JoJo – Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 3 Review
First things first, we have a proper OP now! Well, we had one since episode 2 but I didn’t review that, so I’m going to talk about it a bit here.
The song is good, though not nearly as catchy as Battle Tendency’s ‘Bloody Stream,’ or Stardust Crusaders’ ‘STAND PROUD.’ It’s something I’m sure will grow on me in time, but I can tell immediately that it doesn’t grab me like the other OP songs did. Still, it’s upbeat, which fits this part of Diamond is Unbreakable. The second part, not so much, but I’m sure David Production will choose a fitting song then.
The animation for the OP is also good, though it lacks the well-known CG from the previous OPs. I did some research and found out that there was an animation group that did the CG before called Kamikaze Douga. For whatever reason, they didn’t work on this OP, and it shows. Does this mean that the OP is bad? Not at all. In fact, David Production’s charm is abundant, with teasers of future characters and events scattered about. There just isn’t any CG. I miss it, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter too much.
Anyway, episode 3 is entitled The Nijimura Brothers – Part 1.
Angelo is now trapped inside a rock, deemed The Angelo Rock. This is amusing, and a fairly light-hearted way to begin this arc of JoJo. A brief flashback plays, showing us how Angelo became a Stand user. In short, he was struck with a special arrow when he was in jail.
The arrow plays a very important role in Diamond is Unbreakable, but you probably could have guessed that already.
After the flashback, Angelo threatens to kill a child walking by, but Josuke rectifies the situation by using Crazy Diamond to destroy and fix The Angelo Rock again, causing him to be even more fused. He really can’t do anything now.
The next scene shows Jotaro looking at a photo of Enyaba (Enya) with the bow and arrow. He realizes that this bow is now in the possession of an enemy, and can potentially be used to create more and more Stand users than DIO had. The enemy wielding the bow must be stopped as soon as possible.
Koichi, meanwhile, studies documents about the uptick in murders in Morioh. He especially thinks about Josuke’s late grandfather, whom Angelo murdered. Josuke shows up at this point, and the two take a walk.
They end up in front of an abandoned house, which is located near the Higashikata home. Koichi thinks he sees someone behind a window, but Josuke swears the house has been abandoned for a while. Still, Koichi is determined to find out if there’s a ghost inside, so he peeks his head in through the gate. This is a mistake – Okuyasu immediately slams his heel into Koichi’s head. Ouch.
After the break, we get a quick scene of Jotaro going to the Higashikata home to look for Josuke. Tomoko mistakes him for Joseph, which is both sad and pretty darn funny. After Jotaro is told Josuke is not there, he leaves, but continues to look at/think about the Enyaba photo.
Back at the Nijimura house: Josuke is understandably mad at what happened to Koichi, and Okuyasu exchanges words with him. These two make a great pair, since they’re so similar. Hot-headed, and kind of aloof at times.
Out of the blue, Okuyasu’s older brother Keicho shoots Koichi with the coveted arrow and explains that he did this because Josuke is there. (Apparently Keicho is the man Jotaro is looking for, though this is the first time we find this out.)
When Okuyasu hears that the dude with the sick pomp is Josuke, he sends out his very goofy looking Stand, The Hand. The Hand can, much like Cream, erase space. The difference between The Hand and Cream, though, is that the wielder for The Hand isn’t necessarily the sharpest tool in the shed. Though, that can be excused since Okuyasu just received the power recently, I suppose. (Also, The Hand can only erase what it grabs in its right hand, which Josuke picks up on quickly.)
Anyway, Josuke and Okuyasu fight, and Josuke ends up noticing that the No Trespassing sign has changed slightly, after figuring out that The Hand only has power in its right hand. Since the sign changed, he figures out that the right hand of The Hand must erase things. Okuyasu confirms this.
The two boys continue to go at it, until Josuke figures out a plan to have The Hand grab the space in front of some potted plants, and therefore bring the plants forward and into Okuyasu’s face.
The plan works, needless to say, and Okuyasu is knocked out. Josuke decides to strangle him to make sure he stays down for a while, and then he rushes into the house to save Koichi.
Of course, things can’t be that easy. Keicho is alive, and declares that Koichi will not be saved.
We also get to see Jotaro state that the bow and arrow must be destroyed.
Finally, let me talk about the ED really quick. Knowing that David Productions loves to use existing songs in their ED, I wasn’t too surprised that they used a popular song from the 90s in this one. I didn’t expect them to choose “I Want You” by Savage Garden, though. I don’t dislike the song, but I never, ever would have picked it if I was given a choice.
The animation for the ED is great; I particularly liked Josuke mouthing some of the lyrics.
What I liked/didn’t like:
This episode flowed really well, and I believe it followed the manga almost exactly, if not exactly. The scene with Tomoko and Jotaro was perfect; you could feel the awkwardness, really.
Okuyasu’s voice is absolutely amazing for the character. I know that this is the same VA he had in All Star Battle, and it’s really great. Even though it’s not the same VA as Kuwabara from Yu Yu Hakusho, they sound somewhat similar. I really, really like it.
The Hand’s sound effect works well for its ability, though I’m pretty sure it’s the same effect Vanilla Ice’s Cream had in Stardust Crusaders. I can’t really fault David Production for reusing sound effects when appropriate.
Koichi’s body being subtly dragged off by Keicho’s Stand while Josuke moves to strangle Okuyasu is a nice touch, and a preview of the next episode.
There isn’t really anything I didn’t like about this episode, to be honest! It was just a lot of fun. Okuyasu is one of my favorite Diamond is Unbreakable characters, though, so I’m a little biased. 🙂
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 3 is available to view on Crunchyroll right now, if you’re a premium member. If not, it’ll be available to watch in SD this upcoming Friday, April 22nd.