JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 14

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The inscrutable Ripple Bubble Launcher! (奥義波紋、シャポンランチャー!)

Ultimate Warriors from Ancient Times (太古から来た究極戦士, Taiko kara Kita Kyūkyoku Senshi)[1] is the fourteenth episode of season one of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation. It is also the fifth episode of Battle Tendency. It covers Chapter 61 through half of Chapter 66, of the manga.

Joseph Joestar is redirected to Rome where three other Pillar Men slumber. In the city, Joseph meets Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli, Will Anthonio Zeppeli's grandson. The two initially hate each other and have a battle. Meanwhile, the Pillar Men awaken and kill several Nazi officers.


Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli makes his entrance

Joseph arrives in Rome and waits for the one Stroheim told him to meet in a restaurant. He becomes irritated by a player at another table who turns out to be Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli, grandson of Will Zeppeli and the one that was to meet Joseph. Meanwhile, Speedwagon is revealed to be alive and the stone remains of Santana were transferred to the foundation headquarters. They discover that despite its immobile state, the remains are still very much alive, but they can use UV Lights to subdue it. They also discover the masks to the other Pillar Men, with Santana's appearing to be in the lowest tier.

Speedwagon meets up with Joseph and Caesar at a fountain where he introduces the two. The two don't get along well, as Caesar holds a grudge against Joseph's grandfather for letting Will Zeppeli die. He also comments on Joseph's lack of skill and assumes his victory over Santana was merely luck. Joseph becomes enraged by Caesar's comments and tries to attack him, only to be stopped by a lady Caesar had kissed and was controlling using the Ripple. The lady throws Joseph into the fountain, and Caesar follows with his secret Ripple technique, Bubble Launcher. Caesar unleashes a massive torrent of Ripple-infused bubbles that knocks Joseph away and surrounds him in a giant bubble. Joseph is unable to escape the bubble and slowly loses consciousness. Fortunately, Caesar attempts to kiss the woman again, only for a ripple-infused pigeon to come flying out of her mouth and into Caesar's. The fight ends, and the group heads to the hotel.

In the hotel, Joseph and Caesar have a game of cards, after which a car sent by their Nazi contacts arrives. The driver of the car is a young man that goes by the name of Mark, who came to deliver them to where the Germans found the other Pillar Men. Along the way, Caesar reveals that the Nazis have been interested in the Ripple and using it to figure out a way to defeat the Pillar Men.

The Pillar Men finally awaken

Under the Colosseum, the Nazis investigate a hole appearing in one of the Pillar Men statues. The superior hopes that after cutting the pillar out, they will seal it up, so they never again see the light of day. Suddenly, a spike impales one of the Germans, and the Germans try to set up more UV lamps, but the horn kills more of the soldiers and uses their blood and brain matter to block out the lights. The statue awakens and is revealed to be Wamuu. He then fuses the hands of the soldiers and the officer together before sucking all of the Nazis' life forces out of their bodies, leaving them little more than empty husks. Wamuu then awakens his masters, Esidisi and Kars.

The heroes arrive at the cave where the Pillar Men are supposed to be kept under watch only to find out they have already awakened and killed the Nazis within. Mark attempts to run away, but Wamuu walks into him, and thus half his body is absorbed. Kars explains his plan to find the Red Stone of Aja, that was once possessed by the Roman Emperor, to unlock the power of the Stone Mask. Caesar is forced to use the Ripple to end Mark's life and challenges the Pillar Men on his own.


Caesar Anthonio Zeppeli
(1st appearance)
Rudol von Stroheim
(Mentioned only)
(Mentioned only)
Jonathan Joestar
Zeppeli's Father
(Family Tree)
Mario Zeppeli
(Family Tree)
Hypnotized Girl
(1st appearance)
(1st appearance) (Death)
Nazi Officer
(1st appearance) (Death)
(1st appearance)
(1st appearance)
(1st appearance)


Script (脚本)
ヤスカワ ショウゴ
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
加藤 敏幸
Episode Director (演出)
加藤 敏幸
Animation Director (作画監督)
Takenori Tsukuma
Shinya Kouno
津熊 健徳
河野 眞也
Key Animation (原画)
Toru Yoshida
Yuichi Nakazawa
Yasuhiro Ito
Yoshie Matsumoto
Miho Okawa
Toru Iino
Shigemi Aoyagi
Yi Zhang
Tomoki Koda
Hideaki Matsuoka
Kohei Ashiya
Atsushi Kashiwa
Kazuyuki Ikai
Yoko Iizuka
Hiroki Saito
Hiroki Kusuda
Takashi Hirabayashi
Shunsuke Igarashi
吉田 徹
中澤 勇一
伊藤 康裕
松本 淑恵
大川 美穂子
飯野 亨
青柳 しげみ
張 益
香田 知樹
松岡 秀明
芦谷 耕平
柏 淳志
飯飼 一幸
飯塚 葉子
斉藤 弘樹
楠田 博樹
平林 孝
五十嵐 俊介
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Takuya Azuma
Daiki Ito
Masahiro Yoshida
Tsuneta Ando
Shunichi Ishimoto
Megumi Itoi
Aya Nishimura
Yuu Kaneshiro
東 拓矢
伊藤 大喜
吉田 将広
安東 恒太
石本 峻一
糸井 恵
西村 彩
金城 優

White Line
Kang Sul A
Kawn Hyun Ae
Sim Myung Ju
Kang Sul A
Kawn Hyun Ae
Sim Myung Ju

In-between Animation (動画)
In-Between Animation Inspection
Akihisa Kaneko
兼子 晃久

Daiki Ito
Takuya Azuma
Shuhei Fukuda
Kenzo Fuse
Taeko Shimizu
Eslite Animation
伊藤 大喜
東 拓矢
福田 周平
布施 拳蔵
清水 妙子

david production

Sae Akama
Kirara Kikui
赤間 紗枝
菊井 きらら
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Gorou Murata
村田 護郎
Shinsaku Hidaka
ひだか しんさく
David Production
工藤 かよ
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
3D Modeling (3Dモデリング)
Takehito Kobayashi
小林 武人
Momomo Works (もももワークス)
Motonobu Kawashima
Naoyuki Seki
Hiroka Fujita
川島 基展
関 直幸
藤田 広香
Betop Japan (Betop Japan株式会社)
Liu Jiaming
Wong Wai
劉 佳銘
王 偉
Digital Works (デジタルワークス)
David Production
亀井 隆広
工藤 かよ
Puavaranukroh Taweeporn


JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Episode 14: Ultimate Warriors from Ancient Times
Start End Title OST Description

Oui Monsieur
N/A (Nash Music Library)
A bird's-eye view of Rome and the Colosseum
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Spaghetti Nero
Il mare eterno nella mia anima ~Lunetta~
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
A disgusting womanizer
Day job
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Spaghetti battle/Caesar Zeppeli appears
Fields of fright
Battle Tendency (Musik)
The Speedwagon Foundation has sealed Santana
Deep curse song
Battle Tendency (Musik)
There are three other Pillar Men
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Why Caesar looks down on Joseph
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph vs. Caesar
Old Town
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph and Caesar playing poker
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
The three slumbering Pillar Men
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Something suspect with the Pillar Men...
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
The Pillar Men awaken
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
A secret cave beneath the Colosseum
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
The Pillar Men seek the Super Aja
Pain Just Like Strange Rain
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Mark's death
Oh please...
Battle Tendency (Musik)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • A scene of the Speedwagon Foundation members reading the words on the wall in the projector image to see when the four Pillar Men will awaken (2852 in the Mexican calendar, calculated to the year 1938) is cut.
  • The Chance card game is seen before the awakening of the Pillar Men.
  • Caesar smoking (along with Joseph telling him not to smoke in a small room due to the smell) before Joseph deals him cards is cut.
  • In the manga, Wamuu tells Kars that he overheard the Nazis speaking about the status of Santana. The scene is not present in the anime.

In other languages

Language Title Translation
Japan Japanese 太古から来た究極戦士 Ultimate Warriors from Ancient Times
China Chinese 來自遠古的終極戰士 Ultimate Warriors from Ancient Times
United States of America English Ultimate Warriors from Ancient Times
Spain Spanish Antiguos guerreros de élite Ancient Elite Warriors
Brazil Portuguese Guerreiros Supremos Primordiais Supreme Primordial Warriors
France French Guerriers d’élite ancestraux Ancestral Elite Warriors
Germany German Elite-Krieger aus der Antike Elite Warriors from Ancient Times
Israel Hebrew לוחמים מימי קדם Warriors from Ancient Times
Flag of the Arab League Arabic نخبة المقاتلين القدماء Elite ancient fighters
Italy Italian L'Essere Supremo del passato The Supreme Being of the past
Czech Republic Czech Nejtvrdší vojáci ze starověku The Toughest soldiers from ancient times
Denmark Danish Ultimative krigere fra gamle dage Ultimate warriors from ancient times
Poland Polish Absolutni wojownicy ze starożytnych czasów Absolute warriors from ancient times


Link to this sectionCommentary
This is the episode where Caesar appears. The meeting already looked promising in the storyboard, but it went better than expected in the end. Takuya Satô is perfect as Caesar. The scene when Joseph is cheating at cards against Caesar was initially cut, but we had to really show the relationship between these two.

Toshiyuki Kato really directed the episode well. I do think about Mark's death, but the squid ink spaghetti scene was also spot on, with Joseph's black tongue or the details when Caesar throws Joseph's attack back at his glass.

Note how Caesar honors his grandfather, the Baron Zeppeli: they have the same top hat and the way they jump, then sit in midair before falling into the chair (laughs).

For the soundtrack, Taku Iwasaki wanted to find a suitable transition between the last scene and the ending, and I must say it really works.



  • The scene in which Caesar redirects the spaghetti Joseph shot at him bears great resemblance to a scene from Fist of the North Star where Kenshiro catches a crossbow bolt that was fired at him and throws it straight back into the shooter's head.



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