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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