With an announcement that Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders will get 4 cours (a full year) to tell its tale, it seems as though David Production got the memo very early on, as the pacing of these episodes brought the show to a slow sizzle. Don’t worry about that ‘slow sizzle’ line, they are still some of the most entertaining shone/seinen action on TV currently. Our heroes are fully gathered and headed to Egypt to stop Dio, and this batch of episodes focuses on Enya’s 6 Stand users she has for Dio’s disposal.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure has never been one to shy away from the bizarreness its title suggests, and the Tarot Card Stand users all fit the definition to a “T”! From an orangutan that’s Stand is a cargo ship, to a car-wielding Stand user named ZZ, there is a ton of laughable plot and character in this set of episodes to keep you entertained and coming back to see more. More importantly, Polnareff gets a fair share of limelight as he’s finally reunited with the man with two right hands, and no spoilers here, but it’s a terrific two-part arc. That’s what’s so great about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: behind all of the silly, over-the-top action and setup, there’s a plot and premise that is still relatable and enjoyable to the point that its heart shows as much as its absurdity.
If you’re looking for a serious title, there are tons out there, and I won’t deter you from checking them out, but I urge you also to look on the lighter side of anime; anime like Jojo are a perfect fit to help break you into that. Yes, it’s brutal and violent, sometimes really silly, but that’s okay. You don’t need 100% seriousness all of the time, believe me. Ordinarily, when I see anime trying to be funny, I often roll my eyes and groan because Japanese humor and delivery are way different from what we’re used to. It’s often a lot of puns and wordplay that doesn’t translate well, so it usually falls flat. Hirohiko Araki almost seemingly knew this when creating Jojo, as the timing and jokes found within are completely universal and instantly enjoyable. I mean, nearly all of the characters are named after 80’s musicians, and the Stands are some of the most obscure, unbelievable objects you’ve ever seen, but Araki-san makes it work.
You’ll notice within this review I’ve discussed more of the shows highlights and not much on the actual episodes. I have a couple of reasons for that, but mainly because if I spent all of my time explaining how stunning this series is, it’s not enough; I need for you to watch Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure before you actually understand. I know, from a distance and images it looks pretty silly and almost dumb, but that is not what this show stands for, it’s really not. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure may have a ton of its characters looking incredibly effeminate and standing out providing exposition in the most obnoxious of ways, but it still can take a simple, tired premise of good vs evil and make it damn fun! If you want something base and simplistic, but with a lot of heart, creativity, and thoughtful battles, Stardust Crusaders, and the rest of JBA series, is for you.
Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders is only getting started in the grand scheme of things, and we have another 2 cours to sit and enjoy the wackiness it holds within. If you thought these episodes were absurd and crazy, just wait, it’s going to get even wilder very soon! As always our friends at Crunchyroll hosts the new episodes every Friday, and are even hosting the English dub too!