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STARDUST CRUSADERS #6 -- Watch & Learn. Love interest?

A shark gets flung straight out of the sea by an invisible uppercut - - only to then be pummeled into a bloody pulp, in mid-air, by that same invisible assailant. This, friends, is why I keep coming back to JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE. This is why I love anime.

You know, there’s an odd dichotomy to this show. The events unfold at a manic clip - - with a bizarre ideas being thrown at the wall constantly - - yet the tone and rendering style is really more deadpan than any other self-serious shonen. Araki once again demonstrates that there’s definite method to his madness in the way he earns sympathy points for Jojo #3.

It’s pretty much the same trick he did for Jojo #2. You can get away with as many episodes as you want where your hero is a petulant brat… as long as you show him sticking his neck out for somebody at some point. Araki takes that a step further by having these guys do right turns for kids who’ve just wronged them. Forgiving somebody who’s stowed away on your ship isn’t as big doing it for somebody who’s just grabbed your wallet (like Jojo #2 did for Smoky), but the principle’s still the same. It’s quite deft.

Of course, Jojo #3 isn’t saving a cat out of a tree here; he’s a saving a kid from a shark. So... that makes up sympathy points.

Said sympathy point address the show’s other unique dichotomy. I don’t know how old Anne is intended to be, but her introduction works enough like Susie Q’s that I could easily see her becoming a love interest for Jojo #3. In comparison to other major shonen, JOJO’s is unusual for giving its leads girlfriends, and consummating their romance rather quickly (I mean, no joke, there’s a lot of reproduction going on).

You juxtapose that most character’s… er… metrosexual fashion, and the show’s overall admiration with the male form, and it really seems like this whole series might a be Araki’s epic, ridiculing comment on that hyper-macho FIST OF THE NORTH STAR. It’s playing with gender roles aggressively, as if to say that a hero can be manly while still having a very feminine sense of style.

Watch "Dark Blue Moon" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous batch of episodes.

YotaruVegetaon June 23, 2014 at 5:57 p.m.

So far, there isn't much female representation in this JoJos, so I have no idea how the JoJos bloodline carries on. Is he going to be with a girl who's basically a loli?

zaldaron June 23, 2014 at 9:11 p.m.

Yeah...I REALLY hope she doesn't turn out to be the love interest but the next episode preview did seem to sex her up a bit for my tastes. Not getting ahead of you on this one as I stand by what I said earlier about liking the previous arcs better. I mean again we here just go into fight of the week territory and not much character development BUT damn if the fights are not stylish and cool. I mean the way he attacked the shark...that was hilarious...and the hey your a (let me feel your chest) a girl...and a runt of one. Was pretty hilarious. As was the let me test who is using the stand...beneath his muscles and attitude jojo does seem to have a brain. Shonen, but well done shonen with very cool fights and yeah I agree he may be trying to say something about being manly with a good fashion sense....I mean from the main train the discussion of the school uniforms here (and man that man train that made me laugh hilariously) the show definitly knows how not to take itself to seriously. It is ridiculous and it knows it, it winks at you and then says watch this....and then punches a shark to death before it hits the ground...

Oh and do we know what happened to Smoky? Given the way jojo likes to play with families could this be his granddaughter?

takashichea moderator on June 23, 2014 at 9:15 p.m.


Jotaro is probably going for a woman with spunk.


Anne didn't get sex up. Can't spoiled you, but there is a pervert enemy who barges into her shower room.

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is a lot like DBZ because every woman had children. Haven't seen any female characters except villains who hasn't been hooked up. At least Jojo has more strong women than DBZ.

zaldaron June 23, 2014 at 9:43 p.m.

@takashichea: yeah just watched the next episode and came here immeaditly to say oh I CAN'T WAIT till we get Tom's take on that.....

As someone on crunchyroll said jojo gives us pedoape because pedobear wasn't bizarre enough

takashichea moderator on July 10, 2014 at 2:14 p.m.

@zaldar: @YotaruVegeta:

I think Tom's guess might be right. If you get to watch episode 13, Anne has a romantic interest in Jotaro. However, it's more of an unrequited love unlike the other relationships between Jonathan & Erina and Joseph & Suzy.

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