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Review: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency Re-edit Part 2

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JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency Part 2
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: May 30th, 2014 (Crunchyroll)

Have you read my original re-cap of the first two series of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure? Click the link to that HERE! You can also find my previous recaps of Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency: Part 1 on this site as well! We continue the story of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency with Part 2, where one of the Pillar Men has been defeated. But the threat is still around, as the fabled Red Stone of Aja, which was previously held by Hamon Master Lisa Lisa, has been stolen. Joseph, Lisa Lisa, and Caesar Zeppeli must continue travelling across Europe to ensure that the Red Stone of Aja doesn’t fall into the hands of the Pillar Men. If their leader Kars was to steal the Gem, he would be able to wield a power unlike anything ever contemplated before by mortals. This sets the course for the greatest challenge in both Caesar and Joseph’s fighting career, and would test them in ways that could potentially break them.

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We’ve talked a lot about Joseph in these re-caps, but now I want to focus on the second trainee Hamon user, Caesar Zepelli. The grandson of Baron Zeppeli from Phantom Blood, he was introduced in the previous part, but is equally as important to the story as Lisa Lisa or the Pillar Men. I thought this character was a lot of fun to be around, although his role in the series as a whole isn’t as traditional as his grandfather was. Instead of being a mentor, Caesar is considered an equal to Joseph in terms of Hamon use. This means that during the second part of Battle Tendency, it’s entirely possible  His character development involves coming to terms with his past, and it’s a fascinating story that shows the true depths of the character.

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Meanwhile, Joseph continues to be a highlight of each part he’s in. He’s a calmer, more restrained figure in Part 2, but his personality still shines through. He remains my favourite protagonist from this series so far, and I believe a large part of Battle Tendency’s success is Joseph. Meanwhile, the Pillar Men themselves continue to be a very imposing and interesting threat. Both Kars and Whamu are worthy adversaries, and in some cases even respectable for their intelligence and fighting knowledge. Not only that, but their names are a brilliant showcase for the musical knowledge of the author. There aren’t many shows that can get away with characters called Esidesi, Kars and Whamu, but this is a very special show. Lisa Lisa is also interesting to see develop, and the return of an unlikely ally is great fun.

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When it comes to the edits made for this particular re-edit, the main problem I had was the lack of back-story for most of the characters. Several scenes that are dedicated to the history of the world have been taken away, which is a shame considering how important they were. This doesn’t affect the representation of the characters or the enjoyment of the show, but it’s still something that I wish wasn’t subtracted. However, the rest of the film is edited just as well as before, with the whole re-cap series now being a near perfect introduction to the series for any newcomers. The action scenes and fighting are even greater in Part 2, and the different scenarios and situations are much more imaginative than most other anime series. There’s an entire sequence that utilises Roman chariot racing as the main gimmick, and it’s beyond awesome. We can also see a greater variety in lcoations and art-styles, with the focus being on Switzerland and Italy once again.

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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency was a fantastic display of excess and imagination, and I consider it to be one of the greatest animes I’ve ever watched. Everything about it is just wonderful, whether it’s the variety of quirky characters, the insane action scenes, the style and presentation, or even the music that blends exotic backing tracks with classic rock songs. Both parts to Battle Tendency are akin to masterpieces, with only the omissions in the second part being a sticking point for me. While I figured Phantom Blood was fine, it didn’t display this much excitement and fun, and I had a blast going through all three hours of this. This film ends with the discovery of an old foe’s coffin, and a familiar sight in jail, so everyone who used these re-edits to catch up on the show knows what to watch now…

Final Score: Part 1 – 10/10
Part 2 – 9/10

Note: I thought that this would be the final re-cap I would need to do for Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure on Crunchyroll, but that’s changed very recently! It has been confirmed that Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders will be dubbed into English, with the first three episodes premiering on the website from July 3rd-6th. Look for my summary on all three episodes, with my impressions on not just the episodes themselves, but also the new English Dub!

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