Anime 1st episodes 2014: J
Including: Jinsei, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Medium: TV, series
Year: 2014
Series: << Anime 1st episodes 2014 >>
Keywords: JoJo, anime, SF, fantasy
Country: Japan
Language: Japanese
Format: 2 episodes
Website category: Anime 2014
Review date: 9 April 2015
Season 1
Episodes: 13 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: funny, but no
One-line summary: schoolgirl agony aunts
It's funny and I like the cast, but the format is anti-story. I'm not really tempted to continue... he says, reading reviews to see if anyone has anything interesting to say about it.
It's about a school newspaper club's advice club and the joke is that all the columnists are biased and can't agree on anything. Sometimes their combined advice manages to be sensible, but only by accident. We have... 1. Yuki, the Token Boy Protagonist, i.e. the comedy's straight man. 2. Rino, a science geek who talks like a Martian and has no mercy. If she thinks you're wrong, she'll shoot you down in flames. 3. Ikumi, a sports monster who takes pride in her uncomplicated thought processes. 4. Fumi, a nice, slightly dreamy girl with big boobs who's into literature.
The good news is that I laughed a fair bit. It's a simple format. A reader's question comes in and these clowns go off on bizarre tangents while disagreeing on how to answer it. It's cute and likeable, but it's also repetitive. There's no overall narrative. Firstly, solve an issue. Secondly, solve a different issue. Thirdly, solve yet another unrelated issue. The end.
If I believed this could possibly have a story, I'd keep watching. It's funny. It's not harem-like, despite the "one boy + multiple girls" cast. (I hear that later episodes introduce fanservice, though, and Ikumi fondling Fumi made me wonder if she's a lesbian.) I could imagine checking out other episodes out of curiosity, but right now I won't be continuing.
jo jo bizarre adventure stardust crusaders
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken: Stardust Crusaders
Season 2, plus movies and OVAs
Episodes: 24 x 24 minutes
Keep watching: I didn't like it
One-line summary: deliberately overblown macho adventure
How odd. I didn't like it.
I'd heard great things about this show. It has a strong reputation, it's been a success for a good while now and I probably will end up watching it eventually. To my surprise, though, this episode didn't tempt me.
It's action-adventure with huge, rough-talking men who reminded me of Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star, but more hammily acted. The latter is deliberate, by the way. It's the sort of knowingly overblown line delivery that can be hugely entertaining if it fits the tone of the show. (It does. That's good.) Unfortunately I couldn't make myself interested in these macho bruisers, despite a lively storyline of thief-eating coffins, police cells and spirit possession. JoJo is rude to his mother, e.g. calling her a bitch, which didn't endear him to me even if she's okay with it.
It doesn't look like anime, by the way. The art style looks like Western comics. That's not a problem, though.
The villain looks memorable. I'm sure the storyline will be exciting. Nonetheless this episode didn't grab me. Things that appealed to me about it: nothing, really.