I can’t believe we’re going to reach the end of this part when we finish this volume-- it still feels like there is a lot of ground to cover! That said, these two chapters weren’t terribly eventful and almost felt like filler or like they could have been condensed into 1. With the first chapter, we got the introduction of Zeppeli’s disciples/Tonpeti. Not going to lie, I completely forgot these characters exist, and I’m not sure how they’re going to play into the story significantly at this point.
Araki also did Zeppeli soooo dirty again with another derpy memorial portrait
The goal of the 2nd chapter this week seems to have been to remind us what a demented evil weirdo Dio is. I’m not sure we needed to be reminded of that after all we’ve been through, but it did result in some pretty wild moments:
You really made her eat her baby, Dio?! OMG
One page later, Dio says he thought it would be fun to fuse a human head onto a dog’s body but… can we all agree Araki was not thinking about dogs when he drew this first panel? Monkeys maybe, cats maybe… LOL
These moments aside, there were some really gorgeous panels in these chapters!
This entire page with Poko’s sister is GORGEOUS and really evocative. I can almost hear sound effects when I look at it.
Several really nice shots of Jonathan:
(Him using Hamon to excise the snake venom was pretty cool)
And finally, we get this incredible last page, which really feels like the kickoff for an epic final battle! 地獄からもどってきたぞディオ！
I’m curious where you think Araki’s head was at during this final volume、because Phantom Blood is so much shorter than any other JoJo part. At what point did he start to feel limited by the scenario he’d set up and decided to bring this chapter to close so he could work with new characters?