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Tomorrow's Courage (あしたの勇気 Ashita no Yūki)[1] is the sixth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It is also the sixth episode of Phantom Blood. It covers Chapter 29 through Chapter 33 of the manga.

Summary

After having barely managed to avoid Jonathan's underwater overdrive, Bruford ensnares the protagonist with his hair once more. However, Jonathan manages to block Bruford's attack and channels an overdrive through a kick into Bruford's sword, which causes one of his arms to disintegrate. From here, Jonathan is able to escape, and unleashes a sunlight yellow overdrive barrage against him. As Bruford's body starts to disintegrate, he regains his human soul, feeling at peace and leaving JoJo his sword before completely disintegrating. Tarkus then attacks, but Jonathan and Zeppeli manage to get Speedwagon and Poco to safety using a bunch of leaves as a hang glider.

As they make their escape, Zeppeli recalls how he learned to control the Ripple from a man named Tonpetty. Tarkus leaps after them, causing them to touch down at a knight's training ground in order to stand against him. Tarkus manages to crash into one of the outer walls and enters the training grounds first. Jonathan is pulled inside the grounds, thrusting him into a Chain Neck Deathmatch, in which one must decapitate the other in order to free himself. Realizing Jonathan will be killed if no one does anything, Poco overcomes his nerves and enters the grounds via a window, managing to unlock the door so Zeppeli can get inside.

Appearances

Manga/Anime Differences

  • When Tarkus crushes the remains of Bruford's armor, the debris goes flying and damages Zeppeli in the process. This wasn't shown in the anime.
  • The scene after where Tarkus squeezes to death acquaintances of Poco and drinks their blood is not shown as well.

Commentary

It's time for Poco to shine.

There's a lot to see in Episode 6: Bruford's death in the first half, then the duel against the imposing Tarkus in the second one. Bruford's death is an important moment, directed perfectly and accompanied with a beautiful background covered in flowers. For that I greatly thank the color designer Shinichiro Yoshihara, who gave us a beautiful background as usual.

There is also a flashback of Zeppeli, which obliged us to create a young version of his design in this one scene. In JoJo, there are few designs we only use once, as they break our rhythm. Fortunately, the team managed to deal with that in time.

In the first half, Tarkus has this shout that goes "Gobabaa": it's an improvisation for the voice actor, Tetsu Inada, who read the onomatopoeia out loud. We didn't plan on keeping it, but at the end, the result is quite funny.

Lastly, I am fully satisfied by Poco's signature scene. "Tomorrow is now." There's also Zeppeli who dramatically enters the room, as determined as ever. The music perfectly sublimate this instant.

Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 TOKYO MX * アニメ 「ジョジョの奇妙な冒険」:ストーリー

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