Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4 – Episode 10

Diamond is Unbreakable Episode 10 – Let’s Go Eat Some Italian Food

If you’ve been watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure from the very first season, you know that at its heart it’s a pretty simple story of good versus evil. Right from the start when it was the innocent Jonathan Joestar vs the epitome of evil, Dio Brando, every episode of Jojo has pitted the good guys against the bad guys. Sometimes it’s been mixed up with the good guys versus the other good guys who are being controlled by the bad guys but aside from this, there has been little variation in the formula. This week’s episode, Let’s Go Eat Some Italian Food, has a lot of fun with this formula and completely subverts it in a lot of really interesting ways. JoJo’s has always been deeply self aware of its own occasional silliness and with this episode, it both pokes fun at itself and the conventions of Shonen anime in a really entertaining way.

I don’t want to go into too much about what happens in this episode as its impact relies so much on audience expectations, but we start off with a foreboding intro of a man in a shadowy kitchen gorily cutting something to pieces. There are splashes of blood, flashes of innards. We then cut to Josuke and Okuyasu walking back from visiting Okuyasu’s brother’s grave when they come across an Italian restaurant they’ve never noticed before. Okuyasu, who is both hungry and the most easily excited man in history, is thrilled at the prospect of eating there. Josuke is a little bit more reluctant but they go inside where they meet Tonio Trussardi (or Tonio Trendy in Cunchyroll’s translation), a chef from Italy who promises a fantastic meal with a menu chosen specifically for his customers. Josuke elects not to eat since he’s not so hungry but Okuyasu is so excited at the prospect of genuine Italian cooking that he signs up immediately. Of course, it goes without saying that Tonio’s cooking is more than what it appears to be.

Throughout the episode, Josuke becomes the proxy for the audience. Both the audience and Josuke know what to be suspicious of and what to expect when things are more than what they seem and we’re right there with him as we watch increasingly horrifying things happening to Okuyasu. For such an ultimately light-hearted episode, this also has to be one of the goriest Jojo has ever produced. Mangaka Hirohiko Araki is huge horror movie fan, particularly of the splatter genre and that shows here through the story’s use of horror conventions as well as the huge, explosive gouts of blood.

There are lots of nice little touches this week, such as Tonio’s accent and the recipes for each dish appearing in the corner of the screen as each they come out. Tonio gives nice little monologues introducing each dish and Okuyasu’s reactions as he eats them are hilarious.

I don’t think I’ve ever really discussed the transitions between scenes and cuts used in his show before but they are exceptional week to week. This week’s episode largely takes place in one location but through the use of stylised cuts and transitions between characters and objects, it still feels dynamic and fast paced. It’s a good episode overall, playing on the already established tropes in the Jojo-verse though I am very curious what a first time viewer will think of it. There is a possibility that someone would feel short changed after watching it but I remember when I first read this story in the manga, I had no idea which way it was going or at least thought I knew all too well and was pleasantly surprised.

The episode ends with a separate little moment of Jotaro meeting with a representative from the Speedwagon Foundation, who informs him of an impending visitor. It looks like we’ll be seeing an old friend from previous seasons next week.

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