Stardust Crusaders - Episode 21

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Judgement, Part 1 (審判(ジャッジメント) その1 Jajjimento Sono Ichi)[1] is the twenty-first episode of Stardust Crusaders and the forty-seventh episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers most of Chapter 174 through most of Chapter 176 of the manga.

The Joestar Group reach the Red Sea and arrive on an island in the middle of the water. Depressed about Avdol's death, Polnareff wanders off and finds the genie Cameo who promises to grant him three wishes.

Summary

The Judgement Stand reveals itself to Polnareff

The Joestar Group is now heading to an island by the Red Sea to meet a person only known of Joseph. That man is none other than Avdol's father, who lives as a hermit with his chicken. When the father sees the group without his son, he vehemently refuses to hear any news. Polnareff's grief and guilt over Avdol's death resurfaces, and the Frenchman wanders on the beach as the rest of the group tries to talk to Avdol's father.

On the shore of the island, Polnareff discovers an aged lamp which he naturally rubs. Strangely, it causes a genie named Cameo to appear and grants Polnareff three wishes. Polnareff is skeptical and jokingly asks to become rich, but is then totally convinced that Cameo is a real genie when he discovers a chest full of old gold coins. After spending a moment trying to imagine his next wish, Polnareff asks if his wishes can bring people back from the dead and demands that his sister Sherry and Avdol are brought back to life. Cameo seemingly obeys and disappears, and Polnareff sees a shadow lurking in the high herbs.

Sherry bites into her own brother's flesh

After pursuing the unknown person, Polnareff eventually sees her as Sherry. Overwhelmed with joy, Polnareff is shocked when Sherry viciously attacks him to consume his flesh. As Cameo explains, he is actually the Stand Judgement, who can create zombie-like creatures from the earth based on the wisher's desires. Polnareff, terrified, tries to use his final wish to wish Sherry away. However, Cameo tells Polnareff he had already used his third wish: to revive Avdol.

Appearances

Stands
Judgement
(1st appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Taizo Yoshida[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Yuta Takamura [1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Aya Nishimura
Kimitaka Ito [1]
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Kenji Yokoyama
Takaaki Sekizaki
Ryo Nakaya
Mayumi Oda
Key Animation (原画)
Kouki Shikiji
Yukie Sasaki
Kazuhiko Shibuya
Toshihiro Irie
Shunsuke Itai
Young-tai Yoon
Koki Sugawara
Hitomi Shiraki
Seong-woon Ko
Cha Myoung Jun
Seung-bong Lim
Jae-hyun Yoo
Sachiko Mori
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Sae Akama
Takahiro Ohkawa
Shuhei Fukuda
Shotaro Imai
Masami Aida
Natsuki Orikasa
Chinatsu Ishida
Fumiaki Kouta
Aya Nishimura
Kimitaka Ito
Ryo Nakaya
Masahiko Komino
White Line
Teddy
Triple A
Asahi Production
TAP
Sunlight'
D-Motion
Studio μ
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

SC Episode 21: Judgement, Part 1
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:31
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Recap: the Red Sea
01:08
02:3
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
02:38
03:11
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
A familiar man?
04:46
05:52
Sorrow
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Polnareff remembering Avdol's death
06:11
06:58
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff finds a magic lamp
07:14
08:38
Egypt Landing
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Cameo the genie appears
08:49
10:02
Uneasiness
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Polnareff finds a treasure. Is Cameo for real?
10:02
10:40
Egypt Landing
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Cameo asks for the 2nd wish
10:41
10:53
Silver Twist
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
"I wanna be more famous than Disney"
11:07
11:18
Fun Friends
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
"I wanna find true love"
12:07
12:25
Uneasiness
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Description
12:30
13:01
Egypt Landing
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Cameo grants Polnareff's wish
13:46
14:33
Fear
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Sherry coming back to life
15:14
16:58
Repose of Souls
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff runs after Sherry
17:26
19:12
Sadness
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff & Sherry reunited
19:18
20:07
The Curtain Rises
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Sherry is a zombie!
20:35
20:59
Sorrow
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Polnareff wishes for Sherry to disappear
21:05
21:58
Apparent Crisis
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Cameo is Judgement, an enemy Stand!
21:59
23:26
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

  • The anime added several flashback scenes from Polnareff's past that were not present in the manga.

Commentary

This one comes in a pair with Episode 22, and it was a difficult duo.

I remember the team members discussing among themselves, a little confused by these enormous tongue-shaped plants on the island. It is surely some kind of tropical cactus, but in the end, it was still a mystery to us. (laughs) Suzuki, the series director, was so obsessed with the question that it became funny to witness.

This episode is centered around Polnareff's grief, as he's still haunted by the death of his sister. A rarity for this series, we meticulously represented the flow of time. On Suzuki's suggestion, the background sky goes through three different color tones as dusk and then night comes. I think that it contributes to support Polnareff's state of mind and his increasing sadness.

Kinryu Arimoto's voice fits well with the Stand, Judgement. During the auditions, we had asked him to play the voice of a crook, and he exactly nailed the tone we were looking for, at the same time persuasive, but also completely suspicious.

The scenes before Polnareff's meeting with Sherry are also well done. Everything is focused on his emotions and he is drowned in memories; we also come to hope that his wish has been granted.

Incidentally, Kenta Miyake, Avdol's VA, was beaming. He had just come back to the dubbing studio for the first time in a while, and he seemed jubilant at the idea of playing Avdol again.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries

References

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