Stardust Crusaders - Episode 6

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Dark Blue Moon (暗青の月(ダークブルームーン) Dāku Burū Mūn)[1] is the sixth episode of Stardust Crusaders and the thirty-second episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers the second half of Chapter 127 through part of Chapter 130 of the manga.

Polnareff joins the group and the heroes take a boat to navigate towards Egypt. However, their cruise is interrupted when the aquatic Stand Dark Blue Moon attacks the group in the middle of the sea.

Summary

A girl stowaway is discovered in the Joestar group's ship

Back at the Joestar estate, doctors sent by the Speedwagon Foundation with the latest medical technologies still struggle to treat Holy's condition. The Joestar group was currently on their way from Hong Kong to Singapore by ship when a child stowaway was discovered in the ship's storage by a member of the ship's crew. The child managed to escape from said member and jumped into the ocean. The group tries to tell the child to come back to the ship as the ocean is shark-infested. Just before the child was about to be attacked by a shark, Star Platinum managed to save the child by punching the shark several times and incapacitating it. Jotaro rescues the child only to discover that the child was a girl. Joseph notices the shark resurfacing and sees it bisected by an unknown aquatic creature. Kakyoin proceeded to rescue Jotaro and the girl from long range with Hierophant Green.

The Stand Dark Blue Moon takes Anne hostage

Polnareff assumed that the creature is a Stand and the group started to speculate if the girl was a Stand user and if she purposely led Jotaro into the ocean. They immediately confirm that she does not work for DIO. The captain of the ship, Captain Tennille was going to have his crew take her down to the brig but before doing so, puts out Jotaro's cigarette and places it in his pocket. Jotaro accuses the captain of being an impostor and a Stand user. He manages to trick the captain into confirming that he is a Stand user. Jotaro explains that he did not actually know he was one and originally planned to use the trick with all of the crew on board. The impostor confirms that he is not the captain and immediately reveals his stand, Dark Blue Moon, to take the girl hostage. Jotaro managed to reverse the situation by using Star Platinum to quickly incapacitate the impostor and his Stand and rescue the girl.

A wandering freighter reveals itself to the group

Jotaro, however, couldn't pull her up as Star Platinum's arm was covered in barnacles. He passes the girl to Hierophant Green as he falls into the water. The impostor explains the extent of Dark Blue Moon's abilities and proceeds to create a whirlpool filled with its sharp scales to attack the disabled Jotaro whose Stand's body was covered almost entirely in barnacles. Jotaro goes limp and manages to focus his energy into Star Platinum's fingers. His fingers manage to extend to a long range, cut through Dark Blue Moon's head and effectively defeat the impostor.

Joseph was about to throw a life raft to Jotaro when parts of the ship suddenly started to explode. Joseph came to the conclusion that the impostor placed bombs on the ships. The group and the rest of the ship's crew manage to save themselves by using the emergency boats. While they were at sea, the girl discovers a gigantic freighter.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
猪爪 慎一
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Hirofumi Ogura[1]
小倉 宏文
Episode Director (演出)
Hirofumi Ogura[1]
小倉 宏文
Animation Director (作画監督)
三室 健太
宝谷 幸稔
Assistant Chief Animation Director (総作画監督補)
糸井 恵
芦谷 耕平
Key Animation (原画)
Hirotaka Nii
Kiyotoshi Aoi
Masao Takeda
Aya Nishimura
Kenta Mimuro
Yuki Ieda
Satoru Nishimasa
Kyoko Kotani
Kazuo Takematsu
Futoshi Higashide
Shuhei Fukuda
Miyuki Nakamura
Hiroshi Konno
Noboru Kawamori
Yasufumi Soejima
仁井 宏隆
青井 清年
武田 政夫
西村彩
三室 健太
家田 祐樹
西正悟
小谷 杏子
竹松 一生
東出太
福田周平
中村 深雪
今野博司
川森 昇
ソエジマヤスフミ
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Takahiro Okawa
Ayumi Ueno
Michiko Takegami
Daisuke Yamauchi
Kumiko Onaga
Masami Aida
Sinaion
Snowdrop
Studio Toy Box
Studio Mark
Studio GAO
Candy Box
Albion
Nakamura Production
Sakura Create
Anitus Kobe
office DCI
Jumondo
Asahi Production
Megumi Itoi
Kohei Ashiya
Masahiko Komino
大川貴大
上野歩美
武上みち子
山内大輔
翁長くみこ
合田真さ美
SINAION
株式会社スノードロップ スタジオToy Box
スタジオマーク
スタジオGAO
株式会社キャンディーボックス
アルビオン
中村プロダクション
スタジオクリエイト
アニタス神戸
office DCI
寿門堂
旭プロダクション
糸井恵
芦谷耕平
小美野雅彦
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)

Music

SC Episode 6: Dark Blue Moon
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:31
Setting Off
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Recap
00:32
02:01
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
02:02
02:27
Herald
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Recap of the heroes' journey
02:40
03:08
Calm Sightseeing
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro and Kakyoin sunbathing in uniform
04:03
04:54
Awakening of the Evil Spirit
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Shark-infested waters
04:54
05:15
Stardust Crusaders
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro punches a shark
05:53
06:26
Creeping Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
An aquatic Stand appears
06:45
07:47
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Is the stowaway girl an enemy?
08:03
09:22
Dizziness
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Captain Tennille
09:22
11:30
Creeping Enemy
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro unmasks the captain
11:32
12:56
Time of Decisive Battle
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Dark Blue Moon reveal
12:59
13:32
Stardust Crusaders
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Star Platinum pummels Dark Blue Moon
13:54
15:10
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro dragged underwater
15:15
16:33
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The impostor can hold his breath underwater for 6 min.
16:37
19:12
Clash
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Dark Blue Moon's true power
19:15
20:15
Stardust Crusaders
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Star Finger! Jotaro defeats the Impostor
20:28
20:47
Omen
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The boat explodes
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

  • A scene is added, briefly showing Speedwagon Foundation doctors monitoring Holy's condition.
  • The original conversation between DIO and Enya at the beginning of Chapter 130 was animated at the beginning of the next episode Strength.

Commentary

The key word here is water (laughs)! The team has felt the continuity... "After all this fire, we have to follow with water?" Indeed, animating natural elements is never an easy task.

The storyboard and direction were given to Hirofumi Ogura, who had produced a fine work. The sky is blue, the sea is blue, a blue panorama which leaves a strong impression. That's the crux of the matter.

The young runaway girl also makes her first appearance and she's been given a name for the first time. She's been dubbed "Anne" by Araki himself. She's never sexualized and is soaked from head to toes, but she remains a brat above all.

The fake captain is a colorful character, and that's why we like him. We initially hesitated about what color his clothes should be. But the obvious choice revealed itself: the sky is blue, the sea is blue, the captain is blue. Simplicity itself.

I like Jotaro's famous line "Looks like we've found a dumbass", it is delivered at the right moment and integrating it in the episode was made naturally.

Portraying an underwater scene correctly is really hard. Thankfully, Kenta Mimuro, the animation director, was accustomed with the task, with action in general, and all kinds of mechanisms. He and the animation team really applied themselves to perfect this battle, which is really classy in the end.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Trivia

  • Despite being nameless in the manga, the anime credits give the runaway girl the name, "Anne," a name chosen by Araki.
  • In the US licensed adaptation of the anime, the impostor Captain Tennille is renamed "Captain Dragon". This name change actually still ties into the Captain & Tennille reference as the captain's real name is Daryl Dragon.

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