Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure 6, at least the first half, went about the way I expected. Bruford turns out to have a noble soul underneath that zombie bloodlust, and it was just a matter of getting Jojo to realize it and appeal to the monster’s unmonsterous side. Getting him out of that underwater predicament was the easy part, since water, you know, has a lot of ripple potential. After that, there’s a matter of a tree Jojo’s tied to and the final blow, which is to not fight back. After that it’s noble speeches time, and Bruford falls apart (and, presumably, forms Earthworks, because, you know, he’s in the earth now … get it?), and the handing over of that sword, changing the word the queen once wrote on it with his blood. Some things don’t translate well, and this poignant moment actually made me laugh. Now they have Tarkus to deal with.
No hope for salvation for this guy. In the episode’s biggest WTF moment (and in this series that’s saying a lot) Jojo and Zepeli form a hang glider out of fallen leaves and magnetism! But Tarkus leaps incredibly! Uh, well, skipping a bit, Jojo’s in trouble again, chained to the ceiling by his neck in a knight’s duel setup, so it’s time for that kid Poco to have his painful flashback and breakthrough from wimpy, cowardly kid to brave defender of truth and goodness! I’m glad. I thought the episode had forgotten about him after all he’s done for the heroes … wait, what HAS he done? Meanwhile, poor Speedwagon can’t manage to do anything again. I’d make a comment about the band he’s named after, but that’s not nice. Speaking of which, I used to have the Tarkus album (what’s more, I LIKED it!), and as I recall from the badly drawn story on the cover the Tarkus gets an eye gouged out. Let’s see if that happens to Jojo’s Tarkus.
Sword Art Online 19 is a distraction from the main story in a situation where Kirito can’t afford distractions. First he and Leafa head toward Lugru (looks like a nice place to visit) but they’re set upon by a bunch of salamanders. Kirito, supposedly just casting an illusion, turns into a real monster and then has to explain that he didn’t know how it happened, though it was fun to eat people. In other words, he can laugh it off, but I’m scratching my head. How many more times is he going to ship out something so improbable? Though it did lead to a fun scene where Leafa tries to threaten info out of the survivor but fails, while Kirito succeeds with bribery. While he wasn’t against killing characters during the fight, learning that this survivor was just some low-rank Joe changes your attitude.
Then comes the distraction. Leafa learns that her leader has sold out to the Salamanders and plans to raid a treaty ceremony. This apparently has nothing to do with Kirito’s getting up that tree, which means it probably does, but not knowing that he agrees to help Leafa anyway. You have to admire that often inefficient and distracting sense of humanity he’s got. An entertaining enough episode, even if it doesn’t appear to take the story anywhere.
Busou Shinki 6 is as silly as the rest of them. On the plane back from Okinawa the shinkis discover little shinki terrorists with a time bomb! The fight is on! Two things I liked. The terrorists are all the same model as Ann, so it’s impossible for terrorist or friend to tell them apart. The other thing is a terrorist shinki’s declaration that she would die on her masters orders, … hold on, I’m assuming the master’s actually on the plane. Okay, no robotic law commentaries here. So there’s only one thing I liked. As for things I didn’t like, well, too many of them. After Strarf won her little fight why didn’t she go back and help the others? She just stands there in that pose. But the thing to dislike most was the ending, hands down.