In 1999 an artefact only known as the Arrow is manifesting latent Stand abilities. And it is currently travelling throughout the suburban town of Morioh, Japan. High schooler Josuke Higashikata (illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar) and his friends are determined to seek out the culprits of a series of homicides affecting the town.
I continue to be a huge JoJo fan, probably like a lot of people, and I can’t help but admire the unique and effortless way it manages to go from strength to strength. Ever since Phantom Blood the story has managed to reinvent itself along the decades to keep things new and interesting and yet maintain plenty of elements that keep things strictly JoJo.
The artwork and music are still top-notch. Those comic-book style scenes, shading and psychedelic use of colour are something almost essential to the anime and would be missed if they suddenly stopped. It had names, poses and this sense of masculinity about itself that quickly became iconic. The new season two opening song is full-on catchy (I wouldn’t have expected anything less) but I’m glad they’ve kept the original closing sequence and Savage Garden’s I Want You because, for some reason that I can’t explain, it all just fits. It also lends itself to adaptation as new characters are introduced in order to include them and new plot revelations into the sequence.
Josuke and friends continue to meet other Stand users in Morioh whilst tracking down Dio and this ancient bow and arrow that is able to create Stands within people and have them drawn towards each other within this small town. Not every Stand user is out to kill our gang, though, and they meet plenty of characters and a range of people that have been ‘shot’ and have since developed unique powers in which they find their own ways of using the abilities bestowed upon them. Some of them use them to wage an out-and-out battle against Josuke and his Crazy Diamond, some pursue their own interests, such as Shigechi and Yukako. The kind of Stands that appear and their variations and skills really impress me. You can see that not all Stands are like Crazy Diamond and Okuyasu’s The Hand, but the users manage to manipulate natural skills to help attack or defend when threatened.
I was pleased to see the belated appearance of Joseph Joestar, now a very, very old man who can barely hear or walk anywhere anymore. We’ve been seeing less of Jotaro this season, but there’s plenty of things going on that his presence isn’t particularly missed. Josuke has well and truly stepped into the spotlight despite having two previous JoJo protagonists vying for the same thing. Now we’re coming to the end of the season we’ve finally been officially introduced to Yoshikage Kira and his interesting friend – a female disembodied hand. Things are starting to heat up now that the Joestar’s have Kira on their radar. I feel like he is going to become a main antagonist for this series with a stand that is able to turn anything he touches into a bomb: the aptly-named Killer Queen (not sure why Crunchroll subtitles name it Deadly Queen instead of sticking to the manga names, though. They’ve done the same to Koichi’s stand, Echo).
Diamond is Unbreakable is a great addition to the JoJo dynasty and I love watching it as much as I did Stardust Crusaders. I hope the anime continues to go through the JoJo generations and I can’t say I’m too impressed with being made to wait again for Vento Aureo. But at least I can devour the manga whilst I wait, which is just as good as the anime. I’ve probably said this before in previous posts, but JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is an anime/manga franchise I would recommend to anime anime fan regardless of their interests and preferences.