「悪霊にとりつかれた男」 (Akuryō ni Toritsukare ta Otoko)
“The Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit”
It’s been a long time coming, but the sequel to my personal pick for best 2013 action series is here, and it’s every bit as promising as its predecessor was initially. Welcome one and welcome all, back to the arena of manliness known as Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. It’s a new age and a new generation of Jojo’s descendants now roam the Earth, but some things never change, and the return of DIIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO—in Jonathan Joestar’s body no less!—brings with it the awakening of powers known as Stands.
With that said, this first episode ends up being an introduction in more than one sense of the word. There’s actually no opening or ending theme this time around, and what we get instead is nearly 24 full minutes to get back into the thick of things. It needed every second of that to bring us into the new backdrop though—it’s the 80’s now!—so it was nice to see that there was more than adequate time here to both re-introduce Joseph Joestar, introduce us to his grandson in Jotaru Kujo, and also show us how the times have changed since we last visited this universe.
Ultimately, you’re not a Jojo unless you’re kicking some ass and flashing some great poses while you’re at it, and it’s quite clear that Jotaro’s a Jojo in every way. Judging from how he goes around crushing hooligans’ private parts, sits in a prison cell voluntarily while opening cans of beer with pens and reading shounen jump though, he’s clearly got his own brand of uniquity, and it’ll be interesting to see how he develops as the arc progresses.
Overall, it’s a pretty straight forward introduction that sets the foundation of the Stardust Crusaders’ arc. It took me a little bit to get back into things considering how long it’s been since the previous iteration (almost a year now), but once the middle of the episode rolled in, it was just classic Jojo through and through. Looking forward, there’s not much to say aside from the fact that it’s great to see this series returning with a new iteration, and it brings a whole new twist to the phrase TGIF.
Author’s Note: Coverage-wise, I have yet to determine whether or not to cover this on a weekly basis. This is one of those series where I feel as though I’ll get a lot more enjoyment just sitting back and watching rather than posting about it on a weekly basis, so it looks probable that it won’t get weekly coverage from my end. Sadly no one else is planning to watch it at the moment either… so it doesn’t look like anyone else will cover it either. If it turns out this doesn’t end up getting covered, I’d like to apologize beforehand because I know this is a series quite a few people would like to see covered. It’ll receive some kind of finale coverage—time willing—once the series over either way though.