Stardust Crusaders - Episode 5

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Silver Chariot (銀の戦車(シルバーチャリオッツ) Shirubā Chariottsu)[1] is the fifth episode of Stardust Crusaders and the thirty-first episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 125 through half of Chapter 127 of the manga.

The Joestar Group are challenged by Jean Pierre Polnareff, a French Stand User sent to kill them. Avdol steps in to fight Polnareff and his knight Stand Silver Chariot.

Summary

The Stand-wielding Frenchman introduces himself as Jean Pierre Polnareff, another assassin sent by DIO with the ability of swordsmanship great enough to cut through fire itself. After a brief demonstration of his Stand, he leads the group to the nearby Tiger Balm Garden to courteously allow Avdol to use his flame abilities without restraint. The fight begins almost immediately, though not before Polnareff makes a prediction of Avdol's defeat at the hands of his own Stand.

The duel between Avdol's Magician's Red and Polnareff's Silver Chariot

Silver Chariot starts the fight off with a flurry of sword strikes, most of which Magician's Red quickly dodges and counters with several fire blasts. Polnareff further demonstrates Chariot's power by deflecting the shots towards a nearby statue and carving it to resemble Magician's Red. Avdol retaliates with his special technique, Crossfire Hurricane, and launches an Ankh-shaped flame at Polnareff, who is able to once again deflect the blast at Avdol himself. Seemingly burnt by his own Stand, as predicted by Polnareff, Avdol launches Magician's Red at Chariot. Polnareff strikes back, but upon contact realizes the figure he had lit on fire earlier was not Magician's Red, but the statue he had carved himself. Avdol follows through with yet another Crossfire Hurricane with Polnareff taking the full force of the attack and is severely burnt.

Before the group is able to leave, Polnareff introduces his Stand's special ability, which is achieved by shedding its armor. In this form, Chariot's speed greatly increases up to a point where it is able to produce several afterimages. Though overwhelmed at first by the Stand's onslaught of attacks, Avdol reveals a variation to his previous technique, Crossfire Hurricane Special, which is able to strike Polnareff by shooting several ankhs, one of which comes straight out of the ground. Defeated, Polnareff accepts his fate to die but is spared when Avdol recognizes his act of chivalry. The group discovers another flesh bud on Polnareff's forehead, which Jotaro is easily able to remove.

Polnareff remembers his sister's death and murder

At the docks, Polnareff introduces himself once more and shares a story of how his sister was murdered years ago by a man with two right hands. He reveals that he had met DIO in Cairo days before and had been promised help finding the man who killed his sister. Polnareff realizes that the culprit is likely working for DIO and decides to join the group on their journey to Egypt.


Appearances

Characters
J. Geil
(1st appearance) (Flashback)
Sherry Polnareff
(1st appearance) (Flashback) (Death)
Pet Shop
(1st appearance) (Flashback)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
小林 靖子
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Kenichi Suzuki[1]
鈴木 健一
Episode Director (演出)
Kenichi Suzuki[1]
鈴木 健一
Animation Director (作画監督)
石本 峻一
Assistant Action Animation Director (アクション作画監督補)
片山 貴仁
Key Animation (原画)
Akihiro Yamamoto
Yuzuru Jogashima
Koji Maruoka
Shuuji Takahara
Mitsuteru Kubo
Toshihiro Irie
Goro Taki
Mariko Aoki
Keiji Shigesawa
Daisuke Saito
Takenori Tsukuma
Tsukasa Sorimachi
Hideyuki Kanesaka
Miyuki Nakayama
Ritsu Tominaga
Hideyasu Okamoto
Kiyotoshi Aoi
Yoshiya Yamamoto
Yoshiki Mizuno
Shuhei Fukuda
山本 晃宏
城ヶ 島譲
丸岡 功治
高原 修司
久保 充照
入江 俊博
滝 吾郎
青木 真理子
繁澤 敬二
斎藤 大輔
津熊 健徳
反町 司
金阪 秀行
中山 みゆき
富永 里都
岡本 秀康
青井 清年
山本 善哉
水野 佳樹
福田 周平
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Kimitaka Ito
Sae Akama
Takahiro Okawa
Tamaki Ishii
Rie Omori
Kyohei Oyabu
Eri Kojima
Akira Shinoda
Sinaion
White Line
Asahi Production
Asread
Anitus Kobe
Ace Company
AI
MSJ Musashino
CLC
Jumondo
TAP
Triple A
drop
伊藤 公崇
赤間 紗枝
大川 貴大
石井 珠樹
大森 理恵
大藪 恭平
小島 えり
篠田 章
SINAION
WHITE LINE
旭プロダクション
アスリード
アニタス神戸
エースカンパニー
AI
MSJ武蔵野制作所
CLC
寿門堂
TAP
Triple A
drop
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
小美野 雅彦

Music

SC Episode 5: Silver Chariot
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
01:59
Omen
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Polnareff demonstrates Silver Chariot's power
01:59
02:31
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Polnareff tells Avdol to go outside
02:30
04:00
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
04:00
04:58
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Tiger Balm Garden
04:58
06:35
Time of Decisive Battle
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Silver Chariot vs Magician's Red, first round
06:43
07:47
Imminence
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Avdol tricks Polnareff with a statue
08:29
10:25
Awakening of the Evil Spirit
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Silver Chariot sheds its armour
10:25
12:08
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Silver Chariot attacks at super speed
12:14
12:53
Creeping Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Avdol declares his Crossfire Hurricane Special
12:55
13:45
Omen
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Avdol attacks Polnareff from under the ground
14:10
15:15
Hidden Thoughts
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff refuses to use a dagger
15:29
15:44
Calm Sightseeing
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff is freed from DIO's flesh bud
16:26
18:58
Sadness
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff explains how Sherry was killed
18:58
20:05
Dark Rebirth
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
How Polnareff met DIO
20:34
21:04
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Polnareff joins the heroes
21:05
21:16
Calm Sightseeing
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Girls asking for a photo
21:19
21:56
Silver Twist
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff takes the photo
21:57
23:25
Walk Like an Egyptian
Walk Like an Egyptian
Ending
23:26
23:41
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • The coins that Polnareff cuts through to show his accuracy were changed to Francs.
  • The random bird on DIO's shoulder during Polnareff's flashback was changed to Pet Shop.

Commentary

I will talk about the animation for this episode in detail. First, it was directed and storyboarded by Mr. Suzuki, the serie's director.

But we have to also talk about the young Shunichi Ishimoto, who was an animation director for the first time. He was assisted by Masahiko Komino, the chief animation director and character designer, whose advice and influence have resulted in these dense drawings.

We initially wanted to create a 3D model of the Tiger Balm park in Hong Kong; it soon proved to be too complicated, with an unacceptable value for money. Thus, we've backtracked toward the standard 2D backgrounds.

Avdol and Polnareff enthusiastically battle by launching their best attacks, not without showing off in the process. After several back-and-forths, Polnareff is finally defeated. Personally, I like the characteristic color tones applied in this scene.

Since the first episode, the omnipresence of fights tends to wildy increase the number of animation frames. This episode holds the record of around 15,000 drawings. Just like in the first one, this is because of Magician's Red's flames. It reminded us that fire also burns through animation frames (laughs).

Finally, it's not specific to this episode, but the actions scene are this cool because of the animation team of course. I want to thank them for that.

Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


References

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