JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 8

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With true conviction, the human race can overcome anything! Let me demonstrate to just what heights a human being can rise!
—Jonathan, as he and Dio have their final battle

Bloody Battle! JoJo & Dio (血戦!JOJO&DIO Kessen! JoJo & Dio)[1] is the eighth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the eighth episode of Phantom Blood. It covers Chapter 37 through Chapter 41 of the manga.

Jonathan finally finds Dio in his castle. Despite Jonathan's Ripple, Dio's vampiric powers allow him to freeze limbs with a mere touch and thus Jonathan must find a way to directly strike the Vampire with his Ripple.

Summary

The group makes a detour at Poco's house, only to be told that Poco's sister has disappeared. Actually, the girl is imprisoned with Dio who is tempting her with the prospect of eternal life. When she refuses and slaps the Vampire, Dio leaves and sics the monster Doobie on her. However, Jonathan appears and easily defeats the Zombie.

Dire challenges Dio

Jonathan climbs the stairs and reaches the final room where Dio awaits. Jonathan challenges Dio to one final match to avenge the death of his friends, but Dire pushes Jonathan out of way and challenges Dio himself to avenge the death of his friend, Zeppeli. Dire attempts a Thunder Cross Split Attack, but Dio freezes his legs and shatters him. Dire's head manages to survive and launches a Ripple infused rose, impaling Dio in his right eye.

Jonathan uses Luck and Pluck to cut Dio in half

Jonathan thus steps in while Speedwagon, Straizo and Tonpetty stay back to fight Dio's Zombies. Inspired by Dire, Jonathan infuses the sword he had received earlier from Bruford, Luck and Pluck, with the Ripple, so that Dio will not be able to touch him. As the battle begins, Jonathan distracts Dio with roses and uses the Vampire's blind angle to cut off his arm then cuts him in half. However, Dio freezes the sword and Jonathan's hand before he can send the Ripple. Jonathan is thus immobilized and briefly at a disadvantage, but he exploits a fire behind Dio to heat the sword and free himself. Nonetheless, Dio breaks the sword and manages to freeze JoJo's fist before the Ripple can reach him.

Jonathan lands a clean punch on Dio

As a last ditch attempt, Jonathan lights his glove on fire to counter the freezing effect and finally manages to hit Dio's chest with the Ripple. Dio is sent into a cliff and uses a spiteful last technique: he releases a jet of pressurized eye humor and almost kills Jonathan. The latter still has enough heart to mourn his lost half-brother and collapses from exhaustion. JoJo has won the battle.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Toshifumi Takizawa[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Jiro Fujimoto[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Key Animation (原画)
Mamiko Nakanishi
Michiko Takegami
Tsukasa Sorimachi
Ryoko Kawamura
Yasufumi Soejima
Aya Nishimura
Akihiro Yamamoto
Kyohei Oyabu
Hirotaka Nii
Ritsu Tominaga
Kenji Yokoyama
Daisuke Saito
Yoshikazu Fujiwara
Masaru Kinjo
Shin Hyung Woo
Minoru Morita
Yasuzo Ino
Yuichiro Yamada
Etsushi Mori
Toru Yoshida
Akiko Seki
Sachiko Mori
Shunichi Ishimoto
White Line
Cha Myoung Jun
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Megumi Itoi
Natsumi Ishizaki
Takanobu Katada
Miki Takemoto
Keiko Watanabe
White Line
Hayashi KK
FAI Studio
Big Owl

Music

Episode 8: Bloody Battle! JoJo & Dio
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:34
Suspicion
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Where is Poco's sister?
00:35
02:04
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
Opening
02:05
03:37
Hidden Feelings
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Poco's sister and Dio
03:43
04:27
A Superhuman Reborn
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Doobie
04:33
05:31
A Duo Of Courage
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan vs. Doobie
05:33
06:47
Decisive Battle ~Overlapping Destinies~
Phantom Blood (Future)
Jonathan defeats Doobie
06:48
08:32
Confrontation
Phantom Blood (Future)
Jonathan finally meets Dio again
08:34
10:05
Carve Out Your Ripple
Phantom Blood (Future)
Dire vs. Dio
10:13
12:07
Decisive Battle ~Overlapping Destinies~
Phantom Blood (Future)
Dire is frozen/Jonathan draws Luck & Pluck
12:16
13:29
Conviction
Phantom Blood (Future)
Ripple masters vs. Zombies
13:30
14:51
Chained Power
Phantom Blood (Future)
Jonathan vs. Dio
15:05
16:05
Results of The Plot
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio traps Jonathan
16:05
17:10
Full-Body Courage
Phantom Blood (Future)
Jonathan's counter-stratagem
17:26
20:56
Persistence ~Innocent Scream~
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan defeats Dio
20:57
21:54
Friendship
Phantom Blood (Future)
The heroes have won
21:55
23:25
Roundabout
Roundabout
Ending
23:26
23:42
Intertwined Destinies
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Next episode preview

Manga/Anime Differences

  • In the manga, Jonathan uses Ripple on Doobie's snakes, causing them to devour Doobie. In the anime, they bite Doobie, causing him to melt.
  • There is a brief scene in the manga before Jonathan fights Dio where he is attacked by a zombie. He defeats it easily by ramming its face into a barred window. This wasn't shown in the anime.
  • In the anime, Speedwagon fights with a hammer and even attempts to crush Dio's dismembered arm with it. In the manga, this weapon was used in the battle where Poco is introduced. The hammer is used again only after the battle, where Speedwagon destroys the Stone Mask with it.
  • Page, Jones, Plant, and Bornnam are introduced before their initial appearance in the manga when they asked Dio if he wanted them to take care of Jonathan. In the manga, different zombies were used and the group only appeared after Dio is injured by Dire's rose.
  • Some panels of Straizo and Tonpetty attacking zombies are omitted in the anime. Tonpetty kicking a zombie away from Speedwagon is added.

Commentary

Masahiko Komino was the animation director for this episode, and he's a big fan of JoJo. He preferred rendering the characters as close to the manga as possible, giving a very intense result. Ideally, it was the result we wanted for every episode. But a TV series has many imperatives to respect and we often had to make concessions. This time, the satisfaction was at its peak, we had the best animators to render the best battle. I also like the zombies' small moment of glory, where they use their Blood Vessel Needle Attack.

The fight against Dio also has a lot of iconic quotes, to such a point the fight itself begins to fall flat. Thus we thought about cutting some of the back-and-forth to accelerate the rhythm. However, it's one of JoJo's hallmarks so we didn't touch the dialogue. We mixed Dio's shout on two audio channels when he's cut in two. You really get the impression he's in the room with you. In general, we have the worthy final fight of this story.

Dio's attack where he propels his own eye goo is exaggerated compared to the manga where it simply cuts through a pillar. In the anime, we had it pierce through the clouds.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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