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JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Diamond Wa Kudakenai- My Stand is White & Nerdy

The JoJo franchise is one I have some fondness for. It has an absurd naming scheme, over the top machismo & action, but I’ve still found it pretty endearing. I’ve talked about JoJo, Stardust Crusaders series 1 & 2. This time around, I’ll be discussing Diamond is Unbreakable. Like the others, this is brought to us by David Production. It aired from April to December of 2016. I look forward to seeing a bunch of characters named after musicians & bands fighting in an absurdly over the top fashion. Let’s get right to it.

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We open with Joutarou heading to a small town called Morioh to meet Joseph’s bastard son, Jousuke. Yeah, apparently Joseph had an affair with a woman forty years younger than him when he was in his sixties. Way to keep it classy, Joseph. Arsehole. Joutarou wants to discuss the old man’s inheritance because, at this point, Joseph’s really old and could die from a heavy wind. Actually, now seems like an opportune time to go into a detail that bothered me in the last series, but I couldn’t go into too much detail about because it was a spoiler. But, since this series takes place after the ending of that one and goes over the basics of what happened, I can talk about it freely here. Okay, so Vanilla Ice is turned into a vampire by taking Dio’s blood but we also saw Joseph take Dio’s blood so why isn’t he an ageless vampire with the same appearance that he ad in the last series while being unable to go out in sunlight. Rather like I can’t on account of being a pale ginger. That seems to be a thing with this franchise, the internal logic doesn’t always hold up. Any way, it turns out that there’s some dangerous stand user on the loose in Morioh with an arrow that can create more stand users. So, Jousuke begins his own bizarre adventure, aided by Joutarou and some friends to find the arrow. This quest ultimately brings them into conflict with the town’s most notorious criminal and stand user.

Let’s look at the issues with the series first. And it starts with the aforementioned internal consistency problem. Here’s the thing, our group of heroic stand users summons an elderly Joseph to Morioh to help them find the stand user who controls Red Hot Chili Pepper. He arrives but they end up not needing his help. So, he sticks around doing bugger all. Then they encounter our main antagonist for the series with his stand, Killer Queen. He escapes them and they begin the hunt for him. So, no one thinks to have Joseph use his Hermit Purple, the stand that he was going to use to find a stand user for you, to find this guy? He’s literally right there. He could do it with no real risk to himself and you could find this guy in five minutes. Another example comes with Jousuke’s stand, Crazy Diamond. It’s established that his stand can heal, but can’t bring someone back to life and yet, he manages to put someone back together who gets blown apart. How does instantaneous death not happen in that situation? We also have Kouichi’s super unhealthy romance sub-plot that serves no purpose but makes for an awkward, uncomfortable time. This series also gets some rather dreadful attempts at “street” dialogue from Kouichi’s Stand, Echoes. This thing spells out the word shit on multiple occasions and it does it with the mannerisms of someone who thinks they’re tough, but they just come across as cringey and trying too hard.

With all that being said, the series still retains its sense of over the top machismo fun. It’s also very much self aware about it. It’s not asking you to take it really seriously, it’s asking you to join in the fun. That’s especially apparent in scenes where the characters monologue about why they’re going to win and strike over the top poses. It’s also pretty obvious in, for example, the Pearl Jam episode where everything is a bit of a goof. I also do appreciate the way this franchise establishes its battles as being less about brute forcing your way past an opponent and more about tricking them into a corner. I rather like seeing the characters playing mind games.


The fourth iteration of JoJo and his Amazing friends is just as archetypical and trite as all the others. Similarly, the antagonists are just as much evil for the evils. There are three major ones. The first is a serial murderer and rapist. Has been since he was all of twelve. The second is a murderer and thief, which isn’t as bad. The final one is a long-running serial killer who makes women disappear and keeps one of their hands to serve as his “girlfriend.” Dude, just buy a mannequin and use its hand. Still weird, but at least it won’t make you terrible. All three of them are completely unrepentant for their crimes. This series also maintains the franchise’s tradition of having a main cast that’s largely enjoyable in spite of their relative shallowness as characters. The naming theme of band & song names continues, although this time it’s used for the stands. Araki Hirohiko must have really liked Pink Floyd since two of the main stands, Crazy Diamond & Echoes, are named after their songs. In addition to the other ones I’ve mentioned so far we also have Super Fly, Cheap Trick, Highway Star, Heaven’s Door and others. Stay tuned for the tenth JoJo where someone has the stand, Dinosaur Laser Fight. (I don’t actually know if he’s gotten that far or what the stands are called if he has, but that would be amazing.)


Are you ready for muscular boys with absurd hair to strike over the top poses? If that sounds awesome, this anime has you covered. The art style continues to be overwhelmingly macho. I think my beard actually grew by ten centimetres just from watching it. It’s that macho and my beard wasn’t exactly short before. I do like a lot of the action sequences in this. That’s one arena where I’ll keep giving this franchise credit. Even with the pauses for monologues and dramatic posing, it has some solid, creative action sequences.

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So, what kinds of performances can you expect? If you said that it’s going to be largely over the top and exaggerated, congratulations on your pattern recognition skills. That is exactly right. The cast they got is good at that. Ono Yuuki, Ono Daisuke, Kaji Yuki, Sakurai Takahiro (Hi, Cloud) & Morikawa Toshiyuki (Hi, Sephiroth) are all good choices for that. This time around the ending theme tune is a selection from Savage Garden’s I Want You, which is appropriately ridiculous for the ending theme tune of an action anime. Kanno Yugo’s score is quite good too.


Jousuke & Okuyasu get a bit of a “bromance” going. But this franchise has never been big on romance and this one’s no exception. Even Kouichi’s kind of shit het romance is pretty downplayed.

Final Thoughts:

This series… this entire franchise is ridiculous and I can’t deny that I enjoy watching it. I didn’t like Diamond is Unbreakable as much as I liked the first half of Stardust Crusaders, but it’s still solid and I liked it bout as much as I have most of the franchise. My final rating is going to be a 7/10. Next week will kick off horror anime month and I’m going to start things off with a review of Ayakashi: Japanese Classic Horror.

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken:Stardust Crusaders 2: All of the Abs

I’ve talked about JoJo twice now. The first series and the first series of Stardust Crusaders. So far, it’s been an entertaining series full of over the top absurdity and machismo. So, let’s recap the first series of Stardust Crusaders and see where we are. Dio Brando returned, with his head attached to Jonathan’s body. Thanks to his influence the Joestar line including our protagonist, Joutarou, developed powers called Stands. In order to save his mother, who wasn’t strong enough to control her Stand, Joutarou set off on a journey with his grandfather, Joseph, and several other companions; Avdol, Kakyouin & Polnareff. The five made their way to Egypt, clashing with Stand users sent by Dio. When we’d left off, they’d taken a submarine and were very close to arriving in Egypt. With the clock running out for Holly, can this group of manly men stop Dio in time? Let’s delve into JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders series 2 and find out.



We open with our heroes travelling in the desert when a helicopter from the Speedwagon foundation shows up to drop off a stand user to aid them. This is Iggy, a small black and white dog. Our heroes are also told that Dio’s recruited a bunch of other Stand users, these ones with stands based on the Egyptian pantheon instead of the major arcana in tarot. Undeterred, they continue their journey, challenging Dio’s stand users with names based off of musicians as they continue to their climactic battle.

As is the trend in this franchise, the story is pretty light. They encounter a stand user. There’s a battle. They get one step closer to Dio until the end when we reach our climactic clash. It’s a basic plot and it has all the subtlety of a steam roller. That being said, it works for the whole over the top absurdity that the franchise is going for. The biggest problem with the whole series is that there are some cohesion problems. For example, the way Dio’s stand works. We’re told it lasts for a specific amount of time, but the characters have an awfully long time to monologue, converse and still act considering the amount of time it’s supposed to work. One might even say that there’s no conceivable way for them to do all the things they do in the supposed time frame. The effect that Dio’s blood has on other people is also inconsistent. The final battle also involves a pretty blatant case of a character gaining a new ability he’s never shown any indication of having before. Hooray for plot contrivance.

Now, you can forgive those issues to a degree since the series is more over the top absurdity than serious. And I will credit it, as the other instalments, for being quite good at that. It is an entertaining series to watch and there are some surprisingly good dramatic moments too. Suzi Q visiting her ailing daughter. The scenes where certain major characters die are surprisingly good, given that this isn’t a complex cast.


The cast of characters remains very much archetypical but with the occasional moment where they surpass that. JoJo and his amazing friends remains an endearing little band of heroes. Dio is still the least subtle villain since the Abomination. His minions either have no motivation behind serving him or they’re serving him because he’s strong. The musical artist naming scheme is very much intact. We have such characters as the brothers Oingo & Boingo, Vanilla Ice, the D’arby brothers, Mariah and so on.



I do like to poke fun at this series a bit for the blokes being over-muscled with abs for days and for having action sequences where posing scenes are an important part, but I have to admit that the style does have its charm. It’s the overly macho aesthetic that just suits the series. I’ll also continue to give the franchise credit for having a lot of unique, interesting action sequences. Although this particular series loses some credit for putting the focus on Mariah’s ass for no reason during her episodes. That’s not how class works. Also for having a dog in the main cast but drawing it oddly enough that it’s really not cute like an actual dog.


There’s a lot of exaggeration in this series. Throughout most of it, the lines are delivered in a very deliberate, over the top way. The actors can be more subtle at times, especially when dealing with something tragic, but expect a lot of yelling and loud declarations. I will say that both Koyasu Takehito & Ishizuka Unshou excel at going from the over the top ridiculous lines to the quieter, more subdued ones. The soundtrack is pretty decent. It’s definitely weaker than the music in the first Stardust Crusaders series, but it’s all right.


The closest you get to ho-yay is a really absurd scene where a couple blokes get stuck together.

Final Thoughts:

If you’ve seen the other two series in the franchise, you know roughly what to expect with this one. Absurd machismo dripping from its every frame. Exaggerated dialogue and performances. Creative, interesting battles. If you’re a fan of that kind of aesthetic, you’ll probably like it and I can’t say I didn’t enjoy myself watching it. Although, I didn’t like it as much as the first part of Stardust Crusaders. My final rating for JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders series 2 is going to be a 7/10. And next week I’ll be reviewing Drifters.

JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders- Oh my Machismo

I’ve talked about the JoJo franchise before. Kimyou na Bouken was fairly absurd and over the top, but it was also enjoyable and entertaining. In that series, we watched the first of the titular JoJo sacrifice his life to stop the villainous Dio Brando. We also saw his grandson Joseph, also called Jojo, take on a group of ancient warriors. Ending with his confrontation with the strongest of them all, Kars. Let’s take a look at the follow up with JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders series I and see if David Production kept the series going strong.



We open with Joutarou, the grandson of Joseph from the last series. He’s being released from prison after being taken in for fighting. Joutarou, however, refuses to leave. He claims to have been possessed by an evil spirit and doesn’t want to lose control and hurt people. His mother, Holly, contacts her father. Joseph goes to Japan and reveals that Joutarou’s evil spirit is actually a power called a Stand. The Joestar family has recently developed these powers coinciding with the return of Dio. After being defeated and decapitated by Jonathan Joestar, he managed to steal Jonathan’s dead body and survive underwater until he was pulled up by a boat. Thanks to his new found connection with the Joestar family, they’ve all developed Stands. Unfortunately, Holly isn’t strong enough to handle hers and it’s killing her. Joseph and Jotaro leave her in the hands of the Speedwagon foundation and, along with some companions, undertake the journey to defeat Dio in order to save Holly’s life.

The biggest issue with the series is just that it can get repetitive. There are several points where the dialogue consists of characters repeating information. The series also uses a very formulaic pattern where the group progresses to a new area, encounters a Stand user who’s working for Dio and they have to develop a strategy to beat them.

That being said, the series still excels at providing over the top, enjoyable action sequences that are, honestly, pretty creative. I also appreciate that there are major stakes for our heroes and they have to race against time. Heroes having to face major odds while racing against time might be nothing new, but it works well for a series like this that gets its appeal from being absurdly, entertainingly over the top.


The characters remain pretty archetypical. Joutarou is the bad boy with a good heart. Joseph has gone from the cunning protagonist to the elder mentor figure. Dio is still very much an evil for the evils character. We’ve still got a bunch of characters named after old musical artists like Devo, J Geil & Midler. That being said, I actually like the cast in this. They’re not complex, but they’re entertaining. They actually remind me of a silver age super hero team, in a positive way. JoJo & his amazing friends.



The artwork suits the series well. It’s full of machismo. Almost every major male character we see is huge and powerfully muscled. We also get added over the top effects and stopping to pose during fights is still a factor. I do love the action sequences in this though. The series takes this idea of Stands and their mysterious powers and uses them really creatively with a lot of different types, all with their own strengths and weaknesses. Which makes for some really creative battles, including one that’s fought in the world of dreams and one that starts aboard a submarine.


The vocal performances continue to be really exaggerated. Ishizuka Unshou in particular has a lot of lines where he just yells exclamations. That being said, the exaggerated delivery does work given the aesthetic that the series has. I also like that the ending theme tune is Walk Like an Egyptian. It really fits both in terms of being kind of ridiculous and in terms of the whole, really fond of classic rock, naming convention. Kanno Yugo’s original music is pretty good. There is a nice soundtrack to this.


There really isn’t any ho-yay in this series.

Final Thoughts:

This series is ridiculous, over the top, full of machismo and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. While not complex, it is an entertaining series with solid action and some really creative fights. If you’re in the mood for something that’s deliberately absurd, consider checking it out. If you want a complex narrative with deep characters, it’s not going to do it for you. For me, my final rating is going to be an 8/10. Maybe I’ll look at the second Stardust Crusaders series at a later point but next week is Komori-san wa Kotowarenai because I was looking for something short to review betwixt this and Brain Powerd and picked it randomly.

Reviews of yesteryear: Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure is one of those anime that I hear about a lot, but haven’t seen. The manga was written by Araki Hirohiko and has been adapted into several OVAs and a longer tv anime. We’ll be looking at the longer series from David Production, a studio that has rendered assistance for some anime I’ve seen like Code Geass R2, Soul Eater and Black Butler, but has never been the main force behind any anime I’ve seen. Let’s take a look at Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and try and find out what the fuss is about.

The story begins when a young aristocrat named Jonathan Joestar, aka JoJo, meets another young man named Dio Brando whose going to live with him and his family. Dio is a comically over the top evil character and this leads to him and JoJo coming into conflict. Meanwhile, the Joestar’s have a strange stone mask that Jonathan is trying to find the secret of. The first half of the anime covers Jonathan’s conflict with Dio and the secret of the stone mask. The second half covers an adventure with Jonathan’s grandson, Joseph, also called JoJo, and the origin of the mask. The story in this is pretty weak. A lot of what happens is incredibly predictable and they also explain it through exposition, in a very over the top way, just to make it very obvious.

Then we have our characters. The cast of this is pretty cliche. The female characters kind of get a raw deal, most of them not getting to say or do much. The villains especially tend to be one-dimensional evil for the evils types of characters. To give an example, one of the first things Dio does is kick a puppy for no reason except that kicking a puppy is evil and he’s working on being one of the most unsubtle villains ever because the writer was under the impression that they were writing a silver age super hero comic. Most of the characters are named after rock bands from the 70s and 80s, Dio, ACDC, Wham, Cars, Robert E.O. Speedwagon and so on. It’s not the worst naming scheme I’ve ever seen in an anime, it certainly isn’t on the level of a family named after undergarments, but it is pretty ridiculous. The only character in this I really like is Joseph. He’s kind of a cliche cunning protagonist, but he’s a lot of fun.

The art style in this oozes machismo. The characters are large and heavily muscled, some to the point where they don’t even have human proportions. It’s not as bad as your average 90s superhero comic, but it is pretty noticeable. The action sequences tend to be interrupted pretty frequently by posing and reaction shots because posing while in a fight for your life is the best possible plan. They learned that from super Sentai series.

This series got some really good voice actors like Koyasu Takehito, Sugita Tomokazu, and Tanaka Atsuko. But the acting in this is really over the top and exaggerated. The music is pretty decent.

The yuri factor is a 1/10. There’s no yuri in this.

This anime is actually pretty enjoyable. Far more than it should be. The story is weak, the characters are weak, but the exaggerated execution makes it pretty amusing in the same way that Adam West’s Batman is enjoyable or that Silver Age comics as a whole can be enjoyable. It’s over the top and cheesy and that makes it fun. Honestly, a lot of shows like this end up being over the top and goofy because of incompetence, but I think it’s deliberate here and it’s pretty glorious. I have to give the series a 7/10 just for the exaggerated goofiness that’s so entertaining and Joseph. If you’re looking for a serious series with a compelling story and developed characters, this isn’t going to be for you. But if you want something so skillfully exaggerated and over the top that it’s hilarious, this series is sure to entertain you.