"There's only one reason why you lost. One simple reason. You really pissed me off."
The incredible energy and addicting pace of Jojo season 1 has transformed into a new beast called Stands. As an anthology series, Stardust Crusaders manages to set itself far apart from it's predecessor while drawing from it's strengths and improving itself overall. Most notably with the introduction of Stands. A whole new power system that in time has become one of my favorites in anime. The adrenaline of Battle Tendency is funneled and compounded into these mind bending powers and they've only continued to be more entertaining throughout the future parts of Jojo. Stardust Crusaders is broken into two 24 episode halves. The first half finds mangaka Araki stumbling as his genius unfolds and the concept of Stands seems to be developing while it's being written. It's rough around the edges, but it's has tons of heart. The cast introduced in this season is big enough to fill the void that Part 2 may have left you with. Avdol, Polnareff, Kakyoin, Iggy, and of course Jotaro - complete with all their quirks and flaws, have provided me some of the most fun I've had watching anime. Their trip around the globe is full of strange pitstops, dangerous wack jobs, and bizarre bathrooms. It's an endless amount of fun. The second half however, finds Araki understanding just how bizarre these Stand powers can be and then unleashing them for us to enjoy one after another. These Stands are bigger and better, but are still only a mere strip tease when compared to the Stands in the later Parts. Just as Joseph was able to outsmart insane evil in Battle Tendency with wit, Jotaro finds a way to overcome crazy enemies and their Stands with his don't give a fuck attitude. He's not as charasmatic as Joseph but he's every bit as smart. Often navigating safely through life and death situations without ever breaking a sweat. The Joestars once again prove they are just on another level. And this anime proves that it's a step above the grade. With memorable voice acting, amazing and unique visual style, and a sound track that bangs so stupidly hard you wouldn't even expect it - I can safely say this is one of my all-time favorites. Can't wait to rewatch Part 3 next!!!
I watched more anime than live action entertainment in 2021. So it's only right that I start keeping record of my thoughts on them all.