JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 5

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The Dark Knights (暗黒の騎士達 Ankoku no Kishitachi)[1] is the fifth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the fifth episode of Phantom Blood. It covers Chapter 24 through Chapter 28 of the manga.

The heroes reach the town of Windknight's Lot where Dio is hiding. However, they are ambushed by Dio's Zombie minions and Jonathan must fight Bruford and Tarkus, two medieval knights resurrected as powerful zombies.


Upon arriving in Windknight's Lot, JoJo's group is pickpocketed by a talented young boy named Poco who uses a slingshot to shoot himself across a nearby lake. After using the Ripple to walk on the water, JoJo and Zeppeli manage to catch Poco, after Jonathan hits the cliff Poco is climbing with a Ripple punch. Jonathan catches Poco, but strangely enough, Poco does not remember where he is or what he was doing.

Dio reappears to the group as the moon shines behind him

As the sun falls, they find themselves confronted by Dio, who had hypnotized Poco to lure JoJo's group to the graveyard where they are attacked by his legion of Zombies. Zeppeli attempts to use his Ripple attacks on Dio, but the Vampire, warned by Wang Chan, has developed a technique to counter the Ripple. By vaporizing the moisture of his body, Dio can absorb heat and thus freezes Zeppeli's arms. Just before Dio finishes him off, Jonathan joins in the battle for a quick defense, but both he and Zeppeli are easily defeated. Satisfied, Dio then summons the two undead legendary Dark Knights, Tarkus and Bruford to finish them.

Tarkus and Bruford, once Mary Stuart's knights

The tragic past of Tarkus and Bruford is explained. They were once loyal knights of Mary Stuart. However, Elizabeth I then condemned Mary as a traitor and waged war against Mary's armies. Mary Stuart eventually lost and was imprisoned while Tarkus and Bruford were still battling Elizabeth's forces, having been unbeaten until then. The two were then tricked into surrendering in exchange for Mary's life, but just before dying, they were shown Mary's decapitated head. The two died, cursing the world.

Bruford uses his hair to attack Jonathan with his sword

Dio allows Bruford to fight Jonathan alone and the two commence their battle, during which Bruford shows his peculiar technique of wielding his sword with his hair. After a couple of dodges, Jonathan is thrown into a lake where he is unable to breathe. Regardless of Bruford's armor, he is able to maneuver easily in the water and is not burdened by the need to breathe due to being a zombie. Jonathan is forced to dive deeper into the water and dislodge a rock at the bottom of the lake. Some trapped air underneath the rock gives Jonathan enough ammo to get his breathing back up and he unleashes an Underwater Turquoise Blue Overdrive upon Bruford.


(1st appearance)
(1st appearance)
(1st appearance)
Elizabeth I
(1st appearance) (Flashback)
Mary Stuart
(1st appearance) (Flashback) (Death)
(1st mentioned) (Death)


Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Toshifumi Takizawa[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Hitomi Ezoe
Mitsuhiro Yoneda[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Toshihiko Masuda[1]
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Yukitoshi Houtani
Jun Ishigami
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
Ippei Masui
Keiko Yamamoto
Tatsuo Amemiya
Key Animation (原画)
Ryousuke Senbo
Ippei Masui
Shinya Nogami
Satoru Yamashita
Chuji Nakajima
Tomoki Kouda
Shinpei Koikawa
Koji Morishima
Koji Miura
Satoshi Sakai
Kumiko Kasuga
Minoru Morita
Susumu Nishizawa
Momoko Nagakawa
Rui Kondo
Kazuaki Matsuda
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Yukari Kobayashi
Shinichi Suzuki
Asuka Kurokawa
Sakurako Sagano
Mei Yamaguchi
Meta Studio
Studio Liberty


Episode 5: The Dark Knights
Start End Title OST Description

Hidden Feelings
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Description of Winknight's Lot
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Entrance to Windknight's Lot
Waves of Sun, Undiscovered Power
Phantom Blood (Future)
Zeppeli and JoJo walk on water
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio attacks
Capture the Target
Phantom Blood (Future)
Zeppeli attacks Dio
Decisive Battle ~Overlapping Destinies~
Phantom Blood (Future)
Dio's ice power counter the Ripple
A Duo Of Courage
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio is stronger than JoJo and Zeppeli
Results of The Plot
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
The Dark Knights, Bruford and Tarkus
A Peace that Embraces
Phantom Blood (Future)
The history of Bruford and Tarkus
A Superhuman Reborn
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Bruford & Tarkus serve Dio now
stamina ~Innocent Scream~
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Jonathan will fight Bruford
Full-Body Courage
Phantom Blood (Future)
Jonathan fighting underwater
Intertwined Destinies
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Next episode preview

Manga/Anime Differences

  • In the manga, Zeppeli explains to Speedwagon that only a few have the talent for the Ripple and that Speedwagon isn't pressured enough, despite Speedwagon's insistence. The discussion between them and how Speedwagon wants to help is shortened in the anime; it cuts to Zeppeli hitting Speedwagon in the diaphragm only to accidentally hit the wrong spot.
  • Poco moons the group after stealing from them in the manga, which is cut in the anime.
  • Many of Speedwagon's attempts to help the others are cut or shortened: in the manga Speedwagon asks Zeppeli to make him be able to create small ripples (scene shown offscreen and only mentioned later on the anime) and also tries to use the Ripple to walk on the water, but fails at it and has to swim. He also uses a hammer to fight the zombies, but it is nowhere to be seen until later episodes.
    • Speedwagon also mentions having been to many places in the manga when heating Zeppeli's arm, which is not mentioned in the anime.
  • The trial of the 77 Rings and Bruford's hair having turgor are not explained in the anime.


With the appearance of Bruford and Tarkus, the scenes from Episode 5 and beyond all happen at night. The Ripple, no sooner introduced during the last episode, is already countered by Dio. What a shock!

Up until now, we had trouble putting everything into a episode. This time, it was more than a minute of flashback we had to insert. But it was necessary to understand these new characters. They are perfectly depicted and we understand what is driving them. Their design is rather simple and the voices fit perfectly.

The zombie mobs were not a piece of cake. Every zombie had its individual sketch but the masses they form are really dense, so it's difficult to manage. The underwater fight scene was also of prime importance. The part with Jonathan's father ("Jojo, you have to see it from another angle") was cut at first, but after consideration, we included it because it wouldn't have been JoJo otherwise.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries