Stardust Crusaders - Episode 16

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Lovers, Part 1 (恋人(ラバーズ) その1 Rabāzu Sono Ichi)[1] is the sixteenth episode of Stardust Crusaders and the forty-second episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers the second half of Chapter 160 through the first few pages of Chapter 163 of the manga.

The Joestar Group have defeated Enya the Hag and brought her with them to Karachi. However, the assassin Steely Dan shows himself and kill Enya. Worse, Steely Dan's microscopic Stand Lovers has entered Joseph's brain and is using the old man as a hostage.

Summary

Enya is killed by DIO's flesh buds which were implanted by Steely Dan

As the group stop by a kebab shop in Karachi, the store owner turns out to be Steely Dan, wielder of the Lovers Stand, who gloats as Enya is killed by some of DIO's flesh buds that Steely Dan had implanted in her body to keep her from revealing the truth. She dies, still believing in DIO rather than telling Joseph the truth about DIO's Stand. Jotaro has Star Platinum attack Steely Dan, only for Joseph to be simultaneously thrown back. Steely Dan reveals he has used his microscopic Stand the Lovers to enter Joseph's ear, where it causes any pain inflicted on himself to be amplified and sent to Joseph, even paying a child to hit him with a stick to prove he is not lying. He also reveals the Lovers will begin implanting a flesh bud which will kill Joseph in 10 minutes.

The microscopic Lovers Stand manifests inside Jotaro's ear

Jotaro, though angry, restrains himself as he caters to Steely Dan's whims to prevent him from hurting his grandfather. Meanwhile, Joseph, Kakyoin, and Polnareff seek out a television so Joseph can use Hermit Purple to make an image of the inside of his brain, allowing Kakyoin and Polnareff to shrink down their Stands to enter his body and locate the Lovers in order to save his life.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Taizo Yoshida[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Shunsuke Machitani
Hitomi Ezoe[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Daisuke Saito
Mayumi Oda
Yukitoshi Houtani
Shin Hyung Woo[1]
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
Key Animation (原画)
Ryoko Kawamura
Hiroshi Ito
Shingo Nishiyama
Cha Myoung Jun
Takashi Mitani
Masashi Yamada
Keiko Takemoto
Shou Hamada
Hitomi Shiraki
Miyuki Sano
Tsuyoshi Moriyama
Masato Numazu
Shinya Ito
Shota Yoshida
Yui Kinoshita
Miho Tanaka
Masaya Sekizaki
Chihiro Tanaka
Mihiro Iida
Atsushi Shirai
Takashi Hirabayashi
Mamiko Nakanishi
Miki Takemoto
Reiji Sakagami
Yuki Yabuta
Takeshi Kanto
Yasutoshi Iwasaki
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Sae Akama
Takahiro Ohkawa
Kimitaka Ito
Shuhei Fukuda
Kinoshita Hiroto
Kawabata Arata
Shin Hyung Woo
Yukitoshi Houtani
Mayumi Oda
Fumiaki Kouta
Kohei Ashiya
Megumi Itoi
Masahiko Komino
White Line
Ace Company
Jumondo
office DCI
CL Corporation
FAI Studio
Sunshine Corp.
Studio Wanpack
Big Owl
BEEP
Dogakobo
MSJ Musashino Production
Asahi Production
Triple A
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

SC Episode 16: Lovers, Part 1
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:21
A Fine Fellow Arrives
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Arrival in Karachi
00:22
01:51
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
01:52
04:02
Calm Sightseeing
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The art of haggling
04:06
04:31
Fun Friends
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Joseph being ripped off
04:33
07:09
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Steely Dan assassinates Enya
07:16
08:37
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Enya's death
08:40
09:45
Dizziness
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
The heroes confront Steely Dan
10:06
12:46
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Lovers is inside of Joseph's brain
12:51
14:16
Creeping Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Steely Dan taunts Jotaro
14:18
15:53
Imminence
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Steely Dan hits Jotaro/Joseph's strategic retreat
15:53
17:12
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Jotaro is stuck with Steely Dan
17:14
18:50
Omen
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Joseph uses a TV set
19:07
20:14
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro is a bridge
20:15
21:57
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Steely Dan walks on Jotaro/The heroes close in on Lovers
21:58
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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Commentary

Thanks to Daisuke Kishio's astounding performance, Steely Dan becomes an exemplary hate sink. He's subtly introduced with the kebab haggling scene with Joseph, which constitutes a first battle, so to speak.

The action is taking place in Karachi, Pakistan. We put a pink sky, but this time this was the base color for every scene. The strength of this episode is to allow itself this pink sky without giving any impression of disharmony.

By the way, when Komino was praised for the Episode 9 sky, this episode was already done, so it's him trying to repeat this particular success (laughs).

Regarding the plot, Dan manages to split the group only with his words, with him and Jotaro on one side, Kakyoin, Polnareff and Joseph on the other side. Until then, the group had acted separately, but never with a direction alternating between the two parties so well.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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