Diamond is Unbreakable - Episode 31

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July 15th (Thursday), Part 1 (7月15日(木) その1 Shigatsu Jū-go-nichi (Moku) Sono 1)[1] is the thirty-first episode of Diamond is Unbreakable and the one hundred fifth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 398 through Chapter 401, Chapter 405 and Chapter 412.

On July 15, the Stand Users at Yoshihiro Kira's service prepare a coordinated attack on the heroes. Josuke, Okuyasu and Mikitaka Hazekura discover that a man is living in a transmission tower.

Summary

Yoshihiro flies through Morioh, searching for his son Kira. After some deliberation, and realizing that Kira most likely disguised himself to avoid detection, Yoshihiro finds his son walking to work as Kosaku Kawajiri. However, Yoshihiro's happiness quickly turns to anger when he sees Hayato filming Kira. Knowing that Hayato seeks to expose his son, Yoshihiro flies off to create more Stand users.

Toyohiro Kanedaichi gazes at Josuke from a distance

The date is July 15, 1999, and there are many stories to tell. Be it a strange dark-skinned, white-haired man stalking Koichi and Tomoko, a weird-looking man in a trench coat hovering by Rohan's house, or Hayato seeking to expose his "father" for the faker he is after the Stray Cat incident. However, this particular story centers on Josuke and Okuyasu, who run into Mikitaka, still attesting that he's an extraterrestrial. Mikitaka points Josuke and Okuyasu in the direction of a defunct electrical pylon and reveals to them that there's a strange man living on it. The man takes notice of them, having expected their arrival.

Toyohiro's Stand, Superfly, traps Josuke inside his electrical pylon

The man, Toyohiro Kanedaichi, greets Josuke and Okuyasu but warns them not to come too close to the pylon. Toyohiro explains that he bought the pylon from the electrical company and has turned it into his own self-sufficient home where he doesn't need to leave. However, a polaroid photo full of holes falls out of his pocket, and after examining it with Mikitaka (who has turned into a pair of binoculars via Earth Wind and Fire), Josuke sees that it is actually Atom Heart Father with Yoshihiro Kira inside. Realizing that Toyohiro is in league with Yoshikage Kira, Josuke runs up to the pylon, but finds himself unable to leave, lest he becomes a metal sculpture of himself. Toyohiro explains that the pylon is actually his Stand, Super Fly, an independent being that traps whoever steps inside it until another person enters. Having spent three years trapped inside Super Fly, Toyohiro gleefully makes his way along the inactive power lines to freedom. Josuke and Okuyasu use their Stands to try to pummel the tower until it breaks, only to find out too late that Super Fly absorbs and subsequently reflects any attack used on it. While Josuke isn't seriously harmed by the resulting flurry of his own punches, Okuyasu fails to avoid his own attacks in time and sustains a large gash in his side.

Masazo Kinoto appears at Rohan's front porch

Suddenly, Mikitaka appears, having turned into one of the power lines, and directs Toyohiro back into Super Fly, allowing Josuke to escape. However, Toyohiro incapacitates Mikitaka, taking advantage of Super Fly's defense mechanism by cutting a power line so that the backlash is directed at the "alien". Toyohiro then nails Mikitaka to Super Fly with a set of bolts, aiming to trap him in the Stand and escape. Back in Morioh, Koichi and Tomoko have mysteriously vanished, the strange man by Rohan's house arrives at his door, and at school, Hayato expresses his desire to expose the man impersonating his father no matter what.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Eri Nagata
Yasufumi Soejima
Taizo Yoshida[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Animation Director (作画監督)
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Action Animation Director (アクションディレクター)
Kenta Mimuro
Yasuhiro Saiki
Key Animation (原画)
Yuji Shibata
Ryoko Kawamura
Jun Fujiwara
Kashiwa Anezaki
Masashi Yamada
Takashi Hirabayashi
Junichi Yokoyama
Ayako Karatani
Sae Akama
Yuta Ootaka
Mayumi Oda
Teruyo Kato
Nobuhiro Nagata
Tamaki Ishii
Takaaki Wada
Aiko Sonobe
Nozomi Sakamoto
Erina Murakami
Sakuya Abe
Tetsuro Taira
Akie Muratsukasa
Akiko Toyoda
Masahiro Okamura
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Kohei Ashiya
Saori Nakashiki
Yui Kinoshita
Kenji Yokoyama
Megumi Itoi
Mahora Muraki
Kenji Katoh
Michiru Ikezawa
Studio Luna
Akira
White Line
Asahi Production
CL corporation
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Yoko Uchida

Music

DU Episode 31: July 15th (Thursday), Part 1
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:21
Father-Son
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Yoshihiro looking for Yoshikage
00:22
01:18
The Fate Which Still Remains
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
The investigation is stalled
01:19
01:36
The Trap Has Been Set
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Yoshihiro determined to protect his son
01:37
01:58
Father-Son
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Yoshihiro finds Yoshikage
01:58
02:06
A New Courage
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Hayato filming Kira
02:07
02:21
The Trap Has Been Set
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Yoshihiro going to make more Stand User
02:22
03:43
Great Days
Great Days
Opening
03:45
04:23
Peacefulness
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
An ordinary morning
04:27
05:03
An Alien??
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Mikitaka and Okuyasu argue
05:13
05:43
Secret Plans
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
A peculiar transmission tower
05:43
07:47
The Steel Tower
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Someone is living on the tower
07:53
08:04
Sign of Fear
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Koichi attacked by Miyamoto
08:06
10:19
Bow and Arrow
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Toyohiro the hermit on the tower
10:21
11:00
A New Courage
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Rohan notices Hayato's strange behaviour
11:01
11:04
Possessed
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
A mysterious posted near Rohan's house
11:06
11:47
Sign of Fear
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Tomoko startled by Miyamoto
11:48
12:13
Bow and Arrow
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
A photo slips out of Toyohiro's pocket
12:15
13:40
The Trap Has Been Set
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Josuke sees Yoshihiro and enters the Stand tower, Super Fly
13:45
14:48
Mystery
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Daydream~
Super Fly, an automatic trapping tower
14:48
15:24
The Hand
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Josuke & Okuyasu try to beat the tower
15:24
16:00
Malice
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Toyohiro warns the duo
16:43
18:07
A Lurking Evil
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Super Fly can reflect damage/Okuyasu wounded
18:13
20:26
Interception
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Mikitaka steps in to help/Toyohiro counterattacks
20:27
21:39
Malice
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
Mikitaka wounded
21:40
21:53
Possessed
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
The strange man at Rohan's doorstep
21:54
22:03
Sign of Fear
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Nightwalk~
Koichi has disappeared
22:04
22:27
A New Courage
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Night Morioh Cho~
Kira blending in/Hayato determined to stop Kira
22:28
23:36
I Want You
I Want You
Ending
23:38
23:42
Diamond is Unbreakable -Main Theme-
Diamond is Unbreakable ~Good Morning Morioh Cho~
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Added various events occurring on Monday, July 12 to lead up to the Enigma Boy, My Dad Is Not My Dad and Cheap Trick arcs.
    • Added a scene of Yoshihiro Kira worrying where his son is, but knows that he must have changed his appearance.
    • Added a scene of Jotaro Kujo talking to a Speedwagon Foundation member along with Joseph and Shizuka to discover if there were any missing people recently, including those considered runaways.
    • Added Josuke, Okuyasu, and Koichi talking to each other about how they haven't been able to find a single clue about Kira yet, but Josuke says Jotaro mentioned that he'll deal with it and they should continue being students.
    • Added Rohan looking at the photos he took and calling for someone to come by his house to give him an estimate so that he can renovate his house. Yoshihiro looks through the window of Rohan's house and sees that he has been taking pictures of everyone.
    • Added Yoshihiro spotting Yoshikage (with Kosaku's appearance) on the street and recognizing that it's him because of his long fingernails and their bond as father and son.
    • Added Hayato filming Kira to find out who his dad really is, and Yoshihiro noticing him recording.
  • Rearranged events of the Enigma Boy, My Dad Is Not My Dad and Cheap Trick arcs to be in this episode, occurring at the same time as Let's Live on a Transmission Tower since they all took place on Thursday, July 15. In the manga, the arcs were shown linearly with flashbacks instead.
    • Added Koichi running to school late and mentioning that he had class duties to get to.
    • Added Koichi being stopped by a mysterious boy on the way to school.
    • Added Masazo Kinoto with his back to a tree before ringing the doorbell of Rohan's house later on.
    • Changed the time of Tomoko returning home from the afternoon to the morning. In the manga, Koichi was attacked first before Tomoko.
    • Added a scene of Tomoko missing, leaving the fridge of her kitchen open and a mysterious knife on the floor. Also showed Koichi's schoolbag being left on the ground in another scene.
    • Added a scene of Kira at work and his nails growing, symbolizing his growing urges to kill.
    • Added Hayato in class thinking while looking out the window that he'll definitely find out the secret of the man pretending to be his father.
  • Added Josuke yawning and being really tired because he stayed up late last night, while Okuyasu tells him he's in top shape because he got plenty of sleep.
  • Removed Mikitaka contacting a starship computer and asking for their response, with Okuyasu complaining that he was just talking to his watch again.
  • Removed Mikitaka quoting "where there is smoke, there's fire".
  • Removed Mikitaka saying he came across the tower by chance and watched for a long time, wondering why someone would do such a thing.
  • Removed a few lines of Josuke wondering what the man on the tower was doing when walking out on the beam after cooking.
  • Removed Josuke, Okuyasu, and Mikitaka mentioning how the man rode on the bolt like a magic carpet.
  • Removed Okuyasu being worried as to whether the man is an enemy. He says he wishes they could tell whether he's an enemy just by looking, and Josuke says that they can; if he invites them up to the tower then it's a trap to lure them in. When the man tells them not to come closer, Okuyasu smirks and asks Josuke what that makes him, with Josuke replying that he has no idea. Instead, the anime just has Okuyasu saying that the tower looks bigger than he thought seeing it up close.
  • Removed Toyohiro saying the toilet collects rainwater to fill its tank and flushes automatically when enough fills up.
  • Removed Super Fly's infographic detailing every room and contraption that Toyohiro used for daily living.
  • Removed Toyohiro saying he can't be kicked out because he has the right of residence once he moved in.
  • Removed the detailed explanation of Toyohiro's calluses on his hands, which are strong enough to support his whole body weight on the cable, allowing him to dangle and use his other arm for something else. The calluses are hardened enough to do other tasks like opening bottles, drive in nails, touch hot surfaces without pain, estimate distances and angles, and create a variety of useful noises such as high-pitched warning noises and complex bird calls.

Commentary

This episode is the first in a series of four, linking four arcs of the manga, going from the electric tower to Bites the Dust’s awakening.

The usage of the hour and date visible at the bottom of the screen helps to progressively bring the audience toward the final fight and the appearance of Bites the Dust. It also helps represent the chronological order between the scenes. It was quite a bold directing choice, don’t you think?

The hard part was having several Stand battles taking place simultaneously. That's why Yasuko Kobayashi was responsible for the writing from episode 31 to episode 34. On the other hand, the storyboard and direction were broken up for each individual event. Be it the electric tower, Enigma or the other Stand battles, each event had its own team. It was necessary, since I couldn't bear having the Stand designs change between episodes. At the same time, it simplifies the effort I have to put into explaining every detail for each event to the directors. That said, the editing and voice acting took a lot of time. (laughs) JoJo is one of those rare series that gives us the oppurtunity to work differently than usual.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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