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02/22/2021 09:03:21 •••

In some ways my favorite Part

Part 3 of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, known as Stardust Crusaders, is one of the best-known parts, and for good reason, since it introduced some of the series' most iconic concepts, such as the Stands. It has its flaws, but it's overall one of my favorite Parts.

The plot is overall the most simple- Jotaro Kujo, his grandfather Joseph and some of their friends have to journey to Egypt to defeat Dio, the Joestar family's Arch-Enemy to save Jotaro's mother's life. Its simplicity isn't always a bad thing, since it easily establishes the premise and gets going relatively quickly, making it easier to hook viewers.

The main characters have fairly good chemistry overall, and are rather entertaining to watch. Jotaro may not be as good of a protagonist as Jonathan was, but I appreciate how despite being stoic for the most part, he often has relatively subtle displays of care for his grandfather and his friends. I like Joseph more as an old man, and his cunning mind makes for some of the more entertaining battles in this Part.

The villains are rather diverse in terms of personality and skillsets, even if most of them don't stick around for more than one episode. The main antagonist, Dio, isn't quite as interesting as he was in the first Part, but the battle with him is appropriately climactic and brings a fitting end to one of the longer-running storylines in the series.

This part introduces the Stand, a Guardian Entity with various powers that aids the user in battle. The Stands' powers are rather diverse, often a more interesting variation on standard superpowers, and their ability to act autonomously to various extents can make for interesting battles. Another strong aspect of the series is that each of the protagonists is usually well-suited to certain opponents and poorly suited to others, resulting in them taking turns fighting the Villain of the Week.

Despite being relatively light on story, I found this to be one of the more enjoyable Parts to watch.

02/22/2021 00:00:00

Looks like the opening paragraph got cut off.

My major criticisms of the thing everyone else says itís the best in the series (with the caveat that I ultimately enjoyed it too, if not as much as parts one or four) are threefold and simple: first, Jotaro is an emotionless brick of a protagonist with a little depth or charisma. Second, going back and pillaging the antagonist from part one because you canít be bothered to come up with your own is actually rather telling in the most unfortunate possible way. And, third, while the road trip/picaresque elements are generally well used, at the end of the day Iím never going to refer an episodic structure with minimal character development over a more serialized approach.

All of that said, I did ultimately come down on liking it, and I think you nailed why: the cast all have good chemistry with each other, and different characters take the lead in different situations. Kakyoin is a personal favorite, though I appreciate all of them, even Polneraff and Iggy, who could sometimes be annoying. Itís the first step towards the big ensemble casts that people like in later parts. And, also as you pointed out, the new iteration of the series powersets offers great new room for creativity and interesting conflicts.

And, much as I complain about poaching part oneís antagonist, I could also agree that the final battle was pretty rad.

02/22/2021 00:00:00

Been trying to edit that post for a while and no dice. Bleh. Posting it here so my work doesnít go to waste.

Looks like the opening paragraph got cut off.

My major criticisms of the thing everyone else says itís the best in the series (with the caveat that I ultimately enjoyed it too, if not as much as parts one or four) are threefold and simple: first, Jotaro is an emotionless brick of a protagonist with a little depth or charisma. Second, going back and pillaging the antagonist from part one because you canít be bothered to come up with your own is actually rather telling in the most unfortunate possible way. And, third, while the road trip/picaresque elements are generally well used, at the end of the day Iím never going to prefer an episodic structure with minimal character development over a more serialized approach. Compare part four, which was ĎĎalsoíí extremely episodic, but used each new episode to either introduce a long term character or develop an existing one, until the major antagonist turned the latter half of the series into something very different.

All of that said, I did ultimately come down on liking it, and I think you nailed why: the cast all have good chemistry with each other, and different characters take the lead in different situations. Kakyoin is a personal favorite, though I appreciate all of them, even Polneraff and Iggy, who could sometimes be annoying. Itís the first step towards the big ensemble casts that people like in later parts. And, also as you pointed out, the new iteration of the series powersets offers great new room for creativity and interesting conflicts.

And, much as I complain about poaching part oneís antagonist, I could also agree that the final battle was pretty rad.

02/22/2021 00:00:00

Thanks for pointing out about the opening paragraph. I think I forgot to finish it, partly because I wasn't sure how I wanted to conclude that thought.

Those are some reasonable criticisms of Part 3, although I'm not sure "everyone else" thinks Part 3 is the best; the people editing the YMMV pages seem to consider Part 4 an Even Better Sequel to Part 3.

As for Part 4, I'll post my review when I'm finished (I just finished the Sheer Heart Attack arc). I can appreciate that there's more Character Development in that part, but I have other criticisms of it, from the Slow Paced Beginning, to the entire plotline about Joseph's infidelity, which I'll cover in more detail in my review.

I'm not sure what's preventing you from editing your comments. I usually go back and edit each comment, since a bug inserts backslashes next to each apostrophe, but they go away when I edit the post.

02/22/2021 00:00:00

Oh, it might be my favorite but I donít think itís above criticism.

And if that is true, it is a pleasant surprise, but I rather suspect it is a product of modern revisionism, much like the modern reassessment of part five after the anime came out. I remember a time when it was regarded as the weakest part of the series, contested only by parts one and six, hence my defensiveness.

Also, I see some other mistakes just re-reading, but I am having to post from my phone so mistakes are unfortunately going to happen, and I would edit them if my phone let me.


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