Stardust Crusaders - Episode 23

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High Priestess, Part 1 (女教皇(ハイプリエステス) その1 Hai Puriesutesu Sono Ichi)[1] is the twenty-third episode of Stardust Crusaders and the forty-ninth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers most of Chapter 179 through Chapter 180 of the manga.

The Joestar Group is whole once more and take a submarine to sneak their way to Egypt. However, they are soon attacked by High Priestess, a Stand that can turn into inorganic material and which proceeds to sabotage the submarine.

Summary

A small recap explains how Avdol actually survived the fight against Hol Horse and J. Geil and how the group is now boarding a submarine to cross the Red Sea.

Suzi Q, on the phone with Joseph, in New York

The Joestar Group begins their underwater journey beneath the Red Sea, reputed to be the most beautiful sea in the world and plentiful fauna and no pollution. The group can rest easy in this unreachable vessel, and enjoy their stay in the submarine while Polnareff is being explained the details about the submarine although Jotaro is wary. As the ship is equipped with a satellite phone, Joseph makes a call to his wife Suzi Q in New York, who is unaware about his circumstances, making sure she does not travel to Japan to check up on Holy.

Avdol explains the High Priestess tarot card

Just as Polnareff takes the wheel, something bumps into the submarine. The Egyptian shore is in sight, but their planning of the next step in their journey is interrupted when Jotaro sees that there are six mugs. A new enemy Stand, which had been disguising itself as a mug, attacks Joseph and proves to be agile enough to evade Star Platinum's punches. The Stand transforms itself to hide in the submarine, cuing Avdol who recognizes the Stand as the High Priestess, wielded from far away by a woman named Midler. As it has the ability to transform into any mineral substance, the group is in deep trouble and it begins to sabotage the submarine.

The High Priestess Stand can disguise itself as an object

Incidentally, Suzi Q recalls the submarine and Jotaro answers. Suzi Q is shocked to hear Jotaro so far away from Japan but is reassured when Jotaro tells her to not worry. On the other hand, the submarine has sunk to the bottom of the sea because of High Priestess and the group is low on oxygen. Ensues a tense battle as the evasive High Priestess evades each of the group's Stands, and the heroes are forced to evacuate the submarine. As Avdol opens the door, he realizes too late that High Priestess had disguised as the handle but is saved by Star Platinum who grabs it. But it then turns into a razor blade and forces Jotaro to let it go. Unable to directly attack High Priestess, the group attempts to escape to the surface, but Jotaro takes the time to declare that he will personally defeat High Priestess. Meanwhile, Suzi Q and her butler Roses head to Japan.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Satoshi Osedo[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Satoshi Osedo[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Shin Hyung Woo
Eun-young Lee
Shunichi Ishimoto
Haru Watanabe[1]
Episode Director Cooperation (演出協力)
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
Assistant Action Animation Director (アクション作画監督補)
Key Animation (原画)
Kouki Shikiji
Tomoji Tsuchiya
Young-tai Yoon
Ryoko Kawamura
Sotaro Shimizu
Mamiko Nakanishi
Aya Nishimura
Hiromi Sakamoto
Naoki Yamauchi
Takayuki Nakao
Tetsuro Taira
Hiroki Abe
Cha Myoung Jun
Haru Watanabe
Michiko Takegami
Seong-woon Ko
Daisuke Saito
Kiyotoshi Aoi
Sachiko Mori
Tasuke Ibaraki
Yuki Ieda
Kazuyo Nakamura
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Sae Akama
Takahiro Ohkawa
Shuhei Fukuda
Takayoshi Hayashi
Yuichiro Yamada
Hitomi Shiraki
Natsumi Ishizaki
Keiko Watanabe
Chinatsu Ishida
Eri Kojima
Kimitaka Ito
Kohei Ashiya
Kenta Mimuro
Fumiaki Kouta
White Line
UEC
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

SC Episode 23: High Priestess, Part 1
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:40
Fists of Platinum
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Recap: Advol is alive/Submarine to Egypt
00:41
02:10
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
02:11
02:40
Setting Off
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Under the Red Sea
04:52
05:24
Gentle Sunlight
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Joseph calls Suzi Q
10:12
10:52
Setting Off
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Egypt is in sight
11:12
11:37
Imminence
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
A new enemy Stand
11:43
13:19
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
High Priestess presentation
14:25
14:47
Clash
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The submarine hits the sea floor
15:14
15:58
Apparent Crisis
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
Trying to fight High Priestess
15:59
17:15
Fight to Antagonize
Stardust Crusaders (World)
High Priestess vs. the heroes
17:39
19:51
The Curtain Rises
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
The heroes can only flee from High Priestess
20:02
20:49
Hidden Thoughts
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Suzi Q trusts Joseph and Jotaro
20:50
21:57
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
The heroes must evacuate the sub
21:58
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 scene describing the Red Sea from later in the original manga has been displaced at an earlier point.
  • Several scenes of the heroes resting in the submarine have been added.
    • Polnareff enjoying his time in a submarine, such as enjoying the view through a porthole, and trying to pilot the sub only to knock into a reef.
    • Polnareff is explained what a sonar is.
    • Jotaro predicting that if an enemy manage to attack them while underwater, the group will be in deep trouble.
    • Kakyoin surveys the room and notes the luxurious equipment such as fridge and coffee maker.
  • Scene of Suzi Q conversing with the submarine from New York have been added.
    • Joseph calls Suzi Q and also checks up on Holy through his butler, Roses.
    • Suzi and Jotaro have an on-screen conversation, something they never had in the manga.
    • After receiving the call, the story lingers on Suzi Q as she realizes that something is wrong.
  • The fight scene between High Priestess and the heroes is expanded, with Avdol and Polnareff trying to attack the enemy Stand but being ineffective as it easily evades or withstands their attacks.

Commentary

This is the penultimate episode and last adversary, we had added a lot to the original scenario.

We wanted to talk about Holy again, even if the group was battling High Priestess. We had to bring news of her as a red string since she's the reason for this journey after all. To do so, we had used Suzi Q. Since she doesn't want to stay on the side and do nothing as her daughter is agonizing, adding her in this submarine episode is justified and allowed us to show her before her trip to Japan, as well as inform us about Holy's condition at the same time. I think it was appropriate to have all these scenes whose atmosphere is reminiscent of sitcoms, where all these exchanges and interactions happen at the same place.

In principle, a submarine is a lot more cramped than here. This one is decidedly too big, a typical anime direction.

We took care to include the time difference with New York. The Joestars live in a big tower, real-estate tycoon style. In my mind, they only live in one floor, the others being apartments as well.

I like High Priestess' sudden attack in the submarine, she intervenes in the middle of a simple conversation, that's an unexpected twist. She skillfully provokes urgency, even more in such a confined space.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

  • Smokey Brown can be seen on the newspaper cover laying on Suzi Q's coffee table.

References

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