Stardust Crusaders Review


Jotaro’s stand, Star Platinum, drawn by TJ Murphy

William Irvine, Reporter

“JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” is an original manga series created by Hirohiko Araki. It was first featured in 1987 In the popular manga magazine Shonen Jump. The show is written in different manga chapters, each containing a different main character from the same family. “Part 3: Stardust Crusaders” was turned into an anime in 2014 and features the protagonist Jotaro Kujo, the Great Grandson of the first JoJo, Jonathan Joestar. He is a high school student living in Japan with his mother. He tends to get into street fights with the locals and is generally very violent. Eventually, he gets arrested for being in a street fight. When he arrives in prison he refuses to be released claiming that there is a demon possessing him and doing things for him, like stealing a record player and his favorite records and taking food from pockets of other inmates.

His grandpa Joseph Joestar, the protagonist of Part 2, eventually has to be called to Japan to convince Jotaro to leave prison, telling him that the “demon” is actually something called a “stand,” an extension of your body manifested as a being. When Jotaro chooses to leave the prison, it is revealed that Jotaro received a stand when a vampire named DIO awakened it. Joseph Joestar, Jotaro Kujo, and a few others then Journey out to Egypt to find DIO and kill him, ending his evil reign and influence on the Joestar family.

In order to understand Stardust Crusaders, first, you must understand the stands. There are various people with stands in Stardust Crusaders, each with varying powers and strength. Jotaro’s is called Star Platinum and has the ability of very fast precise movement and immense strength when they punch. Other stands use a fencing sword, shoot hot fire, turn into a giant controllable boat, or even freeze time. Another key characteristic is that a person without a stand cannot see a stand. They make the fights vary greatly between episodes, and are what makes the show truly exciting to watch.

While Stardust crusaders may be the most popular part in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, it is not the best and contains many flaws. The story starts off quickly with JoJo getting into a fight with another stand user, and the fights keep coming. Every single episode contains some sort of battle with a stand user. While some fights are wildly entertaining, some are short and boring. One of the first fights that fit this is the fight with the deep blue quirk. It lasts about half of one episode, wraps up quickly and isn’t particularly interesting. It is littered with fights like this throughout. On top of that, most fights follow a similar trope where the characters are faced with defeat and at the last second come up with a strategy that gives them the win. This happens over and over again within every fight.

Even the final fight, the epic conclusion between DIO and Jotaro has a major one. DIO’s stand, the world has the power to freeze time for a couple seconds in intervals. This results in the rest of Jotaro’s crew to be killed off, and when DIO closes in on Jotaro for the kill at the last second Jotaro can move in the frozen time and can effectively defend himself. One of the biggest cop-outs of all time, it is ridiculous that he suddenly gains the power of DIO’s The World, and can move in stopped time, a power that he has not even shown hints of having previously. It manifests out of nowhere and causes part of the fight to feel very forced. However, despite this, the fight is still incredibly entertaining and contains some of the most exciting moments in the entire show.