There was really a vocab lookup overload this week! The first chapter especially was a real grind for me. I normally don’t do this, but in the end I gave up on looking up unknown words in the first chapter and just decided to be content with the most basic idea of what was going on/memory of this fight from the anime. That’s just where I was at, mentally, this week. I’ve noticed my wanikani review accuracy rate was waaay down too, so I figured I was overloaded and left it at that. For the first chapter, at least.
I really enjoyed the second chapter, though, and didn’t have much trouble getting through it (although I still had to look up a ton of vocab). By far my favorite part was the unnecessarily technical explanation of how Bruford’s zombie hair can move independently thanks to 膨圧/turgor pressure (which I definitely had to look up in English, too!) and the subsequent comparison to a tropical plant whose name I have already forgotten. I guess Araki was reading encyclopedia facts and writing about them in the 80s too!
These panels of Jonathan taking stock of his impending death and likening Bruford’s zombie hair to tentacles and a snake devouring and crushing a mouse were also really fun and evocative:
I was delighted to figure out from context that 触手 means “tentacle”.
And holy crap, Bruford (our esteemed leader, not the character ) was not lying about the glow-up Jojo gets in this volume. The art is leagues better! Barely any funny proportions, and some of the shading/half-tone usage is pretty striking and really helps the art feel less tonally monotonous. There’s a lot of panels where Araki mimics the texture of Bruford’s hair in the surrounding scenery. The action is also visually really easy to follow during the final moments of this fight. Overall just a huge step up from previous volumes.
Did anyone else find this image insanely creepy?
You do wonder exactly why Zeppeli and Speedwagon are just watching from afar. They feel pretty useless right now. Separating characters so that battles are always 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 is something Araki ALWAYS does, almost without exception. I’m pretty sure he finds it difficult to conceptualize/write battles where there’s the complex interaction of multiple characters with different powers, or he just thinks it’s easier for the reader for follow. I’m reading Part 6 Stone Ocean (in English) right now, and he’s still always doing that, but it’s written into the story much more smoothly, so you don’t find yourself constantly wondering, “Why doesn’t ____ help _____ out here?!”