Anime Vice News

JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #10 + 11 -- Double Review!

This one will make you cry the manliest tears!

Since this is a two-parter, it made sense to cover both episodes. And what an emotional one-two punch, huh? Alas, poor Avdol -- we hardly knew thee!

If nothing else, Araki’s truly demonstrates himself to be a storyteller never content with limiting action to a simple exchange of punches and kicks. The sense of awkwardness -- with Polnareff and Kakyoin racing to flee any reflective surfaces -- adds such a greater sense of urgency. Our heroes are forced to do battle in a fashion so unconventional, they barely even understand it. Seriously, where else are you going to see battle tactics that actually require the good guys to kick sand in innocent bystanders’ eyes? It’s as laugh-inducing as it is pulse-raising.

That said, the real reason the show works is that Araki never forgets to underlie all this insanity with real emotions -- even if they do get hysterically overwrought. Yes, I’ll fess up to it. Even despite all the other ridiculousness, I was moved by Avdol’s murder, and Polnareff’s tragic regrets regarding the deaths of his friend and sister. That’s what separates this from just being a creative exercise like KILL LA KILL. No matter how outlandish the predicaments gets, Araki always keeps the characters grounded with at least some emotional honesty.

Anyway, I bring this up every time, but the gimmick of naming all these unspeakable evil villains after pop rock acts from 70’s and 80’s never ceases to delight me in the most morbid way. In this case, it’s our villain being alternately called J. Geils or ‘Centerfold’ (in another legally-anxious discrepancy between the spoken dialog and the subtitles). Presuming that none of you get the reference, Araki named this diabolical Hanged Man in direct reference to this…

Do you see why it’s so funny, now? Imagine that guy as a murderous super-villain.

Watch "the Emperor and the Hanged Man, Part 1" and "the Emperor and the Hanged Man, Part 2" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

takashichea moderator is online on July 10, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

Was watching the music video by J. Geil. Haven't seen anime series that touch upon the 70's and 80's especially music. 90's fashion look like the 80's.

For Jojo, I forgot that they killed off characters. I do agree that Kill la Kill was too looney and character deaths wasn't taken so seriously. They didn't repeat the Zeppeli family sacrifice theme. I remember in the Kill la Kill reviews someone told me that character deaths don't make a show great. I wasn't saying that. I was talking if you're going use character deaths, the execution has to be good to make the audience feel sad or emotional. That's why I like Gurren Lagann better than Kill la Kill because the raw emotions separated from its counterpart.

Destinyheroknighton July 10, 2014 at 6:35 p.m.

Hmm, I like these episodes. But, it didn't effort me emotionally. I guess believe I hardy knew Avdol (and another thing, I don't want to get into)

Here to Avdol, we'll miss you

zaldaron July 11, 2014 at 8:27 a.m.

Sigh not going to comment on the hatred to kill la kill - except to say I disagree...again... I will say though surprised the India bashing didn't get a mention. I mean I know several people who would have considered that part of the episode racist. (I found it quite funny but I have no idea how accurate it is). Yes the emotions were certainly overwrought and the uncomfortableness of having to fight with the person who got your other friend killed before you really have made up with him yet was good (though I really think they made up to easily).

Dig Deeper into Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

Edit/View the Wiki
Hit the Forums (18 Posts)
Add/View Images (322 Images)
Watch Some Videos
Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

Does Anime Get Too 'Niche?'

THE VICE PIT. Sometimes, it feels like watching somebody else's home movies, doesn't it?

Anime Caption Contest! -- 8/18/14

Let's party hard at the beach while it's still summer!

Was KILL LA KILL Actually Any Good?

THE VICE PIT. With a few months of hindsight, Sam and Tom have very different takes on Trigger's bold series.

I'm Trying Really Hard to Like ALDNOAH ZERO #2

...but it's sooooo self-serious!

Listen to the JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Rap!

Richie Branson continues his weekly anime-inspired rap series with the hip-hop tribute "Stand-Up."

JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #20 -- Special Review

Eat poo... and die?

Community Spotlight 8/15/2014

While many were preparing for the first week of the new school year, these users were deep into this week in anime.

NOBUNAGA CONCERTO #1&2 -- Special Review

A spectacle like this only comes once in a great while.

Was KILL LA KILL Actually Any Good?

THE VICE PIT. With a few months of hindsight, Sam and Tom have very different takes on Trigger's bold series.

Anime Caption Contest! -- 8/18/14

Let's party hard at the beach while it's still summer!

I'm Trying Really Hard to Like ALDNOAH ZERO #2

...but it's sooooo self-serious!

Does Anime Get Too 'Niche?'

THE VICE PIT. Sometimes, it feels like watching somebody else's home movies, doesn't it?

Community Spotlight 8/15/2014

While many were preparing for the first week of the new school year, these users were deep into this week in anime.

Listen to the JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Rap!

Richie Branson continues his weekly anime-inspired rap series with the hip-hop tribute "Stand-Up."

Excellent Anime You Might've Missed -- BREAK UPS

It's a lot more than 'slice of life.'

JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #20 -- Special Review

Eat poo... and die?

Mandatory Network

Submissions can take several hours to be approved.

Save ChangesCancel