Stardust Crusaders - Episode 8

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Devil (悪魔(デビル) Debiru)[1] is the eighth episode of Stardust Crusaders and the thirty-fourth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers the most of Chapter 133 through the first half of Chapter 136 of the manga.

The Joestar Group reaches Singapore and decides to rest at a hotel. However, Polnareff is attacked by the shaman Stand User Devo the Cursed as soon as he enters his room and is seemingly cursed by Devo's mysterious ability, Ebony Devil.

Summary

Devo the Cursed reveals himself

Jotaro's group arrives in Singapore, and when they run into Anne again, decide to take her with them. They then check into a hotel, but due to the overcrowded hotel preventing them from getting rooms close to each other, they split up. Polnareff enters his room and discovers an eerie looking doll with a spear on its back sitting on his nightstand. He then promptly orders whoever's hiding in the fridge to come out, and confronts Devo the Cursed.

Devo summons his Stand, Ebony Devil, as Polnareff takes a stance

Polnareff reveals that all the beverages in the fridge were on the counter; a dead giveaway that there was someone in it. After a short introduction, Devo attempts to attack Polnareff with his Stand, but is anticlimactically overpowered by Silver Chariot and severely wounded. He then escapes via the hotel room's balcony, verbally cursing Polnareff. Polnareff then finds that his ankle has been sliced deep, and in response, he calls Joseph and Avdol while he bandages himself. After Polnareff makes a second call to room service for medical assistance, Avdol explains Devo the Cursed to Joseph, stating that he is an assassin hired by criminals from all over the world and that his Stand is powered by a grudge.

Concluding that it's dangerous for any of them to be alone, Joseph calls Jotaro to have all four of them meet up in Polnareff's room. Meanwhile, Polnareff searches for his room key, which he spots under his bed. However, as soon as he crawls under the bed to retrieve it, he hears footsteps and suddenly finds himself tied to the underside of the bed and blinded by shampoo. Something then begins sawing off the legs of the bed, which ends up pinning Polnareff to the floor. The attendant Polnareff called is promptly killed with a razor slicing through his face. The murderer reveals itself as the doll Polnareff had found earlier, possessed by Ebony Devil. Polnareff tries to attack the doll with Silver Chariot, but as he is unable to see his enemy, the attempt is futile.

Ebony Devil lands a clean cut to Silver Chariot's leg

Silver Chariot fights the doll, only managing to break its spear as the battle wreaks havoc in the hotel room. The doll runs amok, soaking the entire room with the beer and other drinks from the fridge. This is done with the intent of frying Polnareff with a short-circuiting hairdryer. However, just as the doll drops the hairdryer, Polnareff reveals he was purposely scattering the shards of the bedroom mirror to let himself see above the bed. Chariot immediately skewers both the hairdryer and the doll's head, before slicing the doll to pieces. The scene cuts to Devo hiding in a bathroom stall, having been left a mangled corpse as an employee checks on him after hearing screaming.

Polnareff then joins up with the others and soon faces interrogation from the police over suspicions of killing a little boy in his hotel room and the death of Devo in the hotel bathroom stalls. The Speedwagon Foundation agents bail him out without issue. Later, Joseph divines with the use of a TV and receives a message claiming that Kakyoin is a traitor. DIO senses his mind being read and interrupts it, destroying the TV. He concludes there must be something more to the story, and the episode ends with a cut showing Kakyoin with Jotaro outside the hotel, the former with a menacing look on his face.

Appearances

Characters
Devo the Cursed
(1st appearance) (Death)
Singapore Hotel Valet
(1st appearance) (Death)
Dio Brando
(On television)
Rubber Soul
(1st appearance) (Disguised as Noriaki Kakyoin)
Stands
Ebony Devil
(1st appearance) (Death)
Joestar Stand
(Ability only)
Yellow Temperance
(1st appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
猪爪 慎一
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
Episode Director (演出)
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
Animation Director (作画監督)
横山 謙次
関崎 高明
常盤 健太郎
伊藤 公崇
西村 彩
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
石本 峻一
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
糸井 恵
芦谷 耕平
Assistant Action Animation Director (アクション作画監督補)
片山 貴仁
Key Animation (原画)
Kouki Shikiji
Daisuke Ogata
Hiroki Goto
Masato Hagiwara
Reiji Sakagami
Miho Tanaka
Keiko Takemoto
Yui Kinoshita
Nozomi Sakamoto
Kazuyo Nakamura
Kaori Saito
Yukiko Miyamoto
Kiyomi Masuda
Yuichiro Yamada
Sayaka Maruyama
Susumu Nojima
Kyohei Oyabu
Masao Takeda
Cha Myoung Jun
Hiroshi Tanabe
Kazuo Takematsu
Motoi Nakamura
Choi Hee Eun
Han Seung Jin
Lee Bum Gil
式地 幸喜
阿形 大輔
後藤 洋輝
萩原 正人
坂上 怜司
たなかみほ
竹本 佳子
木下 由衣
阪本 望実
中村 和代
斉藤 香織
宮本由紀子
増田 清美
山田 雄一郎
丸山 沙也香
野島 進
大藪 恭平
武田 政夫
Cha Myoung Jun
田邉博
竹松 一生
中村基
Choi Hee Eun
Han Seung Jin
Lee Bum Gil
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Shuhei Fukuda
Sae Akama
Takahiro Ohkawa
Shota Sugimoto
Shou Hamada
Risa Suzuki
Takayoshi Hayashi
Akiko Kawazoe
Kim Tae Soo
Park Jae Seok
White Line
MSJ
Triple A
Ace Company
Rocket Vision
office DCI
Jumondo
Rias Studio
Big Owl
Jumonji
TAP
Studio μ
Kenji Yokoyama
Kimitaka Ito
Aya Nishimura
Tomoji Tsuchiya
Megumi Itoi
Kohei Ashiya
Masahiko Komino
Fumiaki Kouta
福田周平
赤間紗枝
大川貴大
杉本 将太
濱田 翔
鈴木 理彩
林隆祥
川添亜希子
Kim Tae Soo
Park Jae Seok
WHITE LINE
MSJ武蔵野制作所
Triple A
エースカンパニー
ロケットビジョン
office DCI
寿門堂
リアスstudio
Big OWL
十文字
TAP
studio μ
横山 謙次
伊藤 公崇
西村 彩
土屋 友次
糸井 恵
芦谷 耕平
小美野 雅彦
光田 史亮
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
常盤 健太郎
(Ebony Devil)
小美野 雅彦
(Silver Chariot)

Music

SC Episode 8: Devil
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
01:04
Fun Friends
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Polnareff argues with a policeman
01:57
03:20
Calm Sightseeing
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Checking-in at the hotel
03:24
04:00
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Polnareff discovers his room
04:01
05:31
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
05:32
06:43
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Polnareff encounters Devo the Cursed
06:43
08:28
Creeping Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff becomes the target of Devo's hatred
08:28
10:59
Dizziness
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Presentation of Devo
11:03
11:30
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The key under the bed
11:30
13:37
Imminence
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff is trapped under the bed by the doll
13:42
15:13
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff fights the doll
15:17
15:40
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Gathering in Joseph's room
15:41
17:59
Time of Decisive Battle
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Trying to electrocute Polnareff
18:00
19:31
Noble Hierophant
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff defeats the doll
22:25
23:25
Dark Rebirth
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
DIO makes contact with Joseph/Is Kakyoin a traitor?
23:26
24:53
Walk Like an Egyptian
Walk Like an Egyptian
Ending
24:55
25:09
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Next Episode Preview

Manga/Anime Differences

  • There's an extra scene showing how the group distributed themselves through the hotel rooms.
  • After the fight, a scene was added showing Polnareff being interrogated by the Singapore police after the incident in the hotel, but he's saved by the Speedwagon Foundation.
  • There's an extra scene showing Jotaro and Kakyoin checking on Anne before meeting Joseph and Avdol.
  • The scene where Joseph uses Hermit Purple on the hotel television is altered from the manga and does not feature Nekodora-kun. It does, however, have a short blip featuring Gorgeous Irene, one of Araki's previous mangas.
  • In the animated scene where Ebony Devil tries to electrocute Polnareff, the hairdryer is spewing fire, possibly adding an additional ignition effect to the spilled alcohol.

Commentary

Episode 8 is appreciated overall by the fans and I must admit that I like it too. We mainly like it for its action, whirling in every direction, like a roller coaster of anime. The animation is not the only factor of the success, the sound effects were also very inspired.

Yasufumi Soejima was in charge of the storyboard and the direction. He is a man full of ideas who managed to show us new ways to approach things. He is a real model as a creator, simply speaking. He was here for every step of the storyboard quality control and in the inclusion of the details; I have a strong memory of it. This episode was conceived around Soejima's ideas.

Overall, this episode was really a difficult one. We had to keep the balance between the craziness of the action and the rest of the scenes to harmonize everything coherently. We owe their adjustments to Takahito Katayama, here an animation director assistant. All this must have been a difficult ordeal for the animators, but they are certainly satisfied at the sight of their work.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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