Stardust Crusaders - Episode 39

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The Gatekeeper of Hell, Pet Shop, Part 2 (地獄の門番 ペット·ショップ その2 Jigoku no Monban Petto Shoppu Sono Ni)[1] is the thirty-ninth episode of Stardust Crusaders, the fifteenth episode of the Egypt Arc, and the sixty-fifth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers last few pages of Chapter 225 through Chapter 227 of the manga.

The fight against Pet Shop continues. Wounded, Pet Shop uses his Horus at maximum power. Outmatched, Iggy is driven into the Nile and must hide at the bottom of the river.

Summary

Iggy's paw gets trapped by Horus' ice powers

Iggy is now fighting the falcon Pet Shop in the sewers, but is at a huge disadvantage against Horus's ice powers. When Iggy's paw is stuck inside an ice formation, it seems that the dog has no way to avoid Pet Shop's next round of icicles. However, Pet Shop realizes that Iggy has cut off his own paw and gone underwater.

For their part, the Joestar Group waits for the beggar but realize that he must have been attacked by a Stand User. Iggy eventually finds himself at the bottom of the Nile under a protective dome of sand thanks to The Fool. However, Pet Shop can also dive underwater and even hold his breath better than a dog thanks to his air sacs. The bird eventually finds the dome and threatens to shoot the dog with icicles. The Fool manages to deflect an icicle toward Pet Shop, but the bird then tries to crush the dome beneath a mass of ice.

Iggy bites Pet Shop's beak

Digging downwards only to find Pet Shop waiting for him, Iggy is left trapped while Pet Shop charges an icicle to kill him at close range. In a desperate act, Iggy uses the pressure from the collapsing dome behind him to rush forward and clamp Pet Shop's beak shut just as he prepares an ice missile, causing him to destroy himself. Exhausted from a lack of blood and coming close to drowning, Iggy reminisces his life as the king of the stray dogs in New York. Thankfully, he is ultimately rescued by the boy he protected earlier.

Kakyoin, now fully recovered, reunites with the Joestar group

Iggy is subsequently found by a fully recovered Kakyoin, who reunites with the group after having a Speedwagon Foundation doctor treat Iggy's injuries. After a short but cheerful reunion, Iggy decides to lead them to DIO's Mansion, which they instantly recognize not only by its architecture but also the dreadful aura the building exudes.

With Iggy knowing the location, the group heads toward DIO's mansion

After crossing half of the globe and fighting dozens of Stand Users, the group has finally reached their final destination ready to finish a century old feud. However, they now must fight DIO and the Stand Users lurking inside the building. Upon opening the front door, the group sees a strange endless corridor, from which another of DIO's servants comes to confront them.



Appearances

Stands
Horus
(Death)
Magician's Red
(Flashback)
Hierophant Green
(Flashback)
Tower of Gray
(Flashback)
Ebony Devil
(Flashback)
Silver Chariot
(Flashback)
Judgement
(Flashback)
Death Thirteen
(Flashback)
Hanged Man
(Flashback)
Holy's Stand
(Flashback)
Tenore Sax
(1st appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Kenichi Suzuki
Naokatsu Tsuda[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Jiro Fujimoto[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Shin Hyung Woo
Choi Hee Eun
Lee Eun Young[1]
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
Assistant Action Animation Director (アクション作画監督補)
Yasuhiro Saiki
才木康寛
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
UFG
Triple A
FAI
Ace Company
Sinaion
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

SC Episode 39: The Gatekeeper of Hell, Pet Shop, Part 2
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:56
Rebellion to Despair
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Recap: Horus at full power
01:00
01:18
Advance of Darkness
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Iggy escapes underwater
01:19
02:48
JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~
JoJo Sono Chi no Kioku ~end of THE WORLD~
Opening
02:50
04:31
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The heroes waiting for the beggar/Iggy's hideout
04:40
05:19
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Pet Shop can dive underwater
06:21
06:54
Creeping Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Iggy under attack
07:13
08:31
Powerful Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Pet Shop encases The Fool in ice
08:41
09:06
The Battle Starts
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Pet Shop has Iggy cornered
09:08
09:36
Time of Decisive Battle
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Iggy bites Pet Shop's beak
10:02
11:40
Requiem
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Iggy is drowning
11:56
12:22
Hidden Thoughts
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
The boy from earlier saves Iggy
12:48
14:12
Hesitation
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Iggy returns to the group
14:17
15:07
Setting Off
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Kakyoin returns
15:15
16:59
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Iggy leads the heroes to DIO's Mansion
17:00
17:51
Dark Rebirth
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
DIO's Mansion, at last
17:51
19:47
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Recap of the journey; the last stop: DIO's lair
19:48
21:15
Uneasiness
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The heroes approach the door
21:16
21:55
Space of a Lone God
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
A new enemy appears
21:56
23:25
Last Train Home
Last Train Home
Ending
23:27
23:41
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Flashbacks of Iggy's life are included while he sinks into the river.
  • Once the Crusaders reach DIO's Mansion, flashbacks are included of their previous battles leading up to this point.

Commentary

Episode 39 is the conclusion of the battle against Pet Shop. Here, Iggy is at his most virile and doesn't hesitate to thrown himself at the enemy. Thus, his last attack isn't made through his Stand, it's a genuine suicide attack where he leaps at the bird to directly bite its beak.

The flashback scene was not bad at all. Especially the shot where he's surrounded by female companions when he was having a good time in America. That was funny. It was me who selected these frames as the storyboard manager, but the animators were the ones realizing all that, many thanks to them.

Iggy came out gravely wounded from his struggle against Pet Shop, from now on he must walk on three legs... But at the same time, Kakyoin reappears, ready for duty.

Here they are in front of Dio's Mansion. But to really mark the spot, we had elongated this scene and added several shots to the storyboard. Thus, everyone remembers the battles they have made until now and ponders on the motivations that brought them to the final destination. All that being delightfully narrated by Tooru Ookawa.

Telence T. D'Arby makes his appearance at the very end, at the entrance hall of the mansion, which builds a transition to the next episode.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries

Trivia

  • The first opening, STAND PROUD, was used in the interlude when the Crusaders reach DIO's Mansion.

References

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