Diamond is Unbreakable - Episode 20

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Yukako Yamagishi Dreams of Cinderella (山岸由花子はシンデレラに憧れる Yamagishi Yukako wa Shinderera ni Akogareru)[1] is the twentieth episode of Diamond is Unbreakable and the ninety-fourth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 348 through Chapter 353 of the manga.

Yukako Yamagishi is depressed as she doesn't know how to reconcile with Koichi. She then meets Aya Tsuji, a beautician who claims that her work can help Yukako capture Koichi's love.

Summary

Unbeknownst to her customers, Aya Tsuji uses her Stand Cinderella to beautify

Yukako, unable to approach Koichi, is depressed. She stumbles upon the Cinderella Beauty Salon. Aya Tsuji, a beautician by trade, invites her inside, explaining that physiognomy affects how one is loved by people, and claims that she can improve Yukako's face, and by extension her love life. Yukako is skeptical but has nothing to lose, thus accepts a 30 minutes trial. When she closes her eyes, the beautician summons her Stand Cinderella and modifies her face.

Koichi encounters Yukako, whom had her face modified

In the streets, Yukako coincidentally meets Koichi, who wishes to put aside their past fight and make peace, to Yukako's joy. Koichi is enthralled by Yukako's change in appearance and can hardly look at her. Although Koichi and Yukako go as far as touching each other's hand, the time limit has passed. Koichi begins to have stomachaches and runs away. Dismayed, Yukako rushes back to Aya's salon and demands to be upgraded further. Aya accepts to modify Yukako's whole body, but drawing a parallel with the story of Cinderella, warns her that she would need to use a special lipstick every 30 minutes from now on. Yukako accepts. Meanwhile, Koichi suddenly feels better, and noticing that he is holding Yukako's bag, runs back to give it to her. When he sees Yukako, Koichi's heart is enthralled by her beauty. However, Rohan appears and pressures him into following him. Yukako, who pictured both of them having an intimate moment, is taken aback. Finally, events conspire to make them hug each other; Yukako and Koichi share a passionate kiss as the time limit of 30 minutes passes.

Several days later, Koichi finds it strange that after their kiss, Yukako never contacted him again. In the streets, he sees a woman resembling Yukako, but the hideous woman denies being her. It is indeed Yukako, who crashes Aya's salon, ordering her to fix her face. However, Aya reveals that Yukako's face is gone forever and her features begin to progressively disappear as a result of tampering with Fate. Koichi suddenly enters the salon, having recognized Yukako by her personality alone. Impressed, Aya decides to give Yukako a second chance and spawns several faces, saying that she can choose whichever feels like hers, but choosing incorrectly would make her incredibly ugly forever.

The young couple lives happily ever after

The truth is that had Aya lied, and that none of the faces belonged Yukako; only if she realizes this would Aya fix her face. Yukako is unable to decide, and asks Koichi to choose for her, saying that she will be satisfied with his choice, surprising Aya. Furthermore, when Koichi requests to be blinded in case Yukako ends up ugly to ease her pain, Aya is so moved by the couple's love for each other that she restores Yukako's features anyways. Everyone ends up happy.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Jiro Fujimoto
Naokatsu Tsuda[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Jiro Fujimoto[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Hyun Ae Kwon
Sul-ah Kang
Shunichi Ishimoto
Yukitoshi Houtani
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
Shin Hyung Woo
Jung Ha Seo
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
Mitsuko Baba
Shunichi Ishimoto
Action Animation Director (アクションディレクター)
Assistant Action Animation Director (アクション作画監督補)
Yasuhiro Saiki
Mechanical Animation Director (メカ作画監督)
Takashi Tanazawa
Key Animation (原画)
White Line
Seo Jung-ah
Seong-woon Ko
Cha Myoung Jun
Hyun-ae Kwan
Sul-ah Kang
Tae-soo Kim
Yeop Kim
Gi-poong Kim
Se-hyung Ryu

DR. movie

Sun-yong Yang
Byung-seok Lee
Seok-yong Kim
Jin-u U
Moon-soo Kim
Seong-won Yang
Yoko Uchida
Yu Matsuo
Ryo Yamauchi
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
White Line
Jin-hee Park
Sul-ah Kang
Zan-di Lee
Hyun-ae Kwan

DR.movie

Hyeong-jun Jeon
Su-kyong Eim
Min-jung Kim
Kashiwa Anezaki
Nana Yamazaki
Natsue Chibayama
Yuri Yamamura
Teruyo Kato
Abunaga Muraki
Tomoyo Masuda
Asahi Production
Original Drawing Correction:
Yasufumi Soejima
Naokatsu Tsuda
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Yoko Uchida
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

DU Episode 20: Yukako Yamagishi Dreams of Cinderella
Start End Title OST Description

00:18
00:58
Sorrow
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Yukako feeling depressed/The Cinderella beauty salon
00:59
01:10
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Clients are satisfied with Cinderella
01:12
01:31
The Fairy Godmother
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Yukako decides to try the salon
01:32
01:38
Killer
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Yoshikage Kira sees the salon
01:39
04:11
The Fairy Godmother
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Aya Tsuji the beautician
04:54
06:01
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Yukako on a date with Koichi already
06:12
06:24
Crazy in Love
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
The effects of the make-up wears off
06:40
09:33
The Fairy Godmother
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Yukako wants the "capture love" treatment/Aya's way of life
09:45
10:31
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
A new Yukako/Koichi is charmed
10:41
12:19
Crazy in Love
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Obstacles between Yukako and Koichi
12:20
12:54
Setting Off
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Yukako and Koichi kiss
14:58
15:10
Setting Off
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Koichi sees Yukako again and calls her
15:23
15:52
Sorrow
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Yukako has become unrecognizable
15:53
16:27
Crazy in Love
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Yukako angry at Aya and demands to be cured
16:32
18:37
A Lurking Evil
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Yukako's fate is unraveling/Koichi wants to save Yukako
19:00
21:07
Between the Silence...
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Aya Tsuji's last chance
21:24
22:57
Irreversible Sadness
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Koichi chooses for Yukako/Koichi asks Aya to blind him if he's wrong
23:00
23:36
Setting Off
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
A happy ending
23:37
23:41
Diamond is Unbreakable -Main Theme-
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Since this episode takes place before Yoshikage Kira Just Wants to Live Quietly rather than afterwards, Yukako sees Koichi and runs away only to happen upon Salon Cinderella. Originally, Yukako sits at Cafe Deux Maggot until Joseph convinces her to visit the salon in order to find love.
  • During the scene where everyone shows up to interfere, further dialogue from Joseph towards Yukako is also omitted. Yukako's left eye twitching is added.
  • Dialogue depicting Yukako meeting two children talking about having a lover and Koichi talking about Angelo Rock's growing fame at Rengatei is added.
  • When Yukako goes to meet up with Koichi after her first try at Aya's salon, she has an inner monologue where she doubts the ability of the makeup to bring her luck.
  • Yukako cutting in line to grab a taxi and using her powers to tie a man's hand to a pole is cut.
  • When Koichi and Yukako bump into each other after Yukako first tries out Aya's salon, Koichi mentions he doesn't want her to feel bad about what happened before partially because the two are stand users and should get along, although this part is omitted.
  • Like previous episodes, the café Deux Magots is replaced by Rengatei, but strangely Koichi and Yukako's first date takes place at "Deux Maigots".
  • When Aya examines Yukako's body, it omits her analysis of Yukako's hand lines.
  • Cuts why Yukako does not apply the lipstick; the manga reveals that it was because it happens during her kissing Koichi.
  • When Josuke nearly falls out the window, his Stand now helps him to get back up.
  • A scene showing Yoshikage Kira walking past Salon Cinderella with a St. Gentleman's bag is added.
  • The faces proposed by Cinderella to Yukako are still while the manga had them in movement.

Commentary

Here's another episode that I particularly enjoy. Much like episode 16, I would have liked to handle the storyboard myself, but it was impossible with my schedule. Therefore, Jiro Fujimoto helped me out while also doing the directing. That said, the parts largely inspired by Alphonse Mucha were still directed by me.

The narrative thread is obviously the love story between Koichi and Yukako. Koichi seems cooler than ever and we come to appreciate Yukako's crazy personality a little more. She seems more humane than before and I can honestly say that I don’t hate her...though it’s not like I want to be her friend either (laughs)…

Aya Tsuji’s first appearance goes hand in hand with Sayaka’s Oohara’s first time behind the mic, which after recording, we can confirm was a correct casting choice. She has a certain charm that goes perfectly with the character.

The decorated scenes in the style of Alphonse Mucha are the result of Mr. Soejima’s work, he’s the one in charge of the layouts. The results exceeded in surpassing my most optimistic expectations and I think that we can all be satisfied with how they turned out.

Note that Morioh’s sky is truly blue in this episode. In a way, it marks Yukako's change of heart.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries

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