JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~

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"JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~" (ジョジョ その血の記憶~end of THE WORLD~, lit. "JoJo Memories of that Blood ~end of THE WORLD~") is the song for the second opening of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and the fourth overall opening song of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure TV anime. Animated by Studio Kamikaze Douga, the song was sung by Hiroaki "TOMMY" Tominaga, Coda, and Jin Hashimoto, together known as the JO☆STARS.

"JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~" peaked at number 17 on the Oricon's Weekly Singles Charts, during the week it was released.[2]

SPOILER WARNING: Part 3 spoiler details may follow.

Opening Animation

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The opening begins in a dark background of turning gears and a swinging pendulum, with the pendulum progressively moving upwards. On each swing left it shows a JoJo - young Jonathan Joestar, older Jonathan, Joseph Joestar, then Jotaro Kujo, with Jotaro and Joseph appearing as they do in Stardust Crusaders. On each swing right it shows Dio Brando, with the first two swings showing his two designs in Phantom Blood, the third being his appearance in the Spirit Photograph Joseph took of him, and the fourth being a close-up of his face, in shadow and covered by his hand, showing only one of his eyes. The music also plays a heartbeat, which synchronizes with each swing of the pendulum.

After the pendulum's last swing, the scenery changes to a desert with clockwork gears strewn about. Here, the sextet demonstrates their different Stand abilities. After Jotaro, Joseph and Muhammad Avdol, Noriaki Kakyoin is shown performing his infamous Emerald Splash, while pointing and with the same pose he assumes before launching his 20-meter radius Emerald Splash in his final battle against DIO. Finally, there's Jean Pierre Polnareff dual-wielding rapiers, foreshadowing him unwillingly falling under the control of Anubis. The scenery changes after Silver Chariot unleashes attacks at the camera.

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In what appears to be Kenny G's labyrinth, the sextet are then seen climbing a dark staircase. A spotlight swings left and right 4 times, each swing showing a different silhouette of an Egyptian god, foreshadowing the enemies whose Stands are based on the deities. The scene switches to the downward view of the staircase, with Polnareff and Joseph on the left, Jotaro in the center, and Iggy, Muhammad Avdol and Kakyoin on the right side. Iggy is also shown to have a missing and bandaged right leg, referencing his fight with Pet Shop. The scene zooms into Jotaro before the staircase shatters around him. Jotaro then summons Star Platinum in sync with Jin Hashimoto's singing the Stand's name. This scene is foreshadowing of which Crusaders survive, with the soon-to-be-fallen appearing on the right side of the screen.

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The scene changes into the sextet standing on top of a building, watching the sky turn to dusk, and the lights turning on at the Cairo skyline. Next, the pendulum swings again, each showing the heroes fade into a silhouette. This is actually another foreshadowing of the fate of the heroes, cleverly disguised as visual effects. First, Avdol is shown reaching out to Polnareff and Iggy, depicting the moment before Vanilla Ice kills him. Both Avdol's and Iggy's silhouettes are red, whereas Polnareff's is blue, implying that he is the only survivor of the Vanilla Ice fight. Next, there's another 20m radius Emerald Splash reference, with Kakyoin at the center surrounded by a web of Hierophant's tentacles, showing the moment before DIO blasts him into the water tower behind. Then, Joseph is shown reaching out in the same way he does to Jotaro before DIO stops time and throws a knife at Joseph's throat, momentarily killing him. This is further depicted with a sharp line aiming at Joseph's throat, coming from the top-right of the screen. Finally, Jotaro is shown frozen, suspended in mid-air, surrounded by more sharp lines - once again depicting knives -, although he briefly moves a finger during the freezing, implying his eventual tolerance to The World's time stop abilities.

The scene changes into shooting stars, with the sextet emerging from it, referencing an artwork by Hirohiko Araki. The sextet is seen standing shoulder to shoulder, this time referencing a similar shot from when the group arrives in Egypt, which then briefly switches to their Stands.

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Jotaro is then seen reaching the top of a flight of the stairs, his fists clenching, with Star Platinum emerging from within, who then unleashes blazing fists. A view of The World can be briefly seen before the screen shatters. The scene then zooms onto Jotaro's face, with a silhouette of who appears to be DIO appearing to the right. Jotaro immediately turns around and unleashes a barrage of punches with Star Platinum.

The scene changes into a flurry of ORAs, in Katakana, which turns into JO, also in Katakana, while all three singers chant Jotaro's battle cry repeatedly. A view of Star Platinum and The World trading punches can be seen briefly. The Jo☆Stars shout "ORA!!" as the JJBA Starudst Crusaders logo shows, that is later vaporized by what appears to be the sun, the same fate that ultimately finishes off DIO.

Altered Versions

The Opening during SC Episode 47 has a different ending entirely. Rather than leaving to Star Platinum punching the screen, The World interrupts, punching it as well as DIO calls out his Stand's name - stopping time as the screen shatters. The music pauses, with the only sounds being DIO's footsteps. A fully revealed DIO then walks past Jotaro, soon adopting a smug smile, in a sequence that takes exactly five seconds. After he walks past Jotaro, time resumes with a "Sono Chi no Kioku!". As Jotaro turns, The World and Star Platinum begin their attack rushes as both of their users look on, their battle cries ringing out as the blows land. The traditional scene changes into a flurry of ORA in Katakana, which turns into JO, also in Katakana, is instead a flurry of ORA in Katakana, and MUDA in Kanji.

In SC Episode 48, the final episode of the season, the opening has been changed even more to include sound effects, such as Silver Chariot's swishing swords or the general noise of Stands manifesting. Also, when the camera pauses after moving to Jotaro on the staircase, The World is seen punching away the credits and the staircase around him, explaining why it shattered in the original version. The silhouette section also adds new images for a split second; DIO is shown standing at the top of the "stairs" Polnareff, Iggy, and Avdol are climbing; the line representing DIO's knife flying at Joseph's throat is replaced by DIO's arm appearing to drain Joseph of his blood; when Kakyoin erects his barrier, The World appears in front of him, ready to strike him down; and when Jotaro is surrounded by knives, Star Platinum appears to try and knock them away.

Lyrics

Lyrics in red indicate lyrics sung by TOMMY, lyrics in green indicate lyrics sung by Coda, and lyrics in blue indicate lyrics sung by JIN. Lyrics in yellow are sung together by TOMMY and Coda. Lyrics in Black/White are sung together by all three singers.

Japanese Kanji Japanese Rōmaji English Translation
深海へ 眠った物語が Shinkai e nemutta monogatari ga The tale... left asleep at the deep sea.
灼熱の 砂を波立てて Shakunetsu no suna wo namidatete The heat rising...from the rippling sand
宿命を また呼び覚ます Shukumei wo mata yobisamasu The call of destiny...echoes once again
終着の地を焦がす 寡黙な炎 Shūchaku no chi wo kogasu kamokuna honō A glowering inferno scorches their destination
おびき寄せられた 神々の化身 Obi ki yoserareta kamigami no keshin The power of the gods has been assembled
恐れを知らぬ剣が貫く Osore wo shiranu ken ga tsuranuku Pierced by a blade that knows no fear
目指す場所とは まだ見ぬ運命(さだめ) Mezasu basho to wa mada minu sadame Where they are headed lies a fate yet unknown
近づいて来る 決戦の時 Chikadzuite kuru kessen no toki But the time for their final battle swiftly approaches
打つべきピリオドは スタープラチナム Utsubeki Piriodo wa ... Sutā Purachinamu! But the one who'll type that period is...*Star Platinum !
始まってしまった物語に 奪われたままの時に Hajimatte shimatta monogatari ni ubawareta mama no toki ni Their story has begun! Their time is running out!
今 終わりを告げるため 歩き続ける クルセイダース Ima owari wo tsugeru tame aruki tsuzukeru Kuruseidāsu! They will finish this! They won't stop! *CRUSADERS!
空白のラストページに そのこぶしを叩き込め Kūhaku no Rasuto Pēji ni sono kobushi wo tatakikome He'll take that blank last page and plant his fist through it!
end of THE WORLD その血の記憶 End of The World! Sono Chi no Kioku! End of The World! Memory of that Blood!
オラオラオラオラッ! Oraoraoraora! Oraoraoraora!
オラオラオラオラッ! Oraoraoraora! Oraoraoraora!
オラオラオラオラッ! Oraoraoraora! Oraoraoraora!
オラオラオラオラッ! Oraoraoraora! Oraoraoraora!
雨のようなエメラルド 砂漠に降れば Ame no yōna emerarudo sabaku ni fureba If in the desert, *emeralds fall like rain
愚者名乗る勇者 見せる蜃気楼 Gusha nanoru yūsha miseru shinkirō A hero calling himself a *fool will display his mirage.
闇の気配追う 波紋の棘 Yami no kehaiō Hamon no ibara *Rippling *thorns track the *evil presence.
復活のため 選ばぬ手段 Fukkatsu no tame erabanu shudan He will do whatever it takes for his revival...
無垢な生き血を 求め彷徨う Mukuna ikichi wo motome samayō He wanders in search of innocent fresh blood!
歴史に打つ楔... スタープラチナム Rekishi ni utsu kusabi Sutā Purachinamu! Who will put a stake through their history? Star Platinum!
始まってしまった物語に 流して来た悲しみに Hajimatte shimatta monogatari ni nagashite kita kanashimi ni Their story has begun! Sadness is flowing in!
今 終わりを告げるため 命を懸けた クルセイダース Ima owari wo tsugeru tame inochi wo kaketa Kuruseidāsu! They will finish this! They risk their life! CRUSADERS!
宿命のラストページに その怒りを叩き込め Shukumei no Rasuto Pēji ni sono ikari wo tatakikome He drives his anger into this destined last page!
光と闇のDestiny Hikari to yami no Desutini Destiny of light and dark...
めぐる歴史はBloody Meguru rekishi wa Buraddi Bloody history around them...
受け継がれる 不滅のプライド Uketsugareru fumetsu no Puraido Pride undying passed from one generation to the next!
始まってしまった物語に 奪われたままの時に Hajimatte shimatta monogatari ni ubawareta mama no toki ni Their story has begun! Their time is running out!
今 終わりを告げるため 歩き続ける クルセイダース Ima owari wo tsugeru tame aruki tsuzukeru Kuruseidāsu! They will finish this! They won't stop! CRUSADERS!
空白のラストページにそのこぶしを叩き込め Kūhaku no Rasuto Pēji ni sono kobushi wo tatakikome He drives his fist into this blank last page.
始まってしまった物語に 流して来た悲しみに Hajimatte shimatta monogatari ni nagashite kita kanashimi ni Their story has begun! Sadness is flowing in!
今 終わりを告げるため 命を懸けた クルセイダース Ima owari wo tsugeru tame inochi wo kaketa Kuruseidāsu! They will finish this! They risk their life! CRUSADERS!
宿命のラストページに その怒りを叩き込め Shukumei no Rasuto Pēji ni sono ikari wo tatakikome He drives his anger into this destined last page!
end of THE WORLD その血の記憶 End of The World! Sono Chi no Kioku End of The World! Memory of that Blood !
オラオラオラオラオラオラオラオラッ! Oraoraoraoraoraoraoraora! Oraoraoraoraoraoraoraora!
オラオラオラオラオラオラオラオラッ! Oraoraoraoraoraoraoraora! Oraoraoraoraoraoraoraora!
オラオラオラオラオラオラオラオラッ! Oraoraoraoraoraoraoraora! Oraoraoraoraoraoraoraora!
オラオラオラオラオラオラオラオラオラオラオラッ! Oraoraoraoraoraoraoraoraoraoraora! Oraoraoraoraoraoraoraoraoraoraora!
オラァッ! Oraaa! Oraaa!

Opening Sequences

Full Songs

Tracklist

  1. JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~
    Lyrics: Saori Kodama / Composition: Kohei Tanaka / Arrangement: Kohei Tanaka, Yasuhisa Murase
  2. JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~ (ORIGINAL KARAOKE) ~

Credits

Staff
Director (演出)
吉邊 尚希
Animation Director (作画監督)
Kumi Shimizu
清水 久美
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Tetsuro Satomi
里見 哲朗
3DCGI
CGI Director
Miho Sakina
先名 美帆
Graphics Model Cooperation
バンダイナムコ
サイバーコネクトツー
Other Credits
Producer
Junpei Mizusaki
Takayuki Sasaki
水崎 淳平
佐々木 崇之

Music Staff

TV Anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders" second Opening Theme

  • Composer: Kohei Tanaka
  • Arranger: Kohei Tanaka, Yasuhisa Murase
  • Lyricist: Shoko Fujibayashi
  • Strings: Masatsugu Shinozaki Strings
  • Guitar: Yasuhisa Murase

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Trivia

Sono Chi no Sadame
  • When Coda sings the line "Mada minu sadame", the song title changes into "JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~ (ジョジョ ~その血の運命(さだめ))" for a frame, referencing the first opening of Season 1.
  • The previous openings of the show are referenced in the song's bridge: TOMMY's lyrics include the word "Destiny", Coda's lyrics include the word "Blood", and the final section of the bridge (sung by all three singers) includes the word "Pride". These lyrics reference "JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~", "BLOODY STREAM", and "STAND PROUD" respectively.
  • The Japanese lyrics write Star Platinum's name as "Sutā Purachinamu" (スタープラチナ) instead of the usual "Sutā Purachina" (スタープラチナ).
  • The idea of having openings vary a bit to showcase DIO's time-stopping power came from Kamikaze Douga. During the presentation of the opening, Junpei Mizusaki, the president of the company, suddenly said, “It’s DIO, so we just need to stop time for 9 seconds."[3]

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