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JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #21 -- Special Review

Judgment has arrived! And some corpses...

To be fair, all stripes of pulp serial are going to find a way to resurrect their heroes eventually. However, while American superhero comics will reach for all sorts of convoluted processes to bring people back (time bullets?), it amuses me how anime often so gets blunt about it, and simply has character wish others character backs. Hell, DRAGON BALL did it enough that they couldn’t keep up with the usual life-or-death pretenses. Yamcha would be murdered, and Krillin would just shrug, figuring they'd wish him back eventually.

JOJO’s goes for much more of a MONKEY’S PAW approach, with the genie in question exploiting that ol’ semantic loophole by not specifying what condition the dead will return in. It made me want to shout at Polnareff through the screen, ordering him to watch MADOKA MAGICA so he’d know which clauses and provisos to append to his wish so as to avoid any tricks like this.

Either way, this was definitely the most emotionally impactful episode the show’s had in a long while. Even despite some cringe-inducing, on-the-nose “is this happening?!” lines, the animators actually make Polnareff ‘act” so well that it’s impossible not to feel for him in this frayed reunion. Likewise, the hard feelings Jojo #2 feels when he’s got to break the news to Avdol Sr., and the way Avdol literally runs from the bad news, was quite powerful.

Of course, this does harp on how Polnareff is a far more developed character than Kakyoin is. I don’t care if he kicked that baby’s ass last episode - - he’s still as much of a cipher as his Stand.

Likewise, the timing of Avdol’s return was oddly coincidental. While watching the intro this time, I was thinking about how his inclusion there puts a point on how rashly he was discarded. If he somehow gets over his zombification next episode, that’d actually make up for a lot.

Watch "Judgment, Part 1" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode.

Marshal Victoryon Aug. 22, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

Avdol’s stand reminded me of the phoenix so this is not to unpredictable. Actually the episode felt like a predictable twilight zone episode. For those unfamiliar with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkey%27s_Paw

rubberluffyon Aug. 22, 2014 at 5:11 p.m.

HAIL 2 U!

Judgment has the goofiest (best) catchphrase.

YotaruVegetaon Aug. 24, 2014 at 9:25 a.m.

Madoka Magika was a twinkle in it's daddy's eye when Polnareff originally wished for this stuff. The riches wish worked out fine! No zombie coins chasing him down- but we haven't seen part two yet.

@Marshal Victory: Avdol's stand reminds me of Ra, the sun god. Looks like someone's been watching The Simpsons marathon (maybe)!

@rubberluffy: YES! I was wondering if it's also a musical reference. I didn't really look it up.

Tom, everyone has their proper role, and they fill them well. Polnareff is the heart, Kakyoin is the right hand man, and Joseph is the old soldier. I guess you would call Avdol the soul of the group.

Marshal Victoryon Aug. 24, 2014 at 2:50 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta: The names of the chickens was a musical easter egg to.

Used to have a encyclopedia knowledge of The Simpsons an now old age an mother nature has reduced it to cliff notes :/

rubberluffyon Aug. 24, 2014 at 6:07 p.m.

@YotaruVegeta said:

Madoka Magika was a twinkle in it's daddy's eye when Polnareff originally wished for this stuff. The riches wish worked out fine! No zombie coins chasing him down- but we haven't seen part two yet.

@Marshal Victory: Avdol's stand reminds me of Ra, the sun god. Looks like someone's been watching The Simpsons marathon (maybe)!

@rubberluffy: YES! I was wondering if it's also a musical reference. I didn't really look it up.

Tom, everyone has their proper role, and they fill them well. Polnareff is the heart, Kakyoin is the right hand man, and Joseph is the old soldier. I guess you would call Avdol the soul of the group.

Hail 2 U isn't a reference as far as I can tell. And the whole cast goes together pretty well, better than in Parts 1 and 2. Jotaro is the straight man, surrounded by a bunch of weirdos, and it's great. And he isn't there fixing all the problems and winning all the fights, either. The previous seasons problem was that Jonathan and Joseph were the only ones who could accomplish anything and everyone else just got chumped.

Everyone whines about Jotaro being "dull" and "boring" but if he was exactly like Jonathan or Joseph it'd be kind of bad. And JoJo in part 4 is nothing like 1 through 3, and same for 5, 6, 7 and 8. And that's why it's great. Jotaro has a great cast to work with, unlike Joseph who pretty much had to carry Battle Tendency on his own back.

Compare Kakyoin to Caesar; Caesar accomplished pretty much nothing (besides the antidote) and then got killed by Wamuu, but Kakyoin has managed to defeat a number of enemy Stands & users, while having good interactions with Joseph, Jotaro and Polnareff.

takashichea moderator is online on Aug. 25, 2014 at 12:41 a.m.
Speaking of Caesar, you could compare him to Advol. Both died early before accomplishing something.
Kino88on Aug. 29, 2014 at 8:17 p.m.
This episode was a nice gut punch, poor Polnareff the guy's always the first To walk in to trouble, Lol I finally managed to catch up with the latest episodes of this crazy road trip, So far it's been a truly fantastic arc, I just can't get over how well this series manages To reinvent itself over and over, I can't wait for these guys to face Dio, That's gona be one hell of a family reunion!,
No_name_here staff on Sept. 2, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.

@rubberluffy: @YotaruVegeta: @Marshal Victory: @Kino88:

"Hail 2 U" sounds like a really hot Prince song. Haha

Marshal Victoryon Sept. 2, 2014 at 9:08 a.m.

@No_name_here: I was thinking it may have been a dyslexia hail to U2.

lyrics kinda fit to..

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