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In “A Letter from the Past” from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Phantom Blood, ep. 2, the gang talks about Speedwagon. Speedwagon’s character is inspired by the American rock band R.E.O Speedwagon. Araki features Jack the Ripper and we discuss how this historical figure has made an appearance in other anime like Fate/Apocrypha, Soul Eater, and Black Butler. Mckenna asserts that the best JoJo opening song is Sono Chi No Sadame by Hiroaki “Tommy” Tominaga. You can listen and watch the JoJo opening here.
Jonathan and Dio are playing a game of football and there are lots of dynamic still shots to characterize their feelings towards each other. This is a very Dio centric episode. Dio uncovers a very suspicious mask and is plotting against the Joestars. Brian, Mckenna, and Cidnya try really hard not to sound like Dio sympathizers but they just love well-written villains. Dio gets into a fight in an alleyway and we start to see Araki’s fight scenes.
We make reference to a very popular JoJoke that you can view here. We discuss David Productions’ execution of the different character outfits throughout the episode. We talk about Eyes Over Heaven, a JJBA action-adventure video game for the Playstation 3. Take a look at the one appearance of Speedwagon’s knife bowler hat. This is a central weapon during the main fight in A Letter from the Past. We all decide that Jonathan Joestar is a hunk and a himbo. There is a David Cronenberg reference in the episode from a name placed on a wine bottle. Later on, we go further in-depth on how this horror reference reflects themes in A Letter from the Past and his popular films, The Fly and Videodrome.
As vampires are introduced into the JoJo universe, we warn viewers that it is incredibly gruesome and bloody. We discuss how Araki flips the idea of vampires on their head by having them suck blood through their fingers than from their neck. If A Letter from the Past and part one of the anime isn’t your favorite, Brian suggests watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Re-Edited which is a shorter re-telling of Phantom Blood.
Rounding out this episode, the gang discusses how Dio Brando needs to go to therapy, how bold Araki is for still not introducing the central conflict of the series in A Letter in the Past, and how Dio’s life path into being a vampire was written in the stars. We leave you with taking a listen to R.E.O Speedwagon’s album You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can’t Tuna Fish.