The Mist of Emptiness, Vanilla Ice, Part 1 (亜空の瘴気 ヴァニラ·アイス その1 Akū no Shōki Vanira Aisu Sono Ichi) is the forty-second episode of Stardust Crusaders, the eighteenth episode of the Egypt Arc, and the sixty-eighth episode of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime. It covers the second half of Chapter 236 through half of Chapter 240 of the manga.
D'Arby uses Atum to peer into Jotaro's soul, which he uses to determine whether Jotaro is lying or not. However, contrary to his deduction that Jotaro was not lying about his pitch, his pitches turn out to be different from expected. This leads D'Arby to suspect that Jotaro is cheating somehow, though in a way that cannot be deciphered by his Stand's reliance on yes/no questions. As D'Arby desperately tries to find out how Jotaro is cheating, Jotaro wins more homeruns, resulting in D'Arby subconsciously admitting defeat and releasing Kakyoin's soul. At last, D'Arby discovers that Joseph was the one cheating on Jotaro's behalf the entire time, using Hermit Purple to control the video game while Jotaro handled Atum's questions.
While Jotaro dishes swift punishment to D'Arby, opening up a way out of the game room, DIO's right-hand man, Vanilla Ice, cuts off his own head to provide DIO with the blood needed to complete his assimilation of Jonathan's body, but DIO turns it down and brings him back to life, stating he will get blood from someone else and sending him to attack the others. Meanwhile, Polnareff, Avdol, and Iggy venture inside the mansion, where Iggy manages to immediately take down a Stand user named Kenny G. to stop the illusions he was creating. Immediately afterwards, however, Avdol is caught off guard and killed by Vanilla Ice's Stand, Cream, who disintegrates his body with the void inside his mouth, leaving Polnareff and Iggy stunned.
- During the discussion between Vanilla Ice and DIO, the Bow and Arrow can be seen hanging on the wall next to DIO.
|“|| Here we are at the "YES YES..." part you all have been waiting for. I know a lot of people wanted to see this scene which has a cult following, and it was a priority for us during the episode's production.
The famous "You're going to "ORA ORA" me, won't you ?!" at the end of the fight cannot be missed, and Telence gifts us with a completely grotesque but brilliant face.
It is after this fight that finally, Vanilla Ice appears. At this moment, the plot picks up the pace for the last final sprint, and nothing will stop it. This sinister character remains fascinating.
The red lights are flashing for Avdol and his inevitable death. It's him who finds the scribbled message on the wall. Let's ignore that it's a message written in Japanese inside an Egyptian building. Please don't laugh, it's not the time. (laughs) And thus, Avdol is definitively eliminated. As Polnareff said it so well, it was really too sudden. This is all the more unbearable for him as it was again a sacrifice to save him from death at the last moment.
Avdol's death leaves no doubt about Cream's dangerousness, and even Iggy is terrorized at the sight of this Stand.
—Naokatsu Tsuda, Blu-Ray limited edition commentaries
- Despite the title, Vanilla Ice himself does not appear until 11 minutes into the episode and only very briefly.
- When Telence discovers Jotaro and Joseph's trick, the camera pans up on Jotaro with Kakyoin in the background. The camera then quickly zooms out but Kakyoin is gone.
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