Impressions: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Stardust Crusaders | Episode 16-17


JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure | JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
Japanese Title: JoJo no Kimyō na Bōken (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険)
Animated by David Production – Licensed by Warner Bros. Japan
English Release Date: July 25th 2014 (Crunchyroll)

This post is an impression of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders episodes sixteen and seventeen, and is a weekly feature on Boss Dungeon every Friday after each new episode has aired on Crunchyroll.

This is another recap that combines two parts of a battle, as the gang go further into Pakistan. They are holding onto Dio’s lackey Enyaba Geil, who they defeated and captured last episode in a bid to learn more about Dio’s plans. However, they run into another enemy stand user named Steely Dan, who uses a stand called The Lovers. With this, Dan is able to hold Joseph hostage, and force Jotaro to do whatever he wants. It’s up to Kakyoin and Polnareff to figure out how to free Joseph from the clutches of the Lovers, as well as Jotaro to ensure that Dan doesn’t hurt Joseph too much. Can Jotaro withstand the numerous tortures that Dan has in store?


These two episodes aren’t as high octane or ground-breaking as previous episodes, but the decision to split this fight into two episodes is something I can understand. The time is needed to explain how Steely Dan’s stand works, and what needs to be done to combat it. There are several humourous scenes, but these are also matched by the tension that surrounds the episode. The main focus of both episodes are the interactions between Jotaro and Steely Dan, where the former has to do whatever he’s told. The escalation and tension in these scenes are great, and do more to help understand Jotaro’s character.


Meanwhile, we have the adventures of Kakyoin and Polnareff as well, and Joseph’s life is on the line. The connection between these scenes and Jotaro’s scenes are well explained, and it means everyone in the group can get involved. There are numerous situations where they have to use their stands in ways we haven’t seen before, as well as help Joseph maintain control of himself. Then we get to the villain of the episode, who continues the trend of this show having really interesting stands. The Lovers is described as a weak stand that uses it’s abilities to its full advantage, and this makes the rush to stop it all the more interesting. His over-confidence makes him a great foil to Jotaro, and watching the two men clash is a joy to behold.


Overall, it was a fine set of episodes, even if they weren’t as explosive as before. The slower pace allows for better chances to see how each character works under pressure, and the change in pace was also fun. We got to see different characters working together, and others being put into situations that was interesting to see. I continue to enjoy this show, and can’t wait for the next episode!

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