Review: Jojo’s Stardust Crusaders Episode 30

First Time Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders

Episode 30 – Bastet’s Mariah, Part 1.

 

            Late again, oops. I’ll just dive right into the episode this time so get things rolling.

            Immediately, we catch up with Kakyoin in the hospital. The doctor tells him he’s in bad condition, effectively terrifying the poor kid. Thankfully, not moments later, he admits he was just joking, and that the Speedwagon Foundation’s doctors have expressed interest in taking over caring for him. The doctor is puzzled as to how a high school student has such important connections, and Kakyoin responds to that very smoothly. Afterward, he tells his friends to wait up for him, even though they obviously can’t hear.

Since Kakyoin hasn’t really been in the past few episodes, save for this short scene in the hospital, I figured I would take the time to briefly explain why he’s my favorite character in Stardust Crusaders. (If you’re wondering who I liked in Battle Tendency, that would be Caesar.) Now, as much as I like to rip on Polnareff, he isn’t my favorite. Sure, he’s hilarious sometimes, and he is a capable fighter when he needs to be, but Kakyoin is impressive. Remember, both he and Jotaro are high school students, 17 years old at most; they’ve been through a lot of shit lately, and I couldn’t even imagine being in their shoes at 17, myself. I know its all fiction, but if you think about it, what they’ve been through is insane. Kakyoin may very well completely lose his sight (we’re still not completely in the know about that yet) and if he doesn’t, he’s not going to be able to see much more than a bat could. At 17, that has to be very devastating; it’s definitely devastating for an adult to go through.

Kakyoin also keeps his cool in battle, much like Jotaro; I think while Jotaro is more battle smart, though, Kakyoin is more book smart. They work very well together. I also like Hierophant Green’s aesthetic, but that’s just me. I can’t really explain it.

Anyway, my point is: I like the character a lot. He’s been through more than a normal 17 year old has any right to, and he doesn’t let it really phase him all that much. The mere fact that he tells the others to wait for him (as much as he can, the others obviously can’t hear) just screams dedication. He wants revenge on DIO just like everyone else. I could probably write a book about my analyses on the characters in this series, though, so I’ll leave it at this for now.

Once Stardust Crusaders is complete, I might write up individual analyses for each character, just because I enjoy doing it. They’ll be pure speculation/opinion, though, as I’m obviously not Araki and I don’t know what he really intended to be their motivations/personalities.

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Review: Stardust Crusaders Episode 29

First Time Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders

Episode 29: Anubis, Part 2.

Episode 28 ended with Polnareff in Deep Trouble, so I was definitely looking forward to how this one was going to start. Thankfully, things didn’t disappoint as we immediately get right into the action here when episode 29 begins.

I totally intended on completing this review last weekend with episode 28, but I kind of got distracted and by the time I realized I still had an episode to review, the weekend was over! Whoops!

Let’s get this show on the road, then, since you’ve already waited a week longer than you should have. : )

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Review: Stardust Crusaders Episode 28

 

First Time Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders

 

Episode 28:  Anubis, Part 1.

 

               The past two weeks have been pretty rough for me; I had two family members pass away and I had to deal with that among other things, so needless to say, I haven’t really been able to review anything. To prevent an even bigger backlog, I’m going to review episode 28 of Stardust Crusaders today, and episode 15 of Crystal + episode 29 of Stardust Crusaders tomorrow. Next Saturday, I’ll review episode 30 of Stardust Crusaders, as I’ll be back to my normal schedule.

 

            If you’re ever curious about any delays in posts, I tweet anything that might come up on my Twitter, so follow that if you’d like!

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Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders 27

First Time Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders

Episode 27: Khnum’s Oingo and Tohth’s Boingo, or Khnum’s Zenyatta and Thoth’s Mondatta

                              Okay, so going into this episode I knew that things were going to be a little weird, for lack of a better term. The end of episode 26 basically emphasized how two brothers have Stands with strange powers. Strange for this series, anyway, which means a lot given how odd the past Stands tended to be. While watching the preview, I noticed that the brothers’ names were different than my boyfriend had previously told me; they were being referred to as Mondatta and Zendatta in the subtitles, even though you could clearly hear the voice actors saying Oingo and Boingo.

            Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is full of music references. The author, Hirohiko Araki, must have loved the hell out of 70s and 80s music, because the entire series is full of references, usually through the names of the characters and Stands. Problem is, copyright in the US is so tight, especially in regards to music, and names usually have to be changed around here. I wondered why the translators felt the need to change Oingo and Boingo to Zendatta and Mondatta specifically, since I had no idea what Mondatta and Zendatta were from, until I Googled them. Apparently, the names come from The Police’s third album. Huh! So even though the subtitled names really, really don’t sound like Oingo and Boingo, they kind of work, as the translators kept the music theme. I thought that was pretty interesting. If asked which I prefer, though, I’d have to say Oingo Boingo, since the voice actors are saying that, and it’s catchier. (Also, apparently All Star Battle, the PS3 game, went with the names Voing and Oing for them. Ugh! Glad the translators for the anime didn’t go that route.)

            Before the review proper, I should show off an example of what else the translators had to do to avoid copyright infringement. At the end of episode 26, you can see Boingo holding his Stand, the manga. The cover clearly says ‘Oingo Boingo: Brothers Adventure,’ but in the actual episode, the cover only says ‘Brothers Adventure,’ and there’s an awkward blank space where ‘Oingo Boingo’ was. I couldn’t help but notice this; it was pretty glaring. I guess the translators kind of panicked when they realized the end of 26 showed Oingo Boingo on the cover and quickly erased it from the actual episode. They can’t stop the voice actors from saying those names, though!

 

Boingo's manga from the end of episode 26.
Boingo’s manga from the end of episode 26.
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Boingo’s manga from episode 27.

            Interesting, huh?

      So, on with the review, finally!

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Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders 26

 

 

First Time Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders

 

Episode 26 – Iggy the Fool and Geb’s N’doul, Part 2.

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Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders 25

First Time Review: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders

 

Episode 25 – Iggy the Fool and Geb’s N’doul, Part 1.

 

            What is a ‘First Time Review’? It’s what I’m calling my reviews for series I’ve never read the manga for; in other words, series I’m going into without any prior knowledge.

 

            I was introduced to Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure via my boyfriend when the new anime first came out. I watched the first two parts (which were condensed into one actual season) and loved them, so I was very excited for the third part, Stardust Crusaders, to come out. I have watched all the episodes so far, but episode 25 came out last week (and 26 this week) so I figured I’d break the mold and start reviewing there, and then go backwards once the series is done. So only episodes 25+ will be new material for me, since when I go to review 1-24 I’ll have known what happened beforehand.

 

I should state that there will be SPOILERS abound!

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