Volume 2

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The Thirst for Blood! (血の渇き! Chi no Kawaki!) is the second volume of Phantom Blood and the second volume of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga. It covers the ending of the battle at Ogre Street up to Wang Chan's transformation into a zombie by Dio.

Summary

The mysterious Stone Mask is revealed to be a tool used for creating immortal vampires! Dio, after having his plans to take over exposed, puts on the mask and confronts JoJo. After a fierce battle, Dio disappears into the burning mansion...

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Author's Note

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It was New Year, around 20 years ago. My grandfather and I went to the cemetery to steal "takenohanasashi".* My grandfather then broke them into long, thin sticks and made me a 60cm kite. On the front of the kite, he painted in ink the character for "fly" (飛). The kite flew up high on a strong wind and so I had a lot of respect for my grandfather.

Take care always, Grandpa!
Takenohanasashi is a type of bamboo "vase" for putting flowers into found in cemeteries.
These days they are usually plastic or ceramic.

Postscript

The JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Saga is a tasty mix of weird characters, weird dialogue and weird onomatopoeia.

"It's thrilling!!!" That is the term that best expresses everything I think about the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series.

Not only do I love the great storyline (which a normal human would never imagine) but also the dialogues! Every word in Mr Araki's stories has the ability to penetrate the brain and shake it to its core. No one can imitate his sensitivity! It goes far beyond common sense! Perhaps this is one of the supernatural powers of the author!

I find myself turning each page, my heart palpitating as I wait for the words that will jump out at me, the new onomatopoeia that will be born... I can imagine Mr Araki rubbing his chin, a mischievous smile on his face, while he thinks about these dialogues and sound effects.

Finally, I'll quote one of my favourite scenes, apart from JoJo, from Baoh the Visitor. In volume 1 page 67, in the fifth box, when the bird says "Thank you!" with its short tongue.

I don't know anyone else who is able to give so much impact to such a small box and to the insignificant word of a bird.

Dear Mr Araki, although we are neighbours, we don't see each other very much. Never mind: the next time we see each other, let's have a good laugh! (like kids...)
Koji Koseki, manga author.


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