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JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: STARDUST CRUSADERS #1 -- Watch & Learn

Things get a little... French in this one.

After years of seeing JOJO’s video games and wondering what the hell was up with the weird avatar things that popped out of fighter’s back, it’s wonderful to finally get a proper introduction to the Stands.

Half the fun of these write-ups comes from drawing assorted pop cultural connections and so - - since he’s got a new movie out - - I’d like to take this space to favorably compare Alejandro Jodorowsky’s METABARONS to JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE. That’s another comic series that follows several generations of larger-than-life warriors; and I’ve come to find that sort of plot structure enthralling. Especially when we’re dealing with these adventure serials that just go on forever (and often stretch a premise too far, or let characters outlast their welcome), this is an effective way to continually keep things fresh without drifting too far from the initial premise.

One conceit METABARONS shares with JOJO’s while handling this premise is the notion that each hero is shaped by the positive and negative influence of his father. Jojo #1 is an earnest do-gooder who just keeps trying so, in response, Jojo #2 is a hot-headed self-promoter who’s continually pocking fun at all the self-serious characters he runs into. Now, we have Jojo #3, who takes that anti-social streak even farther by being a wayward, ungrateful punk.

And again, what makes it even more riveting is that the show skips over decades of filler. We didn’t need to see Jotaro grow up, and it’s a lot more interesting to be introduced this way - - while he’s in a jail cell, suffering from a bad case of spiritual possession - - as opposed to seeing him gradually enter his world. This actually helps keep the show away from any problems with ‘power creep,’ when you think about it.

Each story segment can focus on establishing a new power, and each Jojo can either carry on the powers of his fathers or forget them, depending on the needs of story. It’s brilliant, man.

Now… does anybody else think that Jojo’s Stand looks suspiciously like one of the Pillar Men?

Watch "A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit” and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous batch of episodes.

Kino88on June 6, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.
Yeah Jotaro is one mean brat Lol, I love how he just curses his mother out Yet she treats him like gold any way, Even grandpa Jo Jo doesn't get any respect, Talk about dysfunctional Lol, even the comedy In this show gets better and better, love how Grandpa Jo Jo smashed a camera to bring up an image Of Dio, I don't know how many other Jo Jo's we'll Get to see in this show, but this could go on forever, It's so bloody brilliant!,
zaldaron June 6, 2014 at 4 p.m.

Eh....the stands don't work as well as the old powers and are two similar to every other shonen power. What made all of the last ones cool was how the overdrive was so well thought out and so well limited (as you mentioned several times). This doesn't work as well. I agree the time skip is good but the power change with no reason why (its not like his grandfather couldn't teach him Hamon...we even see his grandfather use it) and new powers for no apparent reason...not good.

Still better than most shonen but going downhill. Still looking for the more involved write up on the end of the last arc! I haven't seen anything as cool in anime as the chariot fight really....

rubberluffyon June 6, 2014 at 4:22 p.m.

@zaldar said:

Eh....the stands don't work as well as the old powers and are two similar to every other shonen power. What made all of the last ones cool was how the overdrive was so well thought out and so well limited (as you mentioned several times). This doesn't work as well. I agree the time skip is good but the power change with no reason why (its not like his grandfather couldn't teach him Hamon...we even see his grandfather use it) and new powers for no apparent reason...not good.

Still better than most shonen but going downhill. Still looking for the more involved write up on the end of the last arc! I haven't seen anything as cool in anime as the chariot fight really....

Stands are literally the iconic JoJo power, and the thing that most series have copied or been influenced by. It's all Stands from now on, too. The Ripple needs vampires, zombies, or Pillar Men to even be relevant, so with all the Stone Masks gone, the PM dead (or jettisoned), and DIO also having Stand powers, the Ripple is completely irrelevant and would be pretty much useless. Araki has even said he felt liked he'd done everything with the Ripple he could, and wanted to get away from it. Stands allow a greater variety of enemies, powers, and situations than Ripple ever could.

Plus Stand is written in japanese as "ghostly ripple", so it's implied to be an evolution of the Ripple, except when Araki doesn't want it to be. Some of them really take the title of "bizarre" right to the limits, too.

Also Joseph is lazy and clearly hasn't kept up his Ripple training outside of keeping some of the basics in mind. He's aged slowly, but not as drastically as Lisa Lisa or Straizo. Plus there's only a 1 in 10,000 chance someone can use the Ripple, there's no guarantee Jotaro can use it, not that it would matter because Stands are literally a million times more useful.

LHWKnighton June 6, 2014 at 5:31 p.m.

if you think stands are bizarre now, just wait until Steel ball Run lmao GER is OP as F*ck

Lurkeroon June 6, 2014 at 7:19 p.m.

Here is where Jojo started to lose me a little bit. Like other anime with a variety of characters and powers, stands seem like the precursor to the anime going off track much too often because the author thought of a new weird stand that he wants to write for and stuff into the plot. Hamon had significant limits that presented a challenge and took a lot of skill. Jotaro wasn't even trying to use his stand and yet it was nearly killing people. There will likely be many villains who are that way.

I do like that a significant amount of time is skipped and there doesn't seem to be a need to see the Jojo grow up. I was a bit disappointed that Jotaro wasn't skilled at Hamon though - at least be in training.

Destinyheroknighton June 6, 2014 at 9:51 p.m.

@zaldar:

Well, Jojo was one of the first to started the trend. Also, you can't be really Bizarre with limits on. That like putting rules to Alice's in Wonderland, it take away the wonder

Any who, this was the jumping in point for me. Since I started reading Jojo when it came to america and Viz started with Part 3. Jotaro is my Jojo. But, I like Part 1,2 and 6 a little better. I can't wait for Part 6 Stone Ocean, that is one of my favorites parts

zaldaron June 7, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.

@Lurkero: I agree with you Lurkero but it seems and do not. Rubberluffy do we know that the slow aging only works if you are actively training in hamon? Yes hamon only worked on certain things...this is what made it cool see Tom's earlier write ups. This may very well be the model but if it keeps going this way and becomes simply generic shonen...well going to loose my interest.

SamJazon June 7, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Funnily enough, Stardust Crusaders was my introduction to the show- via the abridged series by AntfishTAS (Well worth watching BTW, based on the OVA series and actually abridges the show, makes it even funnier, while still retaining that initial feel of badass shonen Jojo.)

Shameless plug over, and warning that the OVA series starts to blend some episodes together once they leave Japan, I also love the refreshing of the show after each arc. Jojo reminds me of Doctor Who in this regard- we have a character that we love, but when each Doctor or Jojo has done its work, it's new face, new personality, new hero. Show can literally go on forever and still be fresh and new each time.

YotaruVegetaon June 7, 2014 at 5:42 p.m.

@SamJaz: The new JoJo's is funny enough on its own, now. Not much of a need for that abridged.

@Lurkero: Stands have a very simple limit: its user. You kill the user, the stand is done. Also, Stands have limits of distance.

@zaldar: ".the stands don't work as well as the old powers and are two similar to every other shonen power." Huh? One, they're better, because they don't have to work based on the user's breathing. Two, what other shounen anime do you know that's like JoJo's? BTW, JoJo's was around before a lot of the shounen any of us know, so JoJo's did it first. Without knowing why Stands come to be, it can be understood just as any mutation, disease, or syndrome coming into existence, where there was none before.

Destinyheroknighton June 7, 2014 at 8:14 p.m.

@zaldar:

The Jojo series is about the same age as me, it been around before the shonen genericness have kick in. (I believe it was one of the first) How one can be generic when it was one of the firsts? Stands have their own weakness and strength, it not unlimited power. The Stands make each character more unique. I like rules sometimes, but I like crazy uniqueness a little more.

Also, I a little bias since I do like Shonen :)

hitsusatsu11on June 7, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.

Idk which I like better overall, but to me Stands feel way more unique than the ripple.

Ripple/hamon is like the classic chi/energy found in the philosophy of many martial arts, and even religions like Taoism. Stands are something completely out of left field.

zaldaron June 7, 2014 at 11:46 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta: The don't work as well was as don't work as well for story purposes I like powers with limits like you say these don't have any and don't have to be based on breathing. Tom said it right when he said in the first write ups that this power was cool because it was so supper focused and had limits and cool things that could be done against it make it so they can't breath and they can't fight. That limit led to some of the best scenes in the old series. I will have to see as this goes on but so far up to about episode 5 of the new show I like the old power setup better...and I like having a backstory for the powers rather than just having them as a random mutation...but then I like worldbuilding very very much...comes from liking epic fantasy books I suppose.

YotaruVegetaon June 8, 2014 at 6:43 a.m.

@zaldar: No, I did not say they have no limits. If they had no limits, there'd be no show. No one would ever be defeated.

I think you have to actually watch this show, because you'll see that this isn't some super-powered walk in the park for the heroes.

Kino88on June 8, 2014 at 10:44 a.m.
Come to think of it, dose anyone else think the Stands were a big influence on the Persona series, I mean Jotaro even puts a gun to his head at one point,
YotaruVegetaon June 8, 2014 at 11:33 a.m.

@Kino88: I don't know, so I wouldn't say, for sure, that it's inspired; but you know what came first?

takashichea moderator on June 8, 2014 at 4:01 p.m.

You can do more with Stands and make more creative powers than Hamon/Ripple. I do agree with others that Stands came out of nowhere. I like Jotaro more than Joseph. For me, it's Jonathan > Jotaro > Joseph.

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