Lethal Weapons Of Love And Passion

Stardust Crusaders (2014) is Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure : the Animation
(2012)’s sequel. But if you think about it seriously, there are a
thousand things that are different between the two seasons, and which
make undoubtedly SEASON 1 > SEASON 2. To some extent, you could speak
of a DIFFERENT anime.
I took a quick look on the reviews of other websites a moment ago :
senscritique (barely), anidb (clearly) & anime news network (surely) all
agree with me on which season is better, only douban doesn’t and that
can be explained easily : the community of douban does not understand
SHIT to anime. All hail anidb !

Gam Sai Wai — Raymond Lam Fung
Lai Shing Nam — Michelle Ye Suen
Kuk Chi Wah — Rain Li Choi Wah
Lee Sum Mui — Mimi Lo Man Chong
Kong Nam — Chan Kwok Bong
Meng Shen Tung — Ko Hung

Gam Sai Wai — Raymond Lam Fung
Lai Shing Nam — Michelle Ye Suen
Kuk Chi Wah — Rain Li Choi Wah
Lee Sum Mui — Mimi Lo Man Chong
Kong Nam — Chan Kwok Bong
Meng Shen Tung — Ko Hung

Since I consider Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure the Animation (2012 = season
1) as the best shounen anime of all time, this review is mostly going to
be a comparison between the two, a comparison between the Master and the
student.

What, when, where and who
Raymond Lam was poisoned in the beginning of the story, that’s why he
came to seek for Rain Li’s master’s help. As his journey begins, he was
encountered the affairs in the martial world and meets the two women who
loved him most deeply.

What, when, where and who
Raymond Lam was poisoned in the beginning of the story, that’s why he
came to seek for Rain Li’s master’s help. As his journey begins, he was
encountered the affairs in the martial world and meets the two women who
loved him most deeply.

Characters : Stardust Crusaders’ has the worst Jojo so far. His look is
definitely GAR, but the “R” in here is getting too much closer to an
“Y”. The chain on his neck, the hat on his head and that stupid cape
make his design far less enjoyable than the two first ones.
Personality wise, he is an empty shell, and this hurts even more since
they had 24 episodes to develop him, whereas they had far less for the
two previous Jojo’s who had to share out the 24 episodes.
When the two first Jojo’s had a few first episodes to lay down some
background (usually without much fights or as an appetizer) and stories
in order to introduce the protagonists, their values & skills (honesty &
raw force for the first, naughtiness & smartness for the second), this
one only gets the bare minumum. The end result is that there will be no
empathy for the character during the whole show. This 3rd Jojo’s has
almost no dialogue lines : he looks cold, avoids to talk, does the job
(i.e. the killing) when necessary and contains all his emotions. The
“Yare yare” (Good grief) that he keeps on repeating in every
circumstance is DEFINITELY not cool…
This goes to the extent that we might at some point doubt who is the
main character… since this one does not get so much attention when the
stories unfolds, & the creator focuses more on the other characters.
This is also a big difference with the first season, in which one Jojo’s
is the boss & the others are only there in a support (Zeppeli the
teacher) / secondary (Zeppeli the descendant) / commentary (Speedwagon)
role and usually end up dying or beat up.
In Stardust Crusaders, there are actually TWO Jojo’s simultaneously. One
plays the role of the Dark Powerful Silent Protagonist and the second of
the Experienced Funny Talkative “secondary” character. + 3 other
characters that actually get a lot of attention and a bit of development
(especially Polnareff) : Avdol (the Wise & Temperate guy) whose Stand
skills are Power & Fire, Kakyoin (Common Sense & Stabilising member of
the group) whose Stand skills are Flexibility & Variety, Polnareff (the
Silly & Funny guy with whom the viewer will often adopt the subjective
point of view : i.e. Avdol’s death) and whose Stand skills are Precision
& Velocity. Of course the characters are created so that there is an
Equilibrium & Complementarity in the group, and so that no one is
powerful enough for overtaking the Protagonist’s role. Classicaly, who
will face the new bad guy depends on the powers that they each have, and
on how powerful is the enemy. Sometimes they will face altogether some
enemies which is pretty cool in terms of interaction and symbiosis.

Rain Li is the quiet, nice girl; Michelle is the cruel, selfish but very
lovely character, because she loves Raymond so very much that she dies
because of him. As for Raymond, he loves Rain Li at first, because she
is the nice one. But, at the same time, he build a great relationship
with Michelle, but he did not realized he loves her until the moment she
dies…

Rain Li is the quiet, nice girl; Michelle is the cruel, selfish but very
lovely character, because she loves Raymond so very much that she dies
because of him. As for Raymond, he loves Rain Li at first, because she
is the nice one. But, at the same time, he build a great relationship
with Michelle, but he did not realized he loves her until the moment she
dies…

Development (structure & fights) : Far less epic than Stardust Crusaders
for many reasons. One of them is that there are too many enemies
(representing for some weird reasons a card in the Tarot game, which is
not adding anything to the show – except perhaps selling the fucking
cards later ?). On average, each new enemy has a two-episodes span life,
including half an episode of silly jokes and progress in the map, a cool
or stealth entrance, the fight lasting 1 episode with a couple of
predictable twists and then a conclusion with everyone being happy and
teaching the bad guy a good lesson. It’s almost a pokemon-like
structure… The worst is that Dio never appears in any fight… He is
far away “waiting” for the characters in the darkness, raping bitches
and looking strong & cool with the Jojo’s family star on his back. This
again reminds a lot of the old european cartoons of the 90’s, in which
the main antagonist keeps sending small fries without moving his ass,
while he’s posing and showing his best evil laughter. The show is
structured in a way that we know at each episode that the bad guy is
going to get his ass kicked and that a new one is coming next and so
on… If the characters were not road tripping from Japan to Egypt and
if we didn’t know that opponents are limited in number (Dio will
necessarily run out of those FUCKING Tarot cards), the anime would have
been simply BORAV肆ING. 霍普fully the road trip enables to see different
settings and is helping for building the jokes (toilets in India,
索要的价格索要的价格 in Arab countries, rigorous rules in Singapore etc…). It goes
without saying that the MYSTE翼虎Y of season 一 (related to the Mask, to the
ancient cultures evil forces etc.) is completely absent. In the first
season, the stakes were generally much higher : badass & super dangerous
enemies (including Dio and the mask’s embodiments) with some depth &
backstory would show up and give a real hard time for the protagonists
(causing heavy injuries, deaths and big emotional fuss). In Stardust
Crusaders, everything is too easy and taken lightly. Except once, all
superficial injuries disappear at the end of the fight and, opponents
come one by one and end up begging for their lives without any
dignity.
And that leads us to one of the main points of this review : if you
think about it in another way, one could argue that Jojo’s is less of a
shounen with serious fights than a funny comedy with loads of gag
(adding the traveling adventure aspect, and it starts having a couple of
common points with One Piece). This is not necessarily a critique, since
the show is REALLY super funny, but mechanically less Epic and
thrilling.

Series Links
Episode summary and character intros from TVB official site

Series Links
Episode summary and character intros from TVB official site

Other aspects : Aesthetically speaking, IMHO the first season’s added
effects were clearly better and engaging. They would for important
moments, freeze the picture for a “cool phase” and add layers of colors
and geometric forms all around in order to emphasize a situation and
making it classy, usually during fights. This technique has sadly almost
been abandoned in this anime… I thought it was brilliant in the first
season. In the same spirit, moments when the colors of a given setting
would start to beautifully distort and change are also less common in
the sequel. The sceneries depicted were also more elaborate and
beautiful in the latter.
Otherwise the animation of this sequel is really well-made, even though
the artistic value is a bit inferior to the predecessor.
The music (including OP and especially the masterpiece song for the
ending) is not as good as season 1 but still fits what’s happening in
the screen overall. The references to the rock n’ roll & heavy metal
world are also very rare compared to the first season, since the
creators focused their references into general knowledge (geography,
cultural aspects and bit of history) while describing the place where
the characters stopped during their road trip.

THE FACTORS

THE FACTORS

Wish they do a sequel with more epicness, and with DIO !!!!!!! for God’s
sake.

  • Dislike Factor
    Rain Li’s Kuk Chi Wah
    I don’t think she can act, her acting skills were not very good at all.
    Also, in the novel, this girl suppose to be a very strong character, but
    Rain Li made the character so weak, which was very disappointing. Plus,
    she has no chemistry with Raymond at all, they might look good as a real
    couple, but on screen, it was not good. Maybe because of Michelle’s
    character, her character has so much more chemistry with Raymond…
  • Dislike Factor
    Rain Li’s Kuk Chi Wah
    I don’t think she can act, her acting skills were not very good at all.
    Also, in the novel, this girl suppose to be a very strong character, but
    Rain Li made the character so weak, which was very disappointing. Plus,
    she has no chemistry with Raymond at all, they might look good as a real
    couple, but on screen, it was not good. Maybe because of Michelle’s
    character, her character has so much more chemistry with Raymond…

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