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A hundred years later, it’s time to settle the Joestar family’s feud with Dio and his mysterious Stand: The World.
Alright, with that out of the way, I can say this: the final battle with Dio is one of the most iconic shounen fights in history. I can practically recite the script from memory, and there isn’t a single twist and turn within it that isn’t famous in one way or another – Kakyoin’s barrier, The World’s true ability, knife throwing, MUDAH MUDAH, road roller, “I was the one who stopped time”, etc. – they’re what everyone thinks of when they think of Stardust Crusaders and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure as a whole. It was fun and exciting to be able to share this with people who’d never seen it before.
David Production’s version of the final battle will inevitably be compared to the 1993 OVA by Studio A.P.P.P., and I think it holds up favorably. The OVA was fine with adding another five minutes of cool fighting that never happened (and they clearly had more budget to work with), but Takehito Koyasu’s performance as Dio is what really makes the ending this time around. Dio’s been voiced by multiple people over the years (including Norio Wakamoto in some Drama CDs), but none captured the spirit of the character as well as Koyasu, flipping between collected and manic with ease.
Many consider Star Platinum’s sudden ability to stop time a blatant Deus ex Machina (and it kind of is, honestly), but I’ve always thought that it was used quite well. Only being able to move for a moment in the frozen time, Jotaro has to think tactically, which is always when JoJo is at its best. The villain always seems unstoppable or invincible, and the heroes have to use their tools to scrape out a victory in creative ways, discovering a weakness and exploiting it. Assuming we eventually move on to Part 4, Diamond is Unbreakable, we’re only going to see more of that.
- In the OP we’ve all been seeing for the past six months, Jotaro’s fingers twitch in the frozen time.
- In any JoJo fighting games, if Jotaro or Dio enter the time stop command while the other is already using it, they can also move in the frozen time. This can lead to some crazy shenanigans.
- A mysterious bow and arrow are hanging on the wall of Dio’s room, added in by the anime staff as a call forward to other arcs. The same arrow was a motif in the Walk like an Egyptian ED sequence.
- The 1993 OVA used an oil tanker instead of a steamroller for no good reason.