Stardust Crusaders - Episode 9

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Yellow Temperance (黄の節制(イエローテンパランス) Ierō Tenparansu)[1] is the ninth episode of Stardust Crusaders and the thirty-fifth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers the second half Chapter 136 through Chapter 139 of the manga.

When Joseph tries to spy on DIO, he discovers that Kakyoin is an enemy. In fact, the Kakyoin accompanying Jotaro is soon revealed to be Rubber Soul, another assassin working for DIO whose Yellow Temperance cannot be fought head-on.

Summary

Rubber Soul, disguised as Kakyoin, playfully licks a cherry

The episode begins with Jotaro, Anne, and Kakyoin walking together somewhere in Singapore. Jotaro decides to buy some chilled coconut juice for everyone at an ice cream kiosk. However, Kakyoin is acting abnormal, being far more vulgar and violent. At a cable car station, Kakyoin attempts to kill Jotaro by pushing him off a ledge, but Jotaro manages to save himself and punches Kakyoin, who reveals himself as an impostor named Rubber Soul, who uses the blob-like Yellow Temperance. Jotaro's finger is infected by it and Rubber Soul explains that the small blob will slowly consume his body and expand in size. Jotaro uses his Stand, Star Platinum, to try attacking the Stand user but ends up having his arm burnt by Yellow Temperance. As Anne calls Joseph about the current situation, Jotaro jumps out of the cable car to escape from the Stand user. He tries to burn off the blob but ends up making it spread across his hand. He jumps onto and enters another cable car in a futile attempt to cool down the blob with a boy's ice pop but ends up making the blob dig deeper into his hand. A woman on the same cable car tells him that fire and ice don't work on it and consumes a puppy as she reveals herself to be the Stand user in disguise. Rubber Soul tells Jotaro that Yellow Temperance is invincible but Jotaro reverts to a final secret technique that is running away as he uses his Stand, Star Platinum, to punch a hole in the cable car and jumps down along with the Stand user.

Jotaro punches the disguised Rubber Soul

As Rubber Soul lands in water with Jotaro, he opens his Stand's guard to allow himself to breathe. Jotaro finally manages to attack the Stand user and interrogates him about the remaining Stand users coming to assassinate them. He also reveals the identity of a Stand user by the name of J. Geil, a man with two right hands, with a Stand named after The Hanged Man Tarot card which is the same man who killed Polnareff's sister. He explains that J. Geil's abilities revolve around mirrors. The Stand user spots an opportunity to disable Jotaro by transporting his Stand through a manhole into a drainage pipe and catches him. Jotaro counters it by using Star Platinum to punch the drain and increase water pressure, breaking the manhole open and sending him flying back into the water. Rubber Soul begs for mercy but Jotaro proceeds to finish him off with a barrage of punches by Star Platinum.

The Joestar group is now seen on a train to India. Polnareff now knows the identity of the man with two right hands, J. Geil. Avdol informs the group that Anne has left the group to try and find her father back in Singapore. Although doubtful of her purpose, Polnareff states that he'll miss her. Jotaro says that the Stand user apparently had already transformed by the time they arrived at the hotel. Kakyoin asks for the cherry on Jotaro's plate and plays with it on his tongue in the same manner as Rubber Soul's when he was under disguise. In an adjacent train car, Anne is shown sleeping and mumbling Jotaro's name.

Appearances

Characters
Rubber Soul
(1st full appearance) (Retired)
Singapore Thief
(1st appearance)
Pocky
(1st appearance) (Death)
Sherry Polnareff
(Mentioned only)
Stands
Yellow Temperance
(1st full appearance)

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
ふでやす かずゆき
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Masashi Abe[1]
阿部 雅司
Episode Director (演出)
Jiro Fujimoto
Hitomi Ezoe[1]
藤本 次朗
江副 仁美
Animation Director (作画監督)
糸井 恵
横山 謙次
宝谷 幸稔
西村 彩
石本 峻一
関崎 高明
小林 亮
芦谷 耕平
伊藤 公崇
森幸 子
Assistant Action Animation Director (アクション作画監督補)
片山 貴仁
Key Animation (原画)
Yuji Tsuchiya
Kouki Shikiji
Cha Myoung Jun
Seo Seong Jeong
Ko Seong Woon
Kim Jun Soo
Lim Seung Bong
Fumiaki Kouta
土屋 友次 (Key)
式地 幸喜 (Key)
Cha Myoung Jun
Seo Seong Jeong
Ko Seong Woon
Kim Jun Soo
Lim Seung Bong
光田 史亮
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Sae Akama
Takahiro Okawa
Shuhei Fukuda
Shunichi Ishimoto
Aya Nishimura
Kimitaka Ito
Yuzuru Jogashima
Arata Kawabata
Megumi Itoi
Kohei Ashiya
Masahiko Komino
Ace Company
赤間 紗枝
大川 貴大
福田 周平
石本 峻一
西村 彩
伊藤 公崇
城ヶ島 譲
川端 新
糸井 恵
芦谷 耕平
小美野 雅彦
エースカンパニー
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Kimitaka Ito
Sachiko Mori
伊藤 公崇
森幸 子
Eyecatch Illustration (アイキャッチ原画)
小美野 雅彦
(Star Platinum)
Yuji Tsuchiya
土屋友次
(Yellow Temperance)

Music

SC Episode 9: Yellow Temperance
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:25
Dark Rebirth
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Recap
00:26
01:01
Calm Sightseeing
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Trying coconut juice
01:11
02:24
Awakening of the Evil Spirit
Stardust Crusaders (Journey)
Kakyoin victimizes a pickpocket
02:26
02:45
The Plot Lurking in the Mist
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Kakyoin acts suspiciously
02:46
04:16
STAND PROUD
STAND PROUD
Opening
04:17
06:38
Strategy
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Jotaro suspects Kakyoin/Kakyoin eating beetles
06:50
08:16
Omen
Stardust Crusaders (World)
Jotaro confronts the fake Kakyoin/Rerorerorero
08:17
10:43
Tension
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Rubber Soul and Yellow Temperance revealed
10:48
12:08
Time of Decisive Battle
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Yellow Temperance eating at Jotaro' hand
12:08
13:40
Clash
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro takes an ice cream/Pocky's death
13:42
14:57
Advance of Darkness
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Yellow Temperance's invincibility
14:58
15:54
Imminence
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro drags Rubber Soul into the water
16:22
17:33
Approach
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro interrogates Rubber Soul
17:35
19:07
Advance of Darkness
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Rubber Soul ambushes Jotaro
19:08
20:28
Stardust Crusaders
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Jotaro defeats Rubber Soul
21:43
21:58
Calm Sightseeing
Stardust Crusaders (Departure)
Rerorerorerorero
21:58
23:26
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

  • The anime extended the phone call scene with Joseph and Anne. The genuine Kakyoin shows up in Joseph's hotel room explaining that Jotaro left him behind, he was sunbathing and missed the most recent developments. This explains the real Kakyoin's absence during this time which was left unexplained in the manga.

Commentary

Here we are, this episode includes a famous scene. Everyone loves it, the famous cherry-licking one, of course. It was the animation director, Fumiaki Kouta, who had directly taken care of the key frames.

I remember having discussed a lot about Yellow Temperance's gelatinous aspect and how to portray it onscreen. We also had the fake Kakyoin's facial expressions. Komino made sure to exaggerate the traits so we could feel that the character was a real scumbag. Let's not forget the gory scene with the dog, Pocky, in the cable car. As a dog lover, I was really uneasy (laughs).

For the sky of Singapore, we tried to slide in several characteristic scenes where it was colored in pink around the end of the fight. It apparently pleased Daisuke Ono who was playing Jotaro, since he came back to the subject several days later, "By the way, the pink sky was really a good idea". I am delighted that he's spotted our colorization JoJo-style.

The final scene is also a cherry-licking scene. It's a humorous send-off which hits the spot. I think there was the right amount of humor in this episode.
Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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