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JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #2 -- Watch & Learn

Who was responsible for this?!?!

Huh… interesting theme of victimization and culpability being riffed on throughout this episode.

Noriaki tries to psych Jotaro out by blaming him for the nurse’s fate - - even though he was the one who forced Jotaro into the situation, and it was his Stand who actually injured her. You get a great sense of satisfaction when Jojo shuts this liar up and slams some nasty comeuppance down on him. However, we later find out that Noriaki was actually just a mind-controlled pawn of Dio’s; and that throws us right back into the same conundrum. Should Jotaro feel guilty for killing this unwitting patsy, now? Was Dio entirely in charge, or did Noriaki have at least some complicity in all this cruelty? Oh, the questions…

The Stands continue to entertain me - - ever so greatly - - as one of the most clever super-powerful gimmicks I’ve encountered. Whether Jotaro’s demon is saving him from a fall by grabbing a branch, or Jojo and Noriaki are dueling-yet-not-dueling in the hospital room, it’s all just fundamentally fun to watch.

‘Fundamentally’ is the right word to use, in more ways than one, actually. The introduction of the Stands fundamentally changes the whole dynamic of the show, doesn’t it? Hammon suddenly seems a bit irrelevant when you’ve got these guys in your corner. And it seems like it’s being used like an X-Gene catch-all explanation for every possible kind of power in this world, isn’t it? There’s nothing likening voodoo puppetry to flame throwing, is there?

I do like how this so fundamentally this separates this arc from the previous two, but doesn’t it also raise the question why the Stands never factored into the battles against the Pillar Men?

Watch "Who Will Be the Judge!?" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous batch of episodes.

rubberluffyon June 9, 2014 at 9:18 a.m.

Araki just hadn't thought up Stands yet. Simple. Not the first or last time he'll just ignore something established or just add something new on the fly. It's pretty much a thing with him.

A lot of these early Stands are essentially personified psychic powers that would you see in other series. Jotaro has Telekinesis, Avdol pyrokinesis, Joseph spirit photos/clairvoyance, Kakyoin possession/control. Pretty early in Stardust he starts branching out into the weirder powers, but by Part 4 the stuff he creates is pretty bonkers.

Lurkeroon June 9, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.

I haven't read the later parts of Jojo, but it seems like these early stands are just the beginning. Like most other manga series I am assuming Araki will start to get crazy with these stands and I may not enjoy the series anymore. I hope that doesn't happen, but for now Jojo is still enjoyable.

Destinyheroknighton June 9, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.
but doesn’t it also raise the question why the Stands never factored into the battles against the Pillar Men?

Araki didn't think them up yet and Joseph's Hermit Purple would be kind of useless against the Pillar Men

I so do love the Stands, they always entertain

Kino88on June 9, 2014 at 3:16 p.m.
This episode was very creative, I really like the stands, Yeah they did seem to sorta come out of nowhere, but Given the anything goes material here it doesn't really Bug me all that much, I mean why not come up with new Powers to fit the new story arc, I'm also totally psyched That Dio is back, after that pillar men business I was afraid He didn't survive, after all why kill off a great baddie like Dio, especially when he's a vampire, Hell I wouldn't be surprised if they brought back Kars somewhere Down the line, all we would is a Jo Jo in space, and some poor fool To accidentally defrost the guy,
zaldaron June 9, 2014 at 5:38 p.m.

Given what you said about what made hamon good and how that doesn't apply here not sure why you can like the stands as much as you do. I had a massive need to see all of the last versions of joestar and so got ahead of you. I don't anymore for this one. It is still good but not now anything I haven't really seen before. It certainly isn't the mix of upton sinclar with shonen kickass that the first two were.

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