Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Review

AKA: JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken Sutādasuto Kuruseidāsu, ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 スターダストクルセイダース

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural

Studio: A.P.P.P

Episodes: 48

Available On: Netflix, Crunchyroll

Continuing on from my last review, we have finally made it to the second season of Jo Jo and what a ride it has been. I couldn’t possibly fathom what to expect for this season and after finishing it, I wouldn’t have been anywhere near close to my predictions anyway. As I post this, I am on the fourth season of Jo Jo and I can say by far this season is my favorite. It was split into two parts but that didn’t deter me at all. Jotaro Kujo is my absolute favorite “Jo Jo” not only because of his Stand ability but his “I dont care” attitude is hilarious to me.

In this season, we get to get back to the main villain, Dio. This time we’re introduced to an elderly Joseph Joestar, around his 60’s, and his grandson, Jotaro Kujo, who they keep trying to sell as 18 but that boy looks like a grown man 💀 He’s being held in a jail cell when we first meet him but this is due to his own choice. Unable to comprehend what was going on with him, he thought he was possessed by an evil spirit and was causing harm to others, which he doesn’t like. However, his grandfather arrives and let’s him know it’s basically just his Stand.

This is one of the many reasons I love this season because it shifts from the Hamon to Stands. So, stands are basically a physical representation of one’s life energy. Since Jotaro, and the viewers as well, had no clue about this, everyone just thought Jotaro had some kind of spirit protecting him. After his Joseph explains to him what it is, then he goes into detail about Dio and all the history there.

Dio, who was SUPPOSED TO BE DEAD, was actually brought back to life because of some fisherman (always the fishermen) bringing his grave to sea and accidently letting him out.

Now, the really creepy part is he managed to keep his head but attached it to Jonathan Joestar’s body that he had been keeping preserved all this time. Yes, that was not a misprint. Once again, he’s the main antagonist of the season and it’s pretty much just a travel adventure. The main goal is to travel to Egypt and defeat Dio in order to save his mother, who had somehow had a Stand ability activated in her but her body was unable to keep up with it and it made her gravely ill.

What sets this season apart from the others, in my opinion, is that 1. We had a storyline that flowed really well and made sense. The last season quite frankly could have been prevented. I mean they could have just…not dug up an ancient man with unknown powers and you know, that was all. This season, it couldn’t have been avoided.

Well, if you count the fishermen, yes, but let’s be honest here. If you found what looked like a coffin at the bottom of the ocean, you’d give it a look too right? 😐

The action in this season is unmatched. We get so many amazing fights, the characters are way more memorable, and the Soundtrack just got better, it was all I could ask for in a new season. It really had me on the edge of my seat as well. You just never knew when a character was going to make their last appearance.

Characters

The characters this season were my favorite so far and I always appreciate when they give a nod to past characters. As I said, Jotaro is my favorite. If I had to put the main characters in order I would say: Jotaro > Kakyoin > Avdol > Polnareff > Joseph.

L to R: Avdol, Kakyoin, Jotaro, Polnareff and Joseph

Jotaro Kujo is the main character and carries on the ancestry of the Joestar family. He’s hard on the outside but caring on the inside. He doesn’t like hurting people if he doesn’t have to. During most of their travels, he is seen as the leader and doesn’t mind taking charge. He also shares a catchphrase with my other favorite character, Kusuo from Saiki K, “Yare, yare” which means “Good grief”. His stand ability is called “Star Platinum”. It is one of the strongest stands and has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, accuracy, all the good stuff.

Joseph Joestar, who we should all be familiar with by now, is in his 60’s and not the young boy we saw before. He’s much more chill this season and also provides a lot of the humor since he’s still so silly. Now his stand ability is called “Hermit Purple” which its physical look is similar to vines with thorns. Not gonna lie, he could still get it 🤷‍♀️

Muhammed Avdol is the first character we meet during Jotaro and Joseph’s initial meeting. He is actually Egyptian and has the Stand “Magician’s Red” which allows him to manipulate fire. He would be the who usually keeps a calm head and is the most mature.

Noriaki Kakyoin is actually a school mate of Jotaro (and he looks like a grown man too) but prior to joining the group, he was under Dio’s control. He was originally my favorite but since he wasn’t being used much, I kind of left him behind 😅 His stand ability is called “Hierophant Green” which…to be honest I think it’s just like a green humanoid creature that can stretch and has tentacles.

Jean Pierre Polnareff was probably the character that had the most tragic backstory. He was also being controlled by Dio but once he was saved, joined Jotaro and the others to defeat Dio. His main motivation was to avenge his sister’s death as she was murdered by a “man with two right hands” and decides to join them in hopes of finding something. I swear death followed this main like a magnet. He’s also the dumbest out of the group but I still love him. His stand is called “Silver Chariot” and it’s pretty much just really good with a sword and very precise.

Last but not least, even though he was added in like halfway, I still like to count him as part of the gang. Iggy is a Boston terrier who actually possesses a stand ability called “The Fool” and becomes very vital to the main guys. His stand can manipulate sand which actually was helpful. He can’t speak but his inner thoughts we get to hear. Oddly enough, he has an obsession with coffee flavored gum, which I didn’t know was even a thing. He’s a feisty little puppy that easily earns my respect.

Pros

  • ACTION.
  • A black main character that is actually important to the storyline
  • Jotaro Kujo
  • Introduction to Stand abilities makes it more interesting

Cons

  • Fights do tend to drag on
  • Small amount of depictions of animal violence

Conclusion

Since this is my favorite season, I’m definitely giving it a perfect score. I’ve had talks with a few people and they tell me they can’t get into JoJo because of the art style and I can respect that but also at the same time I think people should be more open minded. There’s a lot of great shows that aren’t necessarily aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. I say this as someone who originally did not care for Mob Psycho’s art style but the story and characters? 10/10.

Jo Jo is no exception. I just happen to like the art style so it doesn’t bother me. Each season gets me more hyped for the next because its track record so far is I will be pleased.

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