Ah, Battle Tendency. The triumphant follow-up to part one, Phantom Blood. Part two follows the protagonist of the original series’ grandson, decades after the end of the first part. Our new protagonist is a young man who goes by the name of Joseph Joestar, who lives with his grandmother Erina when he’s not out causing trouble in the streets with the Hamon power that he inherited from his family line.
When the Speedwagon Corporation gets ahold of an unlikely new enemy that’s hidden within the wall of an ancient Aztec ruin from where the mask Dio used to gain his vampiric power came from, Joseph finds himself entangled in an effort to save the world from a new power. The second part of the show really doubles down on the whole band references thing and is much longer than the first, so let’s have a look at some you may have missed.
Donovan is kind of unfairly maligned here in the series (the musician that is, and not the character) since we see that the character who shares his name is a Nazi. That being said, he’s really not very effective at his job of apprehending our current JoJo in the desert, since while he postures all tough, he gets cut down to size by Joseph pretty quickly, thanks to his proficiency at Hamon. Donovan the musician, on the other hand, was a pretty popular musician back in the day with songs like “Season Of The Witch”, “Sunshine Superman”, and one which eventually became the theme for the Coca-Cola owned soda Mello Yello.
9. Lisa Lisa
Lisa Lisa is a really important character in the series, named after a band that most probably won’t recognize. Lisa Lisa is the mentor of Caesar Zeppeli, and one of the most effective living Hamon users in the world. When Caesar and Joseph realize that they really need to hone their Hamon capabilities, they pay her a visit and from there undergo some pretty grueling training, which realistically could have killed both of them, and almost did a couple of times. Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam is a pop, R & B, and soul group which Araki used as inspiration for this formidable ally’s namesake.
8. Red Stone Of Aja
The Red Stone of Aja, the holy grail in the hero’s quest that is JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part II: Battle Tendency… If it were to fall into the hands of our villains, it would spell doom for any other lifeform in the universe. The Red Stone Of Aja, in conjunction with the stone mask, would turn any of the three pillar men into the ultimate predator.
The two of them together are eventually combined by Kars, who uses this power to punch Joseph, who holds the stone in front of him at the last second, launching Kars into space, never to be heard from again. The stone is named after perhaps one of the biggest albums by jazzy rock band Steely Dan.
7. Wired Beck
Not quite a good look for musician Jeff Beck here, since his namesake in the show is a violent misogynist who killed his girlfriend at some point in the past. Wired Beck, a pretty small bother in the course of the show’s run, does his best to attack one of our main protagonists, Lisa Lisa, at her home. This doesn’t really work out for him at all in the end, since Lisa Lisa ends up using a really interesting technique to completely saturate his body with Hamon Energy, killing him quickly.
6. Suzi Q
Suzi Q’s name could perhaps refer to a couple of different things, since it’s a fairly common motif of a name, and has been seen multiple times in popular music. Her name is either a reference to still-active musician Suzi Quatro, or to a song called “Susie Q” recorded in 1957 by Dale Hawkins. It could also refer to both of them. While Suzi Q isn’t a very present character in the show, she does play a role as a love interest for Joseph, and later becomes his wife.
5. Air Supplena Island
Air Supplena Island is a rather inhospitable piece of land. Not only does it form the place that Caesar and Joseph complete their training with Lisa Lisa, but there are also a good few battles that take place there.
The island itself pays the debt of its name to an Australian soft-rock music duo that met on the stage of the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical Jesus Christ Superstar, and they later went on to record tons of hits together, namely songs like “All Out Of Love”.
4. Smokey Brown
One of the characters we meet in Battle Tendency is a troubled youth named Smokey Brown, who we first encounter picking a man’s pocket. After the police catch wind of this kind of activity, they start hassling the kid and doing their best to get bribes from him. This doesn’t really work to their advantage, considering Joseph steps in and isn’t the type to stand idly by as they harass people. Smokey Brown is actually a mixture of two people, namely Smokey Robinson and James Brown, one of the progenitors of the Funk genre who was also instrumental to the soul scene.
3. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
If there’s one thing we know about JoJo’s and Araki, it’s that they really love to use the music of Progressive Rock band Yes. Not only that, but we see a stand in part 5 named after the band King Crimson, another band that drummer Bill Bruford played in. The Yes song “Roundabout” has been used as a closing track and is one of the most recognizable in the series. A track called “Welcome To The World” from the anime also uses the intro to their song “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”.
2. Loggins And Messina
Loggins and Messina are pretty straightforward references to the band… you guessed it… Loggins and Messina… These characters are shown to be Hamon masters who at the beginning of their training, basically dwarf Joseph and Caesar.
As they slowly start to improve, their abilities begin to surpass that of their masters while they work towards the possibility of defeating the pillar men. These two work for Lisa Lisa on Air Supplena Island, and there’s an obvious reason why. They’re incredible at their craft.
1. The Walkman
At the end of the show, we can see Joseph walking away while listening to a record in a walkman. Of course, that record appears to be unspecified, other than the obvious labeling on the cassette that lets us know that it’s none other than The Beatles, one of the most influential and well-loved rock bands of the entire genre.
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