Stardust Crusaders - Episode 1

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Did you see it? Or did you even notice anything? That was the evil spirit. (見えたか?気付いたか?これが悪霊だ)
Jotaro Kujo, Stardust Crusaders BD/DVD Volume 1

A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit (悪霊にとりつかれた男, Akuryō ni Toritsukareta Otoko)[2] is the first episode of Stardust Crusaders and the twenty-seventh episode of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation. It covers Chapter 114 through half of Chapter 117 of the manga.

In the year 1987, Joseph's Japanese grandson Jotaro Kujo discovers that he is "possessed" by an evil spirit. Joseph and the fortune-teller Muhammad Avdol visit him in Tokyo and reveal to him the existence of the power called "Stand". Meanwhile, an ancient evil has returned from Phantom Blood


Several years after the events of Part 2, a group of treasure hunters retrieve a coffin from the ocean off the coast of Africa with the name DIO written on it. Sometime later, the boat is discovered by the Speedwagon Foundation void of its passengers, with the coffin too being empty.

Jotaro Kujo reveals his Stand, Star Platinum

In the year 1987, 17-year-old delinquent, Jotaro Kujo, grandson of Joseph Joestar, is sent to jail after beating up three armed men and a trained boxer. However, after his incarceration is finished and despite Holy's request, he refuses to leave his cell, claiming that he is possessed by an evil spirit. To demonstrate, he takes a prison guard's gun and shoots himself in the head, but the bullet is stopped by a mysterious floating arm that only he and his mother can see. Holy mentions that his grandfather also possessed similar powers.

Joseph arrives in Japan with a mysterious partner and is greeted by Holy. The three head to the prison, where Joseph confronts Jotaro and asks him to leave the jail cell. Jotaro refuses at first due to his "evil spirit" and takes the pinky off Joseph's prosthetic hand to prove its danger. Joseph reveals his partner to be an Egyptian fortune teller by the name of Muhammad Avdol, who also reveals a spirit of his own. Avdol's spirit manifests itself as a humanoid with a bird-like head and the ability to produce flames, which he calls Magician's Red.
Avdol's Stand, Magician's Red
The spirit launches a projectile of flames that pin Jotaro against the back wall of the jail cell. Having no other choice, Jotaro releases his spirit and overpowers Magician's Red, grabbing it around the throat which causes visible marks on Avdol's own neck. Joseph exclaims that the clarity of Jotaro's spirit's appearance shows that it is of great power. In response, Avdol proclaims that he would have no choice but to hospitalise Jotaro, and proceeds to use a particular move dubbed "Red Bind". This wraps Jotaro in hot, coil-like flames which aim to suffocate him. This leads to another statement from Joseph, explaining how suffocation – edging to unconsciousness – causes a person's 'spirit' to dampen and fade. However, Jotaro smartly kicks a table towards the cell's toilet, causing an eruption of water which puts out Magician's Red's fire. Jotaro is free, and leaves his cell to finish off Avdol, but not before the latter halts the fight after pointing out that he had accomplished his goal of removing Jotaro from said cell.
DIO, bearing a Joestar birthmark, in the image created by Hermit Purple

The group leaves the prison and, at a local cafe, Joseph demonstrates using his Stand, Hermit Purple, by creating an image of DIO by smashing a camera. He tells the group that the sudden appearance of their strange manifestations had erupted from the recent resurrection of the Joestar arch-nemesis, Dio Brando, who is now referred to simply as DIO. Joseph also reveals that this link is likely due to the fact that DIO had managed to take over Jonathan Joestar's body, causing a "curse" to fall on the Jonathan's living descendants.

Somewhere else, DIO lies in the shadows, sensing that the group had been watching him with Joseph's Stand. As one of DIO's victims is dead on the stairs, DIO testifies that this may be fate, and that he must erase such an unfortunate destiny for himself. He then walks into the darkness, proclaiming that he has already made his move to stop the Joestars from reaching him.


Treasure Hunters
(1st appearance)
Japanese Police Officers
(1st appearance)
Sadao Kujo
(1st mentioned)
Jotaro Kujo
(1st full appearance)
Muhammad Avdol
(1st appearance)
Lisa Lisa
(Mentioned only)
Jonathan Joestar
(Mentioned only)
Erina Pendleton
(Mentioned only)
Star Platinum
(1st appearance)
Magician's Red
(1st appearance)
Hermit Purple
(1st appearance)


Script (脚本)
小林 靖子
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
津田 尚克
Episode Director (演出)
津田 尚克
Animation Director (作画監督)
小美野 雅彦
Episode Director Cooperation (演出協力)
Yuuta Takamura
高村 雄太
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
糸井 恵
芦谷 耕平
Key Animation (原画)
Yukiyoshi Shikiji
Yuji Tsuchiya
Yoshinobu Ando
Yuzuru Jogashima
Etsushi Mori
Masahiko Komino
Hiroshi Tanabe
Ryousuke Senbo
Masato Hagiwara
Kimitaka Ito
Megumi Honda
Kohei Ashiya
Akie Muratsukasa
Shunji Suzuki
Toshiharu Sugie
Ryozo Sugiyama
Takenori Tsukuma
Hideyuki Sugiura
Megumi Itoi
Manabu Imura
Yuriko Ishii
Shinpei Koikawa
Hiroshi Tatezaki
Masashi Nomura
式地 幸喜 (Key)
土屋 友次 (Key)
安藤 義信
城ヶ 島譲
森 悦史
小美野 雅彦
田邉 博
泉保 良輔
萩原 正人
伊藤 公祟
本多 恵美
芦谷 耕平
村司 晃英
鈴木 俊二
杉江 敏治
杉山 了蔵
津熊 健徳
杉浦 英之
糸井 恵
井村 学
石井 百合子
鯉川 慎平
館崎 大
野村 雅史
David Production
石本 峻一
西村 彩
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Haru Watanabe
Megumi Tonegawa
Kaori Saito
Yuu Kaneshiro
Keiko Watanabe
Takayuki Nakao
渡邉 葉瑠
刀根 川恵
斉藤 香織
金城 優
渡辺 恵子
中尾 高之
David Production
福田 周平

White Line
Studio Toy Box
Studio GAO
スタジオToy Box
In-between Animation Inspection (動画チェック)
David Production
Masato Ujibe
宇治部 正人
Assistant In-Between Animation Inspection
david production
Sae Akama
Takahiro Okawa
赤間 紗枝
大川 貴大

In-between Animation (動画)
David Production
Makoto Yaguchi
Hiroyuki Moriguchi
Shota Sugimoto
Yusaku Nagahama
Yurie Hama
Rie Takahashi
Chie Nakagami
矢口 真琴
森口 弘之
杉本 将太
長濱 佑作
浜 友里恵
高橋 梨恵
中神 智絵

White Line
Triple A
FAI Studio
Eslite Animation
Rocket Vision
Office DCI
Triple A
office DCI
David Production
Yasufumi Soejima
Aiki Watanabe
Kenichi Higaki
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
渡辺 藍希
檜垣 賢一
Digital Works (デジタルワークス)
David Production
Kayo Kudou
P. Taweeporn
工藤 かよ
Puavaranukroh Taweeporn
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
小美野 雅彦


Stardust Crusaders Episode 1: A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit
Start End Title OST Description

Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Abandoned boat found
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Holy runs toward Jotaro's cell
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro shows his evil spirit
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Joseph meets Holy
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Joseph confronts Jotaro
The Magician of Fire
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Avdol appears
Awakening of the Evil Spirit
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Star Platinum appears
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Star Platinum breaks bars
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Avdol steps out of the fight
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Joseph narrates Jonathan's fate
Purple Thorns
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Joseph shows Hermit Purple
Stardust Crusaders (World)
DIO has stolen Jonathan's body
Dark Rebirth
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
DIO realizes the Joestar are after him
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Next episode preview

Manga/Anime Differences

  • Rather than appearing at the end, the discovery of DIO's coffin appears at the beginning of the episode.
  • A scene is added, showing Holy talking to officers in the police station before they escort her to Jotaro's cell.
  • In the anime, Jotaro is seen reading Baoh in his cell instead of Shonen Jump. This is much like when Joseph reads it in the first episode of the adaptation of Part 2.
  • In the anime, when Jotaro is pinned against the wall by Magician's Red's Red Bind, he kicks a table that hits a toilet and frees himself. In the manga, Jotaro kicks the toilet itself.

In other languages

Language Title Translation
Japan Japanese 悪霊にとりつかれた男 A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit
United States of America English The Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit
Spain Spanish El hombre poseído por un espíritu maligno The Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit
Brazil Portuguese O Homem Possuído por um Espírito Maligno The Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit
France French Le possédé The Possessed
Germany German Der von einem bösen Geist Besessene The One Possessed by an Evil Spirit
Israel Hebrew הגבר הרדוף על ידי רוח רעה The Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit
Flag of the Arab League Arabic الرجل الممسوس بالروح الشريرة The Man Possessed by the Evil Spirit
Italy Italian L'uomo posseduto da uno spirito maligno The Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit
Poland Polish Człowiek opętany przez złego ducha A man possessed by an evil spirit


Link to this sectionCommentary
In this first episode, I am the director. Frankly, it is quite dense, beginning with the minor characters in the boat scene. We had the same tension from the previous series. The making of this episode took more time than most.

To be precise, one must know that an anime uses three different frames for lips synchronization. For this episode, we went up to four frames. This is extra work for the key animator, for an ultimately discrete result. We then went back to normal for the remainder of the series, except the close-ups chosen by the director.

With this series, we sought to reach a Western aesthetic by observing animation processes used in foreign series and movies. In fact, to apply too many "anime-esque" tropes would have worked against JoJo. It was already the case in the first series, but some motions were still not realistic enough. The goal of this season was thus to improve this aspect as much as possible.

Regarding the animation, we had to manage 12,000 drawings like madmen. That was crazy. (laughs) But the benefit (if there was any?) was mainly towards Magician's Red's flames. In the end, everyone survived (laughs), and I am very satisfied with the first episode. It is a major work and a long series, and we had to jump into the fray and have a good start. Mission accomplished.



Jotaro books sc episode 1.png
  • The books that Jotaro read in his cells are inspired by real life books and real-life people.
    • The Book of the Dead (死者の書, Shisha no sho) by Ginobu Orikuchi (折口疑夫, Orikuchi Ginobu). It is inspired by The Book of the Dead by Shinobu Orikuchi.
    • ESP: esper's counterattack (ESP エスパーの逆襲, Esupu esupā no gyakushū), authored by W. Shatner (W・シャトナ, W shatonā) and translated by Joji Takei (武井乗児, Takei Jouji). The author and translator are inspired by William Shatner and George Takei who played in the TV series Star Trek. The title of the book itself is inspired by the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan's Japanese title: "スタートレックII カーンの逆襲".
    • Mysteries and Magic (神秘と魔術, Shinpi to majutsu) by James Houdini (ジェイムズ・フーディニ, Jeimuzu Fūdini) and translated by Atsuko Amarata (粗股宏子, Amarata Atsuko). James Houdini is inspired by Harry Houdini.
    • Occult Science (オカルト科学, Okaruto kagaku) by Issac Houston (アイザック・ヒューストン, Aizakku Hyūsuton) translated by Junsan Nirasawa (韮沢潤三, Nirasawa Jyunsan). The author and translator are inspired by inspired by Isaac Newton and Junichiro Nagisawa.



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