Posted by psgels on 11 April 2013 with categories: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Oh Jojo. What an ending. I did not expect what would happen here at all. Perhaps the ending was not as impressive as with Psycho Pass or From the New World, but still this is every way in which a shounen series should end. You hear that, other shounen series? Watch this for how endings should be done!

Still, the climax of this show was so over the top that it just could not have been made today. It’s just so completely bloody random to suddenly have the volcano erupt this giant rock into the stratosphere that blows Cars into outer space. It’s completely impossible and really inconvenient, but in terms of creativity and as a plot twist it just made for the perfect over the top ending. Yeah it makes no sense, but this is so much better than just the characters sending beams to each other until one side dies. Plus there is the irony: the perfect human being on earth is completely useless outside of it.

It was also really fun to just see this series take the piss out of aftermaths, and poking fun at so many tropes before they even existed. Joseph hooking up with Suzie Q was hilarious, and how many times have we seen an actual divorce here? I can count the amount of series with divorces on one hand (Noein, Xamdou, Zone of the Enders, uhhh…).

Bringing a character who was thought dead back to life is a dead horse. But I can forgive this show for it by how it did this, and how much it poked fun at this.

So, as for any possible continuations. The ending of this episode was a sequel hook, nothing more. Until we see an official confirmation it is not clear whether the producers can gather enough money to make it. Now, as for the actual chance that they will succeed in this: I’d say it is pretty damn good. Take a look here and here. A little bit of math shows about 22109 sold DVD and blu-ray copies. That’s a lot!
Rating: 5.5/8 (Excellent)

10 Responses

  1. Jurhum says:

    No divorces here, Joseph is going to Japan to visit his daughter who hooked up with a Japanese dude. Lucy Q & Jojo are still husband and wife.

  2. gedata says:

    Yeah, Joseph is still married, but the relationship ain’t perfect (I’ll hold ny tongue here for the sake of spoilers). This was a fun ending. Come on David! Productions! sequel this Fall please!

  3. Nunu says:

    This series will probably get a 90+.

    And Jojo gets even better with new arc, this may be one of your favorites shonen ever psgels.

  4. Jolyne says:

    Stardust Crusaders prints money in Japan so I’m sure it’ll get animated by David.

  5. Ebisu says:

    SEKAI ICHIII!

    That was one hell of volcano explosion and Joseph had lady luck by his side. It would be hilarating if people had prostetic arms like that XD

  6. Clinton says:

    You probably noticed the Coffin rising from the water with the big DIO on it being brought out of the water at the end of the episode.

  7. starry says:

    Part 3 (aka the arc/season that takes place after this one) is super popular in Japan so the chances of it getting made are really good.

  8. boa_sting says:

    Well, it wasn’t a normal volcanic eruption. It was the Ultimate Being’s ripple, amplified by the Red Stone of Aja, that set it off.

    Oh yeah, and that Sony Walkman: none of that Somy or Zony crap. They actually use the real brand name.

  9. pross1989 says:

    > Perhaps the ending was not as impressive as with Psycho Pass or From the New World.

    I can’t comment on FtNW because I haven’t seen it, but how is PP’s ending impressive? I consider it a non-ending. It went for the cliched “history repeats itself” route, which is a path that “serious” works feel the need to take when they can’t come up with creative endings.

    In contrast, the ending for JJBA is “the perfect over the top ending”, because of its impossibility and inconvenience. I can’t name any other TV show ending as outrageous as JJBA’s.

    But anyway, excellent coverage. It looks like you really like this show. For your information, that ending sequel hook was actually part of the manga, and since David Production’s adaptation has almost been panel-to-panel literate in its translation from page to screen, they included that hook at the end of the episode.

    Next up is Part 3 of JJBA, known as Stardust Crusaders. It’s probably the most popular JJBA part of all of JJBA’s eight parts. There is no way that DP will not adapt this part. Sales so far are excellent (as you pointed out), and Part 3 is pretty much a money printer (as others here have pointed out), so the chances are 99.9 percent likely that DP will do it. The only question is when.

  10. gedata says:

    “I can’t name any other TV show ending as outrageous as JJBA’s.”
    Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann had a climaz that was even more outrageous

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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:25 PM)
    Altogether there is no good explanation as to why Berserk has been on the fringes for the last 20 years. The silver lining is that it looks like things are picking up for the franchise- with a new series, two new games and frequent manga releases- so here’s hoping we get a much bigger budget for the next cour, and god willing maybe even a studio change. And I’m getting greedy, but gimme that From Software Berserk game! That would be an instant cash mine.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:18 PM)
    @Vyse: I was actually thinking of that, and the dark mature content is definitely a factor. Yet looking at what’s trending at the moment, with AoT and Kabaneri, it seems that the more violent stuff are bankable now. And it’s not like anime is stranger to adapting material that hasn’t finished yet. So I’m guessing that Miura is hard to work with probably, and maybe he’s tight about giving studios the license.
  • Rusty
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:16 PM)
    I like it better when animes are different then the manga because normally i know how everything will end after reading the manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:07 PM)
    And I’m more than open for an anime to do things a bit differently from the source, I mean look at the new berserk they included an action scene that wasn’t in the manga, I liked that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:59 PM)
    @Mike: Makoto Takahashi! Makoto Takahashi! I know who he is, I spent a while looking at his art, best example of good oldschool shoujo style. He also is credited with kickstarting the shoujo-ai genre I think…
    @Bam: flowers of evil both improved on and took away from its source material.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:16 PM)
    Furthermore, it’s not as if Berserk is so special by itself that a decent adaptation is automatically impossible. You’re watching one right now. If you think otherwise than it boils down to personal preference.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:13 PM)
    @Vyse It’s obviously not trying to cater to children, the studio knows its audience. I wouldn’t automatically assume that just because it’s an anime adaptation that it’s an attempt to please everyone.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Because the story is so dark and so violent, its hard to cater to a middle ground audience that includes kids or maybe even adolescents.
  • VyseLegendaire
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 03:45 PM)
    Hey Bam, the reason for Berserk’s neglect is how unadaptable it is to other media. As a manga it stands as a monolith. but the thematic and graphical content -as well as the long and rather convoluted presentation – don’t lend well to either anime or games.
  • Badesh
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 01:58 PM)
    Yeah, you could even easily do a spin of series in the berserk universe, it’s that well thought out unique and huge. I dreamt myself continously into that world – mostly because of it’s bright, shimmering side, which aren’t mentioned that often because of it’s ultra dark counterpart.

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