Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders S2 Episode 24: Long Journey, Farewell My Friends (FINAL)
“This trip was truly fun, wasn’t it?”
A long journey it certainly has been. So much has happened to them, so much terrible things, but they can all agree that they had so much fun on their trip. They all created a strong bond in those fifty days. They shared laughs, tears, anger. They had their differences which caused friction between them, but they would later patch things up and continue on. It was a journey full of many emotions, and that would be the exact same way I would describe watching this show. The same emotions the characters felt I felt for them too. My Fridays always consisted of me waking up in the morning, downloading the episode, and watching it with a good breakfast (sometimes). I felt a lot of emotions as well. I would be on the edge of my seat, I would cheer, I would get teary-eyed, and I’d laugh. And I felt all of that in this finale. If a series can make me feel that way the whole way though, then you’ve got a winner.
It’s been a hundred years. A hundred of this man terrorizing the Joestar family directly and indirectly. And finally it was brought to an end. After taking Joseph’s blood and being on his high, his ability to stop time has been elongated to nine seconds now. Joseph’s spirit telling Jotaro not to get angry and lose his cool was good advice as Jotaro didn’t know about that, so he had to pay for it. Dio’s strength doubled and he really had the upper hand for awhile. Dio’s really an interesting guy. One minute he’ll use The World to beat you into pulp, and then he’ll stop time, and bring in a steam roller out of nowhere and smash you with it. Well, at least I understand the steam roller thing I saw around the internet a lot. I hate you Dio. He think he won with crushing Jotaro with the steam roller, but Dio really should have learned that he never should underestimate his enemy. Knowing that Star Platinum and The World are the same, and knowing that Jotaro can move for a moment in the stopped time, he should have anticipated Jotaro learning how to stop time himself. It was certainly possible, and that was his downfall. Here I was expecting that Dio would appear dead but he would just appear again later, but he really did die. With his head missing and his body disintegrating in the sunlight, I think it’s pretty impossible to come back. And that is the end of Dio.
And that means their long journey comes to an end. Jotaro and the rest get picked up by the Speedwagon Foundation. Dimissing the impossible, Jotaro wants the doctors to transfuse the blood Dio stole from Joseph to Joseph’s body. Jotaro starts up Joseph’s heart and they do the blood transfusion, where he comes back to life. When he opens his eyes he comes back as if it’s actually Dio that’s in his body. Jotaro is ready to smash him, but then Joseph admits it’s him and says he was just messing around. He states his name, birthday, wife, and other things. Jotaro asks him random and stupid questions that Joseph answers right, which had me laughing. This is no time to mess around, Joseph.The next morning in the desert, they bring Dio’s corpse into the light, where they watch it disintegrate. And finally they can say that it’s over, and bid a final farewell their fallen friends. In the end, Jotaro, Joseph, and Polnareff head to the airport to say their final goodbyes too. Polnareff may not have any family in France, but it’s still his home so he’s heading back there and declines the invite to New York. Joseph and Jotaro head back to Japan, where Holly wakes up feeling like nothing ever happened to her, with a smile on her face. Jotaro takes a last look at the photo they all took, and we pan to the plane.
What can I say? What else can I say that I haven’t already said. This series has really captured me. I always have fun when I’m watching this. There’s an array of characters that you’ll love, and I loved all of them. In the end, I was expecting a hint at Diamond is Unbreakable. Like they did with the end of Battle Tendency, where they time skipped to Japan and showed Jotaro in the jail cell, I was expecting them to time skip and show Josuke doing whatever he does in the manga. I was really anticipating it, but they didn’t do that. So we’ll just have to wait for an official announcement. I also wanted to see a cute family reunion in the end, but oh well. The hug in the airport just killed me.
The Egypt Arc of Stardust Crusaders, I think, was much better than the first half. While yes it still contained the similar format of a weekly villain, I found the Stand users this time around to be much more interesting. Not to say that I didn’t like the Stand users from the first half, it’s just that I found that Stands based on Egyptian gods to be very fun and clever. When the guys actually made it to Egypt, you can feel like things were finally happening, unlike in the first half where you just felt like they were barely moving along because they crashed planes, ruined cars, and sunk submarines. I just felt that things picked up, especially when they finally made it to Dio’s mansion. Like it clearly shows in the opening, you felt that they were really losing time and needed to hurry up.
A simple story with great fights, some physical and some mental, with fun characters that can make you feel many emotions, with great animation and music. I would easily give this season a 9/10, not a perfect score because of the continued repetitiveness of the Stand users. This series may only appeal to a certain group of people, but I’d still want people to give it a chance because each Part always brings something different. Of course I’d demand that people DO NOT skip Parts 1 and 2, because some people do. And that’s stupid as hell. Don’t do that. Why would you do that? You’re missing a good chuck of story. I know that Stardust Crusaders is the most known and popular Jojo part, but that doesn’t mean you should just skip the first two parts. Please.
Now that my Jojo Fridays are over, I’ll be reading the manga, starting at Diamond is Unbreakable. If Part 4 gets an anime, I’ll see you all then.