Posted by psgels on 23 January 2013 with categories: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

This episode poked fun at so many shounen cliches, before many of them even existed. Remember Dragonball Z? How it had the longest five minutes ever? This episode also had one minute that was much longer than usual, only for the characters to debunk this later because the character in question got distracted.

Or the part when Jojo bluffed himself out of his own death. In most shounen series this would feel like a complete cop-out because there are so many fights that end with just parties retreating without resolving anything. In this case it manages to pull it off though: before in the series nobody other than Dio retreated, and if Jojo didn’t bluff his way out, he would have died without question.

And then there was that incredibly silly part where Jojo played fake, like a child. It was so ridiculous, yet hilarious that it ended up working. In fact, all of Joseph’s ideas were just crazy in this episode, from grabbing a bunch of steel balls to attack with (oh, the symbolism….), to trying to use freaking dynamite again (not to mention how that dynamite was just shrugged off by that other guy). Also, did Jojo just get engaged to both of them?

By the way, I love the narrator in how incredibly cheesy he was in this episode. And this was to the point that he became awesome again: he just felt so sincere in his 80s cheese straight from an old cartoon, only taken even more over the top. Especially when he tried to comment on how Jojo was trying to run away while playing dead.

So next up will be the training arc. Be wise, Jojo: turn it into something interesting. Make the characters more powerful while also being as fun as you’ve ever been. Don’t get lost in your own exposition like this.
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

12 Responses

  1. gurdlo says:

    Having read the manga, I can confirm that your worries will be unfulfilled.

  2. Anonymous says:

    ACDC is TNT, he’s dynamite!

  3. JM says:

    The soundtrack was pretty cool too, I could hear some dubstep playing when Wham did his Sacred Sandstorm(?).

  4. Rachnid says:

    According to my memory, jojo’s training arcs aren’t exactly fun. That’s not to say there’s no creativity, just that it manifests slightly differently.

    • Salce says:

      Having read parts 1-4, the only training arc I remember was this one in Battle Tendency.

      In part 3 Jotaro is badass without training…
      And part 4 isn’t a battle manga.

    • someloser says:

      same as salce, cant remember any training arcs other than frog punching in part one and “that” in part two, probably because later arcs adopt the stand concept, which fights revolve around creativity. now that i think about it, most fights revolve around creativity rather than powerlevels, which makes training arcs pretty pointless.

  5. Sapphire says:

    I’ve never watched a single episode of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: it’s shounen, it’s violent and not really my cup of tea. Yet, I always find myself reading your weekly reviews because of how expressive they are and how much fun you seem to have while watching Jojo. I guess that you make it look so fun that I have fun just by reading your opinion about it. Now that’s a good blogger.

  6. gurdlo says:

    Although I can’t agree with you lumping this series together with a simple shonen, I can. Agree that these weekly reviews are fun, it gives me another reason to look forward to each episode. the reaction of folks new to hte franchise are quite funny

  7. fromjapan says:

    The innovative point of JOJO part 2 was the playful joking character of Joseph. His tricks and jokes against the serious and masculine enemies like Hokuto no Ken’s is fun. Don’t think, feel.

  8. meaqui says:

    First I didnt wanne watch this at all. cause the style was just so “ugh”…But after reading some comments on this show I just thought – might as well give it a try. Just for the heck of it. And I gotta admit – this episode was pretty genious. I had a lot of fun watching this.

  9. BoozerX says:

    It is so over the top that it is great. See Shin Mazinger for reference.

    FABULOUS!!!

  10. Germgod says:

    Having seen the last episode, i can say that the training is awesome and not boring at all unlike many training arcs of many shounen.

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  • Keisuke
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 03:52 AM)
    What animes have the secene of at the end of the movie everyone forgets everything for the better and right before that happens the girl kisses the boy
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 01:28 AM)
    @Emma: that sound right up my alley, will definitely check it out and let u know.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 01:27 AM)
    @Emma: yeah, definitely go and see it in IMAX if you have the chance to do so. And McConaughey has certainly grown as an actor, but it’ll be stupid of him to stop expanding his horizons and keep doing the same Rust character from now on.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 01:26 AM)
    @Bam: Also had a look at that French graphic novel Nocturnal conspiracies I mentioned recently, less about dreams, more nightmares, in any case it should be fun to analyze, the author clearly has a big imagination, reading it I saw a commonalities of soldiers/killers/war/running away.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 01:06 AM)
    @Bam: Its a film that may very well work better on a second watch.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 01:05 AM)
    @Bam: I already gave my feedback on the film but left out the bit about the sound direction which yes was too loud but also ham-fisted and overbearing. One thing I also forgot to mention was for all the complaints one can make about Mconaughey he has come a long way as an actor.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 12:16 AM)
    Some of the effects were simply amazing and the pseudo theoretical physics was well-implemented into the film. The long running time was necessary but it could’ve definitely been better edited to cut out some of the fluff or the extra-long scenes. All-in-all a great endeavor. It really borrows liberally from the 2001: A Space Odyssey handbook, but given that Nolan admits his admiration of that film I’ll let it slide.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 12:10 AM)
    Also the controversy over the sound mixing is not all unfounded. You just can’t have the music swell up to the point of not hearing the fucking dialogue.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 12:08 AM)
    I can’t imagine any actor other than McConaughey playing the role of Cooper and giving him as much depth as he did. He was well casted for the role, but he still has to tone down some of that McConaughey shit before he becomes a parody of himself. We all know he is prone to doing the same exact role for a while so it’ll be sad if he type-casts himself as Rustin Cohle in every single goddamn film from now on.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Nov 21. 2014 12:02 AM)
    Ok I saw Interstellar on the IMAX screen with the d-box and it was quite a treat. I stand by my statement that it’s really just a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t have some heart. The ‘love transcends all’ nuance was a bit ham-fisted tho. And seriously you gonna name the character that symbolises the folly of man as Mann? C’mon Nolan.

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