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…

8 Responses

  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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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:30 AM)
    Watchmen was deemed ‘unadaptable’ for about thirty years, so just getting what Snyder got out of the material is a huge success; it is said that what he did was to write a book version of Ingmar’s Holy Mountain. Watchmen is the only graphic novel to ever win a Hugo award and is easily the most intricate and multilayered Alan Moore comic, so it’s no surprise that it continues to top ‘best comics of all time’ charts to this day.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:20 AM)
    I beg to differ. Doctor Manhatten is the most intriguing character of Watchmen and the comic is a giant in ,not only in the comic world, but the history of literature itself. It is a deconstruction of superheros and Dr. M shows how afraid the world would really be when faced with a ‘superman’ and how a creature in such a higher realm of time and perception would show apathy toward humans and their foolish struggles.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:15 AM)
    GitS just won’t work. Maybe in a world before the Matrix, but not now with so many elements of it borrowed liberally by so many franchises in various mediums. Scarlet Johansson is decent in roles that fit her. She was enjoyable in Lost In Translation, but race aside she has nothing in common with Kusanagi. This is a travesty and the franchise is dear to me so it especially burns my ass.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:10 AM)
    While I am no fan of man of steel, Nolan and Snyder, just about anyone would have a hard time taking a difficult character like superman and making him work on screen.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:08 AM)
    Apart from Veidt and Rorshach I could never get into the characters all that much in watchmen. I also found the film overly long and mediocre acted for the larger part. But to each there own. For Alan moores works I always preferred his Miracleman, swamp thing, V for Vendetta stories.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:06 AM)
    Nolan can produce the action plus personal and dark story that Alita would need, and he also brings talent such as composer Hans Zimmer and Cinematographer Sally Pfister to the table. Him and Snyder have too much combined integrity to make a mockery out of Alita like Spielberg did with the GitS license.
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    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 06:03 AM)
    Well Snyder has respect for his source materials and that is key in anime-to-film adaptations. Hell I’m a big Watchmen fan and I thought his version was (almost painfully) close to the comic. You’re not going to get that anywhere else in Hollywood. Also the combination of Nolan/Snyder is quite different than them individually.
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    (Tuesday, Mar 3. 2015 05:34 AM)
    And directed it as a co-production with America, using a Japanese cast.
    Yeah…this is impossible…
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