JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 21

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A Hundred Against Two (100対2のかけひき Hyaku Tai Ni no Kakehiki)[1] is the twenty-first episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the twelfth episode of Battle Tendency. It covers Chapter 94 to Chapter 97 of the Battle Tendency manga.

In the aftermath of Caesar's death, Joseph and Lisa Lisa go further into the Pillar Men's hideout. They encounter the Pillar Men, who have managed to raise a small army of Vampires which forces them to change their strategy.

Summary

The short history of the hotel JoJo and Lisa Lisa find themselves in is presented: it was once a luxurious establishment before falling into ruin when its owner died. Kars eventually turned it into a temporary lair.

Joseph and Lisa Lisa swore to avenge Caesar

Whilst following Wamuu's trail of blood, Joseph and Lisa Lisa encounter another Vampire named Wired Beck. Beck is confident but Lisa Lisa instantly destroys him with her Ripple-infused scarf. Before continuing on, JoJo states he will not take the antidote he received until he has beaten Wamuu as a promise to Caesar.

Lisa Lisa detects the hidden Vampires in the Pillar Men's chamber

JoJo and Lisa Lisa proceed to a dark chamber where Wamuu is waiting for them. Joseph wants to attack but Lisa Lisa then detects the 100 hidden Vampires in the room, impressing Wamuu with her skill. Kars reveals himself and orders the Vampires to attack, even denying Wamuu his chance to fight JoJo. However, Lisa Lisa manages to hold off their attack with a bluff saying that if both she and JoJo are killed, a time bomb will destroy the Red Stone of Aja. Thus, she proposes that JoJo fights against Wamuu whilst she fights against Kars with the stone on the line.

Joseph wears Caesar's headband before the battle

Wamuu and Kars arrange a place for the battle at midnight at the Skeleton Heel Stone near the foot of Piz Bernina, keeping Lisa Lisa as insurance to make sure JoJo brings the stone. After bringing Messina back with him, JoJo searches Lisa Lisa's luggage and finds a picture of Erina, Speedwagon and Straizo from fifty years ago, becoming curious as to why Lisa Lisa would have it. Upon meeting at the arena, Lisa Lisa reveals that she was the baby that Erina rescued from the ship that fateful day, further explaining how she was raised by Straizo, who was the one who taught her about the Ripple and gave her the stone. As JoJo and Wamuu's battle is revealed to be a chariot race using vampire horses, JoJo puts on Caesar's bandana and prepares to battle.

Appearances

Characters
Wired Beck
(1st appearance) (Death)
Erina Pendleton
(Photo only)(Flashback)
Straizo
(Photo only)
Jonathan Joestar
(Flashback)
Dio Brando
(Flashback)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
ヤスカワ ショウゴ
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Hitomi Ezoe
Yukio Nishimoto[1]
江副 仁美
西本 由紀夫
Episode Director (演出)
Hitomi Ezoe[1]
江副 仁美
Animation Director (作画監督)
Takenori Tsukuma
Kohei Ashiya
Shinya Kawano
Yi Zhang[1]
津熊 健徳
芦谷 耕平
河野 眞也
張 益
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
松岡 秀明
中澤 勇一
飯野 亨
小林 亮
小谷 杏子
Key Animation (原画)
Toru Yoshida
Yuichi Nakazawa
Yasuhiro Ito
Yoshie Matsumoto
Miho Okawa
Toru Iino
Shigemi Aoyagi
Yi Zhang
Tomoki Koda
Hideaki Matsuoka
Kohei Ashiya
Atsushi Kashiwa
Kazuyuki Ikai
Hiroki Saito
Takashi Hirabayashi
Junichi Kitamura
吉田 徹
中澤 勇一
伊藤 康裕
松本 淑恵
大川 美穂子
飯野 亨
青柳 しげみ
張 益
香田 知樹
松岡 秀明
芦谷 耕平
柏 淳志
飯飼 一幸
斉藤 弘樹
平林 孝
北村 淳一
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Megumi Itoi
Aya Nishimura
Shunichi Ishimoto
Shunsuke Igarashi
Yuta Azuma
Daiki Ito
Masahiro Yoshida
Tsuneta Ando
Takuya Azuma
Yoshimoto Mitsuota
Osamu Honma
Nobuko Shinohara
Mizue Ogawa
Mariko Inagaki
Takahiro Ninagawa
White Line
Mouse
Nakamura Production
Ekura Animal
糸井 恵
西村 彩
石本 峻一
五十嵐 俊介
東 雄太
伊藤 大喜
吉田 将広
安東 恒太
東 拓矢
三尾多 快始
本間 修
篠原 信子
小川 みずえ
稲垣 茉莉子
蜷川 貴弘
WHITE LINE
マウス
中村プロダクション
エクラアニマル
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Jun Ishigami
Gorou Murata
Megumi Itoi
石 神潤
村田 護郎
糸井 恵

Music

Episode 21: A Hundred Against Two
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:26
Overdrive
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph and Lisa Lisa continue inside of the hotel
00:27
01:56
BLOODY STREAM
BLOODY STREAM
Opening
01:59
02:36
Tense
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Following Wamuu's trail
02:49
03:54
Chaos
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Wired Beck appears
03:55
05:16
Pulse
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Lisa Lisa vs. Wired Beck
05:29
06:08
Overdrive
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Wired Beck before he knows it
07:01
08:06
Demon
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
The heroes find Wamuu
08:08
08:49
Take Cover
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Lisa Lisa's perceptiveness
08:50
10:31
Ancientry
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
100 vs. 2
10:47
12:38
Bargain
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Lisa Lisa's bluff
12:40
14:08
Develop
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Two one-on-one battles
14:09
15:00
Mystic
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph's compassion?
15:18
15:59
A Moment's Happiness
Phantom Blood (Future)
An old photo
16:06
17:04
Gambit
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Meeting
17:17
17:38
With Humanity, Affection, and Nobility
Phantom Blood (Future)
Lisa Lisa was the baby on the ship
17:57
18:24
Day job
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Lisa Lisa is a granny?!
18:50
19:49
Never Be Mine
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Lisa Lisa was Straizo's student
20:52
23:25
Fields of fright
Battle Tendency (Musik)
A chariot race between Joseph and Wamuu
23:25
24:55
Roundabout
Roundabout
Ending
24:56
25:10
Oh please...
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Next episode preview

Manga/Anime Differences

  • In the manga, Wired Beck uses his ability to grow many spikes all over his body. In the anime, there are much fewer spikes.
  • There is a scene after Kars and Wamuu leave the room, where Joseph forces one of the vampires to bite his own tongue. This was not present in the anime.
  • In the manga, Wamuu dresses into his traditional outfit just after stopping the vampire horses. In the anime, he is already seen wearing it upon Joseph's arrival.
  • In the manga, after Wamuu chooses the area for their duel and Joseph protests that they're not favorable, a vampire from the ceiling insults Joseph, making Joseph want him to come down. This short scene is cut from the anime.

Commentary

Episode 21 is the only one where each half of the storyboard was tasked to a different person. It's a transitional episode between Caesar's death and the chariot race, but it's also the one where Lisa Lisa is featured the most.

The fight against Wired Beck had to be done before the opening credits but the editor, Kiyoshi Hirose, thought it was cruel for the character (laughs). His voice actor, Satoshi Tsuruoka, did give some energic acting and gave Wired Beck some depth. Honestly, the episode could have ended here after the first half. Structurally speaking, it would have worked (laughs). It's all we needed for the chariot race.

I find the pre-opening shots on the hotel's interior particularly well done. It's the visual director and background designer, Yasufumi Soejima, who personally managed the contemplative backgrounds devoid of characters.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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