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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  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:55 PM)
    For those who have somehow managed to miss the hype for Harmony:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC-6U8HCF8c
    The visuals are intriguing, the palette very sharp, and the CGI relatively well integrated. The early reviews been scathing tho, and given my experience with Empire of Corpses I can guess why.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:49 PM)
    Each piece of the trilogy is handled by a different cast and company. Empire of Corpses was done by Wit Studio, Harmony by Studio 4°C, and Genocidal Organ by Manglobe (or Geno Studio as they are called now).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:43 PM)
    Anybody seen Empie of Corpses? I watched it to get primed for that Harmony feature film anime, which is part of Project Itoh trilogy. Studio Wit went all out here. The animation is great, and the premise has potential, but the delivery was just botched.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 01:07 PM)
    @Mario, you were worried that you would be covering too much slice of life style anime this season, at least with this I will likely be taking one off your hands. I don’t want to cover it but hey if the public says so…guess I will have to suffer.
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 07:15 AM)
    Also it’s nice to see there was heated arguments on EVA even before I start to do any post review. The way I see it thou certain films/ series are classic/ influential for a reason, if they are brilliant I certainly can still see its sparks. Like I can still amazed of Potemkin Battleship on its montahe editing, or It Happens one night fot its influential on romantic comedy. So I really look forward to see how I feel about EVA hahaa
  • SuperMario
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 06:52 AM)
    Jezz, I was almost certain that I would cover Orange, mainly because I never have thought it would be on top of the polls. Anw, it’s good to see how Aidan cover it as it appears I’m a much more easy-marker than Aidan
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:40 AM)
    There is a hipster movement of contrarianism, that they just like to hate on whatever’s popular and deemed kinda mainstream. I get defensive when they shit on classics like Akira, Berserk and Ghost in The Shell. I see that wasn’t the case here. Anybody can sincerely dislike Anything; that’s fine.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:31 AM)
    I see your point too. We can certainly take the stance of judging a thing by its own merit, unobstructed by social influences and constrains of time. Yet even at that Evangelion is a fairly slick piece of science fiction, and an interesting watch. At worst it’s boring and contrived, but that’s harmless. Never really fair to call it shit.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:20 AM)
    @Aidan: looking back soberly I did come back a little too heated. That’s uncalled for and I’m sorry for that. I usually don’t lash out of unrelated daily stress, but there are mistakes here and there.
  • mamamoo
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 03:22 AM)
    @Aidan hahaha can’t wait for the episode reviews for Orange. It’s gonna really test you.

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