JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 23

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TThe Warrior Returns to the Wind (風にかえる戦士 Kaze ni Kaeru Senshi)[1] is the twenty-third episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the fourteenth episode of Battle Tendency. It covers Chapter 103 to Chapter 106 of the Battle Tendency manga.

Wamuu and Joseph's battle continues. As both wounded fighters draw on the last of their strength, Joseph finds himself cornered by Wamuu's ultimate technique: the Atmospheric Rift.

Summary

Wammu uses his last resort to attack Joseph

After tying and choking Joseph to the stone wall of the central pyre with his severed arms, Wamuu unleashes his Final Mode: Atmospheric Rift. Using special tubes to suck in the air at high speed to eject it through a thin slit like a blade made of wind, the Pillar Man threatens to decapitate Joseph although the fire somewhat hides Joseph's exact position. However, the force of his inhaled air starts peeling away his own body. Joseph throws a firebomb at Wamuu, who cuts it, but then lights Caesar's headband with the pyre and throws it. Wamuu unwillingly sucks the embers of the headband and the oil from the firebomb and explodes. JoJo has finally won the battle.

Joseph salutes Wamuu for the last time

Wamuu is reduced to a head but Joseph feeds him a bit of his blood as a sign of respect. A group of Vampires barge in to kill Joseph but Wamuu protects him as a sign of respect too. Having spent the last of his strength, Wamuu asks Joseph to drink the antidote in front of him and then turns into ashes, scattering in the wind as Joseph makes a last salute.

Remembering Wamuu's ironclad code of honor, Kars is affected by the death of a servant of his caliber. However, he still steps forth to battle Lisa Lisa. Incidentally, he executes some Vampires who try to sully Wamuu's name. Kars takes Lisa Lisa and Joseph to a strange construct named the temple of Piz Bernina, and the two decide to fight with their favoured weapons: the Light Blades for Kars and the Ripple Conducting Scarf for Lisa Lisa.

Kars attacks Lisa Lisa from behind

Strangely, Kars exudes no killing intent as he disappears in a flash of light. Lisa Lisa does detect Kars and smashes his face, but then the real Kars stabs Lisa Lisa from behind. In contrary to his claims of fighting honorably, Kars has used a body double as nothing counts but the final victory. After claiming the Red Stone of Aja for himself, Kars sends his vampire army after the weakened JoJo. However, Joseph is rescued by Stroheim and his men, along with Speedwagon, Smokey and the Speedwagon Foundation Special Forces, who use ultraviolet lights to fight off the vampires whilst JoJo goes to face Kars. As Kars uses Lisa Lisa to force JoJo into a vulnerable position, Smokey reveals that Lisa Lisa is, in fact, JoJo's mother.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Taizo Yoshida[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Jiro Fujimoto[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Tomoaki Kado
Shin Hyung Woo[1]
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Key Animation (原画)
Manabu Imura
Zenjiro Ukulele
Mari Futamatsu
Toshihiro Irie
Noriyasu Murata
Kiyotoshi Aoi
Tomoaki Kado
Mayumi Oda
Hideyuki Sugiura
Kanetoshi Kamimoto
Aya Nishimura
Akie Muratsukasa
Dai Imaoka
Megumi Honda
Ryoko Kawamura
Ryo Kamei
Hideaki Matsuoka
Masaki Kosaka
Masafumi Nomura
White Line
Cha Myoung Jun
Tatsuya Shirai
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Manabu Akita
Shunichi Ishimoto
Kumiko Kawahara
Kimitaka Ito
Yuuko Kamiyama
Michiko Takegami
Ai Mochida
Jin Hirakawa
Takashi Nakamichi
Tomoki Hirano
White Line
Sul-ah Kang
Hyun-ae Kwan
Myung-ju Sim
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Masahiko Komino
Jun Ishigami
Megumi Itoi
Gorou Murata

Music

Episode 23: The Warrior Returns to the Wind
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
01:29
BLOODY STREAM
BLOODY STREAM
Opening
01:30
03:14
Elephant Talk 1
Battle Tendency (Musik)
The Atmospheric Rift explained
03:15
03:59
Burning Colosseum
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Wamuu prepares to finish off Joseph
04:08
05:20
The eternal sea within my soul
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph defeats Wamuu
05:25
07:30
Not Alone
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph pays his respect to Wamuu
07:54
10:24
Never Be Mine
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Wamuu returns to the wind/Flashback with Kars and Wamuu
10:54
11:08
Ancientry
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Kars reveals his mane
11:10
12:38
Demon
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Kars steps in to fight Lisa Lisa
12:39
13:42
Fields of fright
Battle Tendency (Musik)
The Piz Bernina temple/Lisa Lisa steps in
13:42
14:33
Rubicon
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Something wrong with Kars
14:36
15:10
Small Soldier
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Lisa Lisa hits Kars in the head...
15:13
16:21
Awake
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Kars backstabs Lisa Lisa
16:22
16:45
Overdrive
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph's wrath
16:45
17:39
Awake
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph out of breath
17:42
18:32
Propaganda
Battle Tendency (Musik)
The Nazis and the Speedwagon Foundation to the rescue
18:44
20:16
Ancientry
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph confronts Kars
20:30
21:08
Abyss
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Kars making Lisa Lisa fall, forcing Joseph to catch her
21:09
23:25
Roundabout
Roundabout
Lisa Lisa is JoJo's mother/Ending
23:26
23:42
Oh please...
Battle Tendency (Musik)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Lisa Lisa disposing of a few Vampires trying to attack her after Wamuu's defeat is omitted.
  • Lisa Lisa's exposition of the snake muffler is put before she kicks the fake Kars' face.
  • In the anime, after pointing at Kars, Joseph strikes a pose originally done by Jonathan in Chapter 37.

Commentary

I confess to having laughed a little at Wamuu's death. Granted, it's classy and gentlemanly, but when he shoots his own head and shouts "You miserable vermin!" it becomes so funny. He's a resourceful one for sure (laughs)! Episode 23 is also the episode with Kars' famous "win win win" when he caresses Lisa Lisa's legs. We've just come back from Wamuu's dignified end, but it's finally this scene you remember most when the episode is done. There's nothing we could do, it's the structure of the series that needed it (laughs). Kazuhiko Inoue was delighted to finally be able to act the entirety of Kars' trickery and baseness; he really stole the spotlight from Lisa Lisa.

I personally managed in detail the shots with Lisa Lisa's tights and the rope while adding a sketch that improved the knot until the result was credible. I gave many kinds of indications; out of pure auto satisfaction (laughs).

The direction is really meticulous in this episode; we had to redo some shots several times to make it viable. Stroheim appears again, everything's assembled, you really get the impression of a final battle.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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