Stardust Crusaders - Episode 22

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Judgement, Part 2 (審判(ジャッジメント) その2 Jajjimento Sono Ni)[1] is the twenty-second episode of Stardust Crusaders and the forty-eighth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers the last three pages of Chapter 176 through most of Chapter 179 of the manga.

Judgement the genie has shown his true colors and summoned man-eating copies of Polnareff's sister and Avdol. Unable to attack the images of his loved ones, Polnareff is cornered and in dire need of help.

Summary

As Polnareff's foolish wish of returning his sister Sherry is turning against him, Judgement gloats and calls out Polnareff for having been so naive and exposing the weakness of his heart with his wishes. Just as promised, Jugement then makes a clay doll of Avdol who attacks Polnareff.

The fake Avdol then reminds Polnareff of his responsibility in his death and demands vengeance, then joined by the fake Sherry who wants to eat him to "get better". Although Polnareff summons Silver Chariot, Judgement comes forth to bind Chariot and let the zombies eat at Polnareff, who finally accepts his fate. However, he then sees a second Avdol which he mistakes for an hallucination, but then this Avdol breaks the doll and summons Magician's Red.

Avdol reveals himself alive and well to Polnareff

It's revealed that Avdol had actually survived as Hol Horse's bullet only grazed his skull. Thanks to the assistance, Polnareff can muster the resolve to destroy the fake doll and the two confront Judgement, who seems to be a match for the both of them. Judgement snidely asks Avdol for his wishes, but Avdol plays with Judgement and proves that Magician's Red is in reality more powerful. Avdol ultimately destroys Judgement with ease. The two then find the User, Cameo, and retire him in a particularly humiliating manner.

After reuniting with the group, Polnareff is shocked to find that the others knew Avdol was alive the entire time, keeping it a secret from him to prevent the enemy from finding out. Avdol further reveals he had disguised himself as his father in order to purchase a submarine for the group.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Episode Director (演出)
Hitomi Ezoe
Kenichi Suzuki[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Assistant Action Animation Director (アクション作画監督補)
Key Animation (原画)
Yuichi Nakazawa
Takenori Tsukuma
Koichi Takai
Masafumi Tayori
Daisuke Ogata
Min-zi Yu
Rie Aoki
Yuka Koichi
Nanako Ninomiya
Rena Kawasaki
Yukie Yoshioka
Miho Kinjo
Shuuichiro Manabe
Masato Ikeda
Mariko Fukita
Yuuichi Namiki
Akira Koremoto
Hirokatsu Maruyama
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Ayumi Kurokawa
So-wi Jang
Sae Akama
Takahiro Ohkawa
Shuhei Fukuda
Hitomi Shiraki
Arata Kawabata
Takayoshi Hayashi
Shou Hamada
Aya Nishimura
Kimitaka Ito
Kenta Mimuro
Yukitoshi Houtani
Megumi Itoi
Kohei Ashiya
Masahiko Komino
Ace Company
Sunlight
Ren Zu
Studio Core
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

SC Episode 22: Judgement, Part 2
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:56
Egypt Landing
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Judgement the fake genie
01:14
01:25
Throwing
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Avdol the zombie appears
01:25
02:54
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
02:56
04:39
Apparent Crisis
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Avdol and Sherry attack
04:40
05:36
The Curtain Rises
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Polnareff being devoured
05:38
07:04
Hidden Thoughts
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff accepts his fate
07:10
07:53
Scorching Flames
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Magician's Red destroys the fake Avdol
07:57
09:32
Fire Shaman
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The real Muhammad Avdol is alive
09:38
10:24
Apparent Crisis
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Avdol challenges Judgement
10:24
11:40
Time of Decisive Battle
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff finishes off Sherry
12:09
13:35
Fight to Antagonize
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Avdol vs. Judgement
13:38
14:31
Scorching Flames
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Avdol defeats Judgement
14:42
15:24
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Looking for Cameo
15:57
17:53
Fun Friends
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Petty revenge against Cameo
18:00
18:37
Silver Twist
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff "presents" Avdol to the group
19:32
20:58
Cheerful Journey
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Everybody knew about Avdol
21:34
21:58
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
A submarine
21:59
23:25
Walk Like an Egyptian
Walk Like an Egyptian
Ending
23:27
23:41
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • A dialogue of the fake Avdol blaming Polnareff for what happened and showing the hole in his forehead made by Emperor's bullet is added.
  • A scene between the fake Sherry & Polnareff is added; originally Judgement throws her and Avdol incinerates the body with Magician's Red.

Commentary

In this episode, Avdol officially comes back, and he's in tip-top shape. His famous "Hell 2 you!" remains an iconic line.

This second part gives prominence to the action, we can even say that there's only that. The tongue-shaped plants, about which I've already talked about, are neatly shaken by the wind.

Sherry has stayed a while on Polnareff to gnaw on him. He was already half-eaten when he got back on his feet to finally throw her away, as if he was thinking "okay, you've already eaten enough, here!" (laughs)

Since the fight is happening at the same place, we changed the scene's color scheme to give even more rhythm to these speeches, and it seems to me that it worked well.

Polnareff is really cool when he skewers Sherry. He hasn't always been this imposing during these two episodes, but he's reached an impotant step and manages to say goodbye. It's as if he's suddenly grown. However, some things never change and we see him flabbergasted to learn that everyone already knew of Avdol. Kakyoin sympathizes a little with him, but it's already time to leave...

The submarine appears in the very last scene. A normal submersible must surely cost several hundreds of millions of yen; this is really a luxurious journey. Seeing the size of this machine, it must cost into the tens of billions.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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