Stardust Crusaders - Episode 3

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DIO's Curse (DIOの呪縛 DIO no Jubaku)[1] is the third episode of Stardust Crusaders and the twenty-ninth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 120 through half of Chapter 122 of the manga.

After Kakyoin is freed from DIO's influence, Jotaro's mother falls ill because of DIO's curse. The heroes manage to discover that DIO is hiding in Cairo and decide to travel there to defeat him once and for all.

Summary

According to Joseph, the flesh bud attached to Kakyoin's brain allowed DIO to force allegiance from him through charisma. Avdol recalls having almost falling victim to one back in Egypt where he met DIO, though was fortunate enough to escape. Despite the odds, Jotaro takes it upon himself to surgically remove the bud from Kakyoin's head, claiming that Star Platinum's sharp precision would give him an advantage. Jotaro successfully removes the bud after some effort, and Joseph finishes it off with the Ripple.

Without enough willpower, Holy Joestar's Stand slowly kills her

The next day, as Avdol walks to the kitchen, he stumbles upon a spoon on the ground, and soon after Holy's unconscious body slumped in front of the refrigerator. He discovers translucent rose vines growing from her backside and concludes it to be a Stand. Though due to Holy's kind nature, she lacked the willpower to manifest it properly and it was slowly killing her instead. Jotaro and Joseph arrive at the scene, where Joseph acts out in rage having his worst fears assured. Taking the initiative, Jotaro asks for a way to save her, but apparently the only way to do so was to kill DIO. Using a photo previously taken with Hermit Purple, Jotaro uses Star Platinum to identify a fly lingering in the darkness behind DIO. Avdol recognizes this fly and determines it to be of a certain species found only in the Aswan region of Egypt, thus leading them to assume DIO was in that location. Kakyoin appears and confirms their suspicions, stating that he had met DIO in that area on a family vacation.

The Joestar group sets off to Egypt

With approximately 50 days before Holy dies, Joseph calls in the Speedwagon Foundation to watch over her while the group sets off for Egypt by plane.

In another location, DIO uses a power similar to Hermit Purple to take a photograph of the Joestar group. Joseph becomes cautious after sensing them being watched and tells Jotaro to stay alert for any trouble. At that point, a small insect flies into the open.


Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
小林 靖子
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
加藤 敏幸
Episode Director (演出)
加藤 敏幸
Animation Director (作画監督)
Shin Hyung Woo
Chief Animation Director (総作画監督)
西位 輝実
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
横山 謙次
宝谷 幸稔
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
糸井 恵
Key Animation (原画)
Kouki Shikiji
Yūji Tsuchiya
Kimitaka Ito
Kentaro Tokiwa
Masato Hagiwara
Yukiko Watanabe
Hiroki Abe
Yuichi Nakazawa
Kenji Yokoyama
Megumi Itoi
Aya Nishimura
Shuhei Fukuda
Shin Hyung Woo
Han Seung-jin
Choi Hee Eun
式地 幸喜 (Key)
土屋 友次 (Key)
伊藤 公崇
常盤 健太郎
萩原 正人
渡部 由紀子
阿部 弘樹
中澤 勇一
横山 謙次
糸井 恵
西村 彩
福田 周平
Shin Hyung Woo
Han Seung Jin
Choi Hee Eun
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Shunichi Ishimoto
Sae Akama
Takahiro Okawa
Makoto Yaguchi
Shota Sugimoto
Hiroyuki Moriguchi
Hiroichi Matsumoto
Ami Kadokura
Toshihiro Irie
Natsuki Orikasa
Hironobu Dannoura
Kumiko Kawahara
Masaki Kosaka
Mitsuko Takegami
Yuu Kaneshiro
White Line
Sinaion
石本峻一
赤間 紗枝
大川 貴大
矢口 真琴
杉本 将太
森口 弘之
松本 裕一
門倉 亜実
入江 俊博
折笠 奈津樹
壇浦 啓伸
河原 久美子
高阪 雅基
武上 みち子
金城 優
WHITE LINE
SINAION
3D CG
Yasufumi Soejima
Aiki Watanabe
Kenichi Higaki
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
渡辺 藍希
檜垣 賢一
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
小美野雅彦

Music

SC Episode 3: DIO's Curse
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
01:30
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
01:39
03:08
Omen
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Joseph presents the flesh buds
03:08
03:24
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Avdol alone by night
03:25
04:47
Dark Rebirth
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
DIO confronts Avdol
04:59
06:34
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Jotaro extracts the flesh bud
06:49
07:18
Setting Off
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Kakyoin asks why he was saved
07:30
08:17
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Joseph and Holy argue about Japan
09:10
12:39
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The heroes discover Holy is sick
12:40
13:53
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Star Platinum analyzes a photo
14:15
15:37
Hesitation
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Avdol explains Stand sickness
15:59
16:27
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Joseph taking care of Holy
17:06
17:36
Sorrow
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Joseph sorrowful about Holy
17:39
18:50
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The heroes learn DIO is in Egypt
19:35
20:56
Stardust Crusaders
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The heroes depart
20:56
22:24
Walk Like an Egyptian
Walk Like an Egyptian
Ending
22:24
23:25
Dark Rebirth
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
DIO watches the Joestars
23:25
23:41
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • In the manga, Avdol discusses Holy's condition with Kakyoin outside after discovering DIO's location. In the anime, he does so while searching for the encyclopedia in the library.
  • In the anime, Joseph is shown wearing his fedora before they set off to Egypt while in the manga, the fedora wasn’t present in that panel.

Commentary

The direction and storyboard were in Toshiyuki Kato's care, one of the main members of the JoJo team. Because it was a calm transitory episode, the director had to be skilled enough to make it interesting. Seeing the end result, choosing Kato was clearly a good call.

If I had to choose a memorable scene, it would be the one with a braless Holy and Avdol's explanations about the origin of the curse. That was quite a strange sequence (laughs).

I like the atmosphere of the big traditional Japanese house, especially the sound of the Shishi-odoshi (scaredeer). Let's note that the sliding doors are only 1.8 meter tall in this house. But Jotaro and his companions stand above 1.9 meters, and must bow a little to walk around. Joseph is confronted with Japanese culture, that's a first. Mr. Kato's directing underlines all these details remarkably well.

This episode is a prelude to the journey, with the reason for the departure, the objective and the preparations. We had to set up everything well here before really getting to business in the next episode. We had mutinously prepared the content of the first two episodes to do anything we pleased for this last introductory episode.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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