Posted by psgels on 17 April 2014 with categories: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

We can never quite get rid of magic fights at a school, now can we, Jojo. Ah well, I forgive it this time, just due to how hilarious it looks seeing these ridiculously bulky men walk around pretending to be high school students. It’s just so over the top, and yet Jojo sets itself apart from the other show about bulky men by focusing on the details, like serving tea, attacking with ballpoint pens and involving plenty of people who don’t have special powers. This alternation between ridiculously strong and weak builds tension, and that’s something that Jojo already figured out in its first season, and most other shounen have quite a bit of trouble with.

Also, Jojo: 2 minutes of recap at the start of an episode is not cool. Right now this show is fine because the stuff it recaps is awesome, however it should take note that if this show were ever to go slightly downhill, that would become an extra nail in its coffin. I noticed it especially with Space Brothers.

But yeah, this episode was really excellent. I now remember again why I can’t watch another action series anymore. They all just pale in comparison to what this show has to offer. The action knows exactly how to elicit adrenaline. The build-up of tension is just perfect and they bring out energy perfectly. Action in other series just pales in comparison unless you get something really good like Shingeki no Kyojin, so I’m totally not considering good action a reason to watch a show anymore.

One strange thing that I did note about this episode was that the powers of the villain were a bit vague: first he was like “I have painting powers!”, but after that he switched over to body control, and then he had giant plasma beams. That’s not necessarily bad though. The big problem that a lot of shounen series make is that they give a lot of villains one gimmick and nothing else, while making the main character the most well-rounded of the bunch (heck, even Kill la Kill did that at times…). This guy just too has a bunch of different talents that he uses.

And speaking of the devil, I’m just going to say it: I’m enjoying these first two episodes much more than what I did with Kill la Kill…

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  1. brianwuzhere says:

    I don’t think the painting or the marionette actually have anything to do with Kakyoin’s stand powers, that’s just him showing off his fabulous hobbies lol. I agree that the recaps are unnecessary, but aside from the upcoming exposition, I can assure you that it’s all uphill from here.

  2. gedata says:

    Pretty sure the marionette was just for show. As for how he hurt Jojo while painting. I assume his stand struck him from afar as he made the stroke.

    • Juno says:

      Yup. From what I know, his stand is used to test or scout enemies by extending and/or shooting emerald splash from afar. The painting thing wasn’t a technique, but a symbolic demonstration of Kakyoin’s control over his stand. His stand specializes in stealth for this reason, and allows him to attack the enemies unnoticed. That sounds like the perfect explanation for what happened, so I’m going to go with it.

      • AidanAK47 says:

        Guys. It’s Jojo. This is a show with a robotic nazi, a man making a hangglider out of leafs in a millisecond and someone getting the crap kicked out of them by a guy using nothing more than a coke can.
        Logic is not necessary.

        I hate to admit it but Psgels is right about enjoying these more than kill la kill. I did too. Jojo manages to capture the feeling consistently to enjoy these kinds of shows when Kill la kill could only manage it from time to time.

        • Cody says:

          Um, I wouldn’t say it’s unimportant at all. It’s a weird integrated part of the manga that works. Without the explanation for stuff you would never understand or know what all these weird powers are, and knowing them is really interesting because they get…crazy.

          All the exposition from the first season is one reason I actually found it kind of…boring. I know that sounds blasphemous, but I honestly did find it a bit stale, despite it working in the manga. I haven’t watched stardust yet, but I have read it, and I know what I’m saying is a contradiction but that’s just how I feel :)

          Anyways, the source material is great, I’m sure I will enjoy it (although I did say that about S1…)

        • Sword Testing Cliff says:

          Well It’s painfulyl obvious that Kill La Kill was simply trying to hard. . .but forgot a lot of the simple things that make shows relyl great and epic: Character development. They were focusing too much onWOWing people with flash, but really just had no substance. I actaully didnt even finish watching the show (I think I stopped once the main character went to the evil side for an episode) . . .I Just couldn’t bring myself to care really.

  3. exerci says:

    Also, regarding the school fights with magical powers thing, this part of jojo was originally serialised around 1989. It wasn’t quite as tired a trope at the time.

  4. Rayzakk says:

    Maybe it’s just me but I prefer the serious tone of the previous OVA Stardust Crusaders over the tv series. Granted I still enjoy it but the characters and everything in general had more tension and excitement to me.

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  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:33 AM)
    But hey, a step in the right direction is still a step. And I’ll take it. I also like that we’ve learned both can go to the same place, instead of either or.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 09:32 AM)
    Watched Death Parade’s third episode. Easily the best so far. Significantly better execution, felt a lot less forced. The weight of their situation actually added something to their story, giving the Queen Decim gimmick more purpose. That said, the game itself was still heavily underutilized beyond tangential connection to their living selves. And the setting still needs attention if we’re meant to care about it in and of itself.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 07:32 AM)
    Regarding isuca’s female protagonist, whatever anyone or I thinks or not of her character or design/situations involving her its another case of me wanting to beat her to death with a baseball bat. Not a good sign…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:27 AM)
    *while the series took me a bit to get into
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 06:15 AM)
    Despite the fairly rubbish turn, twist this last chapter of shinigami and 4 girlfriends took and while it took me a bit to get into and felt it could have been funnier, it doesn’t ruin the manga for me, but this could have if it had gone on been better than the world God only knows.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:53 AM)
    I really don’t know…don’t know why I bother checking out these bottom of the barrel LN style trash knowing I’ll hate them…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:51 AM)
    Oh Arms if only you could go back to your Genshiken, Elfen lied I”s days, you made three good anime.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:49 AM)
    *Delightfully mad
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:48 AM)
    I’ve seen a fair bit of stuff associated with Go Nagai now and theres an insane, mad mind at work there whether it be in the action, violence or humour, Isuca having a Go Nagai style monster is an insult.
  • Nyangoro
    (Sunday, Jan 25. 2015 05:18 AM)
    And the way they just trick you with that first scene. Go Nagai-like, grotesque monster, a mysterious girl saving the guy and then vanishing. It’s not top shelf, but at least looks like something you could work with. And then the rest of the episode happened.

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