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What a surprising ending to Part I of the story.
The surprising part about this episode, was the serious atmosphere it projected. I don't know about you guys but I certainly haven't been watching and reading JoJo's Bizarre Adventure with the expectations of anything serious. That still doesn't mean I didn't appreciate the more mature tone of this episode.
Titanic could have been a shonen anime movie, if it was like this episode. I personally haven't seen the aforementioned movie - more like avoided - although if it was like this, I might have. Very fitting for JoJo's demise occur at the hands of his former friend and brother, adding even more tragedy to the entire situation.
The Joestar lineage is essentially cursed and this episode captured that. Not many will know this, but it is in fact a major turning point for the entire franchise and it was quite emotional. I loved how serene and calm the entire episode was; a great departure fro the usual craziness that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure provides. An honourable death for an unknown hero; there's something very poetic about it.
I was very happy with how the end to Part I was handled. Prior to the episode there was some doubt in mind regarding the content of the episode and the pacing problem that could occur, but there was nothing of the sort. Pacing wise, it was just the right speed and didn't overextend itself. There could have potentially been a more boring feel to the episode, and because it was avoided I'm even happier.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure will now be entering Part II: Battle Tendency. It's all about the transition for the next episode and I'd like to see the anime do something more with it. Not really a hug complaint about the manga, but the transition could have gone a little smoother.
Overall, I was happy with Part I of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The anime so far has done the manga justice and as long as it continues like this, I'll be ecstatic.
Final Note: Did Dio always speak in the third person