Denpa-teki na Kanojo, episode 1 – tropes

Before we start let me say that this is not a review of Denpa-teki na Kanojo. If you want a review – we already have one written by Shaurya, you are welcome to read it. Here I want to discuss this OVA rather than to review it, so I’ll assume you’ve seen it. It is a good show by the way, and it is fairly short too, so if you haven’t seen it you can start watching it now and come back in 40 minutes =)

Ame Ochibana

I decided to write about Denpa-teki na Kanojo because it gives me a great opportunity to talk about certain recurring setups in anime. Before we start though I would ask you to try not to let any negative preconceptions about these tropes to guide you as you are reading.

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Tokyo Ghoul episodes 10, 11 and 12

The animators have finished airing this show and despite it being interesting I haven’t been able to keep up with it. I have a feeling that this post is going to be very long since I have to review three episodes this time and the episodes have many interesting situations that are worth mentioning.  -.-”

Like this scene for example

Like this scene for example

Firstly I want to talk about Ayato, Toka’s brother.It looked like he didn’t care about Toka anymore. He didn’t mind hurting her when she stood in his way. He was a kid who was afraid of insects and he loved peace.He watched his parents get killed and he had everything taken from him. He had to run and hide to protect himself. All that took it’s toll on him.

Apparently he dislikes Toka's way of living

Apparently he dislikes Toka’s way of living

He was working with Jason. The group he is working with called themselves Aogiri Tree. They were defeating CCG members and taking over cities. They managed to defeat Toka and kidnap Kaneki. Jason conducted some experiments on him, it was more like a torture though. He chopped off Kaneki’s limbs countless times. Kaneki seems to have fast regeneration abilities. All the body parts Jason chopped off grew back almost immediately. I wonder if it is a good thing or a bad thing. He had to go through having one of his limbs chopped off .They grow back and it only meant that he had to go through that pain all over again. Also we got to see a bit of Jason’s past. He was a normal ghoul but a CCG member captured him and used him to experiment on ghouls. He was broken and was made into what he is now.

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Anteiku launched an operation to save Kaneki the same time CCG members attacked Aogiri Tree. They wanted to save Kaneki by using all the confusion. Toka got into a fight with Amon but was interrupted by some other ghouls.Unlike their previous fight, Amon would have been able to push Toka into a corner if their fight had continued. He was fighting for revenge.

I guess Toka finally understood how heavy revenge really is

I guess Toka finally understood how big of a burden revenge really is

At the end, Kaneki snapped because of everything he was put through. He was tortured by Jason and in his mind he kept seeing Rize who messed with the things he believed in. He ended up accepting the ghoul inside of him. During his fight with Jason, they played the opening song in the background. The song which I’ve heard suddenly became more meaningful.[HorribleSubs] Tokyo Ghoul - 12 [720p].mkv_001262084
Thinking back about it now, this is what we’ve been seeing ever since the first episode.We watched people getting broken, getting hurt, losing their way and ending up on a path that might never make them happy.We watched Kaneki, a normal college student become a ghoul who didn’t mind losing a limb or two to win a fight.

It is hard to believe that he was the same guy who was crying in the first episode about being human

It is hard to believe that he was the same guy who was crying in the first episode about being human

The manga is going to end soon and I might read it sometime. I wonder how the mangaka wants to end it though. Tokyo Ghoul is not the kind of anime that can have an actual ending. The manga might end with the people and ghouls deciding to peacefully coexist together. It is kind of hard to imagine. We might think of something like ‘All the ghouls can eat dead people’. How will they get the dead bodies? Imagine a guy walking up to someone whose parents just died and saying something like ‘Hey give those dead bodies to these ghouls. They’re hungry and you’re gonna bury/cremate them anyway’. The guy would prefer having his parents’ bodies buried to letting ghouls eat them.A peaceful future for these people is hard to imagine. The manga might also end up with humans killing all the ghouls or with the ghouls defeating all the humans. This again is unrealistic considering how both sides seem to be strong and killing all the ghouls is just about impossible since they blend in really well with humans.

Just a random image ^.^

Just a random image ^.^

Tokyo Ghoul makes a good argument about why both sides are right sometimes and about how reality has problems that can’t be solved peacefully. It is a good anime but at the same time, Tokyo Ghoul leaves a bitter after taste. It is ruthless ad brutal and makes us feel upset, desperate and lost.

This is what I am talking about ._.

This is what I am talking about ._.

See you next time ^^/

 

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 8 and 9

Tokyo Ghoul episode 7

Tokyo Ghoul episode 6

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 4 and 5

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 8 and 9

The episodes have been out for a while and I apologize for taking so long to write a post about them.I’ll try to make this a short post.

Toka did succeed in killing Mado. He was an interesting character and I was sad to see him go. The episode was interesting nonetheless. The most amusing part was the dialogue exchange between the characters.Amon blamed ghouls for killing humans and bringing grief to their loved ones. Toka blamed humans for hunting down ghouls and killing them. They are both right. Humans can’t help but want to kill ghouls.After all they will feel safer if there aren’t any man eating monsters around. And ghouls can’t help killing humans. They need to eat in order to survive.

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Tokyo Ghoul makes you feel as if you are in the middle of a battle field. You see why the battle is happening and why it can’t be avoided. But as you watch their pain, their suffering and their desperation to win, you can’t help but wish for things to be different even though you know that it is impossible.

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3The fight itself wasn’t so interesting though. Mado lured Hinami into the tunnel using her mom’s scent and Toka went there to save her along with Kaneki. Toka planned to trap Mado in that tunnel. She should have been better prepared by laying some traps that would guarantee her victory. Mado should also have surrounded them by taking the help of other CCG members. But all they did was walk in and fight.

It was Hinami who managed to overpower Mado. But watching this little girl rip off the limbs of a man while crying remonds us of how twisted Tokyo Ghoul reallly is

It was Hinami that managed to injure Mado. Watching this little girl rip off the limbs of a man while crying reminds us how twisted Tokyo Ghoul really is

Kaneki fed on Amon during the fight since he thought he had to use his kagune to prevent Amon from going after Toka. He also managed to restrain himself from killing Amon. It looks like Kaneki managed to accept the ghoul inside him a little considering how he didn’t mind borrowing her power.

In the tenth episode we got to see Toka’s family. She has a little brother who now wants to capture Rize. Apparently she and her brother decided to walk different paths.

Toka became a peace loving ghoul while her brother became her exact opposite

Toka became a peace loving ghoul while her brother became her exact opposite

I wonder why a lot of people are after Rize though. It looks like they don’t know that she is dead yet.

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See you next time ^^/

 

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episode 7

Tokyo Ghoul episode 6

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 4 and 5

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episode 7

This episode could be one of the best or one of the worst depending on how you see the latest development. Toka wanted revenge for Ryoko’s death and went after the CCG members.

She killed a guy who had nothing to do with Ryoko's death

She killed a guy who had nothing to do with any of that

He was just an ordinary member of CCG who wanted to help humans. He did a desk job and probably never killed a ghoul in his entire life.

This was probably the stupidest thing Toka could have done. Now the CCG members will want to hunt all the ghouls in her ward and make them pay for his death. She just killed an innocent man and put her entire ward in danger.This is also the best thing about Tokyo Ghoul. There are no ‘good’ people in the anime. Humans kill ghouls as if they are animals and ghouls kill humans without a second thought. Tokyo Ghoul is full of people who only see what they want to see. They close their eyes to everything else.

She almost got Amon too but Mado materialized out of nowhere and saved him. That is the part I dislike about this anime. The main characters always find themselves in the right place at the right time. The fight between Mado and Toka was satisfactory though. Mado overpowered Toka. He had a lot of experience with ghouls and he knew Toka’s weakness. She had to retreat in the end. It wouldn’t have made sense if this guy with lots of experience lost to a teenage girl.

We also learned what quinque are. They are kagune that the CCG members literally ripped off ghouls

What is more interesting is the fact that Toka knew that she did something wrong. She knew it wasn’t right but she did it anyway. All she managed to do was make the CCG members get mad at her and now Amon wants to kill her.

I wonder if she felt any better after killing that guy

I wonder if she felt any better after killing that guy

Toka plans to kill Mado too. She laid some sort of trap for him but Mado already saw through her. He had been dealing with ghouls all his life after all.

I wonder what she actually plans to do

I wonder what she actually plans to do

For once I want Toka to fail. She is killing innocent people in the name of revenge. Of course it is okay for her to feel bad for Hinami but that is no reason to start killing people randomly. I don’t want to see Mado die either. He is one of the characters who make the show interesting.

We’ll get to see what is going to happen between those two in the next episode.

See you next time ^^/

 

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episode 6

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 4 and 5

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episode 6

We finally got to see Toka’s kagune in this episode. Tsukiama was no match to her when she was at her full power.

Her kagune looks awesome *-*

Her kagune look awesome *-*

She could fly  :3

And she can fly :3

Toka killed him.The fight was great but it didn’t seem awesome because of all the censoring. If I ever decide to drop Tokyo Ghoul it would be because of the censoring. Let us look at some pictures of the fight.

She overpowered Tsukiama

She overpowered Tsukiama

You can hardly see him in this picture -_-

You can hardly see him in this picture -_-

After the fight Toka wanted to kill Kimi since she knew about Nishiki and Kaneki.The most interesting part of the episode is this.

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It was unrealistic. Even though Kimi was blindfolded she could hear everything. She must have known that Toka was trying to kill her and she should have been scared of her. Her saying ‘How pretty’ as soon as she could see didn’t seem real. If we ignore the unrealistic part we have to admit that it was beautifully done. Toka wouldn’t have listened to anything Kaneki or Nishiki tried to tell her. Kimi accepting her was just about the only thing that could have stopped her. It probably hurt her a lot too. Kimi accepted everything about her with a single word. It must have been too much for her to deal with.Here is a girl she wanted to kill and the girl looked at her kagune which she is going to use to kill her and she actually said it is pretty. They managed to show how weak and vulnerable Toka actually is.

All it took to shake her resolve was kindness.

All it took to shake her resolve was little kindness. And look at the expression on her face. She doesn’t look like a powerful ghoul who managed to kill Tsukiama.

Hinami’s dad got killed in this episode. Jason, the guy who asked him to make the weapon ended up killing him. It is an obvious plot twist. The CCG members got into a fight with Jason after that. The weapons they use to defeat ghouls are called quinque. They look more or less like kagune. It would have been more interesting if they used guns or other weapons.

This is what quinque look like

This is what quinque look like

 

The problem with Tokyo Ghoul is that they are trying hard to show that ghouls have a  human side and are being cruelly rejected by humans. It makes all the humans look like bad guys. Especially Mado, they make him look like a crazy guy who likes killing ghouls. Being sympathetic towards ghouls is okay but making the members of CCG look like villains doesn’t sit well with me. If the ghouls and CCG were real we would all be cheering for Mado.

Mado and Amon managed to trap Hinami and her mother by using her father’s scent. Hinami’s mother is trying to protect her by buying some time for her to run away. We’ll get to see what is going to happen to these two in the next episode.

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See you next time ^^/

 

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 4 and 5

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episodes 4 and 5

This is going to be a long post.So much happened in the last two episodes and I think fitting it all into one normal post  is going to be difficult -.-”

The anime makers  are trying to concentrate on showing us the dark side of ghouls at this point. We’ve been watching good ghouls for a while now. So this change is welcome. Let us start with this guy. He is the craziest person we’ve seen so far.

Tsukiama

His name is Tsukiama

He got interested in Kaneki because of the way he smelled, he has human’s scent mixed with a ghoul’s scent. He acted nice and lured Kaneki to a place where ghouls kill people and eat them. Kaneki believed him despite Toka’s warning.

This was all it took to fool Kaneki

This was all it took to fool Kaneki

 

It was a place where the ghouls first watch someone kill their prey and then feast on him

It was a place where the ghouls watch someone kill their prey and then feast on him

Looking at all that blood I wonder how many people were killed there. They brought in a huge guy to kill Kaneki. His eye turned red during the battle and all the ghouls were surprised to see a one eyed ghoul. One eyed ghouls are supposedly stronger than normal ghouls and none of them had ever seen one before.At this point Kaneki’s already messed up life became even more messed up. Even if he got out of that alive, now there are lots of ghouls out there who know his true identity and would like to eat him. Let us get back to the fight.

Here is the guy who tried to kill Kaneki

Here is the guy who tried to kill Kaneki

Tsukiama saved Kaneki from him, not because he felt sorry for him, but because he didn’t want to share Kaneki’s meat with anyone else. A one-eyed  ghoul is supposedly a rare delicacy.He killed that big guy and tried to convince Kaneki that it was all just a joke.

Like anyone is going to buy that -_-

Like anyone is going to buy that -_-

Let us get back to Toka. In these two episodes we saw what a good friend she is. She ate normal human food for her friend Yoriko’s sake  and ended up getting sick. Despite all that she didn’t try to get rid of the food Yoriko made for her. She is trying so hard to act like a human. Watching her hurt herself is kinda sad.

This is how she ended up because of it

This is how she ended up because of it

We also learned that Toka wasn’t always this way. There was a time when she was like any other ghoul and didn’t mind killing people. I wonder what changed her.

Toka in the past

Toka in the past

In the fifth episode Kaneki saved Nishiki when he was being attacked by some ghouls. We got to see Nishiki’s past in this episode. Nishiki had a sister he loved. But her identity was discovered by her manager and she was killed. He couldn’t believe in humans ever since then.

Nishiki and his sister

Nishiki and his sister

His sister's death

His sister’s death

However he met a girl called Kimi who accepted him even after she discovered that he is a ghoul. It was something he didn’t expect. Kimi was kidnapped by Tsukiama. He did it to blackmail Kaneki and get him to meet him.

Kimi

Kimi with Kaneki and Nishiki

Tsukiama defeated Nishike and Kaneki with ease. As usual Toka appeared to save the day.

She always manages to be in the right place at the right time

She always manages to be in the right place at the right time

In the next episode we’ll get to see her fight at her full power.I am looking forward to it.

Toka's kagune

Toka’s kagune (Kagune are those tentacle like things the ghouls use to kill their prey)

Sorry about the long post. I’ll try to make one post per episode from now on.

See you next time ^^/

 

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episode 3

They introduced some new characters in this episode. A ghoul that Rize beat in the first episode came looking for a ghoul called  Yamori. He lost his weapon during his fight with Rize and he wants Yamori to make him a new one. Yamori’s wife and kid started spending more time at the cafe where Toka works since they don’t want to disturb Yamori while he works on the weapon, not to mention that it might be dangerous for them. Yamori’s wife’s name is Ryoko and the kid’s name is Hinami.

She doesn't look like a scary  man eating ghoul when she smiles right?

Hinami. She doesn’t look like a scary man eating ghoul when she smiles right?

Also I was right about Hide. He is acting as if he hasn’t heard anything. It might be the best thing he can do for now. I doubt that Kaneki would be willing to sit down and discuss his situation with Hide.

I wonder how long he can keep that up

I wonder how long he is going to keep that up

Two officers of CCG, the department that takes care of ghouls, are given permission to investigate the 20th ward, the place where Kanenki and the others are living. Their names are Mado and Amon. They are going around attacking ghouls and killing them. Mado looks kinda crazy but that does make some sense. Imagine the life of two people who have to hunt ghouls. If they make a mistake they will be killed. That kind of life messes with peoples minds.

Mado and Amon

Mado and Amon

It is difficult to say who are in the wrong here. In fact no one is in the wrong .The police are trying to protect  people by killing ghouls and the ghouls are following their nature and hunting humans to live. Humans and ghouls are doing what they believe should be done. The CCG members think ghouls are trash and the ghouls think that the CCG members are trash. It is hard to say who are the good guys . The ghouls are not just monsters who hunt for fun. They have a human side too. There is also this scene.

Most of the ghouls do understand the importance of the lives they are forced to take

Most of the ghouls do understand the importance of the lives they are forced to take

I am impressed that he could say something like that with a smile. He likes people but he has to eat them. People will call him a monster and will try to kill them if his identity is revealed. Yet he said something as painful as ‘I like people’ with a smile. There is Toka too. She tries so hard to blend with the human society. She goes to school and studies hard for the tests. Everything she is working so hard for will disappear in an instant if people come to know that she is a ghoul. She still tries and works hard anyway.

She looks like any other student when she is studying

She looks like any other student when she is studying

The cafe owner wanted Kaneki to get a mask. These masks help hide their identity if they meet any CCG members. There is a shop where the ghouls can get their masks made. He wanted Toka to accompany Kaneki.

Of course Kaneki wasn't late :3

Of course Kaneki wasn’t late :3

The mask shop owner

The mask shop owner

We already know what Kaneki’s mask is going to look like. After all we’ve been seeing it in the opening song since the second episode.

Opening songs have so many spoilers >. <

Opening songs have so many spoilers >. <

We learned that the ghouls who don’t want to kill people feed on suicide victims. They go to places where people usually commit suicides and get the corpses. 2014-07-20_0830

The animators are trying not to show blood and gore during some scenes. It is understandable since there are people who would rather not watch blood and gore. But doing so will reduce the impact of the scene. We won’t feel the horror of the situation as much as we are supposed to feel.

I am talking about this scene

I am talking about this scene

See you next time ^^/

My other posts on Tokyo Ghoul:

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

Tokyo Ghoul episode 1

Tokyo Ghoul episode 2

The episode started with Kaneki crying and trying not to swallow the meat that Toka tried to make him eat. He begged Toka to tell him what he was, saying that everything had been the worst ever since the incident with Rize. Toka said something interesting at this point.

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Think about it from this girl’s point of view. She works at a cafe and everyday she sees people eating cake. All her life she can just stand there and wonder about what cake actually tastes like. Being able to taste cake is such a trivial thing , yet this girl isn’t even allowed to enjoy such a simple pleasure. All her life she has to kill people, fight ghouls who attack her and live in constant fear of having her identity revealed. She has no choice. When she kills and eats people she has to see them cry and beg for their life. She has to feel the pain of being a ghoul every second of her life.

We met another new character in this episode. He is the owner of the cafe Toka works at. He tried to help Kaneki and gave him a package with meat. Also we learned that coffee is the only thing that ghouls can drink just like humans.

Cafe owner

Cafe owner

The ghoul who Tako fought in the first episode turned out to be a senior at Kaneki’s college and Kaneki had to fight him when he tried to eat Hide.  He did win the fight but he lost his reason after the fight. His hunger for flesh was way too strong. Hide was unconscious and was right in front of him. He couldn’t fight his hunger and tried to eat Hide.

Rize's powers in him awakened during the fight

Rize’s powers in him awakened during the fight

Kaneki trying to eat Hide

Kaneki trying to eat Hide

Toka stopped him from doing that. She knew that he would regret it all his life and didn’t want him to. She fought with him and even got injured. Later the cafe owner treated them all and fed Kaneki meat when he was unconscious. It was the only way for Kaneki to regain his reason. Hide heard them talking and he now knows that Kaneki is a half-ghoul. I wonder what he would do.

Considering his personality I wouldn't be surprised if he acted as if he hadn't heard anything

Considering his personality I wouldn’t be surprised if he acted as if he hadn’t heard anything

The character designs and the character development is good. The animation is also well done. They used right bright colors which are pleasant to watch. I am looking forward to watching the next episode. 2014-07-12_0906

See you next time ^^/

My other post on Tokyo Ghoul:

 

Urban Legend Story:Hikiko

Urban Legend Story: Hikiko is a 3D CG animated movie. There is a Japanese urban legend about a girl  who was bullied by her classmates and mistreated by her family. She became a ghost and dragged the students on the floor until they died. This anime deals with the same story.

In the beginning of the movie, we see a guy named Satoshi get off a bus. He has come back to his olwnd to after a long time for a school reunion. He stands in front of his old apartment building and thinks of all the things that has happened when he was a kid. There was this girl called Satoko he remembers in particular. She used to lived in the same apartment.

Satoshi

Satoshi

Satoko joined their class in the middle of a term. She rarely talked and was usually withdrawn. She soon becomes the taget of bullying. They write mean comments on her desk and backpack, damage her shoes, make her fall on the road and bully her in many other ways. At home, her family yell at her and hit her. Satoshi didn’t want to stand up for the girl even though he felt sorry for her. He was afraid of becoming the next target. He starts getting close to her after he sees her taking care of a stray cat.

Satoko

Satoko

Satoko getting bullied

Satoko getting bullied

 

One day, on his way home, Satoshi sees a girl dragging a dead man along the riverside. She sees him and chases him all the way to his home. Satoshi gets into his house and locks the door. She bangs on the door and eventually leaves. We see this girl several times during the movie.

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The movie has a good plot. The story pace is also very good. The most disappointing thing about this movie is how bad the animation is. The expressions and movements of the characters are very unnatural. There was this scene where they show a girl walking on a bridge. The way she walked made her look like zombie that has just been brought back to life. Even though this movie has such a good plot, it was all wasted because of the awful animation.

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You can go ahead and watch this movie if you don’t mind the animation. I tried not to spoil too much.

I just wanted to put this here ^^'

I just wanted to put this here ^^’

See you next time ^^/

 

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, episodes 1 and 2

Another old anime here. It is not too old being made in 2000, but it somewhat inherited the style of the anime from the 90s. There are all the necessary elements here: manly men, needless violence, questionable plot, bad English dub.

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Here is how the animation looks like. As you can see all the men look as if they just out of  a gym

Unlike other old anime I have reviewed, this one is not only centered around men, but it also gives you a feeling that the people who worked on it didn’t want to deal with female characters at all. All the major characters are guys. There one female character in the beginning, the protagonist’s mom, but even she got ill and was taken out of the picture. Maybe the mangaka didn’t like to draw girls or something O.o

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure episode 2 girls

The protagonist’s classmates are all gasping and shocked. That is all they do.

The second thing that I want to mention is the dub. It is not really bad, but I would put it on the same category as the dub for Riding Bean, maybe slightly above. Your ears will not bleed, but if you are used to the modern English dubs, you may feel uncomfortable.

Now about what is good or just interesting about this show. First, before I watched it I thought that Chad from Bleach was the most grown-up looking hight school student in anime. Well, now I know about Jojo. Look at him:

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He is 17.
Yeah, 17 my foot.

And look at him and his classmates:

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure episode 2 Jojo and his classmates

He could have been their father, judging by the looks

I think I have to put it there. If you are a young kid, you probably better wait a little before you watch this. There are sexual themes and graphic violence in the show.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure episode 2

That is not even close to the graphic violence I was talking about. I just don’t want to post pictures of a ripped off heads here.

I will watch the rest of the season (by the way, I assume that I am watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 2000, I hope I am right; I wanted to watch the older version made in 1993, but I could not find it). If anything interesting happens I will write about it. See you (^_^)/

My other posts about JoJo – list.

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