Alternate Titles: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken
Manga Adaptation by David Production
Simulcast on Crunchyroll (Gasp!)
The third arc of the all-time classic shonen series, following Jotaro Kujo and Joseph Joestar as they track down the Joestar family’s generational enemy, Dio Brando, with the new power of Stands!
Iro’s Verdict: Standing Tall
It’s been a while since we last saw the adventures of the Joestar family, but this episode shows that they still haven’t lost their touch. Biased though I may be as a person who read this arc of the manga, I’m all for getting some Stand action up in here. Thankfully, this time around the anime doesn’t seem to be taking itself too seriously. An overabundance of deadly seriousness was one of the main things that dragged down the 90s OVA adaptation, and I’m glad to see that this version of Stardust Crusaders is something I can watch and enjoy every week.
Lifesong’s Verdict: I Like This Show Less Than Everyone Else Here
That said I would be lying if I claimed the first episode wasn’t fun. I’m not a big fan of the way Jojo insults his mom or really the sense of humor in general, but I know this is one of the more famous portions of the Jojo saga and I’m curious enough to check it out.
Marlin’s Verdict: Don’t Stop ‘Till You Get Enough
I was all aboard the hype train coming into the new season of JoJo, and I was not disappointed. This episode had a great mix of character introduction, plot development, and fantastic direction. The characters all have great and unique styles, and the Stand fight just scratched the surface of what may be possible for this team. Crisp animation, great art, everything a stylish show like Jojo needs to shine were in full display. I also love how this found a way to introduce characters and the new powers while also giving us a fun little action segment. If there was any problem I had, I do have to slightly echo Life’s sentiments that it’s not cool how Jotaro treats his mom. Even bad guys love their momma, Jojo.
Gee’s Verdict: The Legacy Continues
JoJo does it again with the premier episode of Stardust Crusaders. Moving ahead in time, Jotaro is already well on his way to becoming a distinct member of the Joestar family. Whereas Jonathan was honorable and Joseph was a scoundrel, Jotaro is a flavor of rowdy punk all of his own. The first episode does a decent job of dropping a bunch of info on us by keeping things exciting and stylish. Long story short: Dio is still an asshole, let’s go beat him up. Sure, Stardust Crusaders might lack the sheer fabulousness of Part 2’s multicolored scenes and Taku Iwasaki’s insane soundtrack, but with great bits like Avdol summoning Magician’s Red and the return of Dio Brando, Stardust Crusaders is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Zigg’s Verdict: Star Light, Star Bright
The first series of JoJo was a huge success primarily because David Production knew to embrace the inherent cheesiness of the original manga, and produced a show with its tongue firmly stuffed into its cheek. That doesn’t appear to have changed much here, though time jumping forward to the 1980s has robbed the show of some of its pulpish charm. But new protagonist Jotaro Kujo is an instant sensation, an angry, rude street-fighting punk whose clashes with the elderly Joseph are a dramatic and comedic highlight of this episode. David Production does well to smooth out a huge exposition dump with stylish art, superb voice acting and an appropriately epic feel. Plus, our 2012 villain of the year returns! What’s not to love?