I finished the Battle Tendency arc last night. I like Joseph, but some of his quirks was annoying especially when he predicts what his enemies would say. He's more funny and entertaining than Jonathan, but I find Jonathan less overbearing and a cool gentlemen.
I was reading your and Tom's comments on the recent W &L article. I wish I got those references, but I guess it's another way for fans to enjoy who are rooted in music and old video games. I still enjoy the show.
Were there less video game, music, or cultural references in Battle Tendency than Phantom Blood arc? I felt I didn't find anything.
Besides that, Lisa Lisa was a surprise to me when the family portrait was revealed. I had thought Jonathan didn't have enough "alone" time with Erina. I thought he didn't had sex with Erina to produce an offspring. I assumed the baby whom Erina had saved was Joseph's father.
Joseph is pretty much The Mentalist if he was a smartass vampire-punching Brit. He's even better as a cranky old dude in Stardust Crusaders.
BT has a lot of references, definitely. Some are kinda lost because of CR's subs (although the Pillar Men's spellings are official, they're clearly references), but there's Wamuu (Wham!), Esidisi (AC/DC) and Kars (The Cars) and Santviento (is supposed to be Santana, as in Carlos Santana), Loggins and Messina (changed to Logs and Meshina I think in the subs), Lisa Lisa (Lisa Lisa And Cult Jam), Aja is an album by Steely Dan, vampire Wired Beck (Jeff Beck's album Wired), Suzie Q (singer Suzie Quatro, also an album by Creedence Clearwater Revival "Susie Q").