Post Reply JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
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Posted 5/28/14
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There's nothing like starting in the middle of a conversation, or in this case a 100+ volume manga epic. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders is not the beginning of this epic series. It has a pretty definitive story line already set by the time we get to this JoJo, Jotaro Kujo. This is a stylized series that pulls very much from the manga for its scene transitions and dramatic shots. I realize that still images can't do justice to how amazing the action is in this series, but I'll try.



One of the things that struck me in the first episode was the use of a progressive scene shot. This is when you focus on the characters as the environment moves around them. Using this filming technique in animation is both ambitious and extremely taxing. They have small effects like this throughout, showing that not only do they have a good budget, they also have great cinematic vision. The scenery is also pretty dynamic--the characters use the objects around them all the time and fights frequently have realistic (well as realistic as you can get with super-powered beings) effects of environmental destruction.



There is a lot of exposition in this series. Some will be put off by this, but it serves an important purpose: if you aren't familiar with the almost convoluted back story and previous arcs, most of what everyone would do wouldn't make sense. While I'm a fan of less talking most of the time, you really need it in this one. Battles are very strategic when it comes down to it, and the dialogue between the characters lets us see how things are playing out, whereas without it, things would be happening too fast for us to take it all in. You also get to learn about the backstory if you are new to the series.



Stardust Crusaders is Part Three of the huge JoJo's Bizarre Adventure epic, probably the most popular chapter of the series. This generation's JoJo, Jotaro Kujo, must team up with his allies (and his grandpa, Joseph Joestar, a previous hero of the series) on a trip around the globe to defeat DIO, an immortal and ruthless enemy of the family. Characters fight with the unique abilities of their "Stands," spirit companions that grant our heroes powerful and sometimes unusual powers.



I don't want to go too far into the plot--discovering something new or unexpected is the spice of life and I intend to see to it that every one gets as much seasoning from my suggestions as possible. Besides, this series thrives on suspense and big reveals for its dramatic tension. I'm not going to rob anyone of that by going into the detailed backstories of the characters or what happens in the story. Go watch it for yourself--I'm sure you'll find things you like personally in this not so little gem, which is definitely worth your time!

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I saw a couple cosplays of Jojo at Anime Expo this year. They were fabulous. Maybe I should start watching the anime
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