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It's taken just over 25 years, but JoJo's Bizarre Adventure finally has a complete, faithful anime adaptation! A multigenerational saga featuring the cursed Joestar family, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure more than lives up to its name with Aztec vampires, creatively oddball powers, and some of the most ferocious, fabulous posing you'll ever see in a shounen action title.
The series' third arc, Stardust Crusaders, comes thundering to a close as Jotaro and his companions finally reach Egypt, where the final battle with the evil Dio will take place! You've found the Stand Users--now square up and fight!
by Nate Ming (Anonymooo)
Fist of the North Star. Dragon Ball. Saint Seiya. For decades, fans have thrilled to the adventures and battles of their favorite Jump fighting manga in animated form, but one was always missing from the list: Hirohiko Araki's oddball, appropriately-named JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Starting with a mystical stone mask that creates vampires and building to a superhuman clash between characters armed with Stands (the O.G. Persona), JoJo's Bizarre Adventure spans generations of the Joestar family, the entire world, and even takes the fight into space and time itself.
Having fought the diabolical Dio's minions in the last season of Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro and company (his grandfather and former series main character Joseph Joestar, wise and fire-wielding Avdol, cool-headed Kakyoin, and dopey swordsman Polnareff) are joined by poorly-behaved Boston Terrier (also a Stand User) Iggy to face the last of Dio's henchmen and save Jotaro's mother. As always, the fights are furious and intelligent, a lethal chess game played out one move at a time with unusual and unexpected abilities, where landing a single telling attack is all you need to survive.
I can't recommend JoJo's Bizarre Adventure enough, and Battle in Egypt is the bigger, crazier second half of Stardust Crusaders--check it out!
I think if I had to sum up Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure in one word, it would be absurd. It's balls to the walls pretty much constantly, and hey, I don't have any complaints about that. It's just entertaining. No, I might not recommend it if you want to see something super-serious or melodramatic, but who wants that all the time? Jojo is about fun, and I think Stardust Crusaders really steps that up a notch.
I will say, I do think the villains are weaker in this season than any other so far, but the Pillar Men are hard to compete with, in my opinion. There is some satisfaction to seeing things resolved in one or two episodes, and I'm curious to know how the final battle with Dio will go down. Things have definitely gotten more solid structurally in the second half of the show. The cast of characters all have their own quirks to throw in each week, and if Joseph's constant and gratuitous yelling/cursing in English doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will.
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I'm probably in the minority when it comes to fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, but I'm not a particularly big fan of Part 3/Stardust Crusaders. I think a lot of the action feels empty thanks to monster-of-the-week style plotting and the lack of any kind of story other than "We stopped here on our way to Egypt, a new stand user appeared, and then there was an awesome fight." While the fights are always wonderfully entertaining and will keep viewers guessing about how Jotaro and friends will come out on top this time, it's hard to care or really invest oneself even with the top-notch animation and stellar voice work.
THAT ALL CHANGES IN SEASON 2: BATTLE IN EGYPT. The visuals are as amazing as ever, the twisting and turning stand battles become even better, and the story actually begins to come together now that the gang has finally reached Egypt. The first few episodes have already been great, and considering I know where the story goes (shoutouts to reading the manga), the best is really and truly yet to come. Stardust Crusaders was a fun enough show before, but once the final battles begin in Cairo, everyone had better hold on to their hats-fused-with-hair, because the thrills are really just not going to stop. It's one thing to have a stellar production layered atop a forgettable story. Once that story begins to matter, it's a whole other Adventure. Watch it, or you might run the risk of pissing Jotaro Kujo off.
Throughout my youth, I was constantly reminded of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure without really knowing what it was or being curious enough to find out. I saw a fighting game where a guy dropped a steamroller on some other guy, I saw the ORA ORA ORAs, the MUDA MUDA MUDAs, the TOKI WA TOMAREs, the ZA WARUDOs and then I eventually stumbled on the OVAs released about 20 years ago that summarized the second half of the 3rd arc “Stardust Crusaders” and I thought “Wow, so that’s Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Pretty awesome.”
Now that the whole 1st, 2nd and 3rd arcs are being animated, though, I realize how little I still knew about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and how my life was noticeably less fulfilled for it. Sure, Stardust Crusaders’ villains last two episodes at most and aren’t nearly as bad ass as the Pillar Men of Battle Tendency, but the amazing variety of their stands’ powers and witnessing how Jotaro’s group deals with them has been very entertaining in itself. I cannot wait to see the ending of Stardust Crusaders once again, but this time in all its properly paced glory!
If there is one word I could use to describe the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure franchise, it is camp. JoJo's just drips with the kind of campy excess that I just can't help but love. The glorious, almost model like posing, the creative (sometimes literally) off-the-wall uses for what are generally straight forward and kind of mundane powers, and especially the humor all come together for a perfect stew of machismo overload that borders on parody. Truthfully, it is actually kind of hard to perfectly describe JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. It's the kind of show I just tell people to watch instead. This season we pick up where the third arc in the franchise, Stardust Crusaders, left off, with Jotaro and crew finally in Egypt. During the first half of Stardust Crusaders, I liked the villains well enough, at least as best as one could like monster-of-the-week style villains, but like everyone else has said, they don't hold a candle next to the Pillar Men from the second arc, Battle Tendency.
However, this season greatly improves on the villains in my eyes. Having exhausted all but one of the Stands based on the Major Arcana of Tarot, we instead get a new group of foes loyal to Dio Brando based on the Egyptian pantheon. This is a welcome change for me, personally, as I was extremely fascinated with Ancient Egypt when I was younger, so I have a bit of a thing for this particular pantheon. Even better is that these Egyptian deity Stands have so far been more creative than the Major Arcana Stands we saw in the first season. This in turn has led to our heroes having to become more crafty in the ways they have dealt with each foe. At the same time it also feels as if the camp value has been ramped up compared to the first season, as now almost every encounter seems to end on a rather humorous note. Overall I've been enjoying the latest season of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and think it should be watched by anyone who wants to relax while seeing a silly shonen battle series. If nothing else, the show's title holds true, this is definitely one bizarre adventure.
In the long and strange history of fighting manga, it's appropriate that Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is among the strangest examples, and it's been nothing but a boon to the anime world to have it finally represented on Crunchyroll. As the series continues, new surprises wait around the corner and new characters named after seemingly random musicians will find some way to confound our heroes. There is some difficulty no doubt in adapting a manga from over two decades prior, but the producers haven't demonstrated any real difficulty. The pacing is always spot on, never running into the old trick of dragging out battles unnecessarily or going too fast to actually give the characters room to breathe.
Not much has changed in that regard from the previous seasons, which is good news for the audience. Everything still moves at a crackling pace, but the story has also reached the latter half of the travelogue that marked the progress of Jojo's third part. Now that we're this much closer to the conflict with Dio, there's that much more emotional weight to each battle and each scene, even if the story sometimes only inches closer to the big confrontation. The equation is pretty simple: Jojo only gets better as it goes on, but time will tell how it all turns out, and where the series will go after this segment wraps up.
Are you watching JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt? Are you ready for the final showdown with Dio? Let us know what you think about this fan-favorite epic!