Stardust Crusaders - Episode 4

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Tower of Gray (灰の塔(タワー・オブ・グレー) Tawā Obu Gurē)[1] is the fourth episode of Stardust Crusaders and the thirtieth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers the second half of Chapter 122 through Chapter 124 of the manga.

The Joestar Group have taken a plane for Cairo but the beetle Stand Tower of Gray is attacking them and the passengers. Kakyoin steps in to fight this new enemy.

Summary

Gray Fly's Stand, Tower of Gray

As DIO drains the life essence of a young woman, he is informed by one of his subordinates, an old hag by the name of Enya, that the Joestar group was on their way, but reassures him that one of their assassins was already in position. Back on the plane, the group discovers a large stag beetle flying about, which Avdol recognizes as the Tower of Gray, a Stand known for causing numerous mass murders and disasters in the past. Jotaro engages the Stand first, but is overwhelmed by its incredible speed. The user of the Stand taunts the group by ripping out the tongues of several passengers in a row and uses it to write "massacre" on the plane wall.

Kakyoin poses as he takes on Gray Fly

Kakyoin decides to take on the Stand himself, claiming that it was the most logical choice given the destructive power of both Avdol and Jotaro's Stands. The battle begins with Kakyoin releasing a healthy barrage of Emerald Splash, though these too were easily dodged by the Tower of Gray. The enemy Stand manages to strike Hierophant Green just before Kakyoin reveals the previous attacks were a diversion as several of Hierophant's tentacles sprout forth from the plane seats and impale Tower of Gray from all sides. With the Stand mutilated, the user of the Stand, Gray Fly, is revealed to be an old man Kakyoin had knocked out earlier. Upon further inspection, the group discovers the old man was not under DIO's control and was inherently evil. Joseph then realizes that the plane appeared to be tilting and so the group heads towards the cockpit.

The French assassin sent by DIO, Jean-Pierre Polnareff

At the cockpit, they find all of the pilots murdered and the plane was descending at an alarming rate. Gray Fly briefly appears again to warn the group that even if they survive the crash, they would not make it in time. At this point, Gray Fly falls backward and dies, while Joseph tries to land the plane. (Despite having crashed at least two planes previously.)

The plane lands off the coast of Hong Kong, where the group decides on an alternative route to reach Egypt. At a nearby restaurant, Joseph and Avdol decide that the safest route to Egypt would be by boat. They are then interrupted by a French tourist who asks them for help reading the menu. Joseph decides to let the man join them as he orders the wrong food. The French man reveals himself to be another assassin sent by DIO and is immediately attacked by Avdol's Magician's Red. The French swordsman summons a Stand of his own, by the name of Silver Chariot, and deflects the attack at a turned over table. The flames hit the table and turn into a clock, at which point the Silver Chariot's user claims he would defeat Avdol before the clock strikes twelve.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
ヤスカワショウゴ
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Taizo Yoshida[1]
吉田 泰三
Episode Director (演出)
Jiro Fujimoto[1]
藤本 次朗
Animation Director (作画監督)
芦谷 耕平
関崎 高明
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
糸井 恵
芦谷 耕平
Key Animation (原画)
Minoru Morita
Sin Gil Cheol
Kim In Bin
Yuichi Nakazawa
Takeshi Moriyama
Haru Watanabe
Shota Yoshida
Choi Hee Eun
Toru Yoshida
Megumi Tomita
Hironobu Dannoura
Ryo Kamei
Hiroki Abe
Yukitoshi Houtani
Han Seung Jin
Koki Sugawara
Hebaraki
森田実
Sin Gil Cheol
Kim In Bin
中澤勇一
森山剛史
渡邊葉瑠
吉田翔太
Choi Hee Eun
吉田徹
富田恵美
檀浦影伸
亀井嶺
阿部弘樹
宝谷幸稔
Han Seung Jin
菅原浩喜
へばらぎ
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Kimitaka Ito
Aya Nishimura
Shuhei Fukuda
Sae Akama
Takahiro Ohkawa
Makoto Yaguchi
Hiroyuki Moriguchi
Shota Sugimoto
Hiroto Kinoshita
Shou Hamada
Miyuki Sano
Daisuke Yamauchi
Takayuki Nakao
Akira Shinoda
Emiko Kataoka
Mihiro Iida
Atsushi Shirai
Kazuya Sakamoto
Makoto Aida
Ryoichi Nakano
Megumi Itoi
Kohei Ashiya
Fumiaki Kouta
Triple A
Albion
Snowdrop
Ace Company
Jumondo
Studio GAO
Sinaion
Studio Toy Box
office DCI
CLC
伊藤公崇
西村彩
福田周平
赤間紗枝
大川貴大
矢口真琴
森口弘之
杉本将太
木下宏登
濱田翔
佐野みゆき
山内大輔
中尾高之
篠田章
片岡恵美子
飯田光尋
臼井篤史
坂本一也
相田誠
中野良一
糸井恵
芦谷耕平
光田史亮
Triple A
アルビオン
(株式会社スノードロップ)
エースカンパニー
寿門堂
スタジオGAO
SINAION
スタジオToy Box
office DCI
CLC
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Kayo Kudou
工藤 かよ
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
芦谷 耕平

Music

SC Episode 4: Tower of Gray
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
01:40
Dark Rebirth
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Enya discusses with DIO
01:49
02:37
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The heroes see Tower of Gray
02:37
04:07
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
04:08
05:10
Close Combat
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Tower of Gray attacks Jotaro
05:10
06:40
Brutality
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
The tower card: Tower of Gray
06:43
08:05
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Tower of Gray kills passengers
08:27
10:49
Noble Hierophant
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Kakyoin fights Tower of Gray
11:31
12:45
Creeping Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The plane is crashing
12:46
13:40
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Gray Fly declares the heroes won't reach DIO
13:56
14:34
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Joseph will land the plane
15:00
16:14
Calm Sightseeing
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The heroes in Hong Kong
17:02
17:22
Hidden Thoughts
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The heroes lament their plane crashed
17:22
18:27
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Joseph plans the sea route
20:38
21:02
Omen
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Polnareff reveals himself
21:02
21:58
Time of Decisive Battle
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Silver Chariot attacks
21:58
23:25
Walk Like an Egyptian
Walk Like an Egyptian
Ending
23:26
23:41
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • In the anime, there is an extra scene where Enya explains the emotion of fear and how people normally respond to it. She adds that DIO's presence instills a mixture of sheer terror and absolute joy in his victims.
  • In the anime, there is an extra scene of Jotaro Kujo, Noriaki Kakyoin, and Muhammad Avdol in front of a Chinese food vendor.

Commentary

We find ourselves inside a plane in the middle of the night, so the episode is in general somewhat dark, for sure (laughs).

The layout of the aircraft cabin was made though 3D, but goes well with the rest of the characters. Because the place was cramped with very complex angles, to do everything by hand would likely result in composition errors.

Here is the first true Stand attack. Tower of Gray is a rather weak Stand for a first battle, but it's perfectly repulsive, with the second mouth jaw coming out of its mouth.

Kakyoin enters the scene to "properly and calmly deal with it". His strategy is rather interesting: shooting Emerald Splashes everywhere (laughs).

Kenichi Suzuki, the series' director, took care to portray Hong Kong in the second half of the episode as true to life as possible. Drawing the food ate up a lot of time, but the essential was to be able to look at the table and think that the food looked delicious. This is also the beginning of the "cultural" scenes accompanying every step of the journey.

At the end, we get Polnareff's first appearance. His Stand springing out of the bowl was a brilliant idea, hats off to Mr. Araki. The fire clock drawn by Silver Chariot is also beautiful.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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