Saturday, January 17, 2015

Obsessions: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Contains some spoilers if ya care about that sort of thing!
I haven't posted in a million years because a) I haven't made time for it and b) I lost my camera battery. So here's the latest anime I've been binge watching: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure! 
Now this one may seem like an uncharacteristically masculine show for me to be obsessed with since I'm all girls in cute clothes holding knives, but JoJo is undeniably cool. Just watch the second arc's opening:

Like, if you don't like fabulous buff dudes in pseudo 80's clothing striking poses before they fight, I don't know what I can do for you. My boyfriend started watching it a couple months ago and I got interested after seeing the theme song, lol. It's based on a manga appearing in Shonen Jump that started in 1980 something, and follows the Joestars, or rather, one from every other generation (all nicknamed JoJo), on their epic adventures. Basic storyline: Evil guy named Dio becomes a vampire and JoJo has to kill him. Then his grandson has to beat up some supreme beings. Then his grandson has to kill Dio, back from the dead. They're releasing the third season weekly right now, actually, and the manga has like 8 arcs, so I'll be 40 by the time any of that shit comes out on crunchyroll. I hope I like the rest as much as the first three!

This show has awesome animation, and is known for it's wacky color schemes, which I really dig. I've been using screencaps as inspiration for my own work. Personal favorite so far is def Joseph Joestar from Battle Tendency, he's a mega babe. It's not everyday that girls get fanserviced to!

Warning though: I considered not gushing about it on my blog since it's a somewhat problematic fave of mine; there are no decent female characters. Don't let that chick in the video fool you, she's great at first but (spoiler alert) loses about two punches into her only major battle. In Stardust Crusaders I was super psyched when the main character's mom started developing magic powers, and I'm trying to ignore the fact that she's too weak to handle them and is spending the entire season comatose. It hurts to have something I love so much cut my entire gender out of it's storyline. I'll be patiently awaiting arc 5 and it's female main character.

Once you recognize that sort of glaring flaw in the story to this point, you can sit back and enjoy the good points of the show, which are many. It's definitely a fun watch, all the characters are charming, and in a word JoJo has style

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