Diamond is Unbreakable - Episode 21

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Yoshikage Kira Just Wants to Live Quietly, Part 1 (吉良吉影は静かに暮らしたい その1 Kira Yoshikage wa Shizuka ni Kurashitai Sono 1)[1] is the twenty-first episode of Diamond is Unbreakable and the ninety-fifth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 342 through the first half of Chapter 345 of the manga.

The serial-killer Yoshikage Kira's peaceful day is thrown into disarray when Shigechi accidentally takes his lunch bag. In the bag is the hand of his latest victim and Kira must retrieve it to conserve his anonimity.

Summary

On a sunny day in Morioh, salaryman and secret serial killer Yoshikage Kira is relaxing at home with his "girlfriend," a severed hand from a woman he previously murdered. He gives his "girlfriend" a ring he bought for her before heading to St. Gentleman's Bakery to buy a sandwich. Along the way, he is greeted by several of his female coworkers asking him to join them for lunch. Kira refuses, while another male coworker describes how Kira seems to keep to himself and how quietly he acts.

Yoshikage Kira enjoys a quiet day by himself

After buying a sandwich, Kira sits under a tree at the park to eat it, contemplating the beauty of Morioh. Just then, right behind the tree, Shigechi meets up with Josuke and Okuyasu and is asked to loan them lunch money. While giving them the money they need, a stray dog steals Shigechi's lunch bag (also a sandwich from St. Gentleman's) from under his nose and runs off. When Shigechi notices that his sandwich is gone, he mistakes Kira's bag for his and takes it, not knowing that Kira's "girlfriend" is inside of it. Kira notices this right away and follows the kid to prevent him from seeing the hand, as he fears that the police could easily trace the ring on it and Kira's fingerprints back to him. Having not left a single clue during his 15-year career as a serial killer, Kira is determined to reclaim his "girlfriend."

Shigechi unknowingly takes Kira's paper bag

Kira follows Shigechi across town until the latter runs into Josuke & Okuyasu again. Shigechi offers to let them into his school's prep room to have the coffee and tea that the gym teacher regularly smuggles into the school, but Josuke & Okuyasu turn him down. Thinking that he can reclaim his "girlfriend" without much trouble, Kira follows Shigechi into his school's prep room and tries to grab the St. Gentleman's bag while Shigechi is busy brewing himself some coffee, but is forced to hide in the gymnastics equipment when Josuke & Okuyasu suddenly join Shigechi, having changed their minds about his offer. While the trio is busy eating lunch, Kira attempts to grab the bag with a straightened-out coat hanger, but drops it, piquing Josuke's curiosity. Just when he is about to investigate the bag, however, Shigechi stops him and accuses him of trying to steal his sandwich. He then leaves again to prepare tea for Josuke & Okuyasu, during which Kira successfully reclaims the bag. Upon noticing that his bag is gone, however, Shigechi sends out Harvest to look for it but is cut short when the gym teacher enters the prep room, driving the three boys out and giving Kira an opportunity to escape without a trace.

Kira reveals his Stand Killer Queen

Shigechi, however, notices Kira carrying the bag from the same bakery that his sandwich came from, and suspects Kira of having stolen his sandwich. Shigechi tries to take it back with Harvest, but the bag rips open, exposing Kira's "girlfriend." Kira, knowing that he'll probably be exposed, gives Shigechi a monologue on how he wishes to live a quiet life before summoning his own Stand, Killer Queen, aiming to kill Shigechi before the boy can expose him.

Appearances

Stands
Killer Queen
(1st appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Yoriyasu Kogawa[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Sang-yong Eum[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Eun-sun Kim[1]
Episode Director Cooperation (演出協力)
Hitomi Ezoe
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
Action Animation Director (アクションディレクター)
Key Animation (原画)
DR.movie
Jea-ik Sin
Young-sun Kim
Jin-hee Song
Sun-yong Yang
Dong-uk Lee
Moon-soo Kim
Seung-cheol Ryu
Seong-beum Kim
Dae-un Jung
Ji-yeon Kim
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
DR.movie
Eun-soon Byun
Jae-hoon Choi
Dong-hun Lee
Hyeong-jun Jeon
Su-kyong Eim
Min-jung Kim

Music

DU Episode 21: Yoshikage Kira Just Wants to Live Quietly, Part 1
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:15
Morioh Town Radio
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Morioh-cho RADIO
00:16
01:00
FAITH
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Kira's breakfast with his girlfriend
01:03
02:15
chase
chase
Opening
02:20
05:57
Killer
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Yoshikage Kira's picnic
06:02
07:42
Friends! Friends?
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Josuke & Okuyasu ask Shigechi for money/Shigechi picks Kira's bag
07:42
09:13
Second Bomb
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Kira must retrieve the damning evidence
09:17
10:42
Friends! Friends?
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Josuke & Okuyasu are in the way/The trio will have lunch in the store room
10:46
12:39
Second Bomb
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Kira follows Shigechi to school
12:58
14:41
Between the Silence...
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Kira hidden but surrounded/Trying to recover the bag
14:46
15:01
Between the Silence...
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Josuke almost sees the hand
15:38
15:52
Second Bomb
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Kira retrieves the bag
16:52
17:52
A Lurking Evil
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Shigechi deploys Harvest/The trio must leave
17:52
18:26
Killer
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Kira is protected by lady luck
18:29
19:31
Looming Crisis
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Shigechi finds Kira and discovers Kira's hand
19:32
20:22
Malice
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Yoshikage Kira is found out
20:23
21:42
Killer
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Yoshikage Kira's way of life
21:42
22:26
Second Bomb
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Killer Queen reveal
22:27
23:35
I Want You
I Want You
Ending
23:36
23:40
Diamond is Unbreakable -Main Theme-
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Added new scenes with Kai Harada, Kira cutting his nails with a bowling pin shaped nail clipper, preparing breakfast and actually showing him giving a ring to the severed hand.
  • Added a line referencing Koichi and Yukako being together, which didn't happen yet in the corresponding manga chapters.
  • Added lines of dialogue between Josuke and Okuyasu about the sauce in their food when Kira is trying to get the sandwich bag.
  • Kira putting on gloves to hide his fingerprints while in the gymnasium is removed.
  • Removed Kira checking if anyone could see him before releasing Killer Queen.

Commentary

Here’s an episode that's bound to succeed, and more importantly, an episode where one can feel sympathy for Kira. For example, there’s this moment where he’s hidden under the vaulting boxes and tries to pick up the bag with an iron wire. He’s so meticulous (laughs). When I was young, I had trouble liking Kira’s character, but now that I'm grown-up, I feel sympathetic for him. Is that how it is, to be an adult? (laughs)

Since this episode was mainly scenes about day-to-day life, our animation director, an expert in action scenes, had a lot of trouble with it. I thought it would be easy since there wasn’t any fight, but on the contrary, handling natural day-to-day movements can be difficult.

Part of the episode happens in the storage room of a high school’s gym. We made sure to reproduce every detail as close as possible to real life paraphernalia one could find in such a place.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries

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