JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 7

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The 19th century novelist William Makepeace Thackery wrote, “To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose is the next best.”
—Narrator, quoting William Makepeace Thackery

The Successor (うけ継ぐ者 Uketsugumono)[1] is the seventh episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the seventh episode of Phantom Blood. It covers Chapter 34 through Chapter 36 of the manga.

Will Anthonio Zeppeli sacrifices himself to allow Jonathan to defeat Tarkus. Finding new allies on the way, Jonathan prepares to fight Dio.

Summary

Jonathan uses his mentor's Ripple energy against Tarkus

Zeppeli recalls his time as a student in the Ripple and how Tonpetty foretold how his death would take place: in an ancient chamber, a child would lead the way and Zeppeli would die releasing a lion. The description fits with the very place he is at that moment. Knowing his impending doom, Zeppeli thus fights against Tarkus with the intention of finding a way to free Jonathan. However, Tarkus ensnares him with a chain and rips his body in two.

Zeppeli dies in his student's arms

However, Zeppeli is not dead yet. Using the last of his strength, Zeppeli transfers the last of his Ripple energy to Jonathan. Jonathan's power surges allowing him to heal his injuries and be strong enough to break free from his chains. Jonathan overpowers Tarkus easily and defeats him with the Ripple. Following the battle, Zeppeli tells Jonathan that he has accepted his fate and has passed his will onto him before passing away. Zeppeli dies, mourned by his companions.

Master Tonpetty makes his entry

As Jonathan, Speedwagon, and Poco make their way back to Windknight's Lot, they encounter Mr. Adams, one of the villagers who at first reacts friendly towards them, but his urge for blood reveals his nature instantly. Jonathan defeats him easily by taking his tongue and using Ripple from his feet on the zombie's face, but another stranger attacks him. Jonathan, surprised at first, manages to evade and counterattack. Before the battle continues, the stranger confesses that he is a human and that he only wanted to test Jonathan's ability. He introduces himself as Dire, one of Zeppeli's friends and a Ripple User. Straizo, another student, makes his entry and shortly after him, Master Tonpetty. Along with his students, he joins Jonathan on his journey. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Poco's sister has been kidnapped by Dio.

Appearances

Characters

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Episode Director (演出)
Animation Director (作画監督)
Takenori Tsukuma
Tomoaki Kado [1]
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
Shinya Kouno
Key Animation (原画)
Toru Yoshida
Yuuichi Nakasawa
Rei Isogawa
Yasuhiro Ito
Kazuki Baba
Yoshie Matsumoto
Mihoko Ookawa
Masato Numazu
Toru Iino
Shigemi Aoyagi
Kazunori Ozawa
Ik Jang
Tomoki Kouda
Hideaki Matsuoka
Tomoaki Kado
Mie Oishi
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Shunsuke Igarashi
Ayumi Kurokawa
Akihisa Kaneko
Yuta Azuma
Daiki Ito
Yoshimoto Mitsuota
Yoshida Masahiro
Tsuneta Ando
Megumi Itoi
Natsumi Ishizaki
Mouse
Rising Force
Production Reed

Music

Episode 7: The Successor
Start End Title OST Description

00:09
02:33
Undiscovered Power, Ancient Fruits
Phantom Blood (Future)
Tonpetty's prediction
02:34
04:03
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
Opening
04:06
04:38
Confrontation
Phantom Blood (Future)
Zeppeli advances
04:40
05:58
Knights of Terror
Phantom Blood (Future)
Zeppeli vs. Tarkus
06:13
07:55
Full-Body Courage
Phantom Blood (Future)
Ultimate Deep Pass Overdrive
08:50
11:07
Decisive Battle ~Overlapping Destinies~
Phantom Blood (Future)
Jonathan defeats Tarkus
11:13
14:18
Parting Regrets
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Will A. Zeppeli's death
14:30
16:06
Hidden Feelings
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Dio's cruelty
16:10
17:24
Intertwined Destinies
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Adams
17:43
18:18
Heartbeat
Phantom Blood (Future)
Jonathan vs. Adams
18:24
19:17
Waves of Sun, Undiscovered Power
Phantom Blood (Future)
Dire appears
19:34
20:58
Friendship
Phantom Blood (Future)
Straizo and Tonpettu appear
21:12
23:25
Roundabout
Roundabout
The heroes go to Dio's castle/Ending
23:26
23:42
Intertwined Destinies
Phantom Blood (Destiny)
Next episode preview

Manga/Anime Differences

  • Jonathan's star-shaped birthmark was added onto his exposed shoulder.
  • The scene of the zombified mother eating her baby was slightly censored.

Commentary

One key moment to remember: Zeppeli's "Tornado Overdrive" attack. I love it and it's very cool.

The first half of the episode concentrates all the action and intensity, while watching the second half can be underwhelming. It was the structure of the plot that demanded it though, it would be difficult to do otherwise. That said, you can feel Jonathan's newly found strength, it gushes everywhere, it's exhilarating. "Gushing everywhere", I think it's an adequate expression.

Dio makes a short appearance again, we missed him. But he had such a presence onscreen that one simple apparition is enough to refocus the story on his person.

For Master Tonpetty's appearance, we thought about ringing the sound of a bell when he joins his hands to pray. We changed our mind at the last moment, it was too comical in the context of this scene (laughs). It left me quite a funny memory.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


Gallery

Trivia

  • Despite not being revealed in the manga until Part 3, Jonathan's Joestar Birthmark can be seen on his shoulder after he rips his top off.

References

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