Koichi vs Kira

JoJo – Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 23 and Episode 24 Review

JoJo – Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 23 and Episode 24 Review

Episode 23: Heart Attack, Part 1

Episode 24: Heart Attack, Part 2

I was out of town on vacation last week (and stuck with poor wifi) so I was unable to review episode 23 on time. I’ve decided to write another joint review for two episodes so that I can catch up and be able to write one for episode 25 when it comes out, to keep things on a decent schedule.

Episode 23: Heart Attack, Part 1

Jotaro and Star Platinum
Jotaro and Star Platinum

As we saw in episode 22, Jotaro and Koichi had found the tailor Kira used to repair his suit jacket. The tailor unfortunately met his demise before anyone was able to discover Kira’s name; thus, Koichi’s immediate reaction was to go after the man in a nearby closet, assumed to be him.

Jotaro now tells Koichi not to chase after the killer, as it’s definitely a trap. He tells the student to watch and wait, which is aggravating to hear. Koichi wants to prove that he has the ability to fight, and that he’s matured, despite Jotaro’s instruction.

Heart Attack (Sheer Heart Attack in the original/manga) is the name of the bomb-tank, and Jotaro works his magic with Star Platinum to pummel it as much as he can. The enemy Stand is unfazed by this violence, and Jotaro suffers bloody knuckles in return. After this fight, Jotaro thinks for a minute and realizes that Heart Attack must go after anything/anyone with a heat signature. Koichi listens to him state this, but then insists that he knows this Stand is remote controlled, so the user must be no more than 10 meters out. Jotaro reiterates to him that he should keep Echoes nearby so that he can protect himself if need be, but Koichi has other plans. He sends out Echoes to scout around, and he discovers Kira, though he’s much further out than expected.

Heart Attack, meanwhile, moves in to attack Koichi due to his elevated heartrate/heat signature. Jotaro yells out for him to defend with Echoes, but that Stand is still unavailable, so he proceeds to move in and stop time to save Koichi right before Heart Attack touches him. While time is stopped, Jotaro starts a fire; this clever move causes Heart Attack to meander that way, but it puts Jotaro in danger, as it touches the fire and causes a massive explosion. Jotaro is sent flying, and becomes unresponsive after a few moments.

Koichi slowly drags Jotaro down the hallway, stopping at the kitchen to turn on the stovetop. After hoping that the heat from the stove causes Heart Attack to become distracted, Koichi is disappointed to find that it doesn’t heat up quickly. He has to think of something else, and when he realizes that he’s tired of running away, decides to mark Heart Attack with Echoes’ power — he chooses the sound effect ‘sizzle’ to distract it. This works for a while, and Koichi takes the time to call Josuke for help. He tells him where he is, but can’t explain further, as Heart Attack begins to finally sense the stove’s heat.

Kira thinking his Stand is invincible.
Kira thinking his Stand is invincible.

As expected, Heart Attack touches the stove and causes another massive explosion. Luckily, Koichi is able to pull Jotaro outside before it hits, but Echoes is sent back into its cocoon from the impact. Koichi momentarily panics, worrying that it died, but then realizes that he’d be dead too if that were the case. Echoes has powered up to Echoes Act 3!.

Act 3 works differently from the other forms. Immediately asking for directions, it’s told to protect its user and Jotaro. It responds by punching Heart Attack, but Koichi thinks that isn’t enough, and tells it he needs it to do more. Act 3 says he did as told, and Heart Attack sinks into the ground, as if it weighs a ton. Act 3 explains its move — Freeze — that causes anything it attacks to contain a ton of weight.

Kira is shown at the cafe, hand heavy. He’s confused by this, but cannot do anything about it. Destroying a cup and a table, he brings a ton of attention to himself, and the episode ends as he proceeds to wonder what’s going on to his ‘invincible’ Heart Attack.

This episode is another excellent one — the animation was great, and the only ‘blips’ were arguably difficult to even notice. Kira’s voice actor’s delivery of the ‘Look over here’ from Heart Attack never got old, even if it was repeated a ton, and Echoes Act 3 retained some of its vulgar demeanor which I appreciated. (S-H-I-T)

Echoes Act 3
Echoes Act 3

Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 23 is available to view on Crunchyroll now!

Episode 24: Heart Attack, Part 2

Kira’s motivation lies in finding who put weight on Heart Attack, and in turn, his hand. He slowly stumbles into an alleyway, and predictably gets harassed by a few ne’er-do-wells. These men tie Kira’s shoes together and call him names. When Kira’s wallet falls to the ground, the ‘leader’ of the group picks it up excitedly, but it explodes and takes parts of his fingers in retaliation. Now that he’s able to get away, the scene changes back to Koichi and Act 3. The Stand explains that if Koichi gets too far away, the weight will dissipate and Heart Attack will move again.

As soon as the explanation is done, Koichi is seen to have a visitor — Kira. Kira states that he was thinking of getting a gym membership since one is being built soon, but ultimately decided against it, as people are disgusting and he refuses to use the same equipment someone who may have touched their privates used. Kira is a very interesting person, to say the least.

He then goes on to talk about how he still had the stamina to make his way to Koichi, even though going over the bridge proved the toughest.

Koichi, not wanting to waste any more time, attacks Kira with Act 3’s punches. This doesn’t bode well, though, as Kira casually sends out Killer Queen and retaliates with its own punches, overpowering Koichi. Act 3 warns his user that he’s out of the range for Freeze to stick on Heart Attack any longer, so he needs to choose to either move and keep the weight on the bomb-tank, or put the weight on Kira. He considers his options, and decides to put the weight back on Heart Attack, since Kira being bogged down will still allow the tank to keep going.

Kira tells him either option would fail, and uses Killer Queen to step on him, preventing him from doing anything. He then proceeds to torture the student, slamming his head into the pavement repeatedly, with the full intention of a slow death. Koichi, barely able to talk, says that he doesn’t care if he dies, since he knows his name is Yoshikage Kira. This comes as a surprise to the killer, but Koichi reveals that he was able to grab his drivers license while being attacked. Kira quickly says knowing his name doesn’t matter, since nobody will hear it from him before he dies. Koichi proceeds to pass out, and Kira takes the moment to notice his sock was on inside out. He fixes it, just to satiate his compulsions; this gives Jotaro the needed time to stand up and insult Kira, who can’t believe a man with so many drastic wounds can even stand.

Kira's name, revealed.
Kira’s name, revealed.

Jotaro sends out Star Platinum and attacks Kira with all of his energy. It’s enough to knock him down, since Star Platinum’s offensive capabilities have always been, well, ridiculous. Jotaro, now out of energy, thanks Koichi for all he did and says he respects him. He then passes out again, just in time to allow Josuke and Okuyasu to finally show up.

Josuke works on sending Crazy Diamond to fix his friend and nephew, while Kira puts on an act to pretend to be an innocent bystander. Josuke almost appears to fall for it, until Kira demands he fix him quickly. Josuke states that he looks like a delinquent, so how could he ‘fix’ an injured man? This must be the killer, or else he wouldn’t know about his Stand power.

Kira admits he shouldn’t have said that, and then cuts his hand off to remove the extra weight. This shocks everyone, but Kira doesn’t care about the missing limb. He even cries from the pain, but as soon as he can he manages to leave.

Josuke uses Crazy Diamond on the hand to find Kira, and as amusing as the floating hand is, it makes me wonder if doing that was the smartest move. If he didn’t, Kira wouldn’t have a hand, so he’d be easier to find. Though, he could just get a prosthetic added to hide that…

Either way, the group find themselves at Cinderella’s Salon, where they see Aya with a grave wound and a man’s corpse in the same room. Aya explains in her dying breath that she saw a man in a suit come in there, threaten her to change his appearance, and leave. Jotaro realizes the man’s corpse is not Kira’s, but another man’s.

Kira looks completely different now, and the protagonists have no idea how to find him, though Koichi did see his address on his driver’s license earlier…

This episode was also well done. There were more animation ‘blips’ than in the previous one, but nowhere near as many as 21 had. The plot is timed well, and Kira retained his personality quirks from the manga. (Obsessing over Koichi’s sock was an important piece of that, so I’m glad it was included.) Hopefully they can keep this streak up!

Jotaro is drawn beautifully here.
Jotaro is drawn beautifully here.

Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 24 is available to view on Crunchyroll now if you’re a premium member and September 16th if you’re not.

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