JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Episode 13

JoJo vs. The Ultimate Life-Form (JOJO vs. 究極生物 Jōjo tai Kyūkyoku Seibutsu)[1] is the thirteenth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the fourth episode of Battle Tendency. It covers Chapter 58 through Chapter 61 of the manga.

Joseph Joestar must fight Santana, planning on using the Ripple. However, the Pillar Man's superhuman constitution is such that the Ripple and simple wit is not enough to prevail.

Summary

Santana has escaped from his cell and is now confronting Joseph, Stroheim, and Speedwagon. Despite the danger, Joseph prefers to playfully make peace with the Pillar Man. For his part, Santana ignores Joseph, preferring to study his environment; he effortlessly dismantles a machine gun and begins to study the lights. When Joseph annoys him too much, Santana tries to kill Joseph by growing sharp ribs out of his body, which Joseph blocks with the Ripple. This power then interests Santana but when the Pillar Man tries to harm Speedwagon, Joseph becomes serious. However, Santana's skin is too resistant to the Ripple. Contorting his body to evade an attack, Santana seemingly kicks Joseph into unconsciousness and begins to absorb him. Thankfully, Joseph has only faked it and is now in direct contact with Santana's inside. He sends a devastating Ripple attack which cuts Santana in half.

 
Stroheim explains the history of the Pillar Men

With the Pillar Man cut in half, Joseph chains Santana's chest and tries to drag him up to the entrance of the base to expose the body using the sunlight. Unfortunately, Santana grabs hold of Joseph's leg and immobilizes him just before reaching the door. When Stroheim comes to help and is ensnared, the German shows a remarkable spirit by telling Joseph to cut his bound leg. Joseph reluctantly obliges and Stroheim then opens to the door to the exit, exposing Santana to the sun. However, Santana avoids the sunlight by crawling into the stub where Stroheim's leg was cut off. Stroheim walks on one leg into the sunlight and pulls out a grenade. From there, he tells Joseph that the Germans had uncovered other Pillar Men in Europe and that he must go to Rome to learn how to defeat them. With that said, Stroheim ignites the grenade and destroys his body.

 
Santana turns into stone as sunlight hits him

As a last-ditch effort, Santana attacks Joseph, and the two go flying into a well. But then Joseph reveals that he exactly timed the jump so that the sunlight would reach the water of the well and get reflected. Being hit by sunlight from two directions, Santana turns into stone and is defeated.

Appearances

Credits

Staff
Script (脚本)
Storyboard (絵コンテ)
Futoshi Higashide[1]
Episode Director (演出)
Yasuhiro Minami
Kenichi Suzuki[1]
Animation Director (作画監督)
Masahiko Komino
Shin Hyung Woo
Kenji Yokoyama
Kiyotoshi Aoi
Akie Muratsukasa
Tomoaki Kado[1]
Assistant Animation Director (作画監督補)
Shunichi Ishimoto
Manabu Akita
Key Animation (原画)
Yasuhiro Ito
Masahiko Komino
Tsuyoshi Moriyama
Yoshinobu Ando
Shunichi Ishimoto
Koki Sugawara
Futoshi Higashide
Fumio Matsumoto
Red Doar
Toru Yoshida
Yasuzo Ino
Kiyotoshi Aoi
Hideaki Matsuoka
Kanayo Nakanishi
Yoshiki Mizuno
Tsukasa Sorimachi
Akie Muratsukasa
Mitsuhiro Yoneda
Yuichiro Yamada
Tomoaki Kado
Katsuya Shigehara
Aya Nishimura
Kenji Yokoyama
White Line
Cha Myoung Jun
2nd Key Animation (第二原画)
Saeko Ozawa
Fumio Matsumoto
Natsumi Ishizaki
White Line
Sul-ah Kang
Hyun-ae Kwan
Myung-ju Sim
AI
MSJ Musashino Production
Eslite Animation
Ace Company
TAP
CL Corporation
BEEP
Jinbun
Hayashi KK
Big Owl
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Tomoaki Kado
Goro Murata
Futoshi Higashide

Music

Episode 13: JoJo vs. the Ultimate Life-Form
Start End Title OST Description

00:00
00:34
Demon
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph meets Santana
00:44
01:05
Bolt
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Joseph greets Santana
01:06
02:35
BLOODY STREAM
BLOODY STREAM
Opening
02:36
04:45
Elephant Talk 1
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Santana's superior intelligence and resilience
05:01
07:27
Abyss
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Santana's Rib Blades/Discovering the Ripple
07:52
09:59
Tense
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Santana absorbing Joseph?
10:00
10:15
Overdrive
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph blasts Santana apart
10:26
12:30
Take Cover
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Santana tied up/Dragging Santana outside
12:36
13:31
Chaos
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Santana prevents Joseph from reaching the exit
13:36
15:50
Propaganda
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Stroheim steps in
16:17
17:26
Abyss
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Santana invades Stroheim's body
17:30
19:55
Backfoot
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Stroheim's sacrifice
20:10
20:19
Pulse
Battle Tendency (Leicht Verwendbar)
Santana has survived
20:20
20:53
I'm in control
Battle Tendency (Musik)
Joseph defeats Santana
21:41
23:25
Roundabout
Roundabout
Ending
23:26
23:42
Oh please...
Battle Tendency (Musik)
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Manga/Anime Differences

  • Joseph wondering if there are any female Pillar Men, how they have kids, and what happened thousands of years before Santana went to sleep is cut.

Commentary

At the end of 2012, there was a tight timing for Episode 13. The series' director Kenichi Suzuki, made the second half of the episode. Thanks to him, we managed to finish it in time, and even made it look great. Masahiko Komino managed the first half and put in it his mark. It's a lot of tired muscles. There were only a few characters, but the ensemble was balanced. The tension is kept high by Speedwagon and Stroheim who compete to deliver their explanations aloud; they're really noisy here (laughs).

Anyway, the episode was really great between Stroheim's bravery or the last sunray vanquishing Santana in the well, such great moments. The composition is exemplary, Suzuki applied himself with the layout.

I think that with all of these together, we got many good scenes at the end.
—Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


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