Diamond is Unbreakable - Episode 29

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Highway Star, Part 2 (ハイウェイ・スター その2 Haiwei Sutā Sono 2)[1] is the twenty-ninth episode of Diamond is Unbreakable and the one hundred third episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 387 through Chapter 391 of the manga.

Josuke is chased by the Stand Highway Star and must ride on a motorcycle across Morioh to evade it. As he needs to find the User, he calls Koichi for help.

Summary

Highway Star pursues Josuke

On the run from Highway Star, Josuke devises a plan to contact Koichi to determine who and where the enemy Stand's user is. After learning that Highway Star can teleport, Josuke abandons his initial plan of using a payphone and instead steals a cellphone to contact Koichi. During their call, Koichi remembers a news story about a drunk driving accident in the tunnel where Highway Star first appeared; after some contemplation, Josuke comes to the conclusion that this John Doe must be the Stand user, and Highway Star is his means of speeding up his recovery. Josuke heads to the hospital where the user is at while continuing to evade Highway Star through various convoluted means.

Meanwhile, Yoshihiro expresses joy at the viability of Highway Star, despite its user being a crippled accident victim. Kira flies around giddily, though he admits that it would've been more satisfying to see Josuke die.

Highway Star's user, Yuya Fungami, is confined to a hospital bed

Koichi reaches the hospital but is unable to find out anything about John Doe because visiting hours are over. Desperate for information, Koichi sends out Echoes ACT3 to increase the mass of and tip over several expensive medicine bottles. The administrator ends up at Koichi's mercy and is forced to tell him that the man he is looking for is Yuya Fungami in Room 525, just in time for Josuke to come crashing in. Hearing this new information, Josuke rushes into the elevator, with Highway Star in hot pursuit. Since ACT3 is able to stop only one of the enemy Stand's feet at a time, it eventually catches up with Josuke and starts feeding off of him. However, Josuke still has enough strength to make it into the room, where he sees Yuya being spoiled by three of his fangirls.

Crazy Diamond delivers multiple punches to Yuya's face

Josuke is angrily reprimanded by the girls and talked down to by Yuya, who demonstrates his enhanced sense of smell by pointing out a rotten peach, detecting which girl is on her period, and smelling the adrenaline caused by someone's anger. Yuya tries to determine which of his fangirls is the angry one, only to learn that it's actually Josuke, who'd been drinking from Yuya's IV bag to replenish himself. Josuke reveals that he has enough strength for Crazy Diamond to punch faster than Highway Star can run, and forces Yuya to release Rohan before preparing to beat the smug thug up. Yuya and co. point out that it would be cowardly for Josuke to attack a crippled man, at which point Josuke reveals that Crazy Diamond already healed him. Josuke beats Yuya senseless and throws him into the fountain right outside the hospital entrance, prolonging his stay; the narrator explains that Yuya is now unable to use Highway Star or else Josuke will kick his ass. Back at the tunnel, Josuke uses Crazy Diamond to heal Rohan, who condescendingly states that he would've preferred dying. Koichi takes his dog Police out for a walk to end the day, while back at the Kosaku household, Shinobu notices a stray British Blue cat that wandered into their basement.

Appearances

Characters
Yoshioka
(1st appearance)
Akira
(1st appearance)
Minayo
(1st appearance) (Voice only)
Yuya Fungami
(1st full appearance)
Yuya's Fangirls
(1st appearance)
Tama
(1st appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Kazuyuki Fudeyasu[1]
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Yoriyasu Kogawa[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Hikaru Murata[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Kohei Ashiya
Yui Kinoshita
Natsue Chibayama
Saori Nakashiki
Haru Wanatabe
Shin Hyung Woo
Kenji Yokoyama
Yuta Otaka
Terumi Nishii
Shunichi Ishimoto
Mitsuko Baba[1]
Chief Animation Director (総作画監督)
Action Animation Director (アクションディレクター)
Kenta Mimuro
Masashi Yamada
Yasuhiro Saiki
Fumiaki Kouta (cooperation)
Mechanical Animation Director (メカ作画監督)
Key Animation (原画)
Yoko Uchida
Yuichi Nakazawa
Masashi Yamada
Teruyo Kato
Yui Kinoshita
Mahora Muraki
Kohei Ashiya
Shunryō Yamamura
Ryo Yamauchi
Yu Matsuo
Nozomi Tachibana
Hajime Tadokoro
Manabu Imura
Natsue Chibayama
Aiko Sononbe
Rie Arakawa
Sae Akama
Takashi Hirabayashi
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Shuhei Fukuda
Masami Aida
Yuri Yamamura
Kashiwa Anezaki
Eriko Miwa
Miho Sekimoto
Takashi Tanazawa
Emiko Kataoka
Nana Yamazaki
Rika Wada
Yumika Ichimura
Mitsuko Baba
Mai Hazama
Koki Miyazaki
Sakuya Abe
Tomoko Segawa
White Line
Akira
Asashi Production
STUDIO CL
Dogakobo
Triple A
REBOOT
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Yoko Uchida
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

DU Episode 29: Highway Star, Part 2
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
02:14
Cornered
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Josuke pursued by Highway Star/Where is the User?
02:35
02:41
On Pursuit
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Josuke cannot make a proper phone call
02:41
04:02
Great Days
Great Days
Opening
04:03
07:21
Crime Scene Express
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Josuke calls Koichi/The port
07:24
07:59
Looming Crisis
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Josuke stuck near the ocean
08:00
08:37
The Trap Has Been Set
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Yoshihiro gloats
08:38
09:43
Looming Crisis
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
A drainage pipe was the escape route
10:05
11:22
Confrontation
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
The motorcycle is out of gas
11:27
12:20
Bizarre Premonitions
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Koichi asks a nurse for the enemy's name
12:22
13:25
Evolution
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
"Let's kill da hoe"
13:27
14:38
Diamond is Unbreakable -Main Theme-
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Josuke arrives at the hospital
14:39
15:03
On Pursuit
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Highway Star manages to reach Josuke
15:05
16:22
Malice
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Yuya Fungami on his hospital bed
16:23
17:56
Doze Meeting
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Yuya and his three girlfriends
18:07
18:45
Diamond is Unbreakable ~ Stand Activated ~
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Josuke is mad
18:45
20:45
Diamond is Unbreakable -Main Theme-
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Josuke defeats Yuya
20:49
21:19
A Town Protected by Love
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Aftermath of the battle
21:24
21:51
Peaceful Street Corner
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Josuke and Rohan do not get along
21:57
22:27
A New Courage
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Shinobu sees a cat
22:28
23:36
I Want You
I Want You
Ending
23:37
23:42
Diamond is Unbreakable -Main Theme-
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Removed Josuke saying he sucks at math and shortened his calculations to determine the distance he'll be from Highway Star. Also moved his calculations to be after Highway Star catches up to him at the payphone, rather than before.
  • Changed Koichi's hair to what they are like in his fight against Sheer Heart Attack. Removed the Adidas brand logo from Koichi's clothes.
  • Removed Koichi's family member saying they're using the restroom and telling Koichi to pick up the phone, with Koichi complaining that they just told him to walk the dog.
  • Removed the panels of Koichi asking if Josuke can head towards his house. Josuke replies back that he can't pull a U-turn at 60 km/h because he'll crash, and he doesn't know the streets around him very well either.
  • Removed the narrator explaining how motorcycles normally don't have a gasoline gauge, and how Josuke doesn't realize the shortage of gas because he is inexperienced.
  • Removed the nurse asking if Koichi is a family member of Yuya, and a line of her mocking Koichi that they have an ear specialist upstairs if he needs one.
  • Added scene of Josuke healing Rohan at the tunnel with Rohan still being mad at him, and included Jotaro in the scene as well. In the manga, what happened was only narrated.
  • Added scene of Koichi walking his dog after everything was over. In the manga, it was only narrated as well.
  • Added scene of Shinobu finding Tama in her basement before the events of Chapter 392, which is covered in the following episode.

Commentary

Drawing a moving motorcycle by hand is very exhausting. And while I wasn't directly involved in drawing it, the faces on the other animators… phew. I thought the storyboard was bad enough, but it was even worse when I saw the sheer amount of key frames the animation directors had. Better be prepared when you’re dealing with a car chase scene. (laughs).

When Highway Star absorbs its victim’s nutrients, they become a little transparent, leaving their skeleton exposed. We achieved this effect by messing around with the layers display. It's actually simpler than it looks. The skeleton’s appearance does give the impression that one’s energy is being sucked away. Yet another visual trick we owe to Mr. Araki.

Just after Fungami’s defeat, we added an original scene between Josuke and Rohan. It's essentially the conclusion of the feud between these two going back to episode 27. It was inevitable that this particular story would come to an end. It apparently pleased the fans, so I’m reassured.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries

Trivia

  • In the official English sub and dub, this episode's title is changed to "Highway Go Go, Part 2" to match Highway Star's name change to "Highway Go Go" by Warner Bros. Animation's American branch to avoid possible legal action.

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