and his own pinky that he can figure out how Josuke is cheating in the next round. Additionally, he brings over Tamami Kobayashi to use The Lock as a lie detector of sorts. Meanwhile, Mikitaka's dice disguise begins to slip, first when he vomits from motion sickness, and later when he develops a rash from the sound of nearby firetruck sirens.

When Josuke tries to hide these signs, Rohan further catches onto him and his suspicions are further proven when The Lock detects Josuke's foul play. However, the game ends up being cut short when Rohan discovers that he accidentally set his own house on fire, hence the firetrucks from earlier. Josuke takes this as an opportunity to bail out with Rohan's money, healing the latter's finger on the way out, as Mikitaka's disguise falls completely apart behind Rohan and Tamami's backs. The next day, Josuke runs into Mikitaka and his mother, who claims that his self-identification as an extraterrestrial is a joke that he frequently pulls off on his peers; however, Mikitaka asserts that he brainwashed the woman into believing that she was his mother, leaving the issue of his true nature unresolved. Meanwhile, Yoshihiro Kira, who too was baffled at the strange student's real nature, was also angered at how things have turned out and then flies off to create more Stand users and protect his son.

Meanwhile, at the Kawajiri's residence, Hayato Kawajiri returns home from school and replays the tape he secretly recorded of his parents, noting how this is the first time in a while that Shinobu bared herself to Kosaku. Looking over his recording, he notices his father acting suspicious at his desk and turns up the volume, hearing the angry ramblings of the disguised Yoshikage Kira.

Rohan witnesses a man killing a woman inside a tunnel

Some time passes after Rohan's house burns down, and he eventually meets up with Josuke on the bus. The two are visibly irritated at each other's presence, with Rohan being particularly angry at Josuke for the 700 million yen property damage the fire caused. When the bus passes through a tunnel, Rohan notices a room with what looks to be Yoshikage Kira severing a dead woman's hand inside. Josuke refuses to believe Rohan's warnings, mistaking them for a means of getting back at him for the events of their Cee-Lo game, much to the latter's fury at the former's disbelief.

Rohan is pinned down by the Stand Highway Star

Rohan decides to investigate the tunnel himself and happens upon the mysterious room, only to find it empty. However, upon leaving, he finds himself being chased by a group of disembodied feet, though they can only go up to 60 km/pH, allowing Rohan to escape on his motorcycle by going 10 km/pH faster. When Rohan is forced to slow down to avoid an oncoming truck, the feet latch onto him and start sucking away his energy; at that point, the feet form into the Stand known as Highway Star, who explains that he is feeding off of Rohan for his nutrients.

Josuke drives off with Highway Star pursuing him

Josuke decides to investigate the tunnel despite having had a falling out with Rohan on the bus; he comes across Rohan's motorcycle, which zooms out of the tunnel before falling apart. Later, Josuke sees Highway Star latched onto Rohan before the two of them disappear. Josuke chases them down to the room in the tunnel, which Highway Star uses as a trap to lure in prey. Highway Star tries to coax Rohan into asking Josuke for help as a form of live bait, but Rohan refuses, citing the feeling of power that comes from denying the requests of someone strong, and warns Josuke of Highway Star's plan. However, Josuke steps in anyways out of sheer arrogance, at which point Highway Star begins chasing him down. Hearing Rohan's warnings about Highway Star's 60 kph speed limit, Josuke uses Crazy Diamond to fix Rohan's motorcycle before driving off, with Highway Star in hot pursuit.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Kazuyuki Fudeyasu[1]
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Jin Tamamura[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Jin Tamamura[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Natsue Chibiyama
Haru Wanatabe
Yuta Otaka
Kenji Yokoyama
Saori Nakashiki
Shin Hyung Woo
Kohei Ashiya[1]
Episode Director Cooperation (演出協力)
Chief Animation Director (総作画監督)
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
Action Animation Director (アクションディレクター)
Kenta Mimuro
Masashi Yamada
Mechanical Animation Director (メカ作画監督)
Key Animation (原画)
Kazuya Miyoshi
Tetsuya Tsukamoto
Shiori Nakasone
Natsue Chibayama
Hiroshi Tatezaki
Kohei Hashimoto
Erina Murakami
RyounTsuchida
Yui Kinoshita
Nozomi Sakamoto
Yuki Masutani
Yukitoshi Houtani
Ayako Karatani
Akie Muratsukasa
Yumi Kinoshita
Mariko Inagaki
Atamichi Samukawa
Ayumi Bono
Yuzuha Komura
Yasunori Matsuki
Aoi Fukamori
Kenji Nishikawa
Keisuke Nishijima
Ryo Yamauchi
Aya Tanaka
Toshiyuki Sato
Yoshihiro Maeda
Mayumi Oda
Kanta Suzuki
Jun Fujiwara
Kenta Mimuro
Shunichi Ishimoto
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Kashiwa Anezaki
Yuri Yamamura
Shuhei Fukuda
Yoko Uchida
Sae Akama
Nana Yamazaki
Rie Horinochi
Misaki Nakamura
Hidekazu Takemura
Haruka Kawakami
Akie Ryu
Megumi Itoi
Takashi Tanazawa
Studio CL
TAP
Ace Company
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Yoko Uchida

Music

DU Episode 28: Highway Star, Part 1
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:13
Between the Silence...
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Rohan is suspicious of Josuke
00:15
00:44
A Lurking Evil
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Rohan examines the dice but finds nothing
00:48
01:42
Peacefulness
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Josuke gets a triple 6/Rohan cuts off his finger
01:47
03:08
Great Days
Great Days
Opening
03:10
04:32
The Artist's Bizarre Passion
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Rohan determined to find how is Josuke cheating
04:33
04:56
Doze Meeting
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Tamami is back
04:56
06:52
Between the Silence...
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Tamami places The Lock on Josuke/The last round
08:50
09:14
Peaceful Street Corner
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Despite everything, Josuke wins
09:15
09:36
Morioh Town Radio
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Morioh-cho RADIO
09:36
10:24
A New Courage
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
The Kawajiri son, Hayato, is suspicious
10:29
11:28
An Alien??
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Mikitaka has a mother?
11:29
11:53
The Artist's Bizarre Passion
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Yoshihiro's new Stand User is sure to eliminate the heroes
12:46
13:54
Shadow Lurking in Town
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
A room inside a road tunnel?
14:00
15:10
Mystery
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Rohan decides to investigate the tunnel alone
15:21
16:37
Secret Plans
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Rohan discovers the room/A pursuing enemy Stand
16:51
17:34
Confrontation
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Rohan is captured/Josuke comes in
17:35
18:28
On Pursuit
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Highway Star appears
18:29
20:18
Looming Crisis
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Highway Star tells Rohan to lure Josuke closer
20:23
20:44
Courage
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
"I refuse"
20:45
21:48
Sudden Battle
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Josuke is saved by Rohan
22:00
22:27
Interception
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
The chase between Josuke & Highway Star begins
22:28
23:36
I Want You
I Want You
Ending
23:36
23:41
Diamond is Unbreakable -Main Theme-
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Removed Josuke saying that compared to getting two special results in a row, stranger things have happened before like his grandma being hit by the same car twice in one day and being fine afterwards.
  • Removed the scene with Rohan about to bite the die to test its hardness, until Josuke stops him by saying he forgot to wash his hands after taking a dump earlier.
  • Removed Mikitaka sweating out of fear, and Josuke sneezing on Rohan to pretend the wetness of the die was from his sneeze.
  • Removed Tamami's monologue about not being impartial and hoping to see Josuke's finger get cut off.
  • Added a Morioh Radio segment which mentions Fungami's accident in the tunnel.
  • Rearranged Hayato spying on his parents to another scene chronologically. In the manga, it shows him watching the surveillance tapes right after the incident with Kira and Shinobu on the same night, whereas the anime moved it to the next day.
  • Removed Josuke saying he's a young guy so he'll stand in the bus after Rohan told him to sit down, angering Rohan because it implies that Josuke is calling Rohan old.
  • Removed Josuke thinking that Rohan's a creepy guy, after feeling Rohan glare at the back of his head while sitting down in front of him.
  • Removed a line of Josuke thinking that Rohan is trying to pick a fight with him when Rohan first asks if he saw the room in the tunnel (but kept Josuke's expression on his face).
  • Changed the scene of Josuke and Rohan arguing into a flashback, with Rohan already at Futatsumori Tunnel with his motorcycle. Also removed Josuke saying he never wants to see Rohan's face again during that scene, although Josuke mentions that he had said it when he arrives at the tunnel later on in the episode.
  • Removed Rohan wondering if he was hallucinating, or whether the tunnel was a trap before he goes in.

Commentary

Here's a really tense episode after the dice game. I personally thought Rohan looked really cool here when he said, "I refuse (だが断る daga kotowaru)" to his opponent's face. Visually speaking, the animators had to double up their efforts in order to emulate the manga as close as possible for this scene. This is, after all, the first Stand fight of the new cour, so the whole team had to give it their all.

Drawing all of Highway Star’s footprints by hand is fairly difficult, which is why I had to put my best recruits on the case, starting with the action scenes director. Kishō Taniyama, Yuya Fungami’s voice actor, has alot of style, which is why he ranks either first or second for most fitting voice in Part 4.

You will notice that we do not necessarily change the colors between the humorous scenes and the tense ones. This was the case in episode 27 too. Since episode 25’s visual style was admirable, it now serves as the base for the rest of the series.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries

Trivia

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  • In the official English subs and dub, this episode's title is changed to "Highway Go Go, Part 1" to match Highway Star's name change to "Highway Go Go".
  • The "To Be Continued" arrow appears halfway through the episode, at the conclusion of the Mikitaka arc, in reference to the original chapter's unusual placement.

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