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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 26 – Shine On, You Crazy JoJo

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Haha, I predicted the ending without realizing it! I’m pretty much a genius. Also lol all you cheeky folks having a chuckle at my choice of title a couple of episodes ago. I’m glad you all resisted the urge to be a spoiler monkey. Salute!

Man, that’s a hell of a way to go out, isn’t it? At least Dio (seemingly) died cradled in the arms of his beloved, Jonathan Joestar, as a ship exploded all around him. Then he somehow got to the coffin Erina used to escape or had a second coffin ready to go just in case the first one was stolen. But that’s neither here nor there. Cars, though . . . space is his coffin. He’s just floating out there forever, unable to die, waiting until his brain finally shuts down and he can at least be unaware while he floats along for however long he does.

It’s a good way to get around the problem of, “How do we kill off a creature who is essentially immortal?” The way the show gets to that point is more than a bit ridiculous and deus ex machiny, but the bombastic tone fits the rest of this arc, so I’m not miffed about it in the least. Besides, the Red Stone of Aja existed all along to kill some damn Pillar Men, so it had to contribute to that eventually, yeah? And it did so with some dope ass sound effects. Good on you, Red Stone of Aja. Good on you. It saved Joseph just as he was going through the torment of his knee melting. Good lord. I wasn’t the only one who cringed like crazy at that, right? Yuck.

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And the lead up to Cars getting blown into space! So beautiful. Even Joseph’s severed hand can’t help but get in on the action. How could anyone not stand up and cheer at that moment? And just as I hoped, Joseph punctuates the climax by predicting Cars’ reaction and fucking with his mind before Cars is lost forever to the stars. It’s how legends are born and biographies are written: Even if you didn’t mean for it to happen, take credit for it! Joseph Joestar is sharp and charismatic enough to know that presentation matters. All shall recall and respect the deeds of Joseph Joestar, even when he is saddled with the shittiest Stand.

The epilogue is quite fun. I’m familiar with Stardust Crusaders, so I knew Joseph survives Battle Tendency, and thus wasn’t fooled by Joseph’s disappearance at the end; still, it’s the Joseph Joestar thing to do to fool everyone into thinking he’s dead, only to rise from the grave yet again. Oh, that rascally scamp with the robotic arm. My favorite part about the epilogue, though, is the Animal House style “This is what happens to everyone after the story ends!” bit. I always love that, whether it’s serious or parody, just because it amuses me so much. The best one is Smokey growing up to be Barack Obama before Barack Obama. You go, Smokey! Also, lol poor Speedwagon being a bachelor for life. People in-show tried to ship him with Erina, but we all know his heart beat only for Jonathan Joestar. And Stroheim! It must have taken like 1,000 Russians to take him down during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Anyway, picspam before final thoughts and other stuff!

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Seriously, how do you lose a battle against regular humans with this on your side? Nazis are terrible.

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A beautiful shot of Cars before Joseph regroups to kick his ass.

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is everything I hoped it would be and more. I went into the series knowing only the surface and came out wanting to become a superfan. It is everything a ridiculous shonen story should be, with bombast and charisma oozing from every orifice, ridiculous battles, outsized character and every episode a god damn fun ride. David Production took an OK story (Phantom Blood) and a damn fine story (Battle Tendency) and adapted them as well as one could hope, taking advantage of all the visual and aural tools available to them. Alas, if only JoJo could be well animated all the time instead of some of the time. Whatever the case, it saddens me to say good bye to this wonderful series for the time being.

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But hark! Is that more I hear on the horizon?! Yes, the beginning of Stardust Crusaders is teased at the end of the finale, which is basically an assurance that it will eventually be animated. And you bet your asses that I will be there to hype it like Speedwagon when it finally begins.

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See you in another life, Jotaro Kujo.

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68 Comments

  1. Posted April 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Loving the Pink Floyd reference – I hope that was intentional. David Production really did wonders with series and I hope we’ll be getting a second season. If not, Jotaro will beat everyone up.

    • Posted April 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

      I was actually going to go full on “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond” until I remembered that one of the later Stands is called Crazy Diamond lol. Too meta for me!

      • Posted April 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

        Can’t believe I forgot about Crazy Diamond!

    • Howard
      Posted June 25, 2013 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

      also, It’s called crazy diamond because of that song

  2. jo
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    That pic of Cars is strange out of context. It looks like they’re going to have sex or something: Joseph is lying there and looking admiringly at Cars who is about to majestically remove his loin cloth while the heavens shine down upon on him (probably with a Hallelujah choir in the background)

    • cybustier
      Posted April 8, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

      Are you perhaps implying that that image WASN’T meant to look like they’re about to have hot sweaty man sex?

      Have we been watching completely different series here?!

      • jo
        Posted April 8, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

        Just saying that for a SEX:USELESS being, Cars sure is suggestive with all the posing, mouth-licking, loincloth-lifting, and leg guitar-playing.

      • Stef
        Posted April 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

        Cars is the Ultimate Being, he doesn’t need sex to be sexual.

      • Posted April 9, 2013 at 3:28 am | Permalink

        Stef is 100% right. Cars is 200% sexual demon 500% of the time.

    • Posted April 8, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

      How do you know that isn’t why I picked that screenshot?!

      (Note: That isn’t why I picked that screenshot. I like pretty colors.)

  3. gedata
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 6:37 pm | Permalink

    Cars gets to strike a fabulous CGI pose for all eternity, but no one can see it, the cruelest kind of punishment. Also

  4. gedata
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Also, that scene leading up to Cars’s banishment was greatly enhanced by Jojo: That Bloody Destiny! playing in the background. I teared up a bit despite the ridiculous amount of luck needed to make that happended.

    • Posted April 8, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

      If you weren’t singing along to that scene, then you aren’t a true fan.

  5. Nadgers
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, that was fucking great. They really got everything right. The animation, the pace and the use of music, everything.

    So is laid to rest the first and second chapter of Jojo’s bizarre adventure. With stardust crusades the whole series changes quiet a bit. Generally speaking though, it’s gonna keep being really freaking good.

    • Posted April 8, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

      I’m looking forward to it! The battles I’ve seen in Stardust Crusaders are really good.

  6. Stef
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Believe it or not, but while watching the previous episode, I was thinking to myself “All they can do now is launch Cars into space somehow” AND THEY FREAKING DID IT!

    Don’t underestimate Jojo’s craziness!

  7. bruce
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    It’s a damn shame not too many people blog about jojo.
    Because, IF part 3 comes, a lot of people will bandwagon so hard.

    • cybustier
      Posted April 8, 2013 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

      You might say one should even be afraid(!) at the SPEED with which people jump upon the Jojo bandWAGON? Eh? Hah? Anyone?

  8. craig
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I really hope it doesn’t take to long for part 3 to be made, I’m not sure how long I can last without my weekly dose of Jojo lol.

    • cybustier
      Posted April 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

      WILL POSE FOR FOOD

    • Nadgers
      Posted April 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

      Either fall or next year apparently.

      Either way, too long.

  9. cybustier
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    No “to be continued…” arrow on that final image of Jotaro? FAIL SUCK DIX IN HELL DAVID PRODUCTIONS YOU FAIL AT EVERYTHING LOLZOR

    Oh man I’m getting teary eyed here. Anime of the year, of all the years, along with voice actor of the year, soundtrack of the year and opening of the year (both of them). I’ve been waiting to see Joseph kick Nazi ass since I was 12 years old; do you know I never even dreamed that I might live to see it happen? Thank you David Production, your work does you credit.

    Looking forward to what they pull off with Part 3 next year, especially since next time around they should actually have a budget. Stands + High Blu-Ray sales + DIO turning everyone gay for him = Actual animation budget, one hopes.

    It’s been fun reading about the reactions and thoughts of someone uninititated with the franchise, so thanks for doing these posts every week Shinmaru.

    • Stef
      Posted April 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

      Looking forward to what they pull off with Part 3 next year, especially since next time around they should actually have a budget.

      Please, please gods of anime! Don’t let David Productions go down the SHAFT way. Don’t let them become smug otaku pandering lolicons who bathe in head tilt money! I beg you!

      On another note, I don’t see how they could maintain the Jojo aesthetic they’ve cultivated with a better animation budget. It was pretty much designed to be used without big animation money. But maybe I’m wrong and they’ll adapt it in ways I can’t imagine and I’ll be OMYGODOMYGODITSBEAUTIFUL, so who knows?

      • Posted April 8, 2013 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

        The episode where Caesar fought Wham and the penultimate episode of the series were suitably JoJo even though they had noticeably better animation than the rest of the series. I don’t think it would be a problem here.

    • Posted April 8, 2013 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

      Happy to oblige! I only wish I could thank the creators for making such a wonderful show!

  10. cybustier
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    Anybody know who old Joseph’s voice actor was? He sounded a bit like Sugita doing a gruff old man voice, but it’s hard to be sure. Considering the amount of people who’ve played Old Joseph, it’d be unusual if they didn’t hire an older seiyu for the role.

    • Posted April 8, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

      That was definitely Sugita. It’s a similar voice to the one he used for that shady dude in Macross Frontier.

  11. gedata
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    Hunter x Hunter has to really pick up to make up for the fact that this series is done. I’ll be looking towards that one now that it’s all I got to satisfy my need for good Shonen. That and were almost done with the Greed Island shenanigans (finally)

    • Posted April 8, 2013 at 11:38 pm | Permalink

      I’m so hyped for that, because it’s finally getting to unknown material for me!

  12. Posted April 8, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    It is the best a fan could hope for an adaptation to not suck at least, and to this particular fan, david Production went above and beyond my hopes and dreams for the adaptation.

    Now if only SHAFT would just adapt the final stretch of SZS and the mindfuck ending…

    • Posted April 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

      Man, I keep hearing a lot about Zetsubou-sensei manga’s ending. Might have to look that up myself one of these days.

  13. Shadow
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 12:13 am | Permalink

    At least this episode properly explained that Cars is the origin of the space snails in Gargantia.

    It all makes sense now!

    • Posted April 9, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      My god. They could turn into piranha at any moment!

  14. rubberluffy
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 3:05 am | Permalink

    JoJo has its claws in you Shinmaru, and it will never let go. Excellent review. It’s good to see people recognize how much Araki specializes in ridiculous and stupid fun, and how JJBA became the legendary series it is.

    Also, LOL at JoJo jumping up like 200+ places in the MAL rankings since the final episode aired. It went from like 8.22 to 8.58.

    • Posted April 9, 2013 at 3:22 am | Permalink

      The latest evidence:

      1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1jp0Dxa9tQ I’m listening to this on loop at work.

      2) I’ve ordered a shit ton of JoJo figures in the past week or so. Just got AC/DC today, and I’m getting Joseph, Caesar, Cars and Yoshikage Kira in the coming months! Hoping that Wham gets a new order eventually, and that the coming Stardust Crusaders anime means a new order of Jotaro and Dio figures too.

      • gedata
        Posted April 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

        Those Medicos Entertainment ads must’ve gotten to you.

  15. Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    First, here’s this awesome montage of the first two arcs that I found on Youtube; the singer isn’t too good, but that hasn’t stopped me from watching it over and over:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elGX9rQesrI

    But anyway….

    If you had told me a few years ago that JJBA’s early arcs would get a stunningly faithful TV anime, would be critically acclaimed on several anime blogs, and would consistently get 5/5 ratings on MAL, I never would have believed you.

    So naturally, the last six months have felt like living in a dream week after week. Anime-only viewers have finally – finally! – been able to experience the joys of Battle Tendency, and a big part of the fun for me has been seeing how newcomers (such as yourself) have reacted to all its memorable moments and hilarious shenanigans.

    David Production, I am eternally grateful to you.

    • Posted April 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

      It’s been a beautiful ride. I tend more toward anime, but I can’t say I’m not tempted to read ahead and look at the rest of the arcs.

  16. Pyonical
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:08 am | Permalink

    Good time for a recap, methinks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTPaZHlKo7k

    I hope they come out with a Stardust Crusaders adaption soon. The OVAs were well animated but cut out the best scenes in terms of both drama, awesomeness and comedy.

    • Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:14 am | Permalink

      Hah, you and I posted the same video at nearly the same time. Interesting. =)

    • Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

      That’s pretty crazy to hear, since the OVAs did include some pretty cool stuff!

  17. Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:48 am | Permalink

    Sugita greatest JOJO ever <3

    I NEED MORE EPISODES AHHHHHHHHH!

  18. Pusswookie
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    Speedwagon’s failure to find the right woman didn’t really bother me that much, I always shipped Speedwagon x Dramatic Narration anyways.
    I was not disappointed

  19. Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    My greatest gripe with this episode was that the “Dio’s casket lifting out of the water” scene was not accompanied with a “WRY!”.

    Other than that, this was a most excellent episode and a fitting end to an incredible series.

    • Posted April 9, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      True, that would have been the perfect capper for that scene.

    • Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:13 am | Permalink

      Talking about which, didn’t they show Erina escape the boat in that coffin? How did Dio get in it then get to the bottom of the ocean?

      • gedata
        Posted April 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

        The author forgot to explain this properly. Not kidding. Fans just speculate that he either found it at the bottom of the sea, or he had a back-up on the boat. Dammit Araki!

      • Nadgers
        Posted April 12, 2013 at 11:32 am | Permalink

        Considering that the coffin Dio is found in ahs “Dio” written on it, it’s pretty clear that he had a backup.

        But yeah, Araki kinda missed that.

  20. Scarlet
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    A glorious ending for one hell of a ride. The teaser for Stardust Crusaders was the cherry on top. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and I trust that David Productions will do just a stellar job with that as they did with the first 2 arcs. The wait for that is gonna be a long one…

    Anyways. I wanted to thank you for blogging through all of this. I looked forward to your JJBA posts every week. They may have been the reason I picked this back up after dropping it in the middle of Phantom Blood–and boy am I glad I did. It’s been quite the ride. So at the risk of sounding sappy–thanks and see you when Stardust Crusaders is on the air!

    • Posted April 9, 2013 at 7:42 am | Permalink

      Aww, that really means a lot to me! I’m glad my ridiculous words encouraged you to give JoJo another chance! :)

      • Sander
        Posted April 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

        I assume this doesn’t count as a spoiler,so I’ll say that Suzie Q is alive and well.

        EDIT:Bah,I meant to reply to R1CK_D0M

      • Posted April 9, 2013 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

        It IS, but it’s a small piece of information, so I’m going to allow this.

  21. R1CK_D0M
    Posted April 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    In which Phantom Blood becomes an “Ok” story arc lol.

    But seriously I was standing up and cheering when Jojo pulled a stroheim parallel with the arm. shit was baller as fuc.

    also how the hell did they kill stroheim when he was like 90% cyborg? haha.

    PS: what is this about jojo’s shitty stand I hear? and woah he lost his wife? that is too sad.

    • Posted April 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

      Yo, I read Phantom Blood. That story is super rough. To me, the standout aspects of it are the art (I like how Araki renders Victorian England) and the ultraviolence. It doesn’t become something I would recognize as Proper JoJo until waaaaaaaaaay late in the story. Putting the story into motion and colorizing it breathes more life into it, but compared to everything else JoJo, it doesn’t hold up nearly as well (whereas Battle Tendency is timeless).

      And, yeah, Joseph has by far the crappiest Stand. It’s not even up for debate. A terrible insult to a great warrior.

      • Nadgers
        Posted April 9, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

        Hey now. Sure it makes you waste cameras but it actually works extremely well for Josephs schemes and smarts based fighting style.

    • Sander
      Posted April 9, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

      On the other hand,with it,he can be Sean Connery Indiana Jones Spiderman.

      You don’t mess with Sean Connery Indiana Jones Spiderman.

    • cybustier
      Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      His stand is an extremely good retcon explaination for his tendency to predict what his opponents say. Other than that, it is REALLY shitty. Joseph gets hit with the nerf bat hard in the next two arcs, but its to be expected. He had his moment to shine, and the next parts are all about his successors, not him.

    • Shengar
      Posted April 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, for battle it is really shitty but the he still have his wits, the greatest of all weapon to used. Heck, even with that crappy stand he could make some decent trick with it.

  22. Posted April 10, 2013 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    GLORIOUS.

    It’s been really amusing seeing how many times you’ve accidentally predicted future JoJo events just by coming up with the most stupidly awesome thing you can think of. (Unless I cave and read the manga/watch the OVA for Stardust Crusaders, we’ll have a role reversal in terms of prior knowledge when that gets animated)

    I remember as I was nearing the end of the manga and Cars became a perfect life form, I was trying to summon to mind just how in the world Joesph was going to beat this guy. How can you kill something unkillable? Sending him into space was literally the only thing I could think of. It was quite a shock to see that even that was almost not enough to get rid of him!

    One of the things I really loved about Battle Tendency, and in particular about Joseph, was his rock-solid grasp of showmanship. No matter what he did, no matter how ridiculous, he was always able to completely sell it – to his enemies, to his friends, and to us viewers. Playing off his accidental victory over Cars as having been planned from the start was just so Joseph Joestar that even if the accident itself was a little contrived, I certainly didn’t care.

    God, JoJos was just… so good. All of it. Everything. (Well, except the animation, but David more than made up for that)

    I now eagerly await Stardust Crusaders so I can finally find out what on earth a Stand is and how they can make JoJo even more awesome.

    In the meantime, Hunter x Hunter is going to have some big shoes to fill. Here’s hoping Madhouse can knock it out of the park with its first foray into never-before-animated content!

    • Posted April 10, 2013 at 6:52 am | Permalink

      If you do cave, it would be a lot better for you to read the manga rather than watch the OVAs. David Production’s vision of JoJo is so much better than those OVAs that it’s not even funny. I don’t think I’d even like them if I watched them now.

      • Posted April 11, 2013 at 12:49 am | Permalink

        I will try to hold out, but if the empty space left by JoJos proves to be too much, it will definitely be filled by reading the manga. Watching the OVAs would only happen if there was still time before David Pro’s version after I finished.

    • cybustier
      Posted April 10, 2013 at 11:03 am | Permalink

      If you do cave, watch “D’Arby the Gambler” and nothing else (except for the Abridged Series, possibly). It’s the best of the OVAs hands down, in terms of pacing, acting and editing. No punching fists, just scheming, deception and one-upsmanship, a quintessential Jojo fight.

      Lay off Dio Vs. Jotaro. Its a good adaptation of their fight, but something that epic you want to avoid until David Pro adapt it. Save yourself that treat, and it’ll be all the sweeter when you enjoy it.

      • Posted April 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

        This is true, it’s a pretty dope episode. I also like the one where they battle the blind dude.

  23. gedata
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    I heard that Nutbladder replaced “Bloody Stream” at the end with “Get Back” by the Beatles. Much more fitting

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