JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 12

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The Pillar Man (柱の男 Hashira no Otoko)[1] is the twelfth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the third episode of Battle Tendency. It covers Chapter 54 through Chapter 57 of the manga.

Joseph heads to Mexico to find Speedwagon while the Nazis experiment on the Pillar Man. While Joseph works his way towards the Nazis' laboratory, the Pillar Man named Santana awakens and attacks the Nazis.

Summary

Joseph disguises himself as a woman

In the middle of the Mexican desert, Joseph is confronted by one of Stroheim's men, Donovan. Donovan is a trained militant but Joseph makes short of work of him thanks to the Ripple: he remotely makes chollas explode near Donovan's face and then takes him down before interrogating the soldier. JoJo thus learns that Speedwagon is still alive and imprisoned in a hacienda near their position. Leaving Donovan to his fate, Joseph then reaches the base where Speedwagon is kept prisoner. Ensues a comical scene during which Joseph tries to infiltrate the compound, poorly disguised as a woman. Caught, Joseph then knocks out the guards.

Santana meets Joseph

Meanwhile, Stroheim manages to awaken the Pillar Man, naming him Santana after the winds of Mexico. To test him, Stroheim sends a Vampire. At first, it seems that Santana is defenseless, but then the Pillar Man effortlessly absorbs the monster into his body to feed himself. Moreover, Santana's superior intellect begins to manifest as he easily masters the contemporary language. To Stroheim's shock, Santana manages to escape his cell by twisting his body through the air vents and launches himself into the body of one of his men. When the guards riddle the man with bullets, the possessed Nazi then simply fires them back with his fingers.

Just as Santana reveals himself and begins to fire bullets in Speedwagon's direction, Joseph finally comes out of his disguise and uses some hair to block the bullets, puzzling the Pillar Man as to how this man could stop the bullets. The battle between Joseph Joestar and Santana begins.

Appearances

Characters
Donovan
(Retired)
Santana
(1st full appearance)
Vampire Prisoner
(1st appearance) (Death)
Nazi Gatekeepers
(1st appearance)
Nazi Researcher
(1st appearance)
Santana's Body Host
(1st appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Yukio Nishimoto [1]
Episode Director (演出)
Yukio Nishimoto [1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Ryotaro Akao
Toshihiko Masuda [1]
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
Minoru Morita
Tatsuo Amemiya
Key Animation (原画)
Susumu Nishizawa
Tatsuo Amemiya
Shinya Nogami
ShinpeiKoikawa
Rui Kondo
Genki Yagi
Rika Kanetaka
Toshihiko Masuda
Shinichi Suzuki
Hirotaka Nii
Shoichi Funaki
Yuichiro Hayashi
Koji Miura
Michiko Yamamoto
Ryousuke Senbo
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Mei Yamaguchi
Minoru Morita
Meta Studio
Seigasha
Tokyo Animation Center
Studio Izena
Studio Mark
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Tomoaki Kado
Gorou Murata

Music

Episode 12: The Pillar Man
Start End Title OST Description

00:22
01:26
Take Cover
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Donovan attacks Joseph
01:27
02:56
BLOODY STREAM
BLOODY STREAM
Opening
02:57
04:36
Take Cover
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph vs. Donovan
04:53
05:29
Affection
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph knows Speedwagon is alive
05:36
06:55
Morning etude for Charlie
Battle Tendency (Musik)
The Nazi testing facility
07:17
09:31
Constrain
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Santana wakes up
09:35
12:12
Elephant Talk 1
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Santana absorbs a Vampire
12:13
13:02
Chaos
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph arrives at the Nazi base
13:03
13:45
Day job
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph's clever disguise
14:10
16:53
Demon
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Santana escapes his cage
16:58
18:07
Abyss
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Body invasion
18:12
19:24
Gambit
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Santana is truly intelligent
19:26
20:38
Rubicon
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Santana kills the soldiers
20:39
21:11
WELCOME TO THE WORLD
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph appears
21:13
23:24
Roundabout
Roundabout
Ending
23:26
23:42
Oh please...
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Next episode preview

Manga/Anime Differences

  • The scene where Joseph beats up some Mexicans is removed from the anime.
  • Donovan doesn't reveal his knife's hidden function to unravel.
  • When taking his jacket off in the anime, the Joestar Birthmark can be seen near the back of Joseph's neck; in the manga, it isn't seen since the concept of the birthmark wouldn't appear until Stardust Crusaders.
  • Donovan getting a magnetic compass in his eye (with Joseph calling him pathetic) and the note that says "Hello Adolph!" on the cactus he's tied to is cut.

Commentary

This is the tacos episode (laughs)! The story itself doesn't really move forward since it's mainly about Santana slaughtering the German army, but a lot of stuff is worth seeing.

Notably, Joseph disguising as a woman in an oh so crazy scene. He's walking with an up and down motion, a little like a character from an old video game. You also find out fabulous Stroheim's famed shouts in episode 11 (laughs). He's voiced by Atsushi Imaruoka who gave everything at work, just like the rest of the cast. The recording sessions are as always vivacious "He is in the air duct!"

A good notable animation sequence: the time when the German soldier possessed by Santana gets shot.

Globally, Episode 12 works because of the diversity of the cast's personalities; everything ties together well. For the physical releases, we had to remake several plans so that the experience will be different than that of the TV broadcast.
—Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

  • The intro to the song played during Joseph's Ripple hair attack is similar to the intro of the song, Owner of a Lonely Heart, by Yes.

References

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