JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 9

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The Final Ripple! (最後の波紋! Saigo no Hamon!)[1] is the ninth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the ninth and final episode of Phantom Blood. It covers parts of Chapter 41 through Chapter 44 of the manga.

Jonathan is victorious against Dio, who is reduced to a head. Months later, Jonathan marries Erina Pendleton and goes on a cruise with his bride. However, Dio returns and plans on stealing Jonathan's body.

Summary

As Dio falls following his battle with Jonathan, he decapitates himself before the Ripple reaches his head, which is recovered by his zombie servant Wang Chan.

The narration then explains the aftermath of the battle of Windknight's Lot. Dozens of people were declared missing by the authorities and it is reported that a group of men were seen destroying clothings and a Stone Mask. Speedwagon, who has smashed the mask himself, declares victory.

Jonathan and Erina get married.

Months later, Jonathan marries Erina and they head off on a honeymoon to America on a cruise across the Atlantic Ocean. As they are seen off by every person they have met on their journey, a suspicious ornate and surprisingly long chest is loaded into the boat Jonathan and Erina board. Nonetheless, everyone says good bye to the couple.

As Jonathan and Erina enjoy their cruise, Jonathan discovers that Wang Chan has sneaked aboard and suspects that Dio is still alive. In the haul of the ship, Jonathan meets with Dio's disembodied head. The Vampire acknowledges JoJo's valor and thus has decided to steal his body, the only one worthy of being his host. Erina arrives on the scene just as Jonathan receives a near-fatal attack to his neck, which prevents him from breathing. Meanwhile, the ship starts to run amok with zombies after Wang Chan has spread the infection. Using the last Ripple energy he has, Jonathan manages to decapitate an overconfident Wang Chan, forcing his body to obstruct a piece of the cruise ship's mechanism, setting the ship on a path to explode.

Jonathan's death.

As Erina resolves to die by Jonathan's side, Jonathan tells her to live on so she can protect a baby whose mother was killed. As the ship starts to explode, Dio makes a last ditch attempt to take Jonathan's body, but Jonathan stops him, passing away with Dio's head in his arms whilst Erina and the baby hide in Dio's bomb-proof coffin to protect them from the explosion. Erina is eventually rescued near the Canary Islands a day later and vows to pass on the truth of what happened on that night, starting with the child she conceived with Jonathan before his untimely death.

The scene then changes to an ancient ruin in the jungles of Mexico, where a humanoid figure encased in stone is shown to be lightly breathing.

Appearances

Characters
Wang Chan
(Death)
Father Styx
(1st appearance) (Death)
Dire
(Flashback)
George Joestar I
(Flashback)
Bruford
(Flashback)
Danny
(Flashback)
Lisa Lisa
(1st appearance)
Santana
(1st appearance) (Stone)

Credits

Staff

Script
Yasuko Kobayashi[1]
Storyboard
Kenichi Suzuki[1]
Episode Director
Kenichi Suzuki[1]
Animation Director
Takanobu Akita
Shinichi Machida[1]
Assistant Animation Director
Tomoaki Kado
Yukitoshi Houtani
Akie Muratsukasa
Shin Hyung Woo
Key Animation
Hideaki Matsuoka
Koji Maruoka
Miyuki Nakayama
Yukiko Watabe
Shinpei Koikawa
Shunichi Ishimoto
Manabu Akita
Gakushi Maeda
Yoshio Usuda
Kazunori Minagawa
Kazuhiko Shibuya
Yumiko Ishii
Masahiko Komino
Hiroshi Tatezaki
Tetsuya Masuda
Kodai Kitahara
Yoko Iizuka
Yoshinobu Ando
Yasufumi Soejima
White Line
Sung Won Hwang
2nd Key Animation
Megumi Itoi
Akie Muratsukasa
Shinichi Machida
Reiji Mitsusada
Aya Nishimura
White Line
Sul-ah Kang
Hyun-ae Kwan
Myung-ju Sim

Music

Episode 9: The Final Ripple!
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:42
Transcend
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio decapitates himself to survive
00:42
01:18
Stone Mask ~The Secret~
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Aftermath of the battle
01:19
02:48
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
Opening
02:51
03:36
A Moment's Happiness
Phantom Blood (Future)
Jonathan and Erina are married.
04:21
05:01
Love, Lively
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Leaving on a honeymoon
05:09
06:45
Silent Horizon
Phantom Blood (Future)
Erina happy to be with Jonathan
07:06
07:36
Joestar Family
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Restaurant music
07:42
08:40
Hidden Feelings
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan sees Wang Chan
08:42
10:27
Determination
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio shoots JoJo in the throat
10:50
12:12
A Superhuman Reborn
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Ship invaded by Zombies
12:13
15:30
Persistence ~Innocent Scream~
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan's last Ripple to sabotage the ship
15:34
17:33
With Humanity, Affection, and Nobility
Phantom Blood (Future)
Erina wants to die with Jonathan/Saving a baby
19:18
20:21
Parting Regrets
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan Joestar's death
20:36
21:39
Dawn
Phantom Blood (Future)
The story of Jonathan Joestar
21:42
23:25
Roundabout
Roundabout
An ancient threat/Ending
23:26
23:42
Oh please...
Battle Tendency (Musik)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Father Styx's flashback to him being given orders to a missionary trip in Mexico are cut; instead, his superiors give him the orders in person before boarding the ship.
  • A few scenes depicting the vampiric infection onboard the ship are added.
  • An extra scene showing the mother protecting her baby before dying is added.
  • A scene foreshadowing Part II was added, of a man encased in stone somewhere in a Mexican jungle.

Commentary

The series' director Kenichi Suzuki was in charge of the storyboard in this episode. It was simply flawless, I really have nothing to say about it. If I must absolutely say something, I'll just say "It was very interesting." (laughs). The 2D animation is really perfected for this finale.

Erina is one of JoJo's rare female characters. Her face is always somewhat different from one episode to another, but she's always ravishing (laughs).

I will note the last scene where Erina holds Lisa Lisa in her arms. It's the perfect link between the violent struggle that just ended, and a vision focused on the future. The farewell between Erina and Jonathan are especially moving. Kazuyuki Okitsu, Jonathan's voice actor, even shed a tear during the recording. It's even more poignant since a few scenes earlier, they were peacefully sailing as a couple.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

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    A newspaper is shown during the narration detailing the aftermath of Jonathan's battle against Dio in Windknight's Lot. While the first part of the newspaper is a credible article reporting on the events of the story in English, another shown article is in fact a real-life article named "On Blackwall Pier" lifted from the newspapers East London Observer.[2]

References

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