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.
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!
Seriously, how do you lose a battle against regular humans with this on your side? Nazis are terrible.
A beautiful shot of Cars before Joseph regroups to kick his ass.
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.
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.
See you in another life, Jotaro Kujo.