Stardust Crusaders - Episode 17

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Lovers, Part 2 (恋人(ラバーズ) その2 Rabāzu Sono Ni)[1] is the seventeenth episode of Stardust Crusaders and the forty-third episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 163 through Chapter 165 of the manga.

The battle against Steely Dan continues. While Kakyoin and Polnareff have sent their Stands in Joseph's brain to hunt Lovers. Meanwhile, Jotaro has to act as Steely Dan's temporary servant.

Summary

Silver Chariot and Hierophant Green against Lovers

As Jotaro continues to put up with Steely Dan's whims, Kakyoin and Polnareff's Stands arrive in Joseph's brain where the Lovers and the flesh bud is. Although Polnareff acts first, he is hurt when the Lovers uses Joseph's brain cells to disguise himself as Hierophant Green and make several dummies of itself, leaving them unable to determine which one is the real Stand. Elsewhere, Jotaro shines Steely Dan's shoes and takes a beating from him, all while taking note of everything he is doing for him so he can make Steely Dan pay later. He is enraged when he takes a beating because Steely Dan forced him to steal from a jewelry shop.

Star Platinum beats up Steely Dan

In Joseph's brain, Kakyoin manages to use Hierophant Green to find and attack the real Stand and force it out of Joseph's body, giving Joseph the opportunity to destroy the flesh bud in his brain with the Ripple. Realizing he has been defeated, Steely Dan tries to divert Jotaro's attention so the Lovers can enter him instead, but he is quickly spotted and caught by Star Platinum. In desperation, Steely Dan tries to have the Lovers enter a young girl's ear, but it is stopped by Hierophant Green's tentacle, which Kakyoin attached before it escaped. This stops Steely Dan's movements completely, allowing Jotaro to finally get his revenge for all Steely Dan put him through.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Jiro Fujimoto[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Jiro Fujimoto[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Hi-eun Choi
Eun-young Lee
Shin Hyung Woo[1]
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Kenta Mimuro
Yukitoshi Houtani
Mayumi Oda
Tomoji Tsuchiya
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
Key Animation (原画)
Sayuri Sakimoto
Sayaka Maruyama
Sachiko Mori
Akihiro Otake
Takayuki Nakao
Tsuyoshi Moriyama
Toshiharu Sugie
Ryuichi Baba
Masao Takeda
Kazuo Takematsu
Takashi Hirabayashi
Ken Mukaigawara
Kazuyo Nakamura
Takeshi Imai
Shou Hamada
Rie Oomori
Shuhei Fukuda
Hitomi Shiraki
Young-tai Yoon
Eun-young Lee
Yuki Yabuta
Gakushi Maeda
Reiji Sakagami
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Sae Akama
Takahiro Ohkawa
Hitomi Shiraki
Sunshine Corp.
White Line
Triple A
TAP
Asahi Production
Ace Company
Jumondo
Fumiaki Kouta
Kohei Ashiya
Masahiko Komino
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

SC Episode 17: Lovers, Part 2
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
01:30
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
01:32
03:14
Awakening of the Evil Spirit
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro forced to scratch Steely Dan
03:14
04:49
Bizarre
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Inside the brain
04:49
05:27
Imminence
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Silver Chariot fights Lovers
05:45
07:10
Brutality
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Lovers tricks the heroes/Steely Dan's debt goes up
07:24
09:05
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Lovers' dummy army
09:05
10:24
Omen
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Lovers is the most terrifying Stand of all
10:25
11:41
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Jotaro forced to steal jewelry
11:47
13:02
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro being beaten up
13:25
15:24
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Kakyoin defeats Lovers
15:36
17:21
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Lovers closes in on Jotaro
17:21
21:58
Stardust Crusaders
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
ORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORAORA!!!!!
21:58
23:25
Walk Like an Egyptian
Walk Like an Egyptian
Ending
23:27
23:42
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • In the anime, Joseph uses the Ripple on himself to kill the bud in his brain. Its removal is never explained in the manga.

Commentary

Since a lot was happening inside Joseph's brain, we had to give the sensation of being confined inside a human body, but it wasn't an easy task. Had we chosen a really microscopic ambience, the organic sensation would have suffered, and that's why we put red tints everywhere. In reality, the inside of a body would have been a lot darker. Thus we had to make a choice, favorizing the direction.

The Stand itself, Lovers, has a funnily ...cute side. Especially in the scene where they all shout "the most, most (...) fearsome of the Stands!" together. We even see two of them shoulder by shoulder, they seem to be friends.

The storyboard and direction were given to Fujimoto, who has skillfully worked with everything that had to be managed. Kakyoin and Polnareff fight side by side again, but it seems the latter is rather useless (laughs). The fight against Lovers is above all the victory of Kakyoin's smarts.

Let's note how much Jotaro believes in Kakyoin during the episode. "You don't know Kakyoin." With this line alone, the trust remains unshakeable.

As soon as Lovers is captured, Jotaro becomes cheerful again, satisfied to finally hit back. Dan had it coming by acting so odiously. The onslaught of ORA ORA following this is the longest in the series yet.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

  • Similar to its manga counterpart, this episode has a lengthy Stand-Rush beatdown, clocking in at twenty seconds.

References

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