JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

Alt title: JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders

TV (24 eps)
4.399 out of 5 from 18,834 votes
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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

In a Japanese jail sits 17-year-old Jotaro Kujo: punk, fighter, delinquent...and possessed by a force beyond his control! Around the world, evil spirits are awakening: "Stands," monstrous invisible creatures which give their bearers incredible powers. To save his mother's life, Jotaro must tame his dark forces and travel around the world to Cairo, Egypt, where a hundred-year-old vampire thirsts for the blood of his family. But the road is long, and an army of evil Stand Users wait to kill JoJo and his friends...

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The Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit

Episode 1

The Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit

Who Will Be the Judge!?

Episode 2

Who Will Be the Judge!?

The Curse of DIO

Episode 3

The Curse of DIO

Tower of Grey

Episode 4

Tower of Grey

Silver Chariot

Episode 5

Silver Chariot

Dark Blue Moon

Episode 6

Dark Blue Moon

Strength

Episode 7

Strength

The Devil

Episode 8

The Devil

Yellow Temperance

Episode 9

Yellow Temperance

The Emperor and the Hanged Man Part 1

Episode 10

The Emperor and the Hanged Man Part 1

The Emperor and the Hanged Man Part 2

Episode 11

The Emperor and the Hanged Man Part 2

The Empress

Episode 12

The Empress

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Reviews

ChaosAlike
9

When I first heard about Jojo, I was immediately excited to watch this gem of a series. I can safely say overall, I wasn't disappointed. However, Battle in Egypt shoots to the stars in quality while Stardust stays on the ground, if you catch my drift.  Story The story starts off with 17 year old Jotaro Kujo, who thinks he's possessed by an 'evil spirit' which his grandfather (Joseph Joestar from Battle Tendency) and a fortune teller named Avdol tell him he possesses a strange and mysterious power called a 'Stand'. From there, Jotaro meets Noriaki Kakyoin and Jean Pierre Polnareff as the five make their way to Egypt, fighting Dio's assassins who also possess stands.  Characters I will say this: I was definitely not disappointed with any of the characters from Stardust. All of their powers were fairly interesting, even if they were kind of useless. One thing I do have to complain about is that the majority of this part does NOT focus on Jotaro, but instead on establishing everyone else, so our main Jojo felt a little underrated. But to make up for it, Noriaki and Polnareff definitely stole the show. Hol Horse and J. Geil did as well during episodes 10-11. The plot about Polnareff's sister and J. Geil was definitely an interesting turn of events, immediately followed by Avdol's "death" which was all the more heartbreaking. I very much liked how everyone's plots were evolved over time, and I found it interesting that after 'The Emperor and The Hanged Man' that Hol Horse was supposed to join the crusaders instead of Avdol coming back. Animation The animation blew me away. The neon color scheme, the way everyone looks which is faithful to Araki's original work, the way everyone's stand looked... Beautiful. It's fluid, full of color, and goregeous. Sound The music and sound design were absolutely mind blowing. Hats off to the music team especially because it fits the series so well. Everyone's dialogue was of course over the top and ridiculous, but would you expect anything less? Everything was made better with something in English *cough Joseph cough* and the one-liners and jokes had me laughing every time. Overall, people may hate this part compared to Battle in Egypt because yes, this part does have a rocky start, but gets better as it goes on.

BigDumbOhFace
9

I first came across the series as a whole after watching two Let's Players play a fighting game for this anime.  They were really excited about it and had nothing but praise for it.  So I thought that I should just check it out.  Although this is a continuation of the series as whole, it's practically a whole new show with some background info. Story The story takes place many years after the previous season.  It follows the bizarre adventures of a new JoJo, Jotaro Kujoh who is the grandson of the previous JoJo, Joseph JoestarJotaro is first seen in jail and refuses to leave feeling he's been possesed by an evil spirit.  Jotaro's mother, Holly, calls upon Joseph, her father, to talk Jotaro out of jail.  After arriving with his friend Avdol, they convince that this "evil spirit" is called a Stand, a psychic manifestation of the user's bodily energy.  After some catching up, they find out out that the mortal enemy of the entire Joestars family lineage, Dio Brando, is actually alive and has been resting for 100 years after stealing the body of Jonathan Joestar, Joseph's grandfather.  Together they travel to Egypt to stop Dio from taking over the world.  Basic action stuff plot.  Not only is it full of hardcore and epic action, there's a ton of comedy in between. Animation The same animation style applies from the previous.  If I were to describe the animation in one word it would be "overexaggeration".  It's not overexaggerated in an obnoxious way.  I feel that the show already knows what it is and just plays it up.  One thing that's always present is the use of different neon color palettes during some intense scenes.  Action scenes are pretty good as well.  There's also the character design.  There's no clear way to explain it.  Everyone is absolutely rippling with gigantic muscles that would make Adonis green with envy.  The homoeroticism is blazing through the roof.  However, that's just the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure style and it's cool I gues.  Another thing is posing is mandatory.  Just imagine Ginyu Force posing and that's what you get here. Sound The most notable thing in the sound department is the voice acting.  To be more specific, the voice acting of Joseph Joestar.  Like I said about the animation, it's extremely overexaggerated but that's what makes it funny.  Just hearing Joseph scream, "OHH MY GOD!!!!!" is just hilarious.  Also love the opening music of this show.  It's just as epic as the show and really gets you in the mood for some good action to come. Characters I'll start with the main character of the series, Jotaro Kujoh.  It took me a while for him to grow on me.  I mean he called his mom a bitch.  Who does that?  He has this extremely tough stone-faced facade but in actuality, he's pretty clever, caring and loving as he's willing to risk his life to his mother.  Jotaro Kujoh is, by far, the coolest anime character I have ever come across.  Oh yeah.  There's other people too.  He's surrounded by a great supporting cast.  There's his grandfather Joseph to be his mentor.  There's Jean Paul Polnareff for comic relief.  Like I said, great characters all around. Overall If you just finished the 1st season and not so sure about the next one, watch it.  It's practically the same but with just new characters and the concept of Stands, which is used later on in the entire series.  However, because of the whole new Stands concept, newcomers can start on Stardust Crusaders and it'll be fine.  I'd recommend some light background checking and that's it.  Great action anime as a whole.  No complex storylines.  Just "there's a bad guy.  Beat him."  To keep it from being just a regular action anime, they applied a nice gimmick with stands and just it well.  Can't wait for season 3!

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