At the end of the previous episode, an unidentified “Stand” user appeared and mercilessly murdered Keicho, the elder one of the Nijimura brothers. The villain disappeared with the cursed bow and arrow.
That main story goes behind the background in today’s episode. Koichi’s new “Stand” ability is revealed for the first time. Alright, let’s look at the sixth episode.
The sixth episode starts from Koichi riding on a brand-new mountain bike. Apparently, his parents bought it for him as a gift when Koichi starts his new high school life. Koichi speeds up in brisk motion, with a big grin on his face.
As he turns around the corner, the tire gets caught on a white bag laying in the middle of the road, and Koichi falls flat on the ground, with his bike. Something in the white bag moves and moans, “meow” then stops moving, followed by a red stain that spreads all over the white fabric of the bag.
Koichi panicked, obviously, he killed some kind of animal that was trapped in the bag.
Here, a new character joins on the screen. Tamami Kobayashi. He introduces himself as he used to go to the same school as Koichi and Josuke. He obviously watched the whole event; he tells Koichi that the incident is not his fault, and then he invites Koichi to sit down on the bench.
As soon as Koichi sits down as told, Tamami reveals that he owns that dead cat and Koichi must pay for the cat’s funeral cost.
Koichi realizes at this point that Tamami is an extortionist, and that Tamami laid the trapped cat in the middle of the road so that he can extort money out of those who accidentally hurt the cat. Koichi resists the idea of falling for the trap and pay the money.
On the other hand, Koichi feels guilty for killing a small animal regardless the situation or process. The moment when the sense of guilt spreads inside Koichi, he realizes that a padlock is sticking out from his chest. A single-word logo on the lock reads “Zeni” – or money.
Apparently, Tamami is the “Stand” user. He is one of the victims struck by the cursed bow and arrow’s magical power.
His “Stand” ability is called “The lock” – it shapes like a big ol’ padlock, and latches onto the chest of those who feel guilty toward something. Once the lock is engaged, the size of the lock can increase in size and weight, in straight proportion to the gravity of guiltiness. The lock can physically and mentally damage the host when the feeling of guiltiness pressures the heart.
Unfortunately, Koichi carries a total of 7000 yen in his purse today, which is a reserve money to buy a pair of sneaker from his school. Tamami takes away this cash.
Josuke and Okuyasu happens to be at the scene. Watching Tamami and Koichi’s interaction, they intervene to stop the extortion.
Tamami agitates Okuyasu, who punches Tamami on the left cheek in return. Tamami intentionally throws himself with an excess force, knocking one of his front teeth on the hard ground. Okuyasu is startled and immediately, a tinge of guilt starts growing in his heart. Of course, that’s exactly what Tamami was planning. Okuyasu steps right into the trap. Tamami uses his “Stand” and imbues the padlock into Okuyasu’s chest.
Then, Josuke checks inside the bloody white bag, revealing that the thing in the bag was a staffed animal. He also uses his “Stand” to heal Tamami’s front teeth. Koichi and Okuyasu both feel free of guiltiness, and both of their locks disappear. Tamami runs off the scene.
But he doesn’t give up. In the afternoon of that day, Koichi comes home from school, and sees Tamami giving Koichi’s mother a shoulder massage. The fact is, Tamami researched Koichi’s family structure and home address, and came to the house with a scheme to extort larger amount of money from Koichi’s family members. This is his retaliation for the morning’s event.
As Koichi steps into the living room, he sees his mother and Tamami are exchanging a friendly conversation. Tamami starts describing how he ran into Koichi that morning. His bike and Koichi’s bike collided on the street, and Koichi dropped his wallet, and he’s here to deliver Koichi’s wallet. Kochi has his wallet, which contains 500,000-yen cash. The two wallets look exactly the same, and unfortunately, the two got mixed up. Of course, this is a total lie, but, Koichi insists that a receipt of his dinner last night should be found in his wallet, that is in Koichi’s hand right now. That receipt proves who the right owner of the wallet is.
Koichi’s mother falls right into Tamami’s trick, and is convinced that Koichi took Tamami’s money. As soon as she feels guilty for her poor child education, she becomes a victim of Tamami’s “Stand.”
Koichi’s sister appears to see what the commotion is about. To Koichi’s surprise, the padlock is sticking out from her chest too. Tamami scorns and explains that he has already set her up when she brought a cup of tea for him, he deliberately tricked her to spill hot tea on him.
The fact that Tamami lay hands on his family member flipped Koichi. Enraged, Koichi brings forth his “Stand” ability. That familiar egg that we saw in the previous episode cracks open and a flying monster “Echoes” is born. Koichi gestures his mother and sister to leave him alone with the guest. He uses his “Stand” to deliver a furious blow to Tamami.
To Koichi’s disappointment, his punch attack has no effect. Tamami doesn’t seem to feel any pain. Koichi thinks his “Stand” makes big noise when it attacks people, but it’s lacking power and speed.
Hang on, something is not right, Koichi thinks. He notices that a string of letters appear on the cheek his Stand has just attacked. It reads “Slap!”
That moment, a strange phenomenon happens inside Tamami’s body. That written onomatopoeia materialized inside Tamami’s head as the relevant sound. “Slaps! Slaps! Slaps!” The sound lingers in infinite loop.
On his arm, another string of word appears. This time, it reads “Whap!” Again, the sound breaks out inside Tamami’s head, who, mourns in pain from the sound torture.
It appears that Koichi’s special ability “Echoes” can generate and imbue sounds into the opponent’s body. Once the sounds are released inside the body, it keeps ringing in a loop, until the opponent receives mental damage.
Tamami is rolling in pain, but, he moves on to a counter attack. He finds a knife in a drawer, picks it up, and slices his abdomen, just lightly but enough to get blood on the blade. Then, after he has thrown the bloody knife to Koichi, he starts howling and mourning. His cry carries through the hallway. The concerned mother and sister rushe to the scene and find their guest, injured and rolling in pain, and a son with a bloody knife. Koichi’s mother made the snap judgement that her son must have stabbed the guest. Her sense of guilt from the earlier scene increases, quickly to the point that she wants to kill herself.
Tamami threatens Koichi to cancel the noise, if he wants to release his mother from the suffering.
Koichi yells at her mother “Believe me, mom!” and transfers that sound into her body using his special ability.
The phrase “Believe me, mom!” echoes inside the mother’s head; she finally realizes that she must trust her son. The enormous padlock on her chest unlocks itself.
At this point, Tamami realizes and accepts his loss. He completely changes his attitude and furiously apologizes to Koichi. Later in the episode, Tamami becomes Koichi’s “shatei” – a yakuza term for errands boy.
This is how the sixth story ends. Koichi’s “Echoes” – interesting, although it seems lacking in physical power, depending on how Koichi uses it, it can be useful. Let’s look forward to more episodes with Koichi’s new “Stand”.
— TVアニメ『ジョジョの奇妙な冒険』公式 (@anime_jojo) May 7, 2016