Blah blah blah our heroes are attacked by the Empress and the Wheel of Fortune.
Aaaand we return to the monster-of-the-week stuff, at least until next episode, which seems to be a two-parter. Fortunately, both episode 12 and 13 are highly entertaining by virtue of being so darn silly. It’s a great callback to the first two arcs of JoJo, where things were frequently so ridiculous that you couldn’t help but enjoy it. Unless you thought it was too stupid, but in that case, why are you reading this? Live a little!
Episode 12 in particular is centered around good old Joseph Joestar, and is accordingly way sillier than any Stardust Crusaders episode has been so far. The reveal of a crazy talking blob sprouting from Joseph’s arm is plain bizarre, and when paired with him freaking out as he’s running around the city while Polnareff repeatedly fails to notice, it’s hilarious. We also get a few great callbacks, particularly the ever-useless Ripple making a reappearance and Joseph’s old “Your next line is X” phrase. The old man shows us that he’s still got it, using Hermit Purple in some fun ways and making us laugh.
Episode 13 keeps up the silliness, with the villain’s Stand being a spiky evil car that shoots gasoline bullets. That’s probably all that needs to be said about that. The scene where Joseph and Jotaro decide the best way to find the enemy is to beat up everyone at the tea house was pretty amazing, though. Ideally all the monster-of-the-week episodes will be this dumb and entertaining, but I’m not counting on it. The next couple of episodes should wrap up this, uh, segment of Stardust Crusaders, and I’m looking forward to it.