JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, Episode 13 Recap: “A True Warrior”

Original Airdate: March 8th, 2013

Toonami Airdate: March 25th, 2017

Wamuu channeled his inner God of War 3 this week.

Picking up from last week, Wamuu and Joseph prepare for their chariot battle against each other. Everyone looks to the moon and waits for the cue to start, and as soon as it does, Joseph gets a good head start, but Wamuu finds himself stuck. It appears Joseph piled up several rocks to lock one of the chariot’s wheels in place, and he uses the lead to reach a checkpoint, a giant pillar, where one of the vampires has a sledgehammer waiting. Joseph infuses it with Hamon energy hoping to get a hit on his opponent, but Wamuu grabs the pillar itself and uses it as his own weapon to destroy Joseph’s chariot. With his back against the wall, Joseph thinks of a plan, grabbing the hammer and using it to swing his way onto Wamuu’s chariot, but he uses his powers to hide safely within the bodies of the vampire horses. Joseph cockily thinks he has an easy opening for an attack, but Wamuu counters his efforts by unleashing the Divine Sandstorm on his opponent. Kars looks on and gloats about his ally winning the battle, but upon closer inspections, things have taken a surprise turn. Joseph managed to sneak some rings onto Wamuu’s arms and used his powers to critically injure them, preventing the Divine Sandstorm from being used and putting him in a severe amount of pain and agony.

The battle continues as the two of them approach the second lap, with the vampires placing crossbows in place for the combatants. As they pass the mark, Joseph grabs the larger of the two, while Wamuu makes the decision to deliberately blind himself by piercing both his eyes, choosing to rely on wind movements to combat Joseph. He manages to make expert use of his crossbow to temporarily disable Joseph and send him crashing down to the ground, but the impact is enough to cock his crossbow and allow him to load it. In an attempt to distract Wamuu, he engages in his usual practice of cowardly begging for his life, which of course irritates his enemy and the crowd of vampires. However, when Wamuu is about to deliver the final blow, a ball charged with Hamon energy pierces his chest (Joseph employed the same strategy as Wamuu while he was distracted), leaving a noticeable and permanent hole. Wamuu tries once more to get some kind of attack on Joseph, but he uses another Hamon attack to weaken him to near-death. Just as it seems that the battle is won, he uses his disabled arms to choke Joseph and prevent him from channeling any more Hamon. Wamuu then prepares his ultimate mastery, the Atmospheric Rift, by absorbing all the wind around him into his own body, with the episode ending on a cliffhanger before we can truly find out what this entails.

 

Have I mentioned that the battles against the Pillar Men are intense? Because they are, and this one in particular is incredibly tense, starting with the basic setup. The chariot race in the coliseum provides plenty of ample opportunity for offbeat strategies and weird moments, especially with the availability of random weapons from the minions in the stands. With how personal and heated things are between the two, it’s no surprise that they bring out every possible trick they can with no remorse. Wamuu in particular is extremely relentless, as he can’t afford to let his pride be damaged by losing to someone like the prankster Joseph. He even goes as far as constant self-mutilation, risking life and limb just to cast any injuries he can on his opponent, and it’s consistently engaging. Joseph is equally as passionate, needing to take revenge for Ceasar’s death and using whatever bag of tricks he has to outsmart Wamuu. With Wamuu unleashing his ultimate technique, perhaps one even deadlier than the Divine Sandstorm, this battle will surely end in spectacular fashion. I give this episode 9 crossbows/10.

What did you think of this episode? Let us know down in the comments below.

 

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency airs every Saturday night at 12:30 AM only on Toonami.

 

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