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
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:32 PM)
    An anime original that wasn’t an adaptation of some manga, LN or VN gave it a certain charm and unpredictability, which is absolutely a welcomed addition. Now I’m not gonna deny its plateura of problems, but it’s hard to sit back and hear people call Casablanca shit because it doesn’t have the flair and optimism of Age of Ultron.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:29 PM)
    Misanthropy in anime is old, cliched and boring. But that wasn’t the case when Eva did it. Plus it features characters like Misato and Kaji that are very hopeful for the future, going as far as planning to filter the ocean and regrow vegetation for society. There is definitely a bigger focus on misery, but as explained that was a mirror to Anno’s deteriorating mental health, which in itself added an angle of intrigue to the show.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:22 PM)
    Now does it look old? Does it seem overdone and unoriginal? Absolutely. But that’s no th fault of the series for not accounting for viewers who are watching it 20 years later, after getting exposed first to all the stuff that have heavily borrowed from it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:19 PM)
    It also perfectly explained what the instrumentality looked like for people that were in the process of assimilation, so it was a fitting end; albeit admittedly a weird one. Episodes 25 and 26 just chose to show the stream of consciousness of how the process was perceived by someone inside the sea of LCL. It made sense if you cared to pay attention along the way, so to call it completely nonsensical is unfair and entirely reliant on personal misinterpretation.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:14 PM)
    Also End of Evangelion is a masterstroke of the animated medium. That’s not just my opinion as a fan, but an opinion that’s been echoed in the circle of critics, many of whom don’t even care about anime. Even the classical conservative critics on IMDB gave it an average of 8.3, that is far from shabby.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 03:05 PM)
    Discounting the influence of a show is an arbitrary parameter that you’ve just come up with to undermine the series- nobody agrees with such restriction. And again, the genre deconstruction, the great cinematography, the slick character design, the music, the unconventional plot and creative ending, are all points that stand on their own regardless of how influential Eva was or wasn’t.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:58 PM)
    And no, Archer hated Shirou’s childish ideology, and he heartheadedly stuck to it, knowing we’ll what suffering he has gone people (including the future version of himself) thru. A World where nobody cries is an absurd goal, that is as illogical as it is unattainable.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:56 PM)
    @Aidan: nothing exists in a vacuum. The year the show got released is an extremely important factor, and a horrible show would never leave such a mark on the industry.
    Plus I spoke plenty about the reconstructive elements of Eva, that has nothing to do with its influence. Everything from SAO to Fate has copied exact scene compositions from Eva; just Google it.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:47 PM)
    Two last things. Shirou in that timeline has very little chance of becoming Archer.
    And the end of the TV series wasn’t Annos fuck you to the audience. End of Evangelion was Annos Fuck you to the audience. Thing is instead of getting pissed off, they cheered.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 02:42 PM)
    Either way Mario said he might do a review of the First Eva tv series. I am curious to see if he will be quite so enthralled with it seeing as it’s his first time watching it and he hasn’t been deluded with years of it’s “influence”

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