Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure was a breakout series in 2012 and during its first 25-episode run, it captured the hearts of anime fans worldwide. With its rambunctious protagonists, extravagant antagonists, colorful worlds, and insanely crazy action Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is the perfect show to turn on and fill a majority of senses for 22 minutes each week. Well, the team over at David Production got the green light in late 2013 to continue bringing us more of the wacky Jojo action we love, and the most popular arc in the manga, Stardust Crusaders. While we’re only seven episodes in to the newest Joestar generation’s journey and even with this adventure being just as bizarre as the last couple, you might find yourself wondering if it’s worth your time.
Absolutely it is! Sorry for the feigned, dramatic query there, but I’ve got to build up hype for this show somehow! Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders pulls no punches and is completely unapologetic about newbies who haven’t already experienced the rest of the Jojo series, and jumps right into the bizarreness. This arc’s story focuses primarily on Jotaro Kujo who is the grandson of Joseph Joestar and a rather troublesome individual. It’s not long until a familiar face is called in to help with Jotaru’s condition as Joseph arrives to teach Jotaru about his newfound abilities and techniques. Shortly thereafter we’re whisked away on a country-hopping journey to stop Dio once again, only he’s way different than before. If you didn’t understand any of what I just said, that’s okay, Stardust Crusaders does a really good job of holding new viewers hands and helping them understand the somewhat intricate world of Jojo.
The unique action of Stardust Crusaders lies in its Stand gimmick. I say gimmick, but not in the offensive way, but as a selling point. Stands are manifestations of the user’s physic power. Nearly all of the elaborate characters shown will have a Stand, and some of their uses will come in handy, and are as extravagant as their users. This first batch of episodes only really sets up the plot and introduces several of the main characters and their motivations and goals. Most share the same idea of defeating Dio due to brainwashing or personal reasons, but it’s nothing you haven’t heard before. Of course when this series was initially inked, it was the late 80’s, so it was much more refreshing 20+ years ago, but that’s the beauty of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. It may be cheesy and rather hard to stomach a few of the plot devices and characters names, but you embrace it all and enjoy it for what it is since it’s a well thought-out, meticulous action show with the most feminine, yet somehow, manly-man characters ever seen.
It will be fun to see all that Stardust Crusaders can tell in its scheduled 24-episode run, but since it’s a larger story than the Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency arcs from 2012/2013, David Production have some time to tell the tale and still ensure all that long-running and new fans have something to enjoy and look forward to every week. You can find Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, along with the two previous arcs Battle Tendency and Phantom Blood over at Crunchyroll. New episodes of Stardust Crusaders premiere every Friday. If you like madcap action with a little heart and character development in your stories, then Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is the go-to show for you.