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JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders Egypt-hen
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The craziest sort of supernatural martial artistry you ever will see. That's a quick description of the JoJo franchise. The previous series invented a whole new fictional dimension of martial arts, in which certain people can use proxy fighters called 'Stands' as weapons. These may be anything from anthropomorphic, fist swinging ones (like Jotaro's) to a deadly puddle of water (seriously--see episodes one and two). Each opponent has some unique and highly dangerous skill which Jotaro and his companions must outwit and defeat using their own stands. This show doesn't take itself completely seriously and indeed is so close to insane that it has the effect of making me smirk afterwards. The team has finally reached Egypt, and after fighting their way through the Tarot card inspired set of Stand users they find a whole new set waiting for them, these named after ancient Egyptian Gods. It's hard to remember what has already happened, since it was so bizarre, but it was definitely fun and I was looking forward to more of the same.
Episode three had me repeatedly laugh-out-louding as two brothers who are Stand users, and one of which has the talent that he can vaguely predict the future via a bizarre manga he reads, attempt to assassinate Jotaro. But somehow every prediction they make gets twisted and comes back to bite them in the ass. Every now and then Jotaro and his comrades run into one or more of these comic villains, and the amount of talent invested in this franchise shows in the fact that I wind up laughing more than I do while watching most pure comedy anime. Even if the author and the maker suddenly forgot how to produce their dramatic, action story, they could always make an above average comedy instead. Another villain, Mariah, manages to turn Joseph into a human magnet--anything can happen in this show. You would almost think that the author was high while writing this.
But anything can become tiresome if repeated too often. Will Jotaro and the others ever catch up to Dio? It gradually became clear that at the rate they are moving, there would need to be yet another series after this one to do that. For all the slapstick, it was getting tiring to wait so long for a major advancement in the plot. Dio can recruit an unlimited number of freakish Stand users to serve him, and we get some laughs out of them, but that sort of makes this a fight-of-the-week show. A better than average fight-of-the-week show, but one nevertheless. Some of the stunts they pull are just plain crazy and don't make much sense. For example, if the bullets Hol Horse fired into a pipe took several seconds to ricochet a short distance, would they be going fast enough to hurt the target anyhow? It seemed like the writers were running out of fresh ideas. And Kakyoin, my favorite team member, had been disabled and in the hospital for most of this season. Sometimes you ate taken by surprise when you loyally start watching yet another episode of an anime, only to find that the last of your interest in it has somehow leaked away without you realizing it. I finally just got tired of this show, and while I downloaded the remaining episodes, I haven't been able to bring myself to watch them just yet. I guess that even originality can get tiresome if it goes on for long enough--and it seems like it is being used as an excuse to avoid advancing the main plot.
Last updated Friday, March 03 2017. Created Saturday, January 24 2015.