Stardust Crusaders - Episode 24

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High Priestess, Part 2 (女教皇(ハイプリエステス) その2 Hai Puriesutesu Sono Ni)[1] is the twenty-fourth episode of Stardust Crusaders and the fiftieth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 181 through the first two pages of Chapter 183 of the manga. It was also the end of first arc of the Stardust Crusaders Anime.

High Priestess is destroying the Joestar Group's submarine and the heroes must evacuate with scuba diving equipment. However, High Pristess's unseen user, Midler, shows the heroes are not safe even in the water.

Summary

The Joestar group puts on their scuba diving equipment

The Joestar Group must now evacuate their submarine which is under attack from High Priestess. They are thus forced to put on some scuba diving equipment to swim to the surface and Joseph gives a quick lesson as the group prepares to exit the submarine, precising notably they they'll have to follow the sea floor.

However, when they begin to dive, they discover High Priestess has already caught on to them by disguising itself as Polnareff's regulator and has entered his mouth. Thankfully, Joseph and Kakyoin narrowly manage to drag the Stand out with Hermit Purple and Hierophant Green. The fight continues as High Priestess turns into a harpoon but the group nonetheless manages to seal it inside the submarine. As planned, the group follows the sea bed up to the surface and only have to watch for moving rocks. However, they come across a strange rock formation, which is High Priestess disguising itself as a giant face of rock. The enemy Stand subsequently sucks them inside its mouth.

The High Priestess disguises itself as the sea bed

The Joestar Group is now trapped in High Priestess' mouth. As the Stand's user, Midler, gloats from the surface, the group tries to play to Midler's femininity and flatter her but this only serves to anger her further. Midler thus tries to crush Jotaro between High Priestess' teeth. However, Jotaro manages to break the teeth with Star Platinum and they all break free from High Priestess' mouth, escaping to the surface, where Midler is incapacitated (and disfigured) as a result of Jotaro's attack.

The Joestar group has finally arrived in Egypt

Having finally arrived in Egypt. The group take a moment to observe the rising sun and contemplate all the battles they have pulled through and all the countries they have visited, but shortly continue their journey. Meanwhile, DIO makes his own move and has summoned several new Stand Users. The next day, Jotaro and Joseph assure Suzi Q of their safety before joining the others in their pursuit of DIO, a battle against the supernatural that the Joestar Family has carried out for a century but which they always had done with allies along the way.

Jotaro is now in Egypt, a crossroad of ancient and new civilizations and one of the most exotic lands in the world. Meanwhile, a Speedwagon Foundation helicopter is seen carrying an unusual passenger.

Appearances

Characters
Midler
(1st appearance) (Retired)
Holy Kujo
(Flashback)
Gray Fly
(Flashback)
Anne
(Flashback)
Forever
(Flashback)
Rubber Soul
(Flashback)
Hol Horse
(Flashback)
Nena
(Flashback)
ZZ
(Flashback)
Enya the Hag
(Flashback)
Steely Dan
(Flashback)
Mannish Boy
(Flashback)
Jonathan Joestar
(Photo only)
Iggy
(1st appearance) (Glimpse)
Stands
Tower of Gray
(Flashback)
Dark Blue Moon
(Flashback)
Strength
(Flashback)
Ebony Devil
(Flashback)
Hanged Man
(Flashback)
Emperor
(Flashback)
Empress
(Flashback)
Wheel of Fortune
(Flashback)
Lovers
(Flashback)
Sun
(Flashback)
Death Thirteen
(Flashback)
Judgement
(Flashback)
Geb
(1st appearance) (Glimpse)
The World
(Ability only)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Episode Director (演出)
Machitani Shunsuke
Naokatsu Tsuda[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Episode Director Cooperation (演出協力)
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
Assistant Action Animation Director (アクション作画監督補)
Key Animation (原画)
Kouki Shikiji
Tomoji Tsuchiya
Yuzuru Jogashima
Shigemi Aoyagi
Katsuhiro Shimizu
Akie Muratsukasa
Daisuke Tsumagari
Takahito Katayama
Shuhei Fukuda
Kanta Suzuki
Mihiro Iida
Atsushi Shirai
Takashi Hirabayashi
Etsushi Mori
Manabu Imura
Mihoko Ookawa
Kenji Yokoyama
Takaaki Sekizaki
Masaya Sekizaki
Keiko Takemoto
Sachiko Mori
Miki Takemoto
Chinatsu Ishida
Yukitoshi Houtani
Kyoko Kotani
Masahiko Komino
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Sae Akama
Takahiro Ohkawa
Aya Nishimura
Takeshi Kanto
Yurie Iijima
Kazuhito Tominaga
Haru Watanabe
Hitomi Shiraki
Shou Hamada
Hiroto Kinoshita
Masami Aida
Shotaro Imai
Kenta Mimuro
Ryo Nakaya
Mayumi Oda
Kimitaka Ito
Megumi Itoi
Kohei Ashiya
Fumiaki Kouta
White Line
Seven Arcs
Kino Production
Peace&Kindness
CL Corporation
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

SC Episode 24: High Priestess, Part 2
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
02:00
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The submarine is sinking/Scuba diving lessons
02:00
02:16
Cheerful Journey
Stardust Crusaders (World)
"I can see your panties"
02:42
02:54
Throwing
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Polnareff is attacked
02:55
04:22
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
04:26
06:10
The Curtain Rises
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Underwater battle against High Priestess
07:34
09:14
Apparent Crisis
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
High Priestess swallows the heroes
10:37
12:05
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Midler is angry/Jotaro is crushed?
13:00
13:54
Stardust Crusaders
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Star Platinum smashes High Priestess' teeth
14:36
15:09
Setting Off
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
At last, Egypt
15:10
16:23
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Recap: defeating enemy Stands across the world
16:30
18:02
Dark Rebirth
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Other Stand Users?
18:13
20:50
Setting Off
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Call to Suzi Q
20:50
21:37
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Egypt, the eternal land
21:37
23:05
Walk Like an Egyptian
Walk Like an Egyptian
Ending
23:05
23:25
Fool of Sand
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Egypt Arc teaser

Manga/Anime Differences

  • The battle against High Priestess is expanded again
    • In the submarine, High Priestess turns into a harpoon gun. Instead of immediately fleeing, Kakyoin and Polnareff clash with the harpoon. Hierophant Green tries to use the Emerald Splash against High Priestess and Silver Chariot exchanges blows with it.
    • Inside of High Priestess' mouth after she gets angry, the heroes have a brief struggle as High Priestess' tongue tries to crush them. Avdol uses Magician's Red to burn the tongue.
  • An extra scene is included where a Speedwagon Foundation worker spies on a gathering of nine of DIO's assassins. However, Geb quickly decapitates him.
  • Like the previous episode, a scene featuring Suzi Q discussing with Joseph and Jotaro through the phone were added.

Commentary

The scenes in diving gear take up more than half of this episode, but these devices are really difficult to draw. Jotaro and Avdol were particularly tricky because of the accessories they already wear normally. We didn't know what was where anymore. The only silver lining: their obstructed mouths do not require lips synchronization.

This is a new underwater episode after the 6th against Dark Blue Moon. Although the aquatic environment had given us a lot of problems again, it was a pleasure to make the sign language scene between Kakyoin and Ponareff. I love seeing them in sync like this, they are really well tuned.

Since this is the last fight, we had wished to make everyone participate. Every character is given his little action scene. The scene where High Priestess attacks by transforming into a harpoon was drawn by Katayama, the action scene animation director, up to the key drawings, for a beautiful result.

There's the scene where High Priestess becomes red - seen from the inside of the mouth and not the cheeks - we went from a pink as a reaction to the flattery to an angry red. I hope that this effect will have its little impact.

When the group finally steps on Egyptian soil, they stand on the beach, facing the sea. There is a shot on the water surface, rather discrete, but it was the only way which asked the most work because of the transparence effect.

The scene where Jotaro tosses a starfish stuck on him wasn't in the original storyboard, but we added it in the process of animation. It was an idea of the director Mr. Kato. It's maybe at this moment that Jotaro takes an interest in underwater fauna, to then dedicate his life to research and even a Ph.d. At least you can picture it like this! (laughs)

The last scenes are all original. The review of the enemy Stands until then, Dio in his mansion, a phone call to Suzie Q... Everything here allows us to wrap up the journey and really give a last episode feel.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

  • The opening contains several sound effects during the scenes.
    • Iggy's appearance is foreshadowed, as a howl can be heard when the lone 6th shooting star appears on the screen.

References

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