Stardust Crusaders - Episode 41

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D'Arby the Player, Part 2 (ダービー·ザ·プレイヤー その② Dābī Za Pureiyā Sono Ni)[1] is the forty-first episode of Stardust Crusaders, the seventeenth episode of the Egypt Arc, and the sixty-seventh episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers the last few pages of Chapter 232 through half of Chapter 236 of the manga.

The battle against Telence T. D'Arby continues. Kakyoin is defeated and Jotaro must step in to play at video games against D'Arby. However, Jotaro has no experience playing video games.

Summary

D'Arby takes Kakyoin's soul for losing

At the exit of the tunnel, D'Arby's car is still ahead of Kakyoin's car and the butler declares his victory. Determined to win, Kakyoin exploits the fact that D'Arby has now less energy on his car to spin and make it fly out off the tracks while he lands safely. Kakyoin has accomplished his plan, but D'Arby was prepared: he purposefully let himself get knocked aside to gain an insurmountable advantage for the race. At the revelation, Kakyoin subconsciously recognizes defeat and Atum steals his soul. D'Arby adds Kakyoin to his collection and explains that should he die, Kakyoin will die for good, forcing Jotaro and Joseph to keep playing.

As Joseph is highly unfamiliar with video games, Jotaro tells his grandfather to stay out of the challenge and comes forth to challenge D'Arby to another video game. Satisfied, D'Arby lifts his grab on Jotaro's soul as he expects needing both of Atum's arms to best him. Jotaro chooses a video game at random, Oh! That's A Baseball!, a baseball video game which happens to be the one D'Arby is the best at. After both players choose their teams, the game begins.

Star Platinum's baseball attire in the game

Jotaro's team is the first to bat. Jotaro is revealed to be completely new at video games himself and loses his two first batters to get familiar with the mechanics. However, at the third strike of the third batter, Jotaro announces that he's mastered the game now. To D'Arby's surprise, Jotaro's batter performs a successful home run. However, D'Arby is only all the more stimulated at the challenge. Jotaro completes home runs after home runs and eventually gets a comfortable 4 point lead, to the point Joseph feels comfortable enough to taunt D'Arby.

Reading Jotaro's moves, D'Arby hits home run

However, D'Arby then reaffirms his superior talent, comparing himself favorably to his brother whom he's always beaten despite being 10 years younger. D'Arby changes his pitcher and openly announces that his next pitch is a forkball straight down the middle. The throw ends up being a slightly different one, causing the ball to be caught directly by D'Arby's players and Jotaro to lose his batter. At first, it seems D'Arby is playing mind games but Jotaro points out that something else is amiss, just like when D'Arby guessed Star Platinum's next attack. It is now D'Arby's turn to bat and Joseph confirms again that the game is not rigged. When Jotaro tries to hit the batter itself yet he bends backward and hits a home run, Jotaro is now sure that Atum is helping D'Arby cheat by reading minds. As D'Arby declares another home run, the butler asks Jotaro what kind of throw it will be; as he keeps predicting Jotaro's next move, it seems impossible to beat him. But Jotaro then puts down his hat, making D'Arby sigh in disappoint at such a cheap attempt to hide his moves. Joseph points out that nothing Jotaro can do will help hide his next move from D'Arby, but the student simply explains that he's sweating. In turn, Jotaro decides to declare his next pitch: straight, high to the outside.

Appearances

Characters
Daniel J. D'Arby
(Flashback)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Kazuyuki Fudeyasu[1]
ふでやす かずゆき
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Jin Tamamura[1]
玉村 仁
Episode Director (演出)
Taisuke Mamori[1]
守 泰佑
Animation Director (作画監督)
Haru Watanabe
Satoru Nakaya
Kimitaka Ito[1]
渡邊 葉瑠
中屋 了
伊藤 公崇
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Shin Hyung Woo
Choi Hee Eun
Lee Eun Young
Megumi Itoi
Shin Hyung Woo
Choi Hee Eun
Lee Eun Young
糸井 恵
Key Animation (原画)
Masakazu Yoshimoto
Teruyo Kato
Nozomi Sakamoto
Mihoko Ogawa
Ryuichi Baba
Manabu Shiota
Yuzuru Jogashima
Kazuhiko Shibuya
Takashi Hirabayashi
Natsue Chibayama
Hiroko Shigekuni
Sayuri Sakimoto
Masami Gohda
Yuki Yabuta
Motonao Komiya
Hiroki Goto
Yoshihiro Yoshioka
Akihiro Otake
Hisashi Samejima
Nozomi Tachibana
Ryuji Tsuzuku
Yuichi Nakazawa
Fumiaki Kouta
吉本 雅一
加藤 照代
阪本 望実
大川 美穂子
馬場 龍一
塩田 学
城ヶ島 譲
渋谷 一彦
平林 孝
千葉山 夏恵
重国 浩子
崎本 さゆり
合田 真さ美
薮田 裕希
小宮 素直
後藤 洋輝
吉岡 佳宏
大竹 晃裕
鮫島 寿志
立花 希望
都竹 隆治
中澤 勇一
光田 史亮
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Makoto Yaguchi
Yuri Yamamura
Natsuki Orikasa
Yuka Nagata
Hikari Tanaka
Hanae Uraoka
Hiroaki Otsuji
Hanako Egami
Nayuta Mori
Asami Ota
Satoru Nakaya
Kimitaka Ito
Megumi Itoi
White Line
Snowdrop
矢口 真琴
山村 有理
折笠 奈津樹
永田 有香
田中 日香里
浦岡 華絵
尾辻 浩晃
江上 華子
森 なゆた
太田 麻美
中屋 了
伊藤 公崇
糸井 恵
WHITE LINE
株式会社スノードロップ
In-between Animation (動画)
Digital In-Between Animation
David Production
Mai Oshima
Yusaku Nagahama
Rie Takahashi
大島 舞
長濱 佑作
高橋 梨恵

White Line
Triple A
Asahi Production
WHITE LINE
Triple A
旭プロダクション
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
小川 エリ
前田 学史
泉 寛
Egyptian Arabic Dialect
Ehab Ahmed Ebeid
イハーブ アハマド エベード
3D CG
Graphic Model Cooperation
株式会社バンダイナムコエンターテインメント
株式会社サイバーコネクトツー
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
町田 真一

Music

SC Episode 41: D'Arby the Player, Part 2
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:59
Noble Hierophant
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Kakyoin's last resort
01:01
02:04
Space of a Lone God
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
D'Arby is still ahead
02:08
03:37
9 Glory Gods
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
D'Arby takes Kakyoin's soul
03:38
05:07
JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~
JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~
Opening
05:08
06:44
Powerful Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Jotaro challenges D'Arby
06:47
07:46
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Choosing the teams
07:47
10:19
Blow, Throwing, Reverse Play
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The match begins/Jotaro is a complete noob?!
10:20
13:04
Life-and-Death Matter
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Jotaro's determination/"I've pretty much mastered how to swing"
13:06
13:57
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Jotaro's first home run
14:02
15:38
Use the Bluff
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Jotaro: Global Elite at video games
15:41
17:10
Space of a Lone God
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
D'Arby's abilities are still unknown
17:15
18:20
Gambler
Stardust Crusaders (World)
D'Arby declares his pitches
18:20
20:20
Imminence
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The secret of D'Arby's Stand
20:34
22:11
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Is D'Arby unbeatable?
22:14
23:26
Final Battle
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Jotaro declares his pitch
23:28
23:42
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Three scenes where Telence hits his elder brother were added.

In other languages

Language Title Translation
Japan Japanese ダービー·ザ·プレイヤー その② D'Arby the Player, Part 2
United States of America English D'Arby the Player, Part 2
Spain Spanish D'Arby, el jugador - Segunda parte D'Arby the Player - Part 2
Brazil Portuguese D'Arby, o Jogador - Parte 2 D'Arby the Player - Part 2
France French D'Arby the Player, Partie 2 D'Arby the Player, Part 2
Germany German D'Arby, der Spieler, Teil 2 D'Arby the Player, Part 2
Flag of the Arab League Arabic داربي اللاعب الجزء 2 D'Arby the Player, Part 2
Italy Italian D'Arby il giocatore, Parte 2 D'Arby the Player, Part 2

Commentary

Episode 41 begins with the end of the car race. Kakyoin loses rapidly and gets his soul stolen as soon as he admits defeat. It is Jotaro's turn, who chooses to fight with a base-ball game. The ball throwing shots were realized by the action animation director, Fumiaki Kota, who had notably made research by observing real games. Let's add that one of the animators for this episode, Kimitaka Ito, is a genuine base-ball fan. He's made all sorts of verifications. I think it made for a rather dynamic result onscreen... That said, there are only home-runs and you can find the match a little bland on the sports side.

Again, Jotaro shows really impressive bluffing skills. Thinking about it, I even feel that he only wins his battles through bluffs (laughs). Of course he has his physical strength, but he also has nerves of steel, and thus all the qualities of a great protagonist.

Finally, the games with Telence do not last two but three episodes. Like in the manga, everyone has their little tactics we must develop one at a time, and everything takes up more screen time than we imagined. I think only a few of us had thought we would use three episodes for the video game part.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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