We learned more details about Koichi’s newly acquired special ability, aka “Stand” in the previous episode. This time, a new “Stand” user, Toshikazu Hazamada joins the melee. The show’s highlight is the “Stand” battle between Josuke & Koichi team v.s. Hazamada.
Alright, let’s look at the seventh episode.
Scenario: Episode 7
In the opening scene, a man is listening to a radio, obviously enjoying the moment and being comfortable. He takes the mechanical pencil in one hand and abruptly stabs his own left eye. Blood spatters. It’s a pretty shocking opening scene.
It appears that he did that to himself despite his own will. That implies that a “Stand” user is working the trick behind the scene.
The scene switches and Tamami informs Josuke about a rumor he heard. One of Josuke’s high school students is a “Stand” user known as Toshikazu Hazamada. According to Tamami, Hazamada argued with one of his close friends because he had dissed the manga that Hazamada likes. Later that day, that friend gouged his own left eyeball, using a mechanical pencil.
Josuke doubts how much of Tamami’s story he can trust, nonetheless, he assumes that the “Stand” user is behind the incident, and sets out to investigate, with Koichi.
First, Josuke and Koichi head to Hazamada’s classroom. But he isn’t there. Actually, Hazamada is hiding behind the door and intently watches Josuke through the crack. Obviously, he’s up to something.
Next, Josuke and Koichi walk up to Hazamada’s locker. Josuke smashes open the locker’s door; inside the locker comes a wood figure mannequin. It’s large, it’s a size of full-grown adult. Taken a back, Josuke puts his hands on the mannequin. All of the sudden, the mannequin transforms, to an exact replica of Josuke!
“Yo Perman, ya know right? The copy robot in Perman is soooo handy, right?”
The replica of Josuke starts talking and it sounds just like Josuke. It positions itself so it comes face to face with Josuke, and it gives an illusion that two men are looking at their own reflection on a mirror. The replica lifts the right arm. Josuke lifts his left arm. Apparently, the replica is the trick of a “Stand” user; it traps people in an illusion to take over the physical control.
Hazamada’s “Stand” ability is called “Surface” – meaning superficial and façade. The ability uses the wooden mannequin to copy people’s appearance, gesture, voice, and even, characteristics. In a word, the “Stand” ability allows Hazamada to create a perfect replica of the targeted person. Once the replica looks right into the eyes of the target, it tricks the person to mimic whatever the replica does. Since the replica takes over the control of physical movement, once the person is trapped, he or she is unable to move against the replica’s control.
Now, the replicated Josuke controls original Josuke to knock off Koichi. Josuke hates how Hazamada attacks people without getting his own hands dirty. It’s cunning. Josuke tries to launch his “Stand” to counterattack, but, Hazamada stands outside of Josuke’s attack range. The replica controls Josuke and forces him to take the pen and crash his eyeball, with a loud, nasty noise. Josuke falls on the ground, unconscious.
Hazamada’s real target is actually, not Josuke, it is Jotaro Kujo. Hazamada knows that he and other “Stand” users can’t easily approach Jotaro, but, Josuke can. He plotted out to use the replicated Josuke to catch Jotaro off guard. Now Josuke is knocked out unconscious, Hazamada sets out to find Jotaro with the replica in tow.
As soon as the gang disappear from the scene, the original Josuke gets up. Koichi is also fine.
In fact, none of them is hurt. The moment when Josuke punched Koichi earlier, he used his “Stand” Shining Diamond to heal Koichi’s broken bones completely, offset the damage. Then, the moment when Josuke was forced to crash his eyeball, Koichi used his “Stand” Echoes to ramp up the loud noise, to trick Hazamada to think the harm was done.
Josuke attempts to call Jotaro, to give him a heads-up that Hazamada is approaching. But, he is tad too late. Jotaro in his hotel room is already talking to someone else. In fact, the replica Josuke has successfully set up Jotaro.
The original Josuke and Koichi decided to catch up with Hazamada before they attack Jotaro.
Meanwhile Hazamada successfully tricked Jotaro to meet with the fake Josuke at a train station.
On the way to the Morioh station, Hazamada touches someone’s motorbike parked at the roadside, leaving a smudge. The owner of the bike snarls at Hazamada, who gets pissed off with nasty words thrown at him. He makes the replica Josuke to hit the guy in the face several times, then manhandle him. From his pocket, he takes out a box cutter, and sticks the sharp edge inside the guy’s bloody mouth.
A moment before Hazamada slices up the guy’s mouth, a shard of glass flies at him, and he gets distracted for a second. He looks up at the direction where the shard came from. On the other side of the road, stand Josuke and Koichi.
The glass shard is now in the right hand of the replicated Josuke, who doesn’t know what that piece of glass really is. Josuke‘s Shining Diamond instantly fixes the shard into its original form, which is a glass bottle. Hundreds of glass pieces gather around that one piece in the replica’s hand, reformatting to a bottle. The glasses cut through wooden mannequin’s wrist and trap the disengaged right hand inside the bottle.
The replica gets into a moment of panic. His right hand is gone. Gone! Hazamada snaps at him; “Just stick the arm in a pocket so people don’t notice!” The two decide to find and attack Jotaro as quickly as possible, and break into run.
They choose the shortest way to get to Morioh station; unfortunately, they hear a loud bell as they approach the station building. The bell signals that the train is approaching and the rail crossing will be closed until after the train passes through. Worried about losing too much time waiting for the gate to reopen, Hazamada detours to the pedestrian overpass, which will let them run across the railroad without having to wait for the train. He and the replica run up the stairs. Panting, he looks down from the sky bridge, and sees Josuke and Koichi running directly across the train crossing. There is no sight of the train.
Hazamada is tricked. Koichi uses his “Stand,” Echoes, to imitate the train crossing alert and lure Hazamada to take a longer route, while Josuke and Koichi take the shortest path possible.
Josuke and Koichi run up to Jotaro, who’s waiting at the front of Morioh station, and tells him about Hazamada’s ability and his plan.
Having completed the mission, Josuke feels satisfied, but, he lowers his guard little too early. Before he knew it, he’s holding a pen in his right hand, and he is no longer the controller of his own body. He is standing in front of a large glass window. On the other side of the show window, the replicated Josuke is standing, staring right back at Josuke. Crap.
Hazamada controls Josuke to point the pen at unsuspicious Jotaro’s throat. Jotaro tries to resist but he can’t. He swings his right arm at Jotaro…!
He is saved by that bike owner from the earlier scene, who, smacks Hazamada in the head with his heavy, hard, helmet. It turns out that Josuke healed his wound and told him where he can find Hazamada in case he wants to get back at him. The bike owner and his biker friends manhandle Hazamada to somewhere else. The replica Josuke transformed back to the wooden mannequin, sitting lifeless at the storefront. Josuke smashes the mannequin into pieces, making sure that it is never usable again.
In this episode, Josuke and Koichi’s teamwork really shines! It worth mentioning that Hazamada’s twisted characteristics are tactfully illustrated throughout the show. He’s really fitting to the special ability “Surface.” As a bonus, Tamami makes a good comic relief. He’s only concerned about money, as usual, and this poor guy is sent to hospital at the end, which, he doesn’t tell anyone else.
Next up, a pretty girl plays the main role. Check it out!