Stardust Crusaders - Episode 18

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Sun (太陽(サン) San)[1] is the eighteenth episode of Stardust Crusaders and the forty-fourth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers Chapter 166 and Chapter 167 of the manga.

The Joestar Group have reached Arabi and must cross the desert with camels to reach their next destination. However, they discover in the middle of the desert that the Sun above their head is an enemy Stand.

Summary

The group arrives in the United Arab Emirates

The Joestar Group has reached the United Arab Emirates, a small country that has become extremely rich thanks to its oil. Joseph purchases an expensive car only to ride it to a village and trade it for a group of camels. That way, he plans to cross a part of the Arabian Desert and arrive in Yarpline where he can buy a Cessna and fly over Araby. Bragging about knowing how to ride camels, Joseph continuously ridicules himself trying to even got one to sit, eventually confessing that he only knows about camels through the Lawrence of Arabia movie.

The Sun Stand in the scorching hot desert

After the group eventually manages to get on their way, Jotaro and Kakyoin feel like someone is watching them, but cannot find anyone suspicious. The group eventually realizes that the sun is still in the sky even though it is 8 o'clock in the evening, with the temperature rapidly increasing. In truth, the group is under attack from an enemy Stand, Sun, which replicates the heat of the star. When Kakyoin attempts to investigate Sun by sending Hierophant Green, Sun bombards the group with lasers, killing the camels, destroying their water supply, and forcing the group to hide under a rock.

Kakyoin, Polnareff, and Jotaro share laughs

Although the User must be close, the group can only see the plain desert around them and a few rocks scattered here and there. Worse, the heat is beginning to take its toll on the group's sanity. All seems lost, particularly to Joseph when his companions all begin to laugh, which he worries is a heat stroke-induced delirium, but Kakyoin clues him in on their discovery. He has found a rock in the middle of the desert identical to another, and when Jotaro throws a rock in its direction, a crack seemingly appears in the sky, and Sun is defeated, restoring the night sky. The group goes over to the crack to find Sun's user, Arabia Fats, out cold, having been hiding behind a mirrored duck blind to keep the group from spotting him.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
津田 尚克
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
津田 尚克
Episode Director (演出)
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
Animation Director (作画監督)
Ryo Kobayashi
Satoru Nakaya
Haru Watanabe[1]
小林 亮
中屋 了
渡邉 葉瑠
Chief Animation Director (総作画監督)
糸井 恵
Animation Director Cooperation (作画監督協力)
西村 彩
伊藤 公崇
芦谷 耕平
Assistant Action Animation Director (アクション作画監督補)
三室 健太
Key Animation (原画)
Kouki Shikiji
Yoo Jae Hyun
Cha Myoung Jun
Lim Seong Bong
Ko Seong Woon
Fumiaki Kouta
式地 幸喜 (Key)
Yoo Jae Hyun
Cha Myoung Jun
Lim Seong Bong
Ko Seong Woon
光田 史亮
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Sae Akama
Takahiro Ohkawa
Shuhei Fukuda
Ai Mochida
Takayoshi Hayashi
Chika Ishida
Sachiko Mori
Ryo Kobayashi
Kenta Mimuro
Satoru Nakaya
Megumi Itoi
White Line
Triple A
赤間 紗枝
大川 貴大
福田 周平
持田 愛
林 隆祥
石田 千夏
森 幸子
小林 亮
三室 健太
中屋 了
糸井 恵
WHITE LINE
Triple A
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Megumi Itoi
Ogura Kobo
糸井 恵
小倉工房
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
光田 史亮

Music

SC Episode 18: Sun
Start End Title OST Description

00:41
02:10
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
02:11
02:26
Fire Shaman
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The heroes have arrived in Araby
02:37
03:30
Calm Sightseeing
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Polnareff tries to woo a clerk
04:32
05:42
Purple Thorns
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
The travel route throught Arabia
06:00
07:06
A Fine Fellow Arrives
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Josephs buying camels
07:35
09:08
Fun Friends
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
How to ride camel with Joseph Joestar
09:32
09:43
Silver Twist
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Joseph crashes his camel
10:02
11:46
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Being watched in the desert
11:46
12:27
Uneasiness
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The Sun is a Stand
12:33
14:48
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Destination)
A scorching heat and no enemy in sight
15:01
15:23
Fight to Antagonize
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The heroes must hide under a rock
15:43
17:45
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
A maddening heat
19:52
20:01
A Party of Stardust
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro swiftly defeats the enemy
20:43
21:57
Cheerful Journey
Stardust Crusaders (World)
The Sun card, just another dumbass
21:58
23:25
Walk Like an Egyptian
Walk Like an Egyptian
Ending

Manga/Anime Differences

  • A prologue explaining the origins of the group's car and camels was added in the anime.
  • At the end of the episode, Polnareff comments about having good dreams, foreshadowing the following arc.

Commentary

I had personally overseen this episode, beginning with the script, and there is a lot to say. But before anything else, did you honestly think that the confrontation would take the entirety of the episode?

It could have been shorter, but I had to try this approach (laughs). Effectively, I think that stretching the whole battle into a whole episode was the best way to represent this suffocating and unbearable heat. The characters put up with it for a long time and begin to lose their minds little by little.

Mr. Soejima was in charge of the direction of the scene where their heads are spinning, literally, with rotation and distortion effects onscreen. He's always full of ideas, and I knew that he'd propose something interesting: I am happy to have followed his advice. The sun looks like it is in 3D, but it was entirely animated by hand by Mr. Kouta. The supplementary arrangements of the image then gave it this striking impression of power. We added original scenes, like the one where Joseph undoes Polnareff's hair after having bought a luxurious car. The dromedaries were a challenge, nobody among us had drawn these before. So we minutiously watched Lawrence of Arabia, just like Joseph, three times and even more. One difference: we didn't fall asleep (laughs).

To conclude, the animation director Satoru Nakaya had accomplished a genuine exploit with the scene where everyone begins to madly laugh, it was as strange and creepy as could be. A real treat.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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